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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2003
This beer poured an orange amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt and slight touch of hops is also present with some grain elements. A flavor of malt and caramel. The finish is light with a touch of tang to it. Lagers have ceased to be my beer of choice but in my old Bud days this beer easily would have replace it. Still would make a good session beer for drinking with friends still stuck on Bud or Rolling Rock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Had this one on draft at a local restaurant. Caramel colored body with a thin off-white head that left unusual terraced lacing as it faded. Smell of hops and molasses. Tasted of molasses, caramel and brown sugar with bitter, hoppy overtones. I prefer other Sam Adams brews to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2003 Best American macro lager. Honey colored, soft mouthfeel. Hoppy, floral, fruity (grapefruit?) aroma and flavor. Dry finish. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
odelay (37) - fuquay-varina, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2003 americas world class beer indeed! very good flavor, and i mean in ALL their beers. very full and satisfying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Don't care for original sam adams lager at all. Cherry and stout and a lot of the other brands are amazingly good, but the lager is skunky to my taste. Bland, and way too hoppy for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
Clear amber, fruity hoppy aroma. Nice malt flavors, a bit burnt, some bitterness in the finish. A bit too carbonated though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2003
Another nice brew in the Adams family. A deep brown color, much more flavor than the standard lagers and a lingering aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (561) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Ahhhhh, why cant all big breweries taste like this? It was nothing too special, but much better than the typical macrobrew that is out there. A very solid beer that can be found just about anywhere and a great fall back when real good stuff cannot be found.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Really rather pleasant. Pretty amber color, more like a bitter than a lager in appearance. Nice, lasting head. Flavor is of gentle caramel malts balanced by flowery hops. In the past, I have detected an almost soapy flavor, but that seemed to die back around the time that the hop flavor was scaled back. Touch overcarbonated. Almost always a safe bet when the going is rough for selections.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2003
At last an American beer that I can be happy to write about. We don't get any of the micros here so this is as small as there is. Simply, I like this one a lot. Great floral aroma of Tettnager and Willamette, beautiful body, and a good mouthfeel.

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