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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 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joesvendsen (29) - USA - APR 13, 2007
bottle. nice color, amber...medium head. piney and aromatic. quite a good beer for the category and the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tjpasley79 (29) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 I am biased with Sam since it brings back fond memories of a trip to Boston. Nice pour with moderate to light head, quickly dissipates. Flavor is always good with a smooth finish. It is not the worlds greatest beer, but for something nice to drink every day, it has my #1 vote.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
GrainBeltMan (29) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
This shit sucks. Sam Adams - in an attempt to appeal to "sophisticated" beer tyros who fancy themselves too cool for Coors - have brewed a heavy, cloying product that is too malty, not thirst-quenching and unfortunately reminiscent of garbage like Gambrinus and Watney’s Red Barrel. Want a legit lager? Even the much-maligned Lucky beats the piss outta’ Sam the Sham!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Monahan99 (29) - parkersburg, West Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2001

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
amx83 (29) - Brampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2003
I heard good things about this beer but I was unimpressed. Nice brown/amber colour and nutty aroma. Sweet nutty taste in the beginning, but too much of a bitter finish for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dick1984LS (29) - 29 Palms, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
i dont like the red sox so i guess this is the best thing since the tea party.

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