Thursday, January 18, 2018

Samuel Adams Smoked Lager

Best before date: 5/2018

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 6B Rauchbier

AROMA: Nearly equal parts beechwood smoke and German malt. Neither is too intense, though malt character is a bit stronger. No hops (none needed). Clean lager fermentation.

APPEARANCE: Beautiful, clear, chestnut/mahogany hue (17-27 SRM). Medium tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Lightly sweet brown continental malt up front with some Marzen character. Smoke is subtle at first, but becomes quite strong at the apex. This flavor component seems to fade quickly. Finishes with an almost chocolaty flavor. Bitterness is tame with just a subtle dry sensation and no actual hop flavor to speak of. Palette is a bit mild for a Rauchbier. Clean lager fermentation. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth and quaffable, but not refreshing. No astringency; fairly clean aftertaste. Probably sessionable for some at 5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not the most authentic example of the style, but works well as an entry-level Rauchbier. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 34/50

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