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RATINGS: 4356   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005
12 oz brown bottle purchased from the Snuggery bar, Union Metra station, Chicago, IL. Labeled to expire on 1/06 and opened on 11/5/05. Clear light amber ale having a small diminishing head with spare lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and toffee. Average carbonation. Starts with slight sweet and nutty malt flavor and finishes dry with slight bitterness. Notable unpleasant burning sensation on tongue and throat. A rather mediocre beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
direwolf2002 (14) - USA - JAN 3, 2006
A bland lager. Some decent aroma, mostly hops making themselves noticed with a very slight hint of cirtus. Watery texture and flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
On tap @ BWW’s: Pours an amber-red color, medium white head, good lacing. Strong aroma of hops. Smooth, balanced flavor, malty. Not too much flavor, slighty bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Pours a fizzy amber, aroma is very light some hints of malt. Decent body for a premium lager style and even some slight bitterness. This beer is alright, but I’d rather have some of SA’s other offerings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle, pours golden yellow, very thin whtie head. Nice sweet caramel and cookie dough aroma with hints of flowery hops. More floral hop flavor well balanced with grainy malts. Very light and refreshing a little bit of taste to boot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2006
As more of an ale fan, I didn’t find a whole lot to be excited about in this lager. Thin, watery, bland. For what it’s worth, I’ll admit that Sam Adams Boston Lager is probably the best of the beers that you’ll find in any gas station. Highly drinkable if you don’t like beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mp8719 (21) - USA - JUL 31, 2006
Solid brew. It’s a darker lager with some bite. Distinctive flavor for a macro. Leaves you with some bad after-taste though sometimes, and is a bit over-priced (like all of the Sams).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2006
Light coppery colored, little wihte head. Fruity aroma with mild hops, some dry tones also. Flavor is somehow "aleish": flowers, hops and fruits, aftertaste dries like in bitters. Thin to medium bodied, mild carbonation. Crispy brew.

   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

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