Posted on May 15, 2010 at 1:55 AM
I have been wanting to try this beer for a while now, it is the first Samuel Adams beer I've ever had. It's been sitting in my fridge for a couple of weeks and now I've finally got around to reviewing it.
It is a Vienna Lager from the Boston Beer Company; Boston, MA. It has 4.75% ABV and gets a B+ on Beer Advocate.
Upon pouring this beer I noticed a darker coloring than what many people are used to with lagers. It pours a very nice amber color with a nice head that stuck around for several minutes and left a nice bit of lacing on my mug.
The smell was that of hops right up front. Samuel Adams claims to use a pound of hops when brewing their beer. I believe it because you can really smell the hops. Once you get past the hops you begin to smell a very nice smell of caramel malts. Also perhaps a slight smell of sweet grains, but that may have just been my nose.
Upon tasting you get those caramel malts and sweet grains right up front. Then towards the finish in the back of the mouth when swallowed brings a bitter taste from the hops. There may be just a tad bit too much hops for my tastes, but not so bad that it made me give it a lower rating (I've had hoppier ales before... I don't know if it was the hoppiness mixed with the lager yeasts or what, but something seemed different in the hop character compared to a hoppy ale). This beer, even being on the strong side for hops gets a GLASS FULL from me. Very nice, excellent beer.