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

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Ratings: 8,018
Reviews: 2,552
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
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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 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.

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

Well first of all I'd just like to say this is the beer that started it all for me. I used to think this beer was so hoppy when I first tried it, but that was before I really got into craft beers. I almost didn't like this beer back then, but I kept drinking it and eventually fell in love with it. Since those days, my taste buds have matured immensly, but this is the beer that I owe it all to. A classic in the beer world.

So for appearance (in my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass of course), its a slightly hazy gold, almost orange color with a smaller but fluffy white head on top. Decent retention and lacing. It smells lightly of hops and some sweeter malts. Solid.

The taste is hoppier than most lagers, but not enough to stray from the style, nor turn away those not quite accustomed to hops. Some slightly toasty malts round out the flavor and put a nice bow on the whole experience. There's a lightness and refreshing quality to the mouthfeel and the crispness of the hops, but it still remains full-bodied and pleasant. Best when fresh, of course, but great for any season. It's just one of those great beers that got so many people into beer that has quality ingredients and better taste than most macros, despite how big BBC gets. This is certainly one of my go-to beers still, and unless the recipe changes dramatically, it will most likely remain so.

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - somewhat cloudy golden orange under three fingers of creamy off-white head that stay around quite a while, lacing the glass beautifully

S - a pleasant floral hop scent dominates the nose, sweet malt with a touch of caramel also has a strong presence; well-balanced and inviting

T - sweet malt with some caramel, followed by strong hops with a bite; hint of pine and spice; dry, hoppy finish

M - medium-bodied with high carbonation; somewhat chewy; very good for a lager

O - Boston Lager is a relatively simple brew. It's easy to drink and appropriate for various occasions and food pairings--just a good everyday beer.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Clear golden amber color with high carbonation and three finger sudsy soapy head that leaves some heavy sticky lacing

S- Breadiness, sweer malts, caramel, and mild citrus hop aroma

T- Sweet malts and breadiness, some spice notes, caramel, and mild hoppy finish

M- Finishes dry, pretty high carbonation, crisp, and refreshing

O- This is the first craft beer I had even before I knew it was craft beer. Still holds up as nice widely available beer, even if a place has a poor to mediocre beer selection I can usually bank on Boston Lager to be there. Became my go to beer towards the end of college.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Label notched with an Enjoy By month of May 2011. I don't know if that means we missed the cut off since it's now May 5. Tastes a little off, so maybe.

Appearance - Clear amber body with basically no visible carbonation. Billowy white frothy seafoam head with decent retention and lots of stick.

Smell - Orange. Citrus. Maybe a bit of grapefruit. Actually damn good for a vienna lager.

Taste - Immediate alcohol. Plenty of bitterness in the body with a sweet finish. Slightly metallic. Probably due to being near the freshness cut-off.

Mouthfeel - Good amount of body. Feels a little heavy due to lack of body carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - Reasonably enjoyable, especially for the style. I'll be sure to give this one a second chance when I get a fresher bottle.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A decent size white head caps a clear amber body. Nice lacing.

S: Bready malts with light hoppy notes.

T: A nice balance of flavors- citrus & earthy like hops, some spice, bready & sweet caramel malts.

M: Light to medium body; medium carbonation; a very crisp, refreshing, and clean mouthfeel.

O: Bought a 6 pack of these for our BBQ and before I knew it I drank them all. Very easy to drink, easy to find, low ABV, and easy on the wallet. Surprised I waited this long to have one.

Photo of miket163
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap. Great dark amber colour with a lovely creamy tan head, and good lacing.

The smell was very floral and malty.

The taste was up front semi-sweet malts tuning into a great bitterness after the drink. Very much reminds me of almost a semi-sweet chocolate. I was washing down German food with this and it stood up to the vinegary kraut perfectly.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- golden/amber beer with a white head that leaves a nice lacing

S- hops, slightly sweet smelling malts

T- a slight sweetness in the begging. finishes with a floral hoppiness.

M- medium bodied, average carbonation. very clean and refreshing.

O- pretty decent beer that you can find EVERYWHERE.

Photo of Floyd12
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a large 22oz mug

A- Bright amber and clear beer with an off white frothy head that dissipated somewhat rapidly, but left sticky lacing all down the side of the mug.

S- Very strong floral hops presence with a slightly sweet maltiness.

T- Fairly hoppy with slight malty tones that keep the bitterness in check. Floral undertones with a sense of slith citrus.

M- Medium bodied beer with even carbonation. Very crisp with a nice dry finish.

O- A Boston classic. Great beer for anytime of the year or day.

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