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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8640) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 On tap. Reasonable creamy aroma and a typical lager appearance i.e dull and bubbly. There are some hops in there so it is drinkable but it certainly ain’t exciting. Score 2.7
Subsequent ratings scored 3.2, 2.9 and 3.0. Average becomes 2.9

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sammy (8529) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
Not too sweet or watery, nice for a lager. Bit sweet, and not up to ana verage craft beer. Some creamy mouthfeel and balance, crisp and dry aftertaste. Hint of floral aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (8456) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2005
(bottle) Clear bronze colour with a firm slightly off-white froth. Aromatic nose of hops with a malty background. Flavour is dry and hoppy with a dry and bitter aftertaste including a good balance between hops and malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Slightly orange-amber colour with a large white head. Decent hop profile, with some sweet caramel flavoured malt. Slightly spicy and peppery. Citrusy hops and a long but pleasantly bitter finish. A good session beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
355mL. Why have I waited until over 2,000 ratings to rate Sam Adams? Because I have never paid money for a SA product so waited until I was given a free one at a dinner function. The pour is a clear orange amber with a thin, white head that has zero retention and lace. Aroma is actually quite nice. It smells exactly like the inside of a brewery: lots of oatmeal, grist, raw malt, caramel. Not bad. Taste is slight diacetyl and copper metals atop a nice attempt at a Vienna lager. Coating, bitter, sharp palate. As it warms it gains more butter, sugary full-bodiedness, some english toffee and peanut brittle. Unfortunately, the metallic and buttery palate distracts too much. This is significantly worse than my first ever batch of extract homebrew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8293) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Bottle. This and Magic Hat were what we went with in College when we actually had money. Given our usual drink when we had no money, which was most of the time, was Keystone Light, this tasted pretty damned good by comparison. Pours reddish-gold with a small head and good lacing. Aroma is bitter pilsner with toffee malt. Taste is more of the same. Not very complex, but it’s still not as bad as a lot of people make it out to be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8190) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
It’s still one of the best lagers I’ve had and you can find it just about everywhere now. Pours deep gold with nice white head. Nose and taste is very fruity, nice hop and malt balance. Nose has some floral grass in it. Rated 2/8/2000

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8114) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Tap at Chili’s, St Louis Lambert Airport, 21/05/13 am breakfast beer ! Clear golden with a good sized off white head. Nose is grain, malt, cereals, light citrus, orange. Taste comprises malt, cerelas, noble hop presence, light sugars, citrus. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, clean and crisp in the finish. Ok lager.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8111) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2011
The beer is decent enough but it’s so standard. Average scores for everything.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8032) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2002
Not like the mass produced poor lagers like the mighty Bud (ahem). Unusual and not bad at all.


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