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RATINGS: 4340   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBadge (11) - Corona, California, USA - SEP 8, 2006
A fair beer on tap amlt bitter hops fair balance. A little light in taste for the darker color but it is a lager so OK. Not one of my best due to fact I have had so many micros. Good in a pinch

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Not bad, just not great. One of the better macrobrews by far, but that’s not saying much now is it kiddies? Nothing really in the nose other than a slight bit of fresh bread, tastes of mild wheat with vanilla notes and a bit of a floral undertaste. Watery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Hmm... As I stood at the bar pondering another night of boring work at a hick bar far into the suburbs, I scanned the tap lineup for a tolerable beer. The Hamms would have to wait for another night. Ah a Sam Adams Lager. Many a year since I’ve had a Sam Adams Lager. Images of Samuel L Jackson and an annoyingly flippant monotone blond girl surge through my head, or it might have been the Tom Cochrane thumping through the speakers. Delirium. Yes, the Sam Adams Lager please. While I sat watching the locals struggling with the arithmetic to determine the winner in the local baseball game, I admired my newly poured beer. It shone a tarnished copper color with a medium head. Watery syrup I thought to myself as a baseball wearing chap kept yelling "dude." My tongue rolls. "Ah fizzy." Yes, a watery syrupy fizzy beer. Smelled like water left out in a rusted tin pan. While there was some minor bitterness in the beer, the bitterness of listening to a young man say, "That Collective Soul song has the greatest solo ever! He kicks Eric Clapton’s ass!’ was far greater. I sat with my moderately decent but completely unsatisfying beer and pretend to care about useless trivia and a game between two teams I did not know.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2007
Draught. Light brown with white head. Thin with some hops. Not bad but too thin for me. Maybe if you like lager you would like this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbuzz (795) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap or in bottles, Sam Adams Boston Lager is one of the most accessible and quaffable of the commercial beers. I 100 % agree

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Very malty, but has a nasty aftertaste that reminds me of vomit. The ale is much better, but I’d never pay for a bottle of this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Much better than your typical lager, especially lacking that "chicken-feed" taste (is that because it doesn’t have rice, or corn?). Finishes well, but still not that interesting. A bit of a metallic aroma. Good compromise for people who drink mass-produced pale lagers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
KingofCastle (207) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
bottle: Not a bad dark lager but give me a Walkerville Classic Amber (or a JR Brickman Amber any day)! Not sure the flavours really balance out, more malts required for these English-tasting hops. Or even just some fruity notes to balance out the faint spice in its nose. Not bad for a really mass produced brand, but not worth the hype here. Think of this as diluting half a can of Fuller’s London Pride with water in a pint glass. Admittedly,I have a problem with "premium" or dark lagers - why not just drink the full flavoured ale? This is just a tease, but a good tease at that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnCoyne (73) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a brown amber color with a white medium head that lasted a short amount of time. Smells of roasted malt. A slight alcohol taste is also present with an odd bitterness under the tongue. A bitter finish with a slight chemical aftertaste. A creamy mouthfeel. Not an unpleasant beer but the finish leaves me wanting to rinse my mouth out.

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