UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003 Wonderful! Not too bitter, not too sweet, and goes down remarkably easy. Good out of a bottle, and even better on tap.
poolshark99 (10) - Garden CIty, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Super smooth with a great presentation in a glass.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear Amber color, foams up nicely and hangs in there. Good balance of sweet/bitter that finishes well. Sometimes this beer just hits the spot for me, especially after a bottle of something heavier. Reassuring that it’s so widely available when you need to order something decent in a place with limited choices - even better if they have it on tap.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty standard. Drinkable.
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If it weren’t from the US it would be a Bohemian Pilsener. Red to amber color. Stable head. Hoppy aroma. Opens malty with a sour note, spicy with fruit and some dark bread flavour in the main body(more body than average). Finish slightly dry. Aftertaste with spicy malt and dark bread flavours. At least for me this beer doesn’t have a hoppy character. Maybe compared with other US lagers this one has some more hops.
Ron (2509) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with a small head. Smooth beer with a slight sweetness. Nice finnish.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
i can’t blelive i never rated this earlier. it’s gotta be one of the best beers ya can get at one of those dive bars where ya other choice’s are bud, coors, miller, labatt, molson, blah blah blah blah beers. One of the best mainstreamers out there in my opininion.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal Clear golden amber color with a medium thick to thick head and good lace. Slightly sour and bitter well balanced aroma with a hint of sweetness. Malty flavor with a hint of sweetness and a hoppy finish. Just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness to make this a great beer. Smooth and light to medium bodied.
Frank (2836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 With some more tasting experience under my belt, I decided to make some additional notes for this. Sam Adams Boston Lager is a nice, well balanced, easy drinking lager. The flavor reminds me very much of sweetened iced tea. In my old rating I noted that I thought it was somewhat like a pale-ale. That's probably just because you can taste the hops.
Original Rating (3.6):Way better than what I expected (a typical American a la Budweiser). Golden color, mostly diminishing head but with nice lacing. Aroma is malty sweet. Finish is clean, slightly bitter and ever-so-slightly sour. Almost pale ale-ish. I used to have something against Sam Adams--I hated their radio commericials--so I never tried this. My mistake.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad beer at all. Hopelessly average,
though. Has a really nice hop aroma. It is on
the sweet side for a lager. I would not agree with
the description that it has a "complex finish." In
fact, the finish is wuite ordinary.