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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
metaldust (30) - Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2002
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 Best tasting American beer there is.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
XMB625 (30) - USA - MAR 3, 2003
For all of the excellent seasonal beers that Sam Adams brews, I was disappointed in their flagship beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AtomBombOfLove (30) - Jackson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2003
The best lager that is readily available to the masses. Too good for BBQ's and parties, but I recommend keeping some around if you wanna impress your friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sdfink (30) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Sweet but reasonably full body. Slight head. Light taste. Slight malt taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Friday (30) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Smells slightly hoppy, not overpowering. Tastes with a slight hop, nice amber color, and always available wherever I go. Of the macro-brewed beers, this is always my favorite lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dubb18 (30) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Not a bad beer for Samuel Adams, but it lacked in uniqueness. It was a decent brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gallagwar (30) - USA - JAN 7, 2007
Never been a fan of plain old Sam Adams. I guess it’s the best major American macro. But is that supposed to impress me?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontheroad (30) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Has distinct aromas of malt and hops with corresponding taste and smoothness. A really drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanrassel (30) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2008
I decided to revisit this beer after rating it eons ago on, ahem, the other site and found it stands up fairly well. It starts smooth with flavour from the Vienna malts and the Noble hops nicely balance them out with a slightly bitter, dry finish. Light body and tight carbonation contribute to a crisp, clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Sam Adams is a beer that, although I don’t ever intend to buy one, I seem to have more often than I plan. It’s because at many restaurants, it’s the only beer available that’s drinkable. And that’s ultimately what I think of Sam Adams...it’s drinkable. Sam Adams pours a nice amber with a creamy head. The beer smells of malts and is not overpowering as befits a lager. You know it’s a good beer when you fight the head to smell the beer. Sam Adams has a strong malt flavor with a light hop finish. Just enough carbonation to give it a fine mouthfeel, refreshing and crisp. Not the best beer in the world but very refreshing and satisfying.

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