grymy (105) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great american beer, little dry aftertaste is the only downside
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
nice amber color, with a decent head. pretty malty...just so-so
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ll give this an honest rating, regardless of my feelings about Jim Koch and his $200 beers. I think this was better in the ’80s when it came out, and was only brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and not contract brewed. While it is a decent beer now, it is sort of bland and I think of it as a macro-microbrew. I’ll buy it if I find myself someplace with a very limited selection, or on tap if it’s the best they have, but that’s it.
Ernest (6196) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with a light note of dust/sand. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty good for BBC, but sour and uninteresting.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
not bad, very hoppy and flavorful, nice finish, carmel colored.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 Still impressive for a macro-micro. inviting hoppy aroma, big well-balanced flavors with a pleasantly sweet maltiness. Very available.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Hey- Sam is the man who started the microbrew craze we enjoy now in America. His success led to a plethora of exciting new beers to try out locally. I give props to the Boston Beer Company for marketing a decent tasting lager in this ’land of swill’. I sometimes forget that there is good beer to be had for 2 bucks a pint.
Re-rate: Had on draft again, here several years later. Not bad at all but dropped my overall a few points a few. Hey, it’s not their fault I’ve tasted so many better beers since the original rating. The new ad campaign is kind of disgusting though. Minus 1 more point for bad advertising.
Miggl (32) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sam Adams is a good beer if there aren’t any imports on the list ;-).
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Malty nose, brown to amberish red in appearance, thin white head, some lacing but not much. Thinner body than would be expected, but nice malty backbone. Some bittering hops in the finish and mid-taste act as a good balancer. Heavily carbonated, solid mouthfeel, a good macro.
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
One of the better from a large American brewer. Certainly the exception!