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RATINGS: 4414   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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Aroma is mostly of hops with some light bread. The large white frothy head produces good lacing and is mostly lasting. Colour is medium orange. This lager is flavourful with moderate bitterness. Medium bodied.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhc21 (74) - Midlothian, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2007
Bottle. Different from your typical lager. Had many times before, but finally had one last night and decided to rate it. This beer gets better with time, meaning the more you drink it the more you get used to it. Not great, but okay.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
aaronhaywood (74) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2009
Much better than most American lagers Ive had. A lot more color to it as well. I am very happy with this beer. Very nice hop and malt balance. A sweeter taste without all that rice and corn filler. Also a bit creamier than most lagers.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDawg82 (74) - Jackson, Mississippi, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a reliable standby for good reason. There are few beers that are better balanced in existence, and there is absolutely nothing to complain about, no shortcomings and therefore no over-compensations. It pours a beautiful dark orange-copper with a natural head commensurate to its consistency and texture. Its aroma is of sweet and tastefully restrained caramel. The overall flavor is balanced between this mild sweetness and subtly spicy and suitably complementary hops. You cant go wrong with this one, and no matter where you come from, this should get its proper recognition as one of the greats.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnCoyne (73) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a brown amber color with a white medium head that lasted a short amount of time. Smells of roasted malt. A slight alcohol taste is also present with an odd bitterness under the tongue. A bitter finish with a slight chemical aftertaste. A creamy mouthfeel. Not an unpleasant beer but the finish leaves me wanting to rinse my mouth out.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - DEC 30, 2008
The lager is clear with a light amber color. The aroma of hops is very slight. There is taste of grains and a good balance between sweet and bitter forces. Minor carbonation that just tickles the tongue. As the beer is swallowed, I found the texture to be somewhat watery. The aftertaste consists primarily of hops with a touch of orange peel. A solid lager, but nothing to write home about.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaveB (73) - Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Tried in on tap a few days ago. I had not had a Sam Adams on tap in a long time. Nice color not too heavy. Served in an ice cold 24 ounce mug. I liked it much better than the 1st time.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
benclarkiii (73) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2007
Overall a good beer. I especially like that his is often a choice in airports and such along side many other inferior beers. Although no complexity, it does offer a nice flavor with a decent maltiness.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 17, 2001
I am an Ale drinker, but this is one of the few lagers that I like.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2004
This beer just never did it for me. Maybe because Im not a big lager fan. Too bad their ale didnt get the sales push that this did.


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