I agree, I had sam a long time ago in college ('nuff said) and it was exsactly as you described. I've had it again recently and found it to be a nice well rounded beer. I think it might be because my palate is getting used to more bitter beers. I've developed an appreciation for hops
I thought the change was in me, but it might be because of the change in production at sams, they're a pretty damn big brewery now.