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RATINGS: 4349   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
intouch (15) - Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Another rater said "usually the best beer available at places that carry only common beers", how true. I can always count on a Sam Adams when I can’t get a micro. In fact I like it so much, I just bought a case of the Winter Sampler.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
awesome beer for a macrobrewery. little sweet, hints of citrus and spices. has a nice hoppy bite to it. usually the best beer available at places that carry only common beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
when did they change this recipe? it used to be the strongest beer in the SA lineup at 6.5% now its at 4.5%??? what strikes me is the flavors they eek out of the hops in this lager...citrus, noble spiciness, very nice. the body lacks, but for a "common" beer that you can find anywhere, this lager excels. much better than average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Bottle. This beer is really pretty good. Pours amber, with a nice full tall head. Nice and malty with hints of coriander, light citrus(orange), other spices, and little hop bight in the finish. Medium mouth feel, very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - NOV 8, 2004
Unfortunately this is the best on tap at many resteraunts I frequent. Certainly drinkable though. Amber with white head that disapates quickly. Average hop, average malt with slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2004
My first rating. Figured play it safe/with what I know. Pours amber with a thick head. Ok lacing. Strong hops taste with slight bitterness at the end. Always a standby in bars.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Bottle. Aroma is sweet, like a weizen, but with faint hints of hops. Pours a light golden color. Head is thick and creamy, with an off-white color that fades fast. Taste is bitter, with hints of coffe and hops. Bitter, but relatively watery. Overall, a moderate-to-exceptional beer. Repeat buy. Carbonaion is quite light, a little too light for a beer. Possibly a repeat buy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6458) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 I feel ashamed to have taken this long to get around to rating this beer. I have beer drinking this beer for years. Not regularly perhaps, but frequently enough that I should have gotten around to this earlier. Often this beer remains the best beer I can find when dining at the national chain restaurants. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this old friend pours a copper color with a small white head. The aroma is sour and rather hoppy. The flavor is light sour malt with a hint of nut and a very nice hop finish. The finish is also mildly malty and bitter. The hops linger. I think sometimes that we have all had this one so many times that we tend to rate it a little lower than it should be. Granted there are far better beers in this world. But this remains a good beer, and for many of us a gateway into a finer beer universe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Perhaps it is a personal thing, but this beer was too sweet for me. Could be stronger, but is much less watery than most beers produced on this scale. More complex as well, notes of caramel, tea, wood. I found it became better as the hops became apparent in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jdsyversen (3) - Sarpsborg, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2004 does not count
Bottle 0,33l: Brown colour, good head and good foam, little carbonation. It had a nice aroma, fruity. Balanced taste, but a strange aftertaste, couldn’t put my finger on what it was... strange. The overall feel is a little below medium.

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