RATINGS: 4434   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (4142) - 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".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
A nice beer all around, but it may be to bland for some. Everything is balanced out quite nicely, which takes some of the fun out of drinking. In any event, it's a good "safety" when there isn't anything else whetting on the menu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
envane (570) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Nice smell of citrusy hops. Dry, with the the cirtusy hops providing most of the flavour. Good for what is it, the world is a better place for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bierkoning (13138) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2004
Orange color, big frothy head. Sweet apple and orange aroma, grainy and somewhat artificial. Looks thin, but is in fact almost medium bodied. Sharp grainy flavor. Flowery with a bit of cologne. Sweet apples and orange. Just a hint of sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Pale amber color. Thin wite head that doesn't completely vanish. At first pour, plenty of German hop aroma, very fine and floral. I think that's what made this beer a shock to the mainstream American lager drinkers when it became popular-you can actually SMELL the hops. Malty sweet aroma comes in shortly afterward. Good carbonation, decent mouthfeel, dry and slightly bitter on the palate. The taste of an all malt lager that piqued an interest in good beer for many people I knew. Still a decent beer and often the best lager in most restaurants. I wonder though, if the complex finish in the description includes the "I sucked on the bottle cap" aftertaste?

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