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28. Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat

I was not sure what to expect with this beer as it is a wheat beer which I usually like but flavored with cherries just seemed a bit odd. Sam Adams website says this beer would go well with a ham and I bet it would. I enjoyed it after supper by itself and overall it was not a bad beer. The cherry flavoring was obvious while drinking the beer but did not leave a bad aftertaste. It also had a very obvious cherry aroma which was pleasing. Might have to try to Sam Adams recommendations and try another with a nice ham.

The fridge is now empty and ready for the fall flavors. Will stock up with some new brews tomorrow and should be adding more reviews throughout the week.
Pros:  Great aroma and nice smooth taste
Cons: Odd combination of cherries and beer
Alcohol Content: 5.3 ABV
Calories: 176
IBU (Bitterness): 23
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Ale brewed with cherries. Crisp and fruity with a hint of honey.
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat® follows the centuries old American tradition of brewing beer with native ingredients, in this case Michigan cherries. The sweet, fruitiness of the cherries is balanced against the crisp, cereal note from the malted wheat and the subtle citrus flavor from the Noble hops.  A touch of honey is also added for sweetness.  The end result is a sweet, refreshing beer that is light on the palate but long on complexity.

26. Samuel Adams Octoberfest (draft)

I know I already reviewed this beer but that was from a bottle and as I mentioned in my prior post draft beer is simply better. Had this beer with a nice burger at TGIFriday’s last night and enjoyed every sip (in fact I helped to finish my wife’s beer too). Perfect fall beer and great with hearty meals.
Pros: Great red color, many different flavors
Cons:  Seasonal – wish I could get it year round
Alcohol Content: 5.3%
Calories:183
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor.The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter..

25. Sebago Brewing Boathouse Brown

Draft beer is simply better than bottled beer so it is no surprise that my highest ratings will go to those enjoyed straight from the keg or cask. I had this beer after a great round of golf at Belgrade Lakes Golf Course in Belgrade, Maine. The beer was better than the round of golf as that is one difficult course. Very dark but surprisingly easy to drink. Sebago’s website says it would pair well with grilled meat or steamed mussels and I would have to agree. This beer had just a hint of sweetness to it but no aftertaste. Some people may avoid this beer due to the dark color but don’t let it fool you it is easy to drink unlike some dark beer.
Pros: Smooth, great color and flavorful
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 24
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sebago Brewing
Brewers Description: Boathouse Brown Ale is an easy drinking beer.  Peering through the glass you will find a deep mahogany color and luscious tan head.  The sweetness of the malt in our Brown Ale is offset by just enough kick from the hops.  Boathouse Brown Ale will be your “everyday” beer.  Pop the cap, pour it off and enjoy the ride!
Appearance: Deep mahogany color and luscious tan head
Flavor: The sweetness of the malt in our Brown Ale is offset by just enough kick from the hops.
Hops: Boathouse Brown Ale is a bite bolder then your average Brown Ale. We use ample amounts of Cascade and Mt. Hood hops to help balance the sweetness of the malt. This creates a very thirst quenching brown ale.  Bold enough for your palate yet low enough in alcohol for session drinking.
Malts: We use loads of rich caramel malt and black patent malt to give our brown ale it’s deep mahogany color and caramel tones.  The black malt helps create dry chocolate notes that balance well with the hops.

23. Baxter Brewing Pamola Xtra Pale Ale

You will notice the photo on this one is not my normal bottle beside a glass. Two reasons for this – first Baxter Brewing is one of the few craft brewers to choose cans over bottles (see their website for more details on this) and second I enjoyed this while camping in Baxter State Park last weekend. I was going to wait and enjoy this at Pamola Peak but thought it may not be a good idea to hike down a mile high pile of rocks after having a beer or two. The beer itself is a very easy to drink refreshing pale ale with a low IBU rating (which I like). Like some of the other beer I have reviewed this would be a good session beer.

I live and work very near the brewery and this one of the few breweries I have actually visited. They are doubling in size and have recently expanded their reach to Massachusetts. Hopefully this beer will continue to do well and they will introduce more variety soon. On my most recent visit to the brewery they had a sample red and light brown ale and both were excellent. I am looking forward to trying more from Baxter Brewing as they continue to grow.
Pros: Crisp flavor, easy to drink
Cons: Hard to get used to drinking from a can
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 26
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Subtle, sophisticated flavors from choice barley and select hops, combined with cold conditioning, give this beer its exceptional drinkability.
Technical Specifications:

  • A proprietary blend of North American 2-row malted barley, including barley grown in Northern Maine’s Aroostock County
  • Domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body
  • 3 different hop varieties, all with European roots and grown in the Pacific Northwest
  • Fermented cold and then cold conditioned
  • Clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast
  • Pure, soft water from Lake Auburn, Maine

Flavor Profile:
Brilliant clarity, bright golden in color. Pours a nice creamy head. Subtle malt and hop aroma. Crisp, clean, effervescent start with a touch of malt character and a balanced bitterness. Hop flavors linger nicely. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with a light body. Beautiful lace left all the way down the glass. Extremely drinkable.

20. Samuel Adams Octoberfest

I love this time of year – not only for the cooler days and nights but also for the beer. Many of my favorite seasonals find their way to the coolers in the fall and I will be reviewing them all in the coming weeks. Sam Adams Octoberfest certainly qualifies as one of the best fall seasonals. I happened to find it today tucked in behind a 6-pack of Summer Ale. I bought both 🙂 my last 6-pack of Summer Ale and first Octoberfest of the year. Looking forward to the Gritty’s Halloween, Shipyard Pumpkinhead and Smashed Pumpkin and all the others. Could be a busy fall.
Pros: Great red color, many different flavors
Cons:  Seasonal – wish I could get it year round
Alcohol Content: 5.3%
Calories: 183
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor.The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter.

9. Gritty McDuff’s Vacationland Summer Ale

The thing I like most about Gritty’s is the beer from the bottle tastes almost exactly as it does in the brew pub. Maybe it is because it is local and the beer is fresh even at the local supermarket. Their summer ale is typical of many other summer ales, light refreshing and easy to drink. Not my favorite summer ale and not even my favorite Gritty’s style but still a very solid beer for your summer enjoyment. The photo makes it look like it has a lot of carbonation but that was simply a bad pour on my part.
Pros: Easy to drink, light and refreshing
Cons: Slight after taste
Alcohol Content: 4.9%
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 22
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Gritty McDuff’s
Brewers Description:You can’t put summer in a bottle, but we may have come close! When the weather gets warm we roll out our summer seasonal, Vacationland Summer Ale. Vacationland is an Extra Special Golden Ale that’s light in color but full-bodied, with a snappy hop finish. A bit of extra time in the conditioning tank rounds out and mellows the ale. We use generous portions of pale malt with just a touch of wheat malt to give VSA unique flavor that?s richer than most summer brews. Cascade leaf hops add a delicate and forward hop character as well. It’s the perfect brew for all things summer. Available April-August on draft, in 6 and 12-packs, 22 oz bottles and 5-liter mini-kegs.

7. Samuel Adams Boston Lager

As you can tell I drink a lot of Sam Adams. Their beer tends to have plenty of flavor and is well balanced. Boston Lager certainly fits that description and is one my favorite Sam Adams brews.
Pros: Full flavored, easy to drink and goes well with most meals.
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.9 ABV
Calories: 175
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Complex and balanced with a beautiful hop aroma.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager® is an excellent example of the fundamentals of a great beer, offering a full, rich flavor that is both balanced and complex.  that unique flavor is the result of a perfect combination of our signature hand selected ingredients and a traditional four vessel brewing process.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager uses only the finest ingredients including two-row malted barley and Bavarian Noble hops.  The sole use of two-row barley not only imparts a full, smooth body but also gives the beer a wide spectrum of malt flavor ranging from slightly sweet to roasted.

We also take great pride in the Noble hops we use.  They’re hand selected by Jim Koch and our brewers from the world’s oldest hop growing areas.  Although they are among the most expensive hops, their unmistakable aroma and taste is essential to Samuel Adams Boston Lager.  The Noble hop varieties of Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger add a wide range of floral, piney and citrus notes, which are present from the aroma, through the taste, and all the way to the lingering smooth finish.