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RATINGS: 4005   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2003 Bottle, 7-3-5-3-11
Golden color. Nice hoppy aroma, dry, flowery. Unfortunately the taste is not interesting as much, quite poor malt and hops, pretty dry.
Draught, 6-3-6-4-13
Amber color. Nice aroma of hop flowers. Pretty nice body characterized by a strong bitterness, holding a long final.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
A good quality macrobrew: fresh hop aroma, good malty flavor, and a clean finish. A very drinkable brew. If you're going to buy a massed-produced beer, Sam Adams seems to be the source for good quality brews.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Smooth with a medium body and great flavor. My standby in pubs, although I have noticed a substantial difference in quality in different establishments.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2003
The first time i had this was on the Sam Adams brewery tour, and i didn't much care for it at the time. Now, i like it. I've had better beers, sure, we all have, but it's still good stuff. i like the nice hoppy-ness to it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Nice warm topaz color. Sweet and lightly hoppy aroma. The flavor (from keg) is malty wath a nice smooth hoppy finish. Really pleasant, and much better from the keg than the bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 26, 2003
a nice hoppy lager, very much in the european pilsner tradition. very easy to find for a "drinkable beer" good distribution earns them extra points

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2003
This was my first "good" beer. Fairly complex taste, nice finish. A tad expensive, so I don't pick it up too often.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Floral hops nose. A good balance between light malt and floral hops flavors. This is another one of those beers I order when there is nothing else.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 This one gets knocked alot but come on. For an everyday beer I cant complain. A copper color with a rather large head. A nice malty aroma. The flavor is somewhat bitter for a lager with some grassy and soapy notes showing through. I taste a bit of citrus, caramel, and hay. For an American Lager it may be king! Good session stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 14, 2003
(14Mar2003--12oz.bottle) I think this brew's ubiquity and familiarity cause its ratings to suffer. May have the nicest head of any beer I know. Small but amazingly persistent, with a wonderful, active carbonation. Cascades of fine-textured bubbles lighten the palate from start to finish. No burping like a crummy pilsener. This beer made Hallertau hops famous. Wonderful hop aroma, with perfect bitterness. Good maltiness, nothing particularly impressive. Generally a very clean flavor spectrum. No major faults--in a style that's easy to screw up. This is a classic--no need to bash it just because it was the first "good" beer you had. Newcastle hasn't stood the test of time for me; SABL has!


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