DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good sweet smell. Nice dark amber, sizeable head at first. Decent malt taste, also bitter. Good texture, complex. Hearty after taste. Very good
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably one of the best beers I’ve had to enjoy a meal with. A very nice smooth and even flavor. A good standby.
leaparsons (8804) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not like the mass produced poor lagers like the mighty Bud (ahem). Unusual and not bad at all.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
MethodGod (7) - USA - APR 4, 2002 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
coldandhot99 (18) - Abingdon, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer poured nicely with a thick head and beautiful color. It was just a little bitter for me.
Davhgbrew (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.