RATINGS: 4438   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 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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NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Gee whillikers, my 3rd rating of a Sam Adams brew and it’s another positive one! I think I’m seeing additional proof that a large-scale brewery can put out quality beer. From a bottle, this pours a medium amber color with an expansive off-white head. The head lasts as a nice lace throughout the trip down the glass. Aroma is fairly "generic" with nothing really standing out. Initial taste is malty sweet but a suprising hoppiness makes itself known soon after. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Much better than I would have expected.

LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2005
this was better than i expected it to be for some reason. nice strong, slightly bitter. smooth going down and finishes clean.

jimhilt (2609) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours with a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation. Starts with a mix of hops and sweetness, finish is hoppy, prickly but clean. 83¢ for a 12oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

socalmatt (2) - USA - DEC 29, 2004 does not count
One of the better Sam Adams beers. Nice color...real nice aroma. Nice, strong taste to it. Price also isn’t too bad.

nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Of the macro brews of america this one is probably the best. Not weak on aroma or taste like 95% of the commercial brews of the USA. Has a strong bitter finish.

joergen (27983) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
Amber colour with small off white head. Sweet aroma with notes of hops, malt and abricots. Malty flavour with notes of abricots and hops. Bitter aftertaste with floral notes. Nice lager.

beerforgood (22) - Thornhill, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
A great beer that pours with a halleteau / saaz aroma with a high ibu around 32. it has a wonderful mouth feel with residual malt and hop finish. One of my favourites.

civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2004
This is a decent lager but with nothing to distinguish itself from other lagers. Also, yeast is always a little too noticeable in the taste, which detracts from the malty goodness.

beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2004
This brew is much better than i remember it. Growing up around this brew made for forget that this is actually not a bad lager for the price. Very cheap for a smooth, malty lager. Aroma has some citrus hops and a touch of malt. Taste starts smooth and malty with a crisp hop finish.

StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 The staple for lagers: nice hops and bitterness. Robust enough that the floral spices and sweet traces are merely accents to the bigger picture rather than leading ladies. Respectable.

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