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.
-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:
Abita Lemon Wheat
Mustang Summer Lager
Sam Adams Boston Lager (cans)
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 Boss Tom’s Golden Bock