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

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Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill LagerSamuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Mumps
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Color is a pale hazy yellow with lots of bubbles. Initial head was about an inch, that dissolved quickly to a thin layer of bubbles with moderate lacing.

Smell is blueberries. Period. My wife smelled "beer", but she says that about all beers. To me, all I could really discern was the berries, almost as if I was smelling a bowl of them.

Taste is like the smell. Blueberries, with a slight bitterness in the back. Not overpowering, but takes a few sips to get used to it.

Mouthfeel is good enough, not to thin, not too thick. Pleasant enough to dink.

Overall an ok brew, not sure if I would buy it in a six pack. I'm not against fruit beers ( I love the Cherry Wheat, and I'm a HUGE fan of pumpkin ales) but I don't think ALL fruit should be used in beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- great shade of hazy orange amber with a big sticky dense white head with a tint of yellow. Retention and lacing are outstanding for the style. Thick sheets blanket the glass. Creamy foam isn't moving. The head retains itself until the beer is gone. No etchings on this old school beer glass either. You know, the kind with hops printed around the rim and a horse drawn carriage by the rim. Yeah.

S- fresh ripe blueberry aroma fills my square as soon as the bottle is cracked and more so after it's been poured. Some citric floral hops behind that with nutty grainy aromas. This is like blueberry cracked out alpine spring honestly. Exceptional.

T- taste is somewhat lacking compared to all the other great aspects of this beer. The blueberry part is fine- not overpowering, not candyish, but the flavor of the beer itself doesn't match up. Honey sweetish malts combined with cracker and lightly bitter noble hops that do little to combat the sweetness. What a shame. Blueberry fades leaving only a lingering of the skin in the finish with more sweetness and earthy hops.

MF- this is like almost nitro creamy. Being unfiltered amps up the body on this one out to the space station. Powdery yeast, slight tannins.

D- too bad for the subpar flavor, this beer had a lot going for it. Everything else hit the spot though.

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Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle marked best before November. Beer pours very cloudy and yellow in color, with a thin white head. Serious aroma -- smells like opening a box of blueberry muffins -- would be great if it was time for breakfast, but as a beer it's kind of a turnoff. Fortunately the berries are mostly in the nose, not the flavor. Flavor is mild and mostly of a citrusy kind of lager, with a gentler hint of blueberry. Not terribly sweet for a fruit beer, though this is obviously no lambic.

As far as the Sam Adams Beers of Summer variety pack goes, this is, surprisingly, a stand out hit. Not a great beer, but at least it delivers what it promises.

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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 MattyG85
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and fairly tart aroma of blueberry fruit and bready malt. Upfront hints of fruity blueberry juice along with light hints of citrus orange. Sweet hints of honey. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, lager yeast, and cracker. Hops are very light. Very blueberry forward giving a sweet fruit cake like scent. Solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a sweet fruit forward taste of blueberries along with some citrus and bready malts. Lots of blueberry taste upfront followed by a decent citrus presence with notes of orange and lemon. Soft bready malts with notes of biscuit, lager yeast, wheat, grains, and cracker. Sweet notes of honey and sugar. A pretty decent fruit forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent fruit beer. Nice blueberry flavor and honey notes that avoid becoming too sweet.

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Photo of lizardspring
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got this in a Samuel Adams variety pack and decided to give it a go, although fruit flavored beers are generally not my first pick.

A: Poured an amber color, head was frothy; a bit over a finger and dissipated within a minute to a light haze on just the surface of the beer without any lacing on the glass. Little carbonation is present.

S: A blueberry scent is very apparent with a light sweet malty undertones.

T: There is a very slight bitter sensation on the front end followed by a prominent sweet blueberry flavor. The blueberry is carried through the finish with sweet maltiness.

M: The body is smooth but it feels more carbonated in the mouth than what the beer shows. The blueberry flavor seems to be hidden a bit more when not sipping.

O: I find this blueberry beer to be better than most fruity beers I’ve tried, but certainly not the best. I would not go out of my way for this beer, but I wouldn’t complain if it was available. The blueberry flavor is nice, I’m glad it is a bit more subtle than a shock top, but it still tastes a bit artificial for my preference.

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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 Jeffreysan
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, golden amber with a slight, maybe a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissipated into a very thin covering of foam formed a thin lacing foam atop the beer.

Aroma: WOW!! Lots of bluleberry! Tons of it infact! Very fruity which practically overpowers any other aroma of the beer. It’s very bright and fresh, but you don’t get any beer smell, no malt or yeast, just blueberry. I like it. I like it a lot actually, but I wish BBC could’ve somehow gotten some more aroma of beer in there.

Taste: Wow! Like the aroma, you get lots of blueberry! The whole front end of this beer is all blueberry, very fresh and bright and crisp, but then comes the beer! After the blueberry fades, the classic flavors of lager beer comes through: malt, caramel, subtle hops. Very, very, tasty!

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium, with good carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer. It’s fruity without being overpowering, and nicely balanced with the bready flavors of beer. It makes a great summer beer!

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Photo of budgood1
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours out a murky brass colour with a thick and rich frothy inch and a half high head. lots of chunky lace. smells like a blueberry muffin, bready and doughy with a subtle citric hop note. taste wise, this doesn't come across as a lager. bready maltiness beefs things up with a well placed blueberry flavour that i think comes across as legitimate. like i said before, to me, it's a liquid blueberry muffin. and i'm alright with that. the slightly spicy and tickling citric hop addition clashes somewhat with the fruit flavour rather than compliments it, but does provide a balance to the sweetness. full bodied for a lager, almost ale like with a tingly mouthfeel partially due to the bitterness from the hopping. this is drinkable...a nice summer beer.

overall...although i'm not sure what "natural flavor added" means, this fruit beer wasn't bad. and "smooth lager finish" means a little rough around the edges. ok.

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Photo of ppvora
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a tall glass. Wheatish color (darker than straw), a little milky, medium aeration, one finger of head which sustained itself for two minutes.

Aroma was more ale-like than lager like. Faint aroma of honey and blueberry.

Wheat beer flavor with a faint blueberry taste toward the end. More honey flavor than blueberry. Very tasty, but more wheat beer-like taste than a lager. No hoppy flavors. More barley and much more wheaty flavor. If you are expecting a lager, you'll be surprised.

Mouthfeel: Nothing substantial to report. Flavor and aroma stays with the beer. Easy to drink.

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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 larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy purplish red witha thin layer of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Blueberry pie sweetness and toasted malt.

Sweet blueberry but rather artificial in flavor, some sweet malts.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, sweet.

Overall a bit too artificial for my taste.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a variety pack

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, good lacing

Smell- blueberry, malt

Taste- blueberry, very nice and refreshing

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was really good. Strong flavor of blueberries. A cold one on a hot day is great!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Starting with appearance, this lager has an orange- colored, cloudy, unfiltered body, a nice amount of fluffy white foam that tends to stick around, and a nose that reminds me of blueberry cereal. There are some other fruits lingering in the background, but the scent of blueberries dominates.

Blueberry Hill Lager is a fruity beer and, as expected, the taste of blueberries dominates. But there are other flavors going on here, flavors such as light citrus, honey, and lightly toasted malt. Bitterness is subdued and fruitiness shines through, even though still malty enough to taste the way a beer should.

This beer has a creamy mouthfeel and while not the best balanced fruit beer I have ever tried, it is still good enough to earn a passing mark. It does seem like a good summertime brew and it’s a nice addition to the Samuel Adams 12- pack summer sampler.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle (dated best by Oct. 2013) into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a one finger thick white colored head. The head fades over a moderate level of time, leaving a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is massive of blueberries with it hitting the nose immediately after opening the bottle and being even more potent after pouring. This huge blueberry aroma is quite authentic smelling with a delicious fresh blueberry smell. Mixed with this aroma is a very light aroma of lemon and an almost pastry like smell overall producing a very tasty smelling brew.

Taste – The taste starts out with a big bready and light blueberry flavor upfront. Some other sweetness of a candied sugar taste joins the flavors upfront with a lemon flavor developing more as the flavor advances beyond the initial taste. While the lemon comes to the tongue, the blueberry flavors increase in intensity. In the end the blueberry gets somewhat potent, but dries out some and is joined by a slightly stale biscuit flavor leaving a blueberry and bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A bit less body and more carbonation may have been better for all the blueberry flavor as it would have produced a more crisp and refreshing brew.

Overall – The look and aroma of the beer were quite awesome, but unfortunately the taste and flavor didn’t live up to the former. Even so it is still a decent blueberry lager and at least is one to try.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta say that this one looked real nice. It was a little cloudy, tan with tinges of orange, and had a real nice white head that just didn't want to go away. Five minutes after pouring it still has a real nice 1/4" dense white head.

I get a pretty nice blueberry smell from my glass, and this is the primary aroma. Everything else takes a backseat to the blueberries, and this follows into the taste. There's an ample malty backbone that doesn't overpower the fruitiness at all. Hops are light but there's enough bitterness to leave a nicely balanced beer.

The body is light and it's very drinkable. A moderately sweet, fruity aftertaste lingers.

Overall it's a nice summer beer, and one that goes well with the summer mixer 12 packs. I could personally do with a touch less blueberry, but I think that's more my tastes than anything flawed about this beer. Sam Adams probably nailed their intentions on this one perfectly. Anyone who like blueberries, blueberry beers, or even just fruity beers or lagers will probably enjoy this brew.

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Photo of atr2605
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a yellow straw color with a white foamy head with nice retention
S-lots of blueberry, bit of malt and hop aroma lingering in the background
T-sweet malt coupled with more strong blueberry with hops proving bitterness but not lending much in the way of flavor.
M-medium-light bodied, easy drinking
O-Pretty much what I expected, a blueberry dominated easy drinking brew. I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but its your typical brew

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden, with a nice white head and lovely, ornate lace.

Aroma is, unsurprisingly, heavy on the blueberry. Refreshing, light, and enticing.

Taste is nicely blueberry, but it's a pleasant natural flavor, rather than a weird or artificial one. Indeed, this one's summery, light, and very enjoyable. Sure, it's not super complex or heavy-duty, and seasoned hop-heads and beer nerds will turn up their noses here, but I like this Blueberry Hill Lager just fine, thanks.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Golden colored brew with a chill haze. Solid frothy foam forms and leaves a good amount of lace.

SMELL: Blueberry, crusty bread, lager yeast.

TASTE: Lager like with bread and faint toffee, fades to blueberry cereal. There is a balancing citrusy, herbal bitterness. Wheat perhaps was used. Firmly malty. Finishes with a note of blueberry skin.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and well carbonated.

OVERALL: For a lager, it's full enough. For a fruit beer, it's fruity and fresh enough. Wasn't amazing but I quite liked the bitterness from the Tettnang hop variety used here. Helped the flavor a bit.

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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 StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager in their summer variety pack last week for $13.29 at Meijers. I thought I would give this years summer variety pack a try and this was the first one that I randomly picked out, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain and typical for most Samuel Adams beers. It poured a lightly hazy golden color that took on some nice amber hues when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of clumpy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with loads of berry aromas coming through with blueberry sticking out the most but there's also some other mixed berry like aromas in the background. The blueberry has a pretty natural like aroma. Towards the end I get some grainy, bready and cracker like malts with a slight bit of yeast towards the end. This beer had a nice aroma, the blueberry was showcased nicely and there were some decent lager aromas in the background.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some nice berry flavors, blueberry sticks out the most but there are still some nice generic berry flavors in the background. It tastes natural and not overly sweet or artificial. Up next I get some nice lager flavors that stick out just enough and impart some grainy, biscuit, and cracker like malt flavors with a slight bit of yeast. On the finish there's pretty much not bitterness at all with some more blueberry that carry over to the aftertaste along with some cracker malts. This is a nice tasting beer, the blueberry isn't overpowering or artificial and I can still pick up some of that lager base.

M- Very smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of Blueberry Lager, I'm not the biggest fan of blueberry beers and I think they go best with stouts, but this one was different and I enjoyed it much more than i expected, so far it's the best non stout blueberry I have had so far. This beer had good drinkability, it was very smooth, clean, refreshing, and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these on a warm summer day, but the blueberry might wear on me after that. What I liked the most about this beer was how nicely the blueberry was showcased, there wasn't any point were the blueberrys felt artificial. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, it was great for what they were going for and I can't think of anything that was wrong with it or that I wish was changed, it was nice just the way it is. I might buy this beer again if they sold it on it's own, i wouldn't turn down one of these on a warm summer day and I think it would be a nice beer to keep on hand for people that aren't too experienced with craft beer, I would recommend it to anyone who likes fruit or blueberry beers, even the regular lager drinker might enjoy this. All in all I was happy with this beer, I started to expect the worst since I haven't had the best track record with Blueberry beers, but this one was surprisingly nice and it may change how I feel about the style. Good job Sam Adams, you guys nailed what your were going for and I have no doubt that this will make a great gateway beer into the craft beer scene for a lot of people, nice work.

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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 9/2013.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and blueberry jelly aromas. Taste is much the same with blueberry muffin flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is suite drinkable with a solid blueberry presence in the aroma and flavor.

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