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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,647 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,647
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 54
Gots: 423 | 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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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Samuel Adams Boston Lager pours a clear amber into a pint glass with about a one-finger head. No lacing is left on the glass and the head settles into a moderate layer mix of tight and course bubbles.

There is a fruitiness to the aroma. Peach seems to be the dominant smell. The aroma is non-existent when brought into the mouth.

The first taste is somewhat below average. Malt, minimal hops and a bit of skunk are present, but the beer has not gone bad. The carbonation level is below-average, but remains constant throughout. The malt and hop characteristics increase slightly as the beer warms mid-bottle, as expected. The beer finishes relatively unchanged.

Poured into a glass, Boston Lager weaknesses become apparent. In such a serving it is an average beer at best. This seems to be a beer that is designed to be drunk from the bottle, which is fine in a club but not in a more relaxed setting.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 01:52:28 | More by JimsArcade
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JoshuaHesseltine

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +20%

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Renaissance_Man

Kansas

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
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Tom_the_bomb

California

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
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Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Texas

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,647 ratings.