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

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6,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,979
Reviews: 2,419
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 575 | 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 RichieS2


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a pleasant orange/amber color with moderate carbonation and a light head.

S - Some slight sweetness that gives way to a pleasant floral smell.

T - Is terrific, one of the best balanced beers I've ever had. It starts with plenty of malt for sweetness and halfway through transitions to pleasing tanginess from the hops.

M - Thicker than the typical American lager but still easy to swish around in the mouth and easy to go down.

D - Quite high, the taste is great and the body is on the lighter side meaning a very drinkable beer.

05-06-2010 02:29:53 | More by RichieS2
Photo of mullenite


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a beer I have had many times but for some reason I have never reviewed.

Appearance - Crystal clear copper in color with a two finger white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass and lots of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in to a thin carp on top very slowly. Really nice looking beer.

Nose - Somewhat grainy nose, some bread and light caramel malts. Spicy and somewhat floral hop aromas dominate however.

Taste - Again grainy, pilsener quality to the taste. Very smooth bitterness and great spicy hop bitterness. Finishes with a bready, biscuit-like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thinner body with lots of carbonation. I wish the carbonation was lower but that's personal preference. It is appropriate.

Overall - Tasty beer that I have enjoyed my share of. Probably one of the best beers out there to get people adjusted to the bitterness of most American beers.

05-06-2010 00:47:01 | More by mullenite
Photo of joshotron

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearence: Copper brown. A nice thick head with good retention. Lacing sticks well.

Smell: Sweet malty floral hops.

Taste: Complex deep taste that is overwhelmed by hops in a good way. A nice bitterness balaces out the taste.

Feel: The body is suprisingly light. Good amount of carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability: It really is a great beer. It's refreshing to see a macro level beer be able to get mainstream success. It goes well
with just about any heavy meal and since it's a macro, you'll be able to get it at most good resturants.

05-03-2010 22:53:30 | More by joshotron
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Aroma - Decent hop aroma with a detectable but light maltiness too

Appearance - Reddish brown with a decent light tan head with just a trickle of carbonation in the glass

Taste - Light overall hop profile that is bitter without being annoying. Not really sweet at all. Slightly watery but enough flavor with a decent amount of hops for balance.

Notes - This bottle is near its May 2010 freshness date so the flavors might be a little dulled because of it.

05-02-2010 13:01:53 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Samuel Adams Boston Lager | 11.2 oz. | 4.75% ABV

Light amber, frothing white head, sticky lacing all the way through.

Sweet floral hops and caramel malts.

Sweet malt, caramel, bitter hop oils, drying grain at the finish.

Slick but well carbonated. Medium-bodied.

Everything works together well. It's sweet at times but mostly packs a bitter hoppy punch. Very drinkable; also readily available.

05-02-2010 12:42:32 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of alcurtsinger


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Dark Amberish Color, with around 1-2 fingers of foam. A little bit of lacing

S- Not very strong, slight hint of hops
T- Malt and hops, sweet and a little bitter
F- Light and smooth, somewhat carbonated
D- Great session beer. Fairly light

Serving type bottle

05-01-2010 00:53:14 | More by alcurtsinger
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a slightly dark amber color with two fingers of full white head. Head eventually settles down to a nice crown, with plenty of lacing.

Scent consists of some sweet malt and a bit of grain.

Some sweet malts up front with a bit of a heavier taste. Nice bitterness near the end, and then a crisp, though somewhat dry, finish. Minor bitter aftertaste.

As it warms up, the bitterness is less pronounced and blends better with the malt flavor. Overall, a nice session beer.

04-30-2010 21:57:13 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of Shrews629


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance - Amber, "penny" like copper color with some red hues. A nice thick off white, bubbly, foamy, soapy two finger head. Head maintained its retention well and became somewhat rocky. Left a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Definitely get the sweet smelling floral hops in the nose with what I found to be a slight hint of grass.

Taste - Very hoppy, but doesn't seem to hang around on the palate too long. Not overly bitter but just right. I rather like the taste. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Rather light really. Somewhat medium/thin mouthfeel that was surprisingly chewy with a smooth and fairly dry finish and very nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Honestly one of my favorite "go to" beers. I can drink this during any season and with just about any hearty meal.

04-28-2010 23:42:02 | More by Shrews629
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Finally, Sam Adams in Manitoba... Excited to try the original craft brew...

Pours a crisp, clear amber gold with a light white head that disappears quickly, ringing the glass and leaving no lacing. The aroma is a sweet maltiness with a light bitter hop and a nutty undertone. The beer itself primarily tastes of the malt, with a rich breadiness and a crisp finish with light to no apparent bitterness. Bubbles bite on the tongue, which makes this beer only slightly tougher than water to go down the hatch... Not fantastic, just better than BMC and enjoyable.

04-27-2010 22:07:36 | More by kjyost
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

bottle poured into SA perfect pint

A- copper in color,1 finger of head, minimal lacing.

S- a bit of grain amd mild hops.

T- carmel taste with a bitterness that seems to linger for awhile.

M- Light body, high carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink, not the best beer ever but one of the better macros I have had.

04-26-2010 14:28:06 | More by Lukecook
Photo of bbqwings


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

A: dark, golden color, light carbonation

S: light hops, wheat, nothing that jumps out to me

T: medium-bitter, smooth

M: some aftertaste, thin

D: it's fairly light so it's pretty easy to drink a few of these

Thoughts: i like this beer for some parties and gatherings, and is good with food.

04-23-2010 23:32:36 | More by bbqwings
Photo of Metallix6403


3.05/5  rDev -18.4%

12oz bottle, bottled in March 2010, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep copper. Almost an amber. Two to three fingers of white head. Some lacing.

Smell - It's got a very floral / botanical punch. A little sweetness as well. Pretty decent for a macro.

Taste - Sweet and spicy on the first tastes. Picking up on the bitterness and hops as it finishes up.

Feel - A nice light to medium body. Some carbonation as well.

Drinkability - One of the few macro brews that I will have through out the night.

Final Thoughts - Boston Lager is a pretty decent brew, though its not the best lager out there. If friends or family offer one, I wont put the offer down. You just wont find it offered at my place.

04-23-2010 00:37:56 | More by Metallix6403
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Brewery freshness date notched at March (damn).

A - Pours into a hefeweizen glass (my pint is dirty) with a deep copper body. Deep brown and completely transparent. Visible carbonation that rises quicker than and more plentifully than I'm used to seeing. Rich 3 finger rocky head that leaves thick lacing and a fairly thick cap. Very appealing looking beer.

S - "Beer" smell. Hops, malts, and alcohol. Slight grainy and alcohol notes as well.

T - Spicy taste. A lot of hop bitterness that quickly gets erased by malt sweetness. Very balanced. Honey sweetness, nut-like taste. No alcohol taste. Very clean finish. Would have liked a more pronounced hop taste though.

MF - Medium body beer. Kind of sticks around in the mouth a little while after swallowing. Interesting for a beer as refreshing as this. Great for drinking with a meal.

D - Very easy to drink casually. Great session beer as it is complex and refreshing, yet doesn't get you too drunk and won't fill you up too quickly.

04-22-2010 02:25:20 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of billshmeinke


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Finger and a half off white head. Golden to amber in color. Very clear, barely any bubbles visible. Decent lacing.

Smells of grain, cereal, fruity malts. A bit of herbal hops.

Taste brings the same cereal, bread, and grain malts as in the nose. Some fruitiness. Some herbal hops. Also, some coriander like spice in there as well.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly assertive bubbles. Fairly dry finish.

Very drinkable. One you can stick to all night.

04-18-2010 04:53:07 | More by billshmeinke
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

330ml bottle poured served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear dark orange color forming a good two fingers bubbled and fluffy white to light yellow head. Very good retention and lots of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of sweet and caramel malts. Toffee, caramel and roasted malts. A little bit metallic. Very pleasant floral hops. Biscuity Lager yeasts in the end

T: Slightly sweet upfront, becoming deliciously bitter quite quickly. Caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts and hops. In overall, a dry and biscuity taste. Quite pleasant hops bitterness. Quite smooth and pleasant hops bitterness

M: Light body. A little bit molasses. Good carbonation. Smooth texture. Mild bitterness. Mals and citrus (and bit piny) hops in the aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. A simple but extremely refreshing beer. Excellent session beer

04-17-2010 17:19:27 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Pours an amber color with some nice white head.

S: Aroma is very hop-dominated, although there are also notes of some spices and some floral and pine scents.

T: The flavor is fairly complex for a very common macro, it is obviously dominated by the hops, of which there are several varieties, which give it an interesting and unique pine, citrus, fruit and floral hop flavor. These notes are nicely complimented by notes of malt, caramel and light roasts.

M: I would say this is a medium bodied brew. It has a great level of carbonation and a nice, smooth feel on the tongue. Although there is some texture present, I wouldn't call it syrupy.

D: This beer is pretty easy to drink, well-balanced and has lots more character than most macros. Honestly one of the better lagers I've had, but I'm still not a big fan of hop-dominated beer.

04-14-2010 03:22:23 | More by kflorence
Photo of samie85


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

I'm re-reviewing this beer but leaving the former review(below). Sam Adams took measures to correct the problem I had with the beer I originally reviewed.

A-Pours a light copper color with a three finger white head.

S-Light smelling sweet malt with a hint of floral hops.

T-Grainy notes and sweet malt with a nice crisp bitterness to balance things.

M-Light bodied with high carbonation that leads to a tingly mouthfeel.

D-This is the beer I've known and appreciated in the past. I'm glad to know that the Boston Lager I had before was probably just a bad batch (freshness wasn't an issue).


Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 11/08.

A- Pours a golden color with a two finger white head. The color seems off from what I'm used to with BL. 2.0

S-There's virtually no aroma. The tiniest bit of hops. 2.0

T- I can't taste any malt. Similar to the smell, tiniest bit of hops. Very bland. 2.0

M- Really thin feeling. Not much carbonation to speak of. 2.0

D- Well it's easy drinking in a Miller Lite kind of way. This is not the beer that I've had on numerous occasions before. I'm not sure if it's a mix-up, a bad batch or if this is is the Coastal Wheat in the wrong bottle. I got this in the Holiday pack so I have one more, hopefully that one's okay. I will re-review if it is. Very disappointing. 2.0

04-14-2010 01:35:20 | More by samie85
Photo of JohnL9013


2.98/5  rDev -20.3%

Where to begin? Probably not appropriate for me to rate this beer given the vast array of quality, non-mass-produced beers I've had in the past, but I am anyway because the fact that this beer is rated so highly on this site offends me. I realize BA tends to rate things higher on average than other sites but I would hope people would recognize a medicore beer when they see it. Whatever this beer used to taste like, whatever it used to be, it is now a mass-produced, overhyped product.

A: A deceptively nice appearance. Dark amber with a half inch head I had to try for. Looks decent enough.

S: It smells like...beer, I suppose. It doesn't smell bad, but there's not too much of an aroma to it at all, certainly nothing that will fill up the room.

T: I'm sorry, but in my opinion, Samuel Adams Boston Lager is water. There, I said it. I purposely saved myself and went straight for this stuff so my palate would not be contaminated with any IPA's, or, frankly, good beer, and this stuff still tasted like water. It's not even that there's a subtle, complex flavor, flat-out, there's barely any hops in this beer, and the hops that are in it went towards making it overly bitter with no other flavors to support the bitterness. The result is an imbalanced, bitter beer that tastes like nothing.

M: What am I supposed to feel? There's nothing there.

D: Very drinkable. After all, there's almost nothing there.

04-13-2010 04:33:03 | More by JohnL9013
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District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Clear copper color with thick, creamy, off-white head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Bread and caramel malt aroma; slightly sweet smelling with herbal hops backing it up. Tastes of sweet, grainy malt with more bread and caramel notes. Slight bitterness with a nice hoppy finish. A slight nutty aftertaste.

Smooth, easy drinking with light to medium body.

04-13-2010 01:35:46 | More by goldbot
Photo of Saint


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Everything about this beer is real good. I've enjoyed these for a while, I believe that it may in the running for on of the top five greatest flagship brews of any brewery. That being said, I intend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its brews revival, (the original recipe dates back to the late 1870s) from bombers on several more occasions, so further elaboration of this review will subsequently take place. Its appearance grand, pleasing to the eye, a faint amber, bubbly, with good white head, just like sea foam from the shore. It smells fine, slightly hoppy, nothing overbearing, almost sweet, very good. And the taste oh, how crisp and refreshing, its what defines a lager. The mouthfeel, crisp, that drinkability above and beyond. Great choice from a bottle, always a fine option on tap, you really cannot go wrong with this fellow, its a stand by fine fine choice.

04-12-2010 06:10:33 | More by Saint
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4.15/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Has a golden-copper hue to it. Very active on the carbonation and foam that jumps out at you.

Smell: Very very hoppy with a little bit of spice as well. Lots of malt. The smells is good, definitely wakes you up.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This beer is another one that changes complexity as it warms. Pretty bitter due to the hops when its cold (in a cold way). Mellows out as it warms and almost has a orange zest taste witha clear malt presence. In my opinion, the hops really liven up the feel and the malt really mellows you towards the end.

Drinkability: If you wanna kick back and enjoy a few, this won't disappoint.

Overall: Probably the best easy-to-find micro that's marketed as a macro. Nice choice for a classy party. Thumbs up.

04-11-2010 16:19:10 | More by tjsdomer2
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4/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint glass. Appears a nice amber to copper color with an average white head that leaves good lacing.

Smells of sweetness and a small amount of bitterness, but the smell is very weak. The taste starts out sweet from the malts and finishes bitter, which sticks around for a good amount of time.

The mouthfeel is full of carbonation, and isn't overly thick. This goes down fairly easy, and is something that goes well with fairly any kind of food. Something that is great to go to when you're out, as it's not too high priced, but something that is so much better than any BMC could ever offer.

04-06-2010 00:01:42 | More by zimm421
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Beer has a nice amber color with good head and carbonation. The aroma is good clean beer, nothing fancy. The taste has a sweetness & crisp and finishes with a slight bitterness. This beer is very refreshing and a good beer of the realm to measure others by.

04-01-2010 21:56:22 | More by soju6
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance - Medium size head, quite fluffy, rush of carbonation in the glass, nice filtered amber color. Laces very nicely.

Smell - You don't get any of that typical macro lager grain in the nose. What is there is a nice medium hoppiness predominately.

Taste - Superb balance. Starts with caramel and light mix of roasted elements, then a medium hop bite, and finishes with a malt aftertaste mix with a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Maybe a touch more carbonation than my own preference but nothing out of place for this kind of lager.

Drinkability - This beer is superb because it is more than the sum of its parts, which from the description is just basic beer ingredients with no gimmicky additives. It really does a lot with the basic beer flavors and mixes them extremely well in a package that is widely available at a fair price. It is the definition of a solid, straight beer in my opinion.

03-31-2010 05:56:15 | More by NA1NSXR
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Clear copper color, one finger white head with good retention and lacing.

S - Big bready malts, with some herbal hops as it warms.

T - Bready malt flavoring with a moderate herbal finish.

M - Medium body, medium, perfect carbonation level creates a good creamy mouthfeel. Some stickiness remains throughout the finish, but does dry up a bit.

D - Solid lager, well balanced, very sessionable.

03-26-2010 20:33:45 | More by garuda
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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