Saturday, June 11, 2016

Samuel Adams Boston Lager (2016 re-review)


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1614) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2016

 
2015 BJCP Category: 7A Vienna Lager

AROMA: Fairly intense malt aroma; sweet caramel notes. Some floral/spicy hops. Clean lager character. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber/slightly reddish copper. Crystal clarity with CO2 always present. Fairly large, white, frothy persistent head. 3/3

FLAVOR: Soft malt presence, but quite flavorful. Caramel/toffee flavors without becoming cloying. Strong hop presence with floral and spicy notes. Bitter, but restrained. Perfectly balanced. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Body is fairly strong for 4.9% ABV. Medium sized, crisp; clean dry aftertaste. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: To-spec in pretty much every way. Not sure why BJCP doesn’t have this listed as a commercial example of the style. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

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.