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Samuel Adams Harvest Collection Sampler

dsmacmurchy August 7, 2012 Beer, Sampler 2 Comments

The Sam Adams Har­vest Col­lec­tion sea­sonal vari­ety pack con­tains 6 styles of beer, with 2 bot­tles of each style. The sam­pler really caught my atten­tion because it con­tained new fall beers that I have never tried. Of course, they threw in Boston Lager and also Lat­i­tude 48. The beers that drew me in were Hazel Brown, Har­vest Pump­kin, Dunkel­weizen, and the famous Octoberfest.

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Dunkel­weizen

This beer is def­i­nitely a work of art. It reminds me of tak­ing a refresh­ing sum­mer wheat ale and clash­ing it with a dark fall beer.

Dunkel­weizen trans­lates into “dark Wheat” and the beer is a darker ver­sion of the Bavar­ian wheat beers of the 15th cen­tury. Dark amber brown in color, this unfil­tered ale is brewed with tra­di­tional Bavar­ian yeast, which imparts a wide spec­trum of fla­vors and aro­mas from spicy clove and nut­meg to trop­i­cal fruit and banana. The result is a beer that is com­plex and fla­vor­ful, medium-bodied with a crisp finish.

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Har­vest Pump­kin Ale

A peren­nial favorite for Hal­loween par­ties, this red­dish amber ale is per­fect for fall. Real pump­kin adds a full body and sweet­ness, while deep roasted malts lend a toasty fin­ish to this sub­tly spiced brew.

Har­vest Pump­kin Ale has every­thing you have ever wanted in a fall beer. If you like Har­vest and pump­kin beers, then this is the one to drink! It car­ries a strong pump­kin taste that matches well with the spices of the fall sea­son. A huge fla­vor pours from the bot­tle that blends between spicy and sweet. You will love this Pump­kin Ale!

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Hazel Brown

Hazel Brown is full of hazel­nut fla­vor. It tastes and smells like hazel­nut cof­fee creamer and I’m still not sure if I enjoyed it or not. Every­one who sam­pled it was dis­gusted. It is a well-crafted and unique brew that is per­fect for fall, but can you han­dle the nuts?!

This fla­vor­ful dark brown ale has a dis­tinct hazel­nut aroma and taste. Slightly sweet caramel and tof­fee malt notes accen­tu­ate the pleas­ant roasted hazel­nut char­ac­ter. This medium-bodied brew fin­ishes smooth with an under­ly­ing spici­ness from the hops.

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Octo­ber­fest

One of the nation’s most favorite sea­sonal beers, Sam Adams Octo­ber­fest is an AWESOME com­plex­ion of malty and sweet. It is brewed with five vari­eties of malted bar­ley for a big, rich fla­vor. A promis­ing brew that will leave you want­ing more…and when the sea­son is over, you will crave the Okto­ber­fest fla­vor until next fall!

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Lat­i­tude 48 IPA

Lat­i­tude 48 IPA is another hoppy, yet taste­ful Samuel Adams brew. It has a sim­ple char­ac­ter and beau­ti­ful color to it.

Samuel Adams Lat­i­tude 48 IPA is a unique IPA brewed with select blends of hops from top Ger­man, Eng­lish, and Amer­i­can grow­ing rea­sons all located close to the 48th lat­i­tude within the “hop belt” of the North­ern Hemi­sphere. The com­bi­na­tion of hops cre­ates a dis­tinc­tive but not over­pow­er­ing hop char­ac­ter. The hop char­ac­ter is bal­anced by a slight sweet­ness and full body from the malt blend.

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Boston Lager

Boston Lager is brewed with noble hops, which are low in bit­ter­ness and high in aroma. They carry a small spicy fla­vor, but the lager coun­ters the bit­ter­ness with a hint of sweetness.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager is the best exam­ple of the fun­da­men­tal char­ac­ter­is­tics of a great beer, offer­ing a full, rich fla­vor that is both bal­anced and com­plex. It is brewed using a decoc­tion mash, a time con­sum­ing, tra­di­tional four ves­sel brew­ing process dis­carded by many con­tem­po­rary brew­ers. This process brings forth a rich sweet­ness from the malt that makes it well worth the effort.

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2 Comments

  1. Erin August 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I love try­ing new beers and thanks for the recap. If there is one I don’t like in this 12 pack, then that’s only 2 beers. Pub­lix gro­cery store has them on sale this week and I bet these will fly off the shelves. For the price of 3 beers in a restau­rant you can get a 12 pack to sample.

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  2. Kevin October 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I love the Hazel Brown. It’s like the Choco­late Bock of brown ales. It’s a lot sweeter than the aver­age brown ale, but for me, that just makes it bet­ter. I did not find it overly sweet or nutty. This is a great col­lec­tion, I am not big on IPAs, but the Lat. 48 is pretty good. The Octo­ber­fest is bet­ter than I remem­ber too, it seems a bit toned down and bet­ter balanced.

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