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RATINGS: 4375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 From tap in a pint. I didn’t see it poured, but by the time it got to me, the small head was almost all diminished. Golden amber as advertised, I didn’t get much of an aroma (a little bit of the floral others mentioned, but I might have imagined it). The taste, to me, was somwhat fruity, like green grapes or black cherry, with just enough acidity and wateriness to make it refreshing. The finish wasn’t much, but that’s where I tasted the hops. Not too complex, but in no way offensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2004
When I’m at a bar that only serves macros, I always take a Sam’s. In my macro days it was an over the top brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2004
This has never been a beer I’ve fancied. And I’ve tried it so many times to see if I can figure out why. While it is all so obviously heads above the swill, it comes across as pedestrian to me. Maybe someone will be able to lead me to find and say what element there is that I don’t like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2345) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
An amber beer wich strikes a good balance between sweet malt and herbal hops. It’s nothing remarkable, but it would make a great starting point for people trying to get into "good beer", as it’s a step up from most macros.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2004
I just started drinking this stuff and it left me with a bad after taste. Overall I was not impressed by this beer. A bad bitter tasting lager, Crap!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
Not bad. i’d say average for a lager. there is nothing outstanding here, but its drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2004
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass; Amber hue almost copper in appearance. 1/2 finger head that quickly dissapates after pouring. Stringy lace that also dissapates rather quickly. Not much aroma that is hoppy and a hint of orange. Tastes of honey, rye bread, and orange with a moderate amount of hops and malt. Coats the tongue but is dry towards the end I like the palate of this beer for this particular style of beer. One of the better Lagers I’ve had. One of the better lagers around and definately my favorite American lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2004
(Tapped) Light amber color with a small head. Quite hoppy, even spicy, sweetish aroma. Very hoppy (aromatic) and flowery flavor. Bitter, crisp and slicky, light to medium-bodied palate with quite low carbonation. A very nicely and heavily hopped, refreshing and crisp summer brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Amber color, white head. Hop flavor and aroma that are just slightly assertive over the clean malt character. Light-medium light body A good choice when the other options are a typical american macro or a clear mexican bottle or a green imported bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004
A good easy drinking brew. Meduim everything. Widely distributed. Will enjoy many more of these.

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