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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This traditional lager is brewed in the classic European style using only hand-selected noble hops and specialty malts. A generous portion of Vienna malt is used to impart a robust, malty flavor and a smooth clean finish.Brewed in the Sam Adams tradition of quality.

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3.5
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Chocolatey brown. Nice grainy/hops aroma that betrays the malt taste. One of my favorites. Even and flat with a syrupy malt backbone and nice crisp hops lingering around the back. Definitely finishes smooth, true to its attempt. Even some complexity in the malt flavor, some chocolate graham cracker appeal (more graham cracker less chocolate). I was just happy that the carbonation wasnt overbearing in the bottle. could use some more body.

3.4
egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Poured a reddish amber color with a small yellowish white head. Malty, yeasty, nutty aroma. Light sweet, malty taste.

3
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Copper hue with a good frothy off-white head that did die too quicky and produced only fair lace. Malty aroma of biscuit and rye bread, nutty and touch of caramel, floral hops, spices and somewhat vinous with a additional nose of maple sugar and smoky wood. The taste is muted which is disappointing after the nice aroma. Some bitterness and citric nature under the malt, but it never really shines. Potential is there, but lack the conviction to carry through. Average.

3.4
Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Not bad. a slightly smoky, malty, sweetness and fairly full bodied. I think this only available in the winter pack.

3.5
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Great dark amber in colour, great hoppy-malty smell. Good flavour with some sweetness, but an overall great beer. Too bad its so hard to find this one!

3.5
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Orange/amber color with a nice full light tan head. toasty malt aroma with just a hint of light fruit. Flavors of light all-grain toast. Just a touch of sweetness in the finish with a a bit of acidity to wash it away.

3.7
thedm (6180) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
This brew poured a large head of light brown fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left a good lacing and a transparent hazy light brown colored body behind. It has a very nice malt aroma and a smoothe mouthfeel from start to finish. It has a nice malted caramel flavor. This was a suprisingly nice brew from the Boston Beer Company.

3.7
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Reddish brown color. Medium head. Slightly malty aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Medium bodied ale. Nicely malty, taste of toffee and caramel, slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. There is a slightly fruity taste to this beer. Smooth taste. Very drinkable. Hope that Sam Adams adds this beer to their regular everyday lineup. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a slight malt sweetness.

3.4
Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2003
An interesting beer. Malty lager aroma, but it reminded me a bit of an ale, especially after a hefeweisse. Good looking, ruddy chestnut brown beer, thin lager head, and of course ol' Sam hisself raising a bumper in your direction on the label. Moderately tart, woody, with some straw. Clingy finish. Payload hopping in the finish -- it goes down and then the hops become noticable 2 seconds later -- along with a little metal. Overall, it's OK, interesting, but not as good as some of Sam's other stuff.

3.9
hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
This beer had a large sized ivory head that contained fine-small bubbles.The body was cloudy and carbonation was observed.The hue was copper and the nose was malty.The flavor was malty and the mouthfeel was very smooth, delicate, easy on the palate, somewhat thin, and light bodied.This beer left a good lacing appearance.This was a beer that was very enjoyable to not only drink, but to rate as well.


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