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

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Ratings: 7,849
Reviews: 2,504
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 103
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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 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.

Photo of zhanson88
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium straw color with about a finger of eggshell white head. Retention is decent and lacing is slight. Not bad for as far as lagers go, though.

Smell: Biscuity malts and very slight citrusy, grassy smell. This is undoubtedly the weak point in this beer, in my opinion. Pretty unimpressive.

Taste: Biscuity malts and fairly strong citrus up front, followed by a modest amount of hops at the end. It tastes better than it smells, for sure. Respectable in this category.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer was light bodied with pretty smooth, abundant carbonation. About what I expected, but not bad. This is a drinkable beer, for sure. It beats the hell out of any BMC swill, and is something that I will come back to occasionally.

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

EHad on tap probably more than any other beer, but tonight's review is courtesy of the taps at pap razzi in boston (home town of sam adams). Pours the classic clear orange color with little to no head and some signs of lacing. Smell is a malt bomb. Taste follows the nise with a touch of a bittery after taste going on. Mouthfeel is beery and drinkability, well let's just say this is far from my first sam adams and far from my last for yhe night. Typically the best on tap offering in any restaurant.

Photo of alli4051
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint. I love that glass and it's nice to use it with the beer it was supposedly designed for.

Pours a bright amber color with about a finger and a half of off white head. Head is big and creamy that hangs around for a while leaving a faint trace of lacing as it recedes. Smell is a bit faint. Very grainy with some sweet malt tons, not picking up much hops. Taste is similar only more impressive. Again that graininess that seems to come with most lagers long with some sweeter notes. Some nice faint hop flavor in the finish, a perfect amount of flavor to accentuate a nice brew. This was one of my "treat yourself" beers before I discovered the rest of the craft universe, it's nice to come back and review it after trying everything I can get my hands on for the past year. I never realized until now that the abv clocks in at 4.75%, making this an incredibly drinkable beer in every sense of the word.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best before date of Mar. Pours a translucent amber color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aromas of lemon peel, hops, and a bit of cut grass. Nice caramel flavor to it along with lemon and some grain flavors. Drinkable and more flavor than most beers <5% ABV.

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

Pours a golden amber with a fingers worth of head. Smells are sweet malt, faint hops, a little earthy. I've never really "critiqued" this beer before, there's actually quite a bit going on. Tastes are nutty, sweet malt, a slight green apple yeast taste. Mouthfeel is medium, drinkability is extremely high. We all know Sam Adams makes a world-class product, I'm glad I actually took the time out to sit down and review it. I've had this beer countless times over the last 15 years, and it's still quite enjoyable.

Photo of adamette
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Live review. Poured from the bottle that I bought as a part of the "Winter sampler" or whatever from Sam's Club a few weeks ago (the 2011 one with Chocolate Bock in it). Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "best by" date of Feb 2011 nicked out of the left side of the label.

A Light, fluffy very light brown head over a translucent, medium brown colored body. Reasonably good lacing left on the inside of the glass as well. Fine look. 3.5

S Pleasant, light roast malt over a grainy lager smell. Quite a good, inviting smell. 4.0

T Very nicely balanced lager with the aforementioned light malt, some grain tastes that I associate with the lagering and a light nutty character holding it all together. Really, this is a very good tasting beer and that makes the drinkability quite high indeed. 4.5

M A bit on the thin side. That is appropriate for the style but it is not one that I particularly like. I will give it an average score for being on target with the style but nothing more because I do not prefer that feel. 3.0

D As mentioned, the exceptionally good taste make this very drinkable. Add in that the ABV is only 4.75% and you have one damn easy beer to drink! 5.0

Photo of dcook11
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed out of a pint glass. This beer has been out of the fridge for about twenty minutes. I've had this brew many times before and I must say that I love it! A shining example of a Vienna Lager!

A- Pours a golden honey color with a pencil thin head that is formed by a small number of tiny bubbles rising to the top of the glass in a straight line formation. Lacing is present, and adorns the side of the glass with wispy cloud like foam. Although there is room for improvement (more aggressive lacing and a more persistent head), the beer's appearance is quite good for a more commercial craft beverage.

S- A sweet caramel malt is the first aroma apparent to the nose, followed by a very floral/tropical hop presence. The malt character is pleasingly sweet, and reminds me very much of the Rogue brewing's Dead Guy Ale. This type of malt presence is a staple of Sam Adams, and one of the reasons why I continue to buy their beers. Further, the tropical hop presence is unique to Sam Adams as I detect it in almost every one of their beers.

T- The taste is very well balanced, another reason why I love this style and this particular beer. I detect an initial caramel sweetness from the malt followed by a slight pear/ apple note that is very faint (you almost have to search for it). This fruitiness is then backed by a slight hop presence, but lacking the tropical flavors that are present in the smell.

M- Sam Adams Boston Lager is light bodied with just a touch of bite on the tongue from the mild hop presence.

D- I would rate this very high as the low abv coupled with the superb balance of this beer make this almost the perfect session lager. All things taken into account...you will be hard pressed to find a beer of this quality and price that boasts such a high drinkability.

A staple beer in my book.

Photo of r0nyn
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a clear orangey amber color, with a fluffy white head that recedes quickly, leaving some soapy, sticky lacing. Smell is a bit on the subdued side, with multiple deep whiffs revealing floral hop notes along with some citrus and malts. Slight bit of soapiness as well, which is unexpected.

Light hop bittering in the initial sip, quickly giving way to a definite bready flavoring. Mild nuances of caramel and citrus at the end along with a bit of toasted maltiness.. Not too much of an aftertaste at all. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with a lightish body that's got some chewiness to it. Not very much carbonation.

With a clean, crisp character, this is a very drinkable brew. I now completely understand why this is the perfect fall-back beer if there's nothing else good on tap. The Boston Beer Company continues to impress me with their efforts and I'm very thankful that their brews are ubiquitous in bars all around the country.

Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a standard glass, the beer is a clear, light amber color. Not too much head, maybe a half inch or so, which is probably the result of too gentle a pour. Retention isn't greatest, but the foamy off-white head does stick around for a little bit. Lacing isn't great either, only a few thin rings around the glass where the beer came to settle.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity, but subdued and mild. Not really picking up too much from the hops. Nothing really jumping out here.

Taste: Mostly a biscuity malt quality, but the hops are showing through a bit more here. The moderate bitterness provided by the piney hops does provide some balance and reigns in the malt a bit. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, despite the beer sitting in the glass a while, and the body is an enjoyable medium to full.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, tasty beer that's readily available most anywhere you go. It's one that I've enjoyed plenty of times in the past, and will continue to do so whenever the selection is less than impressive. Cheers!

Photo of BDJake
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden amber with a suprisingly long-lasting white head. Smells of high-quality European malt, a bit biscuity and with a touch of noble hops. Taste is more malty than hoppy, and quite rich and bold despite it's light, crisp body. I could drink these all day long, and often treat it as a go-to beer at most bars or restaurants.

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

Tasted countless times but never reviewed, it's Sam Adams Boston Lager. This one was poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

A: almond-colored with highlights of gold and perfect clarity. A puffy, craggy head of light khaki slowly fizzles to a creamy top layer of latte-like foam, leaving webbed lace, and lots of it.

S: super earthy, cereal grain, some sourdough and hints of lemon brought out by the German hops.

T: we begin with hops, bringing notes of earth and a light pineyness. The malt washes in steadily after the finish: uncooked bread dough, saltine crackers and walnuts. Subtly sweet finish, yet balanced well with the earthy hops.

M: very high carbonation, amidst a light body with soft fizziness. The finish is nice and crisp.

D: Good old SABL. Even in a wasteland of BMC taps, you can usually count on SA to save you from shitty beer, which is exactly what happened on this evening. I enjoyed this particular pint much more than I ever have from the bottle; it was brighter, crisper and fresher than expected. A boozy savior.

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

SA Boston Lager pours a light amber color with a nice inch of off white head, that settles to a thin layer of bubbles after a few minutes. Also some nice lacing on the top of my pint glass as the head recedes. The first thing that hits my nose on this brew is the hop presence, its prominent but not overpowering by any means. There is also some sweet malts that try and poke though in the aroma of this lager. The taste is very balanced, sweet caramel malts upfront with a refreshing, crisp, and somewhat bitter finish as the hop profile rounds out this brew nicely. I consider this light bodied, with moderate carbonation and fairly drinkable.

This is always an old stand by, since I can find it on tap most places that are heavy on the BMC, but it really is more than that. A solid lager that remains insanely consistent year in and year out.

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

Aroma has some good metallic, citric hoppiness to it...biscuit hiding underneath.

Taste has a body of a pretty good hoppiness for style...a bit citric and floral. A small undercurrent of biscuit is present as well but well hidden. This goes to a finish that has a good, crisp finish to it from the hops....with a rather obvious fresh grain aftertaste lingering for a while.

It's a classic in American craft beer....and while it isn't the most complex beer in the world, it's pretty tasty and drinkable. Could be a good "go to" beer for people.

Photo of DJED69
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so this brew is a dead classic. I believe I had my first SA in 1988-89? It was a revelation then. This is still a solid, well crafted beer. In a work of craft brews that has exploded in the past many years, SA still distinguishes itself. Number one asset---excellent drinkability with full flavor. Good malt and hop presence with a touch of biscuity yeast. Nice creamy head and mild carbonation. Really a delightful beer. Pairs very well with food. Sometimes it's nice to revisit the classics. SA lives up to it's deserved reputation.

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

Boston Lager isn't what I thought it would be. It was bit more maltier than I would have previously guess, but it's a solid brew nonetheless. To be honest it's just not something I would get regularly but it sure is better and more complex than Bud or the other super popular macros. It's sweeter or I guess more floral-y tasting than I thought it would be, which caught me a bit off guard, but I can't say anything negative about it. Well balanced, medium carbonation, and an inviting, unique flavor make this a standout compared to the hyper-popular brands.

Photo of ztaylor1
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- light honey color with a white head that dissipated quickly. Very carbonated. Very clear.

Smell- light hops with some malt to back it up.

Taste- a little hoppier than I expected. But the malt balances it. A bit watery.

Mouthfeel- creamy but a bit too carbonated.

Drinkability- not overowering, not anything special, but a good crisp aftertaste will lead to another beer.

Photo of JayS2629
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber with thick creamy head. Quick retetion, but nice sea foam lacing.

S- Sweet malt upfront. Caramel. Biscuuit with honey and butter. Citrus aftertaste. Fresh.

T- Nutty upfront. Almond with malt. Biscuit covered in honey and caramel. Hint of vanilla.

M- creamy, medium bodied.

D- Very easy to drink. Almost boring but not quite. Hints of vanilla tease and carbonation is just right. Very enjoyable and creamy, dreamy beer. Not complex, but nice. Crisp finish.

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