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RATINGS: 4267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Full malt body which is complemented by the mild hop finish. One of the greatest of go-to beers when you’re undecided at the liquor store or bar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Very drinkable. Proof that Americans can make excellent 'commercial' beers. Re-rate: As my palate and "experience" have broadened, I need to drop this down a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2002
Agreed - a fine macrobrew and a ’popular’ choice as its usually on tap in bars. Leans toward the malty side of tastes, with just the slightest bite from hops on the end. Not bad and I do keep a supply when entertaining non-beergeek guests.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2002
For a macrobrew it is quite sweet with hints of bitter in the aftertaste. A complete beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theFinatUofI (45) - Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2002
Excellent macrobrew. A beautiful, deep color yet the head is quite underdeveloped. A bit on the sweeter side with hints of bitterness which amounts to a little odd aftertaste. All in all a very balanced and soft taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2328) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 6/19/06: Note- This is not a re-rate. Although I realize 4 years hence that I overrated this brew, I’m not going to change my rating. Why? Because this beer is so grossly underrated due to anti macro bias, that I am doing my part to counter that with a rating that may be a little high. Without actually having it in front of me, I have had had it enough to have an educated idea as to how I would re-rate it: ar 8, ap 4, fl 7, pal 5, ov 16, ttl 4.0. An avg. rating of 3.19 for this beer is a joke and a disservice to Sam Adams and the craft beer community. 6/2/02: For a mass marketed beer, this is truly a tasty brew. It has a wonderfully sweet, medium hopped flavor, decent head and color. The aroma is the best I’ve experienced since I started paying attention. You can’t go wrong here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004 Surprisingly good for an American lager. Slightly hoppy and dry. Good when nothing else is available except the usual american macros.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GiddyBoy (120) - USA - JUN 1, 2002
Very nice. I finally had one and it was good. Bottle though. I would drink again, especially since it is a lot easier to get than some of my faves. Nice and smooth. Very little bite or aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2002
Surprisingly good and full of character for an American lager. This even has some bitterness, but I don’t see the sweetness some commented on. A good standby and easy-to-find!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - MAY 30, 2002
Great carmely lager with a penuty taste to it. Medium body and color. Great before a meal.

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