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

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7,841 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,841
Reviews: 2,502
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 100
Gots: 1,139 | 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 WildTurkey
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap to pint glass.

A: Clear Amber color, good carbonation, wispy head, with mixed size bubbles.

S: Some maltiness, and a little hops. It's not too pronounced, but I'd say they were a little piney. I needed to reallly concentrate to figure that. It was a little cold though.

T: This was actually better than I thought. I hadn't had SA Boston Lager in a while, but this was not dull at all. Nice malitness and hop balance, but maybe a little hop forward (for a lager).

M: Light to medium body, with some carbonation. Some dryness.

D: Went down pretty well as a session drink. I'm not a big fan of all/most SA beers but their flagship beer is not bad and is a really safe choice.

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours with a one finger tall, foamy off-white head with decent retention which settles in to an everlasting film. The body is magnificently clear, medium copper orange in color. Lacing is well above average.

S & T: The aroma and flavors are muted right out of the gate, but really open up with 15 minutes of warming. Toasted malts of caramel and toffee. Resiny hop aromas mixed with a grassy/herbal scent. A light earthiness is provided by the yeast. Mildly bitter with metallic notes on the finish. Throughout the drink, the aroma score elevates from a 3 to a 4 and the flavor from 3.5 to 4.5, landing in the middle on both accounts for its final rating.

M: The mouthfeel, on the other hand, starts out great (4.5) but drops off (to a 3.5) in the same amount of time it took to find the sweet spot of the aroma and flavor. Full body per the style with a semi-thick texture and a big, lively carbonation that dwindles rapidly.

D: I'll never complain about drinking an Boston Lager, but it's not a beer I would normally purchase either. Still, it's been a savior on more than one occasion for me.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light amber appearance with a decent amount of head. Heavy malt smell, picked up a hint of nuts.

Taste is heavy with roasted malt, also picked up floral hops and a hint of caramel. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering spiciness.

Overall, this one of my favorite lagers. Has a wide variety of taste that blends together. Always try to order this when visiting the U.S.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rounding off the Winter Variety Pack with the ubiquitous SABL.

Pours a golden color with amber hues, forms a a finger white head that falls. Nice carbonation with very slight lacing.

Smells of... a lager, its hard to describe but it has that characteristic lager smell. Some malts in there.

Has a big malty bill initially, sweetness takes over, ends with a tea like and leafy hop presence to curtail the sweetness.

Basic mouthfeel, not overly wet, medium bodied.

Drinkable, but bland, and too heavily bodied for the taste (or lack thereof)

Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last of the winter sampler, saved what Jim Koch calls his best for last.

A- Perfectly clear light orange with a two finger creamy white cap that dies down quickly to a pillow. Bubbly ring leaves only a small patch of lace.

S- Toasted buttery caramel malt jumps out at me first, some nutty hints as well. Fades fairly drastically with time.

T- All of the above just with more total kick to it. I also get a good amount of hops with citrus zest, grassy and earthy notes. Some kind of lemon/grapefruit note as well. Biscuit toasty malt, floral.

MF- Light body with a nice creamy feel to it and higher-end carbonation. Certainly a bit bitter on the back end.

DB- Drinkable and refreshing. A solid flavor in a very affordable lager, I can understand how they would market this as their top beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some grassy hops mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the toffee and grassy hops, with a light amount of citrus mixed in. I also get a bit of caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking Date: 12/12/10
Expiration Date: Jan 2011

Appearance: Amber color; reasonably thick head that slowly dissipated, though never fully disappeared, that left some lacing. moderate carbonation that bubbled throughout the drink.

Smell: The most obvious smell was a floral or piney smell, in a way kind of clean and refreshing. maybe earthy is the right word... In any case, an aroma that was not strong but beckons tasting.

Taste: I noticed first the carbonation, which caused a good tingling sensation(I know this is not technically 'taste' but seems pertinent), and within it a faint roasted flavor. As it warmed in the mouth, the flavor of the hops came through and the taste fits the aroma. Once that finishes, the after-taste is of roasted malt that fills the mouth making this beer seem bigger than it is.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and definitely not heavy , but the strength of taste gives the impression of a bigger beer.

Drinkability: Great beer for either enjoying one slowly or drinking multiple times in an evening. I could (and have) gladly put down a six-pack of these in a session.

Notes: One of my favorite beers, and a go-to beer. Typically even better on draft. To me, the Boston Lagers I have had with Fall and Winter 2010/2011 dates are the best I have had.

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

Appearance - Light Yellow/Orange Amber colour. Good clarity. Light carbonation and very little head retention.

Smell - Hopy with light floral, lemon & malt tones

Taste - Well balanced. Mostly hop flavor with a hint of banana. Light-Medium bitterness with hopy aftertaste. Like a light Brooklyn Lager

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light feel with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Good beer. Very drinkable with good fresh taste. typical of craft American lagers. Nice hop overtones. Could drink a lot of these

Photo of bboelens
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Golden brown with a white frothy head that lasts

S-Toasted caramel,malts, and hints of spices

T-Caramel, malts, slight bitterness

M-Medium body and average carbonation

D-Could easily have all night, very often this is the best thing you're going to find in a restaurant and it pairs well with almost every type food.

Photo of devilben02
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a warm yellow-amber color and a thick, sticky, foamy head. The aroma has a nice earthy, herbal hop presence over a biscuity base. The flavor is likewise hop-forward, but still reasonable balanced by a robust malt backbone. The mouthfeel is noticeably resinous, but a nice amount of carbonation helps it go down easy.

Overall, the Boston Lager isn't going to blow anyone away with its potency or uniqueness, but it is truly a great beer. You forget how good it is simply because it is so widely distributed, but I will never be disappointed seeing it on the drink menu at a restaurant.

Photo of Derranged
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this many times, I'd say the best when was I had it on tap.

A- Dark caramel color.

S- Not too strong, sweet malts and grains.

T- Sweet malts, grains, and I was pleasantly surprised to taste hops and citrus and the end. No detectable corn or rice.

M- Medium thickness and well carbonated.

D- Easy to drink.

Im glad I got reintroduced to this beer. I tried it back in July for the first time in like 7 years, and I have been buying it with some regularity since. Nice complexity and good for the price.

Photo of Misfit138
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass

A- Caramel in color with a frothy head that left lacing

S- Grains, malt and some citrus

T- much like the smell, grain, sweet malt with a hop bitterness to finish

M- Fairly light with mild carbonation

D- An easy drinking session beer, can be a go to beer someplace with a limited beer selection. One of my favorite lagers, this and yeungling are both decent.

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

A - This beer pours a very rich copper color. It has a nice white frothy head that left good lacing behind.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malts and lightly roasted malts. There is also some hop presence.

T - I am getting the caramel sweetness and hop presence right off the bat. This is a very well balanced beer. There are also some fruity notes as well.

M - This has a lightish body, and has quite a bit of carbonation. You can also feel the hops on your tongue.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth, and it is also very refreshing. I could easily drink a 6-pack of these. Good lager.

Photo of HeadwatersFinest
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a very light amber, borderline golden, with a one finger head into my pint glass. Nice sticky lacing. Everlasting carbonation gives the glass an entertaining, almost champagne like show.

S- Slight sweetness, lightly caramel and a hint of clover honey, perhaps. Some hop oil smell, but not overly piney or citrusy.

T- The slight sweetness is right away on the front of the tongue, but then almost immediately replaced with a bitterness as the beer makes its way to the back of the tongue. Residual bitterness and sweetness makes for a great lasting aftertaste.

M- Carbonation dances on your tongue through the whole drink.

D- Very drinkable. Not my first choice of beers, but very high on my sessionable list.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with about a finger of off-white head. The head did not have too good retention and the lacing was okay.

S - Nice blend of the noble hop smell mixed with a sweetness from the carmel malts.

T - Starts of with the carmel malt flavor that is really smooth. This is eventually joined by a very nice and balanced hop taste. A hint of spiciness to match the hops that lingers afterwards.

M - Medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Really smooth and crisp overall, and has a really refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. The flavors are all really well balanced overall, and it has enough flavor to keep it satisfying. It is also super crisp and refreshing.

Photo of Khazadum
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final bottle of the winter pack, and I am happy it is in there. If you don't find that this beer belongs in every pack... I just don't know about them.... Poured into my pint glass for instant consumption!

A- The honey gold body sits below an off-white creamy head. Lots of retention time, and tons of carbonation can easily be seen in this beer. Easily seen through. Not much lacing to talk about here until it was halfway gone. The collar is probably trying to imitate the 18th century with all the frills and poofiness it presents.

S- Nice sweet malt presence initially. Possibly caramels giving it some oomph here. Following that is a floral hops with delicate citrus cape. Mostly sweet, a tad bit of bready nature on the last breath.

T- Opens just like the nose, sweet. However, this isn't as powerful of a player in the flavors. It is instantly knee capped by the hops to steal the show. Bitter, faint contrast by citrus, but the finish is like biting into a biscuit. I have this dual flavor rumble going on here of bitter Pillsbury dough.

M- Strong body, smooth, no complaints on the carbonation. Flavors linger delightfully on my palate. Residue can be found on the lips and teeth to revel in.

D- The go to craft beer of the century. When I first got into craft it was this bad boy I was ordering, and I am proud to finally pour a cold one at my house and drink it down. Tasty, smooth, and it gets you drunk, too!

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

12oz bottle, pilsener glass, February notched on the label.

This beer is a dark golden rod with an off-white head. The head has pretty good staying power and passable lacing.

Faint noble hops in the nose with a little toast and a little toffee sweetness. Splashes of DMS.

More earthy and spicy hops are in the flavor and hop oil is in the finish. The body is really clean. That lager yeast is so snappy and dry. The malt is barely sweet and toasty. Saltine crackers with five granules of sugar.

Being pretty prickly right off emphasizes the crispness this beer has in all aspects. The body speaks to substance rather than 'yellow fizzy beer'.

This kind of beer is not lost one me, but my enjoyment of it tends to be pretty situational. Like now, I'm drinking it in the first stages of winter and I'd prefer it in the summer or fall. That goes for most beer though, and I think this one is pretty good.

Photo of aficionado224
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what every good lager should be, full of flavor, very refreshing, and very satisfying. This beer is so full it's almost a meal by itself - you don't just drink it, you almost eat it. Glowing praise for this one... it's been around for quite awhile, and I hope to find this beer for many years to come.

Photo of marty21
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Pours a rich copper colour with a nice thick white head and great lacing that both stick around the entire time.

S: Mostly a malt smell with a little bit of hops.

T: A sweet malt taste that finishes with a little hoppy bite to it. The hops and malt compliment each other really well.

M: Medium bodied and a decent amount of carbonation. Really nice mouthfeel

D: This beer really got me into craft beer and it will continue to be one of my favorites. I would have no problem drinking this beer all night.

Photo of nick76
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

to be honest a pretty standard lager. The sad thing is that this is better than most of the commercially available lagers making this a better than the average example of the style. The appearance is amber gold with a medium head. The aroma has grassy hops and not so sweet malts. There is a touch of adjuncts in there. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a decent lager.

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

On tap in my basement kegerator, the left-overs from my baby sister's wedding, poured into a standard curved-shaker pint glass.

A: A semi-clear orange beer with a nice two-finger head that lingers and leaves great lacing on my glass.

S: Muted smell of hops that isn't overly grapefruit/citric.

T: Smooth, crisp beer. A slight watery presence with a nice bittering hop finish uncommonly present for the typical "American Lager". Not much grapefruit in the hops, but a fair amount of bittering. This beer finishes light and refreshing.

M: Leaves a nice tongue-coating of hops. Carbonation is appropriate.

D: High. Very high. This is my "light beer" of choice unless I'm mowing the lawn on a 90-degree day (then this has too much substance for that, and I really do want something watery like a Coors Light). I can smash this in large quantities, and enjoy every single one of them.

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SA Boston Lager 120z bottle into a 16oz SA perfect pint. My bottles state that this beer is 5.8% abv, not 4.9% abv. Pours a golden copper hue with 1" off white head, and no I didn't put my bottle cap upside down on it! Recedes to a think pillow like, slightly indented cap. Smells of pale and caramel malts, light citrus hop scent, mainly lemon zest. Tastes fairly sweet, dominated by pale malt with a slight citrus hop taste, followed by a bitter presence on the swallow. Decent lacing is left behind after a few good sips. Overall a balanced beer, a mediocre brew and definatly not a Vienna style lager. I paired this with a mandarin chicken salad with raspberry vinegar dressing, the sweetness of this brew walks hand in hand with the tart dressing in my opinion. Cheers!

Photo of ramseye4
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A=Pours with a gargantuan head that leaves a good deal of lacing down the glass
S=Straight malt, the malt being a nice combination of bready malts and a bit of roasted malts. A faint bit of grassy smell comes through.
T=Much, Much better than the smell. Grassy hops and bready malts dominate, very smooth, definitely one of the better tasting lagers out there, has a very natural grassy taste.
M=Light to medium body, washes around easily, kind of thin feeling though.
D=as with most lagers, this one slides down very easily.

Overall an outstanding lager, though not very complex, but flavorful

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Poured a bit of a copper color (darker than your typical BMC offering) with a small head and a little bit of lacing. Aromas of malt; taste is a little sweet on the front with nice malt flavor and very little bitterness at finish. Not a bad offering at all; will work when bar/restaraunt is beer challenged.

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

On tap at bar at McCarran Airport Las Vegas 11.27.10, $8 for an imperial pint.

Two fingers slightly off white head, slow dissipation with minimal lacing. Copper/amber clear body, quite a bit darker than most lagers I've had, multiple streams of carbonation. Nose is dominated by roasted malt, some sweetness re caramel with good dose of floral and noble hops. Taste mirrors the nose, a bit sweet up front, good roast in the middle, and surprisingly hoppy finish, not real bitter. Mouthfeel is on light side of medium, medium effervescence. A really well made lager, and given the options this was a pretty good beer to have while waiting for a plane.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,841 ratings.