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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 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mlroseplant (12) - Indianola, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
You know, this is actually a pretty good beer. It has an interesting aroma, a very nice color, and the flavor just ain’t too bad, either. It is easily available almost everywhere, even in the most unlikely places, and it’s often on sale, so the price is good. I just wish I liked it better. There’s just something about the taste of it that makes it my least favorite Sam Adams brew (haven’t tried SA light yet, and I make an exception for Cherry Wheat also--yuck). And of course, this is the variety that’s nearly always on sale--maybe $12 or 13 for a 12 pack. Oh well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chadcs (76) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Bottle - Slight aroma but not remarkable. Large head with the Light amber color to the beer. Was a bit bitter and acidic, did not suit me to well. As much as I wanted to actually like this beer it just doesn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Nice hoppy smell for a lager. Well balanced hop and malt flavor. Not bad for something so mainstream

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drfabulous (3650) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2007
The basis of all Sam Adams. If there is nothing, I mean nothing else to choose from but a Miller or Bud, I have to get this. It’s relatively harmless and tasteless. And I always feel like every other Sam Adams is this as well, no matter what the "style" supposedly is.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle. Very nice for an American lager, hoppy taste and aroma with a clean finish. Quite enjoyable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
RRBF ’08. Beer is clear, medium gold. Head is small, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing. Nice lacing.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, biscuit; Hoppy with a moderate note of honey, light note of lemon zest. Boring.<P>The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately/heavily bitter, lightly acidic with a long, lightly bitter, lightly sweet finish. Husky retros. Slightly cloying.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>Forgettable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
improvjock (317) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Pours a clear gold color with medium off-white head. Not much to it, kinda boring and not really tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2008
light brown pour with one finger head, slight lacing. metallic aroma overwhelms anything else. taste is a bit acrid, but not watery like some macro lagers. One of my least favorite Sam Adams

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle: Light brown pour with a minimal head. Pretty much what a lager is suppose to taste like. Strong aftertaste of bitter hopps.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GJF (1203) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Sure, it’ll do, but like most sam adams products it has a cardboardy quality to it. Body’s ok, but flavor’s not great. If I can get on my soapbox here, I think they brew too many beers that ultimately taste the same (and that long commercial description is so full of itself--yes, the beer’s drinkable but don’t tell me how expensive your hop varieties are. It’s like the commercials where we learn that Sam Adams puts a "pound more hops" in their beers--well, maybe that’s good and maybe not. Doesn’t it depend on the beer someone’s brewing in the first place? OK, I’m done now. Have I said it’s ok yet?)

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