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RATINGS: 4382   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2001
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Pours a copper color with quite a bit of carbonation. Has a hoppy, citrusy aroma. Flavor was hoppy and bitter, and just didn’t do it for me. As it warmed, the characteristics became much less appealing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2001
OK, after years of disliking this beer, I’m softening my stance after trying one the other night simply because it was the only beer other than BudMillerCoors the restaurant had. As far as widely available American lagers are concerned, this is the best. It has a great hop nose and slight maltiness to compliment its hop flavor and slight bitterness. Acceptable color and mouthfeel, no head retention and a pleasant taste. Not bad overall, but something about Sam Adams’ beers (still) literally makes me sick to my stomach if I drink more than one of them in an evening. Have to respect their ability to compete with the Big 3 and retain relatively high quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeKnox (100) - Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2001
A fair lager with a rather unpleasant aftertaste...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2002
Re-rate:a good beer to have when you can’t be bothered to think about what you’re drinking, coz it actually surprises you when you are in these types of moods, quite thin, yet flavourful, uninspiring, yet drinkable. different for a lager, OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2001
Not all it is cracked up to be. Smooth at first but a lingering aftertaste reminiscent of a dishwasher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mogo (38) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2001
Much better on tap than out of a bottle. Better than most American beers, but I prefer their Boston Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2001
I used to like this beer, but the taste gets real old, real quick for some reason now. Maybe I used to drink it too much. Anyway, this is a decent brew considering it is a pretty mass produced beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IL IPA Lover99 (69) - Monroe City, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2001
good beer for a night out; plenty of flavor for the bar

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2001
A good ’gateway’ beer I first started drinking in ’92 or so... a lot of other ’microbrews’ have extremely similar tastes. Nice texture and gravity for such a (now) mass produced beer. A bit bloaty on the tummy but this is no doubt a nice beer.

   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.

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