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RATINGS: 4230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1252) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2003
A solid accessible beer. Nice hop taste and it looks good in the glass. But for the price I'd rather buy something like Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 Better than some, not as good as others. Pretty much average, though fairly drinkable, and always easy to get ahold of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Drank from the bottle. More hops than a typical US lager. A good first step on the way to drinking really good beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
I didn't get the sweetness that the description talks about. I taste hops with a slight bitter finish. Not bad but not my favourite.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2003 a nice beer but nothing extraordinary. this beer offers some interesting points to me because it is somewhere between pisswaters and , i guess you can call em, real beers. its like a good handjob; it's better than your hand, but it leaves you craving the real thing. i like it though. a step in the right direction. rerate: this is much better on draft. much more stout and tastes more like a real beer. had to give her a few more points

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Very good beer. Where I used to live there was a bar down the street that had this on tap and wednesday night was $1.00 microbrew night. What a good deal. This is pretty much a basic beer but it's just good. Good beer that's contract brewed. I know Stroh's was brewing it for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Dark caramel color with a light head. Malty aroma and an almost piney scent. I can also smell a hint of grapefruit. Tastes of caramelized malts and a touch piney to me. I used to hold this beer in high regard???

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2003
From the bottle. Nice lager has a good amount of flavor to it. Had worse. Had better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2003
an underrated brew. It's got good balance between malt and hops. It's not cloying although it has a nice fruity character. It's an all weather pleaser.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2003
Caramel-amber colour with large, frothy head that held on for a while. Floral hops on the nose. Flavour is sweet, hoppy and tongue-tickling with a nicely malted body. The finish comes on strong with a dry hop character. Quaffing this out of the bottle on a summer afternoon, it's always struck me as a passable but unexciting beer, but giving it a proper tasting has made me realize that it's a really good brew with a lot of interesting qualities.

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