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

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mora2000 on 08-18-2012

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121
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803
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
41.59%
 
 
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Photo of kfawku123
1/5  rDev -70.5%

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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Photo of Murrhey
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12-oz standard-pressure cap bottle into a Kronenbourg glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger white head with long retention on a cloudy orange body with heavy carbonation.

S- Blueberry, golden malts and not much else. Fruit beers suffer from this sometimes. Fruit and nothing else.

T- Tart blueberry, rich (surprisingly so) malts.

M- Smooth and creamy. Wet finish.

O- Honestly, this beer is making me a little sick. It really isn't so terrible, but man all together it does not do itself any favors.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.22/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

"Lager with Blueberries and Natural Flavor Added." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Unfiltered. Brewed with Tettnang Noble hops. 5.5% ABV.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of bad cream, below average thickness, and average (2 minute) retention. Body colour is an unflattering cloudy pale yellow. Dull, transparent, and translucent. It's not much to look at. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Poor limited uneven lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Blueberry syrup; it's somewhat artificial but there are appealing elements there. Flavour syrup/extract. Pale malts. Medicinal sweetness. Cough syrup-esque. An above average strength aroma. No yeast character or a alcohol is detectable. Maybe some floral hops.

T: Candi sugar, blueberry extract/syrup, pale malt extract, and syrupy cream. Ugh. Cloying. Sickeningly sweet and syrupy. Somewhat medicinal. Lacks balance. Badly built. Simple. I don't like the flavours here.

Mf: Syrupy. Too thick for the style. A bit watery. Smooth and wet. Not at all crisp. Poor presence on the palate. Too full-bodied for its lack of flavour.

Dr: The low quality here really impedes drinkability. I definitely wouldn't get this again. Hides ABV okay. A crappy brew from Sam Adams. This shouldn't have made it to market. I'm not excited about consuming the other bottle from the variety pack I got.

High D

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Photo of Kooz
2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lighter yellow than I thought it would be, and lighter head than I thought I'd see. Not impressed.

I get the scent of blueberry, but this is very much a lager--I like the smell and am looking forward to trying this.

This is a miss on taste. It is too bitter and the blueberry strains to meld with the rest of the flavors. It tastes disjointed and never comes together.

The body is good, but there is an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. This is one of the few Sam selections I have no interest in finishing.

I do not care for this beer at all. It reminds me of orange juice after brushing your teeth--that awful taste. Not enjoyable.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.51/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

I just wasn't really into this beer from the get go. Seemed like they just squeezed some blueberry syrup into another beer, so it didn't mix quite right. The blueberry taste was not super in-your-face, as I had imagined it did from the smell, but still felt kind of disjointed, as if it was blueberries AND beer, rather than having that smooth blueberry pie or muffin flavor that these types of beers can sometimes accomplish.

Honestly, I wouldn't have looked for this beer in the first place, but since it came in the summer sampler I gave it a go. Overall not undrinkable and not terrible. Still wouldn't look for this beer outside of the sampler, and probably won't want another one. Mediocre.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lager with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fake blueberry syrup with overly sweet malt base. Taste is also dominated by this fake blueberry syrup with overly sweet aftertaste. Body is light with good carbonation. This one is a bit disappointing coming from Sam Adams.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.62/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Now, I know what y'all're thinkin', but, no, I'm not gonna make a Fats Domino reference. It's just too easy, man. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises syrupy blueberry (y'know, thick and partially artificial without bashing you over the head with it's fakeness) over a carpet of very light biscuit, barely hanging on for dear life against the torrent of berry. The taste proves my suspicions about the artificiality were warranted (if still wrong in full reality) as some plastic weeds its way into the berries. In the background, those touted noble hops serve only to provide a clashing foil of greenery for the berries, muddying the waters into a bayou of unhappiness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thankfully dry and quick finish. Overall, things just didn't go well with this one, as the berries come across as fake and the hops battle rather than bolster the fruitiness. It's not as bad as the horridity that was the Cranberry Lambic, but it's certainly nowhere near good, either.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle from a variety pack poured into a pint glass

A- Hazy golden color with about one and half fingers of head that has nice retention.

S- Strong blueberry smell comes forward. Pretty sweet and fruity.

T- A little bit of malty sweetness, but the dominating flavor is blueberry. The aftertaste is a little bitter, but doesn't taste like hops. Not a big fan of it.

M- Medium amount of carbonation, not the smoothest finish. I don't think I could have more than one or two of these at a time.

O- Not a huge fan of this beer. It isn't awful, but I certainly will not seek it out.

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Photo of KajII
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a medium golden amber with a large (2-3 finger) white pillowy head that receded slowly, lasting throughout and had excellent spotty lacing.

The aroma was very big on blueberry with a sweet biscuit malt, light citrus hops and a mildly sweet yeast with a hint of candi sugar.

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a decent blueberry presence that lasted throughout with the finish having a touch of citrus and a mild bitterness at the end. The flavor lasted a very short time after the swallow with the taste of blueberry out lasting all other flavors.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall this brew is OK, but nothing really special. Although, I think it would be fine on a hot summer’s day with some grilled Shish-Kabobs...

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Photo of TomMahan
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Photo of allengarvin
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
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 deltatauhobbit
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow color, about half a finger of white head which fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell has a subtle blueberry aroma mixed in the sweet malt.

Taste starts out with a sweet malt backing, a very artificial blueberry flavor melds in, finishes with a hopper finish than I would have thought but the bitterness seems a bit off when combined with the blueberry flavoring, carbonation is medium high.

Not much to write about, fairly bland for a fruit beer or other blueberry beers on the market.

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Photo of BeerSnobsUnited
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma: Straight up blueberry pancake syrup, with a toasty biscuit malt backbone. Slight hoppy citrus, and a hint of red apple peel.

Appearance: One finger of foamy white head. Holds decent retention, and nice streamers of lace. Nothing to out of the ordinary here.

Taste: Surprisingly the malt and blueberry blend well to create a flaky crust covered cobbler flavour. Happily the blueberry was not to overwhelming.

Palate: Odd film left on the tongue from the syrupy body. Crisp carbonation on the tip of the tongue, but ends with a ever so slight dry finish.

Overall: Not my cup of tea, but if I had to drink a blueberry beer, it would probably be this one

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this out of the Sam summer seasonal pack, poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. The color is pretty nice, an orange-copper with a big head. The taste is...blueberry. It's sweet with just a touch of tart, most of of the flavor comes through with the finish. Again...not a big blueberry beer guy, but there are worse ones out there.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams mixed 12 pack shared six ways.

The beer appears a cloudy orange hue with a half inch of white head. The aroma brings blueberry sweets, sugar, malt, alcohol. Sweetened artificial blueberries dominate the aroma and flavor. One dimensional and unrefined. This tastes like a large batch operation, lacking the beauty that real fruit can bring to a beer. Sweet throughout. my body is threatening me with a headache if i continue. This is perhaps not as bad as I may have made it out to be, but certainly not my cup of tea. If you prefer sweeter offerings, this may be worth a try. A few ounces was plenty for me, however.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of Gmann
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden straw color very much like a wheat brew. The white head is short and sudsy, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is faint. It is sweet and bready and has a blueberry muffin batter smell to it.

The taste has a slightly bigger blueberry muffin presence than the nose. Not as sweet and more muffin like. There is a light grainy note as well as some grassy hops. Okay, needs more blueberry and less grain.

The feel is light to moderate with moderate carbonation. Sweet on the palate but it is quite dry in the finish, almost astringent. Since it is a lager I would think it would be more crisp.

Another ho-hum fruit beer. The blueberry flavor isn't bad.

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Photo of Brad007
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful whitish-gold color with a huge-ass white head into my glass. Holy shit. I guess washing your glass does make a difference! (j/k)

As expected, there's a strong, sweet hint of blueberry on the nose. It overpowers any other flavors that might be within this beer. Let's see if it carries over to the taste.

Indeed it does. Just one slight problem: the result is a huge mess. You have the blueberry flavor clashing with the sweet malt already present here.

The mouthfeel is horrible as well. Dry and bitter with a rough edge of blueberry. Hard to dig.

I don't think that blueberries work well in lagers. They're better suited to ales and I say this only because I love blueberries and anything flavored with blueberries. However, this isn't as bad as Wild Blue (ugh!).

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Orange hue with a 1/2 finger of fizzy off white head. The head fades and leaves no real lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a blueberry tart. Very sweet blueberry aroma with a hint of pastry, bready aroma as well.

T: Very smooth blueberry flavor that finishes clean. Hints of bread, or blueberry pie like crust with a hint of citrus in the finish. Not to sweet, and pretty well balanced finish.

M: Very thin fizzy mouthfeel.

O: Another good entry beer for people who do not drink beer often. I feel this beer has a strong fruit base that would help transition people into the craft beer movement. Very good blueberry aroma and taste that the beer blends well with, highlighting the blueberry flavor above all other flavors.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this out of the Summer pack from Costco, figure I'd try this one out. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a clear orange, amber color with a half inch off white head that dissipates fast with good retention and ample amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, blueberries, yeast, barley, malts

T: Meh, tastes alright, a bit sweet, hints of yeast, a bit of blueberry, wheat, grains

M: Kind of over carbonated, medium bodied, yeah, too much carbonation, not enough balance and flavor.

O: Meh, this was alright, not really a fruity beer kind of guy. This was not horrible, it was alright, it just was not exciting or enticing to me. I'll have no problem finishing the pack but I probably won't seek them out again.

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Photo of roundthewaygirls
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

poured into a pint glass. from the beers of summer variety pack.

A: straw colored. looks like honey. surprising, i expected it to be blue. hazy. bubbly. barely poured any head. faint, fizzy lacing.

S: blueberry. but not fresh blueberry. more like blueberry gelatin. probably residual from the fermentation process. that's about all i get from the smell, but it's pleasant and bold.

T: blueberry up front. pale malts. weak citrus hops on the finish. weak compared to the smell.

M: decent, well carbonated. light. a little watery.

O: definitely a novelty beer. liked the smell, but the taste was kind of disappointing. refreshing but i wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of BigBrewStu
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a clear glass pint glass.

Orange in color, and a fair amount of carbonation. The beer is one of the worst blueberry beers I have ever had, but that isn't exactly a bad thing. It is not super sweet like others, and the blueberry flavor is pretty mild. It has a very light body and almost feels creamy in the mouth.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Corn, apples, blueberries, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, apples, and grains. There is also some blueberries and something along the lines of a grape Popsicle.

Overall – I am by no means a big fan of fruit beers, but this one isn't too bad. It's refreshing in a way and has a nice appearance in the glass. Worth it to try once I guess.

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Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fruit beer is a difficult thing to get right. It is rare to find a beer that brings real balance, flavor, and drinkability. This beer makes a good attempt, but ultimately falls short of being rally good. It is a slightly heavy, pale golden color. Nice white head. The aroma is predominantly blueberry, with a nice whiff of earthy hops. There is as sweet, pale malt underneath. Unfortunately, its smell reminds me of boo-berry crunch. The taste is a bit ore beer like, with some malt and grain character and some more genuine berry flavor. Soft finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. Not my style, and surely not great, but good.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into craft pub glass

A - 4 fingers off-white foam over a cloudy body of golden yellow; low/moderate carbonation bubbles rising; nice lace

S - sweet blueberries, slight grain; bland

T - tart blueberries, candy-like sweetness, grassy hops, grainy flavor; grain and berry flavors are suggestive of a blueberry muffin, tart/dry finish

M - thick, chewy medium body, medium/high carbonation, drying finish

O - It's a grainy beer with blueberry flavor--nothing special.

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