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

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7,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,735
Reviews: 2,477
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 94
Gots: 996 | 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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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Defnitely a good beer. Perfect balance between hops and malts. Pours a nice frothy head. Immediately notice hops and finishes with nice malty sweetness. This beer is good for just about any occasion. For sure an American classic without too many peers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times but finally decided to review it. Served in a bottle.

A: beer was amber in color with a decent head.

S: The beer is very floral ( due to the nobel hops). There was a slight toasted malt taste

T: Smooth with a good balance between hops and malt.

O: This is a good beer. It lives up to the hype behold the success of the Boston Beer Co brand.

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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An orange/copper coloured lager with a white head.
Good retention and very carbonated. Slightly hazy.

Smell is a bit grainy, some caramel and some America hops, Cascade I assume and some more herbal hop.

This is a nice lager, it has that standard lager taste, some grain some hops but with a little extra. A little darker malts and that typical American hop profile although I believe they also used some German/Czech hop as well.

Overall a very nice lager, downside is that it is quite rare and expensive.

Reviewed with the style in mind ofcourse, hench the high marks.

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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date April.

A: Golden in color, slightly darker and richer hue than corn beers (not saying this is a corn beer, simply comparing colors). A finger of snow white head, fair retention, not a lot of lacing. Can see some active carbonation bubbles continuously floating up. Looks very clear, nice filtration, very clean.

S: Nose is malty, sweet, roasted caramel earthy malts and floral grassy hops. Slightly light on the aromatic scale, though certainly not unscented. You'll want to swirl this a bit to breathe it before getting the full whiff.

T: Immediately hits me with some decent IBUs, I'm getting rinds of grapefruit or orange, along with floral hops, some grass, and then on the mid palate it calms nicely as the roasty toasty malts come in to put the bitterness in check. Finishes dry with with a pleasant sweetness but not overly sweet. It's classy, it's not complex or thoroughly layered, but it has a nice balance and elegance. It's simplicity works in it's favor.

M: The mouthfeel is perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this beer. It's on the lighter side of medium bodied, right there on the border between medium and a little watery. Carbonation is a lot more moderate than what you'd think after seeing the active carbonation bubbles, it's not bad, but I wouldn't complain if they had upped it a tad. It also isn't leaving much of what I like to call a "savor coating".

D: Highly drinkable, very pleasant all-around, goes down smooth as silk, could have 6 or more in a session without much to complain about.

O: Overall, this is a great beer. It should have got an overall 4.0, but I docked half a point for the cost. It's on the expensive side, and for the price, I can think of better craft beers that are $2 or more cheaper for a case (there are also worse beers than this that cost more, so it's not that bad). I'd buy it again if it was on the shelf when none of those were available, but it wouldn't be my first pick among an assortment of craft.

I'm enjoying it though, very much so, and I'd recommend giving it a shot if you've never done so. It's at least worth a one-time experience.

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