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

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BA SCORE
84
good

7,356 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,356
Reviews: 2,441
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 72
Gots: 771 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Clowerweb:
Photo of Clowerweb
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Clowerweb, Feb 06, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of fscottkey
2.24/5  rDev -40.1%

Notes: Best before Jan 2015. (consumed 9/4/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: [4.00] Extremely clear beer. No haze or cloudiness. The color is like light maple syrup. An amber/tan color. The head is 1 finger and is formed of dense bubbles. The is lacing when the beer is tilted. The bottle has a best by date and does not list the ABV or IBU.

S: [1.50] I get no nose. I shoved my nose right down in there and sucked it in. Nothing. Maybe as it warms. But the initial nose is none.

T: [2.25] Slight creamed corn flavor.

M: [2.75] Fairly high carbonation. There is a "zing" on the tongue. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

O: [2.25] It seems hard to believe but I was disappointed - and I had pretty low expectations. I have had Sam Adams Boston Lager before - but never reviewed it critically. It has no appreciable nose. The taste is not something that I like and the body was unimpressive. Overall this is not a beer I would ever seek out. Even on a hot day I'd skip this in favor of water. I guess if this was the only "craft" beer at a place that server BMC then I'd go for it.

fscottkey, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of civilian2b
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

civilian2b, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Gowcheco
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Gowcheco, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The one poured a light, clear orange. It had some good, active carbonation with a soft, off-white head that showed excellent retention.

Smell – The American grain came out first. It wasn’t as harsh as it is in many US macro beers. The light, kind of citrusy hops were very pleasant and the even malt aroma was even better.

Taste – The hops were more prominent at the taste. The malt backbone came out quite nicely as well.

Mouthfeel – This lager is light to medium-bodied with some good carbonation and a nice dryness throughout.

Drinkability – This is a good “micro-macro” beer.

RoyalT, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -19.8%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Town Pump in Detroit. Poured a light copper color with a pretty thick, creamy looking head that was very inviting. Nice up front hop aroma, fairly mild, along with malts and grains - nice parity among the different smells going on. The first taste hits you with a little bit of the hop bitterness followed by a nice sweet and malty body. Call me crazy, but I tasted just a BIT of faint apple flavors in there, along with maybe some other kind of fruit. By the end, some more floral flavors came out but the malty finish also got stronger. A very crisp beer, thanks to the carbonation with an overall thin body, very smooth going down.

Considering a company as large as Samuel Adams, it's still obvious that they put a lot of care into their brews. As far as the "larger" brew companies go, this is some of the best. Easy to drink and session with and it blows BMC beers out of the water, especially for the relatively low price.

tectactoe, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Altair
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Altair, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -19.8%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep good with excellent clarity. The persistent off-white head is comprised of compact bubbles.

S: A low Noble hops aroma that is a bit earthy and spicy. There is a moderate amount of German malt character although I don't know whether that's Vienna or Munich but I get there. Otherwise a fairly clean lager with no inappropriate aromas.

T: A soft malt flavor at a moderate level. There is a moderate hop bitterness with a little bit of a spicy hops flavor. The balance is about even between the malt and the bitterness. The finish is somewhat dry with a the malt flavor and hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: A smooth medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: A good Vienna lager that pairs well with food. This is a flavorful lager but there are other examples that have really impressed me.

MadScientist, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager has a nice, amber color which sets it apart right away.

It has a nice hop/malt balance in the nose with citrus and pine blending with caramel malt.

Taste is similar to the nose, medium bodied with earth, citrus, and caramel.

A very solid lager that goes well with a number of foods or just as a tasty session beer. A good standby for restaurants.

brownbeer, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a light, hazy, orange-tinged beer with absolutely no head as it was served. Smells are very faint but lightly malty. Taste is prettymuch classic vienna lager I guess. It has a sweet and toasty malt base with a bitterness that only really shows itself toward the finish. Alcohol is barely apparent. Mouthfeel is probably just a little thicker and slicker than it ought to be. Something about this beer keeps me from wanting to drink alot of it. It feels a tad heavy I guess. It also reminds me exactly of a beer I homebrewed once which was kinda freakin me out. What can I say? This is a good beer with no real issues, but I guess I prefer Negra.

JudgeRoughneck, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of mnewth
2/5  rDev -46.5%

mnewth, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Tiernan, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of tohe9384
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Boston Lager...

A- Pours a nice light amber color with a tight foamy head that falls to a lacing that sticks to the glass with retention.

S- Smell is of mild malts and husky grains with a touch of hops.

T-M- Carmel malts and light hop bite are the first taste. Second is a touch of fresh carbonated sweet alcohol sugar feel. All and all a good lager with a favor of a no frells flavor. Light bodied with nothing to set itself apart from others.

D- Drinks good but could use some alcohol content to add to the color.

wesbrownyeah, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +7%

tbryan5, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of J2L
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

J2L, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of CBOLAND17
1.6/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A beer that is considered great by many people..but i am not one of those people. Samuel Adams produces a lager that is way over hopped for that style of beer. Additionally it doesnt seem like they are even using the correct type of hops because it is far too bitter for a lager. This beer looks good but is far from it. Sam Adams claims that it is i craft brewery but in actuality it is right up there with Budweiser and Coors.

CBOLAND17, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +7%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of dmheinz57
3/5  rDev -19.8%

dmheinz57, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

SkiBum22, Aug 21, 2014
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,356 ratings.