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

Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,059 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6059
Reviews: 2387
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%


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:
No notes at this time.

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sonnens4

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pretty clear with a nice lacing and decent sized head--somewhat light amber/light brown colored

Smell: Sweet and hoppy

Taste: Caramel-buttery, sweet malty flavor

Mouthfeel: Not quite heavily carbonated but somewhat heavy feeling in the mouth

Overall: Delicious, refreshing, not too light--but decent and somewhat heavy, overall flavor is smooth and has hints of sweet malty flavor

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2014 15:05:28 | More by sonnens4
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FrozenJoe

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance
Large fluffy head with good lacing. The head sticks around for a long time. Beautiful light copper colored beer. Very clear. Moderate carbonation with large bubbles.

Smell
Hops are dominant. Some malt sweetness in the background.

Taste
Tastes like it smells, but with a slightly harsh bitterness to the finish. There is just something about the flavor profile that I don't like. It is too harsh for the style. It tastes like the ingredients are good quality. It just comes across as unpleasantly harsh on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied. Good mouthfeel, but that weird lingering harshness detracts from the experience.

Overall
This is a pretty good beer that for some reason just doesn't sit right with my palate.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 05:13:17 | More by FrozenJoe
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samtrillo

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper gold with a nice medium white head.

S - Very malty, can't get any hops or anything other than barley malt, really.

T - Buttery breadiness to the malt.Very slight hops and then citrus at the end. My palate is too accustomed to bitter hops to agree with other reviewers about the bitterness of this one.

M - Smooth with favorable carbonation.

O - Overall I'm meh on this one. Expecting a bit more but I can't really be wowed by lagers anymore it seems. Take that as you will beer-anti-hipster-hipsters.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 05:12:32 | More by samtrillo
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wjbaxteriv

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Lager pours a familiar crystal clear copper with a nice fluffy head of foam. The head dissipates rather quickly but leaves a thin cap and wisps of lacing all the way down the glass.

The smell is of crystal malts and faint noble hops. Pleasant but unassuming.

Caramel and toasty bread dominate the flavor profile. Brisk but subdued bitterness. The lager yeast provides a nice crisp finish that also leaves some room for the delicate noble hop taste.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Medium full. Carbonation is perfectly present without overwhelming. The sweetness of the crystal malts give a slight stickiness to the feel that pleases.

A classic American made beer. Up there in the pantheon with Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as one of the greats and deserving of admiration and respect. We must always remember where we came from while enjoying the glut of new beers being released every day.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:04:49 | More by wjbaxteriv
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danimal9393

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If were to King a beer SA Boston Lager would be very high on my list. The taste and feel is near perfection! Compared to beer of equal stature is common. Being a lager SA doesn't feel like a heavy beer leaving one feeling bloated and feeling full. The chilled SA Boston Lager is as smooth as a beer comes not sweet but not bitter either not leaving a bad after taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 23:37:10 | More by danimal9393
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davidsumner

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preamble - One of the Worlds finest beers; as for me, it's disconcerting that it's so rarely recognized as such. But it's not surprising seeing how historic/traditional/classic European Lagers/Pils have fallen from the radar of the modern North American beer enthusiast. "MORE IS BETTER!", scream the masses of hipster beer lobbyists; and while I am all for better, fuller flavor, craft beers; I also, at the same time love good plain/mild, "atypical" beer/lager as well. I suppose my age and travel experience come into play with my personal preference some; but at the end of the day; most of the time, I just want a good lager.

Michael Jackson the Beer Hunter had nothing but good things to say about this beer.

Poor - Beautiful, delicious poor. Very carbonated and creamy, leaving a nice thick three finger head. Very nice sticky lacing. The color is golden to dark amber, nice and clear.

Nose - Not the best; but it's present and nice. Very classic/traditional Euro Lager smell. A good light malty goodness along with the floral German Hops. Lemongrass, nutty, roasted malt and pine.

Taste - Very balanced and delicious. Mild and not over the top. There's a good mix between a classic Euro Lager/Pilsner and English Pale Ale. With the extra added Malt; we depart from the traditional Euro Lager and head into classic British Ale country. Not in a bottom fermenting way; but just in the general feel of it. But we retain a very distinct Noble Hop character. There is that grassy/floral Noble hop taste; but without being one dimensional and too grassy. There is also the absence of any metallic taste found in so many Euro Lager/Pils and of course there is no skunkyness.
For myself, this is a perfect and beautiful evolution of the classic Euro Pilsner.

Overall - with 30 IBU's we find a good crisp, slightly bitter finish. A very good finish in my opinion. Not too bitter but just enough to leave a good long lasting after taste. Unlike American Adjunct Lagers; you actual know that you have just had a beer with Boston Lager as it stays with you in the back of your palate. I enjoy a good European Pils like Weihenstephaner, Warsteiner, Bitburger and the classic Pilsner Urquell; but I prefer Boston Lager over these.

Nice easy drinking and good with any meal and most especially; available everywhere at a decent price point. This is my goto beer.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 14:02:59 | More by davidsumner
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Hendry

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber pour, imagine that?! Half a finger of head that disappears quickly, next to no lacing.

Aroma is pretty malty, not much in the way of hops.

Flavors are malty, European inspired,decent but nothing special.

Mouthfeel on the thin side, well carbonated.

Considering this was my gateway "craft" beer back in 1985, when their six packs came in a cardboard box, it seems pretty average for what it is. Decent flavor, very drinkable, just nothing special about it.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 23:09:58 | More by Hendry
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Ohiolager

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(my 30th brew review!)

Samuel Adam's Boston Lager 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a nice clear amber color, a two finger white head the gives way to good lacing. a thin layer remains on top for a nice appearance.

the smell is very mellow, you can smell the malts, and hops. smells doughy, floral notes. smells crisp and clean.

the taste is nicely balanced. you can taste all the flavors in harmony. the malts, hops, has a slight biscuit taste to it. smooth all the way through.

the mouth feel is good. light but not watery. very pleasant and crisp. makes your taste buds stand up.

overall a great beer, but only a good Vienna lager. i would prefer a Elliot Ness over this and it's cheaper, with higher abv. SA makes decent beer however the ABV is always towards the low side, and for 10 bucks a sixer i would like more ABV. no complaints but i have had better Vienna lagers.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 06:32:20 | More by Ohiolager
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illpass78

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap aboard the Cross-Sound Ferry from Bridgeport, Conn. to Port Jefferson, N.Y. (The Grand Republic to be exact.)

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with heavy carbonation and short white head. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma: Smells of bread, hop bitterness, toast, some caramel notes, and some faint butteriness. The smell is much more complex than most big-brewery lagers. Cooler color, too.

Taste: As big-brewery lagers go, this one has a much more complex flavor profile than most. It has some rich breadiness and caramel along with a nice hop bite. Finishes easily. It's malty and satisfying in a way that it's peer beers are not.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable but fairly rich for a lager.

Overall: There isn't much to say about this that hasn't been said. It's fairly ubiquitous, meaning that it saves good beer drinkers from having to tolerate crap beer in places that otherwise have only crap beer. It's a terrific session lager and had justified its following many times over.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 17:27:28 | More by illpass78
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nicholas2121

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams Boston Lager brewed by Boston Beer Company. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. Looks like Iced Tea. The Smell is rich. The taste is bitter you can taste the hops. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is not like most American style lagers, this brew is much more bitter. There is not much else to say about this brew. It is not smooth ,but it has flavor. If you like bitter beer- then this one is for you. Not my type of brew at all. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5 at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:16:47 | More by nicholas2121
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Caveworm

Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Boston Lager, the one that started it all in '84. Poured from the bottle into my fullsized glass boot, this brew has an impressive head with even more impressive lacing.

Smell is the richest of all the lagers I've ever had. Great balance of malt&hops here!

Taste is surprisingly a modest 3 for my personal taste. The malt elements are top notch with this brew, but a seemingly urgent hop bitterness arise and kind of dulls the vibe for a lager in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is another modest 3. Just your average lager mouthfeel here.

Overall, I give this brew a 3.5. Again, the head and lacing are pretty nice& it smells very pleasant. Although the sudden bitterness sort of jumped out at me. With that said, I may buy this brew again for a higher scale cookout or the like.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 03:01:18 | More by Caveworm
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Duvel Goblet. Dark amber, good 1 finger head. Good retention.

Very hoppy fuggley scent

Bitter taste, very carbonated but quite smooth.

Aftertaste is mild hop.

Great beer to knock back a few but the very hoppy nose does not translate to the flavour.

Better cold

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:04:53 | More by Sam-VW
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Stange glass @ L´Espumossa (Barcelona). Amber color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, thin but lively crown. Crystal malt, lager yeast, floral aromas & resinous hues. Toasted flavor & arising bitterness at first sip. Light to medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Clean bitterness & dried mouthfeel rounded by spicy touch. Subtle honey & lemon-tea hints linger into a long bitter finish. Mild toasted notes on the aftertaste. Refreshing & easy drinkable !!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:42:19 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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xoxirishrose

Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Golden-Amber color with high clarity. A very pretty rich color for a lager.
S- Strong floral notes (Powerful hops smell). Distinctive smell aka you know it's a Boston Lager even before the first sip.
T- Delicious.(But more than that it has a distinct hops bitterness and a subtle malt sweetness that balances this uncharacteristically complex lager)
M- Light but heavy for a lager giving it a medium mouthfeel.
0- Boston Lager is the perfect standard-bearing beer for use as a point comparison for tastings. It has a distinct flavor and aroma which makes it stand out from other lagers, without being overpowering. It has a complex taste that highlights a heavy hops composition and a crisp finish. With a high drink-ability factor perfect for watching a game or pairing with most meals (or using as an ingredient) this beer is perfect for whatever.

Personal note: Our favorite lager, maybe even beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:02:18 | More by xoxirishrose
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slusk

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours clear with a large off-white head with good lacing and decent head retention. Orange, light amber color.

S: The first thing you smell from the bottle is a beautiful citrusy hops. In the glass, it's a nice balance of citrus from the noble hops and a pleasant malt aroma. I get notes of orange and bread crust. A nice clean smell with very little fruit.

T: This has a very nice balance of malt that is slightly hop forward, although it's a perfect balance for this lager. The sweetness balances very well with the bitterness. There's almost the slightest hint of wheat in this but I think that is from the bright hop profile. It has a clean aftertaste with a warm bread crust but after the lingering bitterness fades, a light malt sweetness is the last thing on the palate. A pleasantly complex lager.

M: Medium light body with a medium-high carbonation.

O: I like this lager very much. It brings a bit more to the table than the typical Vienna lager. I like the expressive, yet not overwhelming use of hops. It's right down the middle for style and is a benchmark session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 19:00:44 | More by slusk
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barczar

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brown with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Floral and earthy hops accompany slightly nutty toasted malt. There's a bit of a metallic note.

Flavor reveals more nutty malt character, along with earthy and citrusy hops. The finish is fairly dry and a touch bitter,. The metallic note appears initially, but fades. Floral hops emerge in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, as is carbonation.

Aside from the metallic character, there's more depth of flavor than I recall. The finish is more bitter, as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 16:49:54 | More by barczar
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RocketRaccoon88

Hawaii

4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't really say I'm gonna try something new in this review being that this is my first attempt at one.. But instead of the traditional A S T M O, I'll give my own little spin off on my first beer review.

This is definitely my go to beer. Not in the sense that it's easy or cheap, but you can never find anything bad to say about it. It always looks good, tastes good, and feels good. Whenever I offer it to a friend, they can't believe how great a beer it is and for some reason (not really) they adopt a new favorite brew.

As common as this beer is, it's anything but cheap and is always worth that extra couple of dollars at the end of a long hard day.

To the guys and gals at the Boston Beer Co., keep up the good work! Semper Fi!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 09:19:44 | More by RocketRaccoon88
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Good ole' Sammy Adams. . .it's a familiar beer to me and is my go-to beer on a daily. My brother Jeff introduced this beer to me many years ago and I have not forgotten my first sip.

A-I love the bottle, the design, and the fact I just got a free cup for their 30 years of independence just for purchasing some.

S-The smell is clean and crisp. It is a little comforting to me since Sammy has been a major beer in my life for a while now.

T-I love the taste. It is hoppy and pleasurable.

M-It is a little weak in regards to this category but it is easy to sip and appreciate.

O-I think this beer deserves some props for the history and the taste. They make good beer plain and simple. I also give them a lot of respect for naming their beer after Sam Adams who was a crafter of beer, as was his father. Cheer to guys and gals and Boston Brewing Company!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:06:31 | More by kcrosson492
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Nostrajonus

Oklahoma

2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Clear amber with a stark white foam that virtually disappears after a drink or two

S- Vague scents of malt and with even fainter hops aroma.

T- Similar to the smell. The hops are more prevalent on the palette than the nose.

M- This beer is crisp and light. I could drink a couple without over filling.

O- I have had this beer many times before and I will have it again. This is true primarily because it is the only drinkable beer I encounter at restaurants that do not carry a wide variety of brews. It's not my favorite, but it is not my least favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2014 02:16:52 | More by Nostrajonus
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

very nice beer. this is a great American Lager made by the Brewer and Patriots over at Samuel 'Adams. I feel like Sam Adams is being slightly down graded from craft brew to mass produced near beer... and i get it. but they do tend to make some nice classics such as this beer here. enjoyable crisp Lager, very sessionable and has a decent complexity with the hop characters. all around a very well performed American Lager. perfect for watching the game, or the summer picnic.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:20:03 | More by berkshire413
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RVigz

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: beautiful amber caramel color with a slightly off-white head.

Smell: delicious malty/sweet smell.

Taste: Incredibly balanced sweetness and maltyness with bitter hop undertones.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and smooth.

Overall: This beer is VERY drinkable, the flavors are well balanced, and it leaves a taste in your mouth that instantly makes you want another sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 15:54:55 | More by RVigz
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osant37

New York

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

my perfect go to session beer. its the beer that got me and many others into quality craft beer. say what you want about sam adams micro or macro status. but you cant doubt that this is one beautifully balanced gateway beer! especially when it's fresh....cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 00:13:24 | More by osant37
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ranger7

Texas

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. 11/1/2013.
Poured from bottle into (appropriately) a Sam Adams laser-etched glass.

A: Clear amber. Quick-rising bubbles with a small head of white.

S: Malty with some hops, typical lager.

T: Bitter twang in front, but not overpowering. Balance in back. Good.

M: Some fizz on the tongue. Crisp and drinkable.

Overall: Trying to be objective, since I've had this staple lager many times. It's good, but not necessarily great.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 14:19:17 | More by ranger7
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paladinjoe

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? This is truly a masterpiece. A perfect signature beer for my overall favorite brand of beer that exists. Jim Koch, I salute you, you've made millions happy for nearly 30 years.

Long ago, I used to think it was too bitter, but when my taste buds woke up, I realized the bitterness is just right, with the overall caramel flavors mixed with the right amount of hops. Having this on tap is the best way to have this, but in a bottle works just fine!!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:20:20 | More by paladinjoe
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utopiajane

New York

3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange amber with a 2 finger head of what looks light tight creamy foam but fell pretty quickly and did not leave much lace. pristine clarity and a flourish of bubbles that settled to light lager bubbles wafting to the top throughout the drink.

Nose had a light soap scent at first that dissipated. Sweet flaky grain. Plenty of bread and grainy sweetness. There is a light herbal and as the beer warms a light floral that adds a nice lightness to all the rich grain. No fruit completely clean.

The mouthfeel is not crisp and is a bit flat. For as many bubbles as I saw and as many waft upward this is sluggish on the palate. The grain is richly sweet and is slow to cross the palate. The sweetness verges on syrupy in the drink. The hops are leafy and broad and add a nice herbal texture. There was a bit of peppery spice on the back end that was a nice contrast to the sweetness.It is gently creamy and moderately full. It could have finished dry but didn't as it was just too sweet and left the palate tired rather than engaged. It had a very slight hop bitter in the finish.

I originally rated this a 3.41 but as I drank it the caramel and citrus flavor wore on me and I do not believe it belongs in the lager so I took the score down.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 17:02:13 | More by utopiajane
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,059 ratings.