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

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BA SCORE
84
good

6,988 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,988
Reviews: 2,419
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 582 | 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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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

A: The head and coloring on this is flawless. Beautiful thick rich creamy head that has staying power. Never seen a head like this on macro lagers. Color is not far off from an IPA.

S: Sweet and sour bitter malts, hops and barley. There is a lot going on here. Nice pilsner smell without the gagging.

T: Great smooth maltiness with a surprising amount of hops. Don't get me wrong it isn't hoppy by any means but there is something there you don't get in many of the style except maybe Prima Pils. A bit sweet and a bit sour and very tasty.

M: Perhaps the carbonation could be toned down a hair but seems to fit the lager style. Still pretty great.

D: Only 4.5% abv. You can have loads at a friends BBQ. Very refreshing. I could almost drink this in place of water.

I have had this a couple times and decided I finally needed to review it. I was prepared to not like this. For one I don't care for lagers and 2 I was considering Sam Adams to be basically macro. I thought at the least it would be tolerable and a bit better than BMC pretty close to PBR quality.

But what I didn't count on was really liking this beer. I don't mean I think it is ok but I think it is great. Lager or no lager I have to rank this up there. My apologies to Jim Koch. He made a great brew.

01-20-2010 05:29:21 | More by generalnotsew
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degerbah

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

Very clear light brown without much head, but plenty of carbonation. Sweet malty aroma with just a hint of earthy hop smell. The taste is maltier than I expected with the aforementioned hop taste present as well. Slightly flatter than I'd like, and not as easy to drink as a macro-style light lager. Way more flavorful though. Most reminds me of a Yuengling traditional lager as opposed to a Great Lakes Elliot Ness. I feel like if I were drinking it at normal macro tap temp (33 degrees) then it would be an easier to drink.

01-20-2010 02:38:31 | More by degerbah
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ch473

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Poured about 42 degrees F from bottle into a wide, round wine glass. Nice big foamy head. Good amber color.

Smell is not very impressive. Some malt and sweetness but not much else.

I've had this beer before but never really studied it. I'm surprised how watery it tastes. There's a tiny bit of bitterness and mint and some sweetness but not much else. It's almost sour.

Mouthfeel is not very good. Good carbonation on the back of the tongue but mostly watery.

I could only drink a lot of these if they were cheaper. This beer is sour and watery despite its nice color and I can't say it's much better than any pale American macro lager. I was disappointed.

01-19-2010 05:47:48 | More by ch473
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Genuine

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

This was one of my first beers a couple years ago so, I figured I'd try it again and compare.

Poured from the bottle into a clean Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A decent head formed from an aggressive pour. Head was a nice white, not bright white...but yet, not an off white.

Head sat ontop of a golden/orangish body.

Smell - This one smells better than the rest of Sam's brews this past 09 season. I'm happy about that.

Taste - Definitely not what I remembered. I've grown to really like heavy hopped beers so this one tasted lighter to me. But, I will say that the hops do make a bit of an appearance near the end. Just enough. They come out more as the beer warms up. This beer is better when it warms.

Mouthfeel - I thought it was pretty light...almost like water. That was my first impression. Now I feel like it has a very slight medium body to it.

Drinkability - this one is not hard to drink. Not sure if I'd have more just because...I think i'd rather have a SN, but this would be my go to choice at a resturant if nothing else is available.

01-19-2010 03:54:05 | More by Genuine
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

This lager has a nice, amber color which sets it apart right away.

It has a nice hop/malt balance in the nose with citrus and pine blending with caramel malt.

Taste is similar to the nose, medium bodied with earth, citrus, and caramel.

A very solid lager that goes well with a number of foods or just as a tasty session beer. A good standby for restaurants.

01-19-2010 00:02:07 | More by brownbeer
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

A-I had this on tap and it poured a nice amber with a nice white head.

S-The nose smelled kind of musty which I thought was weird. There was also some grassy notes, but also some hops and malt as well.

T-Much like the nose a nice balance between hops and malt. It also had some grassy notes as well.

M-Kind of thick with moderate carbonation.

D-I would say this is a session beer all the way, it has a low abv. and it isn't very complex or too hoppy.

Overall, I have enjoyed this beer the very few times I have drank it. I can't imagine what it would have been like to try this beer when it originally was released, I'm sure it would have been mind blowing at the time. Thank you Jim Koch for giving us this beer and helping to change beer in America forever.

01-18-2010 02:17:47 | More by thegodfather2701
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meeekyh

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -7%

Served in a really, really cold pint glass. Fine for most of the swill served at the fine owl-and-mammary-themed establishment but not ideal for tasting a beer.

Small, tan-white head but nice lacing. Deep honey color and no haze.

After allowing it to warm a bit some malt, caramel and a hint of orange peel come though in the nose.

Nice malty, hoppy-pine start with a slightly-sweet grainy flavour. Really quite a bit of flavour for a mass-produced lager.

Medium body with nice carbonation.

Drinkibility is OK but I would prefer more flavour and a bit of tartness. I can't speak to the specific style though.

01-17-2010 04:45:39 | More by meeekyh
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fastsrt

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

12 ounce bottle to pint
A: Bronze with a good head
S: Biscuits, herbal hops.
T: Malty, smooth, snappy hops, balanced
M: Thin, spicy hops.
D: Refreshing, snappy hop finish, goes well with food. this is not a beer to savor. I would never drink more than 2.

01-15-2010 15:00:30 | More by fastsrt
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

I poured into my Sam Adams winter lager pint glass to a generous head. It is golden in color and clear. I smell sweet, bready malts and floral hops. The taste begins with malt but is quickly replaced by the mildly bitter hops. It's an ok beer. It is not one of my favorite offerings from BBC.

Cheers!

01-12-2010 03:09:21 | More by buschbeer
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MTNboy

Germany

4/5  rDev +7%

I can't believe it has taken me this long to rate a beer that I seem to drink a lot.
It is my beer of choice when I go to restaurants that do not seem to have a selection of craft beers. It has a thick and frothy off white almost tan head with a nice amount of staying power and lace. The body is red amber with a slight yellow color to it. The aroma is that of mild hops and bread. It has breakfast cereal like grainy taste. A high quality malt flavored beer with just the right amount of hops. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

01-07-2010 20:38:42 | More by MTNboy
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MadElf25

New York

4.45/5  rDev +19%

This is a well crafted beer with a very stong hop taste to it. The 1 inch head and the the nice yellow coloring makes the beer very appealing to the eyes, the first sip is the best along with strong aroma that makes this beer very good. i recommend this beer for something tasty and able to enjoy when your out with your buddies.

01-07-2010 16:45:54 | More by MadElf25
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Evocatus

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

when poured, it has a amber color with a slight golden hue and a stable cream colored head that's stable throughout the drink. Aroma is a little weak, but smells of malts. Taste initially like sweet bready malts, but the hops start to kick in after it goes down. Not too thick or too thin like other American lagers and a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall a good beer for any occasion that's practically on any menu or at any bar.

01-07-2010 03:49:40 | More by Evocatus
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle with a best by month of May notched on the label.

Somewhere betwixt gold and copper in color with an ample white head that leaves rings of lace down my pilsener glass.

Sweet and toasty malt mingle with spicy floral hops on the nose.

Well-balanced with toasted malt reminiscent of freshly warmed bread, a touch of caramel, and spicy and flowery hops. Finish is clean and crisp with some fleeting bitterness.

Really just a well-balanced and flavorful lager. Every component of the beer is well-integrated. Did I say balanced?

A classic American craft beer that can still hold its own and the fact that it's so widely available is nice.

01-06-2010 20:47:14 | More by bump8628
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

a: This was a perfectly clear copper color. It was served to me with a medium sized head that faded to moderate lace.

s: Surprisingly strong noble hop notes along with a little toasted grain.

t: Starts clean before the flowery hop bite kicks in. There was something sweet in the finish that was distracting.

m: Crisply carbonated.

d: Very nice lager, I'm glad it is so widely available.

01-06-2010 11:48:30 | More by DIM
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Ahhh yes, one of the beers that got everything started

A: Copper and perfectly clear with a huge fluffy white head that just hits the top of the glass before fading leaving some nice webbing behind

S: Mild caramel notes, some grain notes and a bit of lager yeast notes. Pretty simple

T: Biscuity at first then slight grainy before a very nice crisp herbal hop taste at the end of it

M: Pretty light in body but there is a nice redeeming creamy quality

D: Yeah this one i could drink all day no problem. Sure it holds a very special place in my heart but in a pinch this is a great go to beer

01-06-2010 00:15:47 | More by mikey711
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bbkd3b

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hits the glass with a bright, golden character with good carbonation. The head was a smidgen light, but it had decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Nice balance here. Earthy hops meet bready/biscuity malts. It's not very deep, but it's a welcoming scent.

T: Ah, this follows the smell, and it works better on the tongue. The hops were a little more center-place, with a real earthy character coming to the center. It always finished on the bread tones, though. Good stuff.

M: Lighter side of a medium body with good carbonation. It does what it's supposed to do.

D: Hey, it's a lighter beer with good affordability. Drinking a few of these is no challenge for me at all.

Overall/notes: I've had quite few of these over the years, and there's a good reason. Boston Lager is one of the better lagers available, and the fact that it's so readily available boosts its reputation. It's one of those beers that you can turn to year-round and never really frown about, and more than likely one of the best options at a sports bar.

01-04-2010 03:01:02 | More by bbkd3b
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Had this at dinner at Chili's. This was the best offering available.

A: Clear golden appearance, fluffy white head, nice retention

S: lots of bready malts and a zing from some piney and earthy hops, the malts take center stage

T: very similar to nose. Lots of bready malts, some caramel and toffee character with a bright hop finish, everything is subtle but well balanced

MF: high carb, thin body, on par for style

D: SA BL is a very drinkable and full flavored lager, It is a great option for the times when only macro adjunct lagers are available as Boston Lager is typically one of the "import" selections. It is enjoyable but not a standby for me.

01-02-2010 21:07:26 | More by homebrew311
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erz316

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

on tap at the tap room, into a pint glass.

not too much head on this beer, but the colour stays the same. the only real notable character that changes is the toasted or roasty aspect to the malts, which becomes a bit more predominant in the role of the taste. all in all the hop levels and drinkability stay the same, and continue to make a good cheap beer to go with a burger.

01-01-2010 20:02:57 | More by erz316
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

Boston Lager is a great on-tap beer. It's a beautiful amber color and has a decent head. As always, Sam Adams doesn't fail in the flavor department. Boston Lager has a great taste, but isn't too heavy either. Definitely a solid brew that all beer lovers should try.

01-01-2010 17:29:33 | More by Cubsfan1087
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.6/5  rDev +23%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Bottle says best before June 2010.

A: Amber/copper with a white head about 2 fingers in width. Perfectly fills the glass. As the beer is consumed the head lessens somewhat, but there is white lacing all around the glass.

S: Floral hop aroma and citrus.

T: This lager has a wonderful balance of hops and malt. The tastes from the hops--floral and citrus--are complemented perfectly by the caramel flavors from the malt. In the beer geek community, Boston Lager may not be the "sexy" choice, but I have yet to find another similar-style lager that is made with the same quality craftsmanship, consistency and taste.

M: Very smooth, carbonation just right. Love contrasting the hop/malt flavors in my mouth.

D: I have not come across too many beers that I enjoy returning to again and again like this one. You just can't go wrong with this beer. Complements all kinds of food very well. Extremely versatile.

01-01-2010 16:13:51 | More by JohnnyP3
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

poured into its own perfect pint custom glass.

A: pours amber with a one finger head that fell sort of fast but laces well.
S: malty and bready, hops, very light citrus
T: bready sweet malt, hop earthiness
M: mild carbonation, clean in mouth
D: easier than what its marketed to compete with.

01-01-2010 09:28:06 | More by rootbeerman
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

A- Clear, golden/amber body with a tall, sticky white head.

S- Sweet and caramel malt with some floral hops; very aromatic.

T- Sweet and slightly bready malts with an oily hops that mixes with some spice on the finish.

M- Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D- Simply a great session beer.

01-01-2010 00:02:27 | More by TommyW
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

Samuel Adams Boston Lager poured light clear amber with a thick two-finger head. It left a glass-full of lace.

The smell and flavor were sweet and malty but balanced by more bitterness than usual for a lager, which provided a thick bready feel. I prefer the Boston Ale and was disappointed that the Lager was included in the Winter Sampler; however, as Lagers go, Sam Adams is great. It's a great choice at restaurants that don't have a wide selection of craft beers and it was an unexpected pleasure on a cold afternoon.

12-30-2009 20:33:02 | More by MetalHopHead6
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Lerxst

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

A-Pours amber with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Very malty/bready with a bit of hops and maybe some caramel.

T-Roasted malt, with more of a citrus hop bite than the nose indicated. Not overly complex, but nice.

M-On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp carb bite.

D-Its very easy to put away more than one with a meal.

Its a nice fall back when we go out to eat and my only other options are BMCs.

12-28-2009 20:04:55 | More by Lerxst
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rosmhuire

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

I've drunk this beer on countless occasions - finally decided to formally review it after having it on tap at the bar last night.

A: Nice amber coloring. Fairly significant head.

S: Balance between the citrus of the hops and the roasted breadiness of the malt. Nothing special, though.

T: This is a solid beer. Nice balance between hops and malt. I know people have said this a thousand times, but you can always get Sam Adams Boston lager on tap at nearly every bar, and it is often the only palatable choice.

M: Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel.

D: Good - could definitely session a few of these.

12-24-2009 14:16:38 | More by rosmhuire
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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