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

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7,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,951
Reviews: 2,531
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 112
Gots: 1,276 | 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 ForWhatAlesYou
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Light amber, nice orange tones. Dense but small foamy white head. Slight lace.

S: Bread, malt, yeast. Maybe a little brown sugar.

T: Full bodied malt give toffee, pretzel, vegetative, and cracker-like flavors. Bitterness on finish and aftertaste is pronounced but without its own flavor profile.

M: Rich & alcohol.

D: Hard to judge something I happily had hundreds of times without thinking of it. Good beer, if a little uneventful.

Photo of MrOH
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light copper with a dense, slightly off-white head. Nice lace.

Toasty malt, a touch of citrus and noble-type hops.

Rich, toasty malt. Good spicy noble hop flavor on the finish. Can see why it was such a big deal back in the day.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

For a beer that you can get at around $1 each, not bad at all.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orangish amber beer with a huge two finger frothy head that sticks around.

S: Clean, wheaty, light, not much here.

T: Rich roasted malts up front, coffee, then the hops come in bittering out the flavor profile, dry finish that stands up.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, sticky, ever present.

O: Awesome all around lager, the best part is how readily available this is.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here we go: the flagship creation of the largest craft brewery in America. I’ve heard this called piss-water, a great introduction to craft, a favorite go-to, and everything in between. I’ll admit, though, I’ve been avoiding it, since there have been so many other beers that I’ve really wanted to try. In this situation, at Southport, IN’s Cheeseburger in Paradise, it was the only real craft available. Here’s my first test of this famous brew:

A: Amber, clear, shining. The head is creamy with just the slightest bit of retention. Some lacing is better than none, I guess (even if it is a sad, stringy grouping of bubbles).

S: I’m sorry, but this is a big turn-off for me when it comes to beer: the lack of a nose. There’s the tiniest bit of hops, so I guess the statement “no nose” is not totally accurate (but it might as well be).

T: Decent hops bite up front, thankfully. Not overly bitter, but refreshing. Alas, familiar BMC-style wheaty blends overcome the good start. This transitions the palate into something more stale. Dark yeast is robust but old, with a hint of malts. Aftertaste is very slight, but crisp. Not bad, not great.

M: Extremely bright – this one’s very bubbly. Effervescence is appropriate for the style.

O: A flagship, a star, a staple in the craft world. I don’t really like it, though. It may be the #1 offering of the #1 craft brewery in the country, but then again, the #1 beer in America is Bud Light. I’ll stick to my guns and leave this as something of a last-resort go-to, as I know it will almost always be available.

Photo of TheMUBM
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I try a lot of different beers, but I regularly find myself coming back to good ol' Boston Lager. BL has a very robust taste, especially for a brewery with this big of an output. It always finishes nice and never leaves a bad aftertaste. I will continue to hold this one high on my list. There are other beers that I like better, and would rather have on most occasions, but this one is always a good go to.

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

Solid. I just have to review this one because it has been a little overlooked in my beer "travels". Make no mistake this is one of the best beers in the world. Malty, perfectly balanced on the sweet side with a toasty slight hint of bitter and I always have a bottle or six in my fridge.

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

Served in a glass.

A: Finger-length white head dissipates very slowly leaving lots of lacing. Color is gold to amber. Tiny bit of carbonation is visible.

S: Malts, sweetness, a bit of citrus and caramel.

T: Sweet maltiness. Caramel. Citrus. Not very bitter at all. Slightly spicy hops finish. Well balanced flavors.

M: Medium-bodied. Slightly syrupy with a bit of carbonation. Satisfying enough.

O: Pretty great. This is the third time I've SA Boston Lager but the first time reviewing. Reviewing it gave me a new appreciation for this beer. It is refreshing and pleasant and not bitter. A definite favorite of mine. Not to take anything away from this beer, and maybe the comparison isn't fair, but as good as this beer is, and it is great, I think SA Noble Pils is better.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear almost reddish golden color with a very nice foamy tan head and nice lacing.

S: Pretty clean smell with some slight citrus hop notes and caramel malts.

T: This is pretty well balanced. Very clean with caramel malt upfront and a slight bit of hops hidden in the back. There's a faint breadiness on the finish.

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

A: Orangish amber in color. 1-2 fingers of white head that leaves behind a foamy cap and plenty of lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet, caramel malt. Subtle citrus, floral hops.

T: Has a really nice, refreshing taste. Toasted and caramel malts with lemony, citrus hops. Has a earthy quality as well.

M: Substantial body as far as lagers go. Slightly dry finish.

O: There's a reason this is a great gateway to craft beer. It's approachable for BMC drinkers and substantial enough for seasoned craft fans.

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

Haven't had the original lager in many years. Got 2 in a summer sampler pack. Even after all the craft beers and crazy hopped IPAs I've had recently, this beer is still a good go to lager with enough flavor to satify most of the BAs. If anyone is in the mood for a good lager, don't forget the original that started it all. It holds up the test of time with the best of them.

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

Review from notes:

A: Pours very clear, amber in color, with a 1.5 finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.

S: Light hops, earthy and slightly floral with a balanced malt aroma of caramel.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, a light hop flavor with some light spice and a bit of orange. There is a good bit of malt to balance things out, coming through as some caramel and doughy/breadyness.

M: Light to medium bodied with great carbonation. Crisp and clean, refreshing.

O: A well done lager which I don't drink a ton of, but BBC does a great job with their flagship beer. A solid go to at a restaurant with BMC offerings.

Photo of kjc51478
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Appearance is amber color with slight, off-white head.

S: Aroma is somewhat weak with sweet malts and caramel.

T: Taste is similar with nice sweetness, caramel and honey flavors moving into a soft bitterness.

M: Palate is light- to medium-bodied, a little thin texture, average carbonation, sweet finish.

O: A nice alternative to the generic pale lagers out there.

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

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before, have had many of these before. Oh well, here goes.

Pours a nice reddish-orange color with a white head that dissipates to some nice lacing.

Nothing too special in the smell, malt and yeast seem to be the main things I can detect.

Starts a bit sweet, can taste some malt, and a little fruity. There is also a bit of pepper in there, and ends with a fairly large hop bite. Maybe a touch of caramel in there as well.

Solid feel, helped by a decent amount of carbonation.

Not a bad beer, the only thing keeping me from rating it higher is the amount of hops, I prefer a little less hops is my beer. Still, a pretty solid beer, and if you like something with a nice hop bit but not to the extent of an IPA, this is a good choice.

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

A clear honey colored amber beer with a white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is moderate, a honey and bread sweetness from the malt and some nut aromas.

The taste is well-balanced, some honey sweetness, brown bread, apples and pears, a lasting smooth bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a medium body with a dry fresh finish.

Still a good lager, as it has more bitterness than expected.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boston Lager, it's a classic brew. The beer has an attractive mahogany color with a light tan head on it. The head settles but still leave a decent lacing. The aroma has a nice balance of hops and malts. The taste is hoppy which I like. Its got enough malt to keep it in the Lager category. The mouthfeel has a bit of a stinging sensation on the tongue. Overall it's a great beer to drink and enjoy with several friends.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep burnished gold fingers width head slight retention and spotty lacing.

S-bread, toffee, caramel and a slight floral note.

T-Roasted caramel maltiness with a floral bitter twang.

M-medium bodied crisp and slightly drying.

D- drinking good while watching Sox.


Photo of Brunite
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark gold with a snow white one fingered head. Some decent pitting and lace.

S- Smells bready with fresh floral hops.

T- Caramel malt notes with nice residual sweetness in the aftertaste.

M- Medium body...nice carbonation...not as creamy as Elliot Ness.

O- Very nice. I used to think this beer was way too bitter (in my MGD days) but now it is quite mild. Still...a nice, solid beer that I would drink anytime. Not quite on par with Great Lakes EN Vienna....but good tasting and will buy when on sale.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep amber body, 2 finger head, mild lacing

S: spices, toffee, roasted nuts, malt, caramel,

T: sweet bread, big malt, light caramel and toffee

M: med body, big carbonation, mild semi-dry finish

O: Very nice + readily available brew.
Not world class, but not BMC either.
Nice session brew and possible gateway offering.


Photo of Roke87
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.
Best before Sept.2011

Appearance-Pours a nice clear golden amber colour with a two finger nice fluffy white head that very slowly dissipates to an equally fluffy ring leaving average lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- Is rather lacking, although I do get some nice malts right away matched with some sweet caramel flavours, a hint of fruity goodness in there, with a tiny hint of hops thrown way in the back there, you really have to search to find it. I also get almost a mild aspirin smell to it? I find typical to macro lagers.

Taste- Really comes through well, definitely more than the average lager in the taste department, you do get the bready malts again right off the bat paired with a nice sweet but fruity taste in there as well, the hops come through a bit more on the palate but are not over dominating in any way.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a medium bodied lager, I found the bottle I enjoyed had amazing carbonation, lots of action going on in the glass; maybe it had to do with the glass type itself? Did finish a little on the dry side though.

Overall- A very quality lager from Samuel Adams, being my first offering from them I was very pleasantly surprised, I was expecting it to be just like any other macro beer out there. Although I had my doubts once I got a first whiff of it but the taste very quickly changed that and out did my expectations, miles above and beyond your average macro lager, definitely worth a try happy I tried this one to be honest.

Photo of nezelrac
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - very appealing pale amber with a good amount of barely off-white foam; decent persistence; slight lacing

S - lean malty notes; hint of toffee; hops are present but non-descript

T - nice clean set of malt flavors; decent hop presence on the palate working to balance things out; palate seems a bit clipped at the back and middle

M - clean and refreshing; CO2 is a little high for my taste - sort of scrubs flavor away; on the light end of medium bodied

O - better than I expected - it has been many years since I had this; I remember it being really good; will return to it again and re-assess, but it seems like the beginning of a really good beer that just stops mid-stride..?

Photo of Acho
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best American beer I have tried, beautiful colour and an awesome smell, I liked the touch of fruits. The taste is also good, elaborate and the mouthfeel is great, it is refreshing and at the same time complex. This next summer I will try to have some Maine microbrews, hopefully as good as this beer.

Photo of EricCioe
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours medium amber with a two finger white head with pretty good retention leaving some nice lace on the way down. On the nose there are some light floral notes, maybe from the hops but perhaps with the yeast contributing a bit. This is probably the origin of Sam Adams house nose and taste, but it works fine here. There is a good deal of biscuity malt that forms the basis of the beer. In the mouth the dry malt provides a bed for the floral aroma to sit on. There might be a little hint of citrus, but it's pretty far back. The only part of the finish that really lingers for any real time is the floral note, a nice one to finish on, but it's too bubbly for my tastes.

Overall, this is a nice beer that would be a little better for me if it were less bubbly. In that department it resembles a Bud Light or something that claims drinkability but ruins it with gas-inducing bubbles. If that were cut down, you'd have a very good beer in my mind. As is, it's merely good.

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

Appearance: Gorgeous amber color with a white head that dissipated really quickly.
Smell: Great floral notes backed by some good sweetness. A great, balanced smell.
Taste: More hops than I expected. The hops are up front backed by good sweetness. Very floral overall.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with kind of low carbonation. Dry after taste/feel.
Overall: A great beer that exceeded my expectations. Will definitely come back to this and it may even become a regular.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before September, 2011.

A: Amber. A modest pour yielded about a finger of head that things out but lasts to the bottom of the glass and leaves heavy lacing.

S: Floral hops at the first whiff, but then they disappear leaving only some sweet, toasty malts.

T: Floral hops again come through at the first sip but then I lose them for the rest of the beer. Caramel and biscuity malt. A touch of bitterness at the end.

M: Creamy but a bit low on the carbonation (but maybe that's the plastic cup...)

O: There's nothing bad about this beer, but then there's nothing compelling about it either. However, the glass does empty pretty quickly.

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice golden color, one finger of head with little lacing. smelll and taste are the same, sweet malts followed by hops. mouthfeel is smooth, with just enough carbonation to tickle my tongue. overall a good beer, i cant believe i only drink this once a year.

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