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RATINGS: 4249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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.

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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sebilinz (1174) - Linz, AUSTRIA - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle. Amber body with white head. Aroma is malty with some hops. Taste is also malty. Aftertaste is malts with some low bitterness. O.K. Amber Lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesbeith (18) - - OCT 1, 2015
................................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8648) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2015
Actually brewed @Shepherd Neame, Kent... Metallic red-golden, utterly clear beer, lazily bubbled with a small white head. Sweet, caramel, some oxydation and noble hops. Rosewater, lychee. Cake, caramel, toasted malts but again a hint at good (USA-like?) hops - if once again, with a tad oxydation. Warming up, cornflakes. Light body, if pretty slick. Bit undercarbonated. Lasting light bitterness. Decent, even if big volume lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_rookie (179) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 23, 2015
I’m thinking of the commercial that mentions how you can float a bottle cap on the head.

Pours a nice amber color. Pretty thick foamy white head. Decent retention, very nice lacing. I’m torn, for a lager this should get a much higher score.

Aroma is caramel, and floral. A little piney, a little citrus, but not too much. Pretty hoppy, but not overwhelming. Again, this is much better than most lagers.

Taste is very good. Caramel sweet, balanced with some bitter hops, but leaning sweet. It’s earthy and rich. It has some nice lightly roasted malt. Well balanced, is it bitter, is it sweet?

Mouthfeel is light-medium. It’s a little watery, but not too much. It’s not too dry. It finishes a little sweet, although the hops do bring some bitterness into the mix. Super drinkable.

Overall, this is an amazing lager. It’s somewhat historic, opening the door to craft brews in the US. I think of it as the perfect beer to drink when golfing. Of course, it’s great any time. If you haven’t tried it, you must!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Light Amber pour big head lot of carbonation. Light malt nose taste slightly malty with lean palate. Finishes slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evolutionary (407) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Tap at hard rock Times Square. Haven't rated before??? Nose is sweet and a bit of hop. Color is light amber with medium head. Smooth and a bit crisp but thicker than a lot of ales. Dry and full, some hop burst - mild - fruit sweetness and little to no citrus bite. A decent fall back macro

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hopmaestro (718) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma is sweet malts with caramel, bread and autumn fruits.Taste is sweet and malty with a neutral character. A bit thin in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosskyle (208) - - AUG 27, 2015
12oz can on a crj900. Heavy grain with some malt aroma. Light body. Malt flavor with a grainy finish. Appearance is silver with some blue printing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turtles (766) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2015
355ml bottle from Systembolaget, says 4.7% on the bottle. Clear amber with a medium sized white head, leaving rich lacing. The aroma is floral with yeast and bread. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonated. Taste is malty with biscuit and white bread. Finish slightly dry with balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (550) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
Aroma: Sweet bready malt, molasses and caramel and yeast. Palate: Medium Body Flavor: Bready malt, caramel, touch of molasses. On the finish, the malty sweetness transitions to a lingering bitter hop and grain finish. Comment: Much maltier than the lagers from larger commercial producers. The body and sweetness holds on through the mid-palate and then a balancing bitter finish kicks in. Though I currently like a drier lager style, this is a decently made beer and I preferred it to the contrasting ale that I tasted it against (Sierra Nevada).

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