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

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very good

7,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,545
Reviews: 2,454
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 84
Gots: 859 | 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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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

jtdolla911, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

dehjosh, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

mantione27, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of tkelley
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a winter mixer poured into a Perfect Pint Glass. Has a Best By date of March 2012.

Very pretty copper color with a thing white head. Thin layer sticks around the middle of the surface because of the laser etching. The bubbles rising up from the bottom are enthralling.

Started right out of the fridge with a distinct "beer" smell that reminded me of college - that isnt meant as a compliment, but it isnt a total dig either; it was a memory inducing smell. Sweet malty smell shows up as it warms a bit, nothing too strong. European grassy hops are evident and not overwhelming.

Tastes are not terribly different from the smell. Tasty sweet malted barley, European hops.

It has a nice smooth texture, but at the same time has good carbonation.

I love Sam Adams, even if I dont drink it as often as I used to. It reminds me of why I love beer, and particularly why I love BETTER beer.


tkelley, Nov 18, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah Boston Lager, this beer has saved me in more dive bars than I can count. Not the greatest, but not bad in a pinch... be it a dive bar, bbq, or baseball game.

Pours a bright orange copper color, perfect clarity and saturated tone. Creamy, fluffy head of foam at first that dwindles after 10 minutes or so. Plenty of lace in the glass, and a thin skim eventually.

Smells slightly sweet, toasty and biscuity. Lightly fruity apple and pear notes slide in too.

Flavors are similar, some bready malt sweetness, fruity yeast. Feels a bit more full bodied than many lagers. Lingering toastiness with a slight floral hop note. Little to no hop bitterness present. Easy to have a couple with food. A pretty versatile, above average lager.

emerge077, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

tbeq00, Nov 18, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a one finger head that sticks around with decent lacing. Aroma of caramel malts with a decent hop aroma. Taste follows the nose great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Crisp and clean, this is a refreshing, highly drinkable brew. It's nothing mind blowing but it's a good all around beer

jcartamdg, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Imperial measured and marked pint tulip glass
nice looking amber body underneath a really frothy head that didn't last as long as some.

Light malt notes on the nose with a little fruity hint and well hidden hop notes from the first beer I've put in the fridge in yay long.

Ice cold beer? what a stranger. A nice kick of hoppy tastes and not much else making an okay beer.

I'm not a lager fan but I had to know about this American 'Classic'

worth the try, far better than any other big name beers stateside.

EmperorBevis, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,545 ratings.