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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

6,650 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,650
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 55
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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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really feel for this once trail blazing old stalwart. For quite some time I was willing to ignore how hopelessly out of style it is (it is virtually devoid of maltiness so how it can be considered a Vienna lager is beyond me) but now that this whole 'craft thing' has grown an extra head, various appendages and a couple of spleens it just comes across as rather tired. Sort of like Brooklyn Lager. Yes, it smells fairly pleasant and flowery, looks pretty nice, gives some pretty good head and lacing but there's not enough on the palate to really add to that backbone and lubricate your loins.
Went reasonably well with Mongolian beef from the local Chinese though and felt absolutely no guilt whatsoever for sacrificing its edge to a sustained chilli attack.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 18:52:35 | More by Zimbo
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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.
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,650 ratings.