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RATINGS: 4362   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2001

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2002
RERATE: Nice everyday beer. The beer has destinct flavors, and is very well balanced. It has a bit of a bitter finish, which I enjoy. I generally am impressed with this brewery as far as mass-marketed beers go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
hippie99 (14) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2002

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMaster (68) - Denville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2002
This beer is not very impressive. Looks good in the glass but its aftertaste reminded me of the same aftertaste that i get from cheap beer like Pabst Blue Ribbon. I like the Octoberfest and the Old Fezziwig Ale much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Decent beer that’s generally available. Drinks well but has a slight aftertaste that is less than desirable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3811) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 Crisp amber color with a thin head. Subtle, spicing in the aroma unexpected in a lager. Very light mouth feel with slight spicing. The aroma is the only part of this beer that strides anywhere above average. Unremarkable as far as beers go--it seems restrained and afraid to try for anything rather than a middle of the road beer. Re-rated 6-6-09. German hop aromas rubbed me the wrong way. Ok, fresh milled grain underpinning. A step and a half up from the macros, but not particularly good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2002
A notch above the macro’s.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2002
Not as bad as I expected it might be. Though I find it has too much lingering malt sweetness. Average fruitiness, just not crisp enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Another enjoyable beer for a summer afternoon of sitting on a porch. It is not one of my favorites, but at least it’s available when the only other beers on tap fall in the catagory of MGD and Budweiser.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2004 Boston Brewing Company isnt given enough credit. they make slightly above average beers but are able to market them everywhere. Not the best beers, but certainly for the quantity they brew, they do a damn good job. I used to like this beer alot more, but the more I drink it, the more ho-hum it gets. This one is pretty basic, nothin special, good clean lager, especially good on tap. Rerate late 2003. The last five or six times I've had this stuff, it has been awful. Watery, bittersweet and very unexciting. Tastes like an average American Dark at best. No crispness at all. Going to hell in a bucket. Koch should get off his rich ass and make this stuff good again, but that would eat up profit. . .

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