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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Pours a transparent apple juice color with a 2.0 cm off-white head. Aroma is sweet with some mild hoppy notes in there. Start is smooth turning sweet, then ends with some mild hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is good. This really isnt horrible stuff, despite the fact it is macro.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Sour alcohol smell. Big head in the glass. Malty with a tiny bit of hops

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sdfink (30) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Sweet but reasonably full body. Slight head. Light taste. Slight malt taste.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DatFlycat (12) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
I'm not sure if my mouth has changed or if the beer has. Seems to me 10 yrs ago when this wasn't quite the juggernaut it is today, it was a quality almost-mega-brew. Of late, however, it has become reliably bitter and tinny, to my disappointment. There are still sweet undertones in the body, but the aftertaste has become impalatably bitter. Tis a shame as I'm worried the Winter Lager is following the mainline lager's lead.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Dark lager with white head. Sweet crystal malt flavor with a hint of nice hops. Every time I have one I get surprised how much I like it.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Solid lager with a gentle hop flavor and good malt. It really is never a decision. Not as much sophistication as the Boston Ale though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Kind of watery and boring. Better than Bud. Has decent maltiness with a slightly hoppy finish

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2003
Best american lager i have tried by a mile. It actually tastes like a beer. Having said that it wasnt great. Has the same ideas as budweiser (ie floral, sweet, dry etc) tho it does actually put these ideas in place. Nothing amazing. Line and length.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2003
golden lager with average head. average (but very drinkable beer. average average average

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2003
Decent beer, nothing special, a good standby for when your options are limited, and a good introductory beer for the uninitiated.


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