RATINGS: 4400   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DatFlycat (12) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
I'm not sure if my mouth has changed or if the beer has. Seems to me 10 yrs ago when this wasn't quite the juggernaut it is today, it was a quality almost-mega-brew. Of late, however, it has become reliably bitter and tinny, to my disappointment. There are still sweet undertones in the body, but the aftertaste has become impalatably bitter. Tis a shame as I'm worried the Winter Lager is following the mainline lager's lead.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Dark lager with white head. Sweet crystal malt flavor with a hint of nice hops. Every time I have one I get surprised how much I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1702) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Solid lager with a gentle hop flavor and good malt. It really is never a decision. Not as much sophistication as the Boston Ale though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Kind of watery and boring. Better than Bud. Has decent maltiness with a slightly hoppy finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2003
Best american lager i have tried by a mile. It actually tastes like a beer. Having said that it wasnt great. Has the same ideas as budweiser (ie floral, sweet, dry etc) tho it does actually put these ideas in place. Nothing amazing. Line and length.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2003
golden lager with average head. average (but very drinkable beer. average average average

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2003
Decent beer, nothing special, a good standby for when your options are limited, and a good introductory beer for the uninitiated.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
billk (353) - Coeur dAlene, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Bottle. This is a mass produced, flat tasting, thin, somewhat sweet, ambery mainstream american bore. Tastes to me like it is made with hop extract. I can smell a hoppyness and taste it on the first mouthfull but after that it is completely gone.Leaves some lace on the glass. Its widely available though and tasts better than red dog. I bought a 12 pack of it because it was on sale and I can't get my hands on anything better here in Yuma,AZ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
better than average, and a highly available all-malt beer. tastes good when warmed a bit, and versatile in terms of when and with what it's drank. not my first choice, but good when the other choices make you hate beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
droop (4) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2003 does not count
Like many other newbies, this beer started me on beer. This beer showed me that there were other choices besides Budweiser. When I drink this at business dinners, all my Bud drinking co-workers look at me with admiration. I know its one step above Bud but its a big step. This beer pours a reddish metallic color which is quite nice. Decent sized head and it lasts throughout. The taste is nothing extraordinary but it is good. Great with red meat!

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