1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

6,988 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Boston Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,988 | Reviews: 2,419 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Beernoisseur
Beernoisseur

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

This beer is a great example of the sum of its parts being greater than the whole. Individually, none of its constituents are much more than moderately above average. It looked pretty good, it smelled pretty good, it tasted pretty good, and it felt pretty good going down. At the end of the glass however, I thought to myself "Damn, This is great beer!" I don't really understand it.

There's definately some fun complexity in the flavor. More hops than average I'd say. there's the grainy and the malty, but it's well balanced with the bitterness.

10-18-2008 06:35:09 | More by Beernoisseur
Photo of NHGrafx
NHGrafx

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 1pt 8fl oz brown bottle.

Pours an incredibly clean amber color. Nice head, but dissipates quickly. Leaves some decent lacing on my glass.

Aroma is just like what Jim Koch always says, the smell of flowers. Very nice floral aroma from the hops. I can also detect a hint of a cinnamon like smell. There are some nice fruity smells and some nice caramel like aromas. Also has some malty aromas too.

Taste starts off a little sweet like caramel, which then turns pretty malty with some hop flavors in the mix. Finish has a nice hop bitterness to it. Has a malty aftertaste that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel seems pretty smooth. Good drinkability.

This was the first beer I ever had when I started drinking beer 4 years ago. Always has been a favorite.

10-18-2008 00:06:06 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of CampusCrew
CampusCrew

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Samuel Adams is the new King of Beers!

appearance:Looks liek a amber lager should be

smell: tons of hops smeel. love it

taste: Full flavor and malty lager

mouthfeel: Beautiful

drinkability: smooth

My second favorite lager in the world behind Brooklyn. Since its not as available Sammy has been my go to beer.

10-15-2008 00:36:49 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Foxtrot
Foxtrot

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle into frosted pint glass.

A - Pours a nice light copper color with minimal head.

S - Easily pick up fruit notes with a dash of hops. I also found a hint of oak.

T - Fruit flowery flavors, a bit of caramel with a very nice clean hop finish that is just right. I was surprised with how much hop flavor this had for a lager.

M - Very smooth, not to thick or thin, with some carbonation.

D - Definitely a session beer, without a doubt.

10-14-2008 08:31:12 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of Silenus89
Silenus89

California

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

A. Nice gold copper color with a adequate head

S. Grainy hops

T. Sweet malts balanced with a hop bitterness that is nice a good tasting brew

MF. Good carbonation and medium body to it

D. Easy to find this as its everywhere and a good session beer

10-10-2008 23:45:11 | More by Silenus89
Photo of srandycarter
srandycarter

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

Best by 11.08

A - Clear honey, small white head leaves ring and lots of lace.

S - Floral and light barley.

T- Solid malt center, flowery sensation, good bittering at end.

M - Med to light, good carb, so-so coating.

D - Very.... Session all night.

I have always enjoyed SA. I have yet to rate it, but it is one of the very best high productions around.

10-09-2008 05:12:04 | More by srandycarter
Photo of stuckonhops
stuckonhops

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

one of my favorite lagers..nice and hoppy and very very balanced...like others say a great "go-to" beer

A-- very clear copperish color with orange hues on the edges...looks a lot better than most lagers...very sustained frothy head that is fed by tiny bubbles that never want to go away..

S-- light bread smell...flowery and malty...when fresh this beer smells so damn inviting..

T--malty biscuit taste comes on the front...almost like caramel...amazing hop presence especially for a lager..quite floral and lingerig hop tastes...clean finish.

M--very smooth..small carbonation bubbles allow for this beer to disperse all tastes quickly and then clean after hop bitterness fades..

D--i can drink this beer all day long..at less than 5% makes this beer such a great session beer with a great amount of flavors...not a bad price either, just over 20 bucks for a case?count me in baby..

10-08-2008 20:56:53 | More by stuckonhops
Photo of Buggies
Buggies

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a amber/golden color. Nice head with lots of nice lacing. Smells to me like a lot of bread smell. Not too much going on there. Drinkability is great. This beer is everything I want from a lager. Not a lot going on with this beer, but it is a very good lager that goes down quite nice. I could drink a lot of these.

10-08-2008 02:52:45 | More by Buggies
Photo of Onenote81
Onenote81

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured this into standard pint glass. Nice deep golden color with a about a 2 inch head that retained well with excellent lacing.

Smell was pretty average. Smell of bready dough, sweet malt, maybe some corn...a little spice.

There was a little metal taste at the beginning, that gave way to a creamy malty taste. There was a nice amount of hop bitterness at the finish.

Medium carbonation that made this highly drinkable. This was an ok brew. I know this is the 'anchor' of the brewery, but they put out so many more good brews. This is better than most mainstream lagers, but I'll get something better in the future.

10-06-2008 21:13:45 | More by Onenote81
Photo of PhxHorn
PhxHorn

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

The appearance is the best thing about this beer. Amber colored, with a decent head. No aroma to speak of, maybe a bit of malt, but not much. Taste is a metallic, slightly malty flavor, but just not much going on. This beer is maybe half a notch better than BudMillerCoors, but that's about all I can say that is positive.

10-06-2008 02:51:02 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of weissbierdrinker
weissbierdrinker

Belgium

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a clear amber color with a thick off white head that stays around leaving sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell is not weak but not strong, has some nice hoppy notes.

Tastes is great, from the start you get a nice grassy hop flavor then some spicy notes that finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel is nice kind of silky not thick.

This is exactly what I look for in a Lager. Not weak, you can taste the hops, and the finish is dry. When I go out to eat and I want a beer to go with my food this is what I want, not some metallic watery beer that just doesn't satisfy. I like this beer a lot and will keep this in my frig since it's so easy to get.

10-05-2008 04:36:22 | More by weissbierdrinker
Photo of hooliganlife
hooliganlife

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a chilled lager glass. They only had chilled so i waited until the beer warmed up. Poured a deep amber with decent head. Smell was light floral hops mixed with subtle malts. taste is why i reviewed this. I had been drinking budweiser all morning so this was beyond refeshing. The hops REALLY stuck out and were quite floral, I believe the keg was freshly tapped. gentle carbonation overall. I could session these all day long.

10-03-2008 18:52:42 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

BB 09/2009, served lightly chilled in Rodenbach's slim goblet.

A: coming in a dark orangey amber hue, with a frothy beige head with good retention, fed by really mild but constant carbonation full of microscopic fizz.
S: sweet prunes, caramelised tangerine, a faint floral hint of hops are underlined by caramelised sugar from the sweet malts. Pretty pleasant but not quite complex.
T: a mildly spicy hint (of hops) follows the soothing swallow of semi-sweet maltiness, showing a touch of biscuits apparently from paler malts... the lightly orangey hop aroma develops along with more medium-level bitterness in the aftertaste, while the overall fruity touch and mild caramelised sugar also linger. Throughout the drink, a very mild sour touch typical of a lager serves to underline both the sweet-malty and bitter-hoppy sides very well.
M&D: the healthy carbonation sustains and supports an overall medium body and a well-balanced flavour - very quaffable in every sense. The malt characters are more in line with the English types of ales, while the lingering bitter taste is especially welcomed to add to the beer's overall drinkability.

* Tasting Date: 07/08/05

Got this beer at my local Sainsbury's recently at 95 pence a bottle. The best before date is Jan. 06.
3.5 A: in a medium-sized weissbier glass it pours an amber, or light-honeyish hue, coming with a reasonably foamy, off-white beer head fading out in about a minute... it is fiercely gassy at first, while from the second minute on it turns weaker but still too fizzy for me.
3.5 S: the nose is very softly fruity and malty, with light caramel and brown sugary note, apple-peel's aroma, against a soft backdrop of noble hops.
4 T: on the palate it's truly enjoyable--soft maltiness arrives along with a mild, fruity hoppy flavour, as a slightly spicy and herbal, medium-bitterness gradually prevails. Delicate fruity flavour of malts and hops sustains well, though the bitter finish is reasonably clean rather than lingering.
3.5 M&4 D: Well-balanced lager with a soft malty mouthfeel throughout, though it could gain more assertive flavours from larger quantities of dark malts perhaps? Anyway, it's a refreshing lager and a solid brew by all means!

10-03-2008 18:31:52 | More by wl0307
Photo of sethmeister
sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Bottle marked "Best by 12/08"

Clear dark gold with a frothy off-white head and minimal lace.

Scent is bread and grapefruit hops.

Taste is subtle biscuity malt flavor with a nice grapefuit hop bitterness to follow. Possibly a hint of pine as well. Crisp and nicely balanced.

Mouth is medium.

Very good drinkability.

I've enjoyed this beer for years but only thought to review it recently. Always a pleasant and easy to drink lager.

10-03-2008 03:15:49 | More by sethmeister
Photo of tweek87
tweek87

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

This is my fall back beer. I like to experiment a lot, but if I ever just want something I know will go down right, I turn to Boston Lager. I wouldn't call it my favorite, and I do get tired of it sometimes, but I'm never disappointed by it. And it's one of the best beers to have with dinner.

The beer looks great. It has great head and good lacing. A nice amber color. It looks like a classic lager.

It smells really good. Definitely one of the hoppiest widely distributed beers I've tried. Jim Koch isn't kidding, it smells like flowers.

The first time I tried this, probably around 17 years old, I couldn't stand the bitterness. Now that I'm older and I know what beer's supposed to taste like, I love it. It's just the right balance of smoothness and bite.

All in all, this is a great beer. Truly an American classic. I hope they don't change a thing about it in my life time.

10-02-2008 03:47:31 | More by tweek87
Photo of daledeee
daledeee

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

This is readily available both on tap and bottle. Reasonably priced as well.

This beer pours a clear straw yellow with medium head. Nose is rather hoppy with some grain behind it.

Taste is not very ballanced. Plenty of hops in these hop shortage times. But I don't taste anything to back it up. NOt much grain, yeast or malt behind it. This beer has a little carbonated bite. Best served cold from a tap when I can't find a decent alternative.

09-30-2008 02:47:38 | More by daledeee
Photo of oriolesfan4
oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Like many, this beer was my first into the craft beer world and I still love drinking it to this day. The caramel undertones in the taste and the overall appearance and drinkability make this one a big winner for me. Available anywhere at usually about $1 a beer... it's even at almost any bar you'll come across in the US.. not a bad thing at all.

09-29-2008 23:22:52 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Mdog
Mdog

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance: Amber, good head.

Smell: Herbal, a little bread.

Taste: Toasted bread, a little sweetness, herbal/earthy finish.

Drinkability: A decent choice when you want something more than BMC but the bar doesn't get too adventurous.

Review #300 is from the Sam Adams brewmasters 12 pack. Boston Lager is a well-made beer that is a decent stepping stone up from the macros. Not my favorite style or flavor profile, but I'll have it from time to time.

09-28-2008 01:40:57 | More by Mdog
Photo of saradad
saradad

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into a 12 oz glass, nice head with average staying power. Color a nice gold-copper-amber but lacks the metallic looking edge that some beers have being more like a burnished wood than a polished metal. The smell is of citrusy hops and light to medium malt notes that come through on the flavor with grapefruit notes and a quickly fading malt taste with dry citrusy finish. I've always liked this brew with seafood. Cheers.

09-26-2008 13:28:31 | More by saradad
Photo of stevecee2003
stevecee2003

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

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...

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

California

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

09-16-2008 17:32:19 | More by buffettfan
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 6,988 ratings.