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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

6,553 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,553
Reviews: 2,405
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 53
Gots: 382 | 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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Clowerweb

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date April.

A: Golden in color, slightly darker and richer hue than corn beers (not saying this is a corn beer, simply comparing colors). A finger of snow white head, fair retention, not a lot of lacing. Can see some active carbonation bubbles continuously floating up. Looks very clear, nice filtration, very clean.

S: Nose is malty, sweet, roasted caramel earthy malts and floral grassy hops. Slightly light on the aromatic scale, though certainly not unscented. You'll want to swirl this a bit to breathe it before getting the full whiff.

T: Immediately hits me with some decent IBUs, I'm getting rinds of grapefruit or orange, along with floral hops, some grass, and then on the mid palate it calms nicely as the roasty toasty malts come in to put the bitterness in check. Finishes dry with with a pleasant sweetness but not overly sweet. It's classy, it's not complex or thoroughly layered, but it has a nice balance and elegance. It's simplicity works in it's favor.

M: The mouthfeel is perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this beer. It's on the lighter side of medium bodied, right there on the border between medium and a little watery. Carbonation is a lot more moderate than what you'd think after seeing the active carbonation bubbles, it's not bad, but I wouldn't complain if they had upped it a tad. It also isn't leaving much of what I like to call a "savor coating".

D: Highly drinkable, very pleasant all-around, goes down smooth as silk, could have 6 or more in a session without much to complain about.

O: Overall, this is a great beer. It should have got an overall 4.0, but I docked half a point for the cost. It's on the expensive side, and for the price, I can think of better craft beers that are $2 or more cheaper for a case (there are also worse beers than this that cost more, so it's not that bad). I'd buy it again if it was on the shelf when none of those were available, but it wouldn't be my first pick among an assortment of craft.

I'm enjoying it though, very much so, and I'd recommend giving it a shot if you've never done so. It's at least worth a one-time experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 02:59:59 | More by Clowerweb
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,553 ratings.