joelumbumbard99 (12) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
When I first drank one of these about 10 years ago, I thought it was pretty good. Have only had a few since but each time I try it again I am reminded of this sort of ’charcoal’ aftertaste that really gives me a headache. I guess if you had to choose between this and a Miller Product you’d have to go with the Sam Adams.
palliko (12) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I keep coming back to this beer. I have tried dozens of pale ales, highly hopped like Hop Ottin, Flying Dog, etc. but Sam Adams beats them all. I know: it is commonly found everywhere, so how can it be exceptional? Don't beers have to be from microbreweries that are very hard to find and have to be ordered special from your local liquor store? Not for me. This beer has what I look for: drinkability. It goes well with food. The bouquet is very subtle. It doesn't overpower you with hops. It has a nice malty middle. A delicious but slightly bitter finish. Thumbs up, Sam!
DatFlycat (12) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I'm not sure if my mouth has changed or if the beer has. Seems to me 10 yrs ago when this wasn't quite the juggernaut it is today, it was a quality almost-mega-brew. Of late, however, it has become reliably bitter and tinny, to my disappointment. There are still sweet undertones in the body, but the aftertaste has become impalatably bitter. Tis a shame as I'm worried the Winter Lager is following the mainline lager's lead.
aleindulger (12) - Venice, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 For an all around american beer, this ale comes on heavy and finishes with a smooth creamy taste
beerandsteak (12) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes like home. But seriously, this is just a good beer. Great with a steak. Nothing special about it really, just tastes right and it’s better than half the beer at the supermarket.
CraigSheffer (12) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2004
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This isn’t so good. The price is high so you need to spend more to get drunk. It is a wannabe budweiser.
brewerdave (12) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 12oz Bottle - After trying another bottle of Boston Lager after my disappointing12 pack a few weeks ago, I got another one because I know I remembered this being a good beer - and it is. I must have gotten an old batch or something, but Boston Lager as I remember it is back! Golden pour, creamy white head starts things off. Very piney, hoppy aroma, and decidedly hoppy flavor. Smooth mouthfeel, almost creamy, with a crisp, hop-laced aftertaste. A good, refreshing beer.
mlroseplant (12) - Indianola, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
You know, this is actually a pretty good beer. It has an interesting aroma, a very nice color, and the flavor just ain’t too bad, either. It is easily available almost everywhere, even in the most unlikely places, and it’s often on sale, so the price is good. I just wish I liked it better. There’s just something about the taste of it that makes it my least favorite Sam Adams brew (haven’t tried SA light yet, and I make an exception for Cherry Wheat also--yuck). And of course, this is the variety that’s nearly always on sale--maybe $12 or 13 for a 12 pack. Oh well.
dornan23 (12) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2009 Amber color with a white head. Tastes primarily of hops with a hint of caramel. Finishes nicely
mwsmith (12) - , Alabama, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
America’s saving grace. We put up with a lot of crap because of our beer, but I think Samuel Adams takes that edge off.