Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager: Beers of Summer Variety (3 of 5)
Brewed by: The Boston Beer Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Lager
- Variation: Fruit Beer
- Seasonal: April-August
- ABV: 5.5%
- IBU: 18
Notes: Part 3/5 in Beers of Summer variety pack tasting flight.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
This crisp, unfiltered lager is aged on blueberries for a pleasant blueberry aroma and taste. To take this fruity character in a new direction, we brewed with Tettnang Tettnanger Noble hops for an added subtle citrus note – a delicious blend of flavors with a smooth lager finish.
Hops: Tettnang Tettnanger
Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, and honey malt
Artwork: Sam Adams brand label template.
Color: Slightly cloudy, golden color.
Aroma: Nice blueberry aroma.
Arrived in: Bottle
Served in: Tasting Glass
Fruit beer usually leaves the beer drinker wanting either more, or less fruit flavor in the brew. This was not the case with Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager, which offered a more than adequate balance of fruit taste, and beer.
Blueberry Hill was lightly carbonated, with a natural tasting berry flavor. It did not seem artificially flavored at all, and had a “smooth lager finish” as advertised.
It is worth pointing out that the blueberry notes started to dissipate the more you drank the beer, allowing more of the traditional lager flavor to come through. If you like heavy handed fruit beers, this would probably be a problem for you.
Blueberry Hill Lager can be enjoyed as a refreshing fruit beer, or fit nicely into the fall seasonal market that typically feature pumpkin, cider, and spices.
Final Score: 3/5
I was pleasantly surprised by Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager. It was one of the better Sam Adams I’ve had in a while, with bonus points for it being properly infused with fruit flavor.