Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill LagerSamuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #914
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
75
Ranked #47,839
Avg:
3.26 | pDev: 16.56%
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
816
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This said "lager," hence I poured into a lager glass, seems only logical and fair for a good review here.
The appearance was a semi-rustic sort of pulled glossy rugged hazy orange color with a slim film of foamy white head which didn't leave much lace.
The aroma had only the "sweetness" of the blueberry but not the "tart" skin I tend to look for when analyzing truly brewed "blueberry beers." Some bready malts quaintly followed in in a lager sort of way.
The flavor was sweet all of the way through with the blueberry and bready notes. Aftertaste was the same.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Finish was pretty smooth, some acceptable stickiness.
Overall, I didn't mind this one so much for me, but it does make me wonder if they used artificial blueberry sweetener in this which well, hmmmmmm....isn't as authentic on the blueberries as I would have hoped for. Not so sure about this one again.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

**
08/16/14
3-way blueberry beer taste test. 1-Sam Adams Blueberry Hill Lager. 2-Fegleys Blueberry Belch, 3-DuClaw Blueberry Citrus Wheat.

So this was the best of a dubious group.
**

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Apr 08, 2017
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3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It pours a light golden brown color with a huge foamy white head. It has a malty aroma with a definite scent of blueberry as well. The taste is bready with a strong blueberry, syrupy flavor as well and that’s about it. The body is too light to the point of being watery and there really isn’t any hop character at all either. It is also far too sweet and the blueberry flavor is somewhat overwhelming. The only other blueberry beer that I’ve had is Wild Blue, which is a truly terrible beer. This is certainly better than that, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. It’s too bad because you would think that a good blueberry beer would be possible, but I have still yet to find one.

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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts, Jun 11, 2016
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3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange in color. Fairly hazy in appearance. Blueberry and wheat. It just tastes kind of artificial. It's light, crisp and easy to drink though.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Aug 11, 2015
Photo of TomMahan
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing for a Sam Adams beer. For a great Blueberry beer, try Bar Harbor Blueberry ale, this is a beer that even my friends who do not drink any fruit beers like. The Sam Adams blueberry just had an off putting taste, with no real body.

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TomMahan from Massachusetts, Aug 06, 2015
Photo of keithlafo
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Your enjoyment of this beer will depend on your enjoyment of blueberry lagers in general. Sam Adams, as always, manages to balance the fruity sweetness with bitterness. Not their best beer, but not bad.

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keithlafo from Vermont, Jul 07, 2015
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3.24/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Nov 2015. Sampled on June 28, 2015.

The pour is a near headless yellow color.

Aroma of blueberry and roasted pale malts. Grainy too.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste is toasted pale malts and a wheelbarrow of blueberry. Not overpower but decently balanced as far as the style goes. I love blueberries. I use eat them and cook with them. I just can't fathom the excitement of a blueberry lager though. But breweries keep making them. As far as that goes, it is what you expect.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Jun 28, 2015
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3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a lazy dog.
Deep golden color with a good sized long lasting bubbly white head. Big blueberry on the aroma, almost too much. The flavor is quite sweet, again big blueberry. Somewhat cloying, more like a wine cooler than a beer. Glad I only bought one.

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johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Jun 26, 2015
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3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Very strong blueberry taste. Sweet candy like blueberry.

Almost like a blueberry soda but with a vienna lager esque flavor behind it. It's one and done for me.

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Urk1127 from New Jersey, Apr 08, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

A nice crisp lager where the blueberries shine on the finish. Not the most complex beer, but clean and it delivers plenty of blueberry taste. I would pick this up again.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Nov 20, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 86/100


Nice and refreshing. Real nice tart, yet not too sweet blueberry taste. Really is rather weak and watery. However actually really hits the spot on a warm summers day, pretty good for what it is~

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Photo of Tee76
4.29/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another fine brew by Sam Adams and my very first blueberry beer. This stuff is fantastic! The blueberry isn't too overpowering, everything meshes together nicely. Highly drinkable!

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Tee76 from Michigan, Oct 20, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/14...pours hazy purplish color, some foam. Strong blueberry nose, sweet. Strong fruit taste - light tart, surrounded by bready malt that becomes sweet. Very fruity. One of the better fruit beers I've had recently.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Oct 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy golden color.

OVERALL: this is the first blueberry beer I've had. It has a mild blueberry flavor, still a beer taste though. A good summer beer. Fairly good even with fruit taste.

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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania, Sep 14, 2014
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1/5  rDev -69.3%

I couldn't finish this beer. Ended up pouring it out as the blueberry mixed with hoppy bitterness left me highly disappointed. It had quite the unpleasant after taste and overall I wouldn't recommend this selection.

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kfawku123 from Tennessee, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

I have to say, I did not expect to like this beer. My experience with fruity beers had not been positive, but this beer was quite pleasant. Especially for a summer beer, this is refreshing and light. In smell, the blueberries come out overwhelmingly, but in taste, the blueberry notes are far more subtle. Likely not a beer I will buy again, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in trying fruit beers.

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sheeley from Minnesota, Aug 20, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Single bottle from a summer mixed pack poured into a flute. Color is a hazy orange-yellow amber topped by a moderate amount of creamy white head. Aroma is rather unassuming and perhaps bland: Generic pale malt (a little husky), a whiff of grassy and hay-like noble hops and of course the expected blueberry, although this is subtle. On the palate, the latter comes across like a sweet jam rather than fresh fruit, which is OK in my book although the fruit effect does precious little to temper what I feel are some pretty astringent grainy notes in the background. As advertised, a little citrus emerges (lemon?) ... Highly carbonated and on the thin side, with a finish that is a tad medicinal, grass and bitter green fruit. Finish might be a strong suit here. I'd say the merit here is in the fruit being tastefully executed and the usual Sam Adams expertise with noble hopping. On the minus side of the ledger, I am not feeling the malts ... The grainy metallic note described earlier sticks out like a sore thumb. Not an essential offering from this brewery.

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CalgaryFMC from Alberta (Canada), Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best before date" December 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy golden color with one finger white head that dissipated slowly until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, there was some lacing on the glass, average carbonation.

SMELL: not unexpectedly, it had a mild smell like sweet blueberries.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet malt then a mild blueberry flavor. There was very little hop profile. The 5.5% alcohol is imperceptible.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body for the style.

OVERALL: this is the first blueberry beer I've had, it was different and enjoyable but nothing special. I will probably not seek this out again.

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HoppyBastard from Nebraska, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager brewed by Boston Beer Company with an ABV of 5.5% This brew pours out cloudy amber color with a small white head. Blueberry hill Lager is a unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The smell is sweet with blueberries and a hit of grains. This brew is different from most brews on the market as far as the smell. It is not bad it is just different. The taste is mild with blueberries and that is about it. There is not much to the taste of this brew. This brew does go down smooth and clean. The mouthfeel is nice and clean, also refreshing. There is nothing overpowering in this brew; it has an ok balanace to it . I was hoping for more in this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a solid 4 out 5.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy dull orange body, topped by three fingers of white foam. Drippy lace bits.

Assertive, pleasant, not overly aggressive blueberry aroma.

Tastes like a soft helles or export lager, with a pleasant dash of blueberries.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Do not come to this expecting Boston Lager in a fifty/fifty mix with blueberry juice. There is a lot less malt, a whole lot less hops, and the blueberries are well balanced. It's a nice summer quaffer, but not something I'd load up on.

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RonfromJersey from New Jersey, Jul 23, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really looking forward to a Sam Adams blueberry style brew. My expectations did not quite meet reality. however, this is still a good beer to have during the warmer months. I poured this brew into a pint glass and the first impression was awesome; a great murky yellow color with a thin head. The aroma was definitely blueberry. I thought the overall taste was a little lacking. I would prefer a stronger blueberry flavor vice a hint of the berry that this brew delivers.

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ordybill from Georgia, Jul 10, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Cloudy peach-mango. One inch head with good retention. Nice lacing throughout.

S - Fresh ripe blueberries. Outstanding!

T - Sweet malts, tettnang noble hops, and citrus dominate with a delicious blueberry finish.

M -Medium

O - Funny thing is that I'm not a huge blueberry fan. The berry taste does not dominate and is light & refreshing. I much prefer it over Sam's Cheery Wheat. Cheers!

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joe12pk from Michigan, Jul 07, 2014
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2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is rather a limpid pale gold beer that developed almost no head at all. The nose is what I expect from such things: frankenberry cereal, basically. The flavor as well: sickeningly sweet berryish beer with no other flavors. This is very badly made berry beer ever, way too sweet to finish.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

A - It is golden in color with some straw highlights. It is topped with three inches of off-white head that readily clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Blueberry is the first aroma. Then I notice some lemon and citrus.

T - The taste starts out with blueberry. Then lemon zest and citrus come into play. The finish is fairly clean.

M - Thin to moderate

O - I like how the hops add lemon and citrus so this beer isn't overdone with blueberry. It is more enjoyable than I thought while celebrating the U.S. of A. declaring its independence.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of the summer mixed 12 pack, recently (and finally) made available in Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splattered, yet somewhat layered strips of sudsy lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of sugary blueberries - almost ice-cream like - semi-sweet pale malt, a hint of equally saccharine citrus juice, further indistinct red fruity notes, and a cartoonish rock candy essence. Yeah. The taste is thankfully not quite as sweet from every damned direction, the blueberry and its friends taking a few steps back, allowing for a gritty, almost astringent graininess to emerge, both pale malt and wheat in origin, with the proclaimed citrus character sidling in there as well.

The bubbles are fairly tight, and not overly fun to play with, the body medium-light in weight, quite generically smooth, and strangely creamy (not just from the airy vector, either). It finishes still on the sweet side, the blueberries, to their credit, hanging on with vigor, alongside the lingering citrusy hops.

Nothing particularly complex, but hey, nothing off or pandering about this offering either, for that matter. If you like blueberries, and a swinging to and fro sweetness, then this one might be for you. Me, I can appreciate the fruitiness, and the attempt at balance here, so I will certainly pop the other one of these from the mixed pack on my sunny deck in the coming weeks.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Jun 25, 2014
Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 816 ratings