beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On-Tap: Color is a amberish brown, almost dull copper-like, small whitish head thats loose with some retention and spotty and whispy thin strings of lace. Aroma is a dull toned breadish malt, lightly sweet of bagels and a touch of roastyness thats nice, hints of dried herbal hops as well. Taste has a very mellow easy malty roasty sweetness, kinda light breadish quality with a semi amount of dried herbal hops, almost spicy in some transitions of the crisp clean finish. Feel is lighter then medium, smooth and easy, nice touch of carbonation helps it a bit. A nice little lager. Been awhile since I had one of these, was a good choice to have with lunch over the usual macro.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
For me, a very sweet lager. A good session beer...complex finish?? No. Overrated contract brew.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours an amber color with a decent sized head and leaves a respectable amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but malts and citrus are there. The flavor was mostly composed of the malt (caramel?) and hops. Very nice. The drinkability was very impressive - I could down these endlessly.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 On tap: You must drink this on tap. The difference is huge. Not super fantastic or anything, but it's very drinkable. And really quite tasty. More flavor than you'd expect from a mass produced brew.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I believe this is the best lager i've had, but i'm not very enticed to try to find better. The style doesn't interest me much. Had a nice orange/amber color and kinda roasted malted flavor.
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good dark colour and nice smell but just doesn't quite make it in flavour country. Still its nice enough without being spectacular.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
After reviewing many pale lagers, the difference is immediately noticable when trying a Sam Adams. Nice golden amber color, caramel malts in the nose and flavor, and what seems to be a very good amount of hop spicyness.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've had this from bottle before and only tasted malt. Had the pleasure of a draft version at a Texans game and what a surprisng difference. Pours amber with slight head that fades quickly. Aroma is fruity and hoppy with malt. I never smelled any of this from the bottled version. Taste was surprisngly the same and well-balanced with a malty slightly bitter finish. Would definitely vote for the draft version again.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not good. Not a fan of Lagers that are too harsh of aftertaste. I think that Kirin and Sam Adams are the same beer.
palliko (12) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I keep coming back to this beer. I have tried dozens of pale ales, highly hopped like Hop Ottin, Flying Dog, etc. but Sam Adams beats them all. I know: it is commonly found everywhere, so how can it be exceptional? Don't beers have to be from microbreweries that are very hard to find and have to be ordered special from your local liquor store? Not for me. This beer has what I look for: drinkability. It goes well with food. The bouquet is very subtle. It doesn't overpower you with hops. It has a nice malty middle. A delicious but slightly bitter finish. Thumbs up, Sam!