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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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6,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,544
Reviews: 2,405
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 53
Gots: 377 | 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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Photo of stevecee2003


3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may well be a good session beer, if only because it does not impress. It is just there with its 4.5% rating. It may well have just enough flavor to make a good night's drinking beer.
A- A great head, that dissapates quickly.

S - Nothing going here. I admit my untrained nose can not pick up the subtleties. Its just OK.

T- OK. It is OK for what it is. A good mid-quality- session beer, that has just enough taste to drink for the night.

M- feels OK in the mouth, I suppose.

D- Ahh, here is where the rubber meets the road. This beer has some lace. It has some taste. It has a name (at least in America), with Sam Adams. It has JUST enough taste to make it a very GOOD session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 03:50:19 | More by stevecee2003
Photo of philbe311


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off-white foam from a standard pour... Highly translucent golden copper color with an orange hue... Only the slightest bit of carbonation is visible... Slight lacing on glass...

S - Very subtle malt scents... Buttery toffee... Perhaps a hint of pecans...

T - Subtle blend of hops... Nougat... Sweet biscuit... Ever so slight bitter hops comeback at the finish... Nice gentle complexity to this brew...

M - Creamy and smooth... Very well balanced... Slightly dry @ finish...

D - Textbook session beer... Highly drinkable and highly enjoyable... Relaxing brew with a ton of character...

Bottle / Artwork - Vintage Samuel Adams label that we've come to know and love... Blue with silver outline...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:03:02 | More by philbe311
Photo of Offa


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

This is pretty good.

Light amber, it has a dense, off-white head that steadily shrinks to a wispy, lasting top. The aroma is malty, grain with yeasty bread and a hint of cypress.

The taste ios light toffee with grain, a light pine bitterness that builds toward the end. The finish is pine, grain, and cracker. It's crisp yet fairly tasty, smooth and easy to drink, but doesn't have that much too it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 18:46:31 | More by Offa
Photo of spointon


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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This lager poured a light caramel-amber color with a 1/2" fluffy white head. The head dropped to a skim and left decent lacing down the glass.

S= I found aromas of sweet bakery malts and a surprising amount of fragrant piney hops.

T= An immediate short burst of malty sweetness was followed quickly by a spicy hop profile. I was pleased with the hop bitterness, which far exceeded most lagers you will find on the market. The finish was relatively dry yet never lost its balance.

MF= Light to medium bodied with a solid carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable beer and highjly sessionable. I don't know why others don't hop up their lagers as this one has everything they do not. Well balanced and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 16:46:22 | More by spointon
Photo of luc2057


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

Pours a copper brown with about a 1/4 inch head. The beer smells of sweet malts and hops. The taste is a good balance of hops and malts sweet initially followed by the bitterness of the hops. The mouth feel is surprisingly balanced good combination of hop bitterness and malt. This is a very drinkable beer. Defiantly one I could have more than one of. I have found that the flavor of the beer is better as it warms. This is a good fall back beer that can be found almost anywhere in the Northeast.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 01:49:09 | More by luc2057
Photo of buffettfan


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, into a pint glass. A nice reddish golden color. A little head, about a finger, and it didn't stick around too long.

Smelled of hops mostly, some malt and a little spicy.

Taste is great. Its been a long time since I've had this beer, and forgot how good it is! A lot of hops, but not a punch in the face. Even maltyness. A great balanced beer. Why don't I drink this more? It's not a blow your socks off beer, but it is just really good!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 17:32:19 | More by buffettfan
Photo of eztommyd


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Love the color - gold with sparkles of amber. Maybe a finger of head with a good pour.

S - A mixture of hops and malt - much stronger than a typical lager.

T - Excellent combination of bite and flavor - you can taste the hops and the malt, yet neither is overpowering.

M - Fuller than a typical lager, but not heavy.

D - Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

This is - IMO - the best commercial American Lager available. When I first had it years ago I was much less experienced with beers, and couldn't stand it, because all I had been drinking was American Lagers. Since then, I've been able to expand my palate significantly, and have come to appreciate this for what it is - a strong, full-bodied lager that does a great job of balancing the hops and the malt. My favorite and old-reliable if I'm in a bar or restaurant where no craft or imports can be found.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 17:05:46 | More by eztommyd
Photo of ectomorph


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear gold in color with light amber hues. Little to no head to speak of.

S - Bitter hops with a light bread ending.

T - A clean malt backbone with a mild hop bite on the end. Better than expected.

M - Light bodied and a tad watery.

D - Moderate. Not bad in a bar full of Bud Light.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 22:57:50 | More by ectomorph
Photo of akronzipfan


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - nice amber color with a perfectly formed beige head of soft, sudsy delight

s - a rather fragrant hop-filled essence with a hint of malt and toffee

t - nice balance of malted hops with a terrificly smooth finish

m - medium bodied and medium carbonization, well suited to the taste

d - one after another is easy

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 15:46:48 | More by akronzipfan
Photo of webmanspidey


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

A solid beer that is widely available.. one of those beers you can count on being able to have when there is not much of a selection otherwise. It is golden with a crisp hoppy aroma and taste... as they advertise it is much hoppier than the beers next to it at the tap.

Refreshing and drinkable throughout an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2008 04:06:32 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

late 09, early 10, boston lager seems like a very different beer to me. it's comparatively awesome. i could swear it's changed dramatically: lighter in color, the roastiness is about gone, comes across now more like a delicious pale ale/vienna lager hybrid. for a sub 5% beer i'm finding it unmatched (wish it were closer to 4%), and buying it by the 12-pack. what's going on??

In my quest for a standby summer lager, I turned once again to this one by Sam Adams. When I was into trying different beers a few years back, I wasn't too impressed and found it difficult to drink.
Unfortunately, I still can't seem to enjoy it.
The appearance is nice enough. The beer is similar in color to the bottle it came in. A head forms and leaves quickly.
The smell is fairly roasty, and it gives you the idea it's gonna be a bit bitter but without anything floral going on.
The roasted taste is okay at first, but for me becomes too astringent and watered-down coffee like. The hops are vague, the body too thin to match the roasted qualities.
In sum, boring hops and irritating malt.

a 3; s 3; t 2; m 3; d 2.5

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 21:21:12 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a head that doesn't stay too long, but is there

Aroma: The hops were apparent in my pour.

Taste: Malty with some hop bitterness that balances it out on the way down. Pretty smooth overall

Mouthfeel: Good smoothness in this one

Drinkability: Pretty good for this, its pretty common at bars and can be a frequent purchase. Its easy to drink. Good complex flavors overall. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 06:51:29 | More by kshankar
Photo of Ljunkan


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appereance: Amber color with a small white foamy head.

Smell: Ah, nice... american hops; citrus, pine-needle... slightly of malt.

Taste: Pretty malty, caramel, american hops, pine-needle, citrus, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Better than average... pretty filling for a lager beer.

Drinkability: This is a beer you can have a few without lacking in judgement... good session beer a day at the pub.

I've had bad examples of this beer at the local pubs here in my small town in Karlstad. It seems to be a standard beer at the pubs which is not a real "beer pub", but still more sophisticated then the worst ones. This time the beer tasted good... and thanks to the beer gods for that!

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 09:24:20 | More by Ljunkan
Photo of birchstick


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - faint amber with a small head
S - sweet, toasty malts with a little kick of hops
T - very malty followed by a kick of hops and mild bitterness, and a burnt malt aftertaste. Very well balanced.
MF - a bit thin and watery
D - this goes down pretty easily and quickly. Not a bad option for having several in a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 22:50:38 | More by birchstick
Photo of PatronWizard


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber refresher...

Clear amber orange IPA-esque. Frothy head. Good looking beersky.

Sweet malt scent.

Sweet malt taste. Bready. Actually has a little bitterness at the end. Puny but nice.

I remember my first Sam Adams. Working graveyard shift at an (in)convenience store, I would grab a sixer at random to relax with before passing out for the day. Brought home some Sammies. Thought they were the most god awful swill imaginable. Couldn't even drink a whole bottle. What a pathetic wuss I was. Fast forward 15 years and I think Sam Adams taste like sweet candy. Could drink 'em all day. And night.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 04:50:22 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass. A nice head forms above the copper body, nice lacing.

S. Bready malt, floral and citric hops.

T. A nice malt body is balanced nicely by the hops. I know they are german hops, but they taste almost like the west coast hops made famous by some IPAs. A slightly hoppy red is more like the taste of this beer, I wish all vienna lagers were this good.

M. Medium bodied. Crisp. Dries the mouth a bit, leaves me wanting more.

D. This is a fairly drinkable beer, and much better served and consumed cold. When it warmed up a bit I didn't enjoy it as much.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 20:09:43 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Reagan1984


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funny, Sam Adams Boston Lager has almost become commonplace so I rarely enjoy a pint. This beer is one that I think it totally different on draft vs. poured from the bottle. (please NEVER drink one from the bottle)

Enjoyed 2 of these on draft tonight and realized it was time to note my thoughts and write a review.

Beer came with a thin one finger head that was foamy and white. The head quickly receded back into the glass. The color of the beer was copper or bright amber with lots of orange highlights. No visible carbonation and very clear.

Aroma was floral or perfume like. Some citrus notes but fairly clean/ fresh aroma. Also got a sense of grain/ malt in the aroma.

I was pleased that the taste was as pleasing as I remembered. Excellent balance Slightly spicy like white pepper. Starts with a little burst of hop bitterness and this gives way to a nice bread like finish with just a touch more hop assertiveness towards the end. This really is the beer that gave me an appreciation for the bread/mal flavors that can occur in quality beer.

Mouth feel was light to medium/light and the tingle of carbonation on tongue

Very drinkable beer and one I consider a session beer on draft.

A Really good beer on Draft!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 02:35:19 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Jyubei

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured an amber/gold color and gave a thick white head.

S. Malt, hops and a citrus aroma that leaned towards grapefruit.

T. Strong hops and malt with a hint of wheat bread.

M. Gave good carbonation with a pleasant syrupyness and a strong hops and malt aftertaste.

D. A beer that uses subtle flavors, nothing too complex. I prefer Sam Adams Summer Ale, but enjoyed this enough to get it again. A good beer to play video games with if you like.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 04:28:56 | More by Jyubei
Photo of pwsoldier


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear copper with a decent white head that lasts a while. Some small traces of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Lots of floral hop aromas accompanied by sweet caramel and a hint of apple (caramel apple?).

T - Hops dominate up front, giving way to caramel sweetness from the malts in the finish. This is a very well-balanced lager and one of the best-hopped in its class.

M - Medium-bodied, good carbonation. The hops bite ever so subtley, but it's still very smooth.

D - This is the mother of all session beers. Always a good decision!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 03:37:45 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden transparent colored beer with a good, sticky white head. Aroma of grains, barley, faint hop bed underneath the malt, subtle sweetness also in the nose. Taste of barley, hops, greens, a nice sweet note that hits toward the finish and lingers refreshingly. This is steps above the yellow fizz that's around. All in all, smooth beer and light bodied, a fine beer of choice to reach for.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 19:59:54 | More by JRed
Photo of changeup45


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being originally from New England this was and still is a regular for me. Pours a copper color with a nice off-white head that leaves some lacing behind. Some bitter hops, slightly sweet and balanced by caramel malts. Not complex but enough flavor in there to make this quite enjoyable. A nice easy to find session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 15:23:55 | More by changeup45
Photo of RodBurg


3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have to give the Boston Beer Company props; this was one of the first beers that made me realize there's more to the brew world than the bland macros I was drinking. Decided to try this classic again and give it a review.

Deep golden color, clear with a white head that leaves good lacing.

Citrus hop scent. Light malt and grain.

Clean and crisp malt taste with a good balance of hop bitterness. Also detecting some sour citrus, maybe calamansi and grapefruit. The medium body and moderate carbonation works well.

Solid brew for being so widely distributed. I'm glad to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 00:45:47 | More by RodBurg
Photo of cswhitehorse


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

The original Boston Lager pours an amber color with a 1 finger foam head and good lacing that encircles the glass. Decent head retention.

Aroma is toasted malts with a caramel and floral hint. The taste is smooth and is started by a long lasting malt that is finished by a good hop bitterness. The malt flavor stays on the tongue for sometime. Overall a very solid lager and is a good session.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 01:47:25 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of kzoobrew


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

Pours an orange/light amber color. Big foamy head with really good lacing. Head retention isn't half bad either.

Floral aroma from the hops really blends well with the malt in the nose. Quite a pleasant smelling beer.

The flavor, a lot like the smell, is really a great combination of hops and malt. Very balanced.

Very smooth and crisp as far as mouth feel goes. Medium light in the mouth. One heck of an easy drinker. Great for a stand by brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:55:22 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of Zadok


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Cheesecake Factory in KS.

Poured a deep orange amber with basically no head nor lacing.

Hops with an earthy undertone on first whiff.

Hops taste is very nice and mild. Good balance between the mild hops and the same earthy backdrop.

Nice and smooth with low carbonation.

Very good drinkability and an absolute quality session beer at a respectable price.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 00:52:53 | More by Zadok
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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