Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If it weren’t from the US it would be a Bohemian Pilsener. Red to amber color. Stable head. Hoppy aroma. Opens malty with a sour note, spicy with fruit and some dark bread flavour in the main body(more body than average). Finish slightly dry. Aftertaste with spicy malt and dark bread flavours. At least for me this beer doesn’t have a hoppy character. Maybe compared with other US lagers this one has some more hops.
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with a small head. Smooth beer with a slight sweetness. Nice finnish.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
i can’t blelive i never rated this earlier. it’s gotta be one of the best beers ya can get at one of those dive bars where ya other choice’s are bud, coors, miller, labatt, molson, blah blah blah blah beers. One of the best mainstreamers out there in my opininion.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal Clear golden amber color with a medium thick to thick head and good lace. Slightly sour and bitter well balanced aroma with a hint of sweetness. Malty flavor with a hint of sweetness and a hoppy finish. Just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness to make this a great beer. Smooth and light to medium bodied.
Frank (2728) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 With some more tasting experience under my belt, I decided to make some additional notes for this. Sam Adams Boston Lager is a nice, well balanced, easy drinking lager. The flavor reminds me very much of sweetened iced tea. In my old rating I noted that I thought it was somewhat like a pale-ale. That's probably just because you can taste the hops.
Original Rating (3.6):Way better than what I expected (a typical American a la Budweiser). Golden color, mostly diminishing head but with nice lacing. Aroma is malty sweet. Finish is clean, slightly bitter and ever-so-slightly sour. Almost pale ale-ish. I used to have something against Sam Adams--I hated their radio commericials--so I never tried this. My mistake.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad beer at all. Hopelessly average,
though. Has a really nice hop aroma. It is on
the sweet side for a lager. I would not agree with
the description that it has a "complex finish." In
fact, the finish is wuite ordinary.
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has quite a nice smell, abit sweet for me but still goes down nicely and leaves you eith the feeling of wanting more.
HeyBeerMan991980 (42) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great flavor, smooth brew,
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is one of the better beers to drink out there. there is a strong malt presence although the hops flavor is still readily detecable. there is a good aftertaste however it is slightly on the acidic side maybe a little charcoal flavor in the aftertaste. definitely a good beer when you can’t have a micro.
80skid (65) - New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent flavor although a little filling and a little grainy. Aside from those couple minor setbacks it’s a satisfying lager.