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RATINGS: 4224   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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ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2008
2008 Bottle - Pours light brown, slight white head, aroma is bitter and slightly skunked like most macro brews, this should be treated as such, it is bitter and refreshing and consistently good...while it is large batch, it’s still enjoyably drinkable, just stay away from their cherry/stout/shit/etc other stuff...

3
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a light brown with ok size white head. aroma is malty and slightly bitter. Tastes similar not bad.

3
wolverine1971 (3) - , Rhode Island, USA - JUN 22, 2008 does not count
My favorite lager on tap if it’s cold and fresh. Pretty good from the bottle when poured in a pint glass. Nice color leaving lacing on the glass. Has a nice strong flavor too it unlike many of the bland domestic lagers in the U.S. giving it personality and something to remember.

3
chocolateyflow (16) - Oxford, Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2008
An American classic. Hints of fruit and bitter hop. One of the most outstanding characteristics of this beer is how well it goes with some food, in particular certain seafood. It is unbelievable how well the simple taste of Boston Lager goes with fresh Crappie.

3
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Golden color with a nice thick foamy white head that clings to the glass as it recedes. Nice hop nose and pale and caramel malts. Great flavor hints at the caramel with a noticeable but not overdone hop finish. A great beer for a borderline macrobrew. Although I prefer this in the bottle to the tap for whatever reason my tap experiences have been far harsher on the tongue, overly bitter and unpleasant.

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emgesp (10) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 Pours a nice light orange color, with a decent white head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is a hint of carmalized malt and noble hops. Flavor starts of with sweet caramalized malts that ends with just enough hop bitterness. The hops come out very herbal and spicy. This lager is very different from what most of the people of the U.S. are used to. Mouthfeel is a step-up from most American Lagers that seem more like water compared to this beer. Very clean finish. Very solid beer that can be found pretty much anywhere.

3
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JUL 19, 2008
From bottle. Pours an attractive medium amber. Substantial creamy head. Flavor is very smooth and well-balanced. Nothing dominates the palate; smooth right through the finish. Overall, a solid if unexciting performer.

3
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2008
On tap at the Edgewater Grill at the Marriot thanks to a good man. Fairly uneventful aroma, a larger sweet malt presence than others of this style, but not unappealing at all. Dark ruby red in color, small but workable head, minor lacing, fairly appealing overall. Tastes is pretty darn good for the style, crisp, yet smoother than most lagers, caramel fruit malts make this one slightly more special than average, fairly standard US lager hop bitter along with it. Probably the gold standard for mass produced American lagers in my mind... enjoyable.

3
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Poured a medium and clear orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toasted grains, some citrus, and some caramel. Tastes of caramel and some citrus. A little grassy too.

3
bretupdegraff (243) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2008
a drinkable brew - not great. not much of an aroma to speak of - little head and kinda watery. F


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