puzzl (3264) - 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: trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
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.
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. 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. auerbrau (3206) - 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. weepingsuds (223) - 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.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 November 19th 2006 re-rate.
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.
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.
Originally gave it a 3.2
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. REDDOGICE (243) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Nice,decent beer. Nice off white head, Smells like almonds.. Very easily drinkable. bkurtz (1134) - LITHUANIA - JUN 28, 2005
Poured golden with a full head. It has the hops of real beer and it’s one of my favorite everyday beers. spnkyoumuch (24) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2005
This one is an OK value when on sale. To me it’s more malty than anything else. Could be a bit hoppier. Drinkable and tasty. A good product, but not a truly great beer. Ughsmash (7510) - 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 didn’t 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.