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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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7,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,356
Reviews: 2,441
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 72
Gots: 771 | 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 OlRasputin989
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into THE Boston Lager glass...

A: amber with a thick and bubbly off white head. leaves alot of lacing.

S: orange and pineapple with toast

T: citrus and honey upfront with a buttery toast and bitter hop fade

M: medium with a good carbonation. leaves mouth just a little resiny and dry.

Overall, this beer meets an amazing balance of hops and malt! also a very lively and floral aroma that doesn't compromise but is never overbearing.

On another note, the glass really does change things. Boston Lager was the first craft beer I ever had. I remember that fruity bitterness that was unlike anything I ever had. However, with this glass, it is a different beer.(In a good way)

OlRasputin989, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic standby.

Appearance- A light amber body. A slight off-white head depending on the pour. Fluffy head with a bit of lacing.
Nose- A bit of malt with a hint of hops.
Taste- Hooray for toasted, biscuity malt. Of course a bit of tartness and hoppiness never hurts.
Mouthfeel- A crisp and a slight finish with light carbonation.
Summary- Its a great beer for just kicking around and when there is nothing else at bars.

TubaManJack, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL brown bottle poured into a glass.

This was the only decent beer at a TGI Friday's in Crawley, England. No ales were present at all. The menu simply stated "Samuel Adams." Funny stuff.

A: good head retention--mostly white foam. Sits atop a dark yellow brew.

S: sweet grains and malts. Subtle but very nice.

T: much more interesting than I expected. Picking up lots of sweet grains (almost tasted of wheat, thought I'm not sure if there's wheat in the recipe), and also a bit of fruit, but very subtle. A nice mellow sweetness on the palate and slightly dry on the finish.

M: nice carbonation, and light on the tongue.

D: very nice for a lager.

fullsweep, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date on bottle is Nov 09. Appearance is brown full of carbonation with a nice thick head. Smell is very hoppy. Taste of this fresh brew is very well balanced with up front hoppy flavors and malty overtones balance the flavor. Mouthfeel is great and so is the drinkableness. I could have several of these and enjoy them.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of VTaler
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into chalice
A - redish honey color with a decent head and very good lacing
S - Nice malt aroma. Kind of a fruity smell with subtle hops
T - Very nice. Somewhat sweet malt with a bit of hops to balance it. Kind of a honey/caramel flavor in there. The hops are somewhat spicy. For a lager it is very complex. If you have it with parmesan cheese it brings out the hops and some of the sourness of the malt. If you have it with asiago cheese it brings out the sweet malt. This is the honey/caramel flavor.
M - medium body though a bit high on the carbonation.
D - very drinkable. Excellent session beer

VTaler, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of ghebb
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a bottle of Sam last night. It's so easy to take this beer for granted, because its so widespread, but it's truly a solid beer. Almost prefectly balanced between the malty sweetness and the noble hop spicyness (maybe more balanced towards the malt).

Caramel malt shines through, but doesn't overpower or make this beer cloying. Overall a very enjoyable, and refreshing session beer.

ghebb, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a standard lager copper with some nice yellow tones. Head sticks around for quite some time which I found nice. Pretty still, not too many bubbles trickling up from the bottom of my glass.

S: I get a nice soft apple and caramel nose, with some pale malt aromas. Very sweet smelling with some faint hop aromas. Very malty for sure.

T: Malty for sure, yet more hops than I expected. Im guessing I picked up a pretty fresh batch. Apples, pears, caramel come to mind. The malt character of the beer is very smooth and long lasting. Above average lager for sure.

M: Smooth and delicate, pretty light body like most lagers I've had.

D: I would consider this beer very drinkable, considering I drank my whole beer over the course of this review. Under 5 a.b.v makes it sessionable and perfect for hot days and hot dogs.

kiddynamite920, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a pint

Appears amber in color with a frothy, two finger slightly off-white cap. A clear body with moderate visible carbonation.

Aroma is very clean and bright. Sweet toasted biscuity malt and floral, earthy hops in a pretty good balance.

A soft, caramel flavor pours onto the palate with a mild bitterness in the finish. A good balance. Hops are floral and mellow and a touch spicy.

A moderate amount of carbonation and a medium body. Fuller than you would expect. The drinkability is the best thing this beer has going. Always consistent and there for you when you need it in a pinch.

ColForbinBC, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A-Looks great in its own glass, very sharp copper color with a nice 2/2-1/2 finger head that laces down the glass nice and sticky

S-Not alot going on here some barley tones with some more earthy hops and a note of sweetness

T-bitter hops and barley combone for a very smooth and refreshing beer. Hops combine near perfectly with the malt to create one of my new favortie stapes of my beer fridge. Love how the bitter finish stays till you take another drink.

M&D-Medium body and pretty straightforward. Very easy to drink and session can have more than a few and feel great about it overall just a great beer to keep around

SpecialK088, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Boston Lager...

A- Pours a nice light amber color with a tight foamy head that falls to a lacing that sticks to the glass with retention.

S- Smell is of mild malts and husky grains with a touch of hops.

T-M- Carmel malts and light hop bite are the first taste. Second is a touch of fresh carbonated sweet alcohol sugar feel. All and all a good lager with a favor of a no frells flavor. Light bodied with nothing to set itself apart from others.

D- Drinks good but could use some alcohol content to add to the color.

wesbrownyeah, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

app. is a clear amber , that keeps foam around the ring of the glass. smells bready , I smell malt and a little bit of a sulfur note, Tastes like it smells for the most part wheat , barely ,sweet malt. reletively light mouthfeel and a smooth drinker , not really leaving a dry finish , but not a wet one , right in the middle , not bad sam , not bad

bgreg3, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of MisterSH
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, notched freshness date, poured into a standard shaker pint glass. New packaging for the six packs is not yet reflected by the bottle packaging. I must say I greatly prefer the coloration and design of the old package.

Color is a rich, amber/gold, crystal clear. Head is rather satisfying, settles at 3 to 4 fingers and sticks around a while. A decent looking beer. Lacing is admirable.

Aroma is dominated by fruity malt. Noble hops are apparent. I detect elements of blueberries, fresh bread, and a subtle citrus.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and thin with reasonably high carbonation.

Initial flavor is an almost syrupy sweet malt. Finishes sweet and bready, I find the hops detectable but somewhat underwhelming, a strong sweetness lingers and seems just slightly peculiar in its character.

Certainly a no-brainer session beer, a safe choice if nothing else is available. Easy to drink and unoffensive, but not overwhelmingly remarkable in any way.

MisterSH, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

A: Thick, chunky head that is white and lasting. Nice lacing...

S: Sweet roasted malts, earthy, mild citrus hop bitters.

T: Roasted caramel earthy malts, mildly citiric hops...

M: Creamy, medium-light mouthfeel...

D: This is a classic Vienna Lager, tasty, smooth and goes down easy. A crowd pleaser to be sure...

ujsplace, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper orange brew, with a nice white head that fades to a lace that sits on top. Has nice lacing.

Smells of sweet floral hops and a nice bready roasted malts.

Tastes creamy and slightly bitter from the hops. A nice hop taste in this brew. Nice roasted malts. This brew is very balanced and drinkable.

This brew is a nice lager - a great party pleaser. Very drinkable.

magine, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Platinum88
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle Poured into Budweiser signature glass

To kick things off, this is a good lager in every regard. It looks great, smells good, tastes great, feels great, and goes down average. I strongly encourage everyone to try this beer regardless of reviews... Simply for the experience.

A: A wonderul golden color, a step avove the straw like yellow of most beers in this class. Head duration is above average, and lacing is remarkable for a lager. In some cases there is still lacing from pouring after the beer itself is gone. Looks very hearty and fulfillin, even before you know what it's like to drink. Carbonation is okay, as always, better when had on tap.

S: Smells good. Hoppy, fruity, and slightly bready. Above average for it's style.

T: Full bodied for the style. Fruity (Maybe too fruity) with a lot of hops. Bitter yet sweet at the same time. Enjoyable, especially at social gatherings, cookouts, ect... Slight citrus notes (Not as much as their commercials make you think though) and a good hoppyness. Tastes heavier than the average macro lager with more refinement. Certainly one to try,

M: Heavier than average, with sweet and bitter notes that attack the entire palatte. Goes down with slightly more harsh after tastes than most beers in this style. Earthy texture with a full bodied consistency (For the style).

D: Decent, but it's weight in the palate make it harder to drink than the run-of-the-mill macro brew. Not that this is a bad thing. Not as easy to drink as Coors or Budweiser, yet far more flavorful. This is a beer for enjoying, whereas most other macro's are for drinking. Takes a little longer to consume one of these than the average macro-lager.

It's a good beer. Refreshing, flavorful, and it's got a little weight to it as well. Again, this brew is a step above the rest.

Platinum88, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Semi-transparent, amber color. It has a small but fair head.

Smell: Slightly roasted aroma with some hop smell in the background.

Taste: Nice roasted malt flavor without being too strong. Slightly bitter but finishes very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Thin character, but not completely watery.

Drinkability: I love this beer. I could drink it everyday.

civilizedpsycho, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/28/09- from notes.

Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear reddish copper with a one finger white head that faded to a thin bubbly cap. Great lacing.

S- The smell hit almost as soon as I opened the bottle, sweet and bready.

T- Like the smell but with a faint citrus hint as well. Very nicely balanced between the hops and malts.

M- Medium bodied and carbination.

D- I know others have said it but crisp is really the word that comes to mind for this one. Very easy to drink, and perfect on a hot day. My first Sam Adams brew and cant wait to try more!

tatoodkelt, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serves a nice deep healthy copper with a professionally tight head that doesn't fall down too much as it laces down the glass with each subsequent sip. Smell is earthy, citrusy, malty and clean. Taste is crisp, clean, tinny, empty, malty, and simple. Mouthfeel is a little watery, and drinkability is good.

merryjoulton, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are few things in life that I appreciate more than a fresh Sam Adams Boston Lager. I consider this my stand by and have certainly had this beer more times than I have had any other beer. I've enjoyed it for so long both on tap and bottle but never taken the time to review it and finally took the time to do it tonight. Had it poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, pours a light amber color with a decent sized head that will go away after a few minutes in the middle but sticks around on the edges with some good lacing to it as well. Oh yeah, and perfect clarity, absolutely perfectly filtered. It smells very good, very well balanced between roasted, caramelized malts and, with great hoppy floral aromas at the end. Excellent full bodied, and perfectly balanced flavor of again the malts followed by a hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good not much of a carbonation bite to it. You can really taste the sweet in the beginning and the bitter part at the end. Its full bodied, but I still find it very drinkable. Just a good overall beer. I'll put a disclaimer on this, it said drink by 11/09 and it's July right now, so you know this beer was EXTREMELY fresh. Glad I got a hold of it before anyone else. One more thing I have to add about this beer, is it's a great year round beer, great in all seasons.

AndyAvalanche, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of seanyfo
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle served aggressively into my spaten seidel.

A - Rusty red orange body with a tan 4 finger dense creamy head, with good retention and lacing.

S- Floral hop freshness surrounded by a biscuity toffee maltiness.

T- Floral citrus hop hint in the beginning transforming gently to a toffee nutty malt backbone. A smooth transition between flavours

M - Moderate spritzy carbonation and medium body.

D- Well balanced interesting flavour profile, including a bigger floral hop note compared to most lagers. A refreshing carbonation and mouthfeel makes this a very sessionable lager

seanyfo, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: nice foamy head with a light golden color.

Smell: crisp with a light hops aroma.

Taste: again, crisp, with a light malt flavor and nicely present hops.

Mouthfeel: nicely carbonated and a medium-light body; more prominent than other mass-market lagers.

Drinkability: as a well-made lager, this one goes down easy, glass after glass. It's a hot evening here, and I think I may just have another.

flagmantho, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a nice dark color with a finger and a half of head. Relatively decent lacing but not amazing.

Smell - Very nice smell - a sweet malt smell with some nice floral hops.

Taste - A malt taste up front with a bit of almost honey to it. A nice balance of hops and malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied but not as "medium" as others I have reviewed. A nice amount of carbonation - not to much for my likes - quite nice.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. This is the brew that got me into craft beer. I thoroughly enjoy this beer!

SpdKilz, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A light amber color, with a sub-one-finger head.

S: smells brightly of hops, hint of malt.

T/M: Crisp, clean flavor -- hoppy at first, finishes with a tinge of malty goodness. It lays easily over the tongue, not overly carbonated, light-medium body.

D: very drinkable beer, solid year round choice. For the money, one of America's better beers.

AmberMan22, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Came in a humongous mug when getting sushi. 1 finger head. Fell to a few bubbles partially covering the surface.

S- Smells Like a fresh bakes loaf of bread.

T- Very good. Has a decent amount of hoppyness to it. Good Malt back bone. Well Rounded.

M- Didnt think I would ever use this, but its crisp. Good Carbonation, leaves the moth slightly dry.

O- Pretty good beer. Wouldn't mind keeping some in the fridge year round.

DwnTwnBwn, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of greengorilla
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

It is a amber color with a finger of white foam.

It has a good floral scent.

The taste is very good on the front end and even better at the end.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. I would consider it a go to session beer.

greengorilla, Jul 24, 2009
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,356 ratings.