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

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7,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,739
Reviews: 2,478
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 94
Gots: 1,001 | 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 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.

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

Part of a Sam Adams sampler I got for x-mas. Have had this before, but haven't bothered to review it.

Crystal clear, dark urine color. Respectable lacing, which bumped it from a 3.5 to a 4.

So hard to describe the smell of lagers. This one is slightly hoppy, and I think the hops are overriding any malts that might be present.

Little hop bight up front, with some malty sweetness following through. At the very end, I get a metallic twang that I have come to expect from my experience with Sam Adams.

Feels like its getting stuck in my throat. Thicker than a lager needs to be. I'd prefer something a little crisper.

It's not drain worthy, but it's not a great beer either.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a nice deep amber with a finger of white head. Nice lacing.

S - Dryly hoppy with nice malt backbone. Sweetness arises as well.

T - Hoppy and grainy. Dry, with notes of toasted malt

M - Light to medium body with nice carbonation. Very appealing. A bit of a dry finish.

D - One of the best beers to be so widely and readily available. Very easy to drink and worthy of any beer fan's fridge.

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

Bottle into New belgium glass.

A: Light amber brown with thin head. Not bad lacing.

S: Toast, Caramel. Spicy Noble hops

T: Malty upfront with a slight hop flavor at the end.

M: good for the style. Not thin or cloying not thin and watery.

D: very drinkable. Doesn't punch you in the face, nor gross you out from lack of flavor.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly I've never really reviewed this one, but then I don't drink it all that often. I wonder if that's a mistake or not?

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (part of the Winter Classic pack) into a pint glass... it's a deeper gold than a macro lager, bubbly with a frothy white head.

The smell is light and malt dominate, also some grass notes in there and a decent hop presence.

The taste is bolder than the smell, hoppier up front with the malts coming through more at the end. The same grass notes are there at the last bit of each sip. Tasty... feels great in the mouth, definitely will consider this as another go-to cheaper session option.

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

Drank it from a bottle.

Appearance - Pretty orange, with a white head that doesnt rise too much, for a short time.

Smell - Great hop smell that reminds me of the dry hop smell when i've brewed.

Taste - Very hoppy. You taste what you smell with a nice finish. Has a lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth up to a good spiced and hoppy finish. Bitter after taste.

Drinkability - I'll say it again, I love the hoppyness of the beer. It's my go to beer when I'm looking for something to drink with friends or with dinner. The bitter aftertaste is a little much but well worth it.

Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe. Second to last offering from the winter pack.

A - Beer is a nice copper color with a little less then a fingers worth of white head. Lacing is present along the glass as well.

S - A stronger hop presence in the nose than I expected. A nice caramel malt aroma in the background balances it out very nicely.

T - Hops wonderfully balanced with a bready malt finish. Very solid to say the least.

M - Creamy and wonderful. Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - This beer is like a great friend who is always there for you and will never let you down. Are there sexier options out there? Of course. But this brew will always be one of my standby's.

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice copper color with slight head. Smell is more pleasant than I'm used to for regular lagers. Mouthfeel is what I expected for a lager (I'm still learning to differentiate mouthful between different beers). Taste is great. This is a very flavorful beer. Malty flavor with a slight hoppy finish. Great session beer.

Photo of mklinger
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear bronze color with a half inch of wite, dense head that leaves lots of lacing behind in the glass.

Aroma is dominated by noble hops with herbal and slightly flowery and medicinal scents. Just a touch of malt sweetness to balance out the hop aromas.

Some rich, bready, slightly sweet malt to start things off followed quickly by hop flavors that mirror the aroma -- herbal & slightly flowery (though nothing medicinal in the taste). This is listed as a Vienna lager and it does have some of the malt characteristics of a Vienna lager, but the taste is dominated by pilsener hop characteristics. Lots of noble hop flavors. Some sharpness from high carbonation with a lasting sense of bitterness that lingers quite a while after the otherwise extremely clean finish.

This is a quenching, refreshing beer which has plenty of rich malt flavor without seeming cloying of heavy in any way. Nice, bright high carbonation. It's been quite a while since I've had a Boston Lager, but I really enjoyed this a lot & will have to pick up a 6 pack sometime soon.

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

Appearance: Golden orange colour whicj I liked. Thin head that reduced to almost nothing very quickly.

Smell: Stong malt aroma, with some hops that suggest a dry finish.

Taste: Surpisingly more sweetness than bitterness. Clear malt characteristics, but with well balanced hops for a bitter background taste.

Mouthfeel: Optimim carbonation for a lager. Warming, perhaps a little bit too much biterness in the aftertaste for me. But this is a lager, so you would expect that so I'm not going to know any point off.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, enough interest in the interaction of hops and malt to want to keep going back to the glass.

Photo of mattgreger
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a darker golden yellow color. There was a small white head, but not much lacing following the pour.

There is an aroma of some sweet malts, but not much else coming out in the nose.

The taste on this brew is the first high point. There is a decent maltiness which gives this brew a mildly sweet, and somewhat bready and lightly grainy feel.

Medium to more carbonation, starts of a true lager, mid is malts finishes with some hop character & malts. There is a hint of that crispness of good lager hops, that give this brew a nice smooth feel.

Drinks great for a lager, its not over the top or heavy like some lagers. This brew is a great that I can grab, when I am unable to get some of my other favorite brews.

Photo of tapman
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my fancy Sam Adams glass with the laser etching on the bottom. It's hard to drink with your pinky up...

Is orange and light amber in color. Poured a 1 finger head, though I was being pretty careful, and after 3 minutes there is still a 1/2 inch of foam on top. Head is very dense and the carbonation coming from the bottom is significant.

Very hoppy for the style; nose is thick with bready hops and a tangy, tart acedylaldihyde/green apple aroma. I also get that sulfu that others have picked up on and I'm curious as to the yeast strain used in this brew. Also a little toasty sweetness in the way back thanks to the malts.

Super hops! Man, I forgot how hoppy this beer is. As my girlfriend describes it, "this is the beeriest beer I've ever tasted." Does have that Euro-hop taste with a bucketload of sulphur. Strong bitterness in the finish. Malts are delicate and delicious, but play second fiddle to the hops.

Not watery, but not syrupy. A fine feel and refreshingly, aggressively carbonated.

They must water down the ones you get at the bars because I don't remember the Boston Lager tasting so hoppy on draft. Maybe something to do with bottles and kegs...I don't know. Too hoppy for the style, which might be fine if the hop profile was different, but still the best macro out there.

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

I've drank this beer so many times I find this a little weird. In bottles and on tap.
(from "late night" notes and burnt in memory)

Nice golden brown color with a white/light tan 2finger head.

Great caramel,toasty, honey, sweet malt light hop smell

Very crisp drink. Toasty sweet caramel is sandwiched(literally has a bread/malt flavor) between some nice citrus/earthy hops.

In Mass if I sadly end up at a chain restaurant or a place I don't know. I usually have this beer to save me. I've been drinking this forever.

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

A - Pours a deep amber, a good thick head, can see carbonation rising from the bottom

S - Great mix of hops, both spicy and sweet smelling--apples, almost.

T - Nice balance, starts sweet and finishes bitter.

M - Doesn't dry the mouth, but also doesn't coat it. Carbonation in the mouthfeel is minimal, finishes very clean. Aftertaste is a bit sweet.

D - Goes down smooth. Not a lot of alcohol in this beer, but it would be easy to sit down and a couple in quick succession.

Overall - It's BBC's flagship beer and perhaps the most recognizable craft beer in the country. I've been drinking it for years, but never reviewed it before. What is there to say? BBC provides in Boston Lager a solid, drinkable beer. It's not as flashy or even as good as many other craft beers out of there, but it's a solid product, a beer that I know I can always go back to and not be disappointed.

Photo of bound4er
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Light orange to amber appearance with a solid two finger puffy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles emerge. Laces well too.

S. A spicy (baking type), grainy malt nose dominates. SA's Boston Lager has a signature smell that I find very appealing.

T. Lots of maltiness by way of cracker and biscuit. Not getting any hop flavors or bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D. Not the world's most complex lager but very enjoyable and drinkable nonetheless. I am always happy to order this beer when BMC dominates the choices available in bars and restaurants.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Perfectly translucent light amber color. Head is pure white and looks very creamy. Retention and lacing are phenomenal considering the low ABV. One of the best looking beer I've see.

S: First thing I notice are a mix of hops: floral, grassy and piny hops. Then, there are some multi grain bread like malts with biscuit malts. Maybe some unsweetened oranges (like the ones used in marmelades) and light honey. Not very strong.

T: Some dry malts come upfront. Toasted multi grain bread is what I get the most with very light biscuit malts. Strong tastes of floral and grassy hops (which makes a weird mix) with a little bit of piny hops. Still the unsweet oranges seems to be there as well as light honey. There is also a good amounts of minerals in the water. Quite dry.

M: quite bigger feel than expected. Mid to heavy feel with mid carbonation. Nice.

D: Low alcohol, good tasting and balanced brew. Easy to drink.

Photo of SDtastentune
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Darker yellow and not much head or lace, but some.

S - Sweet malts, not much going on here.

T - Taste is better than anything else, malts and some hop character that goes down smooth. Kinda bready and paper thing going on.

M - Medium to more carbonation, starts of a true lager, mid is malts finishes with some hop character & malts.

D - Drinks great for a lager, slight taste and hop thing, but not over the top at all, very easy to drink for me... but I drink DIPA usually. Thumbs up for a drinker.

Photo of WildTurkey
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap to pint glass.

A: Clear Amber color, good carbonation, wispy head, with mixed size bubbles.

S: Some maltiness, and a little hops. It's not too pronounced, but I'd say they were a little piney. I needed to reallly concentrate to figure that. It was a little cold though.

T: This was actually better than I thought. I hadn't had SA Boston Lager in a while, but this was not dull at all. Nice malitness and hop balance, but maybe a little hop forward (for a lager).

M: Light to medium body, with some carbonation. Some dryness.

D: Went down pretty well as a session drink. I'm not a big fan of all/most SA beers but their flagship beer is not bad and is a really safe choice.

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours with a one finger tall, foamy off-white head with decent retention which settles in to an everlasting film. The body is magnificently clear, medium copper orange in color. Lacing is well above average.

S & T: The aroma and flavors are muted right out of the gate, but really open up with 15 minutes of warming. Toasted malts of caramel and toffee. Resiny hop aromas mixed with a grassy/herbal scent. A light earthiness is provided by the yeast. Mildly bitter with metallic notes on the finish. Throughout the drink, the aroma score elevates from a 3 to a 4 and the flavor from 3.5 to 4.5, landing in the middle on both accounts for its final rating.

M: The mouthfeel, on the other hand, starts out great (4.5) but drops off (to a 3.5) in the same amount of time it took to find the sweet spot of the aroma and flavor. Full body per the style with a semi-thick texture and a big, lively carbonation that dwindles rapidly.

D: I'll never complain about drinking an Boston Lager, but it's not a beer I would normally purchase either. Still, it's been a savior on more than one occasion for me.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,739 ratings.