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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 26, 2003
One of the first micros for me. It is still enjoyable. Nice copper color, decent head. Goes down well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Not bad for a more or less macro. I had it on tap with steak last night. I was surprised by the amount of hops. I didn't expect a beer that so many people drink to be anything more than bland. Decent amount of carbonation. Amber/copper color. Refreshing, good alternative when bud/miller/coors are all that are available.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Good crisp taste with a bold hoppy tone. Nice beer to break someone of the old MGD/Bud/Coors cycle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2003
Fresh hoppy nose. Rich copper hue with a nice large foamy head and good lacing. The taste is both hoppy and malty but slightly watery. Dry with a floral after taste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Sam Adams Boston Lager is the beer that launched the microbrew craze. As such, it deserves credit for its groundbreaking qualities. For many years now, other companies have copied and improved upon the Sam Adams recipe, and there is now a myriad of better beers available on the market. Be it known that this was once the greatest American beer, bar none. It represents my epiphany to full-bodied lagers, and it's still a great beer for a social gathering, considering most of your guests still drink that watered-down pilsener crap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2003
Nice head with good lacing. Body is amber color which lends to a nice hoppy aroma. Flavour is quite malty, and a light sweet. Finish seemed a bit harsh (carbonation perhaps) and acidic. A good lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1212) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2003
A solid accessible beer. Nice hop taste and it looks good in the glass. But for the price I'd rather buy something like Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 Better than some, not as good as others. Pretty much average, though fairly drinkable, and always easy to get ahold of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Drank from the bottle. More hops than a typical US lager. A good first step on the way to drinking really good beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
I didn't get the sweetness that the description talks about. I taste hops with a slight bitter finish. Not bad but not my favourite.

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