Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Translucent golden/straw color. Practically glows in the glass. Big sturdy looking off-white head that's sticking around(and left some decent lacing). Looks appetizing.
Aroma: Sweet bread and sourdough. Some hop aroma in the nose similar to a pale ale. But mostly dominated by the malt and bready notes.
Taste: The palate is dominated by the malt but still retains a good amount of bitterness from hops that seem to contribute more IBUs than flavor. Although, the more you drink the more the hop spice comes out and balances with the malt. The taste fits with the style but I'm not wowed by the flavor.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is right on target and it is medium bodied. However, the malts become a little cloying and I would not call this beer refreshing. Average drinkability.
Final Thoughts: While Boston Lager probably the only Samuel Adams beer that I would buy a six pack of, I don't feel any urgency to go and do so. However, where "craft beer for the masses" is concerned, it does the job nicely.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2012 04:05:14 | More by JamesMN
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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
4.61/5 rDev +22.9%
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 !
Serving type: can
07-23-2014 23:52:44 | More by Tom_the_bomb
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,652 ratings.