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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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6,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,409
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 54
Gots: 416 | 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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Photo of simonjohansson


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this beer many times, both on tap and on bottle. This review is based upon the bottle example.

Smell: lovely sweet malt, with bread, caramell and a nice touch of butter, and some syrup-like notes too; hops as well (citrus, resin, flowers).

Taste: nice fresh hoppy bitterness, citrus, grass and some resin; caremell, bread, butter, and some kind of spices; some metallic notes as well.

Overall impression: one of the better lagers, nice, refreshing and malty. Cheap too.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 01:26:04 | More by simonjohansson
Photo of jtslay


4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best lagers that I have had. It has a taste complexity that I thought only an ale could have. Cheers to Jim Koch. The beer pours a very light yellow common to lagers. There is moderate head with no lacing. The smell is a very clean and intriguing one. This beer has a very clean and crisp yet complex taste with almost no lasting aftertaste to taint one's palate. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2007 18:05:02 | More by jtslay
Photo of Beerislife652854


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

Ah yes. What would New England be without Sam Adams Boston Lager on a cool Autumn day or a sweltering summer afternoon? This lager poured into a standard pint glass, produces a clear amber-gold color with a one-inch tall head that fades, but doesn't disappear. There is some lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smells like sweet malt and bitter hops, the taste is much the same. ALL restaurants around my area have this beer available on tap, and ALL liquor stores around here sell it, so I guess ol' Sammy ain't doin' too bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 20:20:58 | More by Beerislife652854
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has remained consistently exceptional throughout its long and storied, and award-winning, life. So common that I hadn't had one in years, so I was very, very pleasantly surprised when I retuirned to its fold. Way to go Sam Adams! This is the quintessential American-style Lager - copper coloured and slighly overhopped. All-American in the true-blue sense of the term. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 12:21:09 | More by ProfessorHomer
Photo of DrewKid4

New Hampshire

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

I've had many times on bottle and on tap.

A: Pours a golden straw colors with slight hints of red hues. Half inch white head which dissipates rather quickly and nice lacing.

S: Hops and caramel.

T: Toasty from the heavier malts used while balanced perfectly by the perfect amount of hops.

M: Very balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness from the hops. Sticks to the tongue for a while.

D: Being fro New England, this is my session beer. If there aren't any pitcher or PBR sales, this is the one I fall back on. Never had a bad time with the Boston Lager and is the most consistent of Sam Adams' brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:36:22 | More by DrewKid4
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

11-15-2013 15:50:21 | More by ItsGotaBeUrBull
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3/5  rDev -20%

12-28-2011 18:33:32 | More by americanbelgian
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-01-2012 04:17:45 | More by Mark4prez20
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-02-2012 02:25:37 | More by RobertMathison
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-22-2013 21:29:10 | More by heyabbott
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-14-2012 02:16:03 | More by BGdad
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-24-2014 21:12:33 | More by Punky_Brewster
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-07-2014 04:18:47 | More by EZ_Peezy
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-16-2013 03:26:00 | More by eskimojoe
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-16-2014 00:56:08 | More by Phillybrewhead
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West Virginia

3/5  rDev -20%

01-08-2014 14:15:19 | More by jworkman
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-03-2014 02:38:31 | More by g1lgamesh
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap earlier today at Angelos in Anaheim. 32 oz poured in a plastic cup. Amber in color with a decent head but not lasting long. Malts and hops. Hops seem to dominate, especially in the finish but not overpowering by any means. Great drinkability with it's under 5% abv. Well balanced. Washed down my chicken strips and fries nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 01:37:17 | More by Sleestak
Photo of GregoryVII


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into my Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass, which really does create a nice presentation. The beer pours golden amber, with a nice head that leaves lacing along the sides as you drain the contents. The hop aroma is floral, green and budding with underlying notes of spice. There is a pleasently understated whiff of sweet, the light fumes of burning sugar in a pan. The body is smooth and malty. The initial sip is slightly sweet, caramel, with very slight notes of roast and nuts. Hop flavor is restrained, but notable, delivering a bit of spice promised in the aroma. I've heard some describe the finish as dry, but I would lean towards soft.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 13:53:20 | More by GregoryVII
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New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can I say, It's one of NE's best. This beer has a strong smooth body. The taste is of caramel malts, medium body hops, and a nice lightly bitter after taste. This amber-hued larger is an American classic. It saved America's pride in Germany when it won a gold medal, and it is a favorite of German execs visiting the states. (I heard one remark it's the only American widely-available beer they find palatable) From a German, that's saying something! Thanks Sam, for saving America's international beer pride!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:34:39 | More by TwinSox33
Photo of Duxx


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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-26-2012 15:45:19 | More by mkondor8
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into New belgium glass.

A: Light amber brown with thin head. Not bad lacing.

S: Toast, Caramel. Spicy Noble hops

T: Malty upfront with a slight hop flavor at the end.

M: good for the style. Not thin or cloying not thin and watery.

D: very drinkable. Doesn't punch you in the face, nor gross you out from lack of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:50:20 | More by Hershdawg
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20%

11-18-2012 17:01:49 | More by javatime
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4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big burnt gold head, fluffy. Leaves lace.

S: carmael, citrus, bit of alcohol. very malty

T: Great balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

M: Well carbonated and again, great balance.

D: This is my stand by. Am expanding my taste, but will always love sam.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 14:33:54 | More by BenjieK
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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