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RATINGS: 4356   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Much better than I remember - decent hoppiness - buttery - respectable malt backbone - my go-to beer at places like applebees or fridays.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2003 A great lager with a nice color and hop aroma. Full of flavor...almost too much. Goes down slightly less than smoothly but really stands out. Can't compare to most cheap and common bar beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2003
An ols standby as long as its fresh. Nice hop aroma. Full bodied malt flavor with a good dose of hops throughout. Pleasantly drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 On tap: Very complimentary beer with a steak. Aroma-weak. Malt was happenin. Hops were Happenin. Flavor is nice. Boy how my palate has changed over the past year. This used to overpower me now it leaves me barely satisfied . Again, you can't go wrong with this beer on tap to pair with a good steak and potato. good American Macro, (lets be honest ok).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1110) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Pours a nice light color. Smells like a lager should, but falls a tad short in the flavor category. Tastes stronger than it is... Smooth mouthfeel, nice finish without any bitterness. I feel this beer would be better on tap... my bottle seemed to be slightly skunked which was surprising as the other beers in the sampler were OK. A good domestic beer... definitely worth the extra few dollars over anything BMC has to offer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
labattfreak (58) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2003
This beer is neat to look at, and it has a good head. But my good impression ends there. It has a taste that is like a cheap gin. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to drink it straight or mix it with tonic water and a lime slice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Slight hop and malt aroma. Rudy to amber with a medium off white head and no lacing. Watered down hop flavor and slight bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 I have had this one a few more times. Much better than I remembered. Nice aroma of oranges and some light carrots. The body is nice amber. The taste has a decent bite of flowers and some orange peel. Fairly hoppy for a lager. This is a nice alternative to BMC.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2003
this is quite dark. very malty, slightly bitter, very enjoyable. could be called a chocolate lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Poured amber in color with a decent white head. Good flavor of hops. Dry finish. This beer is the one that got me into drinking good beers, I think it kills any mast produced american brew, since it is now in that catagory. I like this beer and will order it at a bar if there is nothing very interesting on tap or bottle.

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