RATINGS: 4237   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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bladerunner17 (6) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2005 does not count
Bottle: Aroma is a bit orange tilted, appearance and flavor the same, what is up with that aftertaste? Heavily mettalic aftertaste that takes a long time to fade. After first sip aftertaste overpowers the palate and the rest of the bottle as well.

brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Pours a bright yellow - orange with big bubbles. A good looking beer. The aroma is sharp malt (with corn or rice?), and perhaps some unidentifiable hop presence. Kind of stinky macro brew smell. Very clean tasting. Malty with very lite citrus hops at the beginning. Lingering lite hops and malt, but they are rather non-descript. The body is fine - Mellow and acceptable. Other than the aroma this is not too bad for a mass produced brew.

beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2005
bottle. this beer poured a brownish amber with a slight sweet malty smell. taste of malt and chocolate, hops, with a hint of grassy citrus. a pretty mellow and balanced beer without nasty chemical overtones. not bad or a big brewery in the u.s.

MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
clear copper color, off-white short and pillowy medium lasting head. straw and honey-like aromea, flavor more of the same. slight hop flavor. more like an amber ale than a lager. is this the most rated beer?

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 Fair hop nose has some citrus and floral character to it. Clear gloden amber/light copper coloured body is topped by a finger of large-bubbled white head that recedes rapidly to lasting cover with lacing in rings. Citrus and floral hops are notable also in the flavour with some crisp bitterness and lightly toasted malt flavour. Cabbagey DMS emerges as it warms and becomes almost overwhelming. Crisp body and refreshing medium-light body feels good on the tongue. Bottle.

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 (2636) - 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 (4403) - 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.

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