Review: Beers of Samuel Adams, 2009 Releases

Review: Beers of Samuel Adams, 2009 Releases

Judging by that chill in the air, fall is definitely here, and that means a new batch of brews from Samuel Adams (and some old ones, too). Here’s how they stack up.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager – The original, and more bitter than you’d think considering how commonly available this has become. Light body, with a nicely bitter finish. Nothing fancy here at all, and with a sort of saccharine character to the sweetness, but easy to drink. B

Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale – Slightly sweet and very mild, also extremely easy to drink thanks to its pronounced caramel character. A thin body and weak finish make it less of a thrill than you’d hope for, but not bad. B

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat – They don’t lie. This ale (brewed with wheat malt) is spiked with Michigan cherries, giving it a strong cherry character somewhere between Bing and Maraschino. I rather like this more than I’d thought I would — but the prospect of drinking more than a bottle seems difficult. Honey in the brew adds sweetness. B+

Samuel Adams Brown Ale – Not my favorite in this bunch, a rather tired-tasting traditional brown that’s not very bitter, and barely hints at caramel and chocolate in the body. The body is big enough, but the finish fades far too quickly. C+

Samuel Adams OctoberFest – A big German-style pilsner, with just a little hoppiness and a spicy backbone. Like Boston Lager but, as Emeril might say, kicked up a notch. Arguably the best beer in the bunch. A-

Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen – A dark wheat beer, with big smoky character and a dark color. A touch of cinnamon on the finish intrigues, but otherwise it’s fairly straightforward, if definitely worth drinking. B+

The sextet above are available as part of a Harvest Collection Variety Pack, about $15 for 12 beers.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

1 Comment

  1. Charlie on December 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Here’s another beer blog, it’s jut straying out but it’s good for the less knowledgabl. On wort and the smell of hop. Helps me, check it out:

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