Samuel Adams Honey Queen
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Braggot
Ranked #11
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,583
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 13.81%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
256
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 16, 2021
Added:
Apr 28, 2013
Wants:
  45
Gots:
  49
SCORE
82
Good
Samuel Adams Honey QueenSamuel Adams Honey Queen
Notes: Braggot--ale brewed with honey, chamomile & natural flavors
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
650 ml bottle, from Costco, Sacramento, ABV is 7.5%. This braggot appears to be more of a beer than a mead. Golden colour, small white head. Brewed with clover honey, orangeblossom honey and chamomile, with alfalfa honey added (probably after fermentation). Sweetish aroma of honey, orange blossom and chamomile, some alcohol. Fairly sweet flavour, but still rather light bodied for its strength. Honey and chamomile notes. A slight alcohol sting. Very moderate hops. Well worth sampling, but not really my cup of tea.
May 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Mar 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.69 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
**
09/06/2015
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.

**
Jun 10, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by bshefftz from California

Apr 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Feb 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by fosters9 from New York

Jan 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by generallee from Virginia

Jan 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.65 by BeccaH from Florida

Aug 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by bluehende from Delaware

Aug 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by Jason_cs from Florida

Aug 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Shawnspl from Rhode Island

Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by TeejCFO from Ohio

May 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.61 by cadaugherty from Illinois

May 13, 2016
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

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.

Eric
Mar 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by MartyIU13 from Illinois

Mar 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.54 by monkeybeerbelly from New York

Mar 01, 2016
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Reviewed by yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

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
Feb 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by Raime from Korea (North)

Jan 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Jan 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.73 by mobrado from California

Dec 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by BryantForestry from Texas

Dec 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.39 by nmann08 from Virginia

Nov 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Nov 12, 2015
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Reviewed by BrownNut from Florida

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.
Nov 08, 2015
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Reviewed by SitkaSteve from Idaho

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.
Nov 03, 2015
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.
Nov 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Myotus from Texas

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.
Oct 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Masters from Massachusetts

Oct 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts

Oct 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by WasupBeerQueen from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.67 by mig100 from Texas

Oct 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.62 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Oct 09, 2015
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Reviewed by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

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!
Oct 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.44 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Oct 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Zach136 from Georgia

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.
Sep 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by fishguyac from Virginia

Sep 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.9 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 06, 2015
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Reviewed by DuffDaddy from Florida

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!
Sep 03, 2015
Samuel Adams Honey Queen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 331 ratings