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RATINGS: 4355   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2002
I commemorated September 11 by buying a case of this stuff. Nothing like drinking a patriot on ’Patriot Day’ or whatever its called now. About the beer, sweet compared to the regular macrobrews. A couple of these makes a nice late night snack for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2003 I have to agree with MKRILL: The Budweiser of Microbrews...but overall a pretty average lager, nothing special. Re-Rate 3/12/2003: Has a nice amber color with little carbonation and a sweet malt/hop smell. Taste is malted at first and finishes into a medium hop bitterness. Overall not a bad lager, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2002
They may have changed the recipe over the years to make it less hoppy, but this beer is still a good hearty hop supper. Very clean, quite hoppy, floral, fresh. Certainly one of the better widely available north american lagers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2002
i had never been very impressed by this beer when i had tried it previously. but i decided to try it again and its not too bad. decent hop and malt flavor but still its nothing that i would drink on a regular basis

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
getsomeplaya99 (19) - Waukegan, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Hmm... has a malt liqour taste in a fancy bottle. It has a extremely bitter taste. If your looking for bad beer you might want to try of 40oz of malt liquor.. hey at least you get more.. If it wasnt brewed in Milwaukee its not worth drinking

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Drinkable. Slightly grainy. Finishes dry. Almost tastes like a Cali Common.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2002
Decent. Carmel in the nose with a little hops. Tan/ amber color, but not much in the way of a head. Tastes more like an american Pale Ale than a lager. Carmel notes with undertones of grapefruit, A little bitterness towards the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Definitely an average beer and nothing I’d go out of my way to find. I’ve had much tastier lagers, and this one seems kinda sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2002
I used to think that this was a really wonderful beer. That was back in the days of when I drank Bud,etc. This is still a decent beer, better than those macrobrews of days past, this beer could be called my gateway beer to better beers I have found. Malty, amber colored and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
one of the better lagers out there. golden orangy colour. some sweet maltiness and decent hops.

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