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RATINGS: 4249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2004
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 :)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
A decent brew that is nothing special. Decent taste but overly yeasty and bitter that overpowers the flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Primetime04 (4) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2004 does not count
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bodomite (34) - USA - MAR 12, 2004
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mehmet22 (35) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5431) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2004
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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wbickerton (9) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004 does not count
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.

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