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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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7,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,936
Reviews: 2,529
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,259 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001

Our original beer is full-flavored with a balance of malty sweetness contrasted by hop spiciness and a smooth finish.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. April 2014 notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear amber with a white head. Average visible carbonation in this one, head leaves some nice lacing as it slowly dissipates.

S: Classic lager aroma on this one. Toasted malts with a touch of sweetness and a hint of yeast. A bit of a spiciness in the backend.

T: Well balanced lager with a bit of a hoppy profile. Starts off with a bready malt sweetness that is quickly overcome by bitter hops.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. A touch sticky on the finish but remains drinkable.

Overall this one is an old standby that is readily found at most restaurants. Sure its not the most craft beer experience but hats off the Sam Adams for at least getting people to try this.

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I first tried this beer in 1990 at a restaurant and have not tried it since. At that time, I thought that this was the best beer I had ever had. It was the perfect domestic beer for me. Everything is smooth, tastes great and had that certain "it" about it. Tried it again for the first time in 23 years and although not as great as when I first tried it, it was good nonetheless. Nice full flavor and great body. Very satisfying and highly recommended.

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Well, they finally listened to me and began CANning at least this one of their many beers! Welcome to The CANQuest, Mr. Koch and company! I have been anxious to give it a whirl since it was released, but it took another trip to Pinocchio's in Media on Saturday to make the score.

Wahoo! The Crack revealed yet another brimful CAN and my CANGlass was standing by to receive. The inverted Glug was occurring at a furious pace until I began to back off. Once things settled down to a modicum of reasonableness, I had two rocky, foamy fingers of tawny head with great retention. Color was a coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a great grassy Noble hoppiness underlain with a caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel was emdium and the taste was a tad on the sweet side for me, but it was still a marvelous beer. Finish was semi-sweet with the hops finally getting a chance to do their thing. I CAN only hope that they will choose to CAN more of their beers in the future.

Since it now comes in a CAN, the following was my original bottle review, dtd 12-24-2010:

Yeah, buddy! My 400th (and possibly last, for the foreseeable future) bottle review. What a freakin' slog getting to this point. Last week's NBS actually had people questioning my sanity and signing up to donate organs in case I should need them. Let's hope not!

Ooh, a beautiful finger of a cap of eggshell-white head with lots of exploding CO2 bubbles. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was grassy, Noble-hop like in its intensity. My mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was full, almost downright creamy in its fullness. I CAN only hope that Jim Koch deigns to begin putting some of his beers in a CAN. Lots of grassy hops on the tongue, making me think of the Gasthaus Waldesruh in "Cabaret" - the biergarten where they spent a pleasant afternoon until the Hitler youth began his song. They were putting away a good bit of lager bier, along with brats and pretzels. Say, it's time for a mid-afternoon snack and brats and pretzels would be most excellent with this beer. Finish was clean, hoppy, a very satisfying beer. 1) Why jam it into the Winter Sampler box? and 2) Why CAN't it come in a CAN so that I CAN take it to the beach or school (in my imaginary cooler that I imagine every day in that classroom)?

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