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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Level of hops is about right, not too much, not too little. All in all a reasonable thing to drink at most of the professional events I end up attending.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Probably the best american macro lager out there, malty taste, some hop presence, often the best beer available at most places.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2524) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2002
This was the first American beer I had that didn’t taste like Budweiser. Quite an eye opener! Sure, there are better American beers out there, but this one’s got a special place in my heart! Rich & hoppy with some roasty notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nevditz (16) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
good lager, but aftertaste not great

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Full malt body which is complemented by the mild hop finish. One of the greatest of go-to beers when you’re undecided at the liquor store or bar.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1882) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Very drinkable. Proof that Americans can make excellent 'commercial' beers. Re-rate: As my palate and "experience" have broadened, I need to drop this down a bit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2002
Agreed - a fine macrobrew and a ’popular’ choice as its usually on tap in bars. Leans toward the malty side of tastes, with just the slightest bite from hops on the end. Not bad and I do keep a supply when entertaining non-beergeek guests.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2002
For a macrobrew it is quite sweet with hints of bitter in the aftertaste. A complete beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theFinatUofI (45) - Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2002
Excellent macrobrew. A beautiful, deep color yet the head is quite underdeveloped. A bit on the sweeter side with hints of bitterness which amounts to a little odd aftertaste. All in all a very balanced and soft taste.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2229) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 6/19/06: Note- This is not a re-rate. Although I realize 4 years hence that I overrated this brew, I’m not going to change my rating. Why? Because this beer is so grossly underrated due to anti macro bias, that I am doing my part to counter that with a rating that may be a little high. Without actually having it in front of me, I have had had it enough to have an educated idea as to how I would re-rate it: ar 8, ap 4, fl 7, pal 5, ov 16, ttl 4.0. An avg. rating of 3.19 for this beer is a joke and a disservice to Sam Adams and the craft beer community. 6/2/02: For a mass marketed beer, this is truly a tasty brew. It has a wonderfully sweet, medium hopped flavor, decent head and color. The aroma is the best I’ve experienced since I started paying attention. You can’t go wrong here.


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