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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
luisfelizola (107) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 21, 2015
Dourado escuro com boa formação de espuma branca. Aroma doce, maltado, brioche, pão doce. Ataque doce com boa carbonatação, novamente fermento, brioche. Amargor discreto bem equilibrada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Subliminal64 (15) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
First of all I would not classify this as a traditional lager. But maybe thats just me. Mild taste of hops, but not offensive. Good amount of carbonation. Easy to enjoy. Glad it is finally available by the can (tall boy). MB

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kurtos (113) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a nice Amber colour. Aroma. what i can best describe as a light caramel aroma. Taste. caramel, citrusy bitterness and raisins is what i can best describe it as. Overall. Quite a good solid beer, the marketing description i feel has described the beer better then i’ve been able to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
X (66) - California, USA - APR 16, 2015
Decent beer. One of my standards for use in cooking chili. I always like to keep a sixer in fridge at all times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhatCatt (15) - USA - APR 16, 2015
UPDATED: APR 23, 2015 Full-flavored with a mildly sweet, slightly rye-like hop flavor, particularly in the mouthfeel. My new favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2079) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2015
I can’t believe I’ve never rated this; this may have been the first craft beer I ever tasted back in the very early 1990s. On the other hand, I probably haven’t had a bottle since I joined ratebeer a decade ago. In the old days it was always on tap (and too expensive to buy, usually) but tonight I it was from the bottle. Amber pour, decent head. Malty, decent hop profile, some baking yeast on the nose. Pretty darn adequate and better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffbigD (101) - - APR 15, 2015
Pours clear red minimum head. Lighter tasting ale with a nice blend of hops and grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShivanDragon (2002) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2015
oranje/amber, helder met schuimige stevige kraag. aroma van mout, caramel, hop. Smaken zijn matige/redelijk zoet, zwak/matig bitter, redelijk caramel (moutig), granig ook bovendien, kruidige body, bittertje houdt wel lang aan in de smaak. afdronk wat droog, er zit iig meer dan genoeg smaak aan

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14697) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber color, off white head. Aroma of caramel and light biscuit. Taste is lightly bitter peppery, malty. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (486) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 12, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Nice resin hop aromas with a hint of citrus in the nose as well as a bit of caramel. Very well-balanced. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium light body. Nice crisp and refreshing finish.

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