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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2002
Good sweet smell. Nice dark amber, sizeable head at first. Decent malt taste, also bitter. Good texture, complex. Hearty after taste. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
Probably one of the best beers I’ve had to enjoy a meal with. A very nice smooth and even flavor. A good standby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8804) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2002
Not like the mass produced poor lagers like the mighty Bud (ahem). Unusual and not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 Can someone please explain to me why it is damn near impossible to get a decent Sam Adams on draught even in Boston. It's certainly better out of the bottle but it has a metallic, copper-infused-like bitterness to it that really isn't very pleasing. It's hard to find a bar where the beer isn't oxidized and flat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2002
Not very aromatic. Pours a nice head that dissipates. Lots of lacing. Quite a nice balanced flavor. Discernable malt and hops with the balance slightly towards the malt. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2002
Not a micro but not Bud either. For the price there a so many micros that beat it, I just don’t see myself buying it, but if I’m at a friends and this is what’s there i’ll drink it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MethodGod (7) - USA - APR 4, 2002 does not count

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
coldandhot99 (18) - Abingdon, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2002
This beer poured nicely with a thick head and beautiful color. It was just a little bitter for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davhgbrew (947) - 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.

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