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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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Reviews by Bang34:
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Bang34

California

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the main beer that folks think of when they hear about Brewer and patriot Samuel Adams. I should probably preface this in that I really prefer Ales to Lagers but htis one is not bad a lagers go.

Pours a golden amber color with a very thin head that disappears quickly. Sweet malty aroma w/ a little hops. taste is much of the same. A little bitter at first with the maltiness that follows with a dry finish. I like it an will opt for it over any other lager that is served.

This beer helped kickstart the microbrew revolution and with the wide availability now, I think this is close to not qualifying as a micro anymore.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 00:01:40 | More by Bang34
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2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
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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.
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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 !

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,649 ratings.