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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
vtcbeerboy (19) - USA - DEC 6, 2003
Good cheap beer. Great for relaxing. Fits perfectly with a hearty cheese burger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
The appearance and smell of this beer are better than its taste and drinkability. So far, I have not been impressed with a single Samuel Adams beer, finding them to be quite plain and/or average, this beer included. It's got a nice amber color, and decent smell, but a very ordianry taste that I cannot see myself yearning for.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
stranger34 (8) - USA - FEB 6, 2004 does not count
Like a ferrari without an engine. this beer has everything going for it but the taste

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Pale golden with thick white head and lacing.Looks like another macro-swill, but surprise, it has nice hop and malt aroma. Good hop bitterness with some malt sweetness, but this is a little thin-bodied and gets watery after a while.Depending where your Sam Adams Boston Lager came from, it may not be that good. But this is a good step away from the bland macros, but this is a little expensive.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
I like the ale better, but this is still a good crossover beer. Not bad when it's ice cold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sfontain (790) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2004
Dull golden color with a thin, white head. Bubbly. Some mild fruit/yeastiness in the aroma. Nondememo malty sweetness. There are some hops in this, but they disappear pretty quickly, and no real beer fan is going to get excited over this. For this style of lager (arguably an American standard), this stuff is decent, but on the grand scale of beers, this is barely average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
This is a decent lager, but I find that their specialty brews are far better than this. I only drink this on tap, when there’s nothing better offered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2004
People just rave about this beer so I decided it was a must have...2 days later I was wishing I had never bought it. i’ll take it over bud, coors or miller anyday but that’s as far as I’ll go.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2005
this is another good bar beer...but nothing else....a 3.18 average???? how??? read the other 1173 ratings if u want to really want to see what this macro has to offer

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4704) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 Long overdue re-rate. Bottle. Aroma is light yeast and malt, decent caramel washes splashing by. Pale orange body with medium bubbles and soapy beige head. Dry, crisp taste on a medium body, caramel and pretzelly malt. Aftertaste is slightly adjunncty - a cause for concern, and akin to their Oktoberfest. Risibly overhyped - this is not the savior of the American beer industry; still, often the only viable choice in many bars.

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