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RATINGS: 4268   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2004
I like this one, don’t know why I haven’t rated it before. I didn’t have this one until I became geeky, and I was still impressed. Anyway, revisited last night. A little darker than a typical pale lager, frothy head. Mine was served near freezing, but still evinced a pleasant malty and floral hoppy aroma with a bit of spice. Flavor was lightly doughy, with some sticky, huskish grain hints. Great hoppiness for a lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2004
I remember being 19 and stuck at the Cinncinati airport for 10 hours in a snow storm. I sat with $40 in airline vouchers at the bar and drank liters of this stuff. Suprisingly good for being as mass produced by contract as it is. Very good hop aroma and well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy and bubbly white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toast, nutty), average hops (spicy, earthy), and a clean lager character. Flavor is moderate malt with a nice hop balance and medium-light bitterness; clean and smooth with a light sweetness. Light body, low warmth, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1562) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Not bad at all, pretty good actually. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with caramel. The taste of caramel, toasted malts, dark fruits, bread and hops come together very nicely. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Nice medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
archmagus (1) - Kingsville, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004 does not count
Pours with a large white foamy head and has an amber color. Initial flavor is light acidic and then starts to be a little spicy and bitter in the end with a watery texture and a fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2004
I’m so glad to see more and more restaurants in the local area carrying this beer. Of course it ain’t the best, but it’s head and shoulders over ANY other of the other US major-mass-produced crap (read that as Anheuser, Miller, Coors, etc.). At least this beer has the guts to have flavor. Malt and hops are very evident. A beautiful deep amber hue looks great in the glass. If I get home and pop one of these I’m hit with hops big time. Now, if I drink a Big Foot barley wine ale first the Sammy really shows me its maltiness. It’s not bad, but boy what a difference. If you have to pay a lot for this (bottle or draft) then that’s not good. But if this is available along side the usual lager crap then the choice is way obvious. Sam Adams Lager is a pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6031) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Bottle: Hoppy fruity aroma. Pours a very nice golden amber color. Moderate off-white head with a fair amount of retention and decent lacing. Real quick sweet taste when it first hits the tongue, then the hops take over. Relatively long lasting hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2004
Bottle. Fruit and flowery hops and malty aroma. Lots of bready malt flavours in a firm body with balancing bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dropkickm79 (53) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2004
this stuff is pretty overrated. i only had it once and never tried it again

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Probably the first American beer I had that didn’t come from one of the giants. Always good, never great ... a readily available alternative to Bud/Coors/Miller, etc. Nice amber color, malty and sweet with that distinctive Sam Adams taste ... far better on tap but good beer all around.

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