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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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6,524 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,524
Reviews: 2,405
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 53
Gots: 367 | 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.

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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber color, with a nice thick head on top(and yes the ads are correct you can float a bottle cap on it). Sadly the head dissipates into a bit of white lace that clings to the side of my glass.

S: Biscuit malt and hops. The aroma starts out great but fades rather quickly

T: Brief malt opening, followed rather quickly by hop spiciness, that transitions into some lovely earth tones and minor lingering bitterness.

M: You can tell it's beer and not piss water.

O: It's pretty well balanced albeit a little on the hoppy side of things. A personal favorite of mine, since it's easier to drink than an IPA but still gives me the hop aroma and flavor I crave. I guess there is a reason this beer has won a number of awards, well done Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Co. no wonder this is your groups flag ship.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 04:23:02 | More by KJay1408
Photo of engagechad


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a case from Costco - poured into many a vessel

Pours a redish amber with a nice head, pillowing over the top of the glass depending on the pour. Leaves great lacing. Smells faintly of some hops and overall mild on the nose. Taste is a little sharp and very refreshing.

This is a staple lager - awesome beer - great to have at a bar with limited taps.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 15:22:47 | More by engagechad
Photo of AmericanGothic


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a clear, pale orange with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Hay and sweet malt.

T: Bit of caramel up front, slowly fades to a dry biscuit malt finish. Simple but tasty. As the beer warms, the alcohol asserts itself a bit more on the finish.

M: Light, well carbonated, smooth and creamy.

O: This was a pretty nice beer. Thirst-quenching, straightforward and uncomplicated. Would definitely buy this again, especially for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 23:13:48 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this again over the week-end. Poured a nice fluffy head with decent retention with a light amber color. Sweet malt with some hops balancing it out. A little bready with some fruit notes. Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied. A decent offering and sessionable for me although I am not a lager fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 11:24:39 | More by Stocean1
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Left over from a night of poker so I figured I'd review it!

A: Pours a light amber/deep gold color. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a 2.5 finger white fluffy head that lingers on and on.

S: Toasted malts lead the way with subtle hop backbone. Not a lot on the nose but it's certainly not offensive. It's got a mild sweet smell to it too.

T: Very nice toasted barley with added hops and sweet malt combine to make one of the more tasty vienna style lagers around.

M: Sticky, yet subtle mouthfeel. Light body with ample carbonation.

O: Probably the easiest drinking craft beer I've had next to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I have and will continue to drink this on a very regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:39:08 | More by suspect
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2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into tulip

A: Pours a nice copper color with a pretty substantial foamy white head that lingers just a bit.

S: Aroma is faint with some malty grains, some lingering sweetness like molasses or sugar. Not very exciting.

T/M: Taste is mildly hoppy accompanied by some bitterness, low to medium carbonation, and very slight hints of light fruits, perhaps grapefruits or lemon.

Compared to every other beer in the world, it’s not much of a contender, but considering that a lot of people see this beer as the transition from mass market adjunct mainstream "big beer" to the world of diverse and creative microbrews, this is a commendable effort. Regardless, Sam Adams has a much deeper portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 02:30:57 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of JackieTH


3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was golden yellow with an inch of light, white foam that faded quickly. Smell was not great...lightly grainy, somewhat sweet. Taste was cereal grains, yeasty, something that played at hops, and overall completely non-descript and generally weak. Overall this is a completely middling offering. Drinkable certainly, if you have nothing better to do and some on hand. Boston Lager resides perhaps two steps in front of the macro macro lagers and at least four steps behind the micros.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 00:30:53 | More by JackieTH
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had many of these over the years. Finally getting around to a review.

A - Pours amber in color; not cloudy at all. Noticeable carbonation. Slight lacing that is just made for a pint glass.

S - Smells sweet of malt and sugar. Some telltale scents of fruit as well.

T - The reason SA is just a solid beer is that the flavor has a few compoenents. Starts off with a robust maltiness that gives way to a sweet flavor of berries. The finish has a slight bitter bite. None of the tastes are particularly potent but the balance and simplicity just work.

M - A perfect session beer. Not heavy, bit doesn't feel watery either. A great middle of the road lager.

O - Sure, craft brewers including BBC have made other mroe exciting lagers. This is still a good beer that got many into enjoying quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 17:13:33 | More by socon67
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body color. Head was there but faded into a film. Not a bad looking beer, the lacing is nice; it stayed with the beer as I drank it and saves this from a average looking brew.

Not much of a smell, I get a grainy aroma and some fruits. Not much else going on.

Bland hops, grain, bread, cereal and yeast. Really weak flavors and I'm not a big fan of it.

Light body, carbonation is there. It does feel okay in the mouth and is easy going down.

I have tried this in the past and I can't get into it. I've tried approaching this beer again, hoping it will change my mind. It's not a complete failure; it's just boring. It tastes better than the macro lagers but that's not saying much.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 05:15:48 | More by 9InchNails
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle good till Sept 2011, poured into a nonic pint glass.

Simple pin sized uniform bubbles is formed into the glass leabing a simple three finger off white head. Some foamy retention as well. A simple solid amber color, textbook color, with some rising carbonation but clear as a whistle.

Bouquet. Kind of basic but off putting to a degree. Strange sweetness with malt, a mild orange/grapefruit wet juicyness sense too. Kind of odd but no major complaints so I'll score that down the middle.

Taste malty, like a simple bock, with some mild hop grapefruit character. Hint of fizzy carbonation, but nothing serious, but also some body to this beer, could be better with some malt backbone more prominent.

Overall middle of the road, but enjoyable and one that will do no problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:32:49 | More by smakawhat
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had Boston Lager several times before, more than I can count actually. I've always enjoyed it but never felt to write a review now until reading a few of the others on here.

I had this on draft at Paesano's in San Antonio. It poured nicely with a half-inch head that falls into about 1/8 inch that lingers for the entirety of this drinking. The color here is a pale amber.

The smell I get is predominantly malty sweetness without much depth but it's very pleasant and much better than nearly any lager I've had.

This beer is one of the more balanced brews that you can find in such wide availability. The notes here are slightly toasted malts with a smooth hop bitterness that is pronounced but not at all overpowering. There's a slight sweetness that nicely balances this bitterness. The beer itself feels slippery and bubbly to the tongue and not heavy at all. The result is a very drinkable beer that is tasty enough as to not be boring.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 23:40:43 | More by CorbinB
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first micro brew I ever had ... In 1984. The best part it hasn't changed. Old faithful. Color a nice light caramel. Smell not a highlight or praise worthy but not unpleasant. Taste .. A nice balance here a bit sweet with caramel notes finishing with a light hoppiness. Mouthfeel.. Easy and smooth, nothing harsh. That's what makes a truely good beer. Luckily its accessible almost anywhere because everyone has been to places where you have six taps and five are Bud and /or Miller products, then this. I`ll take this anyday...

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 23:53:50 | More by Fernans
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a brown 12oz into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass. It pours a light amber with an eggshell colored, three-finger head. Very clear, good lacing.

The aroma is malty with a bready yeast character. Sweet, with caramel and floral hops.

A nice and refreshing light-medium body. Immediately malty and sweet with caramel up front. It quickly gives way to an oily, floral hop flavor that is more bitter than the aroma suggested. It finishes spicy, a bit dry, and lots of grain in the aftertaste.

It's a very good lager that is both malty and filled with hop flavor. It's not something I would seek out but it's great to see a good flavorful beer that is so widely available.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 19:33:19 | More by SuperSpy
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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first want to start out by saying that many great beer companies put out much better product and don't pump their advertisement every couple of minutes because...they don't need to, the product sells it self. I maybe a bit bias on this review because I had been putting off trying it for so long. But you can only go to your local store so many times and buy the greats before you need to branch out. After feeling a little bold I picked up a sixer with my buddy. This brew pours clear amber color(let me quickly say that it looks darker on tv haha), small bit of froth, no lacing. Smells sweet, malty. I taste some caramel in the body, sweet and simple, but balanced just like the commercials say. In the mouth it feels like a bit like soda...Not bad for what it is, but it is way over priced. I don't feel like this should be the work horse for any beer company but that's my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:29:29 | More by vader
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Phoenix airport in the jackalope bar, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Amber-tan and clear, with tons of rising bubbles. They poured off a little of the head, but there was still a good inch left when I got it, properly suspended on the upper rim of the SA glass. Lacing for a lager was quite good. It's a great looking beer.

Smell wise this beer has lots of great hops, along with a nice biscuit malt backbone.

Taste wise this beer was a hugely delicious way to spend a three hour layover. Hops are so smooth yet crisp, balanced with a great bready and caramel malts, and a bit of a nutty flavor too.

Feel wise it's crisp, light, and delicious. Bitterness lingers nicely.

Overall it's a damn fine beer, but considerably better when it's on tap and you've got plenty of time to kill between flights.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 18:34:27 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

im digging the retro-ish logo on this big bottle.

A: pours a brilliantly bright, light copper. clarity is gorgeous with fat carbonation easily seen. oh so slight off-white head tops it with some nice lacing left behind.

S: a fairly spicy german hop presence is prominent. black pepper as well. some malt does come in, but not a lot. not a bad thing at all, but definitely 'different' than your typical vienna lager.

T: very clean. definitely a soft malt flavor that takes a few sips to iron out. sort of a light toast on a sourdough loaf. hop peppery-ness is still assertive on the palate, but makes some room for the malt.

M: an assertive smoothness. very enjoyable and refreshing.

D: an american craft classic for a reason. well made and very quenchable.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:12:23 | More by Jimmys
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer, all of its features seemed very solid in their respective manners.

Boston Lager pours to a dark amber color with a slight head that dissipates slowly. The beer smells of rich hops with a slight bit of grain and a touch of sweetness to balance it out. Taste and mouthfeel have very solid characteristics, bitter but not too much, smooth but not thick.

A very solid beer in my opinion, definitely give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 18:39:45 | More by S7R4nG3
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?

Great American beer standard, that can be found pretty much coast to coast. Pours a clear honey-amber color with a small white head that typically retains and laces well. Pretty good balance of sweet malts and hop bitterness. The same can be said about the taste, with a nice malty profile to start, followed by a distinct but non-threatening hop bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 17:35:16 | More by Rifugium
Photo of PhageLab


3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Clear amber color, small bit of froth, decent retention. No obvious lacing.

S - Sweet malty aroma, faint, yet pleasant.

T - Caramel malt body, sweet and simple, yet balanced. Finish carries a bit of an earthy tone.

M - Watery light body, sharp carbonation.

D - Not bad for what it is, but the price seems a bit high. I have several friends who love this beer, and occasionally I'll partake in one of theirs, but I doubt I would ever purchase any.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 21:03:49 | More by PhageLab
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale copper hue with a steady one-inch head; lacing is very good

S: Crisp citrus hops on top of a bready malt base; lemon meets biscuit; it is a nice aroma but rather subdued overall

T: Great subtle citrus hop bitterness up front: lemon, tea leaves, and pine all on top of a bready, toasty malt base; really a nice balanced and flavorful lager

F: Good carbonation and feel up front with medium body and texture in the middle and yet a touch thin on the back end

O: Such a nice lager--one of the best American versions out there; some discernible hops and yet quite balanced

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 17:22:35 | More by dbossman
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" snow white head on amber coloured liquid with good clarity.

S: Pine, malt, and apple cider.

T: Malty and a slightly bitter taste.

M: Medium to high carbonation and slightly slippery.

O: Nice tasting lager that is more flavorful than most.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 00:50:05 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Taco shop opened up next to my work, got invited for grand opening night. Free Food and Drinks, Glad to see they had Sam Adams Boston Lager on tap, pretty pumped.

Appearance-Poured into a Margarita glass, awkward. Pours a reddish/brown amber color. Had about a 1 finger off white head. Pretty good retention and very nice lacing.

Smell-Sweet caramel, malty. Very nice citrus hop aroma as well. Can pick up some of the booze as well.

Taste-Such a refreshing taste for a sweet and malty beer. Caramel sweetness from the malts. Some yeasts. Very nice citrus hop finish. Well balanced, well crafted.

Mouthfeel-Pretty big bodied for such a low ABV beer. Syrupy, coats the mouth with light carbonation.

Overall-Great beer, even when consumed out of a margarita glass. I think with this new joint opening up by my apartment/work I will be drinking alot more boston lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 03:22:12 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Light amber, nice orange tones. Dense but small foamy white head. Slight lace.

S: Bread, malt, yeast. Maybe a little brown sugar.

T: Full bodied malt give toffee, pretzel, vegetative, and cracker-like flavors. Bitterness on finish and aftertaste is pronounced but without its own flavor profile.

M: Rich & alcohol.

D: Hard to judge something I happily had hundreds of times without thinking of it. Good beer, if a little uneventful.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 13:25:29 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light copper with a dense, slightly off-white head. Nice lace.

Toasty malt, a touch of citrus and noble-type hops.

Rich, toasty malt. Good spicy noble hop flavor on the finish. Can see why it was such a big deal back in the day.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

For a beer that you can get at around $1 each, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 19:58:12 | More by MrOH
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orangish amber beer with a huge two finger frothy head that sticks around.

S: Clean, wheaty, light, not much here.

T: Rich roasted malts up front, coffee, then the hops come in bittering out the flavor profile, dry finish that stands up.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, sticky, ever present.

O: Awesome all around lager, the best part is how readily available this is.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:38:12 | More by jiggahertz
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