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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2013
For this review I will pour a little into a taster, and sip the rest from the can. I will provide a side by side comparison of the two drinking experiences except when it comes to appearance, as the can is not see through… From the can the beer pours a crystal clear, amber-orange color with a beautiful head of creamy, medium sized bubbles. The head leaves a lacing of sticky thin lacing that leaves spider webs on the glass. From the glass, the beer graces the nose with a clean, crisp, fresh cut grassy smell with a light biscuit smell wafting beneath the grass and giving a warmth to the nose. From the can, the smell is slightly intensified to provide slight citrusy notes with the grassy hops, alongside slight hints of wet dog and metallic can though those might just be me. The glass has the better smell. From the glass, the beer tastes cleanly bitter with a warming bready sweetness that balances out the beer. Acids are very light in the mouth, only providing a slight wetting to the tongue. From the can the beer tastes slightly sweeter, mellowing the bitters into a more manageable taste. In flavor from the glass the beer begins as medicinal bitters, but quickly blooms into wet, bitter grass with a warm backed biscuit dough and a touch of caramel. The beer finishes grassy bitter with a touch of lemon citrus. The aftertaste is very light with bitter grass. From the can, the taste carries some slight citric lemon from the start, mellowing out the grassy bitters and bringing the caramel malt more onto the palate. Doing this review, I am a little surprised that I am liking the can more than the glass. On the mouth, in the glass, the beer feels on the heavy side of light with a heavier carbonation of fluffy bubbles that blanket the tongue nicely and provide a slight scrub. From the can, the carbonation scrubs the tongue slightly more, perhaps due to the smaller hole. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly damp with saliva. Overall, this beer is quite similar from the can and the glass, which is surprising since I have had several of the cans now, and actually thought it tasted a little different… That being said, this is a terrific simple lager with light complexities that make it interesting, while at the same time inviting you to drink more and more. Boston Lager is nearly sessionable, and is a great lawnmower beer in my mind. A true classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cam_Dynamite (55) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours Amber/orange with a thick white head. Nose is bread, malt. Taste is pretty similar, drinkable but nothing much to see here

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
spartakbarnsley (55) - St Petersburg, RUSSIA - JAN 23, 2015
On tap at JFK Airport, New York. Aroma fresh and organic. Golden with a decent head and lacing. Grassy and citrussy with a slightly hoppy finish. Flavoursome and refreshing, without the nasty metallic notes associated with most macro-lagers. A very fine example of the style. NB - the bottled version available in the UK is brewed under licence, and is not a patch on the US version IMHO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BRW (1178) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 21, 2015
On tap at Amundsen Bryggeri. Copper colour with white head. Malt and grass aroma. Malt, grain and grass aroma. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerAndPonies (41) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
355 ml bottle from a six-pack from Liquor Depot, served in a Grolsch-labeled 330 ml lager glass with pinched sides and laser-etched bottom, a second-hand store find in my search for cool beer glassware. Pours a light orangey amber with slight (chill?) haze, moderate carbonation, and a creamy, eggshell-tinted cap that leaves rings and spots of lace. Fragrant barley malt dominates, with hops lending almost spicy tomato, pine, and grapefruit notes. The flavor has a solid backbone of big, rich malt, with the hop profile branching into the taste with elements of pine and citrus. It leaves a pleasantly bracing bitterness on the tonguetip. Mouthfeel is solid and the finish is clean. Just delicious! An immediate favorite lager with a lot of actual character. Were all lagers as robust, we beer drinkers would be truly blessed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesewelch (70) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2015
From 22oz

Aroma: bread, caramel

Appearance: Amber, clear, tan head

Taste: Medium bitter

Palate: light body, thick texture, somewhat dry and bitter finish

Overall: The spicy/bitterness from hops seems to be near balanced with sweetness of malts. After first few sips, wasn’t able to get as much taste as the first couple of sips. Bitterness lingers a bit. Aroma faded pretty fast. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (637) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2015
On draft. Amber color with almost no head. Malty aroma. Malty and caramel taste with a dry finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Milter (58) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ForlornHope (117) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
33 cl bottle at home. Pours a golden-orange colour with a thin head. Slight aroma of bready yeast and the classic sour, pungent hop. Taste is sweet with a light balancing bitterness. Malty and satisfying with a short finish. OK. The bottle was from a UK supermarket, so almost certainly pasteurised. An unfiltered draught version would be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatthijsE (879) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle @ home. Clear golden copper color. Stable white head, creamy. Malty aroma, some floral aroma too. Taste is malty, a bit caramel sweetness, almost no hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
scarpin (18) - BRAZIL - JAN 10, 2015
Very good beer. Wonderfull taste and aroma. A soft beer but not so untestfull like bud or Muller

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