RATINGS: 4418   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
stranger34 (8) - USA - FEB 6, 2004 does not count
Like a ferrari without an engine. this beer has everything going for it but the taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Decent for a Lager. Easy to find and doesnt fail. Better than most other lagers. Not much more to say about it.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Turn on Friends and chug it! But seriously, don't. Very ordinary American lager. Ordinary in beer just doesn't cut it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hershiser2 (2713) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
The appearance and smell of this beer are better than its taste and drinkability. So far, I have not been impressed with a single Samuel Adams beer, finding them to be quite plain and/or average, this beer included. It's got a nice amber color, and decent smell, but a very ordianry taste that I cannot see myself yearning for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (4127) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2004
I finally had a bottle of this, and I was mildly pleased. Though lacking anything distinctive in appearance, and even the aroma (though not awful) is not noticeable--particularly when drinking in a bar with smokers--in flavor there was enough malt to sense a bit of sweetness and a crispness that suggested reasonable quality of ingredients. It was boring, halfway through the bottle, but it was adequate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2004
great session beer, good fruity aroma from the hops [lychee, slight citrus], golden/amber colouration, lychee with slight citrus from hops and some nice malty character, well bittered , I was most impressed with the hopping in this beer more than anything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LagerLove (65) - Clinton, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2004
A pretty good beer, has a sort of roasted flavor, a little bitter for my liking though, but overall pretty good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Nice malty beer, slightly bitter but not really. Good considering how mass-produced it is. A bit bland though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
For an american beer this stuff is not to bad. Not as strong as i would prefer. On tap its pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 This pours a nice deep orange color with a lasting, medium-sized white head. The nose is hoppy. The first taste is a bit hoppy. The following is a slightly strange (but not bad, albeit awkward) bitter - not overbearing at all though. The next taste sort of rolls in with some fruitieness and the aftertaste is pleasant, dry, and woodchippy. Oh, theres a bit of malt here too - all subtle qualities. The only problem is that you might not like the cascade-ish hops - they are not so subtle. I like them and they allow this beer to cut through the mix if youve had other good beers in that session. I think my rating is justified and I think this beer is good and underrated. This beer makes me think "beer" and even "very good beer".

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