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.
MaestroGFH99 (1) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
johninmelb (1123) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely treacly colour and a nice toasted hop smell. I fully agree with the ’malty, slightly sweet with a dry, complex finish’ in the description. Goes down nicely and leaves you happy to have more. I think it’s interesting to note that to many of the US reviewers it is described as a common, run-of-the-mill kinda beer. Not so over here. Guess the grass is always greener ...
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good everyday brew.
DonnyG7799 (1) - Bowie, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my most favorite ’Dinner’ Beers
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely one of my favorite commonly found beers.
Great aroma and great malt/hop balance. Smooth finish.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The middy beer of choice for the upper-lower middle class types.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer asnt too bad. Still tasted like crappy pilsner. Sam adams has bunk hops!
Perdue46 (68) - USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this beer to taste quite good. I enjoyed the great flavor.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. A good show for its style, but not a complex or interesting beer. Re-rate 10/6/02: I picked up a lot of malt and chocolate flavors when I had this last night. It had more body and was far more interesting than on previous samples. The beer gods were shining on my glass last night.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average beer. Dry and somewhat sweet. Nothing special.
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