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

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Reviews: 2,523
Hads: 8,338
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 138
Gots: 1,768 | 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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Photo of Rootdog316
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is hoppy, flowery, and spicy. The taste is hoppy and, to a lesser extent, malty. Boston lager tastes sweet at first, then finishes dry. And it leaves a dry aftertaste in the mouth, balanced equally between hops and malt. This beer's hoppy/malty characteristics make it an excellent beer to drink with many foods, particularly steak, beef stew, hamburger, or sausage. The taste of German hops are this beer's strongest asset. Caramel, spice, biscuits, and toasted malt flavors all contribute to the flavor and make this a beer to remember but the hops are what I remember more than anything when I sample this brew. (624 characters)

Photo of flaminghomer
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, i cannot believe that i have not reviewed this beer yet. ever since i got caught up into the BA community i've been hearing about great beers and having to try them. in that time i seem to forgot my buddy for the past two years, MR. SAM ADAMS!

i'll try to be as level minded as possible in this review.

this beer pours out a golden medium copper in color with a head that just won't go away. head is white/very light tan. it sticks to the glass on the way down like a very good stout.

aromas are straight from the brewhouse. it smells of all the natural ingredients in this beer. very balanced smell. just as complex as the taste.

taste, hmmm.. it's crisp on the tongue with a slight citrus bite. smooth roasted malt flavor. a little too sweet, a little too bitter.
(hey!, maybe that's the secret?) i don't know. it's just good! (848 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who hasn't had this beer? I think this is the staple for any beer drinker at any level. It is definately a good beer to have around at all times. It's wheaty, malty, and balances out with hops. I must say that this one is fairly reliable on taste. I really can't think of a skunky/watery/crappy Sammy A, that I have had. The color was arich amber with a creamy head that lasted a while. It's mouthfeel was ok, a bit bubbly, but then it went down so smooth. If you haven't had this one yet, then go get it now! (509 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber colour with a moderate head that lost some of it's volume but still showed good staying power. Decent lace. A good looking beer.

Nice malty aroma. Tatse is slightly sweet malts at the front followed by nice dry bitter hops that like to linger. Nice mouthfeel. A good drinkin' beer. (295 characters)

Photo of shippos
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear light amber color with thick whte head and small bubbles.
very hoppy aroma, almost grassy...this has gotta be the only lager I've tried so far that has this much hop aroma and character. clean malty mouthfeel and taste followed by a spicey dry hoppy aftertaste that drys out the back of your throat. definetly a good session beer since it's available just about everywhere. (380 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, decent size head that stays around longer than I remember. Clean smooth malt with just enough hops to keep things interesting. Some spiciness and a good dose of carbonation make this one go down easy. One of the first micro brews I ever had and a good stand-by available at nearly every bar in the area. (316 characters)

Photo of theozag
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boston Lager is a full-bodied and flavorful lager. Frothy but light head that stays on the beer but doesn't noticably affect the drinking experience. Dark color with a rich texture that creatively blends hoppy flavor with a slightly more acidic brew than usual in a lager. Starts with an almost wood-like taste that builds to a complex climax before leaving a near-cinnamon aftertaste (one that tends to stick on the tongue, by the way). The beer of choice for those who prefer a dark lager, although the longevity of the aftertaste is something of which to be wary.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 22AUG03, this post is based on notes from that review, and several tastings since. - (705 characters)

Photo of grynder33
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amberish color, nice strong fruit hop, aroma. The taste is full bold hop fruit and a sweet malt, there is a slightly sweet aftertaste. Nice lace on the glass. We should consider Mr. Koch and his beers a national treasure. A great quality beer like this, available almost everywhere. Many were the times I would have been stuck with macro pee water had it not been for SAB Lager also being there on tap. (411 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/deep golden colour, good head. Smells and tastes like a cross-breed between an ale and a lager. Flowery perfumed aroma (not unpleasant), malty flavour (a tad too sweet), plenty of bitterness in the aftertaste - but COMPLEX is not the word I would use. Decent (and of course infinitely better than the BMC stuff), but I'm sure there are better American beers out there. (374 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the local pub. Pours an amber color with a decent sized head and leaves a respectable amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but malts and citrus are there. The flavor was mostly composed of the malt (caramel?) and hops. Very nice. The drinkability was very impressive - I could down these endlessly. (341 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber with a nice tight white head that lingers and laces well.. The smell is a bit of citrus hops with some nice malty backbone.. Its a bit odd the beer tastes maltier than i remember or that it maybe should. The hops definately come in at the finish to help quell the malt sweetness.. The overall mouthfeel is a bit heavy in my opinion. The drinkablity is good- would make for a good session beer albeit not a great one.. A good solid beer with no glaring weeknesses but nothing outstanding.. I always look at it as a safety beer when the choices are limited, as you always know its gonna be solid. (619 characters)

Photo of JAL67
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's an ok beer from BBC. If this your first intro to a micro hey it's a start. BBC offers many more beers that are better than SA Lager. I find it boring and other than it's look, I find the taste dull. Why they insist on this being the flagship of BBC is beyond me(I know it was the first born). Boston Ale much better. Not something I normally buy but if it's in the Holiday/Variety pack, I'll drink it.

Cheers (417 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery amber with a nice white head. Some lacing apparent.

Smells very bready, with a moderate amount of hop. The taste is what you'd expect for a decent lager. Nothing overwhelming, fairly balanced. Moderate mouthfeel, slightly hoppy at the end. Again, no big suprises.

If you force me to drink lagers, I'll go with this one. It's everywhere, the quality is consistent, and it goes down easy. For a lot of beer drinkers this stuff is high falutin fancy beer. (475 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Boston Lager, the flagship beer of the Boston Beer Company, has a wide range of people either slamming it or singing its praises. In my opinion, this is probably the most obtainable "good beer" that you can get. Even chain restaurants serving mostly junk beer will probably have the Boston Lager. I had this beer on many of an occasion when I first started drinking. I took a step back, and many of the lagers that I've reviewed for BA have been of the pale, fizzy type (for a reason). Trying Sam Adams after such a long absence, the difference was immediately noticable (and justifying the "reason" I alluded to). Sam Adams is a very good lager, whose availability is definately a plus.

Boston Lager pours a golden amber color with some orange hints. A decent, white foam head forms and lasts for about 35 seconds before thinning out (but still leaving a decent lace). There is some caramel malt scents here, but there is a very aromatic hop bouquet here: floral and spicy in the nose, and crisp. Thin, lager type of mouthfeel, but not over-carbonated. Once again, crisp. There is an good amount of caramel malt flavor here, but the hops really make their presence known. Floral, spicy, herbal (in some ways a medicine-like bitterness). After previously reviewing weaker beers, the hops seem to hit hard. Quite dry in the finish. The dryness and bitterness in the aftertaste lasts for awhile, and there are some nutty malt flavors remaining. This finishes out with a little alcoholic warmth.

The second one I had seemed to go down smoother than the first, although it seemed less hoppy. This would go with a wide range of foods, from steaks, to turkey (or other poultry), and even Italian food. For a beer of such wide availability, this is an all-around good choice. It may be a simple lager, but it's done right. (1,834 characters)

Photo of Ianhockey91
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice copper to bronze hue, with a tall white head, wich does have some lace to it. Smells kinda sweet, malty with hops floating around as well. Tastes quite sweet, perhaps a little caramel in there, the hops are a bit subdued though, would like ot see more of them in here. A good macro beer, probably the best macro out there. (339 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap: Color is a amberish brown, almost dull copper-like, small whitish head thats loose with some retention and spotty and whispy thin strings of lace. Aroma is a dull toned breadish malt, lightly sweet of bagels and a touch of roastyness thats nice, hints of dried herbal hops as well. Taste has a very mellow easy malty roasty sweetness, kinda light breadish quality with a semi amount of dried herbal hops, almost spicy in some transitions of the crisp clean finish. Feel is lighter then medium, smooth and easy, nice touch of carbonation helps it a bit. A nice little lager. Been awhile since I had one of these, was a good choice to have with lunch over the usual macro. (678 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught, presented in a shaker pint glass.

Medium amber hue, topped but a rich looking off white head. Foam recedes slowly leaving a sheet of lace cling to the glass. The lace will continue all the way to the bottom.

Full malt aroma, with a tingle of spicy hops.

Big bready malt flavor, clean, with a subtle hoppy finish. Really would prefer this with more hops. Medium bodied crisp & clean. The old standby, when every other beer in the place isn't worth drinking. (477 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color, small white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. .A nice malty and hoppy beer. Flavor is mild, full mouthfeel. Good balance. A simple beer, but well made. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter. (262 characters)

Photo of palliko
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I keep coming back to this beer. I have tried dozens of pale ales, highly hopped like Hop Ottin, Flying Dog, etc. but Sam Adams beats them all. I know: it is commonly found everywhere, so how can it be exceptional? Don't beers have to be from microbreweries that are very hard to find and have to be ordered special from your local liquor store? Not for me. This beer has what I look for: drinkability. It goes well with food. The bouquet is very subtle. It doesn't overpower you with hops. It has a nice malty middle. A delicious but slightly bitter finish. Thumbs up, Sam! (574 characters)

Photo of far333
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It's been a while since I've had one, but the other day I was at an airport bar, and this was the best they had to offer, so I gave it another try. Still not impressed. Appearance was pretty good, with a healthy foamy off-white head that left a bit of lace. Light honey color. Aroma was light, a bit corny, not too much hops. Flavor was also pretty light, and unimpressive. Not much balance or character. Very faint light malt, teeny bit of hops, perhaps a bit of sweet corn and honey. Some cinnamon lingers, but a faint acrid note emerges in the finish. (554 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#4 of the all american brew spree.

A very nice lager as I expected it to be. Pours a rather light amber translucent tone with a nice creamy head edging between white and light tan in colour. Lasting, leaving considerable lacing behind.

The smell reflected a nice maltyness and a delicate hoppyness suggesting a rather balanced brew with a soft taste.

And so it was. A bit sweet, but mantaining the usual fine lager pattern in a very soft and easygoing body. No excess carbonation (perhaps lacked it a bit) and the reduced and comfortable bitterness at the end compliments it well.

A nice mouthfeel with no excess flavours as one would desire see in a red lager. Nice buy. (685 characters)

Photo of Mustard
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "for brewery-fresh taste, purchase before month notched" warning -- in this case September (2003) -- on its label's left edge; $5.99/6 from Ralph's.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear, honey brown with a fine, white, three-quarter inch head; nice lacing; adequate head retention.

Nose: Predominantly of sweet, caramel malt and noble hops.

Taste: Gentle sweetness upfront; nicely proportioned hop bitterness in the finish; herbal, earthy hop flavors; mild notes of caramel and grain. Medium bodied; smooth, crisp mouthfeel.

Notes: As so many before me have pointed out, a great "fall-back" beer. How many beer selling establishments would simply be intolerable without SA's Boston Lager? For what it's worth, I prefer this quite a bit to the Boston Ale. (801 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
This beer poured a big thick white head with a crystal clear orange/brown body.

The nose had a nice mix of soft malt, some soft fruit and a slightly spicy hop smell.

The taste was medium bodied. Very smooth. Light caramel flavor and rich sweet malt. A full even bitterness layered against an earthy hop flavor. It actually tastes like it's been dry hopped somewhat. Surprisingly the hops seem to slightly dominate, although they never overpower the malt.

It ends with a nice even hop bitterness offset by the sweet malt.

Basically it's just a great all around beer. No matter how much Sam Adams seems to sell out, the fact is... they continue to make an extremely drinkable flavorful beer. Easy drinking, malty, hoppy, you can't go wrong. (763 characters)

Photo of Rocko
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice lager. The appearance is really beautiful, dark orange with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a thin coating all the way through.

The nose is fruity and a bit malt. It smells alot like the Boston Ale variant if that gives you any clue. (atleast how I remember it)

The taste is suprisingly refreshing, a bit hoppy and nutty. The carbonation is just perfect and it's very drinkable imho.

This is one of the few american macro brews I like, and yet again it was from Samuel Adams. (505 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. It is hopped very nicely. It is very balanced with a nice sweetness that fades to the hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Carbonation is good especially for this style of beer.

Boston Beer company always does a good job on their brews.

Drink up (287 characters)

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 2,523 ratings.