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RATINGS: 4382   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Pours clear orange-yellow with a small off-white head that laces well. Nice floral hops nose. Flavor is hoppy and bubblegum, with a mildly bitter aftertaste. I don’t think much of premium lagers but if I have to drink one this is the one I’ll drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Bottle Pours a very clear medium dark amber with a white frothy head "so thick you could float a bottlecap on it". Aroma is a good balance of hops and sweet dark malt. Flavor is mostly maly, with a quite dark woody flavor, but on subsequent sips the hops starts to dominate more. Feel is not particularly thick, and the finish is a bit chalky withthe same flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ss315 (14) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2004
This is a drinkable brew. Probably my least favorite from SA. However, it is always comforting to see the Sam Adams tap in a restaurant dominated by crappy macros.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 16, 2004
Yeah, it always is a good decision. I can agree with that annoying bastard who’s in the commercials. Who is that scumbag? Anyhoo, it’s a nice full bodied lager with a up tempo flavor and solid finish. For a readily available commercialized beer, it’s definitely a better choice than 9 out of 10 other options at your average restaurant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Amber body with a white head. Mild aroma, with a taste that starts off malty but seems to have a somewhat bitter finish. Drinkable but lacking in complexity. One of the main beers some people drink to prove themselves better than the pale lager drinkers, but still this is nowhere near world-class. "You can travel around the world, but you still won’t find a better beer than Sam Adams." Well, yeah, you will. In fact, you’ll find lots of them. But for an American macrobrew, this isn’t half bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2004
This is my fall back beer when more interesting brews aren’t available. It has a good sized head, and good lacing. The aroma is a bit sweet, but not too interesting. The taste is good, though I’m not so sure I like the hop aftertaste. I don’t usually like lagers, but this I’ll drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
PatMac (17) - Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2004
This is a great lager. If someone doesn’t like it, they probably wanted a stout. This beer is also not an IPA with suttle aromas. This is a solid lager with a good head and somewhat creamy texture. There is a hop after taste, but it is not bitter. If it comes out of the tap flat , send it back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
This is an *excellent* lager! Don’t let the ’beer snobs’ who only drink certain beers try to tell you otherwise. Is it perfect? No, of course not, but it is still quite excellent and I’m very, very impressed by this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Not as bad as I thought this macro would be. On tap, it has a fair head and a caramel, orange color in the glass. Aromas are potpurri and caramel. Still, the brew is thin and sours a bit at the end.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
O.K. if there’s nothing else available. Thin, tasteless, boring. Hardly any hops at all, thin head.

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