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

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7,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,193
Reviews: 2,432
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 69
Gots: 681 | 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 letsgoblue89
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The original Sam Adams is without question my go-to beer whether I'm drinking at a party or with a few friends. The alcohol content is just right, and you feel great after a couple. There are few beers that are on-par with Sam Adams Boston Lager that I have ever tasted. When poured out, this beer has a rich, dark-reddish-brown color that just screams class. I cannot honestly say I have had any beers that match Boston Lager in overall quality, other than maybe Great Lakes Elliot Ness. Drink up!

letsgoblue89, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: bronze/gold with a great 1 inch head. This just looks how beer is supposed to look with nice lacing on the glass

S: Rich malty aroma with earthy hop aroma. Slight floral and citrus come through in the background

T: rich malty beer with a great hop balance. Initial malty sweetness with a biscuit background. There is a toastiness laced with caramel throughout. All of the malt is perfectly balanced with earthy hop flavors

M: medium body with a very smooth taste.

D: This was the first beer I ever drank. Not a bad one to come in on! I continue to drink and love this beer today. If you have a friend that wants to try "real beer" this is a great one to start them on!

LyonsHead, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first good beer I ever tried in my life. I have a lot of history with this beer. It pours amber colored with carbonation bubbles and a white head that retains for the entire beer. Leaves lacing down the glass.
Smells of sweet malts, earthy hops, maybe even a little bit bisquity and some slight fruity undertones.
This brew is light bodied and carbonated. It tastes just about the same as the smell, but there is something else in the mix that I can't quite put my finger on. If I had to guess I would say that its metal/coppery, however it doesn't make the beer taste unpleasant.
Solid beer that is well balanced. It is an excellent fall back beer when you end up in bars that this is the best they will offer. When it's between a Sammy or a Budweiser, the choice is simple.

KBoudreau66, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of damienblack
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard transparent brown, with lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the task. Thin white head results. Not much of a smell here. Standard SA graham-crackery yeast, some malt, and a bit of sharp hop.

Very clean and rustic/coppery taste. Strong balance between the slightly roasty profile of the malts, and a bit of a hop bit at the end. Grainy, and a little biscuity. Little bit of caramel present. Medium body and refreshing. Not the biggest beer nor the most complex. This leads it to be a bit thin, but a very easy drink. As far as lagers go, you can definitely do worse. I'm not the biggest fan of lagers in general, but this is a New England staple for the warmer months.

damienblack, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber and copper in color with light carbonation. Had a one finger head and little lacing.

S: Smell is sweet with caramel malts, citrus, and hops.

T: Sweet with malts, rich with coppery tones and hops and a hint of alcohol. Many seem to detect grapefruit but I can't seem to pick it up, though I definitely detect citrus. The flavor is rich and unexpected for a lager.

M: Thin like a lager but with the flavor of an ale. Carbonation is great and the beer is easy drinking.

D: The brew is not very filling so drinking a six pack can be pretty easy. It leaves a nice citrusy bitterness on the tongue that lasts for hours.

Ever since I made the move past lagers, it has been hard to take that trip back and truly enjoy it. My heart lies in American Strong Ale and Imperial Stouts so you can imagine how incomplete I feel when drinking a lager. When I can't seem to find anything I like at the moment, Boston Lager is always around to satisfy my longing for something rich and flavorful. This is definitely a good transition for those looking to venture in to more serious territory. The alcohol content is also a nice touch.

dotsonjamesg, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an SA sensory glass.

A - golden yellow lager color with an off-white 2cm head

S - citrusy hops with grapefruit notes, caramel malt. not much else.

T - malts are slightly discernible, grainy, nutty flavor as well, but the most noticeable thing was the hops, citrus and slightly floral. the beer still maintained a balance to it overall though

M - SA always seems to do well with making their beers near-perfectly carbonated.

D - it's not anything special, but it's definitely one beer that I'd pick for a session beer. In terms of Vienna Lagers, Great Lakes Eliot Ness gets the nod, but I usually keep a few of these on hand should i feel the need to get hammered

bowersdm, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of kbeals
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a very clear amber-orange color. About three fingers of off-white head, good retention and excellent lacing. Smells are mostly of hops, a little earthy and floral. Taste is of hops, a bit of bitterness finishes it off, but it's not overwhelming in the least. Mouthfeel is a little watered down, but very crisp and clean at the same time. Overall, very drinkable and an excellent standby beer. Pairs perfectly with a fishing excursion or warm summer night.

kbeals, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 355ml bottle into a pint glass. The packaging of this beer just screams Americana.

Appearance: glowing amber orange with a half-inch head and lots of fine lacing.

Smell: faintly floral hops and grainy malts.

Taste: caramel-like malts, fresh and zesty hops, lightly bitter finish. Simple flavour but it does the trick.

Mouthfeel: silky, smooth, and medium bodied with a dry, hoppy finish. Well done.

Drinkability: lately this has become a fallback for me since my local LCBO doesn't sell anything worth drinking. For such a widely distributed beer, it's quite impressive. Plenty of hops in the smell and taste, a pleasant mouthfeel, and a solid appearance. I think I'll have another!

cratez, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap on a tour at the brewery's Jamaica Plain location in a 7 oz. tasting glass.

A--Caramel colored body with an off-white half finger foamy head. Very handsome lager with perfect clarity. Even in a small glass there was a thin stream of bubbles percolating up throughout the tasting.

S--Noble hops with muted lemon and grapefruit notes, followed by German malts. No metallic or off aromas---decent roasty notes lightened by the hop smells.

T--Quite a flavor punch given how clean the profile, this beer is a lager with a swagger. Wonderful fresh bready whole-grain and crackery malt notes that dip into a solid bittering from the hops, which are almost tangy, and ends with more bright lemony notes. Beefy malt profile for a lager--appreciated.

M&D--Mouthfeel was only average as I felt it stung a little more, was a bit more astringent, than I would have expected. Drinkability is fantastic--an affordable, flavorful beer you could drink all night. This is the flagship for a reason.

TheycallmeTim, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

overall, an all around good beer. nothing exceptional, but nothing really bad to say either. has a nice balance of flavors. Good go to beer, especially when your other options are coors, coors light, bud, bud light...

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webbcreative, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with an darker amber body...when it got to me it had a thin white head...lacing with there but not impressive

S - I smelled mainly malts...nothing else

T - The malts were all there on the palate...they were sweet and had that nice caramel flavor...the beer went down with the faintest hop kick

M - Medium bodied...crisp

D - This was my first time having Boston Lager and I enjoyed it over all those cheaper beers...easily could be a session beer for me

thain709, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Azumel
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sure, it's been reviewed a million times, but what's one more? Still one of my favorites, a solid beer, great taste, never any complaints about it. It's a great 'go-to' beer when you're not quite sure what sounds good. It's just filling enough so that you're not tempted to drink way to many of them, but also good enough that you want more than one.

Azumel, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of boynabubble
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 22oz glass.

A- Clear with burnt orange coloration. Pours a decent head, slightly under an inch which quickly dissipates to a thin lacing.

S- Hops are dominant, although the overall smell of the beer is pretty mild.

T- Grain, nutty, fruity, yeast. Warm but crisp and clean at the same time. Hops show through at the finish. Balanced. Carbonation compliments the hop finish. I look forward to every sip.

M- Crisp and clean.

D- Very drinkable. A beer I could keep stocked in the fridge, which is a great thing since it is so widely available.

An old standby that I usually order at restaurants or bars which have selections limited mostly to macros. Even places of limited selection usually carry the Boston Lager.

boynabubble, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Has a clear reddish coloring with a decent amount of head.

S- just smells like a slightly hoppy beer. Doesn't really have that strong of a scent.

T- Very smooth and hoppy taste and a little bit sweet as well.

M- Smooth somewhat bitter with a dry finish.

D- Very drinkable beer. Very smooth and it goes down easy.

Overall a very solid beer. I had it at a Boston hotel and it definitely tastes better here than it does at home in Texas.

Bagman007, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of gubbt
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a small dissipating white head.

Smells of herbal, spicy hops with some toasty, caramel notes underneath.

Notes of hops throughout cradled by a caramel maltiness. More of an herbal, floral hop flavor that peaks at the mid palate. Finish exhibits some more hop complexity with a dry, earthy, spicy note of medium length.

Light to medium body with creamy carbonation.

Very nice drinkability with low abv makes this and excellent fall-back/session beer or nice aperitif. Solid stuff from the folks at SA.

gubbt, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass and served at 40 degrees.

Appearance: An amber color with reddish copper hues. There was a one finger head but, it is just a foamy off white ring around the glass. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear and brilliant.

Nose: A moderately rich toasted malty aroma.

Taste: There is a nicely toasted malts with a slight floral hint.

Overall: The body is a lightly medium, with a slight creamy astringent flavor. The finish is bitter and dry, giving the beer a clean finish. I was disappointed to not see a persistent head. The beer is unlike European version where is drier and not sweet, thus giving the beer its own character. It is a very good American beer. This is my mainstay beer and I like to drink on a regular bases.

colts9016, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of prodgerm
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like most Samuel Adams beers I find this Lager a bit thin and with a mouth feel of a beer that costs much less; such as Yuengling Lager. The color is good and it head is OK; a bit more hops would help balance the malt sweetness. Like all Sam Adams I find this brew over priced for what it delivers.

prodgerm, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber-orange, nice head, good lace.

S: Bready/malty, with a slight citrus hop smell.

T: Nice slightly roasted malt, and light hop balance.

M: Clean and sharp.

D: My go-to beer if there is nothing else available, or, sometimes, its just a great break from some the Quads/Trips, Doppelbocks & other bigger beers I have been going to.

KI9A, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an off-white fluffy head with good retention and lacing beer is burnt copper color.

Smell- Slightly sweet amber malts

Taste- Biscuity amber malts, notes of caramel followed by mild proportionate hop presence. Nicely balanced and tasty but not much complexity.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, mouthcoating but not overwhelming in any way

Drinkability- Enough of everything to want more and not so much that you couldn't have as many as you want. Sounds perfect for a session to me.

olmatty, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams glass. Pours amber with a decent head to start that fades to a swirl of a cap and thin ring. Smells malty and clean with any adjunct aromas or wateriness. Clean and bready with a slight tang. The taste is equally firm and bready with a modicum of firm, earthy bitterness that carries through to the finish and marries well with the light sweetness of the malt and gets support from the firm baked bread flavors. Very well balanced and well made. This is more than just a "gateway" beer for emerging beer aficionados, this is a solid beer in its own right that plays not at all to the lowest common denominator. Firm in the mouth and very satisfying to drink.

Georgiabeer, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of tconboy
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Boston Lager pours a nice golden copper caramel copper with a nice head that dissipates relatively slowly. Looks like a beer a nice inviting brew. Smells like some malts and cereal. Tastes malty, hoppy, a little bitter, but nice balance of flavor. Mouthfeel is light, mild carbonation. I enjoy this nice, balanced, drinkable beer - and it's available nearly everywhere.. which is a definite plus.

tconboy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of reallyhoppie
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a cloudy light golden amber with a half inch head.

Smells great with wonderful hoppy, floral scent.

Good balance of malt and citrus hoppiness. Decent bitterness in the finish with a little oily feel (not a bad thing).

Okay mouthfeel, smooth I guess.

All in all, are pretty good beer.

reallyhoppie, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Due to SA's commercials one thing that I can't help is that I cannot stop imagining Jim Koch rubbing between his hands the hops that were used to brew the bottle I'm drinking from right now and sticking his face in it..

When one is accustomed with many of the finer craft beers in the world, Sam Adams Boston Lager may seem like its nothing too special. However, it is often the glass of water in the arid desert of most American bars which saves you from the horrors of bud/coors/etc.. So sometimes its nice to drink one and appreciate that its actually pretty good when you compare it to the other popular lagers out there..

Pours a golden orange with thick, foamy head.. Its not yellow, so thats good enough in my book..
Smells lightly of indistinct malt and hops.. As it goes with most of this beer, if you were comparing it to all other beers in the world it would be a bit unimpressive, but for a popular lager its def. better than most.
The flavor has a light balance of hop and malt. Niether is overly expressed but its pretty refreshing. The slightest bit on the hoppier side.
It has a slightly light-moderate body. Very smooth. Little aftertaste.
Obviously, overall its a refreshing drink and tastes pretty good, though the flavor is light.
As such a popular beer it def. deserves to be respected for maintaining quality.

BirdFlu, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of selecter70
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent, but over-rated lager in my opinion. Usually the last choice in a pub for me (granted, if the others were Bud Lite & Corona, I'd embrace the Sam heartily though). Overall just a basic lager with too much hop to really express anything else. Simple beer for a basic drinking, not too complex and certainly more a pale ale than a lager to my palate.

selecter70, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Light copper color. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger, white, foamy head. Settles quickly into a smattering of foam on the surface. Substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. Pretty decent lacing, albeit not substantial, remains.

S: Dark roasted chocolaty malt, light hops, maybe caramel.

T: Malt, hops, slight citrus hint, and a subtle indistinguishable sweet spice.

M: Hearty but light feel. Malt flavor comes on pretty strong, then the hops follow-up and stay behind.

D: Very good drinkability. Again light feel, and good flavor.

Can be powered down without a second thought, if that's what you're into; but can also be sipped and enjoyed. Good flavor and atmosphere. Overall, really good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 13, 2009
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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