DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I judge all other lagers in comparison to this one. Market saturation has nothing to do with a beer's rating. Sam Adams' beers have taken off because they are great, that's the bottom line. Jim Koch makes great beers, never skimps on ingredients, and even got in trouble with Opie and Anthony, which shows he is a normal guy, not an arrogant prick like Augie Busch, or a phony outdoorsman geek like Pete Coors. I taste different overtones every time I drink this beer, from black pepper to mead to chicken noodle soup to parsley. I don't know how they do it, but this may be the most complex beer of all time. Very smooth, very rich, very satisfying. My only complaint is that I get filled up after 6 or 7. In my opinion, this is one of the best lagers in the world, and to my knowledge, is still the only American beer imported INTO Germany. Cheers!
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first legal beer. Has a strong taste, as if to say you were drinking a real beer here. Smooth, evidence of itself as a well-formulated brew of some largesse. Caramelized in flavor, but only slightly. A heavy round for repetitive drinking.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with a long lasting solid white head. Fresh hops aroma. This is actually one of the first american beers I ever tried. It made the common condemnation of the american beers as being watery crap quite a conundrum. Starts out with a non dememo malt (but it is there) which is then hammered into place with a good handful of hops. If only australian beer makers would make lagers like this, surely people couldn't find it offensive or anything, this is an agreeable all bases covered lager IMHO.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. This beer holds a place in my heart. It is the first 'microbrew' that I ever tried. Whilst friends chugged down crappy light beers, my palate started to develop because of Sam Adams. Brewer/Patriot. I have not had a Boston Lager in a while. This beer is a real nice looking amber color. The head is white and thin. The flavor is really smooth with a good mix of hops and malt flavors. While I have other beers I like more, Boston Lager still is nice to come back to.
jk11183 (2) - USA - MAR 26, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This definatly is a favorite of mine. Even when I am opening up to more kinds of different microbreweries, Sam still holds a top seat.
Capnhaddock (6) - USA - MAR 25, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber/dark gold color, sweet aroma and fairly sweet taste, turning to a clean bitter finish. A very tasty beer.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber, with golden hues when held up to the light. Nice head that quickly resolves to its' signature lace. Smells of hops, malt and just a hint of barley. Tastes of oily hops, minerals with just of tinge of caramel and cinnamon in the middle. A little too perky on the mouthfeel for me, but the hop finish almost forgives the slight over carbonation. This is almost a pale ale in lager clothes. Very nice bitter finish though, leaves me always wanting more. Very nice fallback, and a good "bring me" when attending parties and not wanting to seclude less sophisticated beer-drinkers. This brew has opened many doors, and has stayed pretty consistent over the years. I have a special place for this brew and can't fault it for what it is, a solid American lager. Much like the band Nirvana, that laid the groundwork for so many bands to follow, this is a modern-day classic.
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is another example of one of the beers that has so saturated the market that it is really hard to consider as a really great beer. It does, however, differentiate itself from the rest of the pack in a few keys ways (for me at least). It consistently surprises even the most resilient of macrobeer drinkers and tastes great!
rajendra82 (998) - 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 :)