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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

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7,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,352
Reviews: 2,440
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 72
Gots: 770 | 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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4/5  rDev +7%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Popp24, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

anwo56, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours into my Perfect Pint glass very light brown, clear almost yellow. A small white head rises and falls, leaving decent lacing. A ton of bubbles race from the bottom of the glass.

S: Caramel malts with a floral hop background.

T: Malt forward, caramel, with the slight hoppiness from the smell. The hops are not like that of an IPA, moreso they balance out the malty lager taste to keep the palate interested.

MF: Light, carbonated well, if not too much so. Extremely drinkable, and a go to at bars with sub-par offerings.

O: Can't knock this. Great for the price, and an above average "gateway beer." Honestly am glad beers like this are starting to dominate the larger beer markets.

russwbeck, Dec 09, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can one call oneself a beer reviewer without reviewing the father of American microbrews, Sam Adams? Without further ado:

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - A clear golden-amber color with a small perfectly white head, that retained at least a thin layer for a very long time. Epic lacing. Yes...epic.

S - Spicy, earthy, herbal hops. Not much else, but a nice aroma. A tiny bit of malt aroma comes out as it warms.

T - Nicely balanced, with spicy hops dominating the flavor profile. Slightly fruity and floral at the same time, but not so much that you could really identify a specific fruit flavor. At no time could you describe it as "malty", but you'd notice if it wasn't there.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium body. Finishes crisp and clean.

O - It's become cool to bash Sam Adams. Beer snobs call SA Boston Lager "The Budwiser of microbrews". It's not. It's a solid B level craft beer that's available at nearly any bar or corner convienience store. I love this beer, and I'm not afraid to admit it. I cant count the number of times I have been at a restaurant and been saved from drinking AB adjunct products by this beer. If I'm in a hurry to get to a party or function where need to bring beer, and only have time for a quick stop at the corner store, this is still my 6 pack of choice. All hail Sam Adams!

TempeBeerMan, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

WritersBlock, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

shoop12, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light amber brown into a copper body with orange tint. 1/4" head that dissipates quickly. a nice frothy, molten lacing that lingers a while. slightest presence of sediment and bubbles.

smells mighty wheaty and mighty hoppy, not just any hops though. sweet, aromatic hops. and plenty of them, as any 'sam adams' commercial will surely tell you.

tastes of strong floral hops, that's it. all it needs to be. but not ipa hoppy, though. not kick start my heart shit, just enough to be jumpy.

lighty sweet, almost stout hoppy on-bringing. crisp, wet aftertaste.

word hop and it's derivatives used six times in this review, you don't say.

**Enjoy before month notched: Feb 2012

thatruth, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an amber/copper color with a nice white head an good lacing.

S - Very malty, some caramel notes. There is also faint hints of fruits and spices. Also, some light hops are present.

T - Mild hops mixed with the malt flavors to create the classic flavor we all know. It's not complex, but it's solid and enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied, fantastic carbonation with a chewy feel to it that lingers. Nice aftertaste of malted flavors and very sessionable.

O - Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a classic. I have a long history with this beer (it was my first legal beer and first craft beer) and it's always worth a revisit. It's not the most exciting or complex beer, but an old friend and a great standby whenever you're at a bar with limited craft options.

WMEugene, Dec 07, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into official sam adams pint glass.
I, like many of you, have had this a million times....tap and botle. I have even been to the brewery in south boston. Its a great beer. Done.
For me, sam adams is one of the few breweries that you can bring a 12 pack to a bbq and please the ba beer drinker but also please the massess.
You dont need a review for this...its sam adams lager!

DrinkSlurm, Dec 07, 2011
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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