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

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8,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,026
Reviews: 2,555
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,373 | 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:
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 CowsCanBark
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light-copper/amber color with a two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing is left as I drink.

Smell: Citrus, malty, hoppy, spicy, good. I can tell I'll enjoy this.

Taste: Mmmmm. Sweet malts and spicy hops with citrus-ness mixed in. Light bitterness at finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy carbonation with a light body, I could seriously drink this all day. It's very refreshing. Slight dry finish.

Overall: Man I love this stuff; whether it's winter, spring, summer, or fall, this beer is appropriate for all times. Easy to drink and easy to enjoy, great taste and an awesome beer.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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

Poured from their winter sampler into my 12oz beer glass...

Appearance - Poured a quick finger of tight white head, color is a transparent lite amber.

Smell - Wheat bread, carmel, touch of vanilla, slight minerals.

Taste - Simple and flavorful, this is a very balanced mix of fresh wheat bread, nice semi-sweet malt backbone, and lite meadowy hops. Finishes with slightly dry breadcrust and crisp minerals.

Mouthfeel - Lite mouthfeel, medium carb adds a nice fresh crispiness, finishes slightly dry.

Overall - A very good, flavorful and refreshing beer. Very well balanced and extremely sessionable.

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

It's a clear amber color with a head so thick you can float a bottlecap on it. But that head quickly turns into lace.

It smells biscuity/bready with a hint of hops.

It's very malty and sort of sweet on the front of the tongue. It leaves a lingering hop flavor.

It's crisp and medium bodied.

Overall, this beer's all right with me. It's pretty session worthy and a good price.

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

A: golden to light amber with a one inch head and slight lacing and ring around the sides for the remainder of the glass.

S: smells of bittering hops mostly, also some pale malt

T: tastes mostly of the malt, full flavored. It also has that nice hop bitterness, and the aftertaste is beautiful. Full of malt.

M: medium body with a smooth start, crisp finish, and sticky and malty leftover taste. Nice work.

O: delicious, available, can't believe I haven't tried this in years. Wonderful and cheap beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Lively amber body with a creamy cap of white head.

S: The caramel malt profile is prominent and inviting, but there is an earthy hop presence that sets this apart from most Vienna Lagers.

T: Again with the hops; they bitter and sharpen this already tasty beer and provide for a full, bright drink and a dry, crisp finish.

D: Great drinkability. Really, beers like this are the drinkability yardstick that I hold to other beers.

Overall: An American classic, and it earned it. Boston Lager, along with SNPA and a couple of other brews is, and always will be one of the quintessential "entry-level" and "old favorite" craft beers of me and many other drinkers. It remains balanced, tasty, easy-drinking, but subtly complex.

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

I've had this many times but I've only reviewed it on tap. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass best before Dec date. This pours a nice amber color with nice foamy white held with good retention. The smells are of crisp floral hops and malts. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good, crisp floral hops and a nice malts backbone. This was always one of my early go to beers, and its still good these days even if I don't get it as often.

Photo of ShanePB
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

A: Copper / amber colored body, completely clear with a fluffy thick two finger head. Dissipation wasn't as rapidly as expected, and left really nice sticky patches of lacing on the walls. A thin white retention ring coated the surface the entire time.

S: Floral and somewhat piney faint hop notes with rich, sweet caramel malts. Dry breads and husk towards the back end of the nose. Not a bad smelling beer by any means; nothing is off though perhaps it's about as aromatic as a lager could be?

T: Sweet caramel malts and pumpernickel bread is up front. Extremely minor hops do come through, a bit sappy and floral. Not really bitter at all, very smooth and balanced. This is a very approachable and easy flavor profile that I'd give to some "new craft drinkers" to try.

M: Active bubbly carbonation, loads of bubbles give a fizzy but somewhat creamy feel to the beer. Talk about an incredibly drinkable beer, this goes down entirely too easy and smoothly. Crisp, medium-bodied, damn good for the style.

I will gladly take a Boston Lager when I'm out at a bar or restaurant. It wouldn't necessarily be my first choice given other craft options; however I love that this beer is so widely available for a solid fallback. A very nice, smooth and easy drinking craft lager.

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

I picked this up to knock off the Vienna Lager style for BA.

I poured this into a pint glass to savor the stronger lager flavors. On the pour I got only one finger of foam. There was quite a bit of little bubbles in this beer

Off the top I get a decent amount of grassy funk. This was much stronger than the typical lager.

The flavor is much stronger. I like the taste, and I don't typically enjoy lagers. There is a lot of grass, funk, and some bitterness.

I recommend this as a gateway beer for people drinking adjunct lagers that want to move on to something much, much better.

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

Took me a while to actually write down my thoughts on this standard of American mainstream craft beer. Pours a deep golden 3/4 inch head into my chalice. Smell is inviting but not too overpowering. Malty but not too angry. The lacing urges me to take the beer and have my way with it. And I do. Nice firm malty backbone, slightly sassy, with a nice smack of hoppy bitterness. Not trying to prove anything with its medium body this lager has got what it takes to keep my attention. Definitely sessionable and overall my go to beer when the establishment I frequent cannot provide an exotic beer.

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


Appearance - Copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also a very faint citrus taste going on. It ends with a caramel/brown sugar malty aftertaste.

Overall - Definitely one of the better options for draft beer at most restaurants in my area. I can see how this would work well as a gateway beer to get people away from drinking basic boring macros.

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3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice golden color with a half inch thick head.

S: I get a little hope scent and some malt. Not much else.

T: This beer has a nice amount of hops for a lager and has a nice malty sweetness.

M: The beer is one of the easiest drinkable beers out there. It has a perfect amount of carbonation and crispness.

O: One of the best lagers on the market. I am not a huge lager fan, but it tastes good and it easy to drink.

Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a nice bright amber, with a nice one inch head, some lacing. Smell is bready, some citrus, and pine. Taste is that with a hint of carmel, very easy to drink. This is the beer that 17 years ago changed me. All I wanted to do is find that same reaction to another beer, that I had to my first Sammy. Then I found BA a year and half ago and have been amazed so many times since. Still a nice beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle of a 12 pk running at $15.99 to a tulip glass, best by Jan 2012 date notched on it.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber copper color, 2 inch thick frothy head with excellent retention

Smell: Plenty of hops, piney floral smell.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing spot on mouth feel, you taste the hops more then anything else the piney notes the floral and the bitterness, not as bitter tho it goes down smooth a great beer with a body to it leaves you wanting for more.

Overall: I'm not a lager guy but this beer is outstanding compared to other lagers. A session beer goes great with bbq's something nice to share with friends one of the beers that people often transition to from drinking the macro beers, their available almost everywhere a nice beer and something you should try if you haven't.

Photo of AgentDark
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fluid Oz light brown bottle. Standard non-twist cap. Location Drank: Columbus, Ohio. Drink by 2/2010

Drank from bottle:
A: Drank from bottle, no cloud whatsoever.

S: Floral, sweet and hops. No other smell detected.

T: Slight bitter taste upfront, then a nice malt flavor with slight yeast.

M: Medium to full beer. Medium carbonation. Crisp. Very nice balance between carbonation and fullness.

O: One of the best lagars I have had. I would try again, and would love to trey on draught.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A very aggressive pour into a mug produces a roiling three finger off-white cap. It is very soapy and airy in nature. The retention is okay. It leaves a good Spackle of lace behind. The body is a really pale golden-amber with steady streams of carbonation.

Smell- There is a good amount of floral and herbal hoppiness to the nose. There's even a sweet malt character to it, very biscuit in nature.

Taste- Balance. I think that is the perfect word for this beer. Even served really cold, the sweet malt profile mixes with the floral hops and hop oil taste. It is hard to say which one comes first, but the hop bitterness is most pronounced in the finish and even comes off as a little spicy. What makes this beer really enjoyable is the biscuit malt backbone. That is a nice taste.

MF- This one is medium bodied and finishes relatively smooth. It is a good balance in the mouth feel department too. I am not sure you could do much more to have a great feel. Maybe a little more carbonation?

Overall- Honestly, I might agree with Jim Koch that this is the diaper dandy of the Samuel Adams line. It is a wonderful lager with great malt and hop balance. Why don't I get this more often?

Photo of rab53
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber. Big white head fades quickly. Nice floral German hop aroma, no citrus or pine. Light on carbonation, making the mouthfeel a bit bland. Very gentle on the palate. Easy to enjoy more than one in a sitting. Overall an above average selection. Iconic beer with wide appeal.

Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Best By: February 2012

Pours a clear dark golden with a decent, very light tan head.

The aroma is of light grassy, floral hops that blend nicely with toasty bread malts.

The taste is of toasty malts again, with grassy, floral hops. There is a light touch of lemon zest and spice.

A nice medium mouthfeel with fairly active carbonation.

Very easy drinking beer, it has some pleasant, subtle complexities.

Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have reviewed lots of Boston Beers and so it's about time to do the flagship. I have always admired this brew as extremely drinkable. It has a bit more going for it than most of the style. It is a bit roastier, maltier and hoppier than the norm, and that's a good thing.

The near perfect balance goes down easy and the ber is very widely available. Always a good go to beer.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep gold with a solid one finger head that fades to a thin cover. Plenty of carbonation with this one.

Smell is of floral hops with some caramel.

The taste is much more pronounced than the smell with large amounts of hops of front that fades to a malty caramel before finishing with some hop bitterness. It is a very balanced beer.

Overall this is one of my go to beers and is especially great during warm weather. A perfect example of what a mass produced American lager should taste like.

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