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Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

7,589 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,589
Reviews: 2,457
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 86
Gots: 883 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our original beer is full-flavored with a balance of malty sweetness contrasted by hop spiciness and a smooth finish.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of dmgeng
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

One of the best flagship beers ever and it is a staple of the "craft beer" world. Even-though many consider it to be too commercial to be a true "craft beer" it has all of the flavor and impact that any great beer should have.

A - Perfect light brown color basically a caramel that is crystal clear. Fluffy white head that sits nice and high. Great lacing.

S - Rich malty aroma with caramel and lager notes. Also grainy tones and some noble hops. Smells like any commercial amber lager but with more hop character.

T - Tastes of sweet maltiness with some grain, caramel, and lager flavor. This beer takes you average "beer" and kicks it up to the next level with layers of clean and delicious flavors. Only a light bitterness and some noble hop character to balance the sweet malt character.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel. Moderate to light carbonation. Very balanced in ever respect. Could drink this forever and would go perfectly with thousands of food combination.

Overall, this is a great (once craft, now commercial) beer that is perfect for drinking on Sundays, during the Summer, or just when a heavy stout or IPA just isn't what I'd like. Though big imperial IPAs and imperial stouts have my heart; I would still never turn down a good ol' Boston Lager.

Glass- Samuel Adam's Perfect Pint

dmgeng, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of fscottkey
2.24/5  rDev -40.1%

Notes: Best before Jan 2015. (consumed 9/4/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: [4.00] Extremely clear beer. No haze or cloudiness. The color is like light maple syrup. An amber/tan color. The head is 1 finger and is formed of dense bubbles. The is lacing when the beer is tilted. The bottle has a best by date and does not list the ABV or IBU.

S: [1.50] I get no nose. I shoved my nose right down in there and sucked it in. Nothing. Maybe as it warms. But the initial nose is none.

T: [2.25] Slight creamed corn flavor.

M: [2.75] Fairly high carbonation. There is a "zing" on the tongue. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

O: [2.25] It seems hard to believe but I was disappointed - and I had pretty low expectations. I have had Sam Adams Boston Lager before - but never reviewed it critically. It has no appreciable nose. The taste is not something that I like and the body was unimpressive. Overall this is not a beer I would ever seek out. Even on a hot day I'd skip this in favor of water. I guess if this was the only "craft" beer at a place that server BMC then I'd go for it.

fscottkey, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of NJBeerNut
4/5  rDev +7%

Still holds it own after all these years. So much flavor and perfectly balanced, so easy to drink. The first shot across the bow of the mega brewers and it still works 25+ years later.

NJBeerNut, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

Its easy to knock, because you can find it everywhere, but its still pretty good.

twb0392, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of jimmypowder
1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

Am I the only one who thinks this beer's recipe has changed from let's say 10 years ago or so.

I used to like this beer ,but had a couple recently and it's just downright bad. From two different stores.

Anyone know the answer to this?

jimmypowder, Aug 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

You know, I don't really care if people diss Sam Adams or not, I think several of there beers are pretty damn good...this one IMO is there best! Granted, they DO have some pretty horrid offerings (see latitude 48) but, several are superb. Boston Lager is a very well balanced beer with exceptional drinkability. Also, give them credit for saving from near extinction one of the greatest beer styles, the Vienna Lager. If you haven't tried a Boston Lager yet, do yourself a favor and give it a shot. Chances are, you will like it!

MorgothBauglir, Thursday at 09:45 PM
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,589 ratings.