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RATINGS: 4382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Really rather pleasant. Pretty amber color, more like a bitter than a lager in appearance. Nice, lasting head. Flavor is of gentle caramel malts balanced by flowery hops. In the past, I have detected an almost soapy flavor, but that seemed to die back around the time that the hop flavor was scaled back. Touch overcarbonated. Almost always a safe bet when the going is rough for selections.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2003
At last an American beer that I can be happy to write about. We don't get any of the micros here so this is as small as there is. Simply, I like this one a lot. Great floral aroma of Tettnager and Willamette, beautiful body, and a good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2003
The aroma is dominated by brewmash with notes of sweet malt. The color is orange and it has a beutiful head. The flavor is a nice malt sweetness with notes of oranges, and a slight bitterness - too slight for my liking. An OK lager but boring for a Sam Adams.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2003
Big white head above the beautiful amber colour. Impressively floral/fruity aroma for a lager. Initial flavour is sweet with caramel malts and very well balanced by the long hoppy finish (probably Cascade hops).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 Somewhat floral aroma, some hop flavor, mostly malty. Decent beer you can get most places. RERATE: This beer is much better fresh at the brewery, very crisp with a malt (almost honey) sweetness, I really couldn't drink enough of this fresh. It's really a shame that it just isn't that great in bottles or typically on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Poured a medium white creamy head and it had good lacing to it. Some carbonation was noted rising to the top. It had a somewhat fruity aroma to it. It was bitter tasting and had an aftertaste that lingered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (5794) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew pours a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles and a transparent amber colored body. The head lasted a long time. Its aroma was that of mild malts and hops. It had a bitter initial taste then finished more smoothly. It had a typical hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
A great "fall back beer" when the bar you're in dosen't have any other interesting beers, they probably have this. Nice floral hop aroma, decent bitterness and body. A pleasant drink when fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2003
overall a good taste that is very hoppy and bitter. Smooth feel that is very refreshing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
manolager (20) - Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Very hoppy, good bitter end and bite at the finish. Significantly smoother on draft.

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