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RATINGS: 4425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Pours out of the bottle with a creamy off white head that disappears too quickly. The aroma and palate are complex and change frequently during consumption. I like the balanced mix of floral, carmel, malt, and hops flavors. This is a beer that suits any weather and activity perfectly. If it is a hot summer day at the beach then a cooler full of ice cold Sam Adams is what you want; drink it ice cold and straight from the bottle to quench the deepest thirsts. On the other hand, a cold winters night in front of the fire is the perfect time to break out the pilsner glassware and pour a delicious glass of this heart warming beer. Great with steak, great with fish, great with vegetables and legumes. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life Sam Adams Boston Lager would be it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2003
On-Tap: Color is a amberish brown, almost dull copper-like, small whitish head thats loose with some retention and spotty and whispy thin strings of lace. Aroma is a dull toned breadish malt, lightly sweet of bagels and a touch of roastyness thats nice, hints of dried herbal hops as well. Taste has a very mellow easy malty roasty sweetness, kinda light breadish quality with a semi amount of dried herbal hops, almost spicy in some transitions of the crisp clean finish. Feel is lighter then medium, smooth and easy, nice touch of carbonation helps it a bit. A nice little lager. Been awhile since I had one of these, was a good choice to have with lunch over the usual macro.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
For me, a very sweet lager. A good session beer...complex finish?? No. Overrated contract brew.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours an amber color with a decent sized head and leaves a respectable amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but malts and citrus are there. The flavor was mostly composed of the malt (caramel?) and hops. Very nice. The drinkability was very impressive - I could down these endlessly.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 On tap: You must drink this on tap. The difference is huge. Not super fantastic or anything, but it's very drinkable. And really quite tasty. More flavor than you'd expect from a mass produced brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
I believe this is the best lager i've had, but i'm not very enticed to try to find better. The style doesn't interest me much. Had a nice orange/amber color and kinda roasted malted flavor.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2003
Good dark colour and nice smell but just doesn't quite make it in flavour country. Still its nice enough without being spectacular.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2003
After reviewing many pale lagers, the difference is immediately noticable when trying a Sam Adams. Nice golden amber color, caramel malts in the nose and flavor, and what seems to be a very good amount of hop spicyness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
I've had this from bottle before and only tasted malt. Had the pleasure of a draft version at a Texans game and what a surprisng difference. Pours amber with slight head that fades quickly. Aroma is fruity and hoppy with malt. I never smelled any of this from the bottled version. Taste was surprisngly the same and well-balanced with a malty slightly bitter finish. Would definitely vote for the draft version again.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Not good. Not a fan of Lagers that are too harsh of aftertaste. I think that Kirin and Sam Adams are the same beer.


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