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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,710 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,710
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 54
Gots: 448 | 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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AlexanderSelby

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am torn on this brew. First off, I always have noticed some very unpleasant smell from this beer and wasn't able to pin it down until today. I was bottling my homebrew this afternoon and cleaning out my fermenter and naturally got the trub (muddy, gross fermentation by-product) everywhere. Now smelling this beer again, I think trub is the smell I'm getting: a muddy, old, armpit aroma. It kind of smells like a Budwiser. I get no hop lovin' and the sweetness is a little stale.

The taste is a very different story, but not all together a revival. A very smooth drinking brew, with caramel-like malt flavors in the spotlight. Herbal, almost Italian seasoning flavored, hops spruce things up throughout. No doubt a balanced taste and smooth finish. Light, yet noticeable, bitter hop bite helps to dry out the finish. But all flavor is whisked away from your senses a bit too quickly and slightly under the radar.

I would almost like to try this recipe with an ale yeast to "dirty" things up a touch and fill in the gaps. The clean drinking lager vibe almost works against it, in my opinion. Also, I most definitely prefer this brew in a bottle, because it needs a good carbonation level to give it that pop. Overall, I never have liked this beer that much and don't think I ever will.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:03:20 | More by AlexanderSelby
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,710 ratings.