World beer advent calendar 9: Sam Adams Boston Lager (USA)

Name: Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Country of Origin: USA (brewed in the UK by Shepherd Neame)

Alc Vol: 4.8%

Ah, one more that I recognise. Samuel Adams is a beer that’s fairly easy to get a hold of in the UK, though it’s often a bit expensive.

Now you’ll have to believe me when I say this: I’ve never been much of a fan of this particular beer. I like American craft beers in general, and I think they do a lot of good stuff over there, but I wouldn’t count this among their best. And so it was an unsurprising surprise that I found out that this is brewed in the UK (I’m not guaranteeing that every bottle I’ve ever had is brewed in the UK, though). Surprising because I thought it was imported, unsurprising because it tastes very much like a decent but not stellar British ale like Doom Bar.

It’s dark, and has some caramelly flavour to it, but in the end it’s kind of blunted and a bit boring. Shame, really. But then again, with high standards, it still holds up fairly well.

7/10 – prefer the Canadian beer…

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