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RATINGS: 4363   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2004
I’m so glad to see more and more restaurants in the local area carrying this beer. Of course it ain’t the best, but it’s head and shoulders over ANY other of the other US major-mass-produced crap (read that as Anheuser, Miller, Coors, etc.). At least this beer has the guts to have flavor. Malt and hops are very evident. A beautiful deep amber hue looks great in the glass. If I get home and pop one of these I’m hit with hops big time. Now, if I drink a Big Foot barley wine ale first the Sammy really shows me its maltiness. It’s not bad, but boy what a difference. If you have to pay a lot for this (bottle or draft) then that’s not good. But if this is available along side the usual lager crap then the choice is way obvious. Sam Adams Lager is a pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Bottle: Hoppy fruity aroma. Pours a very nice golden amber color. Moderate off-white head with a fair amount of retention and decent lacing. Real quick sweet taste when it first hits the tongue, then the hops take over. Relatively long lasting hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2004
Bottle. Fruit and flowery hops and malty aroma. Lots of bready malt flavours in a firm body with balancing bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dropkickm79 (53) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2004
this stuff is pretty overrated. i only had it once and never tried it again

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Probably the first American beer I had that didn’t come from one of the giants. Always good, never great ... a readily available alternative to Bud/Coors/Miller, etc. Nice amber color, malty and sweet with that distinctive Sam Adams taste ... far better on tap but good beer all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 This is usually the best of the lot at beer-unfriendly restaurants. Pours Golden, with an impressive fizzy head. The hops carry from the beginning to the end, with a slightly acidic kick on the tongue. The best attribute of this beer is how creamy & frothy it is. I thoroughly disagree with those that consider this beer watery. That is a standard lager line - just doesn’t apply to Sam’s. This is also one of the few lagers that is palatable when warm.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
This is a decent lager, but I find that their specialty brews are far better than this. I only drink this on tap, when there’s nothing better offered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pineypower (3050) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2004
On tap....Pours with a large, foamy white head. The color is a light amber in which you can see the amount of carbination. It’s aroma is somewhat hoppy with a hint of spice. It tastes more spicy than hoppy. Overall for a somewhat mass produced lager, it really isn’t that bad

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Allright I admit it I drink this all the time, though I never thought to rate it. And it was actually better than I thought it was going to be. Pours with a very large head that settles after awhile, clear light orange coloring. Almost no aroma with a hint of hops. Taste is slightly watery with some sweetness (that was a surprise) and some spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Amber in color pour. Small white head, not bad. Taste is less hoppy than aroma, but I have had fresher bottles with more hop presence. Slight malt character, a little metallic. Just ok.

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