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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elcarion99 (21) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2001
This is one of my favorite beers on draft. I don’t typically drink it in the bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
R.Begley (21) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2002
Very good ice cold on draught.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stemcell00199 (21) - worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2002
It’s still better than Busch or Bud, but I’d rather drink a good porter. This is not great beer, but it is not bad beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guitarsessions (21) - Crestline, California, USA - FEB 19, 2005
This is a pretty good beer. Well, good for a ad beer. It has a nice hoppy after taste. This is a beer I would buy for a party.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mp8719 (21) - USA - JUL 31, 2006
Solid brew. It’s a darker lager with some bite. Distinctive flavor for a macro. Leaves you with some bad after-taste though sometimes, and is a bit over-priced (like all of the Sams).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pearhead (21) - Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Scooby doo shake shake the room...tastes like pickles with (bizzurp) spam sauce. Pop pop.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imbiberAZ (21) - USA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 As far as American lagers, this is cream of the crop. It’s not a heavy, dark sit-in-your-study-enjoy-one-or-two-with-a-neighbor beer. Another poster said even 3-4 is hard. It’s true. Priced like a micro. Rich on the tongue, smells sweet and malty, actually contains liquor unlike most medium/dark lagers, and as another poster said: good standby. Bottle is good. On tap it’s a different creature altogether but beats bud/miller/coors any bar day of the week.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewpot (21) - West Burlington, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Pours an amber color with an impressive head that you don’t find in any of the macro-brews. Well balanced aroma: rich malts and fresh hops. Malty slighty sweet with a smooth finish. This is what I imagine American lager was like before prohibition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Badabing (21) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Smooth, light no after taste. Taste is mild but refreshing. I beer that could go with a fine dinner or a day out in the back yard with a BBQ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTornado (21) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a sensory glass. Pours a medium copper color with a tall off-white head. The head has excellent retention with good lacing. Smell is of bread dough, sweet, toasted caramel malt, and floral hops. Taste is sweet malt and spicy hops up front, very well balanced. Some lingering bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and tangy. Overall, a classic American lager that was at the forefront for the past 30 years in helping the craft beer movement. It’s well balanced and enjoyable to drink. A good beer to keep on hand year-round.

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