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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 It’s been so long since the last time I had one of these that I hardly recognized it this time. I forgot that I did’t mind it, but I probably couldn’t drink more than a couple. I also thought it had a bit of a fruity flavor. It’s too bad this is the most highly distributed Boston brew, because it’s hardly the best. Orig rate 3/31/02..3.0..very clear amber color. Toasty and bready aroma. Sips light to medium. Light to medium carbonation. Mostly caramel malt forward but with just enough hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. Very solid amber/Vienna lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2002
brewers are certainly allowed to brag a bit on thier labels, but this one informs us that it’s ’the best beer in america’, which for this plain-jane beer is reckless hyperbole, kind of like saying yasser arafat is kind of cute. what’s more, were told this one only uses ’honest ingredients’. any ingredients caught lying are immediately banished, (and one must assume that the ingredients are asked some pretty embarrassing questions and subjected to brutal cross examination). fluff aside, this one does pour fresh smelling and heady, knotty pine yellow orange and brightly kristal. balanced nose, nothing assertive, good but not memorable. moderate sweetness, mild bitterness. i agree with odin that i’d never buy the stuff unless i was in some primitive wasteland where the only options were macros or abstension.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2002
Good lager...Good taste. Don’t listen to the knucklehead below who gave this beer a 1 rating. Boston beer helped start this mass exodus from boring beers like bud and coors.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mkrill99 (28) - USA - MAR 26, 2002
This is Budweiser of microbrews, Just think of boston harbor,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
twocycle99 (61) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2002
Good color and aroma. Very smooth, strong taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Rerate: After drinking several cases of this over the past few months, I have grown to appreciate what a decent beer this is. I know, it’s not a micro, but the damned best macro lager in the US. Original rate-Wonderful amber hue and just as described a ’hoppy, floral aroma’. A smooth drink but has a celery like quality that distracts from an otherwise very good Lager

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2002
Pretty good for a lager. Until a few months ago (before I joined ratebeer.com) I was kind of afraid to drink US beers. My experiences with beers like Budweiser didn’t make me buy more US beers. But this is indeed a beer that was worth trying. Nice cookie, caramel, flower aroma. Amber color, firm frothy head, good lacing. Full for a lager in start but gets a little thinner in the middle. Sweet, light cookie, flowers, good hops. Long hoppy finish as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2002
Kind of plain in my opinion. I’d never go out and get a sixer, but it was good off the tap with dinner.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2622) - GERMANY - MAR 22, 2002
This is a handsome beer: an inviting carmel color. Not much of a nose - dissappointed there. Smooth, light malt taste with a bitter finsih. Mailty and tart, but slighlty buttery. Kinda thin with a quick flavor profile. Not too complex, but balanced. Certainly approachable by the masses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3191) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2002
This is good for a lager, the problem is that I don’t really care too much for lager. And I hate trying to sound intelligent in my comments on these kinds of beers. It smells like a beer, tastes like a beer and looks like a beer. The only difference is that this tastes like a good beer instead of a bad beer. There’s just no complexities that make this beer different enough from your typical lager taste to really talk about. It does have a darker color than most of the American lagers, so that’s nice.

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