GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mattduling (64) - Fairmont, West Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
For a macrobrew it is quite sweet with hints of bitter in the aftertaste. A complete beer.
theFinatUofI (45) - Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ElGaucho (2328) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
GiddyBoy (120) - USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great carmely lager with a penuty taste to it. Medium body and color. Great before a meal.