punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish golden color... with a sweet scent... and a caramel-malty flavor... initially the carbonation tickles your tongue then waters down over it... ending with a buttery hop aftertaste... Not bad but not a favorite by any means...
sweetnlow (19) - Hudson, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a good beer after a game of golf. With a hot dog. Lots of mustard.
verstellung77 (19) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Slight aroma. Nice amber colour. Decent mouth feel. Geniric hop bitterness that finishes a little astringent and roughly hewn..
Over priced, IMO
32clowns (19) - USA - JUL 18, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Canít get into it. I enjoy many of their other beers, but this is bitter and leaves me with stinky burps!
tclowans (19) - rolling meadows, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Great color and aroma. Great everyday beer, has great hops flavor. Itís an always in the fridge beer
JimTuna (19) - USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably the best american lager out there, and the best tasting of any other samuel adams flavors.
Necron99 (19) - Clermont, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 Mainly smells like clean citrus and grain, slightly on the uneventful side as far as aroma goes. Amber color pour with a small white head. Pretty good hop flavor, and very smooth. Leaves a slight grass flavor in your mouth. Not bad.
lobonator (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ approx 8deg C. In Puerto Rico so may be pre treated somewhat differently (label states "Puerto Rico") i.e. perhaps pasteurized longer, or filtered sharper. Expiration date March 2010 therefore relatively fresh. I have sampled before here and can verify that it does not age well. Sometimes more hoppy than other times leading to lack of continuity. Present sample, aroma very good. Hoppy but not too much so, somewhat resinous, and with slight floral notes and caramel. Appearance excellent. Good foam stability and slight lacing. Complex taste, well balanced with caramel sweetness and slightly soft hoppy bitterness. I stress, refreshingly and gratifyingly hoppy. Not harsh at all. Mouthfeel on the soft side and full bodied. Sadly, too full bodied for my taste leading to a decrease in drinkability. Carbonation perfect. Malty backbone, masked perhaps too much by caramel but not too sweet. Hop contributions to taste were again resinous and pleasantly hoppy. Overall, a wonderful beer that I always enjoy drinking but only 2 or 3 bottles at the most.
Arkolm (19) - USA - MAY 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 Updated review 1/5/11: I should say this is the first Sam Adams Boston Lager I have had since I first reviewed this. Somehow I ended up drinking almost entirely ales, and I didnít want to end up a lager-hater so Iím going through some. I didnít realize I had reviewed thus the update.
Poured from a fresh (winter mix 2010) bottle at cellar temperature into a tumbler. More orange than amber, with a clean pine-hop scent. Faint grain behind that in the aroma but thatís all that I pull out this time. The aroma is not strong, and the head is pretty thin. No lacing for me this time.
Taste is immediate back-mouth hop bitterness quickly followed up with unroasted malts --between cereal and mild caramel. I get no grass, but swear I can taste a pretty distinct, if not powerful, yeast. No one else has said this so maybe Iím completely off; I canít deny it though.
Thin body that is moderately carbonated. The hops are more complex than many macrobrews I think. Thereís a floral hop that is more at the front of the mouth and the much more present pine-hop flavor that is at the roof of the mouth and back. Also dominate in the after taste.
Reading my review from last May it doesnít sound like the same beer to me. Possibly this was a fresher bottle, or maybe the hops got steeped longer. Who knows. Could be my palate changed. I adjusted my score slightly but am still impressed with this beer. I actually think this bottle was more interesting than the one I wrote about.
Itís wide availability is a great boon for it -- I enjoyed drinking it, but not enough to buy it over other beers. Great for when the only other option is one of those beer with a cumulative review of <1 aka most sports bars around here.
My only (biased) changes to this beer would be a little more floral hops and a bit of body increase.
Old Review 5/2010: Just had one from a bottle. Nice fresh hops. Notes both in aroma and in the mouth of faint pine and orange citrus. Nicely carbonated, and goes down well. Impressive for something I see everywhere!
wraith (19) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. An awesome american lager, canít get many here in Australia, this is impressive. Nice and malty, I love it.