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RATINGS: 4384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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.

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3.7
darkcarrington (31) - USA - JUL 3, 2005
Among the most readily available American beers this has to be one of the best. Not actually too bad in its own right for that matter. Sure as hell better than Miller and the other mega breweries

1.6
sethbc (14) - USA - JUL 3, 2005
I could /EASILY/ live without Sam Adams. I’m just not a fan of their beers. Say what you will, I’m not a fan of bitter beer.

3.4
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Nothing wrong with this. Good hoppy aroma for a lager, with toasty malt there also. Full mouthfeel for the style and a hoppy finish with surprising bitterness.

3.7
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Understated, buttery, slightly hoppy aroma. Appearance on the other hand is absolutely perfect for a pale lager (not that pale, of course). Flavor is strong on the hops: grapefruit and other citrus, a little grass, though perhaps a bit too buttery. I have to give this beer two extra points because:

a) Boston Beer Co. is the only American Macro with the balls to actually put out real -- and good -- beer

and b) This was the first real American brewery I actually got in to, so I have to give all their brews a bonus point for that.

3.4
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Always an option, never the first one. This beer is that reliable girl that you’re not ashamed to be seen with, but you’re always looking for something better.

2.9
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2005
This is a very basic, sort of mass-produced beer without much complexity but that’s actually quite ok. Malt dominates throughout, with a good bit of hops in the aroma. Body is very <tt>cold</tt>, quite like a cellar.

2.8
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005
While this beer may have been past it’s prime a little bit, I was still impressed with the overall quality of such a stupidly popular lager. I received a sixer from friends who didn’t like it. Aroma was fruity, with a bit of a zing. This continued in the flavor profile, with a good level of hops balancing a decent malt profile. Not a horrible lager.

3.4
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle. This is a favorite among American macros. If the selection is limited and a store has this, this is the go to beer. Nice sweet taste and throughly refreshing.

3.7
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. It’s just a damn drinkable beer and one of the very few American lagers I enjoy. In fact I appreciate it now that I’ve had more beers than I did when i’d 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.

4.1
REDDOGICE (243) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Nice,decent beer. Nice off white head, Smells like almonds.. Very easily drinkable.


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