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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,545 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,545
Reviews: 2,405
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 53
Gots: 381 | 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.

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Jessearellano

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Poured into a tulip style pint glass

Appearance:

Honey bronze with semi white head which demolishes and flattens quickly.

Smell:

Floral citrus hops, malt, caramel and little sweetness.

Taste:

Caramel malt and some hops sweetness, not very bitter but there is some after taste

Mouthfeel:

Watery mouth feel with a little dry finish but mostly watery

Drinkability:

Extremely easy to drink, light carbonation with a watery feel,

This is one of the best lagers I've had but its is a bit light for my taste, I really like a very heavy bitter beer and this falls a bit short.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 07:53:03 | More by Jessearellano
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AlFromBayShore

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber color, 2 finger width head that fades after a few minutes. Left with a thin sudsy film floating atop the liquid. Risingcarbonation bubbles seem on the noticeably active side.

S - Hard to detect but I'm getting a slight toasty malty aroma. Picking up something buttery as well as a hint of caramel sweetness.

T & M - A deep and rich nuttiness and complex toasty malts. Taking gulps along with a bit of air is rendering a slight creaminess. Very minor hops framing the rich flavor - minor on the front, apparent on the sides of the tongue, and lingering in the finish. A pleasurable carbonation on the tongue - tiny carbonation bubble rendering a mild prickly sensation. Very slight soapy taste - hard to detect but I'm getting it. Perhaps an "okay" batch?

D- Big sips that are the size of gulps.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:21:50 | More by AlFromBayShore
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a one finger off-white head that reduces to a small ring and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is pretty quiet, a touch of caramel malt, bread, and floral, earthy hops.

Flavor is better, some caramel malt, decent hop profile a little floral, pine, and citrus. Mild sweetness and medium bitterness. Does finish a bit watery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Good for a lager, solid drinkable brew. I do much prefer their Boston Ale, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:18:59 | More by elgiacomo
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with April 2010 notched on label

Sam Adams Boston Lager poured a clear copper [red-gold] color with a smaller white head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma and taste is of light toasted malts and mild caramel sweetness. The Lager has a crisp and light bitter finish. Boston Lager has a medium body for a lager and is well carbonated.

One of the best lagers I have tasted...good sessions brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 22:40:18 | More by bushbeer75
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snpub540

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber, copper hue. Nice fluffy eggshell colored head that leaves some grippy lacing.

Aromas are only bready and caramel. No hop aromas that I can pick up.

Flavor is a nice balance of malts and hops. Caramel, bread and a nice toastiness round out the malt flavors while a floral hoppiness accounts for the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is ok. Could use a little more body. Drinkability is great and I applaud their quality on this grand scale.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 00:41:52 | More by snpub540
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BigBen61

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will begin that my only qualm with this brew is its lack of consistency on draft from place to place that I have tried it. One of my favorite beers when it comes to being readily available at your average "family style" restaurant.

A-Boston Lager, when served in appropriate glassware is a beautiful mahogony color with a rich creamy head.
S-Hoppy, malty, but not too strong on either of these aspects.
T- Easy drinking, refreshing, but with enough hop and malt charicter to stand up to heavier dishes like steak and burgers (my favorite combo).
M-Not all too special in this category, just your average amount of carbonation to round out the flavors.
D- Not the kind of beer I would want to drink a lot of in one sitting as in no more than three or four 12 oz. servings.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 20:34:15 | More by BigBen61
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 27, 2010). The "May | 2010" tab is punched on the left edge of the label.

I've had this many times before (who hasn't?), now it's time for the review.

Eyes: Pours a slightly dark, golden amber. A full two-finger fluffy head climbs to the rim, color is off white. Fairly good retention, with a solid finger of foam clinging to the rim even as the glass empties.

Nose: Toasty, sweet malts and a hint of floral hops in here also. Very earthy and inviting.

Tongue: Some very tasty, toasted, biscuit malts and a touch of dry fruit. There is some bitterness, but just enough to carry the flavor. A very nice profile.

Mouth: Good carbonation, a bit thicker on the palate than other lagers, but very nice.

Libation: A very tasty brew that goes with almost anything and is available almost anywhere across the US. This isn't a jaw dropper of awesomeness for me, but I'm very happy to see a quality lager beer option that's readily available.

If you are ever trying to suggest craft beer to macro-heads, you probably can't do much better than Boston Lager as your gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 07:38:44 | More by OttoBomb
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smithza9

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By far one of my favorite beers of all time. It is a thick, very attractive amber color and it has a thick, full bodied taste. I first had Boston Lager, I was at a friends Super Bowl party and it was a deeply religious experience. I recommend this to everybody who loves beer like I do.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 03:37:10 | More by smithza9
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teovaldi

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden amber with a very nice 3 finger head and great lacing.

Slightly sweet and spicy, a nice balanced mix.

Tastes sweet malt with a nice hop bitterness that finishes hoppy and slightly sweet.

Nice carbonation and kind of a creamy mouthfeel.

This is an excellent session beer, fall back beer...hell even a favorite beer. It's available almost everywhere and goes down great.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 07:25:10 | More by teovaldi
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into goblet
I have somehow managed to not have this iconic american brew until now. At least not to my memory, which has gone hazy on more than one occasion. I was quickly impressed with the appearance. Thick, dense head that was not at all weak and foamy like most of the lagers that are made here. Also laced pretty well which was a nice suprise. Clear copper in color. Smelled sweet of caramel malts and had a faint floral hop scent to it. Taste is perfectly balanced and true to style with a sweet front and a clean and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 14:23:16 | More by JunkYardJake
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nastley3

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a bottle this beer had a full head, and completely laced the glass. This beer looks alive and delicious. It has a fairly hoppy smell, but the taste is more balanced. I especially liked how easy this beer goes down, it is not watery or over carbonated. Just right. Overall a very drinkable beer, I would gladly have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 05:38:13 | More by nastley3
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled mug.

Pours a straight clear copper with a finger of frothy off-white head that laces quite well. The smell is a nicely balanced mixture of citrus, pine, and toffee. The taste holds a hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness, and a light dose of creamy caramel. The body is lightly moderate, and the somewhat heavy carbonation keeps the smoothness from achieving its full potential. Overall, a nice, tasty, drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 05:30:38 | More by TMoney2591
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bourbonbock

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a fresh pilsner glass which produced a thick, creamy head and very active carbonation. I Have had many of these before but never reviewed seriously until now.

A. Initial thoughts are appetizing as my mouth waters a little. Beer is clear and a golden brown with a touch of orange. Head retention is good and maintains a solid layer on top through the whole experience.

S. Slightly malty and spicy with a pleasing aroma.

T. Well balanced flavor with a bit of a dry after taste. Well rounded with a sweet start and a slight bite on the way down.

M. Active carbonation tickles the tastebuds and is just a slight bit creamy.

D. This beer is delicious and could easily be drank throughout an evening or event with no question. It is a satisfying beer and you will not want to rush these down.

Boston Lager has been one of my go to beers at many establishments and is a solid choice anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:35:08 | More by bourbonbock
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear amber with a yellowish hue. Small, white soda head.

S: Light pine hops, florals, grains and a presence of caramelized sour apples on the nose. Slightly corny.

T: Corny with a Cheerios front. Biscuity grains with hints of hops and a lightly bitter malt finish.

D: Definitely a good one to buy at least a sixer of.

Value: For a gas station beer, this one is pretty hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:11:35 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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TheFlern

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice dark gold/light amber color. head is pretty retentive and laces well.

Smell: Fairly balanced. Malt for the most part but there are hops in there as well. The malt is nice and sweet. The hops add just a hint of bitterness to tame the malt. There is something else I can't quiet put my finger on but it is a slightly skunk smell that probably comes from the yeast.

Taste: Maltiness is the first thing that comes out. Not overly malty for the style but just right. The hops do their job to balance the beer and prevent is from being too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice, light, good carbonation. Not too wet or too dry.

Drinkability: 4.75 = perfect ABV to drink all night or at a sporting event or elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:14:04 | More by TheFlern
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backfat

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

darker in appearance than expected. off white, quickly dissipating head. good lace. sweet hops to the nose, but still very faint. caramel malt back throughout. the caramel notes in this beer are the most pleasing thing. light biscuit and pleasant light breadiness. light body but not too bad. you can taste the higher quality ingredient compared to almost all other american lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:46:00 | More by backfat
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cmiller1l66

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Sam Adams bottle, looks good :)

smell: very clean hoppy smell, can taste the sweetness already

Taste: sweet upfront with a nice bitter twinge and clean dry finish and follows with a sweet burnt caramel taste

mouthfeel: a good moderate carbination all the way through, just enough tingle to refresh the pallet

brinkability: very drinkable, goes really well with a juicy steak, you could chug if you wanted too but tasts so good you want to take your time.

other notes: became one of my faves as soon as i tried it, i saw the comercials and blew it off till i tried it out of no where. I would like to point out the awsome balance between sweet and bitter, thats what really does it for me

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 10:46:32 | More by cmiller1l66
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Duxx

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear dark golden to tawny colored with a bright white head that is about one finger tall.

S: Malty with a slight hop note. No evidence of the sulfur smell I usually associate with (and dislike) most lagers.

T: Crisp and clean. A hint of sweet malt with a decent bite of hops in the back of my throat. This beer has a pleasant dry finish. The mild hop bitterness lingers in the back of my palate.

M: Good carbonation and not to watery mouth feel.

D: Still probably my favorite lager. Great for a quiet evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 23:20:55 | More by Duxx
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industrialswill

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After spending 2 years stationed in Germany, I never thought I'd come home to find a moderately priced American beer that could compete taste wise with the German brew.
Sam Adams was just being introduced as I returned to the USA and even though it tastes unlike what I drank overseas, it does a nice job of bridging the gap between the usual American swill and beers like Suttgart Hofbrau, Andechs, etc.
My father would have enjoyed Sam Adams, he liked to talk about the beers of his time that were somewhat hoppier than the more watery stuff that is mass brewed in recent times for the Wonderbread and OscarMayer crowd.
I think this beer is an outstanding choice and at a dollar a bottle it's an excellent bargain. It's plenty hoppy enough for me and 1 beer is actually enough for me to feel satisfied...

but I think I'll have another before going back out to tend the chickens.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 22:45:25 | More by industrialswill
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brett1989h

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

well heres my review on Sam Adams boston Lager,

Pros: its a damn good beer and i usually hate beer, the taste and aroma are well just right not to many hops and no horrible after taste. Lets see,well here are the cons, The price is just way to high and didnt like the pull off cap
thats it

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 22:03:25 | More by brett1989h
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kaseydad

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally am reviewing the Boston Lager. Pint glass pour...hmmm..can't get it to look like the commercial. Copper colored ale with a bright white small head and major lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly hoppy and some straw in there too. Has the slight skunky beer smell. Taste is ho-hum. Not much in the "wow" factor. It's clean and crisp but the flavor is lacking. Some bittering hops on the finish and a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is somewhat higher due to the fact multiples are easily had especially on a hot day or chilling at a ballpark. I just wouldn't be the one indulging.

Overall I have always wanted to like this beer, but it just isn't to my palate's agreement. It's bottled almost everywhere which is nice, but this is just not one of my fav's from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 02:04:29 | More by kaseydad
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA Boston Lager Pint glass. Golden yellow, with a hint of orange. Not much head on this one, probably due to my pour.

Smells malty, mildly citrus, with a hint of spice.

Tastes great! The citrus is here too, nicely balanced hops, touch of bitterness.

Feels good in the mouth, carbonation is just right, crisp and refreshing.

This is a solid beer, one that is a "go to" for me. A great beer to introduce friends to when they need to expand their horizons.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 04:00:57 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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joshstevens87

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice orange/slight yellow with a generous white head which leaves a lot of lacing
S-a wonderful balance of bready malt and a complex hop note of ctirus with a bit a pine and an overall very floral scent
T-a nice malt taste giving a nice sweet breadiness to it with notes of caramel with a nice hop presence this is a near perfectly balanced beer
M-a medium body with a nice carbontaion thats is full and complex but is still very refreshing
D-a very drinkable brew it is nice and full and complex yet is very refreshing and can easily be drank all night

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:15:29 | More by joshstevens87
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icetraxx

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/brown color that looks like a light grade of maple syrup. This beer pours a wonderful three finger super creamy head that is as white as snow, and it dissipates to a cap overtime while leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Highly, highly muted. It's hard to get any aroma out of Boston Lager beside a hint of malt.

T: Bittering hops balance the relatively strong malt backbone of this easy-drinking lager. Don't expect tropical fruit and piney resins from the hops, they mostly only bring a balance to the party. If you search, there are some other flavors coming from the hops as well, but they are highly muted. A toasted malt backbone creates the easy drinking foundation for Boston Lager. The finish is rather dry, never sweet, and the bitterness subsides quickly. I would rather drink other beers (lagers and ales), but for what Boston Lager is, the taste is very good.
Complexity is low and the everything about this beer is straight forward. I think this is as close as "all things to all people" as beer can get for those that respect craft beer.

M: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. I think a head that stayed around longer would add a much desired creaminess.

D: I could drink a few of these before I would get bored. There really isn't that much to discover in this one.

O: Easy to find, easy to drink, and reasonably priced. The availability of Boston Lager will most likely save your night at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 04:51:27 | More by icetraxx
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tykees88

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is malty and also gives off some floral. Comes with a nice bit of head, and a deep amber/brown color. Tastes great with the malt and even a bit of citrus coming into this one. I will go to this beer when all else fails. Easily drinkable and if you've never actually tried the boston lager you need to.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 15:00:33 | More by tykees88
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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