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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olympian (107) - USA - MAR 17, 2002
Boston Beer’s flagship product, and still one of their best. Sam is, like many beers, better on draft, and gets progrssively better with each refill. It’s an ’evenings’ beer - if you’re going to drink Sam, get into it easy, and stick with it for the evening - you’ll have pleasant memories. A bottle of this sandwiched between two other humbler brews would taste weird. Glad to see more places here in Michigan carrying it draft, now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2002
When I go to a bar, it’s usually a toss up between this, Bass, or Killians. However, not something I would really buy to drink at home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nicbristol99 (44) - Des Plaines, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2002
Probably one of the best American lagers around. And by the way, a brewer and a patriot is a man with his priorities in order.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5134) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2002
Pretty decent, and usuallly every bars default ’good beer’. Has a farily distinctive aroma

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieMSU (64) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2002
A decent lager, good tatse abd a great aroma

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 Probably the best lager around. Nice hop flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 11, 2002
I was impressed with this stuff. I never thought i would like it but i was impressed by its smooth almost sweet taste. Now I have to try all the other Samuel Adam’s brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Octopussy (50) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2002
Quite liked this beer with its deep amber colour, malty flavour and light hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRavishingOne (45) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2002
Pretty beer with a nearly bland, yet a cut above that, taste. It has a slightly (almost not worth mentioning) watery feel to it, and it follows with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Now with that in mind I remind you that Sam Adams never lets me down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2002
This lager has a nice hoppy aroma and a decent weight on the mid-palate. The head was white and didn’t dissapate too quickly. The finish was a bit sweet and dry, just like the commercial description says. A very decent brew, and ya gotta love the label. Every time I see ’brewer-patriot’ I crack up.

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