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RATINGS: 4355   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Pale amber color. Thin wite head that doesn't completely vanish. At first pour, plenty of German hop aroma, very fine and floral. I think that's what made this beer a shock to the mainstream American lager drinkers when it became popular-you can actually SMELL the hops. Malty sweet aroma comes in shortly afterward. Good carbonation, decent mouthfeel, dry and slightly bitter on the palate. The taste of an all malt lager that piqued an interest in good beer for many people I knew. Still a decent beer and often the best lager in most restaurants. I wonder though, if the complex finish in the description includes the "I sucked on the bottle cap" aftertaste?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shotgun1431 (137) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Color is amber with a white head. You can smell the hops. Taste is hoppy with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
one of my favorite beers that you can find at most upscale establishments. a great looking brew, a deep clear copper color with off white head. a smooth fruity, spicey flavor that finishes slightly bitter and dry. a very good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patik (11) - New York, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Very good upper-middle class beer. Slight aftertaste, but a good palate. Good with or without food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2004
Quite nice brew. Very smooth bitterness in both start and finish. Some notes of pumpkin in the palate. Found cinnamon in both finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2004
On tap, the beer appears a crystal clear yellow amber color with a small head and little lace. The aroma is lightly hoppy and malty. The flavor and palate are really quite decent for the style and price. Overall, this is really OK for a generic Lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Kind of middle-of-the-road, but certainly good. Enough flavor to be thoroughly enjoyable, and a very pleasant golden appearance. I'll definitely drink it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2004
I was happy to find this offered at the local bowling alley...a nice lager with flavor when all that is offered is BMC! Floral aroma, malty, and hops are slightly present.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
evinal (49) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Not my first choice, but its my only choice on so many occasions, what would i drink without it. My first real beer. Thanks for that!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2004
A better than average American lager, so readily available that it makes a good standby beer when you're stuck eating out at a chain or local tavern. Clean amber color, light orchard-flowery aroma. It seems to have changed a lot over the years, losing some of its character, but I suppose that's an evil of massive popularity. I'm never too sad if this is the only alternative offered to B/M/C, in fact, this is one that got me off the American Standards in the first place.

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