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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
enough already

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2002
Nice dark amber color, very clear. definite floral aroma but the floral attrributes stop theere. the taste is malty, just a little sweet, well balanced with the hops. nice semi-dry finish that leaves me wanting more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2002
what happend to this beer recently tried this where did jims beautiful hop aroma go where is the maltiness go that i liked. this beer is darker than it used to be and lacks any discernable charachter that it used to have. the commercial description should be redone. side by side tasting with the stock ale reveals that they must be the same beers diffrent labels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2002
I think this beer is highly overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10598) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Bottled: This is a suprisingly good beer. Nice colour, and fine aroma. Has a good bitter flavour. Had the opportunity to taste it as draught as well. Probably one of the best lagers on tab I've tasted for years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Amber in color, nice, big head. Has a hoppy, carmel smell too it. Lots of hop bite in the taste with hints of malty sweetness. I know most folk like this beer, and I think it is pretty damn good, too. But I’m not a huge fan of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2003 Amber beer with a creamy,lasting,head.Good floral with some sweet malt aromas.Creamy not over fizzy mouthfeel. Good balance with good malt flavors(sweet,bready) and a good hoppy(spicy,floral)finish.Good lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2002
(BB 10/2) Another beer that has suffered due to the pasteurizer. The beer looks great, but tast cooked. Lots of dead flavors on the palate. A little hop in the finish. A good beer on draft. Lousy in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hwtBEERMAN (7) - TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 9, 2002 does not count
proud to be an American.cant wait to sample more of Sams products.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2004 Boston Brewing Company isnt given enough credit. they make slightly above average beers but are able to market them everywhere. Not the best beers, but certainly for the quantity they brew, they do a damn good job. I used to like this beer alot more, but the more I drink it, the more ho-hum it gets. This one is pretty basic, nothin special, good clean lager, especially good on tap. Rerate late 2003. The last five or six times I've had this stuff, it has been awful. Watery, bittersweet and very unexciting. Tastes like an average American Dark at best. No crispness at all. Going to hell in a bucket. Koch should get off his rich ass and make this stuff good again, but that would eat up profit. . .

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