Norse Legend Sahti | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear brownish amber with a thin, fizzy off-white head.

S: Very neutral on the nose with faint aromas of rye bread, juniper berry, and caramel. Really doesn't smell much like a traditional sahti.

T: Notes of rye bread, caramel, juniper berry, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and dry with a late surge of juniper flavor.

M: Medium in body, very dry, and firm upon entry. The finish is thick and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is relatively forceful. Alcohol is very restrained.

O: There really isn't much to this ale. Compared to traditional Finnish sahtis, it is lacking in flavor and complexity. Not a great effort.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Brownish amber with 1 finger of fizzy head. Low carbonation and thin spotty lacing.

N: A lot of thick caramel and nougat. Fruity-grape presence and a hint of pepper.

T: Honey and grape juice are upfront with a hint of pepper. Only slightly reminiscent of juniper berries. Big malts of caramel and nougat are mid-palate along with a note of tobacco. Finishes with herbal mint, dry hay and grass.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and sticky.

O: Tastes like a Mead and a Scottish Wee Heavy had a baby. Honey sweet and caramel rich with earthy characteristics. The juniper berry flavors aren't quite there but it's interesting none-the-less.

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Photo of sommersb
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-01-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Dogfish Head Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Label on the back says this is Batch No. 1

A: Clear beer with a reddish-brown color. Head is off-white and stands 2 fingers high, with very good retention and lace.

S: Fruits, malts and breadiness are mixed with floral and herbal hop smells, although the aromas are not very strong.

T: The taste features malty sweetness and hop bitterness for a good balance. I also get the juniper and woody qualities. The 7% ABV lends itself to some warming as well.

M: Creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation and medium body. The finish is fruity and woody; neither sweet nor dry.

O: A refreshing and unique taste. This was my first in the style and I'd like to try more.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - a vigorous pour wells up half a sten of beige head that slowly reduces to golden brown elixir with sticky, slow carbonation

S - the first note is malt, with a unusual twist, the juniper. Without knowing exactly what a juniper berry tastes like, I can pick its influence out. piney, resiny, and woodsy. The bottle blurb is not wrong.

T - I found the rye! The pine tree-osity blends with the rye quite well. The malts take up a complementary role, and perform masterfully.

M&D - thick and viscous, this flavors of this beer remains on your lips after a sip and you get another burst of flavor when you lick your lips. the viscosity lends a smoothness that makes the unique flavors of this brew easy to drink. One of the better of this unnamed Sam Adams' series.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Norse Legend has a thick, beige head, good lacing, and a clear, amber appearance. The aroma is subdued, but one can detect, with a deep inhalation, some sweetness, malts, and fruit. Taste is of medium-roasted barley malt, spice, and an odd fruitiness. Some black pepper also? It has a medium and slick mouthfeel, and Samuel Adams Norse Legend finishes pretty easy drinking and not too cloying. But, one will get an alcohol undertaste. Overall, I think it’s very good.


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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter glass
My first Sahti experience

A- Pours clear dark amber orange with a tiny half finger head that dissipated quickly. Looks like an amber ale.

S- I get a big cinnamon and ginger up front that immediately reminds me of some christmas ales I have had in the past. A fruitiness like blueberries or raspberries (probaby juniper).

T- Big cinnamon, ginger and pepper up front. Followed by a malty, sugary fruity sweetness. A light breaddy, caramel maltiness that balances out well with the spices. The berry qualities are dominant on the nose but no so much in the taste but they are still there.

M- This beer is rather easy to drink, my glass was empty before I knew it. It leaves a spiciness in the mouth and a light fruity aftertaste. Sticky after feel.

O- I enjoyed this beer, I dont feel like there is a whole lot that you can do with this style but I feel like Sam Adams did it well. If anything, this is worth trying just to try out a Sahti.

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Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer speaks to my Norse heritage.

Brewed with and fermented on juniper twigs and berries? Intersesting. A traditional Scandinavian beer? Cool. The oldest continuously brewed style? Awesome. Traditionally made by women and boasting a 7.00 ABV. Righteous!

Pours a strong, dark amber color into a stemmed glass with a massive billowing head that lasts and lasts leaving wonderful cream-colored lacing.

Aromas? Wow, interesting and complex blend of sweet caramel, grass, apricot, alcohol, yankee candle, earth, wind and fire. I'm looking for the juniper but not finding it and don't really care. this thing smells like Valhalla.

Taste....begins with a swell sweetness and finishes with a nice tart punch. Caramel and toast, more grass and apricot, definitely a yankee candle thing going on.

This beer is smooth and foamy and full. Nothing thin or watery, rather a strikingly velvety delivery of wonderfu, northern winter flavors. As it warms up the juniper comes out!

It's summer and this thing is making me think it's Christmas. Is this Christmas? Who cares? God Jul! Skol!

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Clear rich amber with thin head.

Smell: Toffee, sickly fruit, juniper. Odd and fairly faint aroma.

Taste: Juniper, tree bark, toffee. Somewhat bready and spicy. Herbal finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is somewhat lager-like.

Overall: This is just odd. I like the taste, but the aroma is a little out of whack. Also, while I have never had a truly traditional Sahti, I am sure this is not it. Shouldn't a Sahti be turgid with some wild yeast characteristics? This just seems like a stronger Amber Ale with some juniper and rye.

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Photo of JustinQ
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 2 oz poured into English pub Glass

Appearence: Deep Amber, Red, Low co2 but nice head. Looks rustic

Aroma: Faint Juniper, Faint Malt, No hops, Very light aroma all around

Taste: Juniper up front as well as in the back of the palette, no hops, no off flavors, very earthy and woodsy

Mouthfeel: Slick and then it dries, Nice on a hot day

Overall: I like it alot, It is the best Sahti I have tasted however I am not sure about how authentic they did it. I Know they did not strain hrough juniper and I have not read anything about usinghot rocks.? Otherwise great beer

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah yes, Norse Legend. Like Alexi Laiho.

Coppery brown color with some thin retention. Some lace and a big spit wad of retention in the middle of my glass.

Smells like juniper and tree bark with toffee.

Taste features a subtle version of the typical sahti woody evergreen and mint as well as some dark, bready orange marmalade sweetness.

Norse Legend hits upon the requirements from the style but doesn't venture very far from that. Norse Legend is more Soilwork than Kalmah if you know what I mean.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with white edging. There is a slight amount of lace left on the glass. The aroma starts out with a floral hop aroma. As the beer warms the juniper aroma comes out along with a hint of tea at the end of the aroma. The taste follows suit closely. Before the beer warms there is a floral hop taste up front. As the beer warms the floral hop taste gives way to a nice juniper flavor. At the back end there is a black tea taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a solid beer, the beer gets much better as it warms. The flavors come out much more with the warming.

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Photo of acevenom
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours dark amber wtih an eggshell colored head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom and the side of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, alcohol, juniper, and citrus. There is a solid malty backbone with juniper and hops coming through in the flavor. It's mildly sweet, but also pretty well balanced with citrus, hop bitterness, and the juniper flavor adds nicely to this beer. I can also taste some of the alcohol in this one. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It is certainly a quality beer from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.59 for a 1pt 0.6fl oz bottle.
30 SRM, OG=17.19, 7.0%ABV, 234 Calories/12oz, 16 IBUs.
Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Rye, Special B, aromatic malt and fermented on a bed of juniper berries. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh.

Pours out to a very clear dark amber, forming a tall whipped and creamy yellow head with superior retention and one solid thick sheet of lace. Very gorgeous brew. Medium carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. Considering that this is brewed with juniper, I can't smell any in the nose. It's got a rather vague and generic beer smell, like Sam Adams Boston Lager with less hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice, with a medium dense body. The taste is really smooth and mellow with a exceptionally well balanced caramel malty sweetness and mild bitterness. The Special B adds a wonderful caramel and cola character. The juniper is VERY very subtle, just barely suggesting itself as something out of the ordinary in the aftertaste. Nice hints of cola in the middle with some soft sweet tobacco in the finish.

I've had real Sahti before, and this is nothing like it, but it's still a really good, exceptionally well balanced and easy to drink beer. I would definitely buy this on a regular basis if it came in 6 packs. The subtle juniper in the finish makes you come back for more, always wanting more juniper that is, unfortunately, not there.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Norse Legend
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Sahti
ABV: 7.00 %

Pours a dark brown color, fine clarity, off white pillow fluff head and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, pine, juniper and citrus. In the flavor, rich and malty with caramel, toffee and even cocoa notes upfront. There is a nice pine and citrus profile from the use of juniper and possibly a good dose of hops. The level of bitterness was light to moderate. Small alcohol presence and overall this brew was very tasty. Stood up pretty well to a brick oven pizza.

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Photo of rangerred
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance is a clear dark red with a small 1/2 finger head. Not much in the way of lacing or head retention.

Aroma of caramel and toffee very much like a red ale. I'm not really picking up any piny notes from the juniper like I was expecting. Maybe just a touch of earthiness.

The flavor brings out a lot more of the flavors I was expecting. A pleasant resiny pine comes across immediately much like a freshly cut christmas tree. Some wood in there too. I was almost expecting more of a gin flavor due to the juniper berries but am pleasantly surprised. A light bitterness in the back of the throat finishes things off.

Overall I am quite pleased. I don't really have anything else to compare it too but the flavors work quite well and add a nice complexity. Something I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Keene
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Calling itself a sahti, Norse Legend pours a medium amber or copper color, producing a tall beige head of tightly packed bubbles that leave a curtain of lacing as you drink. It's very malty on the nose, with a faint woodsy or gin-like aroma in the background. The trademark Sam Adams two-row pale malt blend is definitely apparent, as is a hint of caramelized sugar. Overall, I find it bit too sweet for the style.

A medium-bodied beer, it lacks many of the characteristics that are common in Finnish sahtis: the hazy orange or deep yellow color, a slight sour note, a more detectable rye spiciness in the grain bill, and a stronger juniper aroma and flavor. Again, malt sweetness dominates, with a whisper of juniper in the finish, especially as the glass warms. Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops offer a welcome, if atypical orange rind quality to the taste. Well made for sure, but slightly disappointing for lovers of sahti.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not really sure what to expect with this, as I have never had Sahti before.

A - A brighter amber color beer with a nice tan head that remained visible for quite some time.

S - The smell seemed rather light and fruity

T - The taste was also rather light and fruity (I assume juniper and citrus). I was surprised at how light and fruity it tasted for the ABV! Decent, but not overpowering Carbonation. Slight lingering taste, but not overwhelming.

M - IMO... light for what it is, but heavier than a pilsner.

I am really liking the Sam Adams Small batches! This one is great and it is great to find new styles of beer. For the amount of alcohol in it.... it is pretty light and fruity.. . it packs a punch.

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Photo of Eddxii
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Norse legend pours a clear but deep redish amber color, a truly gorgeous shade that looks marvelous under light. There is little to no head on the pour and only a thin lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma presents itself modestly. There’s sweet malt, slightly yeasty but also bright and clean.

T: The beer begins like a very fresh malty red ale and finishes with a darker juniper sweetness (along with some other botanicals that I cannot immediately place…certainly some citrus notes). It becomes bolder and more delicious as its temperature warms, so I recommend enjoying this sahti just a little below room temperature.

M: It drinks along the thicker side of the spectrum, remaining smooth throughout.

O: Norse Legend is not overly strong with the sharper juniper flavor (it’s not gin, after all), yet it is also not so syrupy sweet as to fit in with the fruit beer species. There are juniper-ier sahtis out there, but it’s quite clear that the goal of this brew, in true Boston Beer Company form, is to introduce the sahti style without going full-hog into an obscure drink enjoyed hundreds of years ago among Vikings.

Essentially Norse Legend drinks like a really well-made red ale with some herbal, primarily juniper, elements added it. For those of you in the Boston area, there are some overlapping features with the on-tap-in-Boston-only Boston Brick Red, also from the Boston Beer Company. Norse Legend is a very well-balanced beer that has taken a rarity in the beer world and made it into an immensely drinkable treat. It’s quite enjoyable and would be appreciated by a variety of beer drinkers. This is a beer worth your time.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent red brown, with a medium white head. Solid retention, real nice lace.

S: Juniper, herbal, foresty nose. Hint of mint, aromatic and appealing, nice.

T: Sweet malt with a definite herbal character. Nice mix of flavour. Not super-traditional, but a nice hybrid of a sahti-like ale and an old ale. That's really what it tastes like.

M: Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, crisp at times.

O: Not completely tradtional, especially with what I've had from Finland, but I did quite enjoy it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-brown coloring with a frothy, light, low profile, off-white head that slowly settles into a filmy coating. Aromas of roasted caramel and maple sweetness, with some citrus and fruity highlights and a woody, earthy tone throughout. Flavors are rich and malty, with a caramel and chocolatey backbone giving rise to some roasted and earthy characteristics, as well as a bittersweet fruit highlight. Solid, smooth bodied with a roasty and sweet fruit aftertaste. The finish is light, but solid, with some green and earthy character giving a linger on the tastebuds. Interesting brew.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep burnt copper color with only a trace of caramel colored head. Head retention and lacing are minimal. Not at all what I was expecting this to look like, but an interesting look.

Smell: Very faint. I get a hint of biscuity malt, as well as some fruitiness, maybe berries.

Taste: Some caramel peeks through initially, followed by berry-like fruitiness, and some tea flavors. Very unique.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Pretty light bodied and smooth, but a bit light on carbonation and not too lively. Overall, very interesting but not a favorite. Worth trying though.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light red color. A thick white head, that looks very sticky and laces throughout the beer, almost like webbing.
Aroma does not have a ton going on. A clean malt smell is dominated by what I assume is a nice juniper berry smell. I have never seen or eaten a juniper berry, but the smell has a very nice berry smell, which must be those.
Taste is really cool and different. I have never tasted anything like this before. A strong malt backbone is taken over by a very strong juniper berry taste. A good taste, very different than anything I have ever had.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness but very smooth.
Drinkability is real nice on this beer. A very nice balance of malt and fruit. The juniper berries have a nice undertone and don't overpower like some fruit beers. The undertones make this beer very refreshing. This would be a great beer in spring or summer and I would definitely go out of your way to try this beer. Like nothing I have ever tried before, Sam Adams never disappoints, well done!

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Photo of larryi86
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear dark copper with a red tint and a two finger off-white head.

S- Toasted malts, some caramel malts, hint of juniper, herbal tea notes, kind of underwhelming.

T- Very close to the smell, sweet and toasted malts, herbal tea provides some bitterness, hint of juniper berries.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium to full body.

O- No bad or off putting flavors, but nothing really jumps out at me. I like the fact the Sam Adams is trying different styles and they should keep trying new things with the single batch series. I could see myself buying this again.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass

Pours a dark penny color. It's like viewing something brassy though a lens of brown glass. Not really any head on this beer. Barely any traces of foam ever having enjoyed a brief stay on top of this beer.

This Sahti is very, very botanical. It's not juniper that I'm smelling and tasting (which is what I thought Sahti's were mostly "hopped" with) so much as generic shampoo botanical notes. there's some bark in the flavor profile, which does speak to the juniper twigs that this beer may or may not have been brewed with. The malt body -- dark amber -- mostly comes across like semi-sweet chocolate chips, darkdark bread, and stewed apples. There's a phenolic-like major plastic aftertaste to boot.

This beer is certainly different and it is also reasonably tasty. But it perhaps isn't a great Sahti. Instead of tasting like a juniper-preserved rustic ale, it tastes sorta like a top-notch Amber Ale with significant botanical adjuncts.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown that remains very clear with hints of ruby highlights. a very thin off white head does not stick around, but leaves some decent lacing behind.

Smells sweet and malty with a touch of fruity esters, mostly grape and apple, although it does manage a hint of honey, raisin and a bit of citrussy hops.

the tastes yields a more subtle malt presence, though still retains the fruity esters and sweet finishing notes. It also has a bit of a yeasty and bready taste.

slightly bubbly, moderately viscous and sweet finishing mouthfeel.

solid drinkability, not too heavy, plenty interesting.

overall, quite a nice beer, though a bit different for my taste. solid beer and worth trying.

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Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 491 ratings.
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