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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2000
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 This product is a mere shadow of its former self. A sample today showed no hop aroma - a sharp contrast to what it used to be. Whereas yesterday’s Sam Adams was near pilsner-like, today’s Boston Lager is little more than a crisp macrobrew. It got nasty as it warmed - diacetyl or maybe just too much caramel came through, ruining the finish badly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Monahan99 (29) - parkersburg, West Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2001

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jonnyx99 (34) - USA - SEP 24, 2001
Overall, my first pint of draught Samuel Adams was a big dissapointment. Bitter, sour and altogether way too heavy on hop bite. Not one I would enjoy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2001
a bit soggy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2002
Kind of plain in my opinion. I’d never go out and get a sixer, but it was good off the tap with dinner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - APR 25, 2002
Great amber color, but tastes slightly better than a budweiser. Its an average beer, but not something I could drink or buy on a regular basis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2002
It’s got the German hops in the aroma, but it doesn’t translate very well to the flavor. The Boston Ale is a much better beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stampion (159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Just a good average beer, nothing to drastic, and nothing awful either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Certainly better than other popular American lagers or standards (Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.) Decent to look at with a reddish golden hue. Somewhat mettalic taste but at least you can tell there are hops used as opposed to the big boy adjuncts (rice, corn). Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2002
I used to think that this was a really wonderful beer. That was back in the days of when I drank Bud,etc. This is still a decent beer, better than those macrobrews of days past, this beer could be called my gateway beer to better beers I have found. Malty, amber colored and drinkable.

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