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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Among the first macro-micro beers available nationwide, once this brew had lots of character but sadly it has become the former shell of itself. That said, I have had and will continue to have these as I transverse through America's airports, on my way to another business/beer trip. That's what this beer has become, the American Airport Lager. Easy to drink, quickly if need be to make connection. Not offensive except for the cardboard lingering aftertaste. Quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
My first "beer epiphany" when I originally had it. Sadly, it isn't brewed to the same quality that is once was (they no longer claim to use noble hops on the bottle label). Sweet nose leads to a malty body, drying to a British hop finish. Not nearly as hoppy as it once was, but still a very respectable beer, and always a solid choice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Not a bad beer, nice color, decent aroma. This is what you pick when you are at a place that doesn't have a quality beer selection. Draft or bottle it is truly a stable choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2003
If you are out to dinner often this is the best choice available. It is really not a bad beer. Very different, especially when it first came out. A nice hop aroma and flavor, somewhat surprising for a lager. The malt flavor , caramelly, is also there. As many have pointed out before me, it is better on draft than out of the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Not bad at all. Surprisingly full bodied for an American lager, with average head and lacing. Taste reminds me of a caramel since it is rather sweet and slightly syrupy. Tastes good and goes down smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrnkMcDermott (2894) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Draft. I have to render unto this beer its props for being, usually, the best choice you have available in most restaurant bars <i color=CC0011>(and a fine Chicago pizza scarfin' establishment like Giordano's should know better than to use iced-over glasses). Has a nice dark gold color, darker than any megabrew, under the usual lager head. The malt is very evident, almost but not quite a caramel aspect, again better than megabrewed "barley pop." Hop flavor is nicely balanced, bitterness doesn't really assert itself until after you swallow. Many beer fans have kind of a love-hate relationship with Jim Koch, but this is still the beer that makes his rep.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaBeer1972 (1430) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2003
This is the beer that got America drinking real beer again, isn't it? Thank goodness we didn't stop here. Pretty decent stuff, but not my favorite by any means. The draft is ten time better than the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EKGoldings (615) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 I much prefer the draft version. Excellent use of hops with great aroma and decent bitterness. Malt flavors come out more in draft that I’ve had than in bottles. For a mass produced and marketed beer, this is a good one. All of the elements of a great beer are there and the balance is as refined as any beer that I’ve tasted. Sam Adam’s best beer by far. 2012 update: I’ve had this several times recently and didn’t find the hops nearly as nice as I remembered. Maybe they’re diluting the mittlefreuh with tettnang, or maybe they had a bad crop. In any case, I was disappointed with my recent samplings. 2013 update: Drank one from the bottle the other night and a draft about a month ago. Really disappointing ... the sharp, clean hop character was gone. I asked about the keg and it was fresh, as was the bottle. Will the ghost of Joe Owades please come and clean up this mess?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 Light amber color and very clear. Has more flavor than most American lagers but tastes artificial. Clingy cardboard aftertaste. I think that's the Samuel Adams trademark. I find this beer difficult to drink and think it is very overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2003
The aroma is of caramel. The appearance is a deep amber with a thick off white head. The flavor is slightly bitter, with hints of hops. The beer is smooth and crisp. Overall quite good.

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