jk11183 (2) - USA - MAR 26, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This definatly is a favorite of mine. Even when I am opening up to more kinds of different microbreweries, Sam still holds a top seat.
Capnhaddock (6) - USA - MAR 25, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber/dark gold color, sweet aroma and fairly sweet taste, turning to a clean bitter finish. A very tasty beer.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber, with golden hues when held up to the light. Nice head that quickly resolves to its' signature lace. Smells of hops, malt and just a hint of barley. Tastes of oily hops, minerals with just of tinge of caramel and cinnamon in the middle. A little too perky on the mouthfeel for me, but the hop finish almost forgives the slight over carbonation. This is almost a pale ale in lager clothes. Very nice bitter finish though, leaves me always wanting more. Very nice fallback, and a good "bring me" when attending parties and not wanting to seclude less sophisticated beer-drinkers. This brew has opened many doors, and has stayed pretty consistent over the years. I have a special place for this brew and can't fault it for what it is, a solid American lager. Much like the band Nirvana, that laid the groundwork for so many bands to follow, this is a modern-day classic.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is another example of one of the beers that has so saturated the market that it is really hard to consider as a really great beer. It does, however, differentiate itself from the rest of the pack in a few keys ways (for me at least). It consistently surprises even the most resilient of macrobeer drinkers and tastes great!
rajendra82 (1042) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A viable alternative to macro lagers, as it is sold everywhere. Spicy hop aroma is distinct but not overpowering. Pale golden body is a bit thin, but mouthfeel improves substantially as the beer warms from the sub arctic temperature range. Aroma is faintly hoppy. This was my first entry many years ago into the wider world of beers beyond macro swill. It remains a solid lager, but has lost much of its exotic appeal. Something like this is what the major american beer companies should have been producing all along, but they sold out their conscience to the bottom line.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured clear copper-gold with suprisingly low carbonation. Small short lasted white head. Initially skunky aroma upon opening, but after left to settle for a minute it was fine. Mostly sweet toffee/fruit malt aroma and some faint grassy hops. Suprising smooth medium body. Well balanced taste, sweet malty start and mid with a bitter finish. Not a bad export lager :)
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent brew that is nothing special. Decent taste but overly yeasty and bitter that overpowers the flavor
Primetime04 (4) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good lager with a meal. very nice due to its wide availability. you can always find a sam's to save you from the mainstream budweiser,mich.,miller garbage. my favorite beer. enjoy!
Crockett (1081) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You know what? This is a pretty decent lager. Pours amber/gold with a foaming white head, fading to a soapy residue. Soft sweet malty nose, with hints of butterscotch. Smooth mouthfeel. Hops match with burnt sugary malts. For a "lighter" beer it has some really nice flavours. Solid and crisp finish.
TheBeerGod (5990) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on draft at Topeka's Steak House in Hampton, VA on 3-13-04. Brownish red body with a small tan head. Nose is malt and some lighter fruit notes. The taste is very much malt with some caramel notes in it along with a hint of brown sugar. It's not a bad beer at all and I think Sam Adams gets an unnecessarily bad rap from some folks on here. Sure, it's not the be all, end all of beer but it's drinkable and unoffensive.