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RATINGS: 4375   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2004
I recall in the late 90’s, my regular visits to NY meant drinks on tap at the Tall Ship Bar, that used to be part of the Mariott Hotel in Manhatten. Alas, the bar went when the twin towers collapsed, and hence that was my last taste of Sam Adams....until now that is. I now find myself sampling it again, this time in a nice brown bottle. It pours honey brown, with light sweet malt flavours, and with plenty of nicely rounded hops to finish. Glad to say the bottle version is as good as the tapped one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Bottled: Golden with a HUGE head. Quite hoppy with a biting finish. Not a bad beer if you enjoy hoppy beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2004
Dark golden colour with fine dense white head. Aroma has some sweetness with hints of caramel, but also a nice hoppy touch. Flavor starts sweet, ends with a nice bitter hoppyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gatsby15 (16) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
My first rating... Bottle, I really like the colour on this beer, a nice amber colour, a bit sweet at first but finishes bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Friday (30) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Smells slightly hoppy, not overpowering. Tastes with a slight hop, nice amber color, and always available wherever I go. Of the macro-brewed beers, this is always my favorite lager.

   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.

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