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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.


0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
labattfreak (58) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2003
This beer is neat to look at, and it has a good head. But my good impression ends there. It has a taste that is like a cheap gin. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to drink it straight or mix it with tonic water and a lime slice!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Slight hop and malt aroma. Rudy to amber with a medium off white head and no lacing. Watered down hop flavor and slight bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 I have had this one a few more times. Much better than I remembered. Nice aroma of oranges and some light carrots. The body is nice amber. The taste has a decent bite of flowers and some orange peel. Fairly hoppy for a lager. This is a nice alternative to BMC.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2003
this is quite dark. very malty, slightly bitter, very enjoyable. could be called a chocolate lager.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Poured amber in color with a decent white head. Good flavor of hops. Dry finish. This beer is the one that got me into drinking good beers, I think it kills any mast produced american brew, since it is now in that catagory. I like this beer and will order it at a bar if there is nothing very interesting on tap or bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Poured an amber color with a small white head and I can recall no lacing. Minimal hop aroma. Watered down hop flavor, slightly malty as well. Nothing special, but better than other macros

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Amber color, moderate white head. Herbal/flowery aroma. Some caramel malt as well. Pretty good balance between malt and hops. Dry finish. Pretty good macro.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
MM funny they no longer have Sam Adams the patriot on the label..i think its a bad move now the label looks pretty ugly..hope they havent messed with the beer too for popularity. For a lager this beer has one terrific appearance darker than most non-dark lagers..almost like a copper ale..a small but dense slighly off white head that lingers long..very good so far Smell also id quite good for a lager..i can smell that hop aroma pretty well..and its good and fresh. MM great malty tatse but with a solid real hop bite at the end superb stuff. Very good in the mouth not cloying at all. An exceptionally drinkable lager indeed

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Strong fruit hop aroma, full bold hop fruit taste, its one of the miracles of this century that you can get this excellent beer almost anywhere to accompany your meal

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2003
To be honest, a whole lot more than expected. In the past, Sam has either offended me or bored me to death. To be honest, I thought this would be crap. Decent citrus/floral hops dominate the aroma, with subtle malts adding sweetness to the bouquet. Low carbonation, which is not what I expected. Thin ring of lace, almost no head on the orange/yellow body. Flavor is subtle malts, half-decent hops, and a nice clean finish. Palate was a bit thin. This one really suprised me. A beer that says all the right things, just not loudly or clearly enough to impress.


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