RATINGS: 4414   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 worlds oldest hops growing area. Among the worlds most expensive, they cost twenty times as much as other hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 November 19th 2006 re-rate. <P> Medium hop presence to my nose...though high for an American lager, fairly strong caramel malt accented. Light copper in color with a firm and quite lasting two finger thick white head. <P> Nice malty fore, mild toasty caramel and even vaugely nutty. The finish sweet and slightly perfumey. Its just a damn drinkable beer and one of the very few American lagers I enjoy. In fact I appreciate it now that Ive had more beers than I did when id had relatively few. <P> Originally gave it a 3.2 <P> Thankfully Sam Adams is getting to the point that it is almost everywhere. Full aroma of hop and a slight grassy aroma. Less hop in the taste, but very drinkable and their is somebuttery spiciness there. Nothing aduncjty in the flavor like most macro lagers. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
REDDOGICE (243) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Nice,decent beer. Nice off white head, Smells like almonds.. Very easily drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (1068) - MOROCCO - JUN 28, 2005
Poured golden with a full head. It has the hops of real beer and its one of my favorite everyday beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spnkyoumuch (24) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2005
This one is an OK value when on sale. To me its more malty than anything else. Could be a bit hoppier. Drinkable and tasty. A good product, but not a truly great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Amber pour with a little off-white head. Aroma was certainly hoppier than I remembered, and was pleasant for the style. Flavor didnt carry quite the hoppiness from the aroma, but was complemented with some nice sweet malt. Rather creamy mouthfeel. Nothing too exciting in the finish, but this one was aiight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Golden with a touch of amber. Light head fades quickly. You can definately taste the hops. On the dry side. Pretty good...for a lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3176) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2005
I feel like Sam Adams is the only Big Brewery that still cares about quality. pours a beautiful brown color, Hops and malt are very noticalbe, taste in both is abundant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12317) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a light tan, rich head. Color is a clear gold, carbonation looks good. Taste is crisp, a nice blend of malt, hops, carbonation. Just a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005
I was quite surprised by the levels of flowery hop in the aroma. On the palate its less hoppy but theres some soft malt coming through. The mouthfeel is smooth and kind of creamy. Maybe a bit thin and not particularly exciting, but a solid dependable lager. Bottle, from beersofeurope.co.uk

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fatguys (76) - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pours a lighter amber/dark hone. Nice cream-colored head. Initial taste of mikld hops with a caramel finish. Hoppier than I remember. A nice nutty smell as well. Always a good alternative on draft when theres no other micro or craft brewers available. This beer does a lot by introducing something decent to the masses.

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