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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Has quickly grown to be my favorite lager. Why settle for less when you can have good ole sam’s to finish the night strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Overall a solid beer - in fact, one of my favorite American beers. Aroma and appearance are solid, and the taste is its best quality - a good somewhat malty/sweet brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jagerphish99 (33) - USA - MAY 17, 2002
creamy and hoppy.i love this beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2002
Not as bad as I expected it might be. Though I find it has too much lingering malt sweetness. Average fruitiness, just not crisp enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (644) - Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 revision 2/7/2014: i’ll go out on a limb and say that this is a serious lager for beer enthusiasts. serious flavor profile going on here. among the beers you see advertised on tv, i can’t think of a better one - it certainly blows away what can only be seriously regarded as macroswill by comparison. can easily pass for a "craft" beer in a blind test....

Earlier comments, 5/5/2002, rating 3.4: I like to drink this on occasion, though I won’t go out of my way for it. A tasty, distinctive brew especially compared to the usual stuff available in the grocery aisle/cooler. Most memorable thing about this is the fruity tinge to the taste. Noticeably above-average on the whole.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Nice golden yellow color, very light bodied, Very nasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Probably the new standard in American Lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2003 One of the better american beers. Can be a little bit different because of the contract brewing that Bosten Beer Co. uses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
achtungpv (238) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2002
I avoided this for a long time. Didn’t believe my northern friends had any taste in beer. This isn’t bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 Real good for a mass produced beer. I had my doubts about this, but was pleasantly surprised. A nice mild flavor, and a small head.

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