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

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7,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,732
Reviews: 2,476
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 94
Gots: 987 | FT: 0
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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 Wattsox
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Sep 2011.

A - Golden amber with a pretty decent head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S - Very present hoppy and malty aroma, quite aromatic.

T - Caramel malty sweetness at the front, dry hoppy and slightly bitter yet sweet finish which leaves a lingering aftertaste.

M - Nice amount of carbonation for the style, light crisp mouthfeel.

D - Extremely drinkable, and a very enjoyable session beer.

Photo of gabedivision
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to my Genesee beer pint glass. Pours a golden, copperish amber, head comes then fades. Smells of light malts and light hops, nothing too exciting. The roasted malts and sweet taste stay on the tip of the tongue until the sip is down your throat. Not outstanding, but definitely a good beginer craft beer, and an enjoyable day to day beer, very very drinkable beer. Also glad it's pretty much everywhere nowadays gives you a great choice when there is really no choice.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stange.

Appearance: Boston Lager pours a transparent copper color with half an inch of white head with a sea foam consistency. Eventually this fades to a thin film and a collar. Some lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Caramel and toasted, biscuity malt, some light spices, and a hint of noble hops.

Taste: The taste mostly mimics the aroma, without much added complexity. Caramel sweetness up front, gradually revealing a toasted biscuity malt as well. Some light general fruit and spiciness step in, leading to a wisp of floral hops without much accompanying bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel: The minute this hits my lips I am aware of how creamy it is. Still large bubbles are ever present, and I can feel them bursting on my tongue, adding a degree of crispness. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: I have had this on a number of occasions, although I only really have it when it is the best out of other mediocre options.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer. The color doesn't really surprise me here (considering it's Sam Adams flagship beer, they are going to be mass producing this the most, and while some might think that means they are going to put more time and effort into this beer, I believe they will be putting less), it's basically a standard lager with a little more effort put into it, so the color is bright, somewhat see through, but in no way piss colored, it has a nice color, just nothing outstanding. The smell isn't that terrific, neither is the taste. They are both just ok. It's a very very VERY easy beer to drink, but rating it on just taste and smell, nothing to amazing here.

Photo of mellowmark
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. Drink before May 2011. Part of the Sam Adams Winter Pack, 12 bottles for $15.99.

Appearance: Dark orange color with a three finger frothy off-white head. Completely transparent. Patchy clumps of lacing. Probably the high point of this beer.

Smell: Smell of citrus hops. Orange and lemon. Spicy floral aroma. Surprising with the low ABV I can actually detect the alcohol.

Taste: Sweet up front with a mild bitterness at the end. Citrus lingers. Just a hint of skunk.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: High

Just a very drinkable and all around tasty lager. Try it if you haven't.

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Boston Lager, the legendary macro microbrew. It's hard to believe I've only had this like twice before. Judging by the number of reviews (2000+), mine certainly is going to count for much. But this is more for my documentation than anything else since I highly doubt this review will even be read and won't do much to overall scoring!

So then...the Boston Lager has a mountainous near-white head of foam and lacing galore when poured out of the standard brown 12oz. longneck bottle. I'm actually surprised how nice this looks in a glass. The body is an amber color and is seriously crystal clear. I mean, gravenstein apple juice looks fuller than this!

Smells like hops, a tiny bit of bready malt, and that sour sharpness that lagers always have. Pretty straight forward and standard.

The taste is straw-like with a little oily hops and some spicyness. It's even a tiny bit yeasty. It is slightly syrupy as well, which is appropriate for a Vienna lager. Taste is surprisingly good!

The body is light and crisp and is very representative of the style, in my opinion.

Overall, Samual Adams' Boston Lager is pretty well-balanced and is very drinkable--especially for a lager. It's weaknesses are that it is slightly too dry and not quite sweet enough for this style. I'm used to Vienna lagers being a tad sweeter, but this is still quite good and is absolutely more deserving than Bud to be called "The Great American Lager".

Photo of r3o
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just enjoyed 2 bottles of this one, and is as good as I recalled it, a well rounded beer.
A: nice clear amber color, kind of red, thick head with some lacing
S: hops take the front row, with some floral presence
T: very well built, with malt sweetness up front and some bitterness in the aftertaste
M: smooth and thick, plenty of carbonation
D: definitely would have it again, it's usually the best choice in restaurants/bars that are not beer oriented.

Photo of hophead1901
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has an amber color with two to three fingers of head. Good lacing. Hints of caramel and has a slight hopiness. Very drinkable any time of day or year.

Doesn't exactly blow my sox off, but i'll take it any day over anything more mainstream. It is becoming more and more available in Southern California bars and grocery stores which I think is a good sign over all for craft beer lovers.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Beer is a rich, golden hue with very heavy carbonation visible. Head is super thick, frothy and eggshell-white. Lacing as the head slowly recedes is minimal, but present.

Smell: Medium-strength floral hops supplemented subtly by mildly sweet malt character. A touch of coriander and/or citrus zest. Also a certain herbal flair that is unique to Vienna Lagers.

Taste: Very hoppy for the style, a lot of flowery flavor. Bitterness prevails here. Lots of citrus. Not what I expected, but certainly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Slight buttery feeling as the beer enters. The supposedly heavy carbonation is lacking, but works well enough to distribute flavor. Finishes mostly clean, save for the bitterness which sticks around.

Drinkability: Only slightly above average.

This isn't a bad beer, but I don't think I would go out of my way to pick it up.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent golden orange with tons of creamy off white head and a thin sticky lace.

S-the nose offers a fair bit of toasted grain with light notes of caramel malt and a spicy hay-like hop presence placed subtly in the back.

T-the taste is much of the same, grains slightly toasted with notes of caramel malts underneath. a spicy hop finish with a light hay flavor and mild lingering bitterness.

M-soft feel with a lively carbonation and crisp semi dry finish on a light body but not thin at all.

D-easy drinking stuff with full flavor. a little grainier than I like my lagers but still a good choice.

Photo of JxDuff
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light to medium brown with a red tinge. Served from a Spiegelau ale glass the head was about an inch that retained itself for a good amount of time.

S: Bread and Yeast hit the nose first followed by a mellow caramel smell.

T: A very balanced and refreshing ale that mixed the joys of bread and caramel flavors.

M: Light, medium carbonation.

D: Good beer to enjoy without getting too full.

Photo of techfed87
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a well-defined head. Color is dark amber.

Smell is lightly sweet with a definite malt presence.

First sip is a mix of malty sweetness with a subtle level of hops that really gives it a kick without making it too overpowering. As a beer, this is one of the more balanced in terms of overall mouthfeel, making it one of the easier drinking than some of the more extreme choices that are out there.

Sam Adam beers were the first craft beers that I ever had, and this one is a fine example of what they are capable of. Very nice.

Photo of Hopalong29
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice sustaining head that leaves lacing on glass throughout. Clear golden with moderate carbonation.
Hints of light hops.
Refreshing with minimal drying and light aftertaste.
Very drinkable and will put this on the "won't let you down" list

Photo of Dodt
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

decide to finally review this one after i picked up the winter variety pack
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance a cooper colored with a head that can hold a bottle cap as advertised
smell a bit of hops and malt aroma
taste / mouthfeel nice medium body
drinkability for me this is one of my go to beers when dining out.

Photo of curasowa
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber color with 1 finger of head that fades with a curtain of lace

Aroma: Caramel malt over some nuttiness, with a slight note of yeast and piney hops

Taste: Nutty and malty upfront, then a very sharp middle from the carbonation and green bitterness, fading to a mildly bitter, phenolic and lingering finish

The Rest: Body is medium and drinkability is OK. A decent beer. but I didn't really care for the finish - I found it kind of unpleasant.

Photo of Chizoad
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd compare this to Blue Moon: highly available and often the only good option.

Very nice appearance, with a good head, excellent lacing and retention. Clear dark amber beer.

Ok aroma, with some muted malts and vague hops.

Similar taste but better than the smell. Nothing unpleasant there, just not a lot going on. Sorta like me after 10 of these things.

Good carbonation, and quite drinkable.

Although I haven't reviewed it, I far prefer this on tap to bottled.

Photo of sprucetip
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive brew. Exceptionally clear, bronze, with a prodigious but short lived fluffy white head. Activity lasts.

Grainy and malty, with just a bit of sweetness and some faint grassy hops. Not the least bit complex, but clean and balanced. Smells has some faint reminders of the macro lagers I used to fetch for my dad...

Pretty much like the nose. Faint grassy hops, grainy, and almost sweet malty. Perfectly balanced, or close to it. Not alot going on but the synergy is good. It is far from offensive, which is more than I can say for most domestic lagers.

Easy drinking, decent tasting. Well made. Not a big fan of the style, but this is good lager.

Photo of southsider
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A-The beer poured a deep coppery gold with lots of bubbles that cleared out quickly, leaving a thick,sudsy head that slowly collapsed into very sticky lacing.

S-I detected a faintly sweet breadiness, with a touch of fruity hops.

T-The beginning had a creamy sweetness followed quickly by a floral bite that trailed off with a hint of yeast.

M- Lightly medium body with a little grainy feel to it.

D-Nice body to this vienna lager with enough hop bite to hold up to hearty fare. The grainy mouthfeel and yeasty finish suggest a small microbrewery, not a big dog like Sam Adams.

I don't mind ordering up one these over a Heineken or Stella.

Photo of Wamesit
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden amber with a small but firm white head that gives way to moderate lacing.

S - Very aromatic. Noble hops is noticeable in the nose but the foundation are the rich, bready malts of this lager.

T - Refreshing and balanced. The bready malts have a hint of caramel to them in the taste. The Noble hops are there in the finish and it only adds to the overall crispness of this beer.

M - Light/medium. A little chewier than one might imagine. Lively carbonation throughout.

D - Highly drinkable year-round.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

can't believe i never reviewed this beer but grabbed a bomber for cheap and her we go.

has a really nice dense head after aggressive pour. golden clear color. actually quite inviting.

nose-toasty grains and floral hops.

taste is very balanced with toasted light malts and nice mild rind hops. very bright hop finish.

good mouthfeel and on lighter side but very sessionable.

I haven't had one of these in prob over a year and usually only when no alternative micro. but a very good and quaffable light vienna lager.

Photo of DannyDan
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into an orange-brown color with a two inch white head that has good retention and nice rings of lacing when taking a sip. The smell is of hops, some grains and a grassy smell. The taste is some hops followed by a grassy and floral taste with some grains, caramel, and more hops at the end. The aftertaste is a dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is a nice crisp clean feeling and the decent carbonation and smooth medium body makes it a nice go to beer. A must try for all beer lovers.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Vienna style Lager came from a 12 oz bottle and was poured into a standard pint glass. It was very clear with a thick, white, foamy head. The Head retention was good and leaves beautiful foamy rings with every sip. That is how you know it is good beer! The beer smells of malt and grain and it has a slight hint of hop smell. The beer starts off malty, moves to sweet and finish's dry as you swallow. The dryness leaves you wanting to take another sip! This Vienna Lager has some hop bitterness which is more then I can say for most lagers. This is a lager that is very drinkable yet has some character. It knocks the socks off of anything that AB, Miller or Coors are brewing. I would like to think that this is how a lager brewed in America should taste. Way to go Boston Brewing! Prost!

Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a transparent amber/brown w/ nice head and ok lacing. Smells like malts, grains, slight hop bitterness. I can taste caramel, toffee, slight amount of hops; slightly roasty. Not really too much going on, it is what it is. Well carbonated, finishes smooth. Although this beer can be boring at time, drinkability is pretty good, mostly due to low abv.

This is a classic craft beer, I definitely appreciate it, but there are more enjoyable lagers out there.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass

pours a reddish brown color with a 1 inch head than slowly dissipates

smell is a sweet malty blend with a nice hop aroma

taste is a very well balanced blend of a solid malt backbone, and a pleasant hop flavor and bitterness.

boston lager has a light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation, all in all a very drinkable beer

Photo of Swedes21
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20oz draft at Lorenzos

Apperance - beer pours clear dark amber with lots of carbonation. The head is about 2 fingers and is white and fluffy..

Smell - I can smell malts and caramel. Beer hasa real clean smell to it. There is also a hint of earthy/grassy tones, but you gotta go looking for it.

Taste - right away i could taste the malts with some caramel. The caramel has a deeper taste then smell. The aftertaste lingers around for a bit too, very nice tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - Lot of added carbonation gives this beer a thick feeling in my mouth. The added carbonation makes the caramel more bitter as well brings the grassy tones forward.

Drinkability - this is a solid draft beer to have at Lorenzos in Ottawa. I really enjoyed it and can see this been a great session beer.

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