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

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BA SCORE
84
good

6,922 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,922
Reviews: 2,417
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 61
Gots: 546 | 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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz as part of the summer Mix-Pack.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass...

2 finger head... leaves beautiful lacing atop a polished copper brew..

Toasty and biscuity... smells of clean malts with a little bit of spicy hoppiness.

Flavor is also clean grains with an herbal hop bite to it... body is lite side of medium with creamy mouthfeel and carbonation.

Reminds me alot of the Boston ale I just had minus the yeasty notes... this brew is a picture of summer drinking.

06-30-2008 08:00:31 | More by JohnGalt1
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oneeye

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -15%

Had this on-tap at PNC PARK

Served into a frosted pint glass. Copper with a good amount of carbonation. Two fingered head, soapy with like a caramel swirl.The aroma has a spice/malt scent.The taste is sweet with a slight floral hop bitterness. As the beer warmed the flavors were not as good. Creamy but thin. Drink it cold and fast. Not bad but I would prefer something else.

06-29-2008 16:05:08 | More by oneeye
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance is light amber with a thin white head. It has a strong smell of floral hops and a hint of wheat. The taste starts off somewhat malty with just a hint of honey, and it ends up being bitter. Very carbonated, crisp. This is a drinkable lager that can go with almost any food. Typically the one craft beer available in a sea of macros at a lot of the more generic establishments.

06-28-2008 02:38:26 | More by theghost3
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hdofu

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Not a bad Ale, though not my favorite beer either. Had a semi sweet malty taste to it with a slight rust finish with maybe a hint of cinnamon in there. The taste was also a bit less strong then I had hoped as well. Appearance was slightly red. The beer was fairly carbonated and the bubbles were noticeable. It was fairly drinkable though and I could drink a couple.

06-27-2008 21:01:44 | More by hdofu
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%

I freakin' love it. Light amber color. Monster white head exploding with hop aroma. Perfectly nice zingy carbonation to carry that aroma up to you. Sweet maltiness balanced by plenty of hops. This beer just flat out kicks ass. Very satisfying, a little filling. My favorite is to get a freshly tapped one in a 22oz glass. Any day I get one of those babies is a great day.

06-26-2008 17:43:55 | More by Chugmonkey
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a cooperish light brown, good head and retention, a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma of noble hops, quite alot of hop aroma, some spice, some fresh hay. Flavor is a hop wallop and some malt to back it up, interresting lingering flavor of bread and hop bitterness lingers in the mouth.

A rather hoppy vienna lager, I like it.

06-24-2008 04:47:59 | More by bloberglawp
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

A: A light reddish-amber color, with a nice frothy head and good lacing.

S: Caramel/toffee malts and very floral hops with a hint of spiciness. A very nice aroma.

T: Malty, with subdued caramel notes. The hops hit very noticeably and give a spicy, bitter kick as the beer goes down.

M: Noticeable carbonation throughout, finishes rather dry.

D: A really nice beer, with an excellent aroma and a good balance of malts and hops. This is a perfect go-to beer.

06-22-2008 18:14:55 | More by Clydesdale
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack.

A: Pours a rusty amber color with a thin, bone-white head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Well-balanced aroma: floral, spicy hops and sweet, caramel malts.

T: Taste profile mirrors the nose. Opens sweet with caramel malt upfront, followed by a hoppy bitterness with notes of spice. Finishes dry with a bite of grain.

M: Crisp and well-carbonated.

D: Extremely well-balanced and exceptionally sessionable.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Always a good call.
Over the years, I've found this beer to be a saving grace at weddings, airports, entertainment venues, and open-bars everywhere.

06-21-2008 18:43:27 | More by CaptainIPA
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GoodKnight1220

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

This is a great as Sam Adams describes it full flavored beer.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

The apperance was a nice deep golden color, with a light frothy head.

Taste is a full bite at first then you can begin to taste the multiple flavors of different hops. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Great American Lager.

06-21-2008 18:36:13 | More by GoodKnight1220
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

A- Clear light amber, one finger head.

S- Spicy noble hops with hints of caramel malt.

T- Wonderfully balanced from start to finish. Slightly sweet caramel up front with a smooth dry noble hop finish.

M- Nicely smooth with good carbonation.

D- Umm YEAH.

Not only is this a great beer to ween your friends off of the mass produced offerings, but its a great standby as its availability is very widespread.

06-18-2008 21:18:55 | More by Pauly2X
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demitriustown

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Much better, the malty goodness of a Boston lager. I like this better than their Boston Ale. Recently, I heard on a radio talkshow that people who order this beer at the bar are posers for some reason. One ,the person who said this is a moron. Two, Has he thought that people actually want to taste their beer rather than having alcoholic water like Carona, Budwieser, and Miller. Great Commercial Bee

06-17-2008 18:46:02 | More by demitriustown
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Natural510

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured on-tap with minimal head by bartender into 16oz glass. Rich amber color, similar in style to most vienna lagers and amber ales.
Scents a little subdued on this one...malts & hops with the trademark SABL caramel overtones.
Taste is where this differentiates itself from the bottled version. It is much more complex; the malts are a bit richer, bringing out the caramel note, and the piney hops bite harder..leaving the most balanced complexity you'll find in a vienna lager. Simple, yet pleasing on all fronts.
The mouth on this one was a bit flat, but still refreshing. It was poured at a TGIFriday's, which may not turn over Sam Adams as much as Bud or Coors.
Drinkability is off the charts; this is the #1 craft beer in America for a reason. It is smooth, yet complex; malt/hop balance accessible enough for all beer drinkers, whether new to craft beers, or seasoned veterans to all beer styles. Absolutely sessionable for any occasion.

06-16-2008 11:15:11 | More by Natural510
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jadpsu

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

This beer seems too complex to be an American Macro Lager.
Pours a copper, amber color with a foamy, off white, head that has good retention and lacing. (if you didn'nt have head retention with this beer try getting your glass "beer glass clean."

Smell is floral hops and moderate yeast along with a hint of wheat.

Taste is fairly thick on the tongue as roasted malts come into play making it a well balanced serving. Detected a light lemon note. Has some bitter hops for a dry finish.

A beer that makes you want to take your time and enjoy the moment.

06-15-2008 03:05:43 | More by jadpsu
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hefe300

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +19%

Bottle poured into a weitzen glass.

A) Copper, decent lacing. Relatively pale head in comparison with the beer. Head sticks around a while,but isn't too persistent.

S) Hops fragrance with a hint of caramel. Nothing unpleasent, but nothing stands out either. Smells clean.

T. Hops. This is much more Hops-y than the macros I was raised on. I mean that in a good way. A very good way. The hops taste is clear without being overpowering. The malt balances the bitternes of the hops perfectly, leaving a roasted grain taste in the back of the palate.

M. Carbonation is just fine.

D. I want another after finishing the first. This seems like a versatile beer with regard to food pairings and wouldn't be out of place on a hot day in the back yard.

Simply put, a good beer. I'll drink more.

06-14-2008 02:06:07 | More by hefe300
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

I must say, it's been quite some time since I've had a Boston Lager, as I used to regularly hate on it as an aficionado of Brooklyn Lager, but this bottle that I'm currently enjoying has really turned me around. I still prefer many of their other brews (i.e. the Black Lager), but I will no longer eschew BBC's flagship at BBQs and the like.

Poured into a standard pint glass: clear amber-gold with a mountainous initial head, fading to a decent 1 cm ring that is maintained throughout; chunky retention in loose, thick bands.

Not much in terms of aroma, and I don't think it's just my choice of glassware. Maybe some biscuity malt and hop leaf? Tastes delicious, though. I think part of why I like it better now is that I've come to appreciate tasteful use of diacetyl -- the buttery sweetness is complemented by light hop spiciness and even lighter citrus notes. Solid malt backbone can't be denied.

Finishes somewhat dry but could be crisper for the style and my tastes. All in all, I think it's delicious because of the sweetness of the malt and diacetyl, but I think the slightly syrupy finish hurts its drinkability. Better for a wintery session than a summertime BBQ, and I certainly prefer Brooklyn Lager or Dos Equis.

06-12-2008 05:33:35 | More by jbsteiny
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Ah, Sammy, my good ol' stand by. It looks smooth, it pours smooth, it foams smooth, it goes down smooth, it just all around smooth. Plenty of hops give this brew an exceptional flavor that doesn't offend at all, perfect balance. And with it available many places nowadays, I'm happy to go to almost any pub.

06-08-2008 21:35:31 | More by DesMoinesMike
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joshwlt

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

I've had this plenty of times before and graded it according to previous experiences. I got it a week ago on draft along with a Yeungling and they were actually somewhat comparable in color. The nose was quite hoppy and the taste was just as hoppy matched by barley malt with some slight caramel involved. Usually a great session brew and one of the most flavorful american lagers.

This particular bottle in front of me, however, is less impressive. Golden color with just a slight amber hue. Hop presence can be whiffed but isn't as present as before; subdued in the taste as well. As for the malts... The malts in this actually are skunky, grassy, with a little bit of popcorn minus the butter (odd I know) and actually remind me of a euro pilsner. Not happy with this one.

06-07-2008 03:11:37 | More by joshwlt
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a burnt amber witha a nice three fingers of cream colored head that is chunky as it falls to a thin cap while leaving tons of stickyness.The nose is nice and sweet with hints of floral hops and subtle cinnamon.Boston Lager has some good flavors,not super complex,but,it helps with drinkability.This is malty/caramely sweet and mildly bitter with some spicy hops shining through helping to create a nice balance,I still detect some hidden cinnamon(almost cinnamon toast like,in a way).This is a great brew to keep around when you are in need of flavor and consumability.

06-06-2008 21:11:49 | More by orangemoustache
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Served in a weizen-glass. Best by Aug 2008 on the label.

A: Poured a pure golden-amber with a large off-white head that settled slowly to a thick cap and left some nice spots of lace on the glass.

S: A muted caramel sweetness with some floral hops and faint biscuity aromas. Some fruity esters, as well. Not bursting with power, but still a nice smell.

T&M: Just a hint of bready and caramel malt followed by an oily hop flavor that is very much spicy, herbal, and floral. Wonderfully well-balanced, but perhaps just a tad thin for my liking. It has a creamy mouthfeel to it with a medium body and a muted, yet well-balanced finish.

D: Boston Lager is a little bit heavy to be a highly sessionable, but it's a solid beer. There seems to be just a bit missing from the flavor, but it's still a good beer.

05-31-2008 03:27:27 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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drxandy

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from 24oz bottle to tulip glass, pours a golden/reddish color with a nice white head.

smells of maltiness, light hopping, crisp

tastes heavy on malts, they hit first following by bitter hops, butterscotchy, wheat, nicely carbonated and crisp

mouthfeel = carbonation brings out all the malty flavors, very sessionable

a staple in the history of american craft beer

05-29-2008 00:35:21 | More by drxandy
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours light copper with big foamy head that settles to a sticky cobweb lace. The aroma is malts,grains and a hint of hops.
The taste is malty,sweet,buttery and has caramel notes with light hops taste.
The overall feel is medium carbonation,slightly bitter finish with grains.

Notes: It tastes good even as it warms and can be a good beer for session. I have it from time to time and I enjoy it.

05-25-2008 21:09:54 | More by Lexluthor33
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Had this one about a million times, but figured I'd actually do a bottle review. Pours a copper color with a fine head that dissolves quickly down to nothing. Okay but not particularly impressive to look at. Nose is mild hoppiness, a bit of fruit and malt. Taste is similar; some light graininess, piney hops, and some crisp fruit in there as well. Body is solid, although nothing too impressive. Might have to experiment a bit more, but is seems possible that I prefer this one on tap, although it's certainly a solid brew (and better than all the BMC out there in a landslide) in the bottle as well.

05-23-2008 19:57:30 | More by soupyman10
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Baileyuk

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Dark Golden color with good head and lacing.

S - Mainly malts. Although not unpleasant there was not much complexity.

T - Good at first, as I went further there was a slight metallicy taste. Malty backbone with a faint hop taste.

D - Could be a session beer, but there are better choices for this. A good beer overpowered by great ones.

05-22-2008 01:11:45 | More by Baileyuk
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

20-oz in a glass stein on tap.

A = Nice clear orange amber, frothy white head almost like a cappucino with good retention and heavy lacing.

S = Fresh earthy noble hops, bread dough, nicely balanced.

T = Very fresh earthy noble hops, sweet malt like buttered uncooked croissant dough, some citrus at mid-palate, long dry clean finish.

M = Medium body, full, frothy feel and coating, nice carbonation level.

D = Very high. Extremely refreshing at the end of a long day. By American standards, a good session beer.

05-21-2008 22:07:55 | More by Traquairlover
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gpogo

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

A- Clear light amber with small white head.

A- Sweet bready malts. Slight fruitiness

T- Wonderful malty taste backed with a hoppy bitterness. With a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body withlwo-moderate carbonation.

D- Yes. Drinking this is always a good call. I remember my first boston lager and being blown away at how flavorful it was compared the the junk I was drinking back then.

05-21-2008 00:56:10 | More by gpogo
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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