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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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6,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,710
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 54
Gots: 448 | 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 sweemzander


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by March, 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced an ample fluffy white head with great retention. Is leaving behind sticky lacing as it dissipates.

(S)- Dry citrus notes with a lightly sweet corn nuance.

(T)- Dry, with lightly sweet malts of honey, corn, and lemony citrus.

(M)- A great balance and carbonation level. Simple and straightforward, but just tastes & feels great.

(D)- Just a solid beer. Nothing fancy; no bells or whistles attached. Just a good drinking beer for when you want to put away a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:29:24 | More by sweemzander
Photo of womencantsail


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer so many times, but I've never written a proper review for it. Here goes nothing...

A: This beer is amazingly clear. It is a dark golden color with some nice amber notes. There is a large fluffy white head that leaves great lacing.

S: The smell is better than I remember. Spicy, earthy hops take the lead, with a nice malt background and some light yeastiness.

T: The taste follows the scent, for the most part. The hops are mildly bitter, with a nice orange and spice quality. The malt is quite present and provides a good contrast to the hops.

M: This is a nice crisp, clean lager. The carbonation is excellent and the body is a bit light.

D: This is a nice refreshing lager, and I'm not really a big lager fan. There are good, strong flavors, which is great to see in a world full of adjunct lagers. I don't drink this beer as much anymore, but it is a good choice if you're at a restaurant without much of a beer list.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 08:59:57 | More by womencantsail
Photo of rfabian


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

Poured into a tumbler it has a small head with decent lacing. The appearance is clear amber. The aroma is of hops and little malt. The taste is sweetly malty with nice mild earthy hops and bitterness. The feel is full bodied for a lager with moderate carbonation. The finish is pretty clean. A very very drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 02:19:57 | More by rfabian
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark golden color, crystal clear, with two fingers of white head. The head subsides slowly leaving tons of lacing. Great looking beer.

Smell: Grassy and hoppy A subtle, very pleasant smell. Not much malt in the background.

Taste: Crisp and clean. The grassy hops provide the predominate flavor - but that's the key - flavor. Not much bitterness to this beer. Very smooth, and very refreshing. The hops linger on the tongue for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Full, and good carbonation. Carbonation's a little high and prickly.

Drinkability: I'm amazed I'd never really tried this before. It's a great beer, very refreshing, and might become my go-to when I just want to kick back with a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 20:23:48 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of psujesus


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is much more enjoyable now than it was a few years ago when i didnt respect beer

i had this straight from the bottle and poured into a pint glass, i prefer this poured (possibly why i didnt enjoy it before), a nice golden copper color with great lacing and head retention, smell was hoppy with hints of sweetness, a nice malty taste with caramel and some hops, nicely carbonated as well

a good beer but ill only drink it if i have a glass around, otherwise ill most likely choose another drink

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:54:37 | More by psujesus
Photo of abecall98


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured it into my deschuttes pint glass.

A - copper, with light white Lacey head. Minimal head.

S - grainy, slight hoppiness, and some sweetness.

T - starts of sweet, hits a light biscuity malt flavor, and finishes with a smooth bitter sweetness.

M - smooth creamy mouthfeel, with some bubbly afterfinish.

D - a go to for sessioning, or just wanting a beer to drink for almost any occasion. Drinkability is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 03:41:20 | More by abecall98
Photo of advill88


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

Pours a light amber orange-ish color with a white almost one inch head.

Smell seems stronger than that of the average lager, with a prominent sweetness and a touch of a hoppy aroma.

Taste has a nice mix of maltiness and hoppiness, with the hoppiness slightly overpowering the malt just enough for a pleasing balance. A bit of orange fruitiness is also present throughout.

Mouthfeel is incredibly and satisfyingly crisp. The beer is fairly light bodied, but in a really good way not even approached by any macro. It's accented by a pretty aggressive carbonation.

I feel like this is the ultimate sessionable lager...it's got a nice dose of hops, but not too much, so you could probably drink this beer indefinitely without getting tired of it. One of my favorite standbys.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 22:55:14 | More by advill88
Photo of IceEyes


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

I used to drink this beer a lot when I lived on the east coast. It's a decent standby beer that you could still get a six pack of for under seven bucks. Pours clear deep amber with a light white head. Smells of bread crumbs and light graininess though the smell is modest. Cant' even smell it at all after a few minutes.

The taste is mostly clean with bready malts and just enough hops for balance. Light touch of caramel and simple sugar with a dry finish.

Body is well carbonated with a refreshing way of cleansing the palate.

Still easy drinking, especially with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 02:23:07 | More by IceEyes
Photo of lester619


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

Fist time I have tried this on tap. One of the better looking beers around in my opinion. Beauiful dark amber, completely clear, huge head with pretty lacing. Smell is sweet toasty malty, herbal-floral with some pine. Complex, sweet caramel malt with some toasted earthy notes and a nicely balanced dose of bitter spicy citrus from the hops. This is bottom line good beer. There is nothing unwelcomed or offensive. Nothing is there that is not supposed to be there. Clean, perfectly balanced. Goes with antyhing you are eating. There is a reason this is a clasic. There are better beers out there, but any beer lover can't dislike Boston Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 20:20:47 | More by lester619
Photo of dpnelson1978


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.49 / ea.

S: Bready malt, and hoppy citrus. Wonderful aroma.

A: Bright copper body and a big rocky head that lingers leaving amazing lacing and considerable cover.

T: Semi-sweet malt, and a noticeable citrus blast from the hops.

M: Light to medium body with low to medium carbonation.

D: Great brew and phenomenally drinkable. Goes down fast, available almost everywhere, and quite cheap considering the quality.

O: I keep this in my fridge at all times. Equally respected by beer geeks and casual drinkers alike. Always a good decision.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 04:51:29 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

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

This is probably my favorite offering from Sam Adams aside from their White Ale and it is really a great, simple, tasty beer. Poured into my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass that I use for pretty much all of my reviews.

A - Clear orangeish amber with a one finger fluffy light tan head. Good retention and that sticky lacing that you find only in the finest microbrews.

S - Very mellow and subdued, mainly malt and slight spiciness. Hints of bread and citrus.

T - Bitter hoppiness up front followed by some spice and citrus notes. Very nice breadiness to it that sort of evens out the spicy and hoppy flavors. Very very well balanced. More hops here than I find in most lagers. Some sips I taste the hops and spice, other sips I taste the biscuit and malt more.

M - Very smooth and light-medium bodied. The spicy flavor and level of carbonation give it a great bite at the back of your throat. Crisp.

D - Light alcohol content, tasty, and smooth. Not overpowering. This is the perfect session beer.

Overall, this would be a great beer to introduce someone into craft beers. Simple and flavorful yet not overpowering, and very well balanced. One of the best beers to have with a good hearty meal that I can think of.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 01:49:37 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of Zaccone


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap - my go-to beer at restaurants where this is the only palatable thing being served. I think of it as mindlessly enjoyable... not at all like plowing through a truly great beer, but good for a session or alongside a meal if nothing else is available (e.g., wedding reception/party)

Tasting notes on top of the thousand+ existing reviews would be redundant, since I agree with what people seem to be saying. One note: this is *not* a complex beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 18:05:27 | More by Zaccone
Photo of BlackBearForge


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boston Beer Companies flagship beer, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it before now as I've had many of these over the years.

Boston Lager pours a lovely deep golden amber with flashing highlights and a really nice off-white head that leaves tons of complex sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is of really nice mellow amber malts reminiscent of Oktoberfest beers to me with a nice spicy scent from the ample hop bill.

The flavor is perfect for the style, rich mildly sweet amber malts, lightly toasted and bready with a slightly nutty caramel note. The hops are pleasantly spicy as per the continental style and the finish is pleasantly bitter, very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light, crisp, smooth and very nicely carbonated, not too much and not too little.

What can I say, Vienna Lagers are very drinkable just like their Marzen cousins and Sam Adams Boston Lager is no exception. In a way I'm glad I hadn't reviewed it before now, it was probably the first true craft beer I ever tasted and I didn't even know it at the time. I can actually appreciate it's quality and skill with which it is brewed now. Great with food or anytime!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 22:24:35 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

Poured an amber color. Nose and taste is also of a sweet bread. This is a good lager that goes down smoothly and is enjoyable from first to last gulp.Nice ABV keeps drinkability up. One of the most popular lagers around for a reason. Not a fan of the style usually but this is always one Sam Adams brew I can drink anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 02:51:39 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of ProudGreen89


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

12oz bottle poured into sam adams boston lager glass.

A-fairly clear deep amber with golden highlights, fluffy 1 finger white head with sticky lacing that leaves rings to show the progress of the beer.

S-well balanced aroma of flowery hops, sweet malts with citrusy notes, hints of bread come through.

T-Bitter spiced flowery hops, hearty yet sweet malt with an orange rind background. A biscuity flavor really ties all the flavors together. The nice thing about this beer is that each sip brings a new flavor to the palate, sometimes you get a strong taste of hops, other times youll get mostly malts which adds a certain complexity to the beer.

M-medium-light bodied, crisp and refreshing, an oily texture that allows the flavors to linger.

D-An outstanding session beer. I cant get enough of the boston lager, it reminds me of why i enjoy sam adams so much.

Overall one of the better beers to come from the sam adams lineup. The style is nice and rounded and this beer sticks to that style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 02:45:16 | More by ProudGreen89
Photo of craftaholic

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Had this one on tap at Applebee's while waiting for my company to arrive. Has a nice copper golden hue with a thick cap of a head.

Smell: There are some defining floral hops in there as well as a sweet caramelized malt. There is also a bit of biscuity undertones that round it out as a nice balanced aroma.

Taste: Very malty up front and then the oily hops work their way in to compliment the malt and bring out some citrusy characteristics. It plays a tug of war as to which youre tasting as the hops and malt flip flop throughout the duration of the session with a biscuity yeast to act as a mediator.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy yet oily with a lingering somewhat metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would say this defines the word "session beer", low abv, packed with flavor but nothing overpowering.

Overall: Wouldn't call myself a lager fan but if I had to choose one to go with this would be in. Its balanced, a bargain of a price, can hold its own against macro, and readily available at many places. Would be perfect on a hot day but did just the trick while passing some time on the barstool.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2009 21:13:59 | More by craftaholic
Photo of Bitterbill


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Sanford's Grub and Pub.

A nice copper pour with a small head of foam and a bit of lacing.

The smell is a light mix of hops and malt with nothing standing out but works well as it is a Lager.

The taste is lightly malty, slightly more assertive hop wise...a well balanced Lager with enough taste to keep me satisfied. Good stuff.

On the light end of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A very easy drinking brew, I enjoyed 3 pints at this session, I can always count on the consistency of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 16:00:15 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of hardy008


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a light amber color and a small white head when it came to the table. smells of floral and citrus hops. Some malt present also. The taste is the same as the smell. The hops are more dominant than the malt. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Good drinkability.

This review was missing after a server crash. Added back on 10/28.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2009 21:55:39 | More by hardy008
Photo of mnrider


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown Bottle. Pint Glass

A: Pours a light amber with a thin bubbly white head. A good amount of carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Head quickly turns even thiner with not much lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malts with a crisp aroma. Hops can be noticed faintly.

T/M: Sweet malts and lightly bitter hops are well balanced. Very general and simple but the taste is great and refreshing. The feel is smooth with a little carbonation.

D: A really good and classic brew. Although their are many beers that have surpassed this one, I would still recommend it to the person who wants to get into drinking craft brews. With its great and well balanced taste this brew is great to drink anytime, as it rivals any mass produced beer in America.


Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:24:46 | More by mnrider
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a clear amber with a fluffy off white two-finger head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Smell is of light hops and some sweet malts. Nothing overpowering.

Taste is a nice blend of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It seams pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Nice a crisp on the tongue.

Drinability is quite good. It goes down smooth and is a pretty tasty brew. I think it would make for a very nice session beer. Its not the most amazing of the style but it will always be welcome in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 20:48:14 | More by MrStark
Photo of taigor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 120z bottle

A - Nice amber color with small head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S - Slight smell of hops with hint of fruitness.

T - Slightly bitter with some sweetness from fruits and caramel

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

D - Very light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 17:43:02 | More by taigor
Photo of Kristing


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the characteristic Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass, the colour is amber and the head is white and creamy. Even though I am not in general a big fan of lagers, especially not the popular commercial ones, I rather like this one. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a lovely caramel tone.

This makes for a beer that has the freshness of a lager, but with some of the mellow taste and aroma of a pale ale. Therefore it is a drinkable and uncomplicated brew to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 10:58:25 | More by Kristing
Photo of droomyster


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aromas of sweet and toasty malts are very inviting. The roundness of its flavors is amazing. True to its advertising, this lager is mminently drinkable. It is a good beer for inspiring macro-lager fans to sample the micro-brew landscape.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 23:18:08 | More by droomyster
Photo of Blitzstyle


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Admas glass. Nice thick head bout two fingers. Great laceing on the glass. Golden amber color very inviteing.

Caramell and light hops on the nose.

Sweetness of the malt overpowers the hops a bit. very nicely balanced. Slightly yeasty

Good carb doesn't linger very long on the palate.

Great drinkability. Love useing it for drinking games (3 man, beer pong, stump)
A great stepping stone beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 21:18:11 | More by Blitzstyle
Photo of Scrapss


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

I absolutely love this beer. On tap in my game room, you can't beat this beer. Smell, heck, so good that it attacted my wife to marry me. Taste...there's hops and smooth lagering, what else could a beer drinker want? Mouthfeel, wonderful volume and hop notes tempered with malt that nothing else on the planet could compare in any lager. Drinkability....if you're a complete wuss then you'll hate this beer, otherwise you probably don't fear the robust hops and malt. This company makes the best mass produced beer on the planet, hands down. I love it and it's what's on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 05:52:45 | More by Scrapss
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,710 ratings.