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RATINGS: 4267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2006
355ml bottle at Caffrey’s Corner in Kiruna. Orange colour with some foam. Fresh, but vague aroma. Fruity citrus flavour with hints of hops. Light bitter end. Medium bodied. Unexpressed potentiality, perhaps because it was served far too cold (13.07.2006).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9521) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle: Light amber coloured, small, but firm off-white head; sweet-malty, a bit toasted aroma with a big touch of herbal hoppiness; distinctive bitter flavour; malty, nutty finish with a long, hoppy, herbal aftertaste. Superb ! Spicy and smooth.........

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (9455) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Bottle. Subtle malt and hops aroma. Light amber color with moderate head. Moderate bready malt and hop finish. Had a sample at the Boston brewery - so much better fresh. Still usually the best choice availble at most chain restaurants.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (9318) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Re-rate 5/10: A decent fairly hopped lager, somewhat floral, with a slightly grainy malt base. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1

Bottle. Amber color, A bit hazy. Hoppy aroma. Taste is sweet malt with notes of citrus. A mildly bitter finish. A pretty good lager. 7/3/6/3/13=3.2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2008 Draught at O’Learys at Stockholm, Sweden, Airport Arlanda on February 17, 2006.
I’ve tried this beer several times on bottles and draught and I really like it!
Bronze color, nice head. Citrus and fruity scent. Nice big hoppy taste of American hops.
This is what American beers should be known for!

(Bottle from Systembolaget)
Blind tasting on September 27, 2008
Clear amber color, off-white to orange head. Perfumy, slight fruity, fresh scent. Buttery, malty, sweet, a bit fruity taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
When tried side by side, blind, to their ale, they were very very similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
355ml Bottle at Home 23/06/2008 White head. Some carbonation. Golden coloured floral hoppy and slightly fruity with a little dryness and bitterness in a crisp malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (9153) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 355 ml bottle. 4.7% (2009 rating 4.8%). BB Nov/13. (Prisma) Helsinki, Finland.
Clear amber colour with a small white head. A sweet fruity and berry aroma with some mild hoppy bitterness, fruit tea and sweetish maltiness. The flavour is fruity and floral hops, fruity tea notes and some bitterness. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Slick palate. Tasty American Lager. Very Ale-ish Lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9106) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2002
Not like the mass produced poor lagers like the mighty Bud (ahem). Unusual and not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (9099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2011
12oz bottle. Light yellow clear color, medium white head. Suprising hops taste, for a lager. Drinkable, but not very interesting.

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