I think this might be a first for The Brew Club – I’m talking about a beer that I haven’t tried yet! Sam Adams Infinium is that beer that I’m pondering, and before I run out to buy it I wanted to see if perhaps you have tried it and what your opinions are.
Infinium sounds interesting enough, but I’ve been disappointed by interesting-sounding beers before, despite the fancy names and fancy wrappers. With the beer budget being more carefully spent nowadays, I thought I’d ask for some feedback, but if you want to cut to the chase, just scroll down a bit to participate in our simple poll.
There’s a few good reasons I want to try this beer. Among them, I think that a collaboration beer between one of the oldest breweries in the world, Germany’s Weihenstephan and Sam Adams, a relative upstart from America has to be decent at least, right?
The description of Infinium from the Sam Adams website also has my interest piqued. (but that’s what copywriters do, right?) Here, check it out and tell me this doesn’t sound good to you.
“A groundbreaking brew, made with only the four traditional ingredients: malted barley, hops, water and yeast, Infinium™ is a crisp champagne-like beer with fine bubbles and a fruity, spicy aroma. The crisp clean malt character and delicate fruit notes in this beer are complemented by a slight citrus flavor from dry hopping with Bavarian Noble hops. Bottle conditioning adds another layer of complexity…”
I think that its interesting that this beer was developed with the ‘German Purity Law’ of 1560 in mind, where only water, malt, hops and yeast are supposed to be used. To me, a non-brewer, that would seem to be a tough challenge and I’d be interested in seeing what these great beer minds were able to produce together.
It seems that the intent was to create a beer that could take the place of champagne for celebrations like New Year. Good timing, I’d say! The description goes on to say that the 10.3% ABV beer is “Light and dry with a crisp clean malt character, and delicate fruit and spice notes” and its look is “Pale golden with a sparkling effervescence.”
Sounds ‘champagney’ to me, which could be a very good thing, but I would hope Sam Adams Infinium is different enough to NOT be champagne. Know what I mean?
So, I admit to being smitten by the story behind this beer, and as someone that respects both breweries I’m encouraged. But, I’m not quite sure I want to spend $20 or so on a beer that sort of tastes like champagne. (If it does) So, that’s where you come in!
Have you tried Sam Adams Infinium? What did you think of it? Would you recommend it to a friend? Let us know in the comments section. And/or, enter your answer in our simple poll. I’m curious what you think! 🙂
Help a brother out and let me know before New Year!