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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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6,957 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,957
Reviews: 2,418
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 64
Gots: 566 | 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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Photo of schanker21


4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

Sam Adams was my gateway to the wonderful world of good beer, and sometimes I get so caught up trying new IPAs that I forget that this one is still around.

Boston Lager pours an amber color into my (unfortunately at this bar) frozen mug with a one finger head (helped by the fact that the bartender poured it down the middle). Smells of flowery hops.

Tastes like flowery hops as well, balanced out by the malts, this isn't an overly complex beer, but it is excellent. I used to think this was the hoppiest beer in the world (that was before I ever tried an IPA). This is definitely one to be had on the tap as it is much better than the bottled version. I will admit that part of the reasoning behind my high rating is the fact that such a good beer can be found practically anywhere. It's definitely my fallback beer when nothing else is to be found, but even then it's one worth having when there are other options as I think it is quite good.

07-28-2008 21:23:05 | More by schanker21
Photo of rosmhuire

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

I've drunk this beer on countless occasions - finally decided to formally review it after having it on tap at the bar last night.

A: Nice amber coloring. Fairly significant head.

S: Balance between the citrus of the hops and the roasted breadiness of the malt. Nothing special, though.

T: This is a solid beer. Nice balance between hops and malt. I know people have said this a thousand times, but you can always get Sam Adams Boston lager on tap at nearly every bar, and it is often the only palatable choice.

M: Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel.

D: Good - could definitely session a few of these.

12-24-2009 14:16:38 | More by rosmhuire
Photo of Landfill21


2.2/5  rDev -41.3%

Pours into a dark amber color with a nice puffy head. Has a pungent smell. Has a creamy taste with undertones of hops.

I was not overly impressed with the Boston Lager. Has a malty, barley taste, with a hint of hops. The drinkability is poor because of the fullness of the lager.

I would not recommend this lager, there are other Sam Adams brews that are much better.

08-15-2010 21:10:37 | More by Landfill21
Photo of CollegeStogie


3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-24-2011 18:27:16 | More by CollegeStogie
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

12-18-2012 16:09:24 | More by samturner
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-08-2012 23:09:24 | More by IPAnoah
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-09-2012 00:23:11 | More by daverdave
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

03-04-2012 21:00:14 | More by buddydubbs
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-06-2012 04:00:13 | More by JimmyP
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

10-11-2013 22:55:33 | More by StomachUlcers
Photo of NeoClassicist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-15-2013 21:09:45 | More by NeoClassicist
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-23-2013 22:05:01 | More by Culture
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New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-10-2014 16:27:19 | More by nycsportster
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

04-02-2014 03:16:14 | More by MilesRaymond
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South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%

08-15-2014 01:14:46 | More by Clemsontiger81
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-04-2014 02:16:28 | More by drkastner
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-12-2014 19:36:13 | More by DMBfanCoop1258
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-20-2014 02:06:45 | More by docacl
Photo of jaredtuk


4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-18-2012 19:22:44 | More by jaredtuk
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

bottle poured into SA perfect pint

A- copper in color,1 finger of head, minimal lacing.

S- a bit of grain amd mild hops.

T- carmel taste with a bitterness that seems to linger for awhile.

M- Light body, high carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink, not the best beer ever but one of the better macros I have had.

04-26-2010 14:28:06 | More by Lukecook
Photo of eux


5/5  rDev +33.3%

08-31-2012 05:57:19 | More by eux
Photo of jporf911


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle (I don't think Sam Adams even makes cans, do they?).

Appearance- Ruddy amber with a decent frothy head that lasts fairly long along with significant lacing.

Smell- A wonderful combination of caramel malt and aromatic hops.

Taste- The taste is the best part of the this beer (as well it should be). As with the nose, it starts with a taste of sweet, toasted malt and finished with the slightly bitter hops. The dry, pleasant aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied with ample carbonation that leaves a pleasant tingling.

Drinkability- It's strong enough to be satisfying, yet light enough to imbibe multiple bottles. When I was a wee lad, I thought Samuel Adams was a disgusting beer; luckily, I have since seen the error of my ways. This is one of the best beers you can find at any major supermarket.

07-02-2010 13:46:05 | More by jporf911
Photo of Swill5786


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours a beautiful, clear golden amber with one finger head that lingers awhile. Smell is primarily spicy hops at first. Then, after a bit of settling, along comes a fruity hop aroma and perhaps a bit of sweet malt and breadiness.

Roasted malt and yeast to start, then mild hops. Hop bitterness remains a decently long while. Medium-light body and good carbonation. Interesting feel and flavor but not intensely captivating. Enjoyable nonetheless!

08-17-2010 00:19:36 | More by Swill5786
Photo of ArfArf


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

10-29-2012 13:09:12 | More by ArfArf
Photo of ztaylor1


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance- light honey color with a white head that dissipated quickly. Very carbonated. Very clear.

Smell- light hops with some malt to back it up.

Taste- a little hoppier than I expected. But the malt balances it. A bit watery.

Mouthfeel- creamy but a bit too carbonated.

Drinkability- not overowering, not anything special, but a good crisp aftertaste will lead to another beer.

11-13-2010 07:09:48 | More by ztaylor1
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,957 ratings.