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RATINGS: 4374   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 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2003
Bottle. Rich golden brown, with a fluffy head, that remains lacy around the glass. The first thing is the strong roasted malt flavour, slightly sweet middle and then finally right at the end a bitter finish. I'm looking forward to the seasonal specials my NY buddies tell me about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymow (1396) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2003
You can taste the quality in Sam Adams over all of the other mass-produced dreck out there. Nice color and flavor Nice malt flavor, not hoppy. I like some other Sam Adams brews better (Oktoberfest, Winter Lager, etc.), but I'd drink this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2003
Bottle - This beer does have a nice malty, slightly hoppy flavor. It's not an outstanding beer, but given a choice between Heineken (US Green Bottle), Corona, and Beck's (US Bottle Version), I prefer the Sam Adams.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2003 This is the beer that started it all for me some 15 or more years ago in Boston. Before Sam Adams I was not a beer drinker so I give credit to Jim Koch for introducing me to a decent beer. Although I don't drink this one often, I did have one with dinner the other night at a restaurant. On draught, clear light amber with very little head and only slight lacing. Decent hop presence for a lager but a little too watery which obscured the malt flavor I was looking for. I've been to the brewery in Jamaica Plain MA many times in the past, and I know what Boston Beer is capable of. I just think they've gotten too big to produce something better and more consistent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2003
so overall average. had this on draft, and it's fine, if uninspiring. good color, and head and a fine taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 8, 2003
This happens to be Mrs. Ludwig's favorite brew, so I have to be careful. For a so called craft beer I guess it is not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - APR 7, 2003
malty flavour, small on hops, flowery nose, small head, typical american lager

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2003
4/1/03: bottle.
nice almond colored head accompanied by a light amber colored body. some lacing. light perfumey-flowery nose. pleasant malt and hop flavor with some floral tones. a good beer for its style, even better on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2003
Not my favorite style of beer. Not a bad malty flavor. Amber in color, min hopps. simpl finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2003 Bottle, 7-3-5-3-11
Golden color. Nice hoppy aroma, dry, flowery. Unfortunately the taste is not interesting as much, quite poor malt and hops, pretty dry.
Draught, 6-3-6-4-13
Amber color. Nice aroma of hop flowers. Pretty nice body characterized by a strong bitterness, holding a long final.

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