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RATINGS: 4249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Samuel Adams Boston Lager® is the best example of the fundamental characteristics of a great beer, offering a full, rich flavor that is both balanced and complex. It is brewed using a decoction mash, a time consuming, traditional four vessel brewing process discarded by many contemporary brewers. This process brings forth a rich sweetness from the malt that makes it well worth the effort. Samuel Adams Boston Lager® also uses only the finest of ingredients including two row barley, as well as German Noble aroma hops. The exclusive use of two row barley not only imparts a full, smooth body but also gives the beer a wide spectrum of malt flavor ranging from slightly sweet to caramel to slightly roasted. The Noble hops varieties, Hallertau Mittelfruh and Tettnang Tettnanger, add a wide range of floral, piney and citrus notes, which are present from the aroma, through the flavor, to the lingering smooth finish. We take great pride in the Noble hops used in our beers. They are hand selected by Jim Koch and our other brewers from the world’s oldest hops growing area. Among the world’s most expensive, they cost twenty times as much as other hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1470) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2015
There are certain beers that are milestones in the history and development of the American craft beer movement and Samuel Adams Boston Lager might be one of the most significant of them. We literally have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the craft beer selection, so old standbys like this tend to be overlooked and underappreciated. But when given the same treatment as the must-have beer of the moment, this does hold under scrutiny and over time.

I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. It came as part of a 12-pack for $15.99 ($1.33 a bottle or $0.11 per ounce). The freshness date was notched at 12/15.

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber/copper hue. Completely clear with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a fairly large, white, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Mostly a standard lager scent, though cleaner than most with a slight malt presence. Faintest floral aroma from the hops.

Taste: This beer tastes how a standard, traditional, no-frills, well-made lager should. I get distinct malt and hop notes at right times. First, a slightly toasty malt character with a touch of nuttiness. At the crest the hops appear and create for a light spicy sensation; akin to rye bread (which really complements the bready malt character well). There’s a dry bitterness on the finish with a mild floral sensation in the aftertaste. These flavors repeat and become a little stronger as the beer warms. This isn’t a massively complex brew by any means – but it’s not supposed to be. For a lager it’s plenty flavorful and enjoyable and that’s why it’s endured for literally decades now.

Drinkability: There was a time when this beer’s 4.9% ABV was considered rather heavy. Certainly, it’s got the body of a beefy brew when compared to other lagers of the potency. The mouthfeel is fairly soft in texture, but still light enough and carbonated enough to create for a crispness as it goes down. I would not consider Samuel Adams Boston Lager refreshing, though it’s arguably sessionable and yet strong enough to stand up to any American fare.

RATING: 8/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cosmo6644 (101) - Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Aroma is Carmel and roasted malts, flavor is similar with some sweetness, very good mouth feel, always a classic ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4762) - Freising, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2015
(bottle) hazy amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of caramel, pears and honeymelon, with a light hint of lemon dishwashing liquid, chlorine, lots of floral hops and raisins. flavour is mostly the same, caramel and floral hops, slightly oaky, with some more floral hops, faint notes of honeymelon and a light-bitter treebark finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savage_Night (199) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Pours a light brown/orange with a fluffy white head. Head retention is great. AROMA: malty, lightly hopped, caramel, grass bitterness and lightly spice. TASTE: malty, light hop bitterness, caramel, spice, grass bitterness, herbs, faint herbs, hay and leaves. AFTER TASTE: spice, grassy, malty and caramel with and oily crisp dry finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Carlowxxx (113) - Carlow, IRELAND - AUG 15, 2015
Bottled (4,8%). Dark orange colour with beige mediumsized head malty aroma. Malty flavour. Long hoppish aftertaste. Balanced, but not too exciting. it like bad best bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beergaard (238) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
Quite crisp and refreshing pilsner character. Other than that nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Werckmeister (1069) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 11, 2015
355ml bottle bought at a random Turkish supermarket and drunk in Turkey. BB 10/2015. orange light hazy color, small white head. smell of pines, light malty sweetness, light citric notes & some herbs. medium body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. taste of pines, tobacco, malty sweetness, light cardboard, some citric notes, a bit dusty. finishes with citric notes and some pines. decent, does not taste very fresh though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ozzy70 (206) - - AUG 9, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with white head that remains. Aroma of hops. Taste of malt and hops with some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cityzen (102) - FRANCE - AUG 4, 2015
Un goût de biscuit et de réglisse pour cette bière ambrée plus légère que la moyenne du type. Une meilleure surprise que l’attendu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (868) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 2, 2015
Shepherd Neame version on tap at the Assembly Rooms, Epsom (JDW). Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma of malt and biscuit. Sweet finish.

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