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Samuel Adams Harvest Collection Sampler

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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  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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