RATINGS: 4399   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2005
After downing a row of stock standard, macro-brewed Pale Lagers, I was just about to give up before I decided on one more. Poured into a Pilsner glass, instant relief came as the short soapy off-white head settled atop the brilliantly clear amber body. Generous toffee and burnt sugar nose, with an inkling of citric, fruity esters. Aroma follows into the mouth with burnt caramelised sugars upfront, and in the back giving a light level of malt driven astringency, a balance of citric hops, sweet malt and a little breaded yeastiness across the lightweight palate. On the downside, an unpleasant hint of butterscotch marred its mouth feel for me (I think it was just my sample). Not what I expected, but better. A decent quaffer!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Newbie (25) - Denver, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2005
It has a strong hops aroma. Amber appearance. A little bitterness. You might as well have a Bud and save some cash.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Aroma is strong hops, grassy, hay. Pours dark yellow completely clear with a small white, mostly diminishing head. Flavor starts sweet and hoppy. Finishes sweet with bitter aftertaste. I drink this when the selection is limited, it is very widely available. It is much more pleasing then most macros. I would like this more without the overpowering hops, could be much more balanced. I think they are bowing to the masses that think more hops is more better. Oh well, better than most supermarket varieties.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neocon (34) - Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Nice Lager. Light Golden color with white bubly head. Very smooth beer. Catching a sweetness maybe from citrus, a touch of carmel and a hop appearance. If your unsure its an easy compromise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Above average lager. Pours nicely, with a fair, creamy head. Balanced malt and hops. Finishes smooth, if just a bit malty. Finishes a bit dry with just about the right level of hopping. Definiately the "fall-back" beer when everything else in the bar is from AB. Though it doesnt excel at anything in particular, Im rating this with a tilt because it is above average in most respects. --- *edit* Re-rate: There are many exceptional beers in this world; Excessively hopped, but delicious IPAs and American Strong ales... Delicious English ESBs and ales... Fabulous Germen Hefeweizen.... Absolutely enlightening Beligan Trappist Ales - nearly perfect in most every way... Bold and beautiful Imperial Stouts. The poor old macro lager is pretty underappreciated because its so easy for brewers to slack off and make a fizzy, yellow beer. I have to say that, over the years, Boston Beer Company has pushed their way into grocery stores and bars everywhere. They have "raised the bar" for casual beer drinkers and have provided a lager that is a step above the norm. It may not be perfect, but its a very good beer. As it has become more popular, Ive noticed that the price has dropped to a point at which its often just marginally more expensive than Bud (by about 50 cents), yet the quality of this brew is above and beyond the Bud lager. While its not perfect, I love the fact that I can find this beer to be a quality beer that is becoming available in most bars that I go to. Cheers! Thanks for a good beer! Re-rated (on a tilt) from a 3.1 to a 3.5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 Medium copper color, fairly decent head and obvious active carbonation... good aroma. The taste for this beer is strong and full bodied. It is quite hoppy, especially for a lager, and the taste pleasing lingers on for several moments after sipping. This is clearly the best beer that I have had in Panama (I get to try a Bass Ale soon, too). I give this beer a 7.5 out of 10. Perhaps it deserves more, but I need to go back to the states to determine that. I did have to pay 1.70 USD for it at a premium liquor store, but it was worth it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2005
Nice amber color, hoppy aroma and a sweet caramel flavor make this one of my favorite beers by Sam. Thick offwhite head and stick to the glass foam that always beckons for another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
If I were old enough to go to bars, I would say this would be a great bar-beer (heh heh heh...). Its an easy drink with a good amount of hops. Malt also gives a strong sweet flavor to it as an aftertaste. I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2005
Aroma:malt,caramel.... Appearance:clear amber good withe head... Flavor:malty and light bitterness..

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2005
On my last visit to the United States, in 1996, I was served a substance called Bud Ice in a plastic cup, which tasted of very cold water. Trying to broaden my beer horizons beyond the British Isles, I saw this in my local supermarket, expecting something equally pale, bland, and charmless. From my first sight of this delightful amber drop I knew I was entering an altogether different beer dimension. A great taste followed by a wonderfully satisfying dryness, intriguingly different from the bitterness in English and Scottish beers.

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