Release Samuel Adams American Summer Variety Pack (2017)

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by ESHBG, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (217) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    • Boston Lager
    • Summer Ale
    • Hefeweizen
    • Berliner Weisse
    • Tropic of Yuzu
    • Golden Hour (Helles Lager)
    There will also be a "Beers of Summer" variety pack that appears to be in cans only:
    • Summer Ale
    • Porch Rocker
    • Session IPA (new beer exclusive to this pack)
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  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,640) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Just a comment about Sam Adams and the Helles beer style.

    There is a Sam Adams beer out now called Fresh as Helles. The variety pack with have a different beer called Golden Hour (Helles Lager).

    Sam Adams is producing two Helles style beers in the same year (2017)? Who'd have thunk it!?!

  3. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (217) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I did not like Fresh as Helles, the orange blossom ruined it for me. Hopefully this beer will be more traditional and in turn to my liking.
  4. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (1,918) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    While the pack sounds good, I'm wondering why it's called American Summer when it has 3+ German style beers in it. I'm sure it's just for marketing, but still. Seems like if anything the Beers of Summer pack should be called the American Summer variety pack.
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  5. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (226) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Yes also didn't like Fresh As Helles for that reason - I like SA overall but they seem to feel the need to add gimmicky ingredients quite often.
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  6. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,640) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Because they feel that is what the beer geek market wants?

  7. rypkr

    rypkr Champion (800) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Anyone know if rebel raw will be returning this year?
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  8. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,298) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    I'll pick it up. Hefeweizen, Berliner and helles sold it for me.
  9. Soke

    Soke Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2015 Florida

    Fortunately I have a place by my that opens these variety packs and sells singles. The only thing that really interest me is the berliner.

    Sidebar: Has SA made any good fruit beers?
  10. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (270) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    Maybe it's just me but it seems like an orange-blossom helles is the last thing anyone wants.
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  11. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Zealot (526) Dec 12, 2014 California

    I loved Fresh as Helles. I thought the combination wasn't overpowering, and worked pretty well. Would have been an excellent summer beer.

    I second the Rebel Raw question.
  12. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (230) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    The Hefeweizen is pretty good. Has that typical banana and bubble gum flavor.
  13. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (217) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I had these three so far, decent. I was a little disappointed by the Helles but still drinkable.
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  14. HermitDan

    HermitDan Disciple (326) Apr 30, 2016 New Jersey

    How was the Berliner? Worth getting the twelve pack for?
  15. matcris

    matcris Meyvn (1,063) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    I'm sure a twelve pack will find it's way into my beer fridge at some point.
  16. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (217) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Enjoyable but if that is the only beer you are really interested in I would pass, it wasn't mind blowing or anything and was typical SA: middle of the road.
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  17. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (230) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    The Berliner is a lot like Leine's BeerGarten Tart. Nothing special. I thought Tropic of Yuzu was pretty interesting and Golden Hour is better than Fresh as Helles.
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  18. Tee76

    Tee76 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2009 Michigan

    Picked this pack up on the weekend and wasn't impressed at all. Besides their typical Boston Lager everything else in the pack was just average and kind of disappointing. I won't buy it again.
  19. Rorshak16

    Rorshak16 Initiate (49) Oct 18, 2016 Maryland

    The beers of summer 3 pack sounds pretty much perfect for beach/boating trips. Pretty excited about that. The rest of those new beers though..meh
  20. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Meyvn (1,440) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    I wasn't a fan of Fresh as Helles, either. Way too sweet. However, I'd like to try the new Helles, the hefeweizen, and the Berliner weisse.