A Year of Beer #2: Samuel Adams Belgian Session

I picked this up as part of Sam’s Beers of Summer pack for 2013. I’m a huge, huge fan of sampler packs–I remember buying a Saranac “12 Beers of Christmas” back in school as a way to try a variety of different styles at once, from stout to IPA, and I think there’s no better way to experiment outside of going to a bar. Plus, there are relatively few beers that could hold my attention through an entire case (or even half-case), so as long as I like most of what’s included, I’ll go with a sampler 9 times out of 10.

The beer has flavors of apricot and lemon with some more pronounced citrus. No skunkyness at all, but a pleasant honey-sweetness that’s very refreshing. I’d assume this was a hefeweizen if somebody poured it for me. The label notes some spiciness, which is present (once I stopped to think about it), but not overwhelming. I’m guessing the intention was to take a traditional Belgian beer and tone it down a bit so you could drink more than one, hence “session” in the name. Definitely a good summer beer. Wish I had another weissbier or hefeweizen to compare it with.

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