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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Initially I wasnt impressed, but its easy to drink. The finnish has this flavor of coffee or chocolate which is probably the best part. Initial flavor was kind of bland....very fizzy and bubbly feel and swallow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (950) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 26, 2003
a nice hoppy lager, very much in the european pilsner tradition. very easy to find for a "drinkable beer" good distribution earns them extra points

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Although consistency can be an issue with Sam Adams, the lager I had (most recently) was good. Hoppy and nicely balanced with malts. Not as good as it used to be, but still a couple steps above the macros.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Probably the first American beer I had that didn’t come from one of the giants. Always good, never great ... a readily available alternative to Bud/Coors/Miller, etc. Nice amber color, malty and sweet with that distinctive Sam Adams taste ... far better on tap but good beer all around.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steprous99 (28) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Strong aftertaste, I think that is the main problem with this beer, can be slightly skunky at times, They claim to have a long history but really only been around since 1984 or so. I prefer their octoberfest. This will do if there are no other quality beers around.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2002
Hoppy aroma. Clean slightly malty, slightly bitter taste. This is a good lager that resembles an ale in taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2002
These guys get points for having raised consciousness about microbrewing, but their flagship lager isn’t their best brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2004
Honey coloured body with a medium sized white head. Metallic hops on the nose and in the taste, good lacing, lemon sweet and a medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2005
It’s great that restaurants and bars that used to serve only mass-market beers now also offer this latest mass-market beer. It has aroma (hops, malt) and taste (hops) and a slight bitterness. Like Yogi, it’s better than your average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 I cannot help comparing every lager I drink to Sam Adams. It was the first ’real’ beer I tried. Always a great tap beer. Suffers more than most from the bottle. Spicy hop flavor. Nice noble twang in the spicy fade. Good food pairing beer as it works with just about everything.

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