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

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Ratings: 8,027
Reviews: 2,556
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001

Our original beer is full-flavored with a balance of malty sweetness contrasted by hop spiciness and a smooth finish.
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Photo of shamus
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To really get a sense of a beers colour you should hold it up to full spectrum light, like sunlight. This beer is a lovely copper, not exceptional but neither too pale nor too dark. An archetypal beer colour. It also pours with a nice head that hangs in there leaving very nice lacing along the glass.

I've always enjoyed this beer but never actually stopped to smell it carefully. Again it's an archetypal experience. You can smell the yeast, the malt and the hops more or less in equal amounts, although since most macro beers play these down it may be a strong experience for some.

The proof is in the drinking and I really like the taste. Served chilled you can really taste all the ingredients but also get a refreshing smooth mouthfeel.

This is one of my favourites for session drinking. They've really done a great job creating a palatable microbrew that doesn't try to be a macro.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a standard pint glass. It has a dark golden color with a slight amber hue. The head is decent with good retention. The aroma is malty with a slight hint of hops. Upon tasting, the malt comes through, but the hops are definitely present and very well balanced. Hops are noticeable on the finish also. The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

This is a really good lager. I believe Sam Adams does truly represent a return to flavorful beer in the widely distributed and mass marketed beer varieties.

Photo of ngandhi
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet with a hint of lemon. Quenching with ideal bittering and carbonation -- never intrusive. Sam Adams Boston Lager has the all the great fruitiness and body of an ale. And though it has as much character as a Vienna lager, it really doesn't look as rich as one. This is an accomplishment, to me, because I think they've taken a barebones lager, made it delicious, and made us think it was something more than what it is. Really a fantastic session beer. And, if we're talking about session beers in general, this beats the crap out of anything from England.

Relax, relax.

Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-sized, cream-colored foamy head leaves thickish swoops of lacing above an orange/amber beer. Tangy, nutty nose. Malty, fresh front with some mild chocolate. Full, but light-tasting middle. Some chocolate malt. Toasty, roasty grains in the nicely bitter finish. This is just a tasty, fresh, light, amber lager.

Photo of numenor1
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rocky head that laces well, and keeps a nice collar throughout. It's a light golden color with absolute clarity. Smell is of sweet toasted malts and a touch of floral hops. Taste is sweet toastiness upfront, and remains so with hops gently edging into the picture and drying out through the finish. Very clean malt flavors and spicy, floral hops. Terrific balance. Mouthfeel is light with solid carbonation, and it is highly sessionable. A standby for when there is nothing else.

Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish color with a minimal but frothy head that is constantly carbonating. A somewhat earthy, very hoppy smell that leaves some sweet malt like smell evident. It is hoppy and drying when it first hits the tongue but not overbearing like an IPA might be, and it does finish with some spice and smoothness from that carbonation. A creamy, heavy type body that fills the mouth, this can be a session beer but a few can fill you up. In this case that's a good thing, because I am using that phrase not to slam this beer but slam other beers that it takes a 12-pack to maybe break the seal. My ratings are a little biased because this beer is like a must-have beginner beer and disproves the old joke that American beer is like screwing in a canoe - not very good and close to water.

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy, this is the one that got it all started for me. I remember before my first sixer of this I thought Miller Lite had flavor. Getting started, i could only drink a couple of these at a time. I soon got accustomed to the rich flavor that was left on your lips after every delicious drink. This is a bold, flavorful beer with a rich malty flavor and good strong hops. I have tried many brands and types since, but this will probably always be my go to beer.

Photo of Jimbo87
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint glass.

Lear amber, big pale head, left a bunch of rings of lacing.

Smells of fresh toasted malt. Later on, some slight herbal or spice-like smell which was very nice, but which I don't know how to describe.

Taste: Sweet malt, slightly toasted, very slightly buttery. A smooth taste. Nice hops give a nice bitter finish to balance the malts. Slightly sour/acidic. I'm having trouble identifying much about the hop profile. It may be slightly earthy. A surprisingly complex taste.

Medium body, well-carbonated.

Very drinkable. A very good lager.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright golden color with one finger white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - Spicey sweet aroma. A good smell, but not very strong.

T - A light caramel sweetness up front followed by a surprising spicey hop bite. A surprisingly good tasting brew.

M/D - Very well carbonated, almost too much. Medium bodied and very crisp. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark amber with a finger of white head. Surprising amount of lacing as you go. Nice job for a lager.

Smell: Nice mix of malts and hops. Again, very nice aroma for a lager.

Taste: Malts hit the tongue first and the hop flavor kicks in soon after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a surprising amount of hops in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very high. Not the most complex or most delicious beer out there, but a very good beer. It's mix of nice flavor, lightness, and lower ABV make for a beer you could drink several of before you realized it. Very good beer, excellent lager.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a nice two fingered white head into a pint glass. Aromas of floral hops and sweet caramely malt. Taste is more of the same and is balanced nicely. A very drinkable beer that makes for a great session is available almost everywhere.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Sanford's Grub and Pub.

A nice copper pour with a small head of foam and a bit of lacing.

The smell is a light mix of hops and malt with nothing standing out but works well as it is a Lager.

The taste is lightly malty, slightly more assertive hop wise...a well balanced Lager with enough taste to keep me satisfied. Good stuff.

On the light end of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A very easy drinking brew, I enjoyed 3 pints at this session, I can always count on the consistency of this beer.

Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle that I got in the brewmaster's collection 12 pack.
Appearance: Poured a nice golden-amber color that had a huge head of foam to it that left some lace.
Smell: It had a light hoppy caramel smell.
Taste: It tasted very hoppy, malty, with some caramel in it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a long lasting light bitter afttertaste.
Drinkability: An excellent beer that you can find anywhere. I would say, spend the extra money for this instead of getting a watery six pack of Bud or Miller. Keep up the good work Samuel Admas.

Photo of nullforge
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color with a foamy white head that collapses to a thin cover that retains well. The head has some lacing with a respectable stickiness to it. The nose contains gently toasted caramel malt and floral hops. A very sweet and inviting aroma. The taste offers sweet malt with some caramel notes. This is well balanced by a hop bitterness that is both floral and spicy. The body is medium-light. The strong carbonation creates a smooth, slightly silky mouthfeel.

This is a great every day beer. Its simple enough to be inoffensive, with just enough malt and hops to keep it interesting.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-writing a very old review of a go-to session brew when all else fails, often overlooked.

A: Pours a dark golden color, clear, with a 2 inch head that dissipates at a moderate rate.

S: Lots of grain with a fairly pronounced nuttiness and caramel. Floral noble hops with a slight spiciness.

T: Malt forward for sure with somewhat sweet caramel malt, the spiciness from both spices added, the grains, and a little character from the hops. The hops are mostly floral, though not as strong as it could be. A little more malt forward and sweet than most lagers (as well as spicy), though I think it works really well. Slight to moderate bitterness on the end from the hops (takes on a slight leafy quality).

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent amount of lingering bitterness on the back of the palate, though it's fairly well balanced with the malt base and sweetness.

O: A fairly often overlooked beer for me and most, but one that I do come back to and something that I would never feel bad having as a staple in my fridge. Solid at worst, it definitely deserves respect not just for what it has done for the beer revival in the US but for still being a great beer.

Photo of mwagner1018
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice deep copper color, with a slight red burnt orange hue. Solid 2 fingers of slightly off white creamy head, settles down to a nice 1/2 finger cap on the beer, stays throughout. Decent scattered lacing down the glass.

S- Light caramel malt, mild but noticeable hop aroma, floral, light citrus.

T- Crisp and clean, nice malt up front, which notes as light caramel and honey, settles perfectly balanced with a clean hop bitterness, with just a slight lingering bite.

M- Nice balance, crisp carbonation delivers flavor profile nicely.

D- A great every day beer, very drinkable, clean, right on style, solid backbone, sold character. Nice beer.

Photo of bozebus17
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yup, another Boston Lager review.

Pours a deep amber orange with a thin but stubborn head. There is significant lacing inside the glass.

Smells very nice with a floral hops aroma. That is all that really stands out to me.

Taste: I'm hit with a very slight bitterness from the hops that is immediately cancelled out by carmel-like malt. The light/medium bodied lager leaves a bit of tingling on my tongue. It has a very crisp and clean taste to it.

This beer goes does easy and makes a great session brew. I have to say that this beer is kind of a sentimental favorite. It was the first beer that got me into better beers. My taste buds have grown but I still enjoy a Sams from time to time. It is an excellant beer to have if you just want to kick back and relax after a hard day. It isn't a complex beer that you have to pay a lot of attention too but it can also be pretty damn tasty. It's also a good BBQ beer.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Really nice color, a true amber hue, has a smell white head and leaves some decent lace.

S: Nice caramely malts with just a touch of hops.

T: Malty backbone, but not too sweet. Good hops come through in the middle and last through the finish. I've had this beer often, but its kind of hard to describe the flavor for me, but the hop profile is better than I remember.

M: Nice and crisp.

D: Perfect beer, pizza, and football combo, easily replaced BMC as my go to lager the first time I had it. It helps that its just as easy to drink.

Notes: Most of us have had this and we know if we like it or not. I do. A standard for sunday football.

Photo of CNeilP09
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only reason anyone would dislike this beer is if they suffered from a glass-jawed toothache and a mental disease.

The middle of the spectrum of beer.

Typical coppery beer color.

Smells of cheap handbags and your grandma's hall closet. Not a bad thing, mind you, just a homey presence that blends into the girth of the beer.

The all American lager. Bud is the king, but Sammy Adams' Lager is the Monarch. Or something. Perfectly balanced in the grain bill and sweet seductive to the point of over exertion. Bill Walton would give a better description.

Drinks like a champ, because it is a champ.

Light and crisp, flavorful and robust for the style. you could drink this beer for hours, if needed.


Photo of LeftyBWS
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. I've had this beer many many times, but here's my first review.
A: Lovely amber colored brew with a sizable frothy white head.
S: Pleasant blend of semisweet caramel malts and clean, slightly bitter hops.
T: Much like the taste, a satisfying blend of malts and hops. A lingering sweetness leaves me wanting more, too.
M: Nice, manages to combine malty, bitter and sweet tastes/feels without overdoing any of the three.
D: A big selling point of this beer. Highly quaffable.

Photo of DJED69
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so this brew is a dead classic. I believe I had my first SA in 1988-89? It was a revelation then. This is still a solid, well crafted beer. In a work of craft brews that has exploded in the past many years, SA still distinguishes itself. Number one asset---excellent drinkability with full flavor. Good malt and hop presence with a touch of biscuity yeast. Nice creamy head and mild carbonation. Really a delightful beer. Pairs very well with food. Sometimes it's nice to revisit the classics. SA lives up to it's deserved reputation.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

here in the boston area, this is pretty standard, and most of us have been drinking it since our, ahem... "younger" days.

back when i didn't appreciate beer as much, i soon tired of it since it was always around. now is the first time i to come back and review it for what it is: a pretty decent lager, and which i now realize is classified as "vienna" in style.

pours a nice light amber. nice off-white head, leaves behind decent lacing.

there is a floral hop aroma, maybe a hint of hay or grassiness. sweet caramelized malt note is detectable too.

the carbonation immediately brings forth the hop profile, somewhat spicy, prominent bitterness. finishes with carmelized maltiness and slight yeasty/bread character. clean, mildly bitter aftertaste.

a bit thinner than i remembered from days past. also not as "smooth" as other lagers, both macro and micro.

still, it's an easy-drinking classic, and for better or worse, a constant symbol of pride for new england.

Photo of darkbeerlover89
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown caramel nut appearance. Pour into a glass a got a good frothy head with some lacing on the side.

S- Picked up some sweet notes of caramel but also some bitter spice.

T- Taste follows the smell to me, sweet when hitting your mouth but then it mellows out with a hint of bitterness in the background with out that bad after taste. Perfect balance.

MF- In between thick and creamy. I love the mouth feel of a Boston lager.

Overall- This is the original, hell what can I say. Always my go to beer and will drink it anytime.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12 oz. Bottle into a beer mug. Not ideal but worked

A: clear amber pour with nice head. Very little lacing.

S: some minor citrus notes with a hint of malt.

T: nice! Very smooth and not too much carbonation. Slight hop biiterness but primarily a solid malty flavor.

M: again, solid flavor that doesn't overpower.

D: continues to be on of my favorite pairings with almost any food, especially steaks/burgers. Doesn't overpower the meal but compliments it nicely. As many have said and I agree, great "gateway" beer to craft because it's just a solid offering.

Photo of Fusion7777
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old reliable. The gateway beer of all gateway beers. A kind welcome to the world of better beer. Smooth, simple, and refined, an unpretentious lager that makes for an excellent nostalgic session beer. Caramel malts and sweetness with a modest hop presence. Crisp, refreshing, and good for almost any situation.

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