RATINGS: 4434   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harperwood9 (16) - milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
Quality brew with some after-taste...and bitterness. Not bad in its amber color!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours a light clear amber with a creamy ivory head. Very lacy all the way through the beer. Smells of hay, light apple, pale malt and hops. Tastes of mown grass. Fresh tasting is the only way I can describe it. Sweet apple flavors and lightly spicy. Mouthfeel is creamy and fizzy. Light-bodied. An understated hoppy aftertaste that slowly builds and rises on the palette. Very smooth, very drinkable. Still love this beer. It was my "gateway" beer to micros over 10 years ago. Probably still my favorite lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Louipa (121) - USA - MAY 9, 2005
Im not into it. But its better than bud, miller, coors. its alright if you like lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bpboland (25) - Niagara Falls, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2005
I like this beer a lot. There isnt anything special about it, but I dont get sick of it easily. My favorite thing about it is the balance; both the hops and malt are good and strong, but neither overpowers the other.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Not a big favorate of mine. I dont like the malt/hops balance here. I like a nice hop flavor but this just doesnt do it for me. Ill pass on this one everytime (unless Im completely out of beer)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2992) - 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.

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