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Samuel Adams Boston Lager Type: Lager ABV: 4.8%
Golden amber color, immediately hinting at a fuller than usual lager. Nice foam leaves layers of lace and good level of carbonation. Good hoppy aroma with a light maltiness. Flavor is slightly sweet, malty, with a brief hint of spice and notes of hops throughout. The hop is a little more noticeable in finish, which holds slightly dry. Nice character for a lager, not overly complex, great drinking.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 5/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 4.0


Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic Type: Fruit beer ABV: 4.8%
Upon my first sip of this beer, I was thinking "wow, excellent beer", however the flavor soon became a little sweet, with no maltiness. The sweetness seems to be very overwhelming in the finish. It kind of reminds me of trying to taste a beer while sucking on a mint. The start is fairly interesting. It pours fairly lively with a little foaminess. The body is very light and clear, looking very similar to a an amber or pale ale. When you put your nose over this you'll get something a little bizarre. Initially there's a sweet freshness, kind of like a bubble-gum aroma, and a little walnut. I've heard a few people recommending this but I say don't bother.
Ratings: Appearance: 3/5 Aroma: 4/10 Palate: 2/5 Taste: 3/10 Overall: 5/20 Score: 1.7


Samuel Adams Octoberfest Type: Marzen ABV: 5.7%
Dark amber brew, fairly thick, carries a nice head. Aroma is sweet, slightly fruity, which comes through in the taste. Flavor also shows a little nuttiness. Aftertaste bitter but a little short-lived. Very easy to drink.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 15/20 Score: 3.8


Samuel Adams Pale Ale Type: Pale Ale ABV: 5.25%
Impressive well-carbonated pour, pale yellow clear body. Deep malty nose, suggesting a little too much, notes of raisin, caramel, and honey. Comforting mouthfeel, pretty full and foamy with a more than adequate carbonation. Starts out very honey-like, maturing to a biscuity caramel malt, slightly toasted. Finishes a little sour, slightly dry with a little lemon crispness. A little sticky in the aftertaste, a little too sweet with a lingering honey flavor and mouthfeel. Further disappointment also comes from the lack of hop bite back, and overall the beer doesn’t really balance out enough to refresh or satisfy.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 6/10 Overall: 12/20 Score: 3.3


Samuel Adams Summer Ale Type: White ABV: 5.2%
Fairly foamy, light carbonation, golden with slight wheat haziness. Subtle aroma, hint of spice but predominantly wheaty, reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. Light maltiness to the flavor, but more noticeable is the tangy citrus from the lemon, which makes this brew both crisp and refreshing. The added Grains of Paradise produce a light peppery citrus note, enhancing the lemon tang. A slight dryness in the finish makes this an excellent summertime thirst-quencher. I think this is Sam's best seasonal.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 4.0


Samuel Adams Winter Lager Type: Bock ABV: 6.9%
Amber to dark red, good foam. Immediately noticeable hoppy aroma, as well as a hint of sweetness. Taste is sweeter, malty with a good chocolate flavor. The finish is slightly bitter, but the overwhelming aftertaste is the sweetness. There’s also a little spice at the end from the added orange peel, cinnamon and ginger. Nice winter warmer and fairly easy drinking.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 3.9

Last Updated: 08/01/2001

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