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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,649 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,649
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 55
Gots: 423 | 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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AleEvangelist

California

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a solid, average beer. Given that it arrived in an era when decent beer wasn't a thought Americans ever had, it's held up well. Not a bad lawnmower beer, but nothing to write home about, either.

Appearance - A little lighter than I normally like to drink, still this beer looks fairly pretty in the glass. A light-colored head appears, maybe a finger's width, and stays around thinly throughout the enjoyment phase. (3.5)

Smell - This is an area where I'm definitely not impressed with this beer. Some hops, and little else. No malt, no overtones or undertones. Just some aromatic hops. Decent hops, sure, but not a ton of aroma to this beer. (2.5)

Taste - I was surprised when I took my first sip this evening. Almost some wheaty flavors. Definitely more hopping than you expect from a lager. Refreshing, certainly. A light-bodied, refreshing lawnmower beer. Some lingering sweetness on the finish makes you want to take another sip. (3.5)

Mouthfeel - More body than those "other" lagers available everywhere horse urine is sold, but that's not saying much. It's definitely on the thinner side of craft beer, but it's definitely not the wateriest beer on the planet. If it were too heavy, it would not be good at all either, so it's pretty much what I expected. (3.0)

Overall - As I've said before, this beer is refreshing, light, and sold pretty much everywhere, so you're guaranteed to be able to lay hands on it. When Jim Koch started making this beer, the craft brew revolution was still in its infancy. Mr. Koch bucked the trends and got this beer to the thirsty masses, and the rest was history. It's not shooting off fireworks these days, but it's stuck around, and for good reason. (3.0)

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 04:31:28 | More by AleEvangelist
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I loved the appearance of this beer. Its deep bronze colour was impressive, it poured with a thin head that lasted for most of the beer and there was cool looking lacing as I drained the beer from the glass.
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,649 ratings.