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

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6,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,548
Reviews: 2,405
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 53
Gots: 381 | 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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Photo of joshstevens87


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice orange/slight yellow with a generous white head which leaves a lot of lacing
S-a wonderful balance of bready malt and a complex hop note of ctirus with a bit a pine and an overall very floral scent
T-a nice malt taste giving a nice sweet breadiness to it with notes of caramel with a nice hop presence this is a near perfectly balanced beer
M-a medium body with a nice carbontaion thats is full and complex but is still very refreshing
D-a very drinkable brew it is nice and full and complex yet is very refreshing and can easily be drank all night

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:15:29 | More by joshstevens87
Photo of icetraxx


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/brown color that looks like a light grade of maple syrup. This beer pours a wonderful three finger super creamy head that is as white as snow, and it dissipates to a cap overtime while leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Highly, highly muted. It's hard to get any aroma out of Boston Lager beside a hint of malt.

T: Bittering hops balance the relatively strong malt backbone of this easy-drinking lager. Don't expect tropical fruit and piney resins from the hops, they mostly only bring a balance to the party. If you search, there are some other flavors coming from the hops as well, but they are highly muted. A toasted malt backbone creates the easy drinking foundation for Boston Lager. The finish is rather dry, never sweet, and the bitterness subsides quickly. I would rather drink other beers (lagers and ales), but for what Boston Lager is, the taste is very good.
Complexity is low and the everything about this beer is straight forward. I think this is as close as "all things to all people" as beer can get for those that respect craft beer.

M: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. I think a head that stayed around longer would add a much desired creaminess.

D: I could drink a few of these before I would get bored. There really isn't that much to discover in this one.

O: Easy to find, easy to drink, and reasonably priced. The availability of Boston Lager will most likely save your night at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 04:51:27 | More by icetraxx
Photo of tykees88


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is malty and also gives off some floral. Comes with a nice bit of head, and a deep amber/brown color. Tastes great with the malt and even a bit of citrus coming into this one. I will go to this beer when all else fails. Easily drinkable and if you've never actually tried the boston lager you need to.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 15:00:33 | More by tykees88
Photo of FreshHawk


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light brown and slightly orange hint.

S - Slightly sweet and malty some caramel. A little floral hop.

T - Some caramel malts with slight floral hops. Really quite a balanced beer.

M - Medium body and creamy.

D - Very easy to drink, a good everyday type beer.

Notes: Nothing flashy about this, but like a lot of things from Sam Adams it is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 10:55:13 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of showell


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised with this one. I'm not a big fan of lagers, and was expecting much the same from this. I was surprised, and then very pleased. It pours a yellow gold, with a nice fluffy white head. The smell is much what you'd expect, but with a hint of spice. The taste is much more that I expected. I figured it would be a typical lager, and the lager is there, but add some nice hops, a hint of spice, and much more complexity than you'd ever expect out of something like this. Mouthfeel is just what it should be, and I could drink these all evening if I didn't have stuff to do tomorrow. Well done Boston.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:40:34 | More by showell
Photo of dpasotti


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boston Lager pours a crystal clear gold with a tiny, lasting off-white cap. Uniformly sparse sheets of lace appear down most of the glass. Very nice nose of biscuity malt with some spicy floral hops.

Solid Vienna character with more grainy malt coming through on the palate. It's nice to see some hop bitterness as well. If this bottle was less than 8 months old, I'm sure the hop flavor would be more forward. In any case, they are still hanging around, lending some fruit (berry?) flavors and a slight sourness. Nice clean bitterness on the back end.

The body is fairly substantial for the style. Medium carbonation and heft combine for a nice creamy mouthfeel. I'm not a huge Vienna fan, but overall a solid offering from one of America's pioneer craft brewers.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 23:37:24 | More by dpasotti
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boston Beer Company has done such a remarkable job over the years and are owed much respect. Boston Lager, their flagship brand has a nice, roasted aroma. The beer's appearance is clear and amber- quite beautiful. The head is full and creamy. The taste is hoppy and full bodied. Mouth feel is exceptional and balanced. I can not think of any negatives to associate with this one. It justifies its cost.


Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 17:41:42 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of nukem5


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

A: Very nice color and on pour nice head of creamy foam. If you have the lager glass with the laser ring it produces a nice ring of bubbles that rise and help in keeping the head alive.

S: Maltey and sweet light hoppiness

T: Smooth and rich, toungue gets a little massage of bubbles over it hoppy in the back end.

M: Very pleasant taste.

D: Definitley a re-drinker a very good session beer all around good everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:01:50 | More by nukem5
Photo of beerman207


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

A: Light brown with some head that doesn't stick around terribly long

S: Nose has malt and caramel.

T: Prior to craft beers, lagers were my "go to." This lager is done quite well with a bit more character than most. The caramel flavor and the malt presence balance well.

M: Good carbonation

D: Very drinkable. If I'm in a pinch at a bar with no real craft beer selection, I can always pray they have Sam!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:10:24 | More by beerman207
Photo of kdawg105


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must say this is a full body lager. It pours to an amber color with enough carbonation to leave a bite. It has a nice smell not overpowering of anything. The taste now that is quite interesting it has a fruity taste with quite the bite of hops. The mouth feel is heavy but it goes down smooth for a nice drinkability!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 00:04:47 | More by kdawg105
Photo of uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Looks distinctly "beery" - Like the beer you remember your Dad drinking. Nice lacing for the style and appropriate color.

S: Lots of caramel here. also some bubblegum and apple. nice aromatic hop component as well.

T: Again lots of caramel. A little bit of clove and apple. quite bitter, but definitly not over the top. balanced like a good english bitter.

M: a little sticky but correctly carbonated.

D: Probably the perfect session beer for almost any occasion.

...Well being canadian I never thought Id like this beer so much. This is only the 3rd time Ive had it since its not really popular here and my opinion of it improves with each sampling.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:56:36 | More by uno99
Photo of DrDemento456


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

Been a while since I had the Boston Lager. Today I got the Boston ale so I will review this one first.

A - orange tone and yellow in color. Decent head.

S - Mostly caramel malts with very hint of hops. More faint the better.

T - Most important thing to a beer. A malty sweetness with a slight hit of hops in the background.

M - Somewhat creamy and light but very one dimensional.

D - Overall DAMN it is better than I remember. Smooth and drinkable this is the lovechild of their brewery. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 02:33:22 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours an amber/orange color with a foamy off white, nearly tan, colored head that lingers. Not much in the way of lacing.

Initial scent is of caramel malts, not much in the way of hops. Very clean and appealing, a little one dimensional, but pleasing none the less.

Nice malty flavor with an underlying sweetness. Hops are more noticable in the flavor than in the aroma, not overly hoppy, but definately noticable. Medium body, adequate carbination, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 01:57:45 | More by CBlack85
Photo of acelin


4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Pours a light amber, clear, with a small white head. Leaves moderate lacing

Smells of lovely biscuity sweet pale malts, and noble hops.

Tastes like a traditional lager - plenty of hops, a not too sweet malt taste and perhaps a bit of citrus. Dark biscuit, some honey, some molasses.

Mouthfeel is good for this style.

Drinkability is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 04:18:17 | More by acelin
Photo of HugePlume


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a bar.

A- Its been quite a while since I have had a sam adams since there are so many better west coast options available. Healthy amber hue, better than some weak Amber Ales. Not much head and no readily apparent lacing.

S- Nice malt smell with a whiff of floral hops coming through,

T- Well balanced with the hops and malt more prevalent than in other macro lagers.

M- Crisp and refreshing, but a little thin across the tongue.

D- Surprisingly drinkable, much better than any BMC offering,

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 23:45:23 | More by HugePlume
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

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

much like everyone else, I have had this bier multiple times but I finally took the time to write a review.

A: A nice caramel color with a good heaad and mod lacing. A good looking bier.
S: A nice mixture of malts with a little hops tossed in for good measure. Mild caramel flavor with some toasted bread included.
T: Very enjoyable, malty taste that follows the aroma well.
M: Easy to drink
D: Can have many of these without issue

Overall, I really enjoy this bier. It is a good american craft bier that can hang with our imported brethren. I recommend it. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 22:43:53 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of HopHead29


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this guy into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass

appearance is a crystal clear copper with frothy white head that dies down after about a minute or two with thick ring of lacing

smells of fresh baked wheat bread and tropical fruit

big sweet maltyness with some hoppness to accompany it

body is medium to full

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 01:32:23 | More by HopHead29
Photo of h00dak


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

Samuel Adams Boston Lager pours a dark caramel color with perfect clarity. It is active with carbonation, bubbles escape throughout the entire drink.

It is fairly smooth. Light to moderate carbonation. Malty sweet with a nice light, bready falvor. Not much hops presence. Great light taste for a session but also, enough flavor for sipping.

I have been having Winter Lager on a weekly basis for about 3 months now at applebees. Now they have switched to the Boston Lager on tap and there are many similarities. Color, flavor, the only big difference is the alcohol. Not as much flavor in the Boston Lager but it the malt character itself is almost identical.

This is a great Vienna Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 15:58:56 | More by h00dak
Photo of SickGnar


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright and clear. A slightly dark copper color. Tight head that settles to a patchy cap and then a ring as it laces its way down.

S: Sweetish maltiness with hops firmly present yet hovering in the background.

T: Plenty of flavor, both in strength and complexity, while also being very clean and very clearly a lager. Slightly toasted and sweetish (almost caramel) malts with balancing hops that are a touch fruity, a bit spicy, and sort of cleansing.

M: Medium body, yet crisp. Excellent carbonation. Bright and clean. Balanced finish with slight lingering bite.

D: A good classic standby. Suberbly done - sort of an extra hoppy Vienna. Perhaps the quintessential "gateway" beer proselytizing the good brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:36:35 | More by SickGnar
Photo of JTahoe


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold with two finger head from vigorous pour, reduces fairly quickly to a cap with impressive sticky lace all over the glass.

S - Fairly malty with some hops coming through, slightly soapy off smell.

T - Full round flavor with a good amount of malt and grain character for a the style with crisp herbal hop character.

M - Light-full to medium-light body, fairly smooth, moderate carbonation.

A beer I have had many times over the years in many formats, but it is rarely ever a beer I reach for or think of due to its ubiquity. Very drinkable, and definitely a solid brew, though nothing special. It's a beer I only tend to go for in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 04:12:51 | More by JTahoe
Photo of seedsofchaos


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance and smell aside, has anyone else ever thought that any Sam Adams product just tastes "off"? It's almost as if a decent brew was in production but then ruined by dirty Boston water...

An average brew should you face a desperate situation where you are in the middle of nowhere but they still have a Sammy.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 15:35:11 | More by seedsofchaos
Photo of BeerMasterD


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle, February notched on the label, #55 Chicago Gold 2003 award winner under tha cap. Its midnight and im bored so i decided, what the hell, im gonna review a boston lager.
Poured a clear light amber into a 1987 Bud-Light Spuds Mackenzie pilsner glass, 2 finger head with good sticky retention, frosty looking and some wild carbonation going on here. Smells so very toasty, caramel sweet and hoppy. Tastes toasty malt, and hops, got a faint hint of caramel but not pronounced. Very well balanced and only slightly bitter that is enjoyable, really diggn' the smoothness of this blend of simple flavor. A good medium mouthfeel to this with the prefect amount of carbonation, i didnt know this was a 'vienna lager' before, but this is just a good beer. Ive had Boston Lager several times but this is the first time i really sat down to enjoy it and review, i realized there was alot i was missing out on. It seems though to be so hit or miss with the bottled version anyway, sometimes its spot on other times its very off. Either way ill be getting this again, highly drinkable, i already want another and i havent completely finished this glass yet. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 05:08:36 | More by BeerMasterD
Photo of MikeRa


4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This lager has a nice amber color to it

S: It has a nice camarel malty smell with some nice floral hops to go with it

T: It has a excellent caramel malt taste to it

M: This beer has excellent carbonization, and goes down smooth

D: This is a beer that I will most definitely drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 03:26:38 | More by MikeRa
Photo of TheMightyGUEST


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at a Max and Erma's location in my town. It was served just chilled at cellar temperature, which is something I've not seen another local bar do. Usually beer in these parts is served way too cold!

Appearance - A dark red, almost a lovely maroon. The head was two fingers and sticky, a soft cream color.

Smell - Toasty with malts. Slightly floral, I think.

Taste - Well balanced. Bitter doesn't overpower, but instead all the flavors are working together. Definitely kind of toasty, as was indicated by the smell. As I said before, the best way to describe this is balanced. No one flavor dominates to the point of throwing the drink off.

Mouth feel - Oh man, this was creamy. I've always wondered what people meant when they called a beer creamy but now I understand.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this as a session beer. It stands up well against other beers, and has a comparable ABV for long nights. The flavor and aroma are nice and warming, but it's got a refreshing aspect that would work well in summer heat. This is definitely an all-year beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 15:46:01 | More by TheMightyGUEST
Photo of Borgs


5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Head retention is good. It has a deep amber color, & is about as clear as can be.

Smell - It has an earthy hop & toasted malt aroma.

Taste - The aforementioned aromas blend well together bringing out a super tasty brew.

Mouthfeel - This lager feels so good on the palate that I always hesitate on swallowing.

Drinkability - I will have another & another & another...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:08:54 | More by Borgs
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