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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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 At one point in my life, this was the beer that turned be on to beers with more flavor. That was many years ago. Now I find this to be quite average . Sour smelling with a strong malt flavor for a lager and mildly spicy finish. Better than some macros - full body is a bonus. Oh yeah, new label is totally lame.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tallguy108 (34) - USA - JAN 16, 2003

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
A good overall beer. A malty lager with a good body and slightly low carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 [rerate needed] Not anything that stands out. Flavor is simple and nice on the mouth, but there is just nothing there to bring you back. Slightly musty taste, and quite a few have been downright skunky.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bythe40 (64) - USA - JAN 15, 2003
Very good dark american beer but comes at a high cost.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
swamptours (28) - Romulus, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Always a good choice when dining out and the choices are limited to Bud, Bud Light, etc. Easy to drink with a little bit of a kick to it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - JAN 14, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 Deep pretty color, very floral hop spicyness. Much better of the tap, a fine beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Deep amber color with an ample white head after the pour. Gives off a decent hop aroma, but nothing spectacular. Flavor begins malty with some hop bitterness increasing in prevalance over the finish. A well balanced beer, but nothing remarkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2003 Decent from the tap. Had an aftertaste like strawberries.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Aroma is hoppy and malty, but also with a high level of diacetyl that I’ve noticed lately. This wasn’t normally the case up until about a year and a half ago. Lots and lots of diacetyl, which I find offensive, particularly for a lager. I wonder if Jim Koch knows about this? Hop flavor and diacetyl dominate as well with some maltiness in the back ground as well. Well balanced but it needs to be more clean and crisp for a lager. Coloration is a nice light copper with white head that lasts, but I think they’re getting away from what got them this far. Just my opinion.


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