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

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6,933 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,933
Reviews: 2,418
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 61
Gots: 552 | 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 AWolfAtTheDoor


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

Part of a Sam Adams sampler I got for x-mas. Have had this before, but haven't bothered to review it.

Crystal clear, dark urine color. Respectable lacing, which bumped it from a 3.5 to a 4.

So hard to describe the smell of lagers. This one is slightly hoppy, and I think the hops are overriding any malts that might be present.

Little hop bight up front, with some malty sweetness following through. At the very end, I get a metallic twang that I have come to expect from my experience with Sam Adams.

Feels like its getting stuck in my throat. Thicker than a lager needs to be. I'd prefer something a little crisper.

It's not drain worthy, but it's not a great beer either.

12-31-2010 04:26:51 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a nice deep amber with a finger of white head. Nice lacing.

S - Dryly hoppy with nice malt backbone. Sweetness arises as well.

T - Hoppy and grainy. Dry, with notes of toasted malt

M - Light to medium body with nice carbonation. Very appealing. A bit of a dry finish.

D - One of the best beers to be so widely and readily available. Very easy to drink and worthy of any beer fan's fridge.

12-30-2010 02:30:58 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of Hershdawg


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Bottle into New belgium glass.

A: Light amber brown with thin head. Not bad lacing.

S: Toast, Caramel. Spicy Noble hops

T: Malty upfront with a slight hop flavor at the end.

M: good for the style. Not thin or cloying not thin and watery.

D: very drinkable. Doesn't punch you in the face, nor gross you out from lack of flavor.

12-29-2010 23:50:20 | More by Hershdawg
Photo of theboozecruise


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Amazingly I've never really reviewed this one, but then I don't drink it all that often. I wonder if that's a mistake or not?

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (part of the Winter Classic pack) into a pint glass... it's a deeper gold than a macro lager, bubbly with a frothy white head.

The smell is light and malt dominate, also some grass notes in there and a decent hop presence.

The taste is bolder than the smell, hoppier up front with the malts coming through more at the end. The same grass notes are there at the last bit of each sip. Tasty... feels great in the mouth, definitely will consider this as another go-to cheaper session option.

12-29-2010 23:46:20 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of dfunkadillio


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Drank it from a bottle.

Appearance - Pretty orange, with a white head that doesnt rise too much, for a short time.

Smell - Great hop smell that reminds me of the dry hop smell when i've brewed.

Taste - Very hoppy. You taste what you smell with a nice finish. Has a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth up to a good spiced and hoppy finish. Bitter after taste.

Drinkability - I'll say it again, I love the hoppyness of the beer. It's my go to beer when I'm looking for something to drink with friends or with dinner. The bitter aftertaste is a little much but well worth it.

12-29-2010 07:12:33 | More by dfunkadillio
Photo of BennyL1


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe. Second to last offering from the winter pack.

A - Beer is a nice copper color with a little less then a fingers worth of white head. Lacing is present along the glass as well.

S - A stronger hop presence in the nose than I expected. A nice caramel malt aroma in the background balances it out very nicely.

T - Hops wonderfully balanced with a bready malt finish. Very solid to say the least.

M - Creamy and wonderful. Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - This beer is like a great friend who is always there for you and will never let you down. Are there sexier options out there? Of course. But this brew will always be one of my standby's.

12-29-2010 05:40:22 | More by BennyL1
Photo of bigdrewsmoove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured a very nice copper color with slight head. Smell is more pleasant than I'm used to for regular lagers. Mouthfeel is what I expected for a lager (I'm still learning to differentiate mouthful between different beers). Taste is great. This is a very flavorful beer. Malty flavor with a slight hoppy finish. Great session beer.

12-29-2010 00:22:46 | More by bigdrewsmoove
Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a brilliantly clear bronze color with a half inch of wite, dense head that leaves lots of lacing behind in the glass.

Aroma is dominated by noble hops with herbal and slightly flowery and medicinal scents. Just a touch of malt sweetness to balance out the hop aromas.

Some rich, bready, slightly sweet malt to start things off followed quickly by hop flavors that mirror the aroma -- herbal & slightly flowery (though nothing medicinal in the taste). This is listed as a Vienna lager and it does have some of the malt characteristics of a Vienna lager, but the taste is dominated by pilsener hop characteristics. Lots of noble hop flavors. Some sharpness from high carbonation with a lasting sense of bitterness that lingers quite a while after the otherwise extremely clean finish.

This is a quenching, refreshing beer which has plenty of rich malt flavor without seeming cloying of heavy in any way. Nice, bright high carbonation. It's been quite a while since I've had a Boston Lager, but I really enjoyed this a lot & will have to pick up a 6 pack sometime soon.

12-27-2010 04:47:54 | More by mklinger
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United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Golden orange colour whicj I liked. Thin head that reduced to almost nothing very quickly.

Smell: Stong malt aroma, with some hops that suggest a dry finish.

Taste: Surpisingly more sweetness than bitterness. Clear malt characteristics, but with well balanced hops for a bitter background taste.

Mouthfeel: Optimim carbonation for a lager. Warming, perhaps a little bit too much biterness in the aftertaste for me. But this is a lager, so you would expect that so I'm not going to know any point off.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, enough interest in the interaction of hops and malt to want to keep going back to the glass.

12-26-2010 17:03:12 | More by ivanwatling
Photo of mattgreger


3.15/5  rDev -16%

This brew poured a darker golden yellow color. There was a small white head, but not much lacing following the pour.

There is an aroma of some sweet malts, but not much else coming out in the nose.

The taste on this brew is the first high point. There is a decent maltiness which gives this brew a mildly sweet, and somewhat bready and lightly grainy feel.

Medium to more carbonation, starts of a true lager, mid is malts finishes with some hop character & malts. There is a hint of that crispness of good lager hops, that give this brew a nice smooth feel.

Drinks great for a lager, its not over the top or heavy like some lagers. This brew is a great that I can grab, when I am unable to get some of my other favorite brews.

12-23-2010 03:54:36 | More by mattgreger
Photo of tapman


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured into my fancy Sam Adams glass with the laser etching on the bottom. It's hard to drink with your pinky up...

Is orange and light amber in color. Poured a 1 finger head, though I was being pretty careful, and after 3 minutes there is still a 1/2 inch of foam on top. Head is very dense and the carbonation coming from the bottom is significant.

Very hoppy for the style; nose is thick with bready hops and a tangy, tart acedylaldihyde/green apple aroma. I also get that sulfu that others have picked up on and I'm curious as to the yeast strain used in this brew. Also a little toasty sweetness in the way back thanks to the malts.

Super hops! Man, I forgot how hoppy this beer is. As my girlfriend describes it, "this is the beeriest beer I've ever tasted." Does have that Euro-hop taste with a bucketload of sulphur. Strong bitterness in the finish. Malts are delicate and delicious, but play second fiddle to the hops.

Not watery, but not syrupy. A fine feel and refreshingly, aggressively carbonated.

They must water down the ones you get at the bars because I don't remember the Boston Lager tasting so hoppy on draft. Maybe something to do with bottles and kegs...I don't know. Too hoppy for the style, which might be fine if the hop profile was different, but still the best macro out there.

12-23-2010 00:26:41 | More by tapman
Photo of DrinkingDrake


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

I've drank this beer so many times I find this a little weird. In bottles and on tap.
(from "late night" notes and burnt in memory)

Nice golden brown color with a white/light tan 2finger head.

Great caramel,toasty, honey, sweet malt light hop smell

Very crisp drink. Toasty sweet caramel is sandwiched(literally has a bread/malt flavor) between some nice citrus/earthy hops.

In Mass if I sadly end up at a chain restaurant or a place I don't know. I usually have this beer to save me. I've been drinking this forever.

12-21-2010 03:25:39 | More by DrinkingDrake
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

A - Pours a deep amber, a good thick head, can see carbonation rising from the bottom

S - Great mix of hops, both spicy and sweet smelling--apples, almost.

T - Nice balance, starts sweet and finishes bitter.

M - Doesn't dry the mouth, but also doesn't coat it. Carbonation in the mouthfeel is minimal, finishes very clean. Aftertaste is a bit sweet.

D - Goes down smooth. Not a lot of alcohol in this beer, but it would be easy to sit down and a couple in quick succession.

Overall - It's BBC's flagship beer and perhaps the most recognizable craft beer in the country. I've been drinking it for years, but never reviewed it before. What is there to say? BBC provides in Boston Lager a solid, drinkable beer. It's not as flashy or even as good as many other craft beers out of there, but it's a solid product, a beer that I know I can always go back to and not be disappointed.

12-21-2010 00:46:45 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of bound4er


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

A. Light orange to amber appearance with a solid two finger puffy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles emerge. Laces well too.

S. A spicy (baking type), grainy malt nose dominates. SA's Boston Lager has a signature smell that I find very appealing.

T. Lots of maltiness by way of cracker and biscuit. Not getting any hop flavors or bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D. Not the world's most complex lager but very enjoyable and drinkable nonetheless. I am always happy to order this beer when BMC dominates the choices available in bars and restaurants.

12-19-2010 23:50:10 | More by bound4er
Photo of flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Perfectly translucent light amber color. Head is pure white and looks very creamy. Retention and lacing are phenomenal considering the low ABV. One of the best looking beer I've see.

S: First thing I notice are a mix of hops: floral, grassy and piny hops. Then, there are some multi grain bread like malts with biscuit malts. Maybe some unsweetened oranges (like the ones used in marmelades) and light honey. Not very strong.

T: Some dry malts come upfront. Toasted multi grain bread is what I get the most with very light biscuit malts. Strong tastes of floral and grassy hops (which makes a weird mix) with a little bit of piny hops. Still the unsweet oranges seems to be there as well as light honey. There is also a good amounts of minerals in the water. Quite dry.

M: quite bigger feel than expected. Mid to heavy feel with mid carbonation. Nice.

D: Low alcohol, good tasting and balanced brew. Easy to drink.

12-19-2010 03:08:12 | More by flipper2gv
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Darker yellow and not much head or lace, but some.

S - Sweet malts, not much going on here.

T - Taste is better than anything else, malts and some hop character that goes down smooth. Kinda bready and paper thing going on.

M - Medium to more carbonation, starts of a true lager, mid is malts finishes with some hop character & malts.

D - Drinks great for a lager, slight taste and hop thing, but not over the top at all, very easy to drink for me... but I drink DIPA usually. Thumbs up for a drinker.

12-19-2010 01:46:35 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of WildTurkey


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

On tap to pint glass.

A: Clear Amber color, good carbonation, wispy head, with mixed size bubbles.

S: Some maltiness, and a little hops. It's not too pronounced, but I'd say they were a little piney. I needed to reallly concentrate to figure that. It was a little cold though.

T: This was actually better than I thought. I hadn't had SA Boston Lager in a while, but this was not dull at all. Nice malitness and hop balance, but maybe a little hop forward (for a lager).

M: Light to medium body, with some carbonation. Some dryness.

D: Went down pretty well as a session drink. I'm not a big fan of all/most SA beers but their flagship beer is not bad and is a really safe choice.

12-18-2010 15:25:06 | More by WildTurkey


3.75/5  rDev 0%

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours with a one finger tall, foamy off-white head with decent retention which settles in to an everlasting film. The body is magnificently clear, medium copper orange in color. Lacing is well above average.

S & T: The aroma and flavors are muted right out of the gate, but really open up with 15 minutes of warming. Toasted malts of caramel and toffee. Resiny hop aromas mixed with a grassy/herbal scent. A light earthiness is provided by the yeast. Mildly bitter with metallic notes on the finish. Throughout the drink, the aroma score elevates from a 3 to a 4 and the flavor from 3.5 to 4.5, landing in the middle on both accounts for its final rating.

M: The mouthfeel, on the other hand, starts out great (4.5) but drops off (to a 3.5) in the same amount of time it took to find the sweet spot of the aroma and flavor. Full body per the style with a semi-thick texture and a big, lively carbonation that dwindles rapidly.

D: I'll never complain about drinking an Boston Lager, but it's not a beer I would normally purchase either. Still, it's been a savior on more than one occasion for me.

12-18-2010 13:34:34 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Light amber appearance with a decent amount of head. Heavy malt smell, picked up a hint of nuts.

Taste is heavy with roasted malt, also picked up floral hops and a hint of caramel. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering spiciness.

Overall, this one of my favorite lagers. Has a wide variety of taste that blends together. Always try to order this when visiting the U.S.

12-18-2010 04:32:59 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of BranfordBound


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

Rounding off the Winter Variety Pack with the ubiquitous SABL.

Pours a golden color with amber hues, forms a a finger white head that falls. Nice carbonation with very slight lacing.

Smells of... a lager, its hard to describe but it has that characteristic lager smell. Some malts in there.

Has a big malty bill initially, sweetness takes over, ends with a tea like and leafy hop presence to curtail the sweetness.

Basic mouthfeel, not overly wet, medium bodied.

Drinkable, but bland, and too heavily bodied for the taste (or lack thereof)

12-17-2010 22:34:33 | More by BranfordBound
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Last of the winter sampler, saved what Jim Koch calls his best for last.

A- Perfectly clear light orange with a two finger creamy white cap that dies down quickly to a pillow. Bubbly ring leaves only a small patch of lace.

S- Toasted buttery caramel malt jumps out at me first, some nutty hints as well. Fades fairly drastically with time.

T- All of the above just with more total kick to it. I also get a good amount of hops with citrus zest, grassy and earthy notes. Some kind of lemon/grapefruit note as well. Biscuit toasty malt, floral.

MF- Light body with a nice creamy feel to it and higher-end carbonation. Certainly a bit bitter on the back end.

DB- Drinkable and refreshing. A solid flavor in a very affordable lager, I can understand how they would market this as their top beer.

12-14-2010 04:28:52 | More by cbutova
Photo of Mora2000


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some grassy hops mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the toffee and grassy hops, with a light amount of citrus mixed in. I also get a bit of caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

12-13-2010 04:20:44 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BeerMeInMS


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

Drinking Date: 12/12/10
Expiration Date: Jan 2011

Appearance: Amber color; reasonably thick head that slowly dissipated, though never fully disappeared, that left some lacing. moderate carbonation that bubbled throughout the drink.

Smell: The most obvious smell was a floral or piney smell, in a way kind of clean and refreshing. maybe earthy is the right word... In any case, an aroma that was not strong but beckons tasting.

Taste: I noticed first the carbonation, which caused a good tingling sensation(I know this is not technically 'taste' but seems pertinent), and within it a faint roasted flavor. As it warmed in the mouth, the flavor of the hops came through and the taste fits the aroma. Once that finishes, the after-taste is of roasted malt that fills the mouth making this beer seem bigger than it is.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and definitely not heavy , but the strength of taste gives the impression of a bigger beer.

Drinkability: Great beer for either enjoying one slowly or drinking multiple times in an evening. I could (and have) gladly put down a six-pack of these in a session.

Notes: One of my favorite beers, and a go-to beer. Typically even better on draft. To me, the Boston Lagers I have had with Fall and Winter 2010/2011 dates are the best I have had.

12-13-2010 03:56:31 | More by BeerMeInMS
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance - Light Yellow/Orange Amber colour. Good clarity. Light carbonation and very little head retention.

Smell - Hopy with light floral, lemon & malt tones

Taste - Well balanced. Mostly hop flavor with a hint of banana. Light-Medium bitterness with hopy aftertaste. Like a light Brooklyn Lager

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light feel with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Good beer. Very drinkable with good fresh taste. typical of craft American lagers. Nice hop overtones. Could drink a lot of these

12-09-2010 22:33:02 | More by davidfoley
Photo of bboelens


3.75/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Golden brown with a white frothy head that lasts

S-Toasted caramel,malts, and hints of spices

T-Caramel, malts, slight bitterness

M-Medium body and average carbonation

D-Could easily have all night, very often this is the best thing you're going to find in a restaurant and it pairs well with almost every type food.

12-08-2010 19:09:24 | More by bboelens
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