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RATINGS: 4267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2015
Actually brewed @Shepherd Neame, Kent... Metallic red-golden, utterly clear beer, lazily bubbled with a small white head. Sweet, caramel, some oxydation and noble hops. Rosewater, lychee. Cake, caramel, toasted malts but again a hint at good (USA-like?) hops - if once again, with a tad oxydation. Warming up, cornflakes. Light body, if pretty slick. Bit undercarbonated. Lasting light bitterness. Decent, even if big volume lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_rookie (225) - USA - SEP 23, 2015
I’m thinking of the commercial that mentions how you can float a bottle cap on the head.

Pours a nice amber color. Pretty thick foamy white head. Decent retention, very nice lacing. I’m torn, for a lager this should get a much higher score.

Aroma is caramel, and floral. A little piney, a little citrus, but not too much. Pretty hoppy, but not overwhelming. Again, this is much better than most lagers.

Taste is very good. Caramel sweet, balanced with some bitter hops, but leaning sweet. It’s earthy and rich. It has some nice lightly roasted malt. Well balanced, is it bitter, is it sweet?

Mouthfeel is light-medium. It’s a little watery, but not too much. It’s not too dry. It finishes a little sweet, although the hops do bring some bitterness into the mix. Super drinkable.

Overall, this is an amazing lager. It’s somewhat historic, opening the door to craft brews in the US. I think of it as the perfect beer to drink when golfing. Of course, it’s great any time. If you haven’t tried it, you must!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Light Amber pour big head lot of carbonation. Light malt nose taste slightly malty with lean palate. Finishes slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evolutionary (419) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Tap at hard rock Times Square. Haven't rated before??? Nose is sweet and a bit of hop. Color is light amber with medium head. Smooth and a bit crisp but thicker than a lot of ales. Dry and full, some hop burst - mild - fruit sweetness and little to no citrus bite. A decent fall back macro

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hopmaestro (848) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma is sweet malts with caramel, bread and autumn fruits.Taste is sweet and malty with a neutral character. A bit thin in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosskyle (281) - - AUG 27, 2015
12oz can on a crj900. Heavy grain with some malt aroma. Light body. Malt flavor with a grainy finish. Appearance is silver with some blue printing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turtles (956) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2015
355ml bottle from Systembolaget, says 4.7% on the bottle. Clear amber with a medium sized white head, leaving rich lacing. The aroma is floral with yeast and bread. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonated. Taste is malty with biscuit and white bread. Finish slightly dry with balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (567) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
Aroma: Sweet bready malt, molasses and caramel and yeast. Palate: Medium Body Flavor: Bready malt, caramel, touch of molasses. On the finish, the malty sweetness transitions to a lingering bitter hop and grain finish. Comment: Much maltier than the lagers from larger commercial producers. The body and sweetness holds on through the mid-palate and then a balancing bitter finish kicks in. Though I currently like a drier lager style, this is a decently made beer and I preferred it to the contrasting ale that I tasted it against (Sierra Nevada).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1504) - 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

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