IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Rerate: After drinking several cases of this over the past few months, I have grown to appreciate what a decent beer this is. I know, it’s not a micro, but the damned best macro lager in the US.
Original rate-Wonderful amber hue and just as described a ’hoppy, floral aroma’. A smooth drink but has a celery like quality that distracts from an otherwise very good Lager
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good for a lager. Until a few months ago (before I joined ratebeer.com) I was kind of afraid to drink US beers. My experiences with beers like Budweiser didn’t make me buy more US beers. But this is indeed a beer that was worth trying. Nice cookie, caramel, flower aroma. Amber color, firm frothy head, good lacing. Full for a lager in start but gets a little thinner in the middle. Sweet, light cookie, flowers, good hops. Long hoppy finish as well.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Kind of plain in my opinion. I’d never go out and get a sixer, but it was good off the tap with dinner.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 22, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a handsome beer: an inviting carmel color. Not much
of a nose - dissappointed there. Smooth, light malt taste with
a bitter finsih. Mailty and tart, but slighlty buttery.
Kinda thin with a quick flavor profile. Not too complex,
but balanced. Certainly approachable by the masses.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is good for a lager, the problem is that I don’t really care too much for lager. And I hate trying to sound intelligent in my comments on these kinds of beers. It smells like a beer, tastes like a beer and looks like a beer. The only difference is that this tastes like a good beer instead of a bad beer. There’s just no complexities that make this beer different enough from your typical lager taste to really talk about. It does have a darker color than most of the American lagers, so that’s nice.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 re-rate. I had either this or the ale. I cannot remember but although I hated it when I was not a regular beer drinker, now I think it is ok. It is still a little too hoppy for me but not as boring as other big U.S. companies. They seem to be trying but If I had a decent import to choose I would pick it over this
vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I always seem to enjoy this one. Probably one of the best lagers that I can get in these parts. Taste has some bite. No too hoppy which is good.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - MAR 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good rich tasting lager! Very good hops. It definitely does have a microbrewed taste to it, nice color, goes down quite smoothly. My favorite Sam Adams beer.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Shit ain’t bad! And I’m not much of a lager fan. But I grabbed this south o’ the border and was impressed. Lovely smell and copper colour, and it tastes high-quality and full-bodied. I’d very much like to try this on tap.
olympian (107) - USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boston Beer’s flagship product, and still one of their best. Sam is, like many beers, better on draft, and gets progrssively better with each refill.
It’s an ’evenings’ beer - if you’re going to drink Sam, get into it easy, and stick with it for the evening - you’ll have pleasant memories. A bottle of this sandwiched between two other humbler brews would taste weird.
Glad to see more places here in Michigan carrying it draft, now.