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RATINGS: 4189   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 world’s oldest hops growing area. Among the world’s most expensive, they cost twenty times as much as other hops.

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3.8
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2003
an underrated brew. It's got good balance between malt and hops. It's not cloying although it has a nice fruity character. It's an all weather pleaser.

4
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2003
Caramel-amber colour with large, frothy head that held on for a while. Floral hops on the nose. Flavour is sweet, hoppy and tongue-tickling with a nicely malted body. The finish comes on strong with a dry hop character. Quaffing this out of the bottle on a summer afternoon, it's always struck me as a passable but unexciting beer, but giving it a proper tasting has made me realize that it's a really good brew with a lot of interesting qualities.

4
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2003
Amber w/ big, lasting, frothy off-white head. Excellent lacing. Fresh pine nose w/ some citrus notes. Lively body. Lots of Carbonation. Fresh malt w/ some caramel and a big, hoppy finish.

2.4
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Pretty average overall. After drinking the Cherry Wheat and Cream Stout, I had much higher expectations for this.

3.5
jsquire (4514) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Pretty golden color out of the bottle with a nice frothy head. The nose sets up both the malty sweetness and the hops to come. Clean and crisp beer with a noticable hop finish. Very refreshing, but drink it before it gets too warm. Good session beer. It gets extra points for being available in most bars as an alternative to BMC.

3.6
ThomW (35) - USA - JAN 27, 2003
An old stand-by when better beers aren't available. Typical lager, usually well hopped, but sometimes inconsistent.

3.3
glassprison (4) - USA - JAN 25, 2003 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 A very good American beer. Has a nice light reddish color. As far as flavor goes it tastes so much better than the generic American beers. there are better, but this is pretty good

2.9
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2003
(Tap) I taste grapefruit when I taste this one. Enjoyable and easily drunk from the tap.

2.9
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Aroma light and hoppy, but malt detected as well. Color a rich gold with a nice canyoned head---very attractive...Hops dominate the flavor profile, quite sharp and almost strident, while malt is barely discernible; the finish is hoppy-dry and slightly spicy. Body is sort of watery, and the balance is definitely hop-heavy. Overall, the strong hop profile makes it preferable to most macro-brews, but is still wanting in terms of balance and roundness of flavors.

3.6
hvac4sl (30) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
I like this beer. It has been some time since I have had some, but upon pouring a bottle tonight I was impressed. Amber-copper colored with a nice head. Although the head didn't last long, the lacing of the glass was there until the end. What aroma was there was hoppy. The taste was malty and ever-so-slightly fruity. Dry finish with some bitterness. I felt that this beer was fairly balanced with a leaning to the malty side. Would make a great first or second step to the wonderful world of real beer.


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