Thursday, April 18, 2013

Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (855) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 17, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. It had a best before September 2013 notch on the label.

Appearance: White gold hue, slightly hazy but mostly clear. Forms a large, white frothy head which actually leaves an amazing amount of lace for a lager and never evaporates.

Smell: Reminds me of blueberry flavored gum or other candy. A generic lager core aroma as well.

Taste: Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager is one of those beers where the first few swigs are full of the advertised taste. It’s blueberry alright, it’s pretty sweet but not overtly sugary or syrupy, etc. Though the brewer’s website says it’s beer "aged on blueberries" rather than brewed with some kind of extract of flavoring added. It does tastes a tad fake to me. But it’s a moot point since it fades quickly and second half of the glass tastes like standard pale lager. Clean, crisp, mild, adjunct-free lager - in other words, a lager that’s not very exciting despite the label’s claim of citrus from the hops (I really don’t detect them).

I also get a slight sourness or sharpness on the finish as the beer warms up. Had the palette been a little more complex, or had the initial blueberry taste endured I think this could’ve been a pretty interesting, solid beer. While there are some things to enjoy here, mostly it’s only okay.

Drinkability: Since this is a pale lager at the core it’s no surprise it drinks like one. A fairly thin, crisp mouthfeel that’s actually kind of refreshing while in the mouth. A clean aftertaste and smooth delivery make Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager highly quaffable (I actually couldn’t believe how fast I sucked this down). At 5.5% ABV it’s a bit stronger than it needs to be, but since only two come in a 12-pack that’s all you need anyway. 
Grade: 6/10