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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2001
OK, after years of disliking this beer, I’m softening my stance after trying one the other night simply because it was the only beer other than BudMillerCoors the restaurant had. As far as widely available American lagers are concerned, this is the best. It has a great hop nose and slight maltiness to compliment its hop flavor and slight bitterness. Acceptable color and mouthfeel, no head retention and a pleasant taste. Not bad overall, but something about Sam Adams’ beers (still) literally makes me sick to my stomach if I drink more than one of them in an evening. Have to respect their ability to compete with the Big 3 and retain relatively high quality.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
buffdaddy615999 (38) - Garwood, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2001
overrated, taste sucks but not as bad as the aftertaste thats a whole hell of a lot worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
I have no love for sam adams. I thought that this was one of the most expensive and overated beers i have ever had. I no better if not worse than budweiser and had half of the respect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JessterCPA (130) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2001
A great beer to drink anytime, tap or bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Boy, did this one ever need a re rate. Aroma of malt, spice and hops. Good lookin copper amber with beige head. I taste toasty malt, lager hops, caramel and pepper. Dry and refreshing Thanks to Sam Adams for this great beer that is available just about everywhere.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - AUG 26, 2001
Great, if what you are expecting is an IPA. I refuse to believe that this is bottom-fermented, as its hop profile and maltiness are completely inappropriate for a ’lager’. Perhap the brewery didn’t want to scare folks in 1986 by labeling this an ale. It’s high time, and my rating will accordingly rise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2001

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
limubai99 (9) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2001 does not count
The most overrated beer on the planet. This is not a knee-jerk reaction. I feel that the finish of the Boston Lager is distinctly soapy and unpleasant. It starts great and ends horribly. Samuel Adams does produce a few great beers, Old Fezziwig’s being my favorite. But this lager has to go.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Darth Maul99 (2) - USA - AUG 19, 2001 does not count
Best Goddamned beer on the planet!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2001
A great anytime beer.

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