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

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BA SCORE
84
good

7,352 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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2.24/5  rDev -40.1%

Notes: Best before Jan 2015. (consumed 9/4/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: [4.00] Extremely clear beer. No haze or cloudiness. The color is like light maple syrup. An amber/tan color. The head is 1 finger and is formed of dense bubbles. The is lacing when the beer is tilted. The bottle has a best by date and does not list the ABV or IBU.

S: [1.50] I get no nose. I shoved my nose right down in there and sucked it in. Nothing. Maybe as it warms. But the initial nose is none.

T: [2.25] Slight creamed corn flavor.

M: [2.75] Fairly high carbonation. There is a "zing" on the tongue. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

O: [2.25] It seems hard to believe but I was disappointed - and I had pretty low expectations. I have had Sam Adams Boston Lager before - but never reviewed it critically. It has no appreciable nose. The taste is not something that I like and the body was unimpressive. Overall this is not a beer I would ever seek out. Even on a hot day I'd skip this in favor of water. I guess if this was the only "craft" beer at a place that server BMC then I'd go for it.

fscottkey, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Served cool from 12fl oz can into pilsner mug. Last time I had SABL, it was brewed in Dublin by Guinness and I wasn't impressed. This one was brought back from Boston for me by my parents and I am hoping it is better.

A) Medium amber, lots of bubbles. Pouring from the can gave a massive white head to begin with, fades to thin within a couple of minutes.

S) Light new-world hops, not expecting this from a mass market lager. Promising.

T) Good. No overpowering flavours, but light bitterness but refreshing from the hops. Faint hint of Belgian wit biers. Malt takes a back seat.

M) Typical good quality lager, light fizz. No nasty aftertastes.

O) A lot better than I was expecting and I am really pleased that this US best seller is miles better than the shitty Guinness contract brew you can buy in supermarkets in the UK. I had this one and SA Octoberfest tonight and liked them both. Will definitely make an effort to get hold of some more US-brewed SA beers now.

Malt_Man, Sunday at 10:27 PM
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3.84/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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2.52/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

One of the best flagship beers ever and it is a staple of the "craft beer" world. Even-though many consider it to be too commercial to be a true "craft beer" it has all of the flavor and impact that any great beer should have.

A - Perfect light brown color basically a caramel that is crystal clear. Fluffy white head that sits nice and high. Great lacing.

S - Rich malty aroma with caramel and lager notes. Also grainy tones and some noble hops. Smells like any commercial amber lager but with more hop character.

T - Tastes of sweet maltiness with some grain, caramel, and lager flavor. This beer takes you average "beer" and kicks it up to the next level with layers of clean and delicious flavors. Only a light bitterness and some noble hop character to balance the sweet malt character.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel. Moderate to light carbonation. Very balanced in ever respect. Could drink this forever and would go perfectly with thousands of food combination.

Overall, this is a great (once craft, now commercial) beer that is perfect for drinking on Sundays, during the Summer, or just when a heavy stout or IPA just isn't what I'd like. Though big imperial IPAs and imperial stouts have my heart; I would still never turn down a good ol' Boston Lager.

Glass- Samuel Adam's Perfect Pint

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,352 ratings.