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Should you buy the Sam Adams summer mix pack?

by Nick Trougakos Published: May 9, 2013

Those lazy, hot summer days are (hopefully) on their way, and the full run of summer seasonals are making their way into local liquor stores.

This year’s summer seasonal mix pack from Sam Adams is one of those selections. This year’s pack includes six varieties: Boston Lager, Summer Ale, Belgian Session, Little White Rye, Porch Rocker and Blueberry Hill Lager.

You may ask yourself, “Should I buy the Sam Adams summer mix pack?” To help you answer that question, I went ahead and tried all these beers. I can tell you the answer is… no. Sort of.

I jotted down mini-review-notes for each beer — excluding Boston Lager and Summer Ale, which have been around forever and/or you’re probably already familiar with.

Here were my thoughts:

-Belgian Session: Maybe a little too sessionable. More of a gateway beer — just a hint of Belgian yeast flavor — than a complex craft beer.

-Blueberry Hill Lager: Very sweet beer. Definitely shows off the blueberry. Reminds me somewhat of a Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. Probably good in small doses only.

-Porch Rocker: This Radler (beer-lemonade mix) is refreshing and sweet. Easy to drink, but the high sweetness level started to become a little off-putting by the end of the glass.

-Little White Rye: By far the class of this pack. A witbier with an interesting twist — the rye and a touch of sage give this a unique flavor. Wish they had this in a stand-alone six pack.

So, to sum up, if I didn’t have the Blueberry Hill, Belgian Session or Porch Rocker, my life would go on quite fine, I think. But I could do with a little more Little White Rye. Sam Adams has a winner with that beer, in my books.

Daily Pints

-All kinds of new beers are arriving in Oklahoma or will arrive next month. With the assist from Freddy at the Jenks BierGarten and other liquor stores that post new releases, here’s what we have:

Left Hand Twin Sisters Double IPA

Prairie Bomb

Prairie Legend

Abita Lemon Wheat

Mustang Summer Lager

Sam Adams Boston Lager (cans)

Newcastle Bombshell

Anchor California Lager

Boulevard KC Pils

COOP Bourbon Barrel Rye Wine (Elija Craig Barrels)

Great Divide Special Oak Aged Yeti

McEwan’s Scotch Ale

Mustang Dragon’s Breath

Prairie Ales Mosaic

Prairie Ales Tulsa Rugby

Rodenbach Grand Cru Vintage

Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine

Mikkeller Crooked Moon Imperial IPA

Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada

Boulevard Smokestack Barrel Aged Terra Incognita

Boulevard Boss Tom’s Golden Bock


by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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