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

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6,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,702
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 55
Gots: 444 | 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 GRPunk


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- It poured a dark golden-amber with a 1" creamy off-white head, medium carbonation, and good lacing.

S- The hops were earthy scents of pine and grass paired with a buttery cracker scent of the malts.

T- Mostly a bready flavor with oily and grassy tones from the hops.

M- It had a full feel in the mouth and noticeable carbonation.

D- Definitely easy to drink more than one in a sitting.

Overall- A good medium bodied beer that is easy to drink during any season. A solid offering. Availability makes this a nice option at the chain restaurants and places not known for expansive tap lists.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 22:07:17 | More by GRPunk
Photo of JamesS


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

If I were going to go to the store and just pick up a six-pack of a basic lager, this would be the one! It was certainly good at my work picnic get-together from last night. It has a very nice color, ranging from a nice dark tan to copper, depending on the lighting. I very much enjoy its aroma, very strong without overpowering. although it goes down smooth, it's definitely not a chugging beer. It has a wonderfully complex taste and would be the perfect beer to convince your friends who make fun of craft/micro-brewery drinkers that they need to reevaluate their stance.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 23:37:45 | More by JamesS
Photo of Jonte


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber color and a frothy off-white head that is mostly diminishing in a few minutes, fair lacing.

Smells of malt, caramel sweetness, fruit/citrus, spicy and a bit sour.

Tastes of sweet maltiness and caramel at first, then moderate bitterness and some citrus/sourness and fruitiness. Very balanced and a bit dry. Remindes me a little bit of an ale.

Smooth and medium bodied. Lively carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 18:39:54 | More by Jonte
Photo of meechum


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap tonight. I'm not going to break this beer down..it's probably the backbone of most people's finer beer experience. This is in my opinion the best lager out there. It has a good clean, dry taste with just the right amount of maltiness and hoppiness that balances perfectly. This beer is the only logical selection to make at most resteraunts where it's this or BMC.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2007 03:31:20 | More by meechum
Photo of Limberg316


4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite lagers on the market today. I have to say I love this lager as much as almost any ale out there. It drinks well, it pours well, and it tastes great. It's available almost everywhere so make it a point to go out and pick up a six pack and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 02:01:54 | More by Limberg316
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color on old Sammy was orange with a decent fluffy head. Smells faintly earthy, tastes muddy and also lager-like clean at same time. This is much better than macro lagers by far but I prefer ales so I would pass this up. Still, a decent beer if you are in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 16:02:01 | More by ArrogantB
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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Boston Lager, my favorite beer for the longest time. Once described by my roommate as having "too much flavor"

A - Pours a nice transparent amber, with a sizeable head.

S - It has a caramel sweetness in the aroma, followed by a hint of spicey hops. A hint of biscuit as well.

T&M - This beer as a very big flavor, but still remains a very light and sessionable beer. It has a nice malty backbone and finishes with a the tingling sting of hops. A dry bready taste adn crisp finish is apprent as well.

D - I love this beer and could drink it every day. It is hugely flavorful without being over the top in alcohol or hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:41:32 | More by IPAcraig
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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber gold into the pilsner glass. Large bubbled, tightly packed creamy off-white head, leaving a little lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is very malty, but a pleasant grassy hoppy flavor does come through. Flavor is caramelly sweet and strongly of toasted malts. A nice floral/citrusey hop presence lasts through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and heavy at first, but surprisingly easy to drink. Overall its a decent brew, worth a try. I'm not a big fan of American lagers, but this brew is definitely a step above the commercially brewed American beers. Nothing like those "other guys."

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 22:03:35 | More by domtronzero
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had Samuel Adams Boston Lager a few times. The first time I've tasted this brew it was probably my 10th beer of the night, so it was not a good judgment call, but I do distinctly remember it being really heavy, but I dismissed the thought as I figured it was probably because I had drank too much. Under sober conditions, I've found that the 12 oz. bottle pours out an attractive head. Nothing fancy, quite simple in appearance. The smell is strong spices and hops. The taste is quite good, reminds me of real earthy tones and spices, with a good blend of hops. But just like when I was hammered, this brew was filling as all hell. Quite thick and dense for a lager and really makes it hard to go through too many. Overall, I don't think this is Samuel Adams' best brew. They have such a huge selection that I think there's something for everyone, but this lager is just a starting point.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 20:34:12 | More by zerofear13
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before Nov. '07. Poured with vigor into what else... a Sam Adams glass. Went to my brothers house to pay him $5 for a powerball ticket. He gives me a case of these, says he won them playing golf but they aren't to his taste. Score.

A: amber with golden highlights. two finger white frothy head with good retention. medium carbonation

S: floral hops, citrus. caramel and wee bit of pine

T:sweet maltiness, hop bitterness. nice balance. Good stuff.

M: full bodied for a lager, smooth with crisp carbonation

D: excellent lager. great session beer. has always been a favorite of mine

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 20:26:43 | More by Rainintheface
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before July 07. Got this one a little late but, the taste didn't show it. Poured in to a clear pint glass. Has a rich, deep golden color that most American lagers lack. Nice two finger off white foam head that disappated over time. I got a slight lacing from this beer. Smell is full of hops and barley. One of the hoppiest American lagers I have ever tried. Taste is full flavor that did not let me down. You can really taste the hops and a slight bitterness that blends together perfectly. The feel is about average but thats not the most important aspect to me. This is a very drinkable, well rounded beer. Very smooth. It has taken it's place as being my favorite American lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 22:48:04 | More by bluesfan1181
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3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a deep clear gold with a frothy white head which faded to about an eighth of an inch. Not much on the lacing side with this one.

Aroma is slightly sour and crisp.

The taste is also on the sour side and crisp. A bit of biscuit is also noted.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light to mid-bodied with mild carbonation.

This one is easy to drink. Used to be one of my favorites but has fallen due to some other beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 21:37:06 | More by Monkeyknife
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish gold with a big sudsy head that remains a nice covering all the way to the finish line.

In the aroma, the hops cut right through exceedingly well, with notes of citrus, cheerios, and some apple.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with lots of carbonation.

The taste is omnipresent bitterness (not too overpowering), lemon, caramel, and a touch of this horsefeed and raisins mixture that I've detected in some other brews (which normally I greatly dislike, but it is here in such a small way that I don't find it displeasing). The aftertaste is a bit chalky dry.

Not a bad lager at all. It doesn't make me very excited, but it's a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 04:44:14 | More by JustinBathurst
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Y'know, sometimes after a house party, after the guests have gone and the cleaning is mostly done, and you rummage in the fridge to come up with a donated Beer That isn't Crap, finding a Sam Adams Boston Lager can be the highlight of your evening. For some reason I've neglected to review this brew, so into my bulbous Sam A. glass it goes!

A. Nothing special here, we gots a clear orange-red beer with a respectable off white head that leaves hints of lacing on the glass.

S. This smells like coming home. I've smelled and enjoyed this beer in bars and homes for years -- often it's been my savior, delivering me from the woeful clutches of Bud Light and PBR. A light biscuity sweet malt aroma is wound tightly around a gentle citrus hop presence, with caramel and a mild huskiness evident. The aroma is just basic and good.

T. Boston Lager is a very solid, if tame, beer. Sweet caramel malts dance across the tongue, and lightly bitter (vaguely English) citrus hops provide the needed bitterness to keep you coming back for more. This is a well balanced labor of love. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but alive and smooth. Carbonation level is rather high, and the beer foams up a little in my mouth, giving it a full, creamy bent that helps this beer out.

Sam Adams Lager is a genuine classic. II have been told this was a revelation when released -- a well crafted microbrew that could stand against, and win against, the Big Three. It's hard to underestimate the impact Sam Adams has had on the craft beer world, and so the next time you find a bottle of this hidden away in your friend's fridge behind the Corona and Miller, thank God for Jim Koch and this beer that started it all.

Oh yeah, it went real well with my bratwurst and sauerkraut. Wish I had another...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 02:35:08 | More by kkipple
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

here in the boston area, this is pretty standard, and most of us have been drinking it since our, ahem... "younger" days.

back when i didn't appreciate beer as much, i soon tired of it since it was always around. now is the first time i to come back and review it for what it is: a pretty decent lager, and which i now realize is classified as "vienna" in style.

pours a nice light amber. nice off-white head, leaves behind decent lacing.

there is a floral hop aroma, maybe a hint of hay or grassiness. sweet caramelized malt note is detectable too.

the carbonation immediately brings forth the hop profile, somewhat spicy, prominent bitterness. finishes with carmelized maltiness and slight yeasty/bread character. clean, mildly bitter aftertaste.

a bit thinner than i remembered from days past. also not as "smooth" as other lagers, both macro and micro.

still, it's an easy-drinking classic, and for better or worse, a constant symbol of pride for new england.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 22:09:54 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this as a part of a summer beer sampler. I've had this beer before, but never reviewed it.

Drank it straight from the bottle. Appearance is good, a slight head still lingers inside the bottle.
Smell is good. A distinct aroma of hops.
Taste is good. A bit hoppy, good beer flavor.
Mouthfeel is good. A good amount of carbonation...
This beer is very drinkable. Another nice beer by Sam Adams...

Looking forward to reviewing the rest...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 07:07:11 | More by GrillMeister
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into the new Sam Adams Boston lager glass. Pours a nice copper color and is clear with prevalent carbonation. A white head retains well and leaves good lacing.

Smells hint at grassy hops and a caramel-like sweetness.

The malt taste up front is rather sweet with ample breadiness and woodiness. The finish is all hops, which are very floral with some lingering grassy and piney hop flavor.

Very smooth and very drinkable. One of my favorite session beers for it's drinkablity and balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 22:20:16 | More by adowney523
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New Hampshire

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

I'm actually really glad I never reviewed this before (which is a suprise) because on July 18 2007 (3 days before my b-day) I recieved (2) of the Fancy 16 oz. Samuel Adam's Boston Lager glass's...FOR FREE! just because I was a founding member of BA magazine. What an amazing gift!! Thanks everyone who was involved in this amazing generosity. Obviously, short after recieving these glasses I *ran* to the nearest store and purchased the SA Black Lager and Boston Lager six-packs. F$%^&! genious marketing by SA if you ask me.

AP: Golden amber, big carbonation with a tornado of activity at the center of the glass and many big-ass bubbles. An all-white 2" foamy, glorious head dissipates nice 'n slow to a constant thin cover.

Nose: A wonderful herbal, hearty, zesty hop and yeast aroma really permiates out of the glass and a smooth buttery caramel-like malt sweetness is closely behind. This glass absolutley enhances the aroma spectrum of this beer.

Taste & Feel: This medium bodied brew feels smooth and hefty with it's buttery malt, not at all thin and lifeless, it delivers a nice bite with it's up-front complex hop flavor that's zesty, mossy and herbal! The finish is a tangy-sour, earthy yeast smack.

DA: All day long.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 21:13:22 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagers are among my favorite types of beer so I may show some favoritism for Sam Adams. Nevertheless, this is a great beer. It pours a nice rich carmel color with a medium head. It smells like a beer that only uses good quality ingredients. Malty and hoppy with no other odors that aren't supposed to be there. No banana, orange, lemon, or any other fruit crap. Just pure beer taste. The taste is exactly what a lager is supposed to be. This is the beer that I compare all other Lagers to.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 16:21:13 | More by berserker256
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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin head.
S: Sweet and spicy hops with some caramel malts.
T: Very good balance between caramel malts and sweet/spicy hops with a nice bitterness and a pleasant aftertaste.
M: Crisp, medium body with medium carbonation.
D: One of my favorite lagers. Very good, thirst quenching taste that leaves you feeling good the next day.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 20:58:38 | More by nosbocaj
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New York

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

This is my go to beer and a bad beer bar so I thought I'd provide an official review. Pours an amber brown with a white head that retains a one finger white head that leaves beautiful sticky lacing throughout. Smells of floral hops with a strong malt backbone with caramel hints. Nothing stands out in its taste aside from a slightly hop bite finishing things out that fades. Malts don't have the caramel taste that I found in the nose. Mouthfeel is light as expected and this brew is extremely drinkable. Its a good tail gating / go to beer. I rarely buy this in bottles, but turn to it when my choices are limited when out with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 17:01:52 | More by Jmamay22
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and Amber. The head is a little thin. Good carbonation.

S: A little sweet with nice hoppiness

T: Very hoppy with a nice malty sweetness on the finish

M- Light and bubbly. Clean crisp finish.

D- Very easy to drink. As an added bonus, SA does not cut corners with additives and cheap fillers. Subsequently, you can drink many of these and never feel crummy the next day.

Overall: I love this beer. Though I have ony started reviewing here, I have probably tried 50 or so different beers, and this one is currently my favorite. I usually get a 6pack of these after I have several unsucessful samplings of other beers. "Always a good choice"

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 16:19:13 | More by lawman834
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear pale golden with a nice lace and a little head on it.
S: Sweet and buttery with a light fragrance of a fruit nature.
T&M: Light up front with a hoppy end that has a slight iron taste to it. It's got a deep and bold substance to the brew. Strong-bodied. Aftertaste is sweet and mellow leaving that "cotton mouth" feel.
D: As always Sam Adam's always pulls through and this one is no different.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 03:42:47 | More by July2Nov
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden amber hue

S- Light hoppy auroma

T- Good mix of malt and hops

M- Very smooth for a major brew maker

D- Easy to drink whether it be one or many

Its a good choice if your looking for a something that everyone can like. It's a pretty average beer middle of the road beer. If complexity is what your looking for then this is not the one for you.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2007 19:27:13 | More by iceball585
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a light brownish color with an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some tracing.

Smell- Strong odor of hops in the nose, some undertones of fruityness and spice, carryovers of the hoppiness.

Taste- A fairly earthy taste for a beer that smelled so hoppy and fruity, nothing really jumps out at you other than some bite from the hops but this is mild and pleasantly fades to aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium thickness in the mouth which helps the flavor linger longer than it otherwise might.

Drinkability- A very good session beer, a few of these would be delightful.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 17:16:59 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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