Sam Adams Tasting
June 11, 2010 by Kathryn Oakes, Marketing Manager Anheuser-Busch InBev Division, Dayton
Recently I attended a casual beer tasting at a friend's house and Sam Adams beers were on the tasting menu. I was pretty excited to try these beers as they are out of my comfort zone a little. I usually like to stay around light beers such as Michelob Ultra and these beers definitely offered more bite (but in a good way).
The first beer we tried was Sam Adams Boston Lager. This was definitely one full tasting beer. You can tell right away that lots of hops were used in the brewing process. I though Boston Lager was bold and left a rich after-taste of full flavor. After a couple drinks, I could taste more caramel notes under the hop flavor. After this first beer, I was definitely interested in trying the other beers we had lined up.
Our next beer was Sam Adams Summer Ale. Summer Ale is the seasonal that comes out in March and is around all summer long. While we were trying this beer many friends were raving about the other Sam Adams seasonals! It seemed like the most popular seasonal was the Sam Adams Winter Lager...I will need to try this once December rolls around. This Summer Ale had definite tastes of lemon. I am not a huge wheat beer fan, but Summer Ale was subtle. It had a nice balance of the lemon citrus and the hop spice.
Our beer tasting concluded with Sam Adams Light. This was like no other light beer I had ever tried. The color was a rich amber color which was the first difference I noticed. I expected a light golden color typical of other light lagers. The taste of Sam Adams Light was very good. It still had the hop flavor of the Boston Lager just a little more toned down. To me, this beer still had the caramel flavors but it was slightly sweeter. I think this was my favorite beer of the entire sampling, so it was great that I saved the best for last.
Have you tried these Sam Adams beers? Are there any other beers in the Sam Adams line you have tried? Let me and other HeidelBLOGGERS know.