Samuel Adams Honey Queen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Braggot--ale brewed with honey, chamomile & natural flavors

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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 328
Photo of q33jeff
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Aroma is honey, grass...very light. Look is golden yellow. Medium white head. Taste is equal barley/hops, with a sweet honey finish. Sweetness leaves the palate a little sticky, but Very refreshing. Would recommend fall instead of summer.
Not very complex, but tasty.


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Photo of neenerzig
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of the bottle and into my tulip glass, this beer pours a fairly clear, slightly hazy, medium golden color with a nice white head about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a medium sized white ring lining the inside of the glass along with a big cluster swirl of foam on the beer's surface and some decent lacing. Aromas of floral spice and herb notes and some honey are certainly present along with yeasty esters and a slight hop presence. The taste is pretty much the same, with floral notes of chamomile, bits of tangerine and orange as well as honey, slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness, honey, a hint of peppercorn, and just a slight touch of hops. Has a fairly crisp, slightly prickly, smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a clean, boozy finish that leaves a slightly dry after taste/ This is just a bit to one dimensional for me.


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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

very heavy honey flavor to this beer. no wander they named it honey queen, wanted to make sure i drank this particular beer inside away form all the bees

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Photo of BrownNut
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pleasant, mild, gentle, soft, friendly, sweetish beer with several welcome things going on at once subtly behind the prominent honey flavor. Smells nice and comforting. I think it would be a good beer to give to all those people who haven't had a good entry into beer and are asking around for something more palatable for a gentler entry. Honestly I wonder if it would do well in regular grocery store sixpacks for that reason instead of special big bottle in the specialty store (Honey Brown seems to do well enough in grocery stores on the strength of the name, yet this one actually tastes like honey). This isn't one I'd want to drink all of the time due to its gentle softness but it's got good flavor, most notably honey of course, which overlaps with the malt just enough for a totally smooth flavor transition. I'd welcome a little more strength of flavor but it's good at this level too.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a ruddy golden bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.
The smell, then grasps some honey and slides in some floral and herbal aromas.
The taste was basically the same. Its a sweet one with a lingering sweet honey aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent sipping quality due to the sweetness of this beer. Its borderline cloying but for the most part, I get what's going on.
Overall, I haven't had much braggots but I'd say this was do-able for me. Probably be a great sipper on one's deck in mid Autumn evenings watching the sun go down.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has ma dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some honey, floral notes. Taste is honey, fruits, some sweetness, a light bitterness at the finish, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall an interesting and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and a half worth of white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 40 seconds. Yellow in color with a mild cloudiness to it. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: This has mild aromas of clover honey, orange blossom honey (the label says it's also made with alfalfa honey, but I have never tried that), and alcohol that entangle with subtle earthy hops and chamomile flavors and hints of sour yeast.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild clover honey and orange blossom honey flavors and subtle flavors of sour yeast. Mild flavors of chamomile enter right after as both honey flavors grow significantly stronger. Hints of earthy hops and alcohol enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for chamomile, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and thick like syrup. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish. This brew really leaves you wanting more.
NOTE: An extremely sweet brew. So much honey in it. I've had this before and I don't recall it being so full of honey flavors. I did let this cellar for about 3 months, which is not that long, but it did seem to bring out more of the honey flavors, which I love. I would like to get another bottle and cellar it for a year to see what would happen.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold. Smell of straight honey, subtle flowers almost dandelion. At first sip it is a little musty. Not funk but musty as in like an old attic. And you get very sweet honey, sweet ever so subtle tangerine, and finishes with that signature Sam Adams toastyness. But complex honey all throughout. Creamy mouthfeel, little carbonation. Very good. Would buy a case of this!

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Mostly clear yellow, thin white head.

Aroma: floral, clove, earthy, and light stone fruit.

Flavor: Medium honey and stone fruit character over the floral notes from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied. Light carbonation.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a taster at Lowe's Food Store in Winston Salem, NC. Good honey beer, but expect much more honey flavor forward...very subtle sweetness. Should have gotten a growler!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy golden body.
The aroma is mild grain.
The taste has a teasing sweetness but finishes with a lemon bitter note. Nicely balanced.
The texture is smooth but fizzy.
Nice to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear and golden, with a frothy head that leaves quite a few strands around

Smell: Bread and honey, with apple, white wine grape and chamomile tones

Taste: Honey forward, with bready undertones; in the middle, the honey continues to build, with the chamomile, apple and white wine grape flavors adding another dimension; sweet, as expected, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Braggot is not one of my favorite styles so I guess that might influence my review; I rarely drink them and this one isn't going to push me to seek out others

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a beer with apples. Taste like a hybrid between Apples (cider/mead) and beer. Light body and very sweet. Light straw pale color. Would get again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on August 16, 2015.

The pour is into a pewter mug. For a 14th Century style I might as well use an ancient type of drinking vessel. The color is olive-yellow with a moderate white foamy head.

The honey is extraordinarily over powering in every aspect of this beer. Any spice or herbal quality seemed subdued because of the honey.

Medium, slick body (like honey).

Again, uber-sweetness, which is a bit difficult to take. I didn't mind it but I would have preferred something more herbal.

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Photo of pagriley
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours golden straw with a tall fluffy white 2 inch head
S - Sweet, slightly floral with a hint of lemony citrus
T - Slightly fruity, sweet and with a pleasant slight hop bite to finish. Honey is there lingering in the aftertaste. Puts me in mind of a very subtle belgian triple brewed with honey instead of candi sugar. A very subtle tartness as well helps keep the sweetness in check.
F - Medium bodied, slightly thick mouth feel with a sweetness on the finish. Could get sticky if you had a lot, but a 10oz pour is just right. Lager like crispness to the finish

Overall a very interesting experience. glad I tried it!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A unique mix of honey and other interesting flavors I've not experienced in a beer before. If other braggot style beers are like this one, I'm on board.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yet another sam adams surprise, many of 22s are extremely underrated and this is another one. Very interesting beer that is a lot better than it is getting rated.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper pour. Normal lacing and retention, outstanding head volume.

Light nose of honey with a touch of floral hops.

Medium body with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Normal carbonation with a nice bit of effervescence in the middle and a finish that is slightly prickly.

The flavor profile is quite good, but is a bit weak on intensity and complexity to warrant outstanding. Balance is superb. It begins with a light honey sweetness that flows into a slightly tart middle. The middle also brings a hint of hop bitterness and a subtle grainy biscuit character. This character is most pronounced in the finish. The finish is slightly dry and is where chamomile is most evident.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Orange with a white head, some decent lacing, some carbonation, cloudy, looks good.

A: Honey comes through really well, it has a natural honey aroma, malts, slight chamomile aroma, smells earthy, herbal, grassy, has a slight lager yeast aroma to it.

A: Some moderate bitterness up front, honey, herbs, grassy, earthy flavors, finishes slightly bitter with malts at the end.

M: Carbonation really comes through on the mouthfeel, medium, dry finish.

O: I'm impressed, it has a lot going on, really enjoyed the honey, slight bitterness, carbonation on the mouthfeel, maltiness at the end, I would definitely buy this beer again even though this is my first try with the style, I would like to try other braggot beers.

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Photo of Meadist
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, it has a nice first impression, however I quickly lose interest as I reach the bottom of the first glass and into the second. There are some unpleasant yeast flavors that linger on my palette and the sweetness starts to overpower the pale maltiness.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, soft yellow-hued body with a medium-sized, frothy, white head. Good lacing.

Smell: A scent of lightly malted barley with a thin toasted edge, thinned honey, a tiny pinch of spice and some floral, lightly spicy tones with a modest apple-esque fruitiness about it.

Taste: A modest base of pale maltiness with a moderately sweet honey flavor curbed by the chamomile and just a smidgen of herbaceous hops. Some slight apple, pear tones showing as it warms. Drying as you approach the gentle finish with a lingering hint, perhaps, of orange blossom.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Granted, there's not a ponderous depth of flavor to be had, but I did find it fairly enjoyable and drinkable, which is more than I can say of some beers.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is honey and tea-like, with herbal notes.

Flavor is sweet and fairly alcoholic, with fruity fusel esters. The malt backbone emerges in the finish.

Those estery notes are offputting, but the honey definitely comes out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, floral, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet honey, fruit, floral, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice 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 with a well hidden ABV that doesn't come across in the flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant pure honey gold under a 1” head that is fairly enduring.
S: Has a honey nose over some malt.
T: Beer is mainly light grains and honey without a big hop presence. Some subtle bitterness on the finish
F: Carbonation medium, body medium light.
O: a refreshing and very pleasant beverage.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Upon my first few sips, I was all like, oooh honey, this is one tasty beer. However, 10 minutes later into my beer, the initial great impression was lost. The flavor and mouth feel became too yeasty and cloying.

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