Sunday, May 15, 2016

Samuel Adams Heaven or Helles

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20Chad9976 (1593) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 7C Pale Kellerbier

AROMA: Moderate spicy hops and honey-like malt. Faint DMS (acceptable). Touch of citrus, too. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Washed-out gold; quite hazy but effervescence is easy to see. Large, white, foamy head; excellent lacing. /3

FLAVOR: Grainy sweet profile overall. Slight honey and cracker flavor. Hop bitterness is more than moderate with prominent spicy flavor. Some lemon pith on the finish. Faint diacetyl (acceptable) seems to tie the flavors together. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: More crisp than creamy, though not as bubbly as a pilsner. Smooth and refreshing with slight lemony aftertaste. ABV seems a tad high, but is easily sessionable. 4/5


TOTAL SCORE: This is actually to-spec on nearly every point. Surprising considering how obscure this style is and its target audience. Great summer beer but should be in cans. 41/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

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