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RATINGS: 4204   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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2.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2002
It's got the German hops in the aroma, but it doesn't translate very well to the flavor. The Boston Ale is a much better beer.

3.2
Drake (14058) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Bottle. This and Magic Hat were what we went with in College when we actually had money. Given our usual drink when we had no money, which was most of the time, was Keystone Light, this tasted pretty damned good by comparison. Pours reddish-gold with a small head and good lacing. Aroma is bitter pilsner with toffee malt. Taste is more of the same. Not very complex, but it’s still not as bad as a lot of people make it out to be.

3.6
Christian (13769) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2007
Golden beer with a firm and lasting white head. Delicate malt aroma, with a touch of caramel and bread, and pine and herbs from the hops. Flavour is rather sweet and malty with a decent hop balance. Has as much body as the best Czech pilsners.

2
crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Tastes like Schlitz with a pinch more hops. It is just a very basic lager that is more or less mass produced.

3.2
BeerandBlues2 (13695) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy and bubbly white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toast, nutty), average hops (spicy, earthy), and a clean lager character. Flavor is moderate malt with a nice hop balance and medium-light bitterness; clean and smooth with a light sweetness. Light body, low warmth, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

2.2
bierkoning (13592) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2004
Orange color, big frothy head. Sweet apple and orange aroma, grainy and somewhat artificial. Looks thin, but is in fact almost medium bodied. Sharp grainy flavor. Flowery with a bit of cologne. Sweet apples and orange. Just a hint of sourness.

3.2
Dogbrick (13519) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2002
Very distinct flavor but my least favorite of the Sammy's line, as I much prefer their seasonal fare. Nothing to really complain about though, as it is an above-average lager.

2.5
Rune (13350) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2006
355ml bottle at Caffrey’s Corner in Kiruna. Orange colour with some foam. Fresh, but vague aroma. Fruity citrus flavour with hints of hops. Light bitter end. Medium bodied. Unexpressed potentiality, perhaps because it was served far too cold (13.07.2006).

3.8
Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 18, 2000
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 re-rated 9-2009; courtesy of Ric Jackman - translucide and bright amber colour with a solid, creamy, persistent and slightly beige foam; a fair and charming flowery hoppiness with notes of oranges; a decent malt body and tart bitterness; subtle carbonation; long flowery finish with notes of caramel - should be used as a benchmark to judge all other lagers

3.4
mR_fr0g (13154) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
This is a beer that I can drink pints of. And I have done tonight. . Light amber persistent dense white head. Aroma is light floral, minerall and slight sweet caramel. Flavour is light caramel, slight grass floral hop. Very drinkable.


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