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

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Ratings: 7,727
Reviews: 2,475
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 93
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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:
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 mlazzaro
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark for a lager. Creamy looking head, good carbonation. Head laces glass as I sip on. Good looking beer.

Smells of lager yeast. Slight sulfur notes. nice aroma, just very subtle.

Decent dose of bitterness for a lager, not overdone or off-putting, but very noticeable and delicious. Malt is sweet and very slightly caramel. The yeast taste fresh and healthy. This particular bottle is good. I have found this beer less appealing in the past. Again, the hops are really well balanced in this beer. Not so much that you don't loose the lager qualities of the beer, but generously dosed.

There is a slightly odd aftertaste at the end. I have always noticed it in this beer and never really cared for it. Aside from that, a pretty good beer.

Photo of jwhancher
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden amber with nice clarity, okay head, and decent carbonation.

S: Smells of mostly light caramel malts with some burnt & toasted character. It's almost a bit toffee like with sweet goodness. Floral hops barely evident.

T & M: Starts sweet then takes awhile to get to some level of dryness. The sweetness comes mostly from its strong malt character. Caramel notes most prevalent. I get a slight ting from the hops.

D: Overall, a nice drinkable beer. Likely one of the two first craft beers I ever had. I remember thinking how awesome this tasted when I first tried it. Well, after many years, this one still stands up well. But with all of the stronger, bigger beers to measure up to nowadays, this one still makes one heckuva session beer to ponder those old-time memories over.

Photo of philphilphil
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

recommended by an american friend.
appeareance is a beautiful deep amber with good head and a slightly opaque quality.
Smell is floral... Not encouraging, while many would like this I do not.
Taste is a massive relief, I have not been hit with an overly floral flavour, in fact it is quite balanced, not exessesively bitter.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but otherwise good.
Drinkability is decent, but price is high and there are equally good aussie and euro beers at lower prices. Also hard to come by, maybe if the chance and urge pop up together i'll get this again.

Photo of BBP
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper with decent head. Disappeared quickly though. Medium carbonation.

S- Grainy. Slightly grassy smell and floral hops.

T- Roasted Malts and yeast. Had a bit of a burnt taste in a good way. Light background hops left a good aftertaste. Very crisp finish.

M- A bit watery. Fair carbonation.

D- Easy to down and not too pricey. It's imported here though, so I don't think I'd be trying it again.

Photo of gopens44
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Aggressive pour lead to a nice foamy head of about 2" that recessed to about an inch after it settled (two minutes maybe) Fluffy and dimpled head throughout most of the drink. Nice copper color. Would actually make a nice paint color this copper would.

S - Not a lot of essence in the aromas, other than that of the roasted barley that was slightly muted due to, I'm guessing, the temperature.

T - Real nice and straight forward. Caramel hints amongst the roasted barley. Little bitter, but not excessively so. I think that the commercial states that it's good with steak, and I'd have to agree. Complimented a teriyaki marinated steak with a crushed pepper rub rather well.

M - high carbonation yet slightly silky.

D - I'd drink this one anytime that I wanted a no fuss lager. Pretty good for a mass marketed micro/macro brew.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the fall seasonal sampler, in all the samplers really. Poured into a Perfect Pint, how appropriate.

A- Clear, toasted copper in color with lots of rising bubbles. Small, clingy white head sits on top.

S- Eh, clean, grainy, with a light hopping. Over all pretty basic and subdued.

T- Toasty and doughy malts with a sharp and bright hoppiness. Very clean finish.

M- Very crisp. Highly carbonated and dry.

Photo of decimator
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear deep golden colour with a 2cm creamy head. Head reduced to a lasting thin cap and plenty of lacing is produced. Pretty good looking Lager.

S - Grainy malts, grapefruit, grass and nuts.

T - Sweet malts, bit of caramel, a bit of grapefruit tartness and bitter hops in the finish. The hops linger a bit on the tongue after a sip. The balance is a bit on the bitter side.

M - Average carbonation, bit of a stickiness and a dry finish.

D - Better than average drink. But after a few the unbalanced bitterness gets tiresome to the tongue.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

To start my Sam Adams harvest pack off I began with the Boston lager. This is a great beer and my go to at most restaurants. One of the beers that got me into drinking better beer.

The appearance is a tad lighter than I remember and have had in the past. I find this with most of their mixed packs that the beers vary. Either way it's a golden color with an off white head and sick lacing down the glass. Aroma is malty sweet biscuity goodness but one dimensional and remains that way. The flavor is really smooth but not a lot going on. Some caramel maltiness and sugary biscuits. Mouthfeel is nice. Very good smooth flavors round out a mild hop balanced bite. Drinkability is a perfect 5 and really a perfect session beer, not by definition but by intention of drink at least a 6er of these.

Photo of jamiesessions
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A darker amber fills my glass, as I crack open this Boston Lager from the 2010 fall seasonal pack. I immediately catch a whiff of the malts in the forefront, though some floral notes are detectable. Taste is very crisp and clean, the hop flavours are slightly more prevalent in the taste, but the malt backbone is still the star here. Feels great on my tongue, with adequate carbonation and not being too this as many in this style attempt to do, so as to have more in common with the Macro competition. Sam Adams is the perfect "gateway beer" They make well done craft beers that are easily accessible, reasonably priced, and almost always delicious.

Photo of SteveDavies
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured a pale straw colour into glass, head soon faded. I quite liked the smell, hints of malt promised more. Not a bad taste, a well balanced lager with a good malt taste with hints of caramel. Mouthfeel was smooth, a little too much carbonation for me. Overall a good session lager and one that I would try again.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

The Sam Adam's Boston Lager pours a golden honey color in the glass with a thick, creamy white froth. Subtle, balanced, an somewhat sweet aromas of Cherrios, grains, light toffee, & hops (pine, spice, citrus(orange skin)) continue on the palate with a light body, creamy texture, & long finish. The lager has a sweetness up front & crisp dryness on the finish with a definite hop presence. (By no means is this beer like an IPA or PA, but hops are present) Overall, this is a pretty good beer & the best Macro-Brew available. Recommended.

Photo of Swill5786
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful, clear golden amber with one finger head that lingers awhile. Smell is primarily spicy hops at first. Then, after a bit of settling, along comes a fruity hop aroma and perhaps a bit of sweet malt and breadiness.

Roasted malt and yeast to start, then mild hops. Hop bitterness remains a decently long while. Medium-light body and good carbonation. Interesting feel and flavor but not intensely captivating. Enjoyable nonetheless!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a small creamy head.
Nose shows floral and spicy hops followed by some prominent malt showing caramel and bready characters. The malt is full-on, more than I expected. An interesting aspect.
Flavours continue along the same lines with heavy-handed malt additions, again with caramelised and bready characters. Finishes with a plain bitterness.
Carbontion is a little too high, body seems quite heavy.
Could be a bock with all that malt.

Photo of Landfill21
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours into a dark amber color with a nice puffy head. Has a pungent smell. Has a creamy taste with undertones of hops.

I was not overly impressed with the Boston Lager. Has a malty, barley taste, with a hint of hops. The drinkability is poor because of the fullness of the lager.

I would not recommend this lager, there are other Sam Adams brews that are much better.

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

A: Deep amber gold in color, decent white head.

S: Wasn't a huge fan of the smell. Sweet, yeasty, smelled like a cheap beer.

T: Nothing too impressive. A little bit of a hoppy finish, kind of sweet.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation.

D: Incredibly drinkable, but not something I'd want too much of.

I don't know why I can't get into Sam Adams, they seem to be well reviewed and my friends love it, but the only one I've had that I liked was their summer ale. This was kind of blah, needs a little more flavor and the smell was off-putting for me.

Photo of jmarvin4189
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - an amber golden color with white head

Smell - sweet and caramel with a yeasty smell mixed in

Taste - Sweet and caramel with some roasted hints. A very mild hops taste

Mouthfeel - very smooth with good carbination

Drinkability - Very drinkable

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

A-Dark amber with a puffy head.

S-Sweet malty caramel. Light hoppiness.

T-One of my first beers, holds a special spot in my heart. Still tastes great. Pronounced malty caramel flavor. Like the nose, subtle hop flavor appears.

M-Pretty creamy. Tastes smooth. Well carbonated.

D-Easy drinking without sacrificing flavor. Nothing too bold but definately memorable and yummy.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Initial pour head of about one finger, but fizzed to a thin ring in a few seconds. Color is a 9 on the SRM Chart. Just a bit cloudy with very small bubbles. Pleasing taste, not too bitter or heavy. Sits well on the tongue and goes down well. The beer doesn't do the advertisement justice. I was expecting more. Not unhappy but not thrilled either. A trite pricey for what you get.

Photo of uhhhaaron
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 02-23-2009, 12oz bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours a light copper color with a creamy white head. head manages to stick around for a while with a decent lace.

smell: a bit roasty & nutty. sweet malts.. picked up some citrus notes as well.

taste: caramel malts with roasted notes. also some nutty flavors. mostly sweet but with a mild citrus hop presence in the clean finish.

mouthfeel: smooth & creamy with right amount of carbonation.

drinkability: the balance of this beer makes it easily drinkable. also makes a good session beer.

Photo of mwagner1018
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice deep copper color, with a slight red burnt orange hue. Solid 2 fingers of slightly off white creamy head, settles down to a nice 1/2 finger cap on the beer, stays throughout. Decent scattered lacing down the glass.

S- Light caramel malt, mild but noticeable hop aroma, floral, light citrus.

T- Crisp and clean, nice malt up front, which notes as light caramel and honey, settles perfectly balanced with a clean hop bitterness, with just a slight lingering bite.

M- Nice balance, crisp carbonation delivers flavor profile nicely.

D- A great every day beer, very drinkable, clean, right on style, solid backbone, sold character. Nice beer.

Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish amber. When on-tap the head retention and lacing is more substantial.
S- Caramel, biscuit, and butterscotch. Something of a hop presence as well.
T- Starts sweet with a nice caramel malt kick. A faint hop flavor does something to balance it out, with a smooth, yet sweet finish.
M- Medium-full, with slightly less than average carbonation.
D- An all around good beer, though nothing necessarily stand out. A reliable beer and a classic.

Photo of Spider889
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid beer, and while I never seek it out, it does hold the distinction of being one of the beers that originally got me into craft. If there's only BMC and this at the bar, I'll happily drink this if I'm in the mood for a beer.

Nice light amber color with good carbonation. Tastes light and decently hopped for a lager.

Very drinkable, the only thing keeping it from being a 5 for me is the fact that I get tired of it fairly quickly and start seeking out something with more flavor/complexity. For what it is this is a great beer.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: There are flavors of caramel and biscuit malts in the taste underscored by a milt amount of bitterness. A little bit of sweetness is noticeable, particularly as the beer warms up. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and is quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/5/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet, fruity malts, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel, fruity, and bready malts, grain, and a tiny hit of bitter hops in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very solid lager that is very easy to drink. Have had many times and will have again.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just realized i never reviewed the Godfather of craft beers, so here goes.

A: Starts with a creamy head o 1.5 fingers that fades semi slowly over a crystal clear amber toasty wooden brown color.

N: Nose has a nice crsip lager aroma, mostly clean and crisp with some light sweet malts, even crystal malt i think.

T: Start with a nice clean lager taste, some toasty malts and some sweetness, also light crystal malts, a nice crisp and refreshing lager taste. some nice hoppy bitterness in there too with a little earthy and light mild hops.

M: Mouth is medium with good carbonation.

F: Finishes very clean, and perhaps a little too quick, with a slight lingerin earthy hop bitterness, and light toasty crystal malts and crisp lager taste.

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