Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow, I can't believe I haven't ever formally reviewed this beer. This one came from a variety twelve pack, along with Scotch Ale, Noble Pils, White Ale, Revolutionary Ale and something else. Best before Feb '11 notched on back. Maybe this came from the winter seasonal case I got from Sam's Club back in October, which contained the Choc. Bock?
Pours into it's proprietary Sam Adams scientific glass a perfectly clear russet-copper color with a stellar loose white 1/4" settled head. A perfect sticky microdot film remains where the 2" head stood 5 minutes ago. A nice amount of carbonation erupts from the base of the glass. Nice long drips and smatterings of lace like a Pollack painting.
For a Vienna lager, this baby has got some hop poppity-pop resonance in the nose. Balanced caramely malts counterweigh the tantalizing herbal hop homage. Very fresh, crisp and classic.
Clean, clean, clean offering of zesty hops greet the palate with a gentle handshake. The semi-savory malt backbone keeps things seamless and friendly. No bait and switch from nose to taste, just a perfect translation that's satisfying and consistent.
Mouthfeel is between light and medium with a prickly and perfectly carbonated presence. There's a little bitterness in the finish with a slight toffee tapering.
Drinkability is fantastic. Can't take nothing away from this beer in this department.
This beer has to be in the top 10 gateway beers to 'craft' beer geekery. I still will choose this over 90% of the 'usual' pseudo-craft beers in most restaurants, (ie Blue Moon, Amber Bock, etc.) The hops really shine and and are delightful to savor with the toasty pale malts. Some may call this 'basic' or maybe even 'bland', but I call it a craft beer clinic in consistency and balance. After 15 years or more, it still tastes great.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2011 01:19:46 | More by malty
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