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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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7,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,352
Reviews: 2,440
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 72
Gots: 770 | 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 StarshipPoopers
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The appearance of the beer itself is nice. Rich copper colour with a thin white head. The head isn't very appealing though, it quickly thins out to a few thinly scattered clumps on the surface. The use of "soap bubbles" to describe the look is really accurate. Quite a bit of carbonation.

S - Normal lager smell. Grains mixed in with some sweet tones. Nothing too special here IMO.

T - Quite good for a lager. It lacks the kick and excitement of stronger or more complex beers, but for what it is this tastes great. The malts can actually be tasted and offer a sweet tone that helps to balance the grain flavours. There are also slight hints of hops that were a welcome surprise and really balances this beer nicely. While the malts and grains still dominate the taste, the hops add a nice complexity to the overall taste. Sets it apart from more generic lagers.

M - Clean, crisp and refreshing. A solid but light feel with a little bit of a bite. Very nice flavours for a lager, and the carbonation is low enough to allow a reasonably smooth texture.

D - Very drinkable. Being a lager it goes down pretty smooth and isn't overpowering. The taste in this is complex enough to make it enjoyable to drink while still being simple enough to just down a few of these at a time as a casual drink.

Overall a great lager that seems to be readily available in most LCBOs here in Ontario and is refreshing when compared to the other generic lagers that one typically finds in such places.

Definitely a good candidate for a session beer.

StarshipPoopers, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly light. Light off white head, a little soapy. Too light. Lighter than on-tap from memory. Though, I hear the bottles from the Variety packs are lighter. No excuse for the difference I think...

Smell is toasty, with some nice caramel, sweet malts. Not hugely aromatic, but it's very nice.

Taste is much better! Nice notes of caramel, toasted malts, little sweetness.

Feel is silky smooth, medium carbonation, light, but upper light in body. Definitely some nice substance.

No brainer, very easy to palate!

EgadBananas, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of CBOLAND17
1.6/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A beer that is considered great by many people..but i am not one of those people. Samuel Adams produces a lager that is way over hopped for that style of beer. Additionally it doesnt seem like they are even using the correct type of hops because it is far too bitter for a lager. This beer looks good but is far from it. Sam Adams claims that it is i craft brewery but in actuality it is right up there with Budweiser and Coors.

CBOLAND17, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of sdj5
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper color with a cream-colored 2 finger head.

The smell is primarily the excellent floral aroma of the noble hops.

The taste is wonderfully clean, with a taste of bread, small initial taste of the hops and then a bite at the end.

The beer feels good in my mouth with a very balanced amount of carbonation.

I could drink this beer for a long time. Very delicious, smells great, tastes great.

sdj5, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a dark gold/light orange with a 2 finger white head that quickly fades...lacing is alright.

S- malty goodness...a little corny. Not much, though.

T- really nonoffensive. Some malts, minimal hops, though you can taste a little bitterness...more flavor than an adjunct, at least

M- good feel. Solid body

D- real drinkable lager. Fantastic gateway beer

bigfnjoe, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A crystal clear light copper with a dense white head that dies down to a soapy layer of bubbles. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A very nice mixture sweet grains and hops in the aroma. The noble hops definitely come through and give it a nice herbal body.

T: The taste is almost a sweet tea-like grain and hop flavor. The malt and hop flavors are very balanced and neither one takes over the other. The finish is sweet with a slight bitterness and leafy hop flavor.

M: The beer is nice and light. Carbonation is not very high.

D: I really like this lager. Hate to admit that this is the first time I've tried it after passing up the opportunity so many times. Definitely recommend this beer. It is light and extremely sessionable.

Kromes, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint class. Served cold.

A-amber brown body, clear; off white thick head.

S-cereal, grapefruit (slight), floral hop aroma.

T-sweet malt front, some citrus, balanced but not strong hop flavor.

M-medium but well flavored

D-very drinkable. In the Boston area, this really is a reliable beer to go to. On tap is loads better.

jneiswender, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of jmich24
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber color. Thin layer of head. No lacing, bar glass may be a bit dirty.
S: Sweet malts, carmel
T: Again sweet malts carmel, some nuttiness. Finishes with a nice crisp bitterness.
M:Nice medium body, crisp finish, yet not too dry
D: Outstanding. Smooth crisp, way more flavor than BMC ever dreamed of.

A great step up from an BMC. Nice mild session beer with flavor.

jmich24, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No complaints here, it is what it is. Some good malt going on, an okay appearance. Just your standard copper colored lager. I usually enjoy their flavored beers a lot, so I was expecting more out of this.

The drinkability is high since it's not too heavy on anything and doesn't seem to be lacking anything. A good mouthfeel, but nothing else really stands out. Overall though, I like it.

kneeland, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a 1" white head that left a tiny bit of lacing. The head slowly dissipated and ended leaving a thin foam on the surface of my beer. Smells of floral hops and a little bit of caramel. Taste is malty with little bit of hops to balance it out. Heavier and more flavorful than an BMC lager, but it still has the clean finish that is a point of attraction to those beers. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Overall a simple but very enjoyable beer. I drink a beer to enjoy it, not to have my mind blown by the 98 flavors to sort through. This is a simple beer, and its a great beer.

gkunkle, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear amber/copper color with a nice 1.5 finger off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap; nice carbonation bubbles and some lacing

S- toasted biscuit with a slight grass aroma; some citrus

T- nice toasted malt flavor with a hint of apple skin or orange peel bitterness at the end; munich malt is there at the end with subtle sweetness and a slight hop bitterness, but very faint

M- mouth feel is good with just the right amount of carbonation and the aftertaste doesn't linger that much

D- great session beer or something to pair with really any type of food; it's not overly complex, but an easy drinker and craft-transition beer

scottyb88, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-transparent dark gold, very light tan head

S-decent grain smell, slight slight hops

T-initial taste is that of grain and a bit of hops. the best part of this beer comes with the after taste. Its a distinct bready flavor, but its a very powerful yummy taste that stays.

M-medium carbonation, not too bad but nothing to write home about, its average.

D-gets more bitter as you drink it. breadiness fades but doesn't vanish.

All in all, if you go to a bar with out a good beer selection, there's still a chance it might have this, in which case it might be the best beer available. Its better than budweiser tho maybe not as tasty and drinkable as yuengling. However, once compared to the other craft beers and foreign beers, this lager falls quite short.

AdamBear, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of jikvig
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A brown apperance, and very bubbely. A very light foam

Getting some fruit aromas, a hint of apple maybe?

On the palate, bitternes. Even if the sweetnes comes after a while in the mouth, it can`t hold the bitternes that is to dominating.
Unbalanced with to much hops.

jikvig, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a bright golden amber tone with a little more than a finger of puffy, off-white head... moderate retention; respectable lacing.

nose is primarily of caramel malts (1st) followed by floral/earthy hops. good aroma, though not especially robust.

flavor brings forth the caramel malt backbone which is accompanied by some hoppy bitterness and a clean, crisp finish. pretty balanced. a bit unexciting with its lack of complexity; that said, i'm admittedly not steeped in experience with this style; perhaps complexity is not a chief selling point. keeping that in mind.

medium bodied/carbed. almost the prototype of a session beer.

perrymarcus, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of RankRefugee88
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into glass.

A - Nice, super clear. Small white head with a nice colorful body. Bronzish.

S - Hoppy at first, yeast and malts come into play. Bit of a caramel finish.

T - Tastes pretty good. I like the aftertaste especially for such a simple beer. Good balance of hops, malts and yeast. Nothing else much I can say for the taste of this beer, its very simple.

M - Dry and smooth. Very well carbonated, perfect for this style.

D - Pretty good. I can have a lot of these but I'd most likely pick something else off the tap if there was a decent selection.

Good beer for a simple lager. Absolutely not SA's best offering in my opinion.

RankRefugee88, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Lemke10
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a Sam Adams summer variety 12pk in late summer 2010 at Wooodman's in Janesville, WI for about $9. And of course what variety pack would be complete without Sam Adams Boston Lager?

It pour a golden amber color with a good head of foam. It does have a slighty biter taste to it but just ever so slight. It makes it so it's not too strong but also not too light. A surprisly good beer for the low price and big name brand behind it.

Lemke10, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber colour with nice off-white head. Some lacing down the glass. Smells of mild hops with some nice caramel malt and toasted nuts. Flavour has more bitterness than most lagers, but certainly not a bitter beer. Fairly sweet and malty flavour. Carbonation level is nice. Easy beer to knock several back.

kwjd, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good ol' Sam Adams Boston Lager...

A: Light amber / orange-gold, with a puffy white head that dissipates leaving a few specks of lace.

S: Caramel malts, grains, floral / spicy hop notes.

T: Light caramel malt flavor, toast, citrus rind hop bitterness in the finish; very well balanced.

M: Body is on the light side of medium, with moderate carbonation.

D: Yes! A very drinkable lager. Nice balance - you get the caramel malt and toastiness plus the hop bitterness at 4.75% = very drinkable.

jpro, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of asnider
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer looks incredible. Great colour: a nice golden amber and an excellent head.

Great head retention. It poured quite tall (I have a bad habit of being a bit too heavy on the pour) but didn't shrink at all until I started drinking it. It does eventually shrink down to about a half inch and stays there for the duration.

Carbonation is high: the bubbles never seem to stop, but this doesn't negatively affect the mouthfeel. It's just the right amount of carbonation.

The taste is really quite good. This is definitely one of those lagers that almost tricks you into thinking that it's an ale. It's heavy on the malt, with just enough hops to balance it out and give it a hint of bitterness. The finish doesn't last long, but is an interesting mix of both sweet and bitter. It's a balanced finish, if nothing else.

Drinkability is quite good. It's much too easy to down a few bottles and suddenly realize that you've had more than you thought.

Overall, Sam Adams is an exceptional lager. I can't believe that I've only tried it recently. I'll definitely be buying this again.

asnider, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of EkimGram
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden-brown colour. Maybe an inch of head. Poured into Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass.

S: Strong malts, very light hops.

Taste: Crisp, bready flavour. Some bitterness but overall it is pretty light. Satisfying. Hoppy at first but finishes malty.

M: Medium body with significant carbonation. At cold temperatures it has a bit of a bite to it but in general, it is rather refreshing.

D: This is a solid beer, good for all around drinking. Definitely worthy of being a regular session beer.

EkimGram, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark for a lager. Creamy looking head, good carbonation. Head laces glass as I sip on. Good looking beer.

Smells of lager yeast. Slight sulfur notes. nice aroma, just very subtle.

Decent dose of bitterness for a lager, not overdone or off-putting, but very noticeable and delicious. Malt is sweet and very slightly caramel. The yeast taste fresh and healthy. This particular bottle is good. I have found this beer less appealing in the past. Again, the hops are really well balanced in this beer. Not so much that you don't loose the lager qualities of the beer, but generously dosed.

There is a slightly odd aftertaste at the end. I have always noticed it in this beer and never really cared for it. Aside from that, a pretty good beer.

mlazzaro, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of jwhancher
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden amber with nice clarity, okay head, and decent carbonation.

S: Smells of mostly light caramel malts with some burnt & toasted character. It's almost a bit toffee like with sweet goodness. Floral hops barely evident.

T & M: Starts sweet then takes awhile to get to some level of dryness. The sweetness comes mostly from its strong malt character. Caramel notes most prevalent. I get a slight ting from the hops.

D: Overall, a nice drinkable beer. Likely one of the two first craft beers I ever had. I remember thinking how awesome this tasted when I first tried it. Well, after many years, this one still stands up well. But with all of the stronger, bigger beers to measure up to nowadays, this one still makes one heckuva session beer to ponder those old-time memories over.

jwhancher, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of philphilphil
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

recommended by an american friend.
appeareance is a beautiful deep amber with good head and a slightly opaque quality.
Smell is floral... Not encouraging, while many would like this I do not.
Taste is a massive relief, I have not been hit with an overly floral flavour, in fact it is quite balanced, not exessesively bitter.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but otherwise good.
Drinkability is decent, but price is high and there are equally good aussie and euro beers at lower prices. Also hard to come by, maybe if the chance and urge pop up together i'll get this again.

philphilphil, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of BBP
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper with decent head. Disappeared quickly though. Medium carbonation.

S- Grainy. Slightly grassy smell and floral hops.

T- Roasted Malts and yeast. Had a bit of a burnt taste in a good way. Light background hops left a good aftertaste. Very crisp finish.

M- A bit watery. Fair carbonation.

D- Easy to down and not too pricey. It's imported here though, so I don't think I'd be trying it again.

BBP, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of gopens44
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Aggressive pour lead to a nice foamy head of about 2" that recessed to about an inch after it settled (two minutes maybe) Fluffy and dimpled head throughout most of the drink. Nice copper color. Would actually make a nice paint color this copper would.

S - Not a lot of essence in the aromas, other than that of the roasted barley that was slightly muted due to, I'm guessing, the temperature.

T - Real nice and straight forward. Caramel hints amongst the roasted barley. Little bitter, but not excessively so. I think that the commercial states that it's good with steak, and I'd have to agree. Complimented a teriyaki marinated steak with a crushed pepper rub rather well.

M - high carbonation yet slightly silky.

D - I'd drink this one anytime that I wanted a no fuss lager. Pretty good for a mass marketed micro/macro brew.

gopens44, Aug 30, 2010
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,352 ratings.