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

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6,904 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,904
Reviews: 2,416
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 60
Gots: 536 | 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 Stinkypuss


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

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!

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

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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!

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

08-21-2008 00:52:53 | More by Zadok
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a bright golden amber with a white half-finger head that fades rather quickly into a thin cap, leaving a thin webbing of lace. The rising CO2 bubbles really put on a nice showing in this one.

Aroma is of sweet malts, with perhaps a bit of floral hops making an appearance as well, though not much else showing itself to me in the nose.

Tastes of sweet grains balanced nicely with a hint of hop bitterness, with a medium body and a clean finish with just a hint of hop bitterness.

There's a reason this is America's most popular "craft" brew: it's readily available, balanced, and flavorful enough to please the beer lovers out there when nothing better makes a show on the menu, though not too complex or strong for the uninitiated. Though not following the same style, I'm anxious to see how well the upcoming Budweiser American Ale compares to the quintessential Sam Adams brew.

08-20-2008 03:19:36 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of Dusty278


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Light amber, lacing until the end.

Sweet malts aroma with quite apparent hops.

Sweet malt, caramel hints, a hoppy finish (always good).

Good balance, enjoyable.

A great session beer for the cost. And it has saved me in many a crappy bar with no selection of beer so the rating is higher here because of that.

08-20-2008 01:43:20 | More by Dusty278
Photo of engisch

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a nice copper/amber color in my pint glass. Holds a head much better than it's lighter counterpart (Sam Adams Light), but doesn't have a crazy head. This has a nice sweet malt and hop aroma. The beer has a great bitterness from earthy hops. A very tasty brew that can be drank socially amongst many different friends.

Not too offensive and available almost everywhere, making it a very good introductory beer to the light beer drinker. Very well done, Sam Adams!

08-19-2008 18:57:39 | More by engisch
Photo of andrewt960

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

A: nice pour... nice head, and color was was a light copper with an orange hue.
S: smell is very nice for a lager, believe it or not, some citrusy hops popping out. maybe some fuggles hops as well. i may be imagining things, but it seems like this is a hoppier beer than i remember.
T: Taste was classic, as you expect it. Nice malty flavor up from with some hopps coming across the nose. very nice and quite drinkable.

08-19-2008 00:31:42 | More by andrewt960
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

A: A orange and amber looking beer. Nothing stands out. A thick off-white head. Decent carbonation. A quickly dissipating lacing.

S: Lots of pine hops and other earthy hops. Also some spices, but nothing overpowering.

T: I really enjoy the taste. Lots of pine and earthy hop flavoring, just like the smell. Also some tinges of citrus. Quite balanced.

M: A slightly bitter taste, but nothing too strong. Very crisp and balanced.

T: A very nice session beer. Good anytime. Not my favorite brew by Boston Beer, but certainly one I have come to enjoy more recently.

08-18-2008 13:38:35 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of midaszero


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

A - Clear golden color with 2 fingers of white head that sticks around for a bit and some ok lacing.

S - Floral and malts with a little sweetness.

T - Some good malt flavor with a little hops and caramel sweetness

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Not my favorite beer but a good regular offering at many places with out craft bews.

08-16-2008 16:35:36 | More by midaszero
Photo of N8TheGreat

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

(Served in an Imperial Pint Glass at 45 Degrees)

Pouring into pint glass created a massive head that soon settled to three fingers floating above a sea of light copper. Head retention seems better than average. Smells of floral and citrus hops with faint sweet toasted malts. Taste starts with nice hop notes balanced by sweet malt with a touch of caramel. Goes down like water after a 5 mile run! Overall a balanced and quality brew. Perhaps my tastes have matured, but in my youth I remember this being a bigger beer than it tastes nowadays. Still a damn good Vienna Lager built on quality ingredients. One of my favorites with spicy foods especially Mexican.

08-15-2008 16:49:17 | More by N8TheGreat
Photo of grmarcil

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +28.3%

Pours a deep straw-orange color with a fluffy two-fingers-plus head... retains a decent amount, leaves behind a nice white lacing. A slight tint of tan in the head, but nearly white.

Smell is a mixture of caramel, malt, toasted grain, and a bit of hops.

The taste is fabulous... begins with a good, balanced flavor of hops and then mellows into caramely grain and malt. Leaves a mild and pleasant aftertaste of malt.

Mouthfeel is a rich and smooth. Not much carbonation. Certainly full-bodied but by no means too thick.

What a terrific beer. Well-balanced, incredibly drinkable, yet still has very interesting qualities. As a bonus, easy to find anywhere. Definitely my "desert island" beer.

08-13-2008 03:33:57 | More by grmarcil
Photo of jake87


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

L. good amber color with a white finger and-a-half head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a good lacing
S. Strong of hops with a sweet citrus smell
T. starts off strong with hop taste and only mildly malty then comes back with a cream taste in the back of the mouth
F. Begins with a good bubbly carbonation that quickly releases the flavors and then changes to a silky smooth texture over the toungue, and finally leaves a mildly sticky syrupy feel which is quite pleasant

A very nice beer and another quality brew from sam adams, something you can go back to and drink year round; and good with lots of food.

08-12-2008 05:42:50 | More by jake87
Photo of JEdmund


4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

Golden caramel; healthy, thick head that retains throughout the duration, leaving robust rings of lace the whole way

Appetizing aroma of bready/sweet yeast and malt with a dash of hops

Taste & Mouthfeel
Opens with a smooth caramel malt sweetness, lending way to a crisp, slightly hoppy, finish; if it weren't for the unique lager yeast characteristic, I'd tag this an amber ale; body is thin, but OK for the style; firm crispness and carbonation; light berry hints in the finish

I won't forget the first time I tried this and how I was blown away by it; it truly redefined to me what a lager beer can be. It's so lively and flavorful like many top-notch ales I enjoy. World class, and maybe the ultimate gateway beer into the craft beer world.

08-11-2008 18:00:46 | More by JEdmund
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Ah, BBC's flagship brew! Pours a clear, copper body capped with a half inch of white foam. Fine, webby lacing on the way down.

Smell: Toasty, caramel-scented malt nose with a spicy, floral background note.

Taste: Toasted maltiness with a restrained caramel sweetness. Floral, lightly spicy Noble hops with a cleansing bitterness. Faint hint of fruit, particularly upon warming. Crisp, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Enjoyed many times over many years in various forms, Samuel Adams Boston Lager is always a tasty, light, refreshing lager easily within reach be it at concert venues, humble gas stations, or the dreaded Red Lobster.

08-09-2008 23:02:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of maximum12


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

A staple of my youth as I was migrating out of bad beers, I really wanted to like this old standby when I encountered him at the lake last weekend.

Yellow, fizzy, lots of carbonation evident immediately. Smells of that not-quite-right malt; not good; maybe I rec'd a bad bottle?

Taste is similar. Lager, but off a little. Surpassingly easy to drink. Not as good as my memories of it, & not what I want now, but it'll always be my old gateway beer.

08-07-2008 23:50:53 | More by maximum12
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Had this one on tap a few times,but i think i like it better from the bottle,brownish amber with decent tan head that left sticky lacing,Nose was refreshing clean with the malts coming thru mild herbs and hints of pine,taste was not as good as it smelled but went down rather easily,the malts and spice's and a tinge of pine was all there but still it seemed flat and dull,nonethe less i kept trying this on tap and got the same results,i got a little more kick from the ones in bottles,had this one at ESPN in Disneyland and all the games on the tube helped this go down quite easily.

08-07-2008 22:13:15 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of Goliath


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a clear amber color with a large inch and a half of off white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Aroma is decent. A subtle hop presence with good malting. Caramel, and a bit of citrus too.

Taste is decent. A light hopping with bigger malt notes. Some good caramel. Not complex.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol and decent flavor makes this brew easy to consume.

08-06-2008 20:50:32 | More by Goliath
Photo of morebeergood


3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Since the selection at Devlin's in Brighton Center isn't too great, I alternate between Long Trail and Sam. Last weekend, it was Sam's turn. Ordered a pint, and I am always surprised at how little head bartenders pour. Oh well. Reddish brown color with minimal carbonation. Kinda dry on the palate. This beer, though, has a nice balance of flavor and ingredients that of course has helped this brew become as popular and ubiquitous as it is. This lager is one of the better stand-by beers out there. When the selection sucks, you'll always find Sam Lager. Always comes through in the end. Could be worse I guess...

08-05-2008 23:25:58 | More by morebeergood
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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