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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sam Adams - Boysenberry Wheat

Beer: Sam Adams - Boysenberry Wheat
(2006 LongShot Homebrew Winner)

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Style Description from our friends at BeerAdvocate.com: An Americanized version of a Hefe Weizen, these beers range within the pale to golden range in color. Reminiscent of a Hefe Weizen in appearance, unless filtered. Long-lasting head with a light to medium body, higher carbonation is proper. German Weizen flavors and aromas of banana esters and clove-like phenols will not be found. Most use a substantial percentage of wheat malt. Hop character will be low to high but most are moderate in bitterness. There may be some fruitiness from ale fermentation though most examples use of a fairly neutral ale yeast, resulting in a clean fermentation with little to no diacetyl.

Often served with a lemon wedge (popularized by Americans), to either cut the wheat or yeast edge, which many either find to be a flavorful snap ... or an insult and something that damages the beer's taste and head retention.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%

How was it served? From a bottle Glass: Standard pint glass

Location of tasting: "BigDog" Mike's house

Reviewers: Bryon & guest reviewer - "BigDog" Mike

Bryon's Review

1. Appearance -
Sam's Boysenberry Wheat had an inviting golden bown color, with a cloudy or hazy quality. I was dissapointed with the moderate head, but that may have been due to my pouring technique.

2. Smell - Sam's Boysenberry Wheat has a sweet fruity smell. Pleasant enough, but not what your average beer drinker would come to expect from a typical pint. (A note on smell - I have a very limited sense of smell, that comes and goes, so my opinions on beer smells should be taken with a grain of salt...)

3. Taste - This beer can best be described as a buttery boysenberry pancake in a bottle. The berry favoring was good, not overpowering, but any more would have been. Visions of berry muffins danced in my head. The beer's creator did a solid job of balancing the berry and fruity undertones with the beer's mild bitterness.

4. Mouthfeel - Creamy and toasty with a healthy amount of carbonation. Not heavy, but bordering on chewy, which goes hand in hand with my pancake and muffin analogies.

5. Drinkability - A drinkable beer, if you don't mind the berry undertones. I'd have more than one if it was being served, but this isn't something I'd drink on a regular basis. The novelty of the berry flavoring may get old.

Drinkability Scale from 1- 10: A strong 6.

And for a second opinion...

"BigDog" Mike's Review

1. Appearance -
Cloudy but inviting, complemented by a splendid head.

2. Smell - Sweet and fruity, with a delightful herbal quality.

3. Taste - Full flavored, bruity but exciting. Balanced with a taste of Spring in mind.

4. Mouthfeel - Chewy and fruity - fully balanced.

5. Drinkability - Very fruitfull!

Drinkability Scale from 1- 10: 8

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