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RATINGS: 4382   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freddpa (3) - Halifax, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2004 does not count
Not bad for an american try at a German lager. Has a malty somewhat hoppy flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2004
Too malty for my liking, but a good beer nevertheless. Amber copper colour but then malt, malt and malt. The best US beer I’ve tried to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
pours copper colored with a subtantial head that lasts for a bit. aromas of cookies and bread with a fair amount of hops. taste is initially hop flavor then malt nuttiness and caromel fading into a bitter dryness. the hop flavors and bitterness linger. the balance leans a little to the hop side but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 For American style lagers a degree up on Yuengling and many on the super macros. Has moved more toward a macro than a micro yet maintains a satisfying enough bit of a hoppy nose, average + semi-sweet taste and good gold to copper color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2004
I like this one, don’t know why I haven’t rated it before. I didn’t have this one until I became geeky, and I was still impressed. Anyway, revisited last night. A little darker than a typical pale lager, frothy head. Mine was served near freezing, but still evinced a pleasant malty and floral hoppy aroma with a bit of spice. Flavor was lightly doughy, with some sticky, huskish grain hints. Great hoppiness for a lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2004
I remember being 19 and stuck at the Cinncinati airport for 10 hours in a snow storm. I sat with $40 in airline vouchers at the bar and drank liters of this stuff. Suprisingly good for being as mass produced by contract as it is. Very good hop aroma and well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy and bubbly white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toast, nutty), average hops (spicy, earthy), and a clean lager character. Flavor is moderate malt with a nice hop balance and medium-light bitterness; clean and smooth with a light sweetness. Light body, low warmth, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Not bad at all, pretty good actually. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with caramel. The taste of caramel, toasted malts, dark fruits, bread and hops come together very nicely. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Nice medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
archmagus (1) - Kingsville, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004 does not count
Pours with a large white foamy head and has an amber color. Initial flavor is light acidic and then starts to be a little spicy and bitter in the end with a watery texture and a fizzy carbonation.

   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.

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