Favorite Sam Adams beer besides Utopias regardless of BA ratings

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  1. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (328) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I dig most of SA's line up except for the fruitier beers (Cherry Wheat, Cranberry Lambic, etc.) and a few of my favorites are Noble Pils, Alpine Spring, Boston Ale and Boston Lager (not as tasty to me as it once was [my palate seems to have changed a lot over the years] but it is still a solid choice and great in a pinch).

    I never quite got the hype found with Old Fezziwig and while I can enjoy it, I find it to be a bit boring (for lack of a better term).
     
  2. andrewjraab

    andrewjraab Champion (814) Apr 5, 2011 Michigan
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    Old fezziweg (wish I could get that in sixer around Christmas )
    Tasman red
    Octoberfest
    Third voyage
     
  3. sixerofelixir

    sixerofelixir Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2009 Ohio

    Noble Pils
    Boston Lager
    Cream Stout
     
  4. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois

    Noble Pils is awesome, Winter Lager, Old Fezziwig, Boston Lager. I like most of there stuff, but not all.
     
  5. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    Not a favorite of mine either, but my girl friend loves it!
     
  6. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    1) Old Fezziwig
    2) Cream Stout
    3) Boston Lager

    I haven't gotten to their Hopology or Spring thaw but plan on picking it up...
     
  7. Njstoutlover23

    Njstoutlover23 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2012 New Jersey

    Noble Pils
    Old Fezziwig
    Kind of off topic but I really enjoyed the 2010 Longshot winners:
    Lemon Pepper Saison
    Mile High Barleywine
    Old Ben Ale
     
  8. Prh27

    Prh27 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 Virginia

    Octoberfest
    Imperial Stout
     
  9. dbauer78

    dbauer78 Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2012 Pennsylvania

    48 deconstructed simcoe, old fezzyiwig, and octoberfest, except for the cherry wheat i dont think they make a bad beer
     
  10. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (7,881) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    I want to say around the Fall of 2007. You'd think with a 91 rating and their 5th highest rated beer they might want to brew it again, #'s 2,3,4 only have 1 or two ratings and not to discredit those reviews, they're not enough to give an unbiased rating. Hallertau was an amazingly bitter and cloudy when it was cold, when it warmed up it became more clear and lost some of it's edge - weird, but it was amazing (and I'm not a big SA fan at all). I Had the chance to meet Jim Koch and asked him about that beer and he just laughed because they had to use a ridiculous amount of hops in the batch and that was the end of the conversation. ('Guess that answered my question whether or not they're going to brew it again.) IMO, the next best hoppy thing from them is the IPL.
     
  11. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas

    My favorite is the Cream Stout , its a great beer and still one of my favorites , I have a soft spot for it because it was one of my first ventures into craft beer
     
  12. AJ01923

    AJ01923 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Holiday Porter (if you can find singles) the cranberry lambic is the worst beer coincidentally in the same winter variety pack.

    If anyone remembers, years back for 4th of July they released 4 packs of beer using old fashioned ingredients. The root beer was gross but the Thomas Jefferson double wheat was awesome.
     
  13. Obsidian

    Obsidian Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2012 California

    Double Agent IPL
    New World Tripel
    Noble Pils

    I like many Sammy's though and always grab their variety packs.
     
  14. JandJMD

    JandJMD Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Maryland

    Plain old Boston Lager. Because you go to a wedding or reunion and they have Bud, Bud Light, Heiny, and then the "special/craft" offering of boston lager. And you are so thankful that they at least have that.
    (Or you find a bar with liquor)
     
  15. Providence

    Providence Crusader (704) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I guess times are tough over at SA and they can't spring for the extra hops.
     
  16. dgeebs07

    dgeebs07 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2011 New York

    in order...
    1. Tasman Red
    2. Hazel Brown
    3. Old Fezziwig
     
  17. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (7,881) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Ha! This probably sounds crazy, but I'm viewing that Hallertau Pils as a VW Phaeton. A high quality product that painted itself into a corner because the price tag didn't appeal to the VW buyers, likewise, for the avid SA drinkers it was too hoppy and too expensive. *sigh*...(I wish they'd bring that beer back...)
     
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  18. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    Old school winter lager... Yum.
     
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  19. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire

    Alpine Spring, with Merry Mischief and Double Agent IPL close behind
     
  20. JTDay

    JTDay Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2013 Georgia

    Even though it's crap: summer ale because i have fond memories of thinking about its consumption.
     
  21. Cramerican

    Cramerican Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2012 North Dakota

    Tasman Red and Boston Ale
     
  22. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Fezziwig. Nothing else comes close
     
  23. NeidhartVonReuenthal

    NeidhartVonReuenthal Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 Virginia

    Summer Ale, hands down.
     
  24. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,370) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Old Fezziwig
    Boston Ale
    Octoberfest

    I miss the old Winter Lager recipe and Vienna Lager. Pretty much got me into craft beer.
     
  25. Smokebox_79

    Smokebox_79 Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Havent tried the Bonfire yet, but I have been looking for it. Eventually gonna brew a Rauchbier myself when I get into lagering. Still doing ales till I get good at it.
     
  26. Thads324

    Thads324 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Connecticut

    Cream stout hands down
    Then Tasman red
     
  27. JK4Stout

    JK4Stout Initiate (0) May 10, 2010 Virginia

    Red Brick Ale
    Cherry Wheat
    Imperial White
    **I do miss the old Lambic though (it was a nice addition to the xmas pack)
     
  28. Demer

    Demer Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 New Jersey

    Cherry chocolate bock is pretty awesome.
     
  29. BeastLU

    BeastLU Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Honey Porter, Fezziwg
     
  30. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    dark depths, noble pils, 3rd voyage, old fezziwig, winter lager, IPL.
     
  31. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Crusader (795) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan

    Hallertau Imperial Pilsner and Whitewater IPA
     
  32. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Scotch Ale-The ever elusive & still top of my SA heap just wishin I could find it in a sixer again.
    Longshot's Dark Night in Munich-An amazing Dunkel that should have seen it's own release.
    Dark Depths-Very solid baltic porter
    HOF-Quad bock in cobalt blue bottle
     
  33. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania

    East-West Kolsch, Tasman Red, and Chocolate Bock
     
  34. BigBarley

    BigBarley Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2011 Texas

    I wish Sam Adams had a petitioning page on their website that would allow us to try and get certain beers into sixers and so forth. That's one of the few craft breweries that can afford to meet the customers requests
     
  35. Zbyler

    Zbyler Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Connecticut

    cream stout
    Double agent
    American kriek
    porch rocker (for summer sessions only)
     
  36. MIA4IPA

    MIA4IPA Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 Illinois

    Double Agent IPL is sooo Good!!
     
  37. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (4,266) Sep 24, 2008 California
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    It doesn't get much love (only a 73 rating) but I really enjoyed the Blackberry Witbier.
     
  38. prock180

    prock180 Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2013 Arizona

    I'd have to say double agent IPL for sure.
     
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  39. mp19

    mp19 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2013 Virginia

    Octoberfest
    Winter Lager
    Third Voyage.

    When I just want to kill a cold beer and not think about it- Boston Lager does the trick
     
  40. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I had an Old Fezziwig last Christmas and it was so much better than I had anticipated. I wish that they sold it on it's own and not just in the holiday assortment.
     
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