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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grymy (105) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2002
Great american beer, little dry aftertaste is the only downside

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2002
nice amber color, with a decent head. pretty malty...just so-so

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6196) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2002
not bad, very hoppy and flavorful, nice finish, carmel colored.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 Still impressive for a macro-micro. inviting hoppy aroma, big well-balanced flavors with a pleasantly sweet maltiness. Very available.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2002
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miggl (32) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Sam Adams is a good beer if there aren’t any imports on the list ;-).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2002
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 24, 2002
One of the better from a large American brewer. Certainly the exception!

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