Beer Review – Sam ’76

NASCAR returns to Texas Motor Speedway next month so I’m taking some time to trial some lighter beers packaged in cans to take with me to the races. As TMS allows fans to bring canned or plastic bottled beverages into the stands I always take my own – much cheaper. In the hot sun you also want something lighter, lower ABV and more refreshing so you can kill several without getting too buzzed. This is the beer I’m trialing tonight.

Sam ’76 is a hybrid American pale lager/ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). It’s a lightweight at 4.7% ABV and 12 IBU. Of course, it comes packaged in cans so it is a good candidate for a speedway beer, but does it make the mark?

Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod with a fluffy head that actually retains somewhat and leaves a bit of lacing. Bright grapefruit aroma up front with a touch of yeast. The body is definitely all-malt and has no taste of adjunct cereal grains – it is crisp and clean with a balanced sweetness and citrus note. Light in body with sharp carbonation, this drinks almost like a soft drink.

This beer, as expected, is nothing special but for its intended purpose I don’t think you can go wrong. I’ll grade it on a 20% curve and give it a rating of 4/5 rating because this would be a great option for a day at the races, after mowing the lawn or cooking out.

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