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

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2,530 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,530
Hads: 8,398
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 143
Gots: 1,841 | 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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Reviews: 2,530 | Hads: 8,398
Photo of Roadhouse_Blues
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If it's on draft, I have a hard time choosing anything else.

Look: Deep amber color with a lively and lingering vanilla ice cream colored head with generous lacing.

Smell: Rich, inviting, rather malty aroma with faint citrus notes.

Taste: A wonderful balance of malted barley and hops.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing with just enough carbonation.

Overall: Visually very appealing, delicious and satisfying - my favorite macro lager.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a nice warming ale with an edge of sweetness. Suggested earthy hops, some muted spices and warm, sweet bread. Very smooth and easy-drinking. I liked it more than I expected.

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Photo of MWendlandt
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite American beer so far. It has a great amber look and taste and it pours super easily. As you drink it, it goes down smooth and you can see why it has accolades. Recommended strongly for everyone, at least to try.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for a lower alcohol volume beer. Easy to drink quite a few of these. Mixed on of these in after a few ipas and it held up nicely on the palate.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet malt balanced out with a little bitterness in the hops. Smooth drinking, dry, and refreshing. A bone simple lager, and very enjoyable. A good all rounder. I could drink this anytime, and it's easy to see why this is Samuel Adams' flagship product.

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Photo of Jared40
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth beer and my favorite go to beer from Boston Beer Company.Very great session beer that isn't too overbearing with the alcohol by volume yet not a weak beer with no flavor.Just a very easy to drink and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a thick white head

Smells like toasted malts and caramel

Taste follows the nose

Light and refreshing with a decent amount of carbonation

Took me a while to come around on Boston Lager. I am from MA so and it is available everywhere so I had a snobby attitude towards it. Now as I age and drink more beer, I realize that it really is one of the more refreshing lagers out there and the fact that it easy to find is a bonus. In short, wicked good beer.

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Photo of Paulie777
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A winner. Definitely a go to beer for any occasion. Tastes good, high quality, My default beer unless I am feeling adventurous. I highly recommend this beer. You can't go wrong with this beer. My hat is off to the Boston Brewing Company for creating a winner like this.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden amber color, thick pearly head, nice lacing. Aroma is faint caramel malt and hay, with some yeasty notes. Flavor is faintly bitter, with a sweet crisp finish.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I live in Boston & have easy access to all the Sam Adams brews. Boston Lager isn't even in my top 10 Sam brews. It's decent, but I don't consider it great. They make so many really good beers though.

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Photo of hophead723
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first good beer I ever had, and it introduced me to the amazing world of craft beer. Time for a review of this classic.

Look: Almost looks like an IPA; nice and rich amber/copper color with a nice slightly off white head. Good lacing and carbonation.

Smell: A unique roasted barley smell, with a touch of grassy hops. It is a welcoming and rather unique aroma as well.

Taste: The taste follows the nose but with an emphasis on the roasted barley, with a supportive amount of grassy hops.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing! The mouthfeel of this beer humiliates other poorly made lagers that claim to be refreshing and light with its spritzy and lively carbonation. Best served very cold.

Overall: This beer is well suited for experienced craft beer fans and new-comers alike. I first had it when I was 18, and I still love it at 22 even with a tongue charred by intense hoppy beers like Rebel Rouser which is also by Sam Adams.

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Photo of Carrier4
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams best of their readily available stock. Its the godfather of all craft beer. So even if one does not like this beer, we should all salute it and Jim Koch. And its a good lager. Solid beer, looks good too.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent lager beer! Very present malty nose, amber and clear in color with pearly white, lacing head. Taste is very refreshing and smooth - a few hints of hops come through as well, not in typical lager fashion, which adds a perfect twist!

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer at my local gas station. The best by notch states it's good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pour's a beautiful, bright golden amber with about two inches of off-white head that drops but stays around at a quarter-inch and leaves nice cling. Plenty of visible carbonation in the crystal-clear brew.

S: Bready caramel malt and some nice herbal/grassy notes. Just a touch earthy/musty. Pleasant but unassertive bouquet.

T: Caramel and toasted malt bready flavors at the front, along with a bit of grassy hop presence. The middle sees these flavors continue, with just a bit of building spice/peppery notes and a touch of sweetness. The back end feels a bit tart, with the hops bringing more of their flavor over that malt backbone. This one is very nicely balanced all the way.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very nicely carbonated. It's bright and quite clean-finishing.

O: I'm a bit mercurial when it comes to this beer: Sometimes I have one, and it takes like the best lager I've ever had. Sometimes it's just pretty good. I think part of this has to do with whether I have this beer alongside great brews or I have it in isolation (or with some crummy beers). I've just had a couple great ones, so tonight it's feeling a little less than stellar. Make no mistake, this is definitely a quality beer that brings some nice complexity while maintaining its balance.

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Photo of gregb13
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little better on draft, as the hops tend to fade a bit the longer the bottles/cans sit on shelves, but overall Boston Lager is an excellent beer. It will often be the best choice at a restaurant or bar. Nice maltiness and ample hoppiness makes for an enjoyable drinking experience. Very low ABV makes it quite sessionable.

Note: I've always preferred drinking it from the bottle.

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Photo of RomeosDelight69
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not bad but not a favorite.

To me this a hybrid beer. A little wheaty lager mixed with a hint of IPA. a little too much IPA for my taste. Decent beer

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Photo of Bonzo
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle to pint glass. L: 3/4 in off white head quickly fades a light film. Mild lacing. Wonderful amber color. S: Grainy malt and not much else. T: Light malt with a light simple hop flavor that makes for a great balanced but light flavored beer. O: Great transition beer for a newcomer. I would also pick this if i wanted a simple lighter flavored brew. Decent taste with nothing offensive

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: More or less orange. Smell: Like a real good beer. Malty. Two finger foam, went down fairly quick. Taste: Just slightly bitter but doesn't last long, slight citrus taste. Feel: Good carbonation, I drank from a pilsner glass and it was still pumping bubbles down to the last swallow. Overall: This is not a bad beer, it's just not my style of beer. They say look is important with beer and I believe that, all my favorite beers are straw to golden.

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Photo of Miles_Wilson
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best American Lager readily available.
The tag lines don't lie when they say it's got flavor, get ready to crack a faux Boston accent at the bar when you order a Sam Adams. (Unless you hail from Boston in which case, Go Sox!)
Flaxen amber gold body with a generous head poured into a specialty glass. What does it smell like? Good beer. What does it taste like? Think hops galloping across an open field of malt and jumping over a spicy, lingering finish. Great with steaks, great with chicken, great on its own!
If I was a brewer I would be proud too...

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Photo of lordofthemark
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint SA glass, at a chain restaurant after hiking. Intense orange color. Aroma - Light, mix of hops and malt. Taste - good malty taste with a bit of hops for balance. Crisp carbonated mouthfeel. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of EmmanuelCR28
2.2/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I wanted to like this beer 'cause of the fame it had... I've seen comercials, banners, good publicity and sure enough it got me into a curiosity mode where I had to try the beer, but when I got to the deal... It wasn't quite what I was expecting... Just a common lager for which I have a pretty standart rating.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. Balance is the name of the game here. BBC did a nice job of creating a full, refreshing & interesting lager without having any one component step on another's toes. Drinkable, malty & solid - good anytime brew.

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Photo of EmGM
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: a really pretty beer actually, if beer can be pretty- clear, dark golden with orange-ish tint
Smell: grainy, malty, caramel, but not a heavy scent like most malty hoppy beers
Taste: weird...sometimes i taste a hint of citrus notes other times it tastes a bit too hoppy/malty for me
Aftertaste: generally it leaves a nice mild flavor in the mouth
Overall: I have really mixed feelings about this beer, i really like it from the tap depending on what I'm eating but I'm not a fan of it from the bottle

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Photo of jcaron
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Boston lager is one of the most balanced lagers I have ever tasted. No single flavor character overpowers in this beer but many subtle notes can be detected with repeated tasting. It has full body and complex grain and malt flavors while retaining the characteristic crisp mouth feel of a lager. It is not overtly hoppy yet it has bitter hop notes on the edges. Head retention is not great but has a beautiful clear Amber color and leaves great Brussels lacing on the glass. Pairs well with many foods and is an everyday beer I keep coming back to.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly Surprised by this.
Smells good, smooth, flavourful taste.
Feels and tastes like a lager, but with a minor ale aftertaste. Almost feels like both a lager and an ale together.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.