RATINGS: 4419   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 12, 2002
i cant blelive i never rated this earlier. its gotta be one of the best beers ya can get at one of those dive bars where ya other choices are bud, coors, miller, labatt, molson, blah blah blah blah beers. One of the best mainstreamers out there in my opininion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Crystal Clear golden amber color with a medium thick to thick head and good lace. Slightly sour and bitter well balanced aroma with a hint of sweetness. Malty flavor with a hint of sweetness and a hoppy finish. Just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness to make this a great beer. Smooth and light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 With some more tasting experience under my belt, I decided to make some additional notes for this. Sam Adams Boston Lager is a nice, well balanced, easy drinking lager. The flavor reminds me very much of sweetened iced tea. In my old rating I noted that I thought it was somewhat like a pale-ale. That's probably just because you can taste the hops.

Original Rating (3.6):Way better than what I expected (a typical American a la Budweiser). Golden color, mostly diminishing head but with nice lacing. Aroma is malty sweet. Finish is clean, slightly bitter and ever-so-slightly sour. Almost pale ale-ish. I used to have something against Sam Adams--I hated their radio commericials--so I never tried this. My mistake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Not a bad beer at all. Hopelessly average, though. Has a really nice hop aroma. It is on the sweet side for a lager. I would not agree with the description that it has a "complex finish." In fact, the finish is wuite ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2002
Has quite a nice smell, abit sweet for me but still goes down nicely and leaves you eith the feeling of wanting more.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeyBeerMan991980 (42) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Great flavor, smooth brew,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2002
this is one of the better beers to drink out there. there is a strong malt presence although the hops flavor is still readily detecable. there is a good aftertaste however it is slightly on the acidic side maybe a little charcoal flavor in the aftertaste. definitely a good beer when you cant have a micro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Excellent flavor although a little filling and a little grainy. Aside from those couple minor setbacks its a satisfying lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Disappointing. He, this nice city Boston deserves a better beer!!! Clay, malt aroma. Amber orange body. Malty and very grainy taste. Thin, short lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5115) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2002
Ah... to be a brewer and a patriot; I can only wish I was American. Good beer though, well worth the extra clams!

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