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sam adams: is it serious beer?? which are best and which are your faves??

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it is probably the pre eminent American brand not counting the mega bews like Bud and Miller.

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  1. Sam was the first beer I had that had flavour and inspired me to try more. I still like the Boston Ale, Black Lager and Old Fezzywigg, And while I no longer really like the Cranberry Lambic it did get me to try true versions of that style. Also their homebrew competition got me started homebrewing, so I'll be grateful to Jim forever for that.

    1. I love the Imperial Pilsner, and maybe one day I'll get to try the Utopias. I remember enjoying the Boston Lager immensely 15-20 years ago, before the influx of microbrews on the market and when the only other choices were BMC and green bottle imports. Since today there are better choices IMO, I seldom if ever buy any of the contract-brewed SA six packs (BL, Pale Ale, White Ale, Summer Ale, etc.), though they're basically decent and still might be the only real choice in many areas.

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      1. re: Psychobabble

        Yeah, the Imperial Pilsner really surprised me. Most of the SA products strike me as extremely nondescript, but I liked the IP a lot. I thought it really tasted like a concentrated pilsner.

      2. Sam Adams brews some really quality stuff. While i do not enjoy everything they produce they are a solid brewery and one that generally brings BMC drinkers into the wider world of beer. When I am in a beer wasteland, Boston Lager is my go to choice.

        My favourites that they make are Double Bock, Old Fezziwig, Holliday Porter, Black lager, Boston Lager.

        Good but I wouldnt go out of my way for:Scotch Ale, Boston Ale, IPA.

        Dont like:Cherry Wheat, Cranberry lambic, Summer ale, Hefeweizen, White ale(I just do not like their attempts at any wheat beers)

        I had the Triple Bock back in 1995 and remember it tasting like balsamic vinegar. However i was only 19 at the time so I figured i would give it another shot. I just got a bottle off of ebay to see how it has aged and/or how my pallette has changed. I will post my findings.

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        1. re: MVNYC

          You'll likely find that, with age, the character of Triple Bock evolves from bright and balsamic to subtle, smooth, and very much like soy sauce. ;-)

          1. re: braineater

            ....and hopefully, not La Choy's :-))

          2. re: MVNYC

            We don't get a huge selection here in the Middle of Nowhere, Iowa, but what I've tasted I like...EXCEPT the Cherry Wheat. Mike brought me home a six of that once, thinking I might like it. My first thought was, "Who put Robitussin in my beer?"

            1. re: MVNYC

              I thought the White Ale was great this year, on tap.

            2. My mom says their light lager is the best lower alcohol beer commonly sold, and has much more flavor than any of the lights.

              1. I think Sam Adams is one of the breweries responsible for bringing greater attention to and appreciation of American craft brews. While their beers are never my first choice, they are much better than the mega-corporate ones. And I thank them for opening the door for smaller, more specialized microbrews.

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                1. re: mojoeater

                  When I am at a bar and there isn't a true european brew in site, Sammy is always my fave.

                    1. re: Chinon00

                      Ooooohhh...Stella over Sammy. :) of course.

                          1. re: stellamystar

                            Yeah a lot of people do. Never understood the popularity, myself. Tastes indistinguishable from any other mass-market Euro lager.

                            1. re: Josh

                              Stella had outrageous marketing behind it. I hadn't seen anything like it since the Spice Girls back in the mid 90s.

                              1. re: Chinon00

                                totally agree, stella is bad special export. ;)

                        1. re: stellamystar

                          I hated Stella the moment I tasted it. I think they began their marketing blitz in the 70's which was the first and nearly the last time I drank it. I tried some more recently since it had been years since. I didn't finish it. IMO you're better off with an Urquell, or even a Budvar (just had it again in Israel).

                          1. re: stellamystar

                            In the UK they call Stella the "wife beater beer" because people get so belligerent off that stuff and bars will actually put you on a Stella "ban" if you get too rowdy.

                            Stella is a great dive bar beer.

                            1. re: adrienne156

                              It was only good when Brando cried it out.

                                  1. re: mojoeater

                                    That's correct but not ironic :-))

                          2. re: stellamystar

                            I'm still trying to figure out just what a "true [E]uropean brew" is. Apparently Stella qualifies?

                            1. re: Chinon00

                              It *is* brewed in Europe. Like St. Pauli Girl. Or Grolsch. >:-D

                              1. re: Josh

                                Stella Artois was again brilliant marketing. For the light lager crowd it gave them the same beer that they've always liked but wrapped in apparent gravity and history (i.e. brewery founded in 1366, cool glass, cooler name, imported . . .) Stella had solved the "mystery" of serious beer for many light lager drinkers because by all appearances it looked like a beer snob's beer; but they could drink it and enjoy it . . . like a Bud.

                                1. re: Chinon00

                                  It's interesting that until just a few years ago Stella operated a floor maltings across the street from the brewery.

                                  They have done a great marketing job. I understand that Stella glassware is part of the package if you want to serve the beer on-premise.

                                  1. re: Chinon00

                                    Considering how many bottles of dreck, with that friggin' slice of lime and at premium pricing, Corona sells they walk away with the prize as Champions of Hype Marketing, IMO. Stella is a just worthy also-ran in this contest.