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

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6,531 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,531
Reviews: 2,405
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 53
Gots: 371 | 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 bort11


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Sam Adams Boston Lager shaped glass for some time now, and I'm just now getting around do a review.

12 oz bottle, with a best by Oct 2008. This 1/4 inch head, but leaves an impressive sheet of lacing on the glass. Color is a warm golden amber.

Smell is an impressive shot of Hallertau hops. Bready malt under notes. Taste is quite hoppy up front, with some tannic tea-like flavoring. Dry biscuity malt character. Clean finish and very enjoyable. It's no surprise this one does so well.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:51:36 | More by bort11
Photo of Saunapoika


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper brown color with a one finger white head. Good lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass. A very inviting brew.

S: Pine nuts, pine trees, sweet maltiness, a bit of earth thrown in there as well. Wonderful.

T: Very good. Smooth, caramel maltiness in the front with a slightly bitter finish that stimulates the tongue in the finish.

M: Very good feel to it. Not too heavy. It could be a slight bit less carbonated.

D: I can and did have quite a few of these. Cheers to the craft brewer who sprouted from the homebrewer roots.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:22:27 | More by Saunapoika
Photo of tronester


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a medium tan head. Smells of piney hops. Taste is of caramelized malt, with a nice amount of piney, floral hop flavor to match. Impressive bitterness levels. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation levels somewhat high. Highly drinkable, a great beer to drink any time of the year.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 18:39:20 | More by tronester
Photo of Rayek


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An old favorite from the beginning of the craft beer movement.

A: Clear amber color with very active carbonation. Foamy off-white head is small but has above average rentention. Leaves nice amounts of lace.

S: Sweet, with aromas of toffee, caramel, lemon and grass.

T: Not as sweet as the nose would indicate. Malt has toffee and toasted qualities. Nicely balanced bitterness is spicy with flavors of pepper and cloves, plus a hint of lemon. Semi-dry finish with a mild lingering bitterness.

M: Medium light body feels quite over carbonated.

D: Very. Nice session beer that pairs well with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 20:57:38 | More by Rayek
Photo of Tilley4


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is much better on tap than in the bottle and I liked it quite a bit in the bottle. It just seems hoppier and livelier somehow.

Deep golden appearance with a beautiful head..

Aroma of sweet roasted malts, those SA hops and yeast...

Again, this is just tastier on tap. I could (and did) drink this stuff all night.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 23:42:53 | More by Tilley4
Photo of phantomwyse


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

No matter what your opinion on Boston Beer Co. is, you can't say this isn't an incredible looking and still a good tasting beer. You may say it's not craft anymore, but it's not macro. Beer limbo.

A: One finger head, sporadic patching in the film after the head fades. Copper honey color, just beautiful to stare through. Carbonation moves slowly throughout the entire beer. Lacing is moderate and is seen in levels corresponding to sips as you drink.

S: First, hops, lemon citrus and older pine. Then the malts caramel malts come in with a sweetness that works in conjunction with the hops, smells like baking warm breads.

T: Malts, smooth and toasted oat-like at the start. But the hops steal the show. They come in on the back end, piney and tart citrus.

The beer is well balanced, the malts hold the intesnsity of the hops at bay, which leave a pleasant bitter after taste.

M: Medium light body. Starts out slick, finsihes almost dry.

D: Still a solid brew. I'll glaldy take it anyday over the average offerings at a sports bar or any place else that just gets the job done with their selection.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 23:04:04 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of Patrick999


4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good day to finally get around to reviewing this. On tap at a dockside restaurant, had after a long day of fishing.

A - Attractive honey-amber color, very good head and retention. As always, a very fine-looking beer.

S - Grainy with a bit of hop.

T - What a fine-tasting lager. I'm probably rating it higher than I otherwise would have if I'd been sitting at home drinking it. Good juicy hop profile, and comes off as much more "fruit-y" than most lagers. Nice blast of flavor.

F - Crisp and well-carbonated, as it should be. Medium-ight bodied.

D - As far as I'm concerned, there is a 3-way tie for the title of "America's Beer" - this, SNPA, and Anchor Steam. Basically a near-flawless, tasty lager, underrated due to its wide availability. I'm thankful for that, as Boston Lager tends to save the day time and time again. Always a good call.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 02:00:44 | More by Patrick999
Photo of ckeegan04


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright golden color with one finger white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - Spicey sweet aroma. A good smell, but not very strong.

T - A light caramel sweetness up front followed by a surprising spicey hop bite. A surprisingly good tasting brew.

M/D - Very well carbonated, almost too much. Medium bodied and very crisp. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 13:47:05 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of gestalt162

New York

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Beautiful translucent orange-copper colored body. Cream-colored, small-bubbled foam makes up an impressive 1 1/2 finger head that never dissipates. Leaves sticky rings of lace all the way down the glass. I find it impossible to believe that a beer of this style could look any better than this.

S: Strong hop aroma with many characteristics- fruity, flowery, grassy, and slightly earthy all at the same time. Ever-so-slight hint of citrus. Roasty barley malt base. A mysteriously delicious aroma laden with hops- those TV commercials aren't lying.

T: At first nothing up front- takes awhile to register. First impression is of a roasted barley husk. Crisp, with a touch of earthiness. Toward the end of the sip a bitterly sharp finish hits- very out of character and somewhat unpleasant. There's not much flavor to it, its just....bitter. Although this bitterness mellows out as the beer warms up a bit, it's not exactly what I'd call well-balanced.

MF: Smooth, and a little crisp. Suits this beer well.

D: Average. Although this has been pretty well billed as a beer to drink year round, I remember drinking it outside during the summer once, and it felt very out of place. That bitter sharpness really limits its drinkability- I'd find it hard to quaff another with that kind of character.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 05:11:20 | More by gestalt162
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

12 oz as part of the summer Mix-Pack.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass...

2 finger head... leaves beautiful lacing atop a polished copper brew..

Toasty and biscuity... smells of clean malts with a little bit of spicy hoppiness.

Flavor is also clean grains with an herbal hop bite to it... body is lite side of medium with creamy mouthfeel and carbonation.

Reminds me alot of the Boston ale I just had minus the yeasty notes... this brew is a picture of summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 08:00:31 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of oneeye


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at PNC PARK

Served into a frosted pint glass. Copper with a good amount of carbonation. Two fingered head, soapy with like a caramel swirl.The aroma has a spice/malt scent.The taste is sweet with a slight floral hop bitterness. As the beer warmed the flavors were not as good. Creamy but thin. Drink it cold and fast. Not bad but I would prefer something else.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 16:05:08 | More by oneeye
Photo of theghost3


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

Appearance is light amber with a thin white head. It has a strong smell of floral hops and a hint of wheat. The taste starts off somewhat malty with just a hint of honey, and it ends up being bitter. Very carbonated, crisp. This is a drinkable lager that can go with almost any food. Typically the one craft beer available in a sea of macros at a lot of the more generic establishments.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 02:38:26 | More by theghost3
Photo of hdofu


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

Not a bad Ale, though not my favorite beer either. Had a semi sweet malty taste to it with a slight rust finish with maybe a hint of cinnamon in there. The taste was also a bit less strong then I had hoped as well. Appearance was slightly red. The beer was fairly carbonated and the bubbles were noticeable. It was fairly drinkable though and I could drink a couple.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 21:01:44 | More by hdofu
Photo of Chugmonkey


4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I freakin' love it. Light amber color. Monster white head exploding with hop aroma. Perfectly nice zingy carbonation to carry that aroma up to you. Sweet maltiness balanced by plenty of hops. This beer just flat out kicks ass. Very satisfying, a little filling. My favorite is to get a freshly tapped one in a 22oz glass. Any day I get one of those babies is a great day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 17:43:55 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cooperish light brown, good head and retention, a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma of noble hops, quite alot of hop aroma, some spice, some fresh hay. Flavor is a hop wallop and some malt to back it up, interresting lingering flavor of bread and hop bitterness lingers in the mouth.

A rather hoppy vienna lager, I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 04:47:59 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light reddish-amber color, with a nice frothy head and good lacing.

S: Caramel/toffee malts and very floral hops with a hint of spiciness. A very nice aroma.

T: Malty, with subdued caramel notes. The hops hit very noticeably and give a spicy, bitter kick as the beer goes down.

M: Noticeable carbonation throughout, finishes rather dry.

D: A really nice beer, with an excellent aroma and a good balance of malts and hops. This is a perfect go-to beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 18:14:55 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack.

A: Pours a rusty amber color with a thin, bone-white head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Well-balanced aroma: floral, spicy hops and sweet, caramel malts.

T: Taste profile mirrors the nose. Opens sweet with caramel malt upfront, followed by a hoppy bitterness with notes of spice. Finishes dry with a bite of grain.

M: Crisp and well-carbonated.

D: Extremely well-balanced and exceptionally sessionable.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Always a good call.
Over the years, I've found this beer to be a saving grace at weddings, airports, entertainment venues, and open-bars everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 18:43:27 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of GoodKnight1220


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great as Sam Adams describes it full flavored beer.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

The apperance was a nice deep golden color, with a light frothy head.

Taste is a full bite at first then you can begin to taste the multiple flavors of different hops. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Great American Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 18:36:13 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of Pauly2X


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

A- Clear light amber, one finger head.

S- Spicy noble hops with hints of caramel malt.

T- Wonderfully balanced from start to finish. Slightly sweet caramel up front with a smooth dry noble hop finish.

M- Nicely smooth with good carbonation.

D- Umm YEAH.

Not only is this a great beer to ween your friends off of the mass produced offerings, but its a great standby as its availability is very widespread.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 21:18:55 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of demitriustown


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much better, the malty goodness of a Boston lager. I like this better than their Boston Ale. Recently, I heard on a radio talkshow that people who order this beer at the bar are posers for some reason. One ,the person who said this is a moron. Two, Has he thought that people actually want to taste their beer rather than having alcoholic water like Carona, Budwieser, and Miller. Great Commercial Bee

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 18:46:02 | More by demitriustown
Photo of Natural510


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap with minimal head by bartender into 16oz glass. Rich amber color, similar in style to most vienna lagers and amber ales.
Scents a little subdued on this one...malts & hops with the trademark SABL caramel overtones.
Taste is where this differentiates itself from the bottled version. It is much more complex; the malts are a bit richer, bringing out the caramel note, and the piney hops bite harder..leaving the most balanced complexity you'll find in a vienna lager. Simple, yet pleasing on all fronts.
The mouth on this one was a bit flat, but still refreshing. It was poured at a TGIFriday's, which may not turn over Sam Adams as much as Bud or Coors.
Drinkability is off the charts; this is the #1 craft beer in America for a reason. It is smooth, yet complex; malt/hop balance accessible enough for all beer drinkers, whether new to craft beers, or seasoned veterans to all beer styles. Absolutely sessionable for any occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2008 11:15:11 | More by Natural510
Photo of jadpsu


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems too complex to be an American Macro Lager.
Pours a copper, amber color with a foamy, off white, head that has good retention and lacing. (if you didn'nt have head retention with this beer try getting your glass "beer glass clean."

Smell is floral hops and moderate yeast along with a hint of wheat.

Taste is fairly thick on the tongue as roasted malts come into play making it a well balanced serving. Detected a light lemon note. Has some bitter hops for a dry finish.

A beer that makes you want to take your time and enjoy the moment.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 03:05:43 | More by jadpsu
Photo of hefe300


4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a weitzen glass.

A) Copper, decent lacing. Relatively pale head in comparison with the beer. Head sticks around a while,but isn't too persistent.

S) Hops fragrance with a hint of caramel. Nothing unpleasent, but nothing stands out either. Smells clean.

T. Hops. This is much more Hops-y than the macros I was raised on. I mean that in a good way. A very good way. The hops taste is clear without being overpowering. The malt balances the bitternes of the hops perfectly, leaving a roasted grain taste in the back of the palate.

M. Carbonation is just fine.

D. I want another after finishing the first. This seems like a versatile beer with regard to food pairings and wouldn't be out of place on a hot day in the back yard.

Simply put, a good beer. I'll drink more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 02:06:07 | More by hefe300
Photo of jbsteiny


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say, it's been quite some time since I've had a Boston Lager, as I used to regularly hate on it as an aficionado of Brooklyn Lager, but this bottle that I'm currently enjoying has really turned me around. I still prefer many of their other brews (i.e. the Black Lager), but I will no longer eschew BBC's flagship at BBQs and the like.

Poured into a standard pint glass: clear amber-gold with a mountainous initial head, fading to a decent 1 cm ring that is maintained throughout; chunky retention in loose, thick bands.

Not much in terms of aroma, and I don't think it's just my choice of glassware. Maybe some biscuity malt and hop leaf? Tastes delicious, though. I think part of why I like it better now is that I've come to appreciate tasteful use of diacetyl -- the buttery sweetness is complemented by light hop spiciness and even lighter citrus notes. Solid malt backbone can't be denied.

Finishes somewhat dry but could be crisper for the style and my tastes. All in all, I think it's delicious because of the sweetness of the malt and diacetyl, but I think the slightly syrupy finish hurts its drinkability. Better for a wintery session than a summertime BBQ, and I certainly prefer Brooklyn Lager or Dos Equis.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 05:33:35 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of DesMoinesMike


4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, Sammy, my good ol' stand by. It looks smooth, it pours smooth, it foams smooth, it goes down smooth, it just all around smooth. Plenty of hops give this brew an exceptional flavor that doesn't offend at all, perfect balance. And with it available many places nowadays, I'm happy to go to almost any pub.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2008 21:35:31 | More by DesMoinesMike
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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