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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

7,572 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,572
Reviews: 2,456
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 86
Gots: 880 | 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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Ratings: 7,572 | Reviews: 2,456 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some malt here Even a bit of hops and flavour? Not too sweet or watery, nice for a lager. Some creamy mouthfeel and balance, crisp and dry aftertaste. Hint of floral aroma.
I had this again 2.5 years later and it was drinkable lager, with some hop in aroma and in taste.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7%

t0rin0, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very nice medium orange/brown with a huge 3 inch head that fades to a nice cap. Excellent lacing as perfect rings form as the beer is consumed.

S - Smells of sweet malts and floral notes.

T - Sweet malts to start with a slight bitter hop finish.

M - Crisp and clean and drying after each sip when the hop taste comes through.

D - A very good go to beer that seems to be everywhere at this point. In some places this would probably be the only good option on the menu. I am very glad that this alternative option is quite tasty.

UCLABrewN84, May 07, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

zestar, May 20, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light-to-medium amber color with gold streaks. A good, white head with plenty of lacing.

S: Fairly sweet with some hops coming in.

T: Malty sweetness with some caramel flavors and a European hop profile.

M: Light-to-medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: Highly sessionable. A great all-around brew that always works when you need something quick. Usually the best brew every grocery store carries.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

nmann08, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: There are flavors of caramel and biscuit malts in the taste underscored by a milt amount of bitterness. A little bit of sweetness is noticeable, particularly as the beer warms up. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and is quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

metter98, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

GRG1313, May 16, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a fluffy head that leaves a bit of lacing

Smell: Biscuity aroma, with a smidge of caramel and a very modest dash of noble hops

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel malt flavor; mid-palate, the bitterness kicks in and provides a nice balance to the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Much maligned but nevertheless a decent beer, particularly if you are in a bar that has nothing else but macro lagers

brentk56, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the pick-of-the-litter at a local seafood resturaunt that sells ok seafood for a rediculous price. They also sell beer that way too. Kinda disapointed with the SA Boston Lager. I often have this on tap, but from the bottle, it seemed to loose much. The maltiness never came through with the bready, toasty, rich character in flavor or texture. The taste was all spice, and the feel was almost prickly to the toung. Aromas were nice (after the beer warmed to above freezing), of American hop character--very Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-like. Finished with a (dare I say) grain-hull bite-ey-ness. Basically under-bodied, under-malted in comparison to what I'm used to in this beer. May have been past its prime.

BEERchitect, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color beer with an above average size foamy white had with good retention. Aroma is hoppier then expected with a good clean sweet malt presence. Taste is quite sweet with a nice mix between sweet malt and a clean crisp slightly bitter finish. With more character then expected, this is a quite good session lager.

Phyl21ca, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber with a hint of orange, capped by a large eggshell colored crown. The head is soft, yet dense, and hangs around a while. An average amount of lace ends up sticking to the glass in the end.

The smell is enjoyable and consists of floral-earthy hops more than toasted malts. Boston Lager is nicely bitter and spicy. There's plenty of toasted, biscuity malt and maybe even a hint of orange peel. The flavor profile is interesting from beer entry to beer exit and the finish lingers. The mouthfeel is medium-full for the style and bubbles are generous.

Sam Adams Boston Lager is very good beer and is my favorite lager so far. I love the fact that it's available locally and it's usually my 'go to' brew in local restaurants.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head, lots of lace. Light amber.

S: malt and spice.

T: starts spicey and peppery and crisp, finished a sweet malty and a touch bitter.

M: medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Overall: this has been a staple for me for years. Few beers this good you can buy a 12 pack of and keep beer lovers dropping by your house happy.

kylehay2004, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is overdue. This is my goto beer in restaurants for a while. Always pours that nice amber brown with a decent head. Smells nicely hopped and the taste is there as well. This is one beer that you can drink all night when you can only get to the local gas station on vacation to pick something up. Would take it over any other macro any day. Will always be the go to beer when nothing else is around, well unless I can get Sierra Nevada :)

mikesgroove, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer so many times, but I've never written a proper review for it. Here goes nothing...

A: This beer is amazingly clear. It is a dark golden color with some nice amber notes. There is a large fluffy white head that leaves great lacing.

S: The smell is better than I remember. Spicy, earthy hops take the lead, with a nice malt background and some light yeastiness.

T: The taste follows the scent, for the most part. The hops are mildly bitter, with a nice orange and spice quality. The malt is quite present and provides a good contrast to the hops.

M: This is a nice crisp, clean lager. The carbonation is excellent and the body is a bit light.

D: This is a nice refreshing lager, and I'm not really a big lager fan. There are good, strong flavors, which is great to see in a world full of adjunct lagers. I don't drink this beer as much anymore, but it is a good choice if you're at a restaurant without much of a beer list.

womencantsail, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boston Lager, it's a classic brew. The beer has an attractive mahogany color with a light tan head on it. The head settles but still leave a decent lacing. The aroma has a nice balance of hops and malts. The taste is hoppy which I like. Its got enough malt to keep it in the Lager category. The mouthfeel has a bit of a stinging sensation on the tongue. Overall it's a great beer to drink and enjoy with several friends.

Knapp85, May 26, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ah, BBC's flagship brew! Pours a clear, copper body capped with a half inch of white foam. Fine, webby lacing on the way down.

Smell: Toasty, caramel-scented malt nose with a spicy, floral background note.

Taste: Toasted maltiness with a restrained caramel sweetness. Floral, lightly spicy Noble hops with a cleansing bitterness. Faint hint of fruit, particularly upon warming. Crisp, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Enjoyed many times over many years in various forms, Samuel Adams Boston Lager is always a tasty, light, refreshing lager easily within reach be it at concert venues, humble gas stations, or the dreaded Red Lobster.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2012
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,572 ratings.