Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Try a Champagne Beer by Sam Adams Brewery

If you're a beer lover, you'll probably love this beer.  And if you're a wine drinker looking to break into the beer world, here's a new one to try: Infinium by Samuel Adams (Sam Adams) Brewery.

image of bottle of Infinium™
(Photo by Sam Adams)

I had the opportunity to try this beer over the Thanksgiving holiday (thanks to one of my brothers that found it and purchased it) and found it quite refreshing!  It had a crisp golden brown color with an everlasting array of bubbles.  There's definitely a strong malt character with this beer, which is way different that your traditional American "Lite" beers you find cluttering the beer market today.  A hint of spice and fruit - especially citrus - probably made up from the hops addition make this beer an easy-drinking, soft, approachable beverage.  I really enjoyed that there wasn't a lingering bitterness that you find in so many popular IPA's today.  I especially loved the bottle, and the label is incredibly unique.

The bottle - pre-opening on the Thanksgiving Table
(Photo by author)

Super cool label
(Photo by author)

The brewery claims that this beer is in a style of its own - that no other beer exists out there quite like this one.  I'd have to say, it was quite different than anything else I ever tasted (and went incredibly well with Thanksgiving!).  It's a good product for the beer world to market towards wine consumers, even though the taste does not remind me of a traditional bottle of Champagne.

Like a fine Champagne.... but a beer!
(Photo by author)

For more information on this "wine-beer," check out Sam Adam's video explanation here.  I've added the spec notes from the brewery for those that are interested:

Flavor: Light and dry with a crisp clean malt character, and delicate fruit and spice notes
Color: Pale golden with a sparkling effervescence, 8 SRM
Original Gravity: 20.5° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 10.3%ABV - 8.1%ABW
Calories/12 oz.: 278
IBUs: 10
Malt Varieties: Custom blend of two-row malted barley, malted spring white wheat, and malted oats
Hop Varieties: Hallertau Mittlefrueh, Spalt Spalter, Tettnang Tettnanger and Hersbrucker Noble Hops
Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams ale yeast, Belgian yeast
Availability: Limited Release Holiday 2010
First Brewed: 2010

1 comment:

  1. Well that's looks amazing. surely going to take it a try. I always love to seek some taste in order to provide with some quality in my Wine of the Month Club