rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A viable alternative to macro lagers, as it is sold everywhere. Spicy hop aroma is distinct but not overpowering. Pale golden body is a bit thin, but mouthfeel improves substantially as the beer warms from the sub arctic temperature range. Aroma is faintly hoppy. This was my first entry many years ago into the wider world of beers beyond macro swill. It remains a solid lager, but has lost much of its exotic appeal. Something like this is what the major american beer companies should have been producing all along, but they sold out their conscience to the bottom line.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured clear copper-gold with suprisingly low carbonation. Small short lasted white head. Initially skunky aroma upon opening, but after left to settle for a minute it was fine. Mostly sweet toffee/fruit malt aroma and some faint grassy hops. Suprising smooth medium body. Well balanced taste, sweet malty start and mid with a bitter finish. Not a bad export lager :)
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent brew that is nothing special. Decent taste but overly yeasty and bitter that overpowers the flavor
Primetime04 (4) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good lager with a meal. very nice due to its wide availability. you can always find a sam's to save you from the mainstream budweiser,mich.,miller garbage. my favorite beer. enjoy!
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You know what? This is a pretty decent lager. Pours amber/gold with a foaming white head, fading to a soapy residue. Soft sweet malty nose, with hints of butterscotch. Smooth mouthfeel. Hops match with burnt sugary malts. For a "lighter" beer it has some really nice flavours. Solid and crisp finish.
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on draft at Topeka's Steak House in Hampton, VA on 3-13-04. Brownish red body with a small tan head. Nose is malt and some lighter fruit notes. The taste is very much malt with some caramel notes in it along with a hint of brown sugar. It's not a bad beer at all and I think Sam Adams gets an unnecessarily bad rap from some folks on here. Sure, it's not the be all, end all of beer but it's drinkable and unoffensive.
Bodomite (34) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good dark lager. Very smooth and has a very malty flavor. Goes down very good with a steak meal! When first drinking it has a slight bread scent to it. Very good!
Mehmet22 (35) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 Amber, clear, thick but quick-fading head. This lager is floral and bread-scented, which is more apparent if served in mug or glass. The malt tends to dominate though. Also, this high-carb lager is still tasty at warmer temps--for all "babysitters." Finishes sort of sweet. Low ETOH (Alcohol). A malty sipping lager.
SilkTork (5431) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was pleasantly surprised and impressed at how full of flavour this is - a range of fruits cut through with a decent balance of bitterness and malty sweetness. There's enough going on to keep one interested to the end and then wanting some more to find out what other flavours can come through. A bit of tangerine marmalade and a hint of stawberries were among the flavours. The finish is long and complex and ends with a very dry bitterness that seems to go on for ever. [3.1]
Bottle. Head to Head with Brooklyn Lager. Amber with faint foam edge. Malty with sour fruit note. Some bitterness. Amber fog. Aroma of cardboard and old beer. Stale hops soon intrude heavily, spoiling this completely. Flavours muddy and not defined. [1.8]
wbickerton (9) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Golden-amber color that is clear with good effervescence. Large, creamy, off-white head that is fairly lasting. Good lacing. Aroma is initially hoppy with a light herbal and slight evergreen scent. As it warms, aroma faintly smells like wheat bread. Initial flavor is a good mix of sweetness and bitterness. Longer than average finish that is slightly more bitter than sweet. Palate is medium body, semi-dry texture with lively carbonation and a light astringent finish.