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RATINGS: 4349   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Had to re-rate this one. Maybe it was a frsh 6-pack, but I haven't enjoyed a beer this much in ages. Beautiful copper and a nice scent of floral hops. The taste was much fuller than I remembered and the flavour lingered. Went down smooth and had a really full - but not too bitter aftertaste. Check the label - if it's fresh, it's a winner!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 One of the best macro beer. Initially sweet and malty with some hop in the end. Very easy to drink and a great beer to chill on at the bar. Certainly no problems finding this one. I don’t think I have ever been to a grocery store that does not have this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 Deep golden color with a white head. The taste is malty sweet with a complex hoppy note. Finishes with a slight sharp bitterness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 10, 2004
Compared to other beers this one ranks closer to the bottom.I bought it for the hell of it and wasnt too impressed

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2004
Dull golden color with a thin, white head. Bubbly. Some mild fruit/yeastiness in the aroma. Nondememo malty sweetness. There are some hops in this, but they disappear pretty quickly, and no real beer fan is going to get excited over this. For this style of lager (arguably an American standard), this stuff is decent, but on the grand scale of beers, this is barely average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 On tap. Reasonable creamy aroma and a typical lager appearance i.e dull and bubbly. There are some hops in there so it is drinkable but it certainly ain’t exciting. Score 2.7
Subsequent ratings scored 3.2, 2.9 and 3.0. Average becomes 2.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 6, 2004
Slightly hoppy nose, great head. Crisp, full flavor, a bit hoppy, not at all watered-down. Definitely one of my favorite "everyday beers." At the same price as brews such as Heineken and other mediocre imports, you can't go wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
Good. I consider this a standard when you dont want to break the bank on something special. Better than any American Standard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
355ml brown bottle.Fruit salad and ice cream nose with some hops.Nice white head which lasted to the finish.Nice lacing. Golden brown colour.Tangerine flavour,again with hops. Crisp bitter finish.I've just discovered this beer and now buy it by the six-pack.Its more a pale ale than a lager but who cares what its called. For the same price as a 330ml bottle of Stella or Becks this is brilliant value and desrves a 16 rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmstout22 (24) - USA - APR 5, 2004
Very good. Complex hoppy flavor. Has a sweet background and is very enjoyable to drink. From this point on, when I'm looking for a beer that won't break the bank when I want to drink more than a 6 pack, this is the one I'm buyin.

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