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.