Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by AleEvangelist:
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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2.83/5 rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Riedel Lager Glass. It was consumed with dinner on a hot Kansas evening after a round of golf.
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.
The first thing I detected was the malt, before I even had a good smell of the beer. I guess this should be no surprise given it is a Vienna Larger.
Although full-bodied, I found the beer to be one-dimensional. There was nothing on the mid or back pallet and I felt the malt overpowered the hops.
As the beer warmed I could start to detect some bitterness on the back pallet, maybe there was a hint of roasted almonds as well?
There was a crisp mouth feel to the beer.
I was told by many people that this is the 'Rolls Royce' of American Largers - maybe the hype was built up too much. I guess it is well put together beer, however, I don't think I will be having it again.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 00:44:57 | More by Renaissance_Man
4.61/5 rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
my opinion of this brew has gotten better with time. I think the can option actually results in more flavor. Jim K has really sold me on this one - great, rich taste, color, head ... truly drinkable and enjoyable. so much character - and like JK says, today's BL is better than it was originally - super experience !
Serving type: can
07-23-2014 23:52:44 | More by Tom_the_bomb
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,649 ratings.