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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 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
VAYankee (336) - Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2003
This lager comes up just a little short all the way around. It is good but not great in all catergories. I prefer the Boston Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2003
(Tap) I taste grapefruit when I taste this one. Enjoyable and easily drunk from the tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
I didn't get the sweetness that the deScription talks about. I taste hops with a slight bitter finish. Not bad but not my favourite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
celogan (202) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Not bad at all, though it did have a little "diffrent" aftertaste, almost mediciny, but tolerable. The beer seems over-rated, but I would drink it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Aroma light and hoppy, but malt detected as well. Color a rich gold with a nice canyoned head---very attractive...Hops dominate the flavor profile, quite sharp and almost strident, while malt is barely discernible; the finish is hoppy-dry and slightly spicy. Body is sort of watery, and the balance is definitely hop-heavy. Overall, the strong hop profile makes it preferable to most macro-brews, but is still wanting in terms of balance and roundness of flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
madquacker (1075) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2004
Too malty for my liking, but a good beer nevertheless. Amber copper colour but then malt, malt and malt. The best US beer I’ve tried to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2006
An admirably-sized, frothy white head diminishes slowly over a rich copper body with orange highlights, shaming most entries in the Premium Lager category. Crisp and zesty hops are immediately apparent in the aroma, taking the form of bright herbs (cilantro), lime zest and a hint of white pepper. Sweet bready malts underscore the hops with traces of toast, nuts and caramel. A slight mineral edge shines through. The minerals have a bit more pungency in the flavor, yielding a soft, salty tenor to the affair. Malts recede somewhat as compared to the aroma providing only a soft element of bread and nuts. Stiff, sharp hops at the finish are certainly bright, but there’s an additional orange-like acidity that makes it a bit overkill for everything else going on. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and fizzy carbonation is nothing special. Malts weren’t as punchy as I had hoped for, the hop profile a bit sharp and the mineral aspect made the whole thing border on being unclean feeling for such a light lager, but it’s pretty much my newfound baseline for ’average’ beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhc21 (74) - Midlothian, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2007
Bottle. Different from your typical lager. Had many times before, but finally had one last night and decided to rate it. This beer gets better with time, meaning the more you drink it the more you get used to it. Not great, but okay.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2003
It’s a good beer, but has a lingering aftertaste that makes me unable to finish more than about three at a time. Good color, very good head. A good ale, with some complexity. Very malty, with a definitive hops aroma. Of the American ales, it’s not too bad.

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