Welch wrote:Maybe its just me, but I don't find any of the Samuel Adams beers to be inspiring AT ALL. I've also tried one of their variety packs with I think 6 different kinds (12 pack) and all seemed very similar, nothing exciting.
The Boston Lager is good if it is decently fresh. The Noble Pils is nice. The Oktoberfest can be very good... again, if fresh; last fall I did encounter one bar where the keg had obviously gone badly off -- tasted like liquid butterscotch, we got them to change the keg! The Winter Lager is generally solid. They've also been doing some interesting stuff lately; I recently had their Smoked Bock and it was decent. They also promote homebrewing through their annual Longshot competition.
So while their beers may not be the most exciting, they do
know how to make good beer, and also do a decent job of raising public awareness that there is more to life than "Lite".
Ethyriel wrote:I aim to try everything Sam Adams does that's not fruity, because those tend to be pretty medicinal. But they do every style they attempt well. They don't push the boundaries, or do anything exceptional, but they brew honest beers that are accessible. I think it's a good thing, because they're a good avenue for people to get into craft beers, and they've done a lot of good for the community/industry.
I mostly agree with all of that but would probably qualify "every style" as "every lager style". To me their ales seem rather hit-or-miss, though the misses are at least drinkable.