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RATINGS: 4237   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
Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Nice standard hoppier American lager. Has lost a bit of individuality in recent years, and it's not something I ever seek out.

3
loucynt (101) - USA - MAY 16, 2001
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3
jonas (8280) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - JUL 22, 2002
rerate to reset my previous ridiculous high rating - wonder where that came from?

3
Loic99 (23) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 26, 2001
needs to be stronger in alcohol %, not entirely refreshing or soothing, but drinkable and respectable US beer

3
aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - DEC 4, 2001
Decent solid beer. Sometimes(depending on freshness) you can get a nice whiff of the hallertau.

3
BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Caramel malt aroma. Lightly hopped crystal malt palate. Amber lagerish just fairly mild. I don’t care for this as much as I used to but will still pick up a cheap 12er every once in a while or drink it in a bar where there’s no choice.

3
beerdrinkingking (47) - Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2002
ok beer would only drink on occasion........................................

3
pivo (2689) - GERMANY - MAR 22, 2002
This is a handsome beer: an inviting carmel color. Not much of a nose - dissappointed there. Smooth, light malt taste with a bitter finsih. Mailty and tart, but slighlty buttery. Kinda thin with a quick flavor profile. Not too complex, but balanced. Certainly approachable by the masses.

3
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2002
brewers are certainly allowed to brag a bit on thier labels, but this one informs us that it's 'the best beer in america', which for this plain-jane beer is reckless hyperbole, kind of like saying yasser arafat is kind of cute. what's more, were told this one only uses 'honest ingredients'. any ingredients caught lying are immediately banished, (and one must assume that the ingredients are asked some pretty embarrassing questions and subjected to brutal cross examination). fluff aside, this one does pour fresh smelling and heady, knotty pine yellow orange and brightly kristal. balanced nose, nothing assertive, good but not memorable. moderate sweetness, mild bitterness. i agree with odin that i'd never buy the stuff unless i was in some primitive wasteland where the only options were macros or abstension.

3
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 It’s been so long since the last time I had one of these that I hardly recognized it this time. I forgot that I did’t mind it, but I probably couldn’t drink more than a couple. I also thought it had a bit of a fruity flavor. It’s too bad this is the most highly distributed Boston brew, because it’s hardly the best. Orig rate 3/31/02..3.0..very clear amber color. Toasty and bready aroma. Sips light to medium. Light to medium carbonation. Mostly caramel malt forward but with just enough hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. Very solid amber/Vienna lager.


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