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

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7,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,424
Reviews: 2,443
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 807 | 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%

Maineraidah, Aug 27, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-writing a very old review of a go-to session brew when all else fails, often overlooked.

A: Pours a dark golden color, clear, with a 2 inch head that dissipates at a moderate rate.

S: Lots of grain with a fairly pronounced nuttiness and caramel. Floral noble hops with a slight spiciness.

T: Malt forward for sure with somewhat sweet caramel malt, the spiciness from both spices added, the grains, and a little character from the hops. The hops are mostly floral, though not as strong as it could be. A little more malt forward and sweet than most lagers (as well as spicy), though I think it works really well. Slight to moderate bitterness on the end from the hops (takes on a slight leafy quality).

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent amount of lingering bitterness on the back of the palate, though it's fairly well balanced with the malt base and sweetness.

O: A fairly often overlooked beer for me and most, but one that I do come back to and something that I would never feel bad having as a staple in my fridge. Solid at worst, it definitely deserves respect not just for what it has done for the beer revival in the US but for still being a great beer.

Satchboogie, Aug 27, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an old favorite of mine. It doesn't matter if I don't drink it for years, I always seem to find my way back to it.

A- Pours a very appealing golden-red colour. The head on this beer is amazing; occasionally lumpy but always about 1 1/2 fingers and present no matter how long it takes you to drink.

S- Beautiful smell on this one. Very strong floral notes backed up by a hint of malt and hops. A smidgen of vanilla is mixed in with the lot.

T- The smell of this lager may insinuate an overly bitter brew but that is certainly not the case. It all starts with a sweet toffee-like malt and just when things could get too sweet, the hops make their way in to balance the taste in the most perfect way.

M- Very smooth with light to medium carbonation.

O- Once again, this lager is one of my go-to beers. It isn't the best beer I've ever had but it is sure to satisfy. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is an outstanding lager with lots of character. I give my two thumbs up to this one.

PorterPro125, Aug 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Stoutfan23DJ, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

UnoMasBelgian, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

AstaVictoria, Aug 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

jmccullough108, Aug 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boston Lager is one of the 1st Non-adjunct beers that I tried that I loved from the 1st taste.
It's aroma is crisp, aromatic, and tickles the sense of smell that awakens the taste buds receptors and causes one to slobber slightly down the chin.
This beer has given me an appreciation of master craftsmen, who count their success;not by the number of barrels produced, but by the number oh happy beer drinkers that thirst for more. Mr. Koch.. Salute and Thanks for being a passionate human being!!!!

Hergestridge, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

omnibusfilms, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

mc4z, Aug 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Theortiz01, Aug 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

sgoro, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

scxcrunner, Aug 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Cooker_stp, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

SeanMcKnight, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Streetcore, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Botulizard, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Dpatt70, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

iwillhaveanother, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

JakerLou, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

jds8411, Aug 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

ianmatth, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,424 ratings.