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

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very good

7,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,572
Reviews: 2,456
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 86
Gots: 880 | 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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Photo of vonnegut21
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Pours a golden-red with a finger and a half of white head. Smells of toasted malt and spiced hops. Nothing too extreme, but quite pleasant nonetheless. Taste is a smooth balance of light roasted malt, hop spice and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full-bodied for a lager of this style. Overall a very sessionable beer and a reliable standby and a great option to introduce a novice to craft beer.

vonnegut21, May 19, 2012
Photo of KeshiaM
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a personal favorite that always makes me feel more American when drinking it.
It pours a crystal clear, beautiful amber color with a fluffy white twin finger head. The head fades to leave a thin lacing around the glass.
It had a malty smell that is hard to detect but easy to taste.
The flavor is a mellow malt taste with slight alcohol. As it warms it becomes more complex and the hops are more noticeable.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but with nice carbonation.
Overall a reliably good beer that walks the line of craft brew and mass appeal. I'd drink it any day.

KeshiaM, May 19, 2012
Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +7%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of colbster92
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

colbster92, May 19, 2012
Photo of Mikecap
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Mikecap, May 18, 2012
Photo of Supersixx
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Supersixx, May 17, 2012
Photo of KingRascal
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear yellow/gold with a thin white head with heavy lacing

Aroma: Heavy on barley with a hint of hops

Taste: Crisp malted barley with a smooth finish, but a slightly skunked aftertaste

Feel: Crisp start and very light on the tongue

Overall: A decent beer, but nothing special

KingRascal, May 17, 2012
Photo of busterwhite
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Dark Amber with 2 finger, white foamy head. A good amount of lacing.

Smell of malt sweetness with little spice.

Nice full flavor of malt, just the right spiciness from the hops and crisp finish.

Solid medium mouthfeel from the strong malt backbone, smooth carbonation.

Overall a very solid beer.

busterwhite, May 17, 2012
Photo of Zpsick
4/5  rDev +7%

Zpsick, May 17, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

TheMultiYeast, May 17, 2012
Photo of AJD1201
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

AJD1201, May 17, 2012
Photo of Irish7r
4/5  rDev +7%

Irish7r, May 17, 2012
Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to drink a more perfect beer, one should really start with a Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Back in the dark ages when all you could get at the packie were Buds and Coors and Millers, in rode Sammy A. proclaiming that better beers were coming for the betterment of all humanity. Approachable flavor, classy packaging (I especially like the design of the 22oz. bombers) and an extremely affordable price ($3.25/22oz.!) have likely been responsible for the enlightenment of many a swill chugger. The real treat of Sam Adams, however, is that it takes the lager, the most American of beer styles, and elevates it to a level on par with more evolved styles. Even after all these years it remains a true pioneer and sets a standard that few lagers can match.

Maximusmaximus, May 16, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

pearljam118, May 16, 2012
Photo of markasparov
4/5  rDev +7%

markasparov, May 15, 2012
Photo of seth72104
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

seth72104, May 15, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We enjoyed the dark golden lager on tap, which was capped with fluffy white head that provided plenty of lacing as we enjoyed the taste. Spicy and earthy hop tones blend into some caramel and toasty malt aromas in the nose. Sweet malty flavors of caramel and a slight breadiness blend wonderfully into some slightly spicy hop flavors, very well balanced. Clean and crisp, Boston Lager features a medium-light body and moderate levels of carbonation. Always a good choice!


phishsihq, May 15, 2012
Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

srw, May 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

claspada, May 14, 2012
Photo of ck132286
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ck132286, May 13, 2012
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 13, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
Photo of gutbuster
3/5  rDev -19.8%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
Photo of drumdude73
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

drumdude73, May 12, 2012
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,572 ratings.