KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Tap) I taste grapefruit when I taste this one. Enjoyable and easily drunk from the tap.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 2, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not overly impressive, this is still a step above most other North American lagers. Nice light brown color and no grainy tastes are both a plus. However, it is slightly more hoppy than I like a lager to be, so I wouldn’t exactly describe it as refreshing. A winner nonetheless. I, too, have noticed a soapy taste from time to time.
Hugerat99 (25) - USA - JAN 31, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I find sam adams to be rather inconsistent. When I get a good bottle it is quite drinkable, but can also be rather poor.
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking beer and is great to share with your friends. Good stuff.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 Can someone please explain to me why it is damn near impossible to get a decent Sam Adams on draught even in Boston. It's certainly better out of the bottle but it has a metallic, copper-infused-like bitterness to it that really isn't very pleasing. It's hard to find a bar where the beer isn't oxidized and flat.