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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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6,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,979
Reviews: 2,419
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 576 | 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 Greasy:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-13-2013 22:18:15 | More by Greasy
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

nice balance of hops and malt,I believe the best readily availabale lager u can get,great with all foods.

02-28-2002 18:41:23 | More by oberon
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

11-21-2012 04:50:53 | More by civilian2b
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

08-12-2004 15:12:16 | More by RoyalT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.8%

08-26-2013 01:17:24 | More by cam477
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3.33/5  rDev -11%

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.

09-26-2012 14:44:09 | More by tectactoe
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-07-2012 01:05:20 | More by Altair
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-26-2013 00:55:07 | More by OhioBobcat
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

12-13-2012 00:55:34 | More by MadScientist
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

01-19-2010 00:02:07 | More by brownbeer
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

09-24-2006 06:18:42 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

06-18-2012 21:18:30 | More by mnewth
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-08-2013 14:40:02 | More by npala86
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-24-2012 06:07:16 | More by Tiernan
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

09-12-2012 00:26:21 | More by tohe9384
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

08-06-2009 05:29:37 | More by wesbrownyeah
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4/5  rDev +7%

02-02-2013 21:58:34 | More by tbryan5
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-03-2012 05:35:43 | More by J2L
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-07-2014 00:42:43 | More by GameOfBeers
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1.6/5  rDev -57.2%

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.

09-20-2010 16:39:53 | More by CBOLAND17
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-08-2012 16:14:49 | More by Shakerman
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-12-2012 23:05:41 | More by dmheinz57
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

08-21-2014 13:52:59 | More by SkiBum22
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-12-2012 01:11:05 | More by JacobMutberg
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

This is good beer! I was expecting a notch above the typical swill but was surprised with the complexity, smoothness, and just the general amount of enjoyment I got out of the brew. The color in the glass was a little more orange-toned than I was expecting and the hops were pretty well balanced with the malts.

I drank this beer with some salty pasta and it was perfect. It cut the saltiness and seemed to enhance the flavor of the pasta. The aroma was lightly floral with a hint of maltiness, which also seemed to go well with the pasta. All in all, this is pretty good stuff and I really did enjoy it.

01-29-2008 02:35:34 | More by SIRIUS2
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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