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.
buffdaddy615999 (38) - Garwood, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2001
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
overrated, taste sucks but not as bad as the aftertaste thats a whole hell of a lot worse.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I have no love for sam adams. I thought that this was one of the most expensive and overated beers i have ever had. I no better if not worse than budweiser and had half of the respect.
JessterCPA (130) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A great beer to drink anytime, tap or bottle.
HighlanderOne (937) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s odd to me that this, Sam Adams flagship beer, seems to be on a level below their other beers.
It’s a pretty good beer, but half the time I drink it there’s a funny aftertaste that doesn’t belong.
However, the fact that it’s often the only decent beer at restaurants and social gatherings should earn it some special praise.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - AUG 26, 2001
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Great, if what you are expecting is an IPA. I refuse to believe that this is bottom-fermented, as its hop profile and maltiness are completely inappropriate for a ’lager’. Perhap the brewery didn’t want to scare folks in 1986 by labeling this an ale. It’s high time, and my rating will accordingly rise.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2001
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
limubai99 (9) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2001 does not count
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The most overrated beer on the planet. This is not a knee-jerk reaction. I feel that the finish of the Boston Lager is distinctly soapy and unpleasant. It starts great and ends horribly. Samuel Adams does produce a few great beers, Old Fezziwig’s being my favorite. But this lager has to go.
Darth Maul99 (2) - USA - AUG 19, 2001 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best Goddamned beer on the planet!
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2001
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great anytime beer.
spamalope99 (27) - USA - AUG 18, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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