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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

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7,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,170
Reviews: 2,430
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 69
Gots: 665 | 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)
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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: darker golden brown 1/4 finger of head
[Smell]: Floral, nutty almost
[Taste]: Strong foretaste of citrus and burnt flavor, medium midtaste of citrus again then nutty flavorings, and the after taste lingers for minutes tastes of nutty flavors amost peanuty
[Mouthfeel]: Middle of the road standard lager
[Drinkability]: A bit harsh in the citrus dept. for me anyway. Worlds from the groovy brew I just recently had

brfbeerdrinker, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a glass with a one finger beige head with good retention. The color of this beer is golden to light brown with no haze. The smell is loaded with the floral scent of hops. The taste is nicely balanced with the hops and malts both playing a role. There is a nice fruitiness in the malt which really works well for this type of lager. The mouthfeel is medium with a perfect amount of carbonation. Drinkability is great because the beer has a great balanced flavor that does not overpower the palate and also has a normal ABV.

Overall, Boston Lager has been and will continue to be one of my favorite lagers. It is a great introduction to anyone who has never had craft beer because of the balance of the flavors. Worthy of being session beer for any beer drinker.

Gosox8787, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of teejay76
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber pour with decent head.

S: Great smell. Abundance of hops aroma. Loved it.

T: Hops had a little kick. Aftertaste left me feeling like a bit of dish detergent.

M: Nice balance.

D: Went down nice and easy. Overcame the aftertaste by taking another drink...

teejay76, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Japerrault
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden amber with a decent white head. Lacing was present after the head went down.

S: Hops aromas were most prevelent. Spicey, and piney with a little toasted malt coming through.

T: Spicey hops and toasted malt balance well. There is no real sweetness present, but a little hops bitterness shows from middle through the end. Good hops flavors in the aftertaste. Nice lager.

M: Nicely carbonated, dry feel, not thick, but not necessarily watery either.

D: This is one of my favorite American lagers. Easy to drink and thirst quenching. I can always go for a second.

Japerrault, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a frosted mug served at the Chili's Restaurant in Salem, New Hampshire on March 22, 2009.

The pour is a copper/amber color with very little head but the head that is there lingers.

The aroma is a good balance of sweet malts and spicy roasted hops. A little bit on the floral side. Medium-bodied lager.

The mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied lager and the taste is sweet and bitter at the same time. Not much of an aftertaste. It really is one of the better quasi-crafts out there.

puboflyons, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint on tap at the bistro.

Pours a clear dark amber, light orange hues, thick white head forms, quickly drops to a medium collar around the glass, some lace spots, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, more floral than I remember from the bottle, biscuit and toasty malts, some caramel sweetness, apricots, floral hops, basic but well done. Taste is similar, nice caramel and biscuit up front, toasty middle, light graininess, some floral hopping in the finish, almost a peach like fruitiness, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A very well crafted lager, much better on tap than in bottles. Nice stuff, could drink this all night.

Viggo, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint glass.

Lear amber, big pale head, left a bunch of rings of lacing.

Smells of fresh toasted malt. Later on, some slight herbal or spice-like smell which was very nice, but which I don't know how to describe.

Taste: Sweet malt, slightly toasted, very slightly buttery. A smooth taste. Nice hops give a nice bitter finish to balance the malts. Slightly sour/acidic. I'm having trouble identifying much about the hop profile. It may be slightly earthy. A surprisingly complex taste.

Medium body, well-carbonated.

Very drinkable. A very good lager.

Jimbo87, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of rodney45
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Good medium amber color and decent head retention. Smells a bit hoppy and sweet. This beer holds it down, and is a favorite of mine. However, it has a few misgivings that make it near the bottom of my list of beers I'd buy and keep on hand in my home. It is too sweet a beer, i dont know if that is indicative of all Vienna lagers, or just this one, but its too sweet. Carbonation is also a bit overwhelming, especially when its too cold, which is why you need to drink it at 40- 45 degrees, not the crazy freezing temperatures they would normally serve it at bars. That being said, this beer broke the way for commercially acceptable "good" beers. It deserves a place in history for that. A really good brew, not great, but good.

rodney45, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a standard pint glass. It poured a sturdy amber-brown color, the head was light brown and lasting. It had a fair amount of lacing.

I think the beer tasted alot like cola. It had some flavors of honey, vannilla, ginger. The yeast had some sweatyness hidding in the background. It finnished with a lasting bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium not overcarbonated.

Not a real filling beer. I like this beer it has alot of flavor, not too sweet, and ample bitterness.

smibroncos, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on multiple samplings.

Pours a copper/amber color. Very little head on this one. Smell is earthy, slightly hoppy, grassy and slightly metallic. Malt and hops are very well-balanced. Earthy tones are evident in the taste. Moderate carbonation in the mouth. Good drinkability due to beer's overall flavor and ABV.

Not as in-your-face as other beer types, but this is a great example of Vienna lagers.

jdubjacket, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Big 3 finger white head that fades within minutes. Pale gold in color with lots of bubbles. Retention isnt very good but lacing is above average

Smells of very sweet straw malt, faint citrus hops

Taste is of grassy, straw pale malt and some metallic copper. Not much on the hop side except for some kind of tartness im associating with hops

Light mouth feel, a bit over carbonated but not too much

Above average drink ability. Kinda boring flavors, wouldnt seek out this beer again but its decent and somewhat widely available.

angelmonster, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: ordered a pint from an upper west side bar. Poured golden brown with a tinge of red, not much foam considering it's a keg-sourced lager.

S: very little smell at all. Slight wift of grassy / floral hops.

T: crisp blend of light & caramel malts, balanced hops finish. Solid standard lager.

M: bubbly initial feel, light body, clean finish.

D: good for what it's trying to be, just not really my thing.

Richardberg, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of evantwomey
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I feel compelled to review this beer, being one of my favorites for years. Pours reddish-gold with a tight head that dissipates quickly but leaves tight lacing. Despite the fact that I pulled it straight from my fridge, this beer is crystal clear. Aroma is fantastic, the first thing that hits you is a mix of malty sweetness and resinous hops. A very distinct lager-aroma too - just a touch of sulfur and utterly clean. Taste is crisp and malty with a surprisingly hoppy, spicy finish. The hops in this beer are very subtle but definitely there, and delicious.

An American classic! I like to think of this as one of the flagship beers of the US and am proud to live in a country where a beer of such caliber can be found in any gas station or corner store.

evantwomey, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of slk22
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a 2007 bottle in the back of my fridge and thought it might be fun to see how it aged. Poured a deep amber with a light orange-white head. A bit hazy, perhaps showing its age, but probably chill haze. Aroma was a bready malt with a hint of orange, still quite pleasant. Taste began with malt sweetness having a hint of caramel. A small spicy hop presence was detectable finishing with a moderate yeast flavor and little to no aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied having moderate carbonation. Overall, simple, but enjoyable. Light and refreshing.

slk22, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of jimj21
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into plain pint glass. Pour produces two fingers of rocky off white head. Good retention and a lot of lacing. Beer is amber colored. Great clarity and many streams of bubbles.

Nice hoppy aroma, spicy. Maybe some roasted caramel as well.

Taste is a little toasty upfront with some caramel as well. Some spicy hops on the finish. Good flavor profile that showcases both malt and hops. Great balance

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy with the right amount of carbonation. Medium bodied.

Great drinkability. A good beer that is always available. A great introductory beer to those new to craft beer. This was one of the first craft beers I tried and there was a bit of shock at how much flavor it had compared to macros. As my palate has expanded, I have come to appreciate it a lot more.

jimj21, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich copper/amber, medium head and Beautiful lacing. Lots of carbonation that holds throughout drinking. Looks very inviting! Smells of sharp & crisp grape with sweet but slightly burnt caramel malt. Floral spicy/citrus hops as well. Tastes of sweet, crisp rich roasted caramel, with a spicy roasted hop bitterness at the end. Hop bitterness lingers just a tad. A touch of citrus/pine as well. As it warms, more of a slightly burnt caramel flavor comes out Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with high carbonation. Great beer overall and a great session brew.

HopEnthusiast, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer in my fridge that I'm not sure where it came from, still good as far as the expiration date goes. This one's set to turn in April.

A: Crystal clear light copper color, white head about half an inch thick that reduced to a film with a few clumps of lacing. Quite a few bubbles moving around in the beer.

S: Big time malt-roastiness. Honey and caramel are really present here, slight citrus/spicy hop character, really good smelling lager.

T: More of the nose in the mouth, a little more on the roasty side than I'd remembered from the last time I drank this. Not a huge hop presence, but there is something there, a little kick of spice at the end. Caramel and honey really stand out in my mind. Really a tasty beer, even though it is a shade watery.

M: Thin, dry, nicely carbonated, doesn't leave a lot of lingering flavors on the palate. Exactly what the style calls for.

D: Great session beer, this one goes down easy and is really flavorful. A good beer all around.

pokesbeerdude, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of indeed
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best "working man's" beer in the world. Goes with everything, can be guzzled all night long as well as sipped and enjoyed in freezing-cold weather to the hottest days on the boat. It truly fits the epitome of the term "beer". It's expensive, but worth it.

I think a lot of reviews and beers here are far beyond "drinkable" and are rated so highly because they're unique. Forget that...I just want a great beer that I can get anywhere and goes with every food or none at all. THAT is beer...THAT is value.

S.A.-B.L. is the best beer in the world.
Thats right. I said it.

indeed, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of rslomin
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer served in a pint glass

Appearance: amber color, small head.
Smell: Hoppy, fruity, a little bit of pine. I even felt some malt on the nose.
Taste: Hoppy, again some fruitiness and malt
Overall a very well made American beer. Has the characteristics of an ale.

rslomin, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My apologies in advance to all of you who enjoy this beer. While I am clearly more of an ale fan, there are lagers that i do enjoy. This isn't one of them (although given a choice between this and a pilsner such as Bud, MGD, Coors, etc, I'd choose the Sam Adams Lager every time).

A: Reasonable color somewhere between amber and light brown. Translucent.

S: Nothing offensive, but nothing enticing me to want to taste it either. Lager yeasts, toasted malts.

T: Here begin the problems. How do you describe a lack of quality in ingredients? It was both thin on flavor and yet too heavy on negative flavor attributes simultaneously. Not atrocious, but nothing positive here at all.

Ml: Appropriate texture for the genre. Moderate carbonation.

D: Never again.

jnn4v, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Chapter40z
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review.

A. Translucent golden brown color. Poured with 2 fingers of puffy looking head that stayed around awhile with some if only little lacing.

S. Has a hoppy plant-like smell.

T. Seems to have some caramel malts. Decent hops bitterness with a mild spicy flavor.

M. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D. Very drinkable beer. Great session beer and stand out among other highly marketed lagers.

Chapter40z, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of BigMike
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This and Yuengling are 2 of my favorite lagers.

Sam Adams Boston Lager pours a beautiful reddish color that almost glows in my Sam Adams pint glass.
The thick creamy head makes my mouth water with anticipation of the first gulp.

Smell is a bit florally and fruity.
Taste is verygood. A bit fruity with a nice sweetness to it. No strong hops or malts are detected.

Mouth feel is nice and the beer finishes smoothly making this one of the best all time session beers.

You can't go wrong with this one.

BigMike, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of JeffV
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Boston Lager : Craft Beer :: The Ramones : Punk Rock.

This is the best session beer ever created. The hops are assertive without being cloying. It has a maltiness that must have seemed off the charts when it first came out (compared to fizzy yellow). It is a beer that can be savored for its complexity and drank by the six pack. It is good in all types of weather.

This beer sort of reminds me of how you feel about an older sibling. You used to worship it, then you found flaws in it, then you decided you loved it even more.

If I were going to pick any nits I would say that it is a Fischer price beer so I can't justify a perfect score when it is intentionally less flavorful than it could be. Also the head retention is spotty. But that's about it. Great beer.

JeffV, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a rich creamy head that looked so damn good.

Smelled of nice roasted malts, followed hints pine/citrus hoppy smell, that i've never really picked up on before. This Boston Lager really did stand out from others in the past. It tasted of caramel roasted malts, followed by a light grapefruit citrus hoppy finish. The bitterness of the hops really stood out for me this time. Very rich smooth finish with enough of the hoppy kick at the end. this brew was very well balanced and makes an excellent session brew. Very excellent choice of beer.

always a go to when choices are limited.


aval89, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of vtisme
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper penny color with an initial finger thick head but it diminished quickly with minimal lacing (i read other reviews about a large head, it mightve been a result of my pouring skills from the bottle to a mug). A good balanced smell between all flavors as nothing really sticks out to me. Enters your mouth and the smell is what you taste, and it is a medium thickness which results in a medium drinkability. In comparison to macro lagers, it is a noticeably heavier beer. overall a good average beer for an average day. an easy daily drinker.

vtisme, Feb 23, 2009
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,170 ratings.