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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,646 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,646
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 54
Gots: 421 | 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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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a nice copper/amber almost kind of rusty orange/red from the tap, but not opaque. A very solid one-finger white head tops the beer, but fades gradually. Decent lacing throughout, but nothing too special.

Smell: There's a very nice and deep malt smell that comes out first with a bit of caramel, balanced with a fresh, almost spicy type of hop smell. Hints of crispness, but not overbearing.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. First thing I noticed was the malts. Sweet and residual, but the beer isn't overbearingly sweet or malty. This is balanced with some very subtle hops in the back, just enough to balance the malt nature of the beer out front. The hop taste kicks in and leaves a fresh, crisp, almost spicy taste as the beer goes down. Nice balance of sweet on contact and subtle bitterness as it goes down. All in all, very solid, if slightly predictable.

Mouthfeel: The relatively low carbonation of this beer is one my favorite things about it. It's not super-thin and watery but isn't so robust that the texture causes one to forget flavor. It starts at a good middle ground and goes down a little more robust than its entry but never gets too foamy. Leaves some slightly bitter aftertaste in a very good way.

Drinkability: I only had one, but I can definitely see having this as a session beer. Well-balanced, flavorful, and a big step above the usual macro-brews. Even if its nature is slightly predictable, this beer is highly drinkable.

All in all, this was one beverage that sort of helped catalyze my interest in beer, specifically in microbrews. A good stepping stone into the beer world, and just an all-around solid brew for America.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 00:24:08 | More by Groomsy
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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 6,646 ratings.