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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,649 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,649
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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twi1609372

Florida

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the beer that started it all for sam adams. this beer started a beer revolution. this is a dark beer in every respect, this is a true beer drinkers beer. sam adams boston lager is a good beer, but once you have tryed it you have to try the other variaties to truely enjoy all sam adams has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 23:47:33 | More by twi1609372
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jferrara35

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33.3%

01-13-2014 17:07:05 | More by jferrara35
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LucienDeRubempre

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-22-2011 06:05:32 | More by LucienDeRubempre
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Dirk

New York

5/5  rDev +33.3%

01-08-2012 20:13:38 | More by Dirk
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zzombie

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33.3%

12-20-2012 19:10:15 | More by zzombie
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alien319

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +33.3%

02-22-2012 03:58:52 | More by alien319
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JayTime

Idaho

5/5  rDev +33.3%

05-21-2014 00:26:09 | More by JayTime
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chrisp1090

Illinois

5/5  rDev +33.3%

12-19-2011 00:08:09 | More by chrisp1090
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ewright

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-14-2011 19:56:44 | More by ewright
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Stonehill64


5/5  rDev +33.3%

05-19-2013 13:13:48 | More by Stonehill64
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vwbus7

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +33.3%

06-26-2014 04:31:40 | More by vwbus7
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beersalesman

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm always partial to Sam Adams Boston Lager...it was the beer that moved me away from watered down mass domestic and into the Better Beer spectrum. The body is always a beautiful clear amber. The awesome boutique of Bavarian Hops greets your sense of smell. Then the best part is the balance between the hops and malt - one does not overpower the other. I love how the taste dances on your tongue once you've swallowed. Still the best Lager available on the market today.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2007 01:29:21 | More by beersalesman
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pgofman

New York

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-23-2011 04:44:55 | More by pgofman
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mchunt25

Virginia

5/5  rDev +33.3%

12-23-2011 15:43:01 | More by mchunt25
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CosmicCathedral

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33.3%

05-26-2014 13:24:59 | More by CosmicCathedral
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MikeW51


5/5  rDev +33.3%

03-17-2012 22:57:31 | More by MikeW51
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surfmeister

California

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: cherry wood, off white heads that hung around awhile, pretty
Aroma: bread, I frickin love it, like having a beer in a frickin bakery
Flavor: balance with a frickin capital "B", big malt up front with a hoppy little bite in the ass as you leave.
Mouthfeel: substantial, meaty but not overbearing.
Overall: it's no mystery why this beer is so frickin' popular, they hit on all bases. big enough taste for "serious" beer drinkers but won't scare away macro drinkers.

Addendum 3/19/04:
It's nice to retry a beer months after first reviewing it to see if your opinion has changed...it hasn't.
This beer is magnificent, the full flavors that don't overpower, the incredible balance. Highly underrated, probably due to it's availability and therefore loss of "hipness". This is one of the best beers in the world

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 20:25:07 | More by surfmeister
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Gobias316

Michigan

5/5  rDev +33.3%

04-12-2013 22:41:56 | More by Gobias316
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JDWEX1117

New York

5/5  rDev +33.3%

12-08-2011 21:37:05 | More by JDWEX1117
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lanechaffin

Texas

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe anyone could give this beer a low mark. It seems almost perfect to me. Rich complexity, great taste, good aroma..there is a lot happening in a Sam Adams BL- you taste pine, maybe a very slight citrus, wonderfully hoppy and a nice strong beer taste, and with all that, it still is simply beer as beer was meant to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 21:34:52 | More by lanechaffin
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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +33.3%

01-27-2012 16:58:05 | More by Imsothirsty
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athouve1

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-19-2011 17:12:58 | More by athouve1
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headspace

Illinois

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-19-2011 21:54:56 | More by headspace
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Lifsabch

Maine

5/5  rDev +33.3%

09-20-2012 00:18:22 | More by Lifsabch
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safiske

California

5/5  rDev +33.3%

04-06-2012 15:37:39 | More by safiske
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,649 ratings.