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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - APR 25, 2002
A true American Classic(no, thats not an oxymoron!). Great standard for beer lovers. A few pitchers of this with friends at the bar is a great evening indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2002
Smooth amber color, light head, strong hop aroma. Taste is gently bitter with a mild aftertaste that dissipates a little too quickly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2002
Not bad, but not one of my favorites out there! maybe a higher quality version of Bud....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2002
On draught. Pretty good when there’s nothing more interesting on tap. Nicely balanced fits above commercial desription more or less perfectly. Slightly stale aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2002
Quite good. One of the best Americans. Soooo much better than the macros it isn’t even funny. Try it for something different, but there are also better micros out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2002
Good sweet smell. Nice dark amber, sizeable head at first. Decent malt taste, also bitter. Good texture, complex. Hearty after taste. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
Probably one of the best beers I’ve had to enjoy a meal with. A very nice smooth and even flavor. A good standby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8037) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2002
Not like the mass produced poor lagers like the mighty Bud (ahem). Unusual and not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 Can someone please explain to me why it is damn near impossible to get a decent Sam Adams on draught even in Boston. It's certainly better out of the bottle but it has a metallic, copper-infused-like bitterness to it that really isn't very pleasing. It's hard to find a bar where the beer isn't oxidized and flat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2002
Not very aromatic. Pours a nice head that dissipates. Lots of lacing. Quite a nice balanced flavor. Discernable malt and hops with the balance slightly towards the malt. Very drinkable.

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