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RATINGS: 4382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mehmet22 (35) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 Amber, clear, thick but quick-fading head. This lager is floral and bread-scented, which is more apparent if served in mug or glass. The malt tends to dominate though. Also, this high-carb lager is still tasty at warmer temps--for all "babysitters." Finishes sort of sweet. Low ETOH (Alcohol). A malty sipping lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2004
I was pleasantly surprised and impressed at how full of flavour this is - a range of fruits cut through with a decent balance of bitterness and malty sweetness. There's enough going on to keep one interested to the end and then wanting some more to find out what other flavours can come through. A bit of tangerine marmalade and a hint of stawberries were among the flavours. The finish is long and complex and ends with a very dry bitterness that seems to go on for ever. [3.1]
Bottle. Head to Head with Brooklyn Lager. Amber with faint foam edge. Malty with sour fruit note. Some bitterness. Amber fog. Aroma of cardboard and old beer. Stale hops soon intrude heavily, spoiling this completely. Flavours muddy and not defined. [1.8]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wbickerton (9) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004 does not count
On tap. Golden-amber color that is clear with good effervescence. Large, creamy, off-white head that is fairly lasting. Good lacing. Aroma is initially hoppy with a light herbal and slight evergreen scent. As it warms, aroma faintly smells like wheat bread. Initial flavor is a good mix of sweetness and bitterness. Longer than average finish that is slightly more bitter than sweet. Palate is medium body, semi-dry texture with lively carbonation and a light astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Thanks to its near total market saturation, this beer has many a-time saved me from having to drink bud/lite/coors in a hotel bar. I remember my first in 1989 in a bar beside Emory University. Caramel maltiness with a citrus undertone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 good tasty lager with a bit of an aftertaste to it. Smooth fruity flavored beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (5341) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2004
Not really a typical lager. More like a belgian amber ale. Quity hoppy aroma with sweet caramel malts. Clear, amber-yellow coloured with an off-white rocky head. Looks very good. Hoppy, bitter taste with some malty sirup. Quite decent balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Amber-orange beer. Great hop Aroma. Taste is sweet with slight caramel. Aftertste has a little bit of an undesirable bite, but otherwise a fine beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2004
Clear amber orange color, big rocky off-white head, some carbonation. Aroma is hoppy, but also caramel malty, some resin. Taste is dry hopbitter, caramel malty. Dry finish. This beer could use some refermentation in the bottle and then it would be a very nice belgian ale!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
This is an average lager. Nothing really specialOBVIOUSLY better than Bud, or miller, or Coors, but it won't be a regular for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2004
I had this one off of a tap, and it was good. It reminded me of Sierra Nevada pale ale.

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