Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by GMB:
4.55/5 rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Samuel Adams' Boston Lager pours a deep amber body and a frothy off-wheat head. A handful of threads of fine bubbles slowly add a bit of sparkle in the glass.
The beer's nose is inviting. Floral hops stand out, but notes of toasted, caramel-like malt and hint of citrus are also palatable.
The initial taste more or less follows the nose, but the beer becomes more interesting as its flavors develop on the palate. Its bitterness adds a perfectly balanced finish to flavors of roasted grains, mild caramel, grassy and flowery hops, and a hint of citrus. The citrus flavor harmonizes with the beer's hoppy bitterness and yeast-derived fruity undertones to create the illusion of orange zest. Beautiful.
The mouthfeel is almost perfect; a bit gassier than I like in a beer whose malt is so rich and toasted.
I've tried lots of the Boston Beer Company's offerings, from standard, year-round brews to expensive beers that come in fancy bottles. Boston Lager is its best.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2012 00:33:10 | More by GMB
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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
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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