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

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Ratings: 7,946
Reviews: 2,530
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 112
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001

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 CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber color from a 22 oz bomber. No ABV or freshness date on the bottle.
Nice one finger frothy head that dissipates to a thin film that stays and leaves behind a very nice lace.
Aroma is all malts with hints of grains, hops and yeast aroma coming through.
Crisp, refreshing taste, malty upfront with intermittent hop bitterness coming through and subtle sweetness in the finish.
A very good lager, and has all the makings of probably one of the best sessions beer. Perfect on a nice, hot sunny day.
Good mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey or light copper with about ¼-inch of head. Light lacing on the top. Some film on the sides that stayed throughout the beer.

Smelled hops, malts and a distant spice (maybe pepper?) Slight sweet smell in there, too.

Initial taste was malts, kind of a dark fruit. The taste then turned slightly bitter. The aftertaste was bitter and light citrus. The combined flavor stayed on my tongue for quite some time.

Good mouthfeel - clean, crisp, balanced and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Just a good beer overall. It reminds me most of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for good or bad, but it’s one of my go-to beers depending on what bar I’m at.

Photo of brobeerbot
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Sept poured onto duvel tulip

What is there really to day about this brew. It's what really got me into craft and a solid offering at most places that carry only bmc. It sure is a looked with a nice amber color and fluffy two finger head. Smell is very floral and inviting. Nice malt profile up front with a subtle hop flavor that comes around after a while. Mouth on it is almost perfect for the style and is velvety smooth all the way down. Overall you know this beer and probably have had your fair share but its always welcome in my home.

Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boasts a subtle flowery hops aroma, with malty notes that promise nice sugars.

On the tongue, there are immediate fruity, floral notes that ring out (due to the malt, mainly), replete with notes of apricots and rosewater, as well as grapefruit. These fade mid-stream to make way for more bitter flavors, the grapefruity hops coming on especially strong here, accompanied by hints of pine. The aftertaste is also dominated by these bitter flavors, along with Grape Nuts cereal-like grains.

Overall, this is an eminently drinkable, finely-balanced beer in many ways: first, it finds a nice ratio of hops to malt, skimping on neither but also neither letting the flavors get out of hand; and second, it manages to find a nice middle-ground in the larger panoply of beers, easily staying away from the water-like qualities of, say, Anheuser-Busch, but avoiding the harsher, polarizing palates of, say, Unibroue. Yes, there are those who think Samuel Adams doesn't make anything decent, but there *is* a reason why their beers "have won more awards than any beer in history" (as per their website).

Photo of LeathChuinn
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 335ml bottle into standard half pint glass.

A - Amber / honey colour with nice off white head that lasts til end with some lacing.

S - Sweet malty aroma, hint of citrus. Some hops.

T - Similar to the smell with nice fruity citrus and maybe mango tastes also. Light to medium bitterness in aftertaste.

M - Sharp and crisp with nice amount of carbonation, medium bodied.

0 - Enjoyable and refreshing beer.

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber colour, one finger of white head, some patches of lacing. Smell is fairly hoppy, nice malt presence, light citrus some grassy earthiness as well. Taste is malty with some citrus kick, grassy at points, light hoppy finish and fairly clean all around. Good feel, medium carbonation, medium body. Really nice lager, full flavour and quite enjoyable.

Photo of specksnreds
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Iced-tea colored pour with an off white head. Plenty of fuzzy bubbles. More hops in the nose than expected. Definitely more floral than citrus/pine (nice for a change). Malt smells sweet w/o a lot of distinction other than a hint of Grape Nuts. This sample is the first where I detect an estery component that seems a little out of place. Can't call it a flaw though. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and a bit to the beer's determent. A tad more body would be perfect. Still not bad. Finishes like not quite burnt toast.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head, lots of lace. Light amber.

S: malt and spice.

T: starts spicey and peppery and crisp, finished a sweet malty and a touch bitter.

M: medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Overall: this has been a staple for me for years. Few beers this good you can buy a 12 pack of and keep beer lovers dropping by your house happy.

Photo of Jerone
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is an amber color with tinges of read, and a nice inch high head that sticks around.

The smell is of sweet malt and floral hops.

The taste is very well balanced with a mix of lightly toasted malts and floral hops, the ending is slightly bitter and delicious. Light body with light to medium carbonation, highly drinkable.

Maybe Sam Adams best beer and great for anytime of the year.

Photo of rudzud
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's. I've had this plenty of times figured it was about time to review it.

A - Poured into my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass a nice crystal clear light amber hue with a fluffy one finger head that fades slowly to leave a nice white foam cap along the top.

S - Hmm, there are some nice sweet honey-esc malts and light floral hops. Behind that though I'm getting a strong metallic finish. Unpleasant.

T - The metal is gone. More of those sweet malts and super light floral hops. Mostly malts though with a light bitter finish.

M - Good mouthfeel. Nice cabonation and slightly bitter with a light dry finish.

O - Forgot how much I enjoyed this beer back in the day. Really enjoy it, though I could do without that odd metal finish on the nose.

Photo of KrupaTroopa
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice clear amber. Poured with a quickly accumulating head which dissipated nicely. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S - its pleasant and a little complex. Makes you wonder what the beer will taste like. Which brings us To...

T - this is a very well done lager. The taste is very sharp for a lager. Good balance of malts and hops. Aftertaste is good too, and dissipated quickly.

M - its good from the initial taste all the way through. Smooth, crisp. Nothing to complain about here.

O - its a lager with a lot of flavor, and it goes down easy and enjoyably

Photo of KAP1356
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Chili's the other night. Poured into a chilled (plastic) mug...

A - Light, clear amber color with a decent, 1 finger slightly off-white head. Slight retention, but some nice lacing.

S - Pale malts and yeast right up front. Malt sweetness and some pine hops are present. Nothing really remarkable about the nose here. It is just kind of "there."

T - Malty, bready, yeasty with some slight spice (pepper mostly). Some pine makes an appearance, but is totaly dominated by the malts here.

M - Crisper than I thought it would be. Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Carbonation seems to disappear towards the end of the beer...odd.

O - I really don't like admitting I enjoy anything from Sam Adams, as they have kind of gotten too big and too old for my tastes. BUT, this is a solid offering from them. If it's the only "craft" beer choice at a restaurant, I'd go for it.

Photo of tjkinate
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer that brought the craft taste to the mainstream, which is great since you can order this beer at almost every restaurant, even the chains that are notorious for having a limited beer selection.

A: Pours a light amber that remains primarily transparent, it is accompanied by a frothy white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet malts combined with nice floral hops.

T: Like the smell indicated, this beer starts off sweet and is quickly followed by those slightly bitter floral hops. The type of beer that IMO goes well with most foods and is my primary choice when eating out.

M: Light bodied, tingles abundant from the carbonation.

O: Good beer that has perfectly blended the flavors we expect in our craft beers with the light body and availability of the big guys.

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

Probably one of the first craft beers I drank 12-15 years ago. I used to drink this a lot, it's less amber than I remember.

That said, it pours a clear golden colour with a slight amber tone and a frothy white head that settles as a decent film while leaving some medium-heavy lace.

I get soapy hops, a floral tone and a caramel-honey sweetness with a buttery note.

Very crisp and again the taste has a soapy note to it. Sweet, syrupy malt flavour with a tasted tone to it. Has a definite dryness and a hint of lemon or grapefruit zest.

Medium-bodied with a medium carbonation. A bit yeasty on the tongue, but otherwise has a nice tangy pop to it. Tad thick and oily in the aftertaste, but quite drinkable.

Well, after not having it for a few years I still like it a lot. Definitely too expensive to be a regular over more local options, but it was a great option when I had no idea what I wanted. Goes with most foods and my macro-lovin' friends will drink it too.

Photo of Marty30
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. Very clear copper colored body. A 2 inch off-white head.Big sticky lacing,tons of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

S. Nice malty grains and caramel come to the nose first,followed by a small amount of lemon peel.

T. A good bit of a yeasty must hits me first,followed by some caramel malts. Then in the end comes the hops to round it out.Some lemen zest.

M. Medium crisp feel,carbonation stings the tounge. Leaves a slight lemony hop after taste.

Overall not a bad session beer at all, quit refreshing.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear amber with two fingers of head and great retention. Smells of caramel malts and flowery hops. Taste is malty with a heavy hop bitterness. It's not bad, but it needs to be a little more maltier to even out the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Less hops and more malts would really even this beer out and make a great Vienna Lager. As it stands though it's just OK.

Photo of grannun
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a perfect pint glass, seems only fitting. Small head, amber/orange in color, darker than I expected actually. Translucent.

S - Very crisp aroma, with a little bit of malt and hops. Not too complex, but very nice

T - Very smooth for an amber, harsh for a lager. I guess it should fall somewhere in between, but I'm not sure it's really for my palette. Just like the smell, a little hops and a little malt, nothing special

M - Not enough carbonation for this type of beer IMO. Still smoother than expected though

O - Average. Nothing special in any way, I guess it's just not my style

Photo of tjacobs610
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber color, with a thick foamy white head. Head has great retention and a very good amount of lacing.

Smell: Has a very sweet malty odor, also floral hops are present. Has an overall great smell

Taste: Sweet malty and caramel taste. Also a little bitterness towards the end of the drink maybe from the spices. The finish is very hoppy and sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, quite a bit of carbonation at the beginning of the drink than toward the end.

Overall: Great beer overall, has the perfect blend of color and odor mixed with the taste and feel to make this a classic favorite. I love this beer and it is one of my all-time favorites

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

Best before October 2011. Doing okay there.

Pours a medium orange amber, slightly coppery, and much darker than I was expecting. Fluffy off-white head, big and little bubbles snuggling up with each other. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell is light and crisp. Some buttery toasted malts, some clean mildly fruity hops. It's all pretty faint, but crisp and refreshing.

Taste is hoppier than I expected based on the smell. First wave of flavor is bready toasted malts; not much sweetness here, just the fullness that grains bring. Second wave is a twang of bitterness, with the tiniest hint of fruit. But in general, it's pretty two-dimensional. And those two dimensions are the predicted ones. Nothing special, nor particularly impressive in the dimensions it does have.

Mouthfeel is nice - light-bodied, carbonation is spot-on. Finish is a little too long, IMO, and kinda watery.

An okay lager. Not great, not bad. Needs more complexity to the flavor, something beyond toasted malt and mildly bitter vegetable hops.

Photo of airforbes1
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear orange color with a fizzy head. The nose starts with some malt sweetness before giving way to a piney hop smell.

The taste follows the nose, with malt followed by piney hops. I like the flavor a lot, yet I find myself liking this beer less as I continue to sip it. The hoppy aftertaste lingers, which I'd normally like but I find it a little off-putting in this beer. I'm not dissing this beer, but the aftertaste reduces the drinkability for me. One is usually enough for me.

Overall, this is a solid brew that can be had on a budget, can be found everywhere in the U.S., and is often a lifesaver at bars and restaurants where the only other choices are BMC.

Photo of infi
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Fairly dark yellow-orange body with a one-fingered white head. Small retention, but leaves nice soapy trails on the glass. Smells of lightly toasted pale malt, that typical SA yeast scent that I get from all their beers, and a sort of diacetyl-type butter. Not trying to knock, but is BBC losing touch with quality? Might be me, but it's something I keep coming across whenever I try their beers. *shrug*

Taste is average: beginning with a toasted malt bready character with a thin, peppery spiciness to follow. Tiny amount of caramel sweetness throughout the profile, too. Finish is a dry, white bready coating on the palate. Not much else; simply straight-forward in flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp like a pilsner, but not as carbonated. Alcohol is not noticeable, as expected. Decent beer, but not necessarily a personal favorite. That dirty, diacetyl tapline scent is the one thing that bothers me with the BBC beers. Although, a gateway beer into craft for venturers.

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

Finally getting around to this, BBC's Boston Lager. Poured from a longneck notched as best before October 2011 into my new Snake River Brewing pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber/orange, clear and well carbonated. The beer has and (surprisingly) maintains a nice fluffy off white head.

S: Traditional lager yeast with it's signature light fruity characters (hints of a sour green apple, mashed banana), crisp pale malt, malt sweetness, some faint spices possibly?

T: Tastes like a good Vienna, nice malt sweetness and lager yeast crispness upfront, with that lingering spiced nuttiness as it finishes. Hints of spiced, earthy hops in the background.

MF: Again, crisp and clean with a nicer (less skunky/bitter) finish than most other lagers I've tried.

O: A simple beer but a good offering categorically. Still not my favorite style.

Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into goblet.

A: Pours a solid clear copper head with a nice quick off-white head that dissipates quickly to a nice solid film.

S: I'm picking up some solid malts with a light fruity topper. Some apples and pears.

T: Nice sweet and oaty malts are big up front then give way to some light citric hops and some very mild apple.

M: Light bodied with a very crisp and clean finish. Some light sweet hops left on the palate.

O: A nice lager. Not to complex, just clean and refreshing.

Photo of KJay1408
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber color, with a nice thick head on top(and yes the ads are correct you can float a bottle cap on it). Sadly the head dissipates into a bit of white lace that clings to the side of my glass.

S: Biscuit malt and hops. The aroma starts out great but fades rather quickly

T: Brief malt opening, followed rather quickly by hop spiciness, that transitions into some lovely earth tones and minor lingering bitterness.

M: You can tell it's beer and not piss water.

O: It's pretty well balanced albeit a little on the hoppy side of things. A personal favorite of mine, since it's easier to drink than an IPA but still gives me the hop aroma and flavor I crave. I guess there is a reason this beer has won a number of awards, well done Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Co. no wonder this is your groups flag ship.

Photo of engagechad
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a case from Costco - poured into many a vessel

Pours a redish amber with a nice head, pillowing over the top of the glass depending on the pour. Leaves great lacing. Smells faintly of some hops and overall mild on the nose. Taste is a little sharp and very refreshing.

This is a staple lager - awesome beer - great to have at a bar with limited taps.

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