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Samuel Adams Boston Lager brewed by the Boston Beer Company

Samuel Adams Boston Lager brewed by the Boston Beer Company                   

Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has used only the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew. The lager uses Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger Noble hops and Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend and Caramel 60 malt. ABV: 4.9%. IBUs: 30.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager brewed by the Boston Beer Company

Review by the Alström Bros from Beer Advocate
Presentation: 12 oz brown, glass is raised above the label in the signature of Samuel Adams. Label is new, "It's what's inside" is under the cap ... beefing up the marketing eh?

Appearance: Light amber with golden hues. The head is rocky, creamy and frothy which sticks to the glass all the way down to the last gulp.

Smell: Good dose of sweetness both from the floral hops and caramel malt. Very aromatic and a pleasure to the nose.

Taste: Sweet malt, a little caramel, with a sublime hop oil flavour which lets through a more than ample bitterness that has a spicy bite to it. A hoppy finish with some residual sweetness and drying grain are in the end.

Notes: A very well crafted brew, enough hops to go around yet still very balanced. Soon to be a classic (first brewed in 1984), an excellent fall back or session beer also.


History of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and The Boston Beer Company
For the first 35 years of his life, Jim Koch's family history and future career lay in the attic of his parents' house. Tucked away was an old family recipe from the 1800s for Louis Koch Lager. For five generations, the first born sons in the Koch family were brewmasters, but by the time Jim finished school and was ready to embark on his own career, the market for full-flavored beer had diminished and it seemed Jim's father would be the last Koch to carry on the tradition of brewing flavorful beer.

Jim's passion for quality, flavorful beer kept him close to his roots. In the early 1980's he became convinced that he could find a niche in the competitive beer market for a high-quality American beer. Using the same recipe and traditional brewing processes that his great-great grandfather used, Jim brewed Samuel Adams Boston Lager® and took beer to a whole new level.
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager® is Born
With his great-great grandfather's recipe for Louis Koch Lager, and a determination to hand-craft quality, flavorful beer, Jim brewed his first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager® in his kitchen in 1984. Samuel Adams Boston Lager® became The Boston Beer Company's flagship style, and was, and is still, created using only the world's finest, all natural ingredients--no adjuncts. It is brewed using traditional brewing methods such as decoction mash, krausening and dry hopping.

Jim chose the name Samuel Adams after the Boston patriot, the father of the American Revolution, a man who fought for American independence. Samuel Adams was also a brewer who had inherited a brewing tradition from his father.

Early Success
Samuel Adams® made its debut in Boston on Patriot's Day in April 1985. After brewing the beer in small batches and keeping an obsessive eye on quality and flavor, Jim carried bottles bar-to-bar. Bartenders thought the beer was unlike any other they'd tasted in freshness and flavor. The beer caught on, and Jim built the business outward from those first accounts. By the end of the year, sales reached 500 barrels, and distribution expanded across Massachusetts, into Connecticut, and a place where great beer is revered, West Germany.

Six weeks after its introduction, Samuel Adams® was selected as "The Best Beer in America" in The Great American Beer Festival's Consumer Preference Poll an award it went on to win an unprecedented four times. Since 2000, Samuel Adams® has won more awards in international beer tasting competitions than any other brewery in the world.

A Tale of Two Breweries
Without the capital to build a world-class brewery, Jim began by brewing in a century old brewery in Pennsylvania while renovating part of the old and largely abandoned Haffenreffer Brewery in an old brewing neighborhood in Boston. The Boston Brewery opens in 1988 and remains a lure for beer pilgrims today. To date, over 300,000 have made their way to this brewing mecca in Boston. Koch proudly brews Samuel Adams Boston Lager® using the time-honored, traditional four vessel brewing process.

In the mid-1990s Jim returns to his hometown of Cincinnati to purchase the Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewery, a place where his father had apprenticed in the 1940s. In January 2005, Jim embarks on a major renovation and expansion of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Cincinnati.

In June of 2008, The Boston Beer Company took ownership of a world-class brewery with a distinguished history of brewing great beers. Located in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, the Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery today employs over 200 people and produces nearly every style of Samuel Adams beers.

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