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

Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,047 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6047
Reviews: 2386
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001)
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Romulus141

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into the official Sam Adams Boston Lager serving glass (the new one). I've also had this on tap at the bar many a time.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a white, fluffy head. There is decent head retention, and lacing remains on the edges of the glass. Carbonation bubbles float towards the top of the brew. This has a very nice appearance, and is one of the better looking lagers on the market.

Smell: There is a sweet smell, primarily from the malts. There is also a floral character, but that is a little harder to detect. The smell is unobtrusive, but present enough to show that this lager will have a good flavor.

Taste: The smell is a good indicator of the flavor. A sweet, malty taste is the primary characteristic, but there is a nice bite of hops to balance everything out. The finish is crisp, and leaves a slight aftertaste. The flavor is bold for a lager. The brew isn't complex, but it knows that it wants to be memorable and enjoyable. All around a good brew.

Mouthfeel: It's denser than other lagers that are on the market. It's got weight to it. It's got carbonation, but it isn't overdone. If you want less carbonation, getting this on tap is the way to go.

Drinkability: This is highly drinkable, and is one of my stand-bys when I frequent the local bars. It's flavorful, but it doesn't make you feel bloated after having three of them. The APV is just right to make this an ideal session beer.

Recommended. This is a solid beer that you can always count on. Seriously, if you haven't had this yet, get out from under your rock and try it. There's a reason that this is a well-respected beer. I've meet about three people who don't like this. Nearly everyone else does. It's also a great gateway beer for your friends that think Budweiser is all one needs.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 02:42:00 | More by Romulus141
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,047 ratings.