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RATINGS: 4350   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Re-rate: I used to be a big fan of Sam Adams, but I had it again the other night and after tasting much better beers I have realized that this brew is not all it’s cracked up to be. Drinkable, good, but not worth a detailed description.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tplindler (37) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
You can see all the other descriptions so I’ll spare you. In my opinion, one of the best mass-produced American beers (Sierra Nevada being the other).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Good lager. Solid. Good appearance, kind of bitter. Good body, nice and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Pours honey amber with a moderate amount of cream white head. Slightly sweet hops and some light grainy aroma. Hint of Juicy Fruit and mint. Body is light, but not watery. Mostly smooth malt up front with a slightly crisp finish. Which is gradually taken over by sweetness. Overall, nothing offensive. Or noteworthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Pours a transparent reddish amber, nice-sized fluffy, lasting off-white head. Aroma is straw-hoppy. Bitter incept, a bit sour. Mouthfeel is rather insipid and finish is nondescript. Aroma & appearance belie the rest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Bottle. Amber with quickly vanishing head. Aroma malty and floral. Malty sweet up front with a sharp finish. Not too bad actually. Much better than most american lagers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lamas (1539) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours orange with a nice thick tan head. Sweet at first then bitter. Somewhat malty then a slight hoppiness. One of the best common beers available. Usually at a good price too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2004
Pretty solid brew. A bit of floral, noble hop aroma with a light hint of malt on the nose. A dark-gold color with a white head. Sweet, lightly modified malt flavor with a bit of hop flavor, but not a lot of bitterness. An easy drinking lager.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Littlechemist (3) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - NOV 19, 2004 does not count
One of my favorite beers. You can get it anywhere. I love the citrus/spicy flavor with dry finish and the price makes this beer a common inhabitant of my sub-zero.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pretty good beer. The taste is sort of similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. But Sierra is just better. The beer is priced really well though. The aftertaste is a little too strong.

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