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Review - Boston Beer Company - Samuel Adams Boston Lager

"Samuel Adams Boston LagerŪ 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 LagerŪ 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." -- Boston Beer Company

Considering we've probably consumed hundreds of these over the years, it was interesting to finally sit down and actually examine what it was we'd been drinking all that time. After having gone through many of the Sam Adams offerings, we're still convinced that this is the best of their "normal" crop, Utopia aside. Aroma is of light flowery hops which, as hop lovers, we had been waiting for all along. The pour provides a light amber, medium yellow body, crowned by a large, creamy off-white head. Good lacing. Initial taste is sweet and smooth, with a slightly bitter finish. Goes down smooth.

Reviewed on May 13th, 2006.

Source:12 oz. Bottle

Official Sam Adams website