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

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Reviews: 2,507
Hads: 8,266
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 134
Gots: 1,690 | 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 MUTINY
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of EmGM
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (505 characters)

Photo of jcaron
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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. (187 characters)

Photo of dabone
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle. Amber-red in color with minor head. Hoppy aroma, not overpowering. Very good hoppy flavor with a nice taste of cereal grains and malt. Finish was a little strong on the grain. Excellent mouthfeel. Excellent lager. (235 characters)

Photo of RyanTheLion76
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my gateway beer. Recommended to me by my sister because I mentioned that I found yellow beers (macropilsners) bland and unpleasant to drink. It's not the best beer ever, but it has a place in my heart because this brewery helped me realize beer could actually taste good.
Appearance: Clear amber reminiscent of the caramel notes that are so prominent in this beer.
Smell: Malty caramel with some subtle citrus and pine to keep things interesting
Taste: Same as the nose with a toast note on the finish.
Feel: Not too big, but not too small.
Overall: This is a very balanced beer. There's plenty of malt sweetness that melds with the hop dryness, and the beer still manages to be on the refreshing side. Not the greatest beer ever, but this is a perfect gateway beer given how much flavor it has without being aggressive. (829 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
1.75/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Maybe this is rated so high because it's the most well-known "craft" beer, but it's just not my style. There's only been one beer that I've not been able to even finish half of and this isn't it, but I will definitely never drink it again. (240 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-pours clear amber with a quickly dissipating beige head
-mainly caramel with slight grassy and citrus fruit notes
-decent bitter orange and sweet grapefruit note.big caramel sweetness and a slight toasty finish
-medium carbonation,thin mouthfeel
-still,a very good amber lager (291 characters)

Photo of TBCE
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boston Lager is a solid brew to introduce a novice into the world of craft brewing. It's approachable and crisp. A smooth lager that is relatively common everywhere. I often pick up a 6-pack at lower stocked store that mainly carry the "Big Brands". (249 characters)

Photo of EdwardIV
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good beer for a pretty good price. The hops have a very prominent appearance in its flavor, but also there is a malty sweetness to it as well that makes a great combination. (190 characters)

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a great lager. Looks and smells great, the taste doesn't really have much of a "bite" but it still has good malt and just enough hoppiness. Very smooth and enjoyable. A classic. (185 characters)

Photo of SK8
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First craft beer I've ever bought/drinken and it did not disappoint. Looks good, smells good, goes down smoothly and tastes great. Flavors are balanced well with a little spice and fills you up. One pint left me completely satisfied. Definitely my go-to beer now. (263 characters)

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

I'm not such a fan of lagers in general, so I guess it's no surprise that I didn't like this so much, I was kind of hoping a lager from a craft brewery would change that though. It didn't, I guess I just have to give up on this style altogether. (245 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Veiled golden, almost amber color. Creamy and foamy beige 2 finger head lasting around 5 minutes. Strong lacing with dense activity.

Aromas and flavors of caramel, grains and herbal spices. Great intensity and well balanced with a sharp and sweet sensation. The smell is not inviting, being a bit stale and strange, but the taste is superb.

Dense full body with perfect carbonation. Faint and short pleasant slight bitter finish with a smoky hoppy end.

Overall : Great craft having incredible rich smooth flavors, but with a strange nose indeed. (548 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Either much maligned or much loved, Sam Adams is a solid choice when you want a beer with more flavour. Vienna Lagers are under appreciated and this beer compares favourably. It has a nice robust malt profile, a bit of spice, and bittering hops. It's worth periodic revisits because it is widely available, even here in the Great White North. (342 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

3/3 (Draft - Houlihans Chicago) - Copper pour with minimal head and carbonation. Mild malt aroma, not very strong with a light texture and feel. OK beer. (153 characters)

Photo of LazyBas7ard
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful Amber color with great aroma and taste. Not overpowering in flavor and is for the casual drinker looking to enjoy a few beers at parties. You can drink these like your typical party beers (Bud, Coors, etc.) but enjoy added flavor with every sip. (255 characters)

Photo of AmericanMechanic
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that popped my cherry into more hop forward beers. I'm a sucker for IPAs now but this is still a solid go to beer. You can't go wrong with a Boston lager. Beautiful look lacing smell taste mouthfeel. It's just all around a great brew. If you are someone who has only had pilsners and other american adjacent lagers and are looking to step up in the beer world toward the hops route. This is a great starter and solid cession brew (447 characters)

Photo of Hodgson
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at LaGuardia the other day, I'd rate this as the best Boston Lager I've had. I think it has evolved, it is less aggressive in hop character, less astringent. Very good classic helles flavors which you notice more in the aftertaste. (242 characters)

Photo of Lance_Beardsworth
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer, that is available on a budget. It is easy to locate, cheap and has a beautiful look to it when poured. Goes down easily, and doesn't fill you up too quickly. It's a smooth beer that can be drank all day everyday, and you won't get sick of it. (260 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. Deep golden color with a rich creamy head. Smell is slightly hoppy. Taste of caramel malt and grains combine for a silky, creamy palate. Good carbonation. Balanced, dry, slightly bitter finish. It’s hard to find fault here. It’s just a fine basic lager that is, thankfully, widely available. A standard. (342 characters)

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is so over looked in our craft mania world....the fact that this beer was Koch's Great Grandfather's recipe from the 1800's is so cool.....and remember this beer along with Bell's Amber Ale and others really kicked off the beer revolution we know take a step back and try a six won't be disappointed! (334 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a very low white head.

Smell: Very faint lager smell (I don’t know what else to call it).

Taste: Malt and yeast, slight bitter and sweet taste towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and carbonated.

Overall: A archetypal beer to me. Balanced and clean but flavorful (for a lager). (314 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper to dark golden color, big foamy 2 fingernail length head.
Slight bready aroma, grain and floral esters. Some fruit(green apple) as the drink warms.
Very clean, crisp, smooth and slightly creamy feel. Light bodied to low medium bodied. Toasted malt taste provides sweetness. Well hopped which provides balance. Dry and slightly floral and hoppy finish.
A solid lager and an American Classic. (411 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. This is my first Boston Lager in a very long time, couldn't believe I've made it this long without having one. Seems like it should be a rite of passage.

Pours golden amber, shines in the light. Two fingers of creamy, off white head, great retention, and quite a bit of lacing. Lots of carbonation, bubbles stay active for some time. Aroma is sweet, some bread, and a tiny bite.

Taste is clean, smooth, malty sweet. Some hops detected on the finish, but not much. Very, very smooth and highly sessionable. Lots of flavor to enjoy here. (577 characters)

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