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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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7,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,025
Reviews: 2,423
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 66
Gots: 599 | 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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4.53/5  rDev +21.1%

Great beer all around. Appearance is excellent. Smell is fresh. Taste of wonderful hops. Mouthful see taste. Drinkabilty is good. Any more than 3 beers, a buzz starts to kick in. After a six pack you begin to buzz even more. This is a beer than should have been around a lot longer than you average American beers of Bud, Coors or Miller and taste better.

07-26-2010 20:37:26 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of McThirsty


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a laser etched bottom tumbler glass

A: Copper orange with a 2 finger head that sticks around for you to admire it for a while. Very nice lacing on the glass

S: Somewhat hoppy with a slight spice to it; very pleasant

T: All of the ingredients work very well with each other. Citrus, the spiciness, great hop taste, and the malt taste on the end has almost a dark roast feel to it. Excellent aftertaste

M: Medium carbonation, slightly chewy, almost reminds me of eating a Bit- O- Honey candy bar

D: Excellent beer for warm evenings. I would say it's sessionable due to the complex flavors going on; the beer has a story to tell with every sip

07-26-2010 02:47:26 | More by McThirsty
Photo of linusbwell


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

SA Boston Lager

Poured into Pint Glass

A: Amber orange with a white head.

S: Nice hop aromas, sweet caramel maltiness and grassiness.

T: Malt and hops balance nicely-an herbal flavor from the hops and a caramel flavor of the hops.

M: Medium body.

D: I wanted my first review to be of a beer that started me on the path of beer. A great beer. Nothing outrageous, but balanced and drinkable.

07-23-2010 15:20:22 | More by linusbwell
Photo of bigrzman


4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

A: Copper/Amber color with a thick frothy head. Good lacing throughout the beer. bubbles are small and moderate in quantity, appropriate for a European styled amber lager. It looks good and tasty.

S: The hop smell is a little spicy and the back smell is a fruity malt. They almost balance each other but the hop smell comes out the winner.

T: a peppery Hallertau Mittelfruh hop taste is the first thing your palate is whacked with. The malt is fruity, chewy, and delicious.

M: It is drying and the hop flavor linger pleasantly. It goes down easily and can be enjoyed gulped. The carbonation is appropriate for this style and is welcomed. Very warming.

D: I have no problem drinking another of the same. You want the hop aftertaste to stay and not go away. It is good that the Boston Beer Company got big yet stayed true to it mission, to make good beer!

07-23-2010 02:06:49 | More by bigrzman
Photo of mgbickel


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Like many people below mention...finally decided to review this beer, after many, many pints.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A nice, thick single finger of butter cream foam formed on top of the golden bronze body. The head retained nicely and has good lacing qualities.

The nose is simple...toasted malts, caramel and a pinch of hop oil.

The taste is a little more complex than the nose. Starts off with a sweet caramel flavor that slowly fades to a roasted malt finish.

Medium to light mouth feel...a little slick but drying at the finish; moderate to high carbonation.

Refreshing to drink and enjoy. A great beer that is easy to get and just as easy to drink.

07-20-2010 20:40:04 | More by mgbickel
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4/5  rDev +7%

OK, free beer event tonight and despite the hundreds of gallons of this beer I've drank, I've never bothered to review it. Time to change that.

Beer is poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is amber / brownish and clear. Forms a thin head of off white bubbles and has moderate carbonation. Head leaves very little lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is kind of nutty and malty with some minimal earthy hops. Definitely hops in the aroma but not strong or bitter smelling.

Beer is medium in body and has mild sweetness up front, some bitterness in the back but mostly a malty feeling throughout. The sweetness up front give way to some carb on the palate and the late bitterness. Mild aftertaste overall a fine beer. I've had it hundreds of times and I'll have it again.

07-19-2010 03:01:44 | More by drabmuh
Photo of seewitheyesshut


3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Vienna Lager
ABV: 4.75%

Aroma: Smells sweet with some malt. Very little presence of hops or any strong smell in general.

Appearance: In between a dark gold to very light brown color. A nice inch of head with some lacing.

Body/Texture: Medium body with a pleasant mouth feel. Not light or heavy, just right for a casual beer.

Aftertaste: Not very hoppy with a sweet matly after taste.

Comment: The bottle mentioned that it was brewed with Bavarian Noble Hops. Overall this beer has great drinkability but is nothing too special.

07-17-2010 03:30:47 | More by seewitheyesshut
Photo of Broombrew

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -21.1%

12oz bottle to pint glass

pours with a 1 finger head. dissapates rather quickly, but leaves some lacing. nice golden brown color. clear, no cloudiness.

light hops and malt smell.

pretty balanced hop and malt taste. standard lager taste.

light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

very drinkable. not overly flavorful, but compliments my pizza well. would have another if offered or if im somewhere that has nothing more exciting on draft.

07-14-2010 20:35:26 | More by Broombrew
Photo of VolcomBrewer

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Classic beer from Boston. I just had to review it.

A: Pours a light Amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Laces decently.

S: Smells of citrus and malt. Not very complex but not bad at all.

T: Malty and mildly sweet. There is a slight hop bitterness and citrus note as well. Pretty decent for a lager.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium-High carbonation. Easy drinker.

D: Easy session beer. If no quality beer store is open, this is your beer of choice.

07-11-2010 03:21:04 | More by VolcomBrewer
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

The ol' east coast standby. A beer that in a pinch, may be the best choice available. Hopefully not.

Good appearance, amber, good carbonation and head. Nothing noteworthy in aroma.

Taste, its all about the malt toasting, which is quite nice here for a lager. Some say hops, I don't taste it. Little bit of sweetness. Introductory level style. Way pricey for its complexity.

07-08-2010 15:56:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of lou50rp


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

This has a nice coppery color, but not much head or lacing.
It has a malty smell, with some sweetness and a bit of hops. An inviting smell.
Good taste. Lots of breadiness with a slight hop finish.
Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.
Definitely drinkable. Good session beer. Great on a hot summer day. With this who needs summer ales?

07-08-2010 15:39:12 | More by lou50rp
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

[draft at Max and Erma's - Moon Township, PA] Wonderful coppery color. Mild hoppy aroma with just the lightest hint of sweet malts underneath. Good hoppy taste that is not too overpowering and leaves just enough of an aftertaste to let you know you just drank a good lager.

07-03-2010 14:29:43 | More by zach8270
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New York

2.98/5  rDev -20.3%

Poured from a tap into a perfect pint. I love these things.

A- Pours beautifully with a 2 finger off-white head with pockets and nice lacing throughout. The beer has a beautiful rich amber-colored body with lots and lots of activity. Very nice looking beer.

S- Not too much to describe other than the hops and roasted malts is all I'm picking up.

T- I consider this very bitter, but still quite nice. Very low malt profile, dry...and I pick up a hint of metal.

M- Medium-light bodied beer with and average amount of carbonation despite the nice show in the glass. Nothing too prickly or uncomfortable. Slight taste of alcohol.

D- I wouldn't drink more than two at a time on account to the bitterness. The taste isn't what I look for in beer, but by no means is this bad. Will drink again, and I will enjoy it, because it is a good beer.

07-02-2010 17:13:35 | More by wcintula
Photo of jporf911


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle (I don't think Sam Adams even makes cans, do they?).

Appearance- Ruddy amber with a decent frothy head that lasts fairly long along with significant lacing.

Smell- A wonderful combination of caramel malt and aromatic hops.

Taste- The taste is the best part of the this beer (as well it should be). As with the nose, it starts with a taste of sweet, toasted malt and finished with the slightly bitter hops. The dry, pleasant aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied with ample carbonation that leaves a pleasant tingling.

Drinkability- It's strong enough to be satisfying, yet light enough to imbibe multiple bottles. When I was a wee lad, I thought Samuel Adams was a disgusting beer; luckily, I have since seen the error of my ways. This is one of the best beers you can find at any major supermarket.

07-02-2010 13:46:05 | More by jporf911
Photo of ZeroSignal


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by Nov 2010

A - Pours a red tinted amber with a one inch white head; good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Toasted malts and a slight hop presence. Light biscuity notes in the nose

T&M - The flavor holds true to the nose. Toasted malts up front with a light hop bitterness to balance. A very inviting beer. Light caramel notes and breadiness. There is a refreshing level of carbonation and a clean finish.

D - One of the beers that got me started down the road of better beer. As I said above, very inviting. A great amount of flavor for an under 5 ABV, and a great gateway into the world of better beer.

06-27-2010 19:16:56 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of bagpiper2005


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Pour: Medium red-amber in color with two fingers of head that sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt sweetness up front with a fair amount of floral hops. An invitation to drink.

Taste: Starts off with lots of caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a moderate hop bitterness that kind of lingers on your tongue for awhile. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with plenty of active carbonation. Nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily and low ABV makes it easy for people of all levels of experience to handle.

Final Notes: It may not be the best beer in America, but it's good. A great beer to pair with grilled foods, and a nice session beer for a night out at the bar. And for the record, no, you really can't float a bottlecap on the head, I tried.

06-26-2010 02:27:14 | More by bagpiper2005
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. best before may 2010, which is a month old.

pours a clear copper color with a nice sized, slightly off white head. pretty good retention, left a nice 1/4 inch of head almost the whole glass. small spots of lace, much bigger head and stickier lace on the second glass.

in the aroma there are grainy, caramel, slightly toasted malts. a little lager funk. just a faint floral hop aroma, this is more pronounced had it been a fresher bottle, ive definatly had this beer a time or two before.

hops are more noticeable in the taste. lemony citrus hops, grainy, caramel, toasted, nutty malts. the lager yeast is there. a slight bit of lingering hop bitterness and flavor in the finish. a little metallic tasting when its cold, but this goes away as it warms. still could be a little better had it been a touch fresher of a bottle.

bright bubbly high amount of carbonation, tingles the mouth a little after drinking. light body, just what you would expect.

this beer has really great drinkability, its price and availability also make it great. quenchs the thirst on a hot summer day, but still good all year round and now that its in bombers makes it even more convienent, 3$ for one of them. just maybe next time ill check the freshness date before i buy it.

06-23-2010 23:46:13 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Erish


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

This was tapped into a tall pint glass.

A: Bronze with amber, decent head retention, adequate lacing.

S: Noticeable hop aroma, also a noticeable lemon aroma that seems more pronounced from the tapper than from a bottle.

T: I was surprised how different this beer was on tap. There was more noticeable hops up front, and also much more citrus flavor, the middle featured lots of lemon, sweetness, and some herbal hops, the finish featured more hops and more lemon.

M: What I expect from a lager: smooth, relatively light, and above average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, though my curiosity usually leads me to drink other beers when they are available!

06-22-2010 04:15:59 | More by Erish
Photo of joesc230

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

One of my favorite standard lagers. A great choice while at a typical bar that doesn't offer too grand of a selection. As far as its appearance goes, it's very clear with a gold color to it and a thin head. Nice hops, great smell for a non-premium lager. Nice aftertaste - just the right amount of bitterness. Taste-wise it's not too heavy, but also not too light - very smooth.

06-22-2010 02:40:49 | More by joesc230
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Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber. About a finger's worth of head reduces to just a thin film within a couple of minutes.

The nose is a fairly nice balance of hops and malt, which is nice; a common lager that has some interest to it. I get that standard "lager smell", with extra hints of green grapes / a light wine, and some malt that's harder to pin... it's faint, so I find it tough to peg whether it's toffee, caramel, etc.

The taste is pretty good; on the better side of average.

The carbonation is good for a lager - crisp and plentiful, but not too aggressive; just there to keep it fresh and fairly sharp. The body is medium, and the finish is slightly sticky without being really watery or dry.

Overall, a decent beer to pick up a pack of and take to a party; tasty enough, but not so good/expensive as to command your thoughts and attention.

This review has been brought to you by the semicolon.

06-20-2010 01:00:26 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Not the first one of these I've had. Poured into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours a copper-tinged amber with one and a half fingers of off white head. Little retention, some lacing. Moderately active carbonation visible. Good clarity. Nose has light citrus and hop resins primarily, but some malts--biscuit and toffee, mainly--are there in the background. Decent, but not as well balanced as I'd like.

The flavor of the beer is an improvement over the nose. Toast and biscuit malt up front, with a light hop presence following. Slightly dry finish, bitter when compared to macro adjunct lagers, but the hops are just what the beer needs for balance; it's be too sweet without them.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, with a somewhat dry finish. Sessionable, and I've always thought that a blind taste test would be a good way to convert a BMC drinker, but aside from its role as a 'gateway,' it's a decent beer even for non-lager drinkers and I've had to fall back on it on occasion.

06-19-2010 00:24:13 | More by aristeros
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pours a golden copper brown with a thin layer of big bubbly head which quickly dissipates into small islands, leaving very little lacing.

S - The hops are actually noticeable off the top, though rather mild a slight scent of citrus and pine which is balanced by roasted coffee malts. Much stronger in scent than I was anticipating.

T - Again, rather surprised, bitter citrus hops off the top, followed by a balanced toasty malt finish. The aftertaste is a little bitter and dry, and there's a touch of alcohol flavour which lingers. All-in-all pretty tasty and light.

M - Goes does smooth and light but the finish is definitely a little dryer. Overall, pretty damn nice.

D - As previously mentioned, my expectations were not that high, however, this one well exceeded them. The scent was much stronger than I would've thought and the flavours were nicely balanced. Finished a little on the dry side, but did not take away from the overall experience. Could and would easily take down a 6-er of this in a session.

06-18-2010 23:47:49 | More by andrenaline
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured a 22oz bomber into a chilled mug.

The color was light amber, copperish. It had a 3 finger, pillowy head that left nice fluffy lacing on the glass, head thinned down after awhile.

Smells bready and of spicy hops.

Tastes just a little bitter, bready maltiness, and spiciness from the hops.

This is not too heavy, goes down very easy and has big flavor for a lager.

06-18-2010 22:46:23 | More by JMad
Photo of beltyrion


4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

Appearance--Decent carbonation, rich golden color, good head with lacing down along the glass.

Smell--some biscuity smell from the malts but mostly the spice from the hops comes through.

Mouthfeel--Medium bodied with noticeable carbonation.

Taste--Rich malty notes resolve into hop bitterness at the end.

Drinkability--Definitely a session beer, though with a richer mouthfeel and more robust taste than the normal macrobrews.

Serving Type--On Tap.

06-17-2010 17:57:21 | More by beltyrion
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Reasonably clear, amber in color, and with only moderate visible bubbling. The head began thick and rich and had reasonable staying power and lacing.

S: Bready sweet smell with a hint of cherry.

T: Balanced flavor - full of flavor but not abrasive. Biscuit malts with lemon and grass flavors. Finish is fruity sweetness.

M: Silky on the mouth, with medium carbonation.

D: Great big flavor, but not overwhelming. Delicious but session-worthy. An all-around good beer.

06-16-2010 23:05:04 | More by thatguy3579
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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