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Old 07-23-2012, 05:35 PM   #101
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Does anyone else think Sam Adam's beer sucks .

No, i dont.

Sure, it isnt a high end beer like stone or rogue but they are pretty tasty as far as a mass produced, store bought beer goes. I admire their different varieties they have been producing lately. They are really offering a lot of different choices. Boston lager is an excellent DD, and i love their noble pils in spring/summer but i only found it once this year! i think it is much better than some of the common german pils you can buy at stores, it has more favor imo.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #102
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The other day I had a SA Boston Lager from a tap at an airport bar. I couldn't even finish it and at $10 a pint that was a shame. It just tasted terrible, almost skunked. I was tempted to ask the bartender when the last time the beer lines were cleaned. I'd always enjoyed the lager before but it had been awhile since I had one, (couple years) I don't know if my tastes have changed that dramatically or if was just what but that beer at the airport was sickening.

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Old 07-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #103
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Except for a couple of fruit based beers - SA is tops. Also love their web site and the bottle labels come off easy. When I want commercial beer they are on the list.

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Old 07-23-2012, 05:48 PM   #104
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The other day I had a SA Boston Lager from a tap at an airport bar. I couldn't even finish it and at $10 a pint that was a shame. It just tasted terrible, almost skunked. I was tempted to ask the bartender when the last time the beer lines were cleaned. I'd always enjoyed the lager before but it had been awhile since I had one, (couple years) I don't know if my tastes have changed that dramatically or if was just what but that beer at the airport was sickening.
thats ironic, i had my first boston lager from tap this weekend in years. (it was that or bud light and i would rather drink lemon juice than bud light). I was super impressed by the bouquet of flavor. it almost had a fruit note to it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:03 PM   #105
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The other day I had a SA Boston Lager from a tap at an airport bar. I couldn't even finish it and at $10 a pint that was a shame. It just tasted terrible, almost skunked. I was tempted to ask the bartender when the last time the beer lines were cleaned. I'd always enjoyed the lager before but it had been awhile since I had one, (couple years) I don't know if my tastes have changed that dramatically or if was just what but that beer at the airport was sickening.
This wasn't at DFW was it? I had the exact same experience at a TGIFridays in DFW a couple of weeks ago.

I don't mind most of SA's beers. Unlike a lot of people on this board, I enjoy the Latitude 48 (though I won't go out of my way to look for it). However, the Chocolate Bock tastes too much like Yoohoo to me. There's no way I could drink more than 1 of those in a row.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:33 PM   #106
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This wasn't at DFW was it? I had the exact same experience at a TGIFridays in DFW a couple of weeks ago.

I don't mind most of SA's beers. Unlike a lot of people on this board, I enjoy the Latitude 48 (though I won't go out of my way to look for it). However, the Chocolate Bock tastes too much like Yoohoo to me. There's no way I could drink more than 1 of those in a row.
An airport bar? My guess would be dirty tap lines. I'd try bottle beer next time.
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Sam Adams has done an amazing thing - opened up the world of better beer for millions of people.

For most of those people, it's Boston Lager. They hardly realize there are other styles of beer than lagers. (Dark beers?)

OK, I don't usually buy Sam Adams beers(well, I did get some for Octoberfest). For almost every style they make, there is a better example from a microbrewery. Will I drink a Sam Adams offered at a party or a friend's house? Yes! Will I drink BMC if that is all that's available? NO!

Most that don't like Sam Adams either:
1. Don't like the style of the beer in question and are comparing to a different style(that they like), or
2. Are comparing to a great microbrew or homebrew.

or both.

Sam Adams makes a credible beer for every style they make. They are a big company, however, and seldom match the best microbrew or homebrew available. Heck, I can't find any poured beer in Nevada that tastes as good to me as my standard IPA or Pliny clone I make. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a well made commercial beer.

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Old 07-25-2012, 12:30 AM   #108
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I think sa is OK but if anyone anything opened my eyes to good beer it was Smithwick's


And dogfish head

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How the hell are they so popular and successful? I know marketing has a lot to do with it, but most all of their beers are awful and leave the nastiest aftertastes. It's just bad. I'm always suckered into buying something new of theirs and get pissed off thinking it'll be different, but it never is.
I'll go so far as to say that Sam Adams is HIGHLY OVERRATED...
BUT, it's not nearly as bad as Sierra Nevada or Ninkasi.
Regards, GF.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:40 PM   #110
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According to the company, Samuel Adams uses only the finest Noble hops that cost 20x as much as average Noble hops. Their beer must be awesome!!!

I've had about 10 different Samuel Adams beers and most of them were just OK and some of them were blech. My favorite is their barrel aged Third World Trippel. It's the only SA beer that I thought was better than meh.

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