Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Not bad at all. Surprisingly full bodied for an American lager, with average head and lacing. Taste reminds me of a caramel since it is rather sweet and slightly syrupy. Tastes good and goes down smooth.
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. I have to render unto this beer its props for being, usually, the best choice you have available in most restaurant bars <i color=CC0011>(and a fine Chicago pizza scarfin' establishment like Giordano's should know better than to use iced-over glasses). Has a nice dark gold color, darker than any megabrew, under the usual lager head. The malt is very evident, almost but not quite a caramel aspect, again better than megabrewed "barley pop." Hop flavor is nicely balanced, bitterness doesn't really assert itself until after you swallow. Many beer fans have kind of a love-hate relationship with Jim Koch, but this is still the beer that makes his rep.
MaBeer1972 (1368) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is the beer that got America drinking real beer again, isn't it? Thank goodness we didn't stop here. Pretty decent stuff, but not my favorite by any means. The draft is ten time better than the bottle.
EKGoldings (554) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 I much prefer the draft version. Excellent use of hops with great aroma and decent bitterness. Malt flavors come out more in draft that I’ve had than in bottles. For a mass produced and marketed beer, this is a good one. All of the elements of a great beer are there and the balance is as refined as any beer that I’ve tasted. Sam Adam’s best beer by far.
2012 update: I’ve had this several times recently and didn’t find the hops nearly as nice as I remembered. Maybe they’re diluting the mittlefreuh with tettnang, or maybe they had a bad crop. In any case, I was disappointed with my recent samplings.
2013 update: Drank one from the bottle the other night and a draft about a month ago. Really disappointing ... the sharp, clean hop character was gone. I asked about the keg and it was fresh, as was the bottle. Will the ghost of Joe Owades please come and clean up this mess?
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 Light amber color and very clear. Has more flavor than most American lagers but tastes artificial. Clingy cardboard aftertaste. I think that's the Samuel Adams trademark. I find this beer difficult to drink and think it is very overrated.
Diablokev (153) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is of caramel. The appearance is a deep amber with a thick off white head. The flavor is slightly bitter, with hints of hops. The beer is smooth and crisp. Overall quite good.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Still trying to expand my beer horizons. Nice copper color, decent head. Pretty lacing. And a slightly bitter finish. I actually enjoyed the Sam Adams Vienna style more I think. I paid about 8 dollars for a six pack.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good copper color, pours with a decent head and has good lacing. Similar to Bass Ale, more hops though. Readily availible and reasonably priced, a good step up beer for the drinker who wants to expand his horizons beyond macro brews.
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 October 2007. Bottle. Golden body with a small white head. Moderate hops in the aroma, light grassy notes with very light hints at citrus. Moderate bitterness throughout. Mild grainy middle, with brief light hint of bubblegum? Light citrus in the finish. Average palate is full for what it is. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.1
<P>Jan 2001 - Decent but uninspiring. Found it to be a lot more malty than mainstream lagers but not exceptional. Worth trying again though. 6/3/5/3/10 - 2.7
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours from the bottle in an attractive amber color with a sizable, foamy beige head; there also was some excellent lacing as I polished off the 12 fl. oz. bottle from a slightly oversized pint-sized glass. Unlike most lagers I’ve sampled, I found the aroma pleasantly hoppy with a just a whiff of yeasty fragrance. It offers a good balance in the palate with a mellowing malt flavor and some excellent hop flavor in the long-lasting finish. This is a medium-bodied lager, slightly dry and bitter but suitably complex for such a mass-produced beer. Overall, I’d rate this ale as an excellent beer selection. Sure it’s about as ubiquitous as are the offerings from America’s largest mega-brewers; but, while this beer is quite predictable from batch to batch, I find it quite flavorful and a good buy.