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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2003 Slightly hoppy, with a nice, somewhat honey-like, malty counterbalance. This beer is a staple.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
Nice looking beer and is great to share with your friends. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
This is a good beer to grab when out at the bar or local eatery. Goes good with any food. A good example of what a lager is, but nothing out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2002
Good color. Good amount of carbination. Goes down smooth, no aftertaste really to speak of. It does leave a slight sensation on the tounge, thus the 4 in pallete. Nothing bad to say, really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 rerate 11/14/03: I agree with my initial rating, just thought it needed some comments: Doughy aroma, sweet malty flavor finishes with a mild bitterness. Nicely balanced. A quality but unspectacular beer, a little too light in appearance and taste, but overall I would have to say I enjoy it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 Crisp amber color with a thin head. Subtle, spicing in the aroma unexpected in a lager. Very light mouth feel with slight spicing. The aroma is the only part of this beer that strides anywhere above average. Unremarkable as far as beers go--it seems restrained and afraid to try for anything rather than a middle of the road beer. Re-rated 6-6-09. German hop aromas rubbed me the wrong way. Ok, fresh milled grain underpinning. A step and a half up from the macros, but not particularly good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2002
Good beer, I just don’t like it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
parkhead99 (41) - IRELAND - FEB 22, 2002
As a European I can say that this is a Quality American Beer. Bud and Miller eat your heart out

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2002
One of the best domestic beers, if not THE best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jomurray99 (10) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2002
Best beer readily available in most bars.

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