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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
For me, a very sweet lager. A good session beer...complex finish?? No. Overrated contract brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours an amber color with a decent sized head and leaves a respectable amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but malts and citrus are there. The flavor was mostly composed of the malt (caramel?) and hops. Very nice. The drinkability was very impressive - I could down these endlessly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 On tap: You must drink this on tap. The difference is huge. Not super fantastic or anything, but it's very drinkable. And really quite tasty. More flavor than you'd expect from a mass produced brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
I believe this is the best lager i've had, but i'm not very enticed to try to find better. The style doesn't interest me much. Had a nice orange/amber color and kinda roasted malted flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2003
Good dark colour and nice smell but just doesn't quite make it in flavour country. Still its nice enough without being spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2003
After reviewing many pale lagers, the difference is immediately noticable when trying a Sam Adams. Nice golden amber color, caramel malts in the nose and flavor, and what seems to be a very good amount of hop spicyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
I've had this from bottle before and only tasted malt. Had the pleasure of a draft version at a Texans game and what a surprisng difference. Pours amber with slight head that fades quickly. Aroma is fruity and hoppy with malt. I never smelled any of this from the bottled version. Taste was surprisngly the same and well-balanced with a malty slightly bitter finish. Would definitely vote for the draft version again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Not good. Not a fan of Lagers that are too harsh of aftertaste. I think that Kirin and Sam Adams are the same beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
palliko (12) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I keep coming back to this beer. I have tried dozens of pale ales, highly hopped like Hop Ottin, Flying Dog, etc. but Sam Adams beats them all. I know: it is commonly found everywhere, so how can it be exceptional? Don't beers have to be from microbreweries that are very hard to find and have to be ordered special from your local liquor store? Not for me. This beer has what I look for: drinkability. It goes well with food. The bouquet is very subtle. It doesn't overpower you with hops. It has a nice malty middle. A delicious but slightly bitter finish. Thumbs up, Sam!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Amber color.Medium head with a nice hoppy aroma.Malt taste with a decent creamy feel.Finishes with a little bitterness.A good mass produced lager.

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