morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Certainly better than other popular American lagers or standards (Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.) Decent to look at with a reddish golden hue. Somewhat mettalic taste but at least you can tell there are hops used as opposed to the big boy adjuncts (rice, corn). Average.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium amber clear under a very large fast fading yellow head with some random lace. Aroma is quite interesting for a lager - light peppery, less sweet more sappy floral and celery like with some nectar and caramel as it warms. Medium thin body and not as carbonated as others have said. Flavours initially closely match aroma together with something woody and sufficient bitter to create a bit of balance and interest. This beer has more of a english cask ale feel to it than a lager. I also get a faint bitter and chicken noodle soupy salty like finish. Is this really a lager???
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad a good lager. goes down quick and smooth.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid brew.
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2002
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
If you want to try a good lager, buy a Yuengling. Don’t waste your money on this.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Basic Micro brewed lager from a soon to be Macro company.
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2003 Damn, I was obviously freakin' rocked when I rated this beer. My rating remains the same, but for God's sake, War and Peace was written in less time. I was obviously drunk off my ass. I don't even like Hendrix. I wonder if Jim Koche can play guitar?...
This beer rocks.
After stepping up onto my soapbox, I say...This beer is to American MicroBrews as Cal Ripken was to the current generation of tall, powerful shortstops... as Jimi Hendrix was to Eddie Van Halen and all that followed in his footsteps. This is the beer that started the American Craft-Brew Rennaisance that we are now lucky enough to be experiencing. Oh sure, today you can buy this beer at any supermarket or quickshop. However, I remember my early college days when the only beers available at the local spirit shop were flavorless, macro-brewed American Pilseners, a few flavorless, macro-brewed imports from Holland or Germany, and of course, the new kid on the block... Sam Adams Boston Lager. I remember how this lager's hearty, malty flavor ruined me for all other American beers. It cost a lot of money compared to all other domestics, but I would save my pennies just so I would no longer be forced to drink Coors or Genesee (my two favorites at the time)on the weekends. The commercial description above pretty much says it like it is; although, I personally don't detect anything 'sweet' within this beer. The nose is straightforward...malt and hops. The flavor is very well balanced, although I forgive it for being a bit on the malty side since I really dig malt. I mean, c'mon, your reading the words of a person who drank nothing as a kid except Ice Cream Malts and Malted milk. Now, back on my soapbox. I try not to take this extremely available lager for granted. I drink this beer at least once per month. This site wouldn't exist today if not for Samuel Adam's Boston Lager. All hail Cal Ripken, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Koche. BTW, my score, although not far from the way I see it, is inflated for sentimental reasons. Thanks for listening.
chunknuts (51) - Watertown, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2002
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
i was at my friends house and his mother offered me one of these and i was disgusted. i almost threw up. this beer was terrible. i would like to tell the people who make sam adams that u should stop making it until u learn how to make a quality beer.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I remember having only small sips of sam adams and basically spitting it out all over the place because of the soapy water flavour, but last night a good buddy of mine got me one at a blues bar in Chicago. Knowing that spitting wasn’t an option, I braced for my first swig. . .and was pleasantly surprised. There was a refreshing hoppy flavour that I wasn’t expecting. Though it wasn’t the greatest beer I have ever had, it was loads better than what I was bracing myself for.