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

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6,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,689
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 55
Gots: 440 | 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.

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Photo of bluejacket74


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug, the Boston Lager pours a nice amber color with a good sized frothy long lasting white head. There's also a good bit of lacing. It smells like floral and citrus hops, and sweet malt. It tastes the same way to me, but with a caramel malt sweetness along with the hoppiness. There's also a hoppy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light/medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has a nice clean finish. It's a good solid beer, one that's available pretty much everywhere. Not a bad choice as a session beer either.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 23:29:05 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Rennpferd


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (room temperature) into a clean pint glass.

Pours a deep hued amber with a slightly off white 1 inch head. Active carbination rises from the bottom of the glass. The head shrinks down after a few minutes, but a bit of it clings tightly to the side of the glass as it is consumed.

A slightly hoppy smell rises from the glass.

A slightly bitter hops taste, crisp with a lasting aftertaste. It goes down smooth and beckons you back for more.

The only way to describe this beer is to call it a damn good beer. This is a beer for every and any day. I've had it before and I will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 07:14:42 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of beeragent


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is easily one of the best lagers available on the market in Central Texas. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, with a freshness date of Feb.2007, into a pint glass. The beer is a deep amber, with a 1/2 inch head, that left lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is sweet, but pleasant. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than expected from a lager, which is a good thing IMO, with a good amount of carbonation. The taste is sweet, with a slight citrus flavor. Overall, this beer is very enjoyable, and a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 05:33:07 | More by beeragent
Photo of Byeast


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager poured a clear copper /amber , with a medium sized offwhite head that left some nice spotty lacing. The aroma on this brew is of nice full caramel malt sweetness , and a definate hop note. The taste is of rich munich malt , some caramel sweetness, as well as some bisquity flavor , and an assertive floral hoppiness. Medium mouthfeel , slightly dry finish. A great beer to be able to get at most establishments. Lots of nice vienna lager flavor , with a hoppy american twist.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 23:27:47 | More by Byeast
Photo of tbone53


4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i always get this instead of the same old macro brew will eating out.pours nice and has a nice creamy head.laces good down the side of the glass.you can taste the hops this is a good thing.a reddish color.need a opener for the the bottle the advantage is you can use the bottles for your own home brew.althought the freshness date is not on the bottle it is in plain easy to understand engish on the top of the case.taste good not a bad call.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 17:48:20 | More by tbone53
Photo of dogfooddog


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served around 45f. This beer is greatly responsible for me becoming interested in non-macro beer, though this was in 1991/2. There may be some residual bias. Happily this is available in panama at a couple of locations.

pours with small 1/2" head into a pint glass. active carbonation in the beer.

mildly malty nose dominated by citrus or floral hops with some in particular which remind me of dreadnaught. lupulophiles would know which perhaps. In any event, somewhat harsh but inviting.

taste remains malty, even more than nose. hops are blended in here, not standing out but the overall taste is moderately bitter as a result. this is a very decent combination.

I probably have not had more than one or two other vienna lager's knowingly to compare this to in my life, but it is a very pleasant taste, with enough bitterness to keep the palate interested rather than shutting it down. Worth trying, and an excellent staple for when more varied beers are not available.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 05:39:06 | More by dogfooddog
Photo of strangefate


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, marked enjoy boy Mar 2007.

This of course is the beer you get when micros aren't available. And it's a good substitute.

Pours a nice transparent orange amber with a thick head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice foamy lacing throughout the entire time you're drinking it. It smells like a lager, with a slight hint of hops and malt. You can taste the hops much more than you can smell them though, and it's a step above most other lagers. Has a very nice mouthfeel, pretty carbonated and somewhat light. Very easy to drink. The beer you get when you don't get to pick the beer store, but still a good beer in its own right and especially for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 05:55:56 | More by strangefate
Photo of BitteBier


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear, golden-orange amber pour. The finger's worth of off-white head broke down pretty quickly, still leaving light lacing. The nose is more assertive than I expected--pleasantly sweet, with grains somewhat muted, leaving room for a bit of hops. Taste is pretty average on the front side, with ho-hum grains leading the way. But the hoppy dryness in the finish is a pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is reasonably clean, with the clinginess of the cops cutting through the lightly sticky malts. This is a dependable go-to beer at a party (at least one where I didn't pick out the beer).

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 23:32:47 | More by BitteBier
Photo of tempest


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Chili's in Syracuse. This beer is quite for my tastes, but its good nevertheless. A nice amber color with white head. Smells of sweet malt and earthy hops. In the taste, a little more fruit comes ou in the hops, while the malt comes off as a dry caramel. A well-made beer and obviously the best choice at Chili's.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2006 17:39:44 | More by tempest
Photo of mnj21655


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing as this is the beer that started me down the path to becoming a BA I thought it was about time that I give it a review.

Pours a nice golden color with a two finger white head and nice lacing. Smell is predominantly of floral hops with some citrus fruits. Taste is good. Very flavorful with some faintly caramel malts upfront finishing with floral hops that don't overwhelm. Nice mouthfeel, good light to medium body, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Easy drinking lager with a good balance of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 18:15:50 | More by mnj21655
Photo of muffguy4beer


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

i appreciate what the boston beer company has done for microbrews and for introducing me into a world of amazing beers, after discovering the more extreme brewing companies like rogue, dogfish head and stone i kind of grew away from the brewery that gave me my start. with that in mind i decided to pay my respects to a decent lager that i still enjoy today.

Appearance- white head, 1/4 inch thick. copper/orange in color. a refreshing site especially when paired with spicy foods.

Smell- smells very mildly of hops especially when compared to more extreme beers.

Taste- bitter hops. tastes like someone poured a can of bud into a harpoon ipa.

Mouthfeel- light to medium body with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability- this beer is very drinkable, i could definitely drink this in volume. the taste is so mild i could see this being paired with almost any food, i don't think it would actually enhance any foods but i also do not think it would detract from the tastes of most foods. my first encounter with this beer proabably 6 or 7 years ago was a lot different and i dont know if they change the recipe or my tastes have change but this beer is not what it used to be for me. with all that said i will still order this beer when i go out to a restaurant where the pickings are slim.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 01:50:07 | More by muffguy4beer
Photo of edskirk3


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about time I reviewed one of these. You all know the presentation, seen the commercials.

For brewery fresh taste, enjoy before [FEB 07].

Pours with a rich, frothy head, which I love. Above a clear copper body it looks picture perfect.

Very good balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied. A great primer of what better beer can be for the newbies.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 04:47:12 | More by edskirk3
Photo of mnesporov

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The one poured a light, clear golden orange. It had some good, active carbonation with a soft, white head that showed great retention.

S: The grain and hop smell came out immediately with a subtle fruit smell.

T: The hops were more prominent at the taste. The taste of malts where great as well with a mild but good bitterness.

M: This lager is light to medium-bodied with some good carbonation and a nice dryness throughout.

D: This is a great micro-macro brew that surprisingly I never tried. I felt like drinking a beer tonight and decided to pick up the 1 pint bottle from my local store and I was not disappointed. I would recommend picking up this gem.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 01:58:02 | More by mnesporov
Photo of Alexmc2

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It is easy to say that this is one of the most available craft beers around. You can go into any decent bar and order a Sam Adams. That said, this beer pours a brownish-gold wtih a moderate head. Lacing is present throughout. Smell is malty with a hint of hops. The taste is very clean, and while full bodied it is easy to drink several of these in one sitting. An ideal session beer if you are in the mood for this style of lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 17:02:09 | More by Alexmc2
Photo of BeerSox


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pilsner glass

Clear medium amber color with thick well holding head that settles to a foamy cap. Stringy lacing throughout.

Husky malt scents with a touch of caramel sweetness at the finish. Very clean aromas.

Crisp hops up front along with a husky malt backbone. Mostly clean but somewhat dry finish. The higher carbonation lends a little bite. Light bodied. Bits of residual sweetness linger afterwards.

The ubiquitous SA lager, probably the most well known of the craft beer industry. And it's that way for a reason. A solid brew for any time of the year and for any place.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 01:40:21 | More by BeerSox
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with thin offwhite head. Smells hoppy and malty in almost equal amounts. Malty sweet with a strong hop presence. Medium-bodied. Full flavored. Tasty and drinkable. Tastes better than I remember... A solid lager that's available pretty much everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 00:18:50 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this beer last night at a local pub in Georgetown. (As an aside, Georgetown seems to be Sam Adam's country - I noticed at least three bars that had it as it's "featured" beer.)

Loved this brew! What a nice surprise. Maybe it's my native Bostonian bias, but I think the is an excellent beer. Smell was warm and inviting. Taste was sweet and smooth. Detected a slight caramel flavor, and lots of fresh hops coming through. Nice clean taste with full carbonation throughout. Great color too.. reddish brown, with a perfect cream head.

I'm not sure why I waited so long to try this beer. I guess since it's usually featured with traditional BCM, I figured it tasted similar. It's like a cross between a great marco (if there is such a thing) and an organic Pale Ale. Now I feel as though I have a tasty, solid option when I can't enjoy find any micro's available on a night out with friends. Definitely lives up to it's reputation as an "American world class beer." And certainly one that I would keep on hand on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2006 19:39:55 | More by alysmith4
Photo of malcontent


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of those beers I've always taken for granted as "always available" & therefore never buy it when I’m beer shopping. However, recently I was fortunate to be in a situation where I needed to buy beer for a gathering & the only place open had this as the only palatable choice. Ubiquity is often a sign of marketing prowess but in rare cases (Sam Adams & Sierra Nevada) it is a testament to actual appeal & quality. Now, the review;

Pours a rich amber hue crowned by a finger of thick head. The head recedes into uniform lacing that holds up nicely for the drinks’ duration. This is a good looking brew.

There isn’t much to comment on in the nose as it is very subdued. Weak hop-scent with faint traces of spice & greenery (clover?).

The taste sports an excellent balance of well-rounded, subtle malt sweetness with the perfect level of hop assertiveness on the finish. There is little remarkable about this beer other than perfect execution of the style.

The mouthfeel is excellent combining the right body with good carbonation which, when factored in with the solid taste, makes for the quintessential session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 16:27:23 | More by malcontent
Photo of witster18


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IS a great beer. Much better on tap in a cold mug than out of the bottle. A malt hit with chocolate undertones is skillfully wisked away by an incredible and pleasant burst of hoppiness. A beer that goes down EVEN better at times when you think you wouldn't want a beer. Stop in for lunch and grab a pint to remember what you forgot,...that this is an extremely good representation of an american brew. Seems dryer or less aromatic out of the bottle. Great flavor without being heavy. I like that! Im serious...cold mug...at lunch...you'll see.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2006 20:23:06 | More by witster18
Photo of BBM

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper color with a thin light tan head. The head doesn't last too long, but there is some lacing. The aroma isn't too potent, but there are some noble hops and malt coming through.

This is quite a tasty lager. Don't be fooled by how widley available or intensely advertised this beer is; it has little in common with other beers you'll find in commercials. The body is a very well balanced mixture of the noble hops and a caramel malt flavor. It goes down exceedingly smooth and has a pleasant aftertaste. A bit heavier than other lagers you'll find, but nothing too filling. Drinkability is high, and reccomended. This is a quality brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2006 20:10:12 | More by BBM
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep golden clear color with a thick head with nice lacing. The smell is very malty and smells a bit like molasses. The taste is slightly sweet with a heavy malt taste. It finishes nicely with a hint of bitterness from hops. The mouthfeel is very full but accurate for what the beer is trying to accomplish. This is a very drinkable beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2006 20:07:33 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of boblog


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber with thick foamy head which leaves some lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet with caramel like malt smell.

Taste: Malty and slightly sweet then a nice bitter dry after taste.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated and light.

A good and easy to drink brew. One of my favorite Sam Adams besides some of their season beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 06:32:09 | More by boblog
Photo of CardinalBrewing


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the most balanced beers available. The flavor of the noble hops is distinct, but not overpowering. The bitterness of the hops is just enough to counter the sweetness of the caramel malt. The flavor is close to a mild IPA, but lacking the same degree of bitterness. The beer is incredibly smooth, but slightly heavy. It is not quite as drinkable as a typical lager, but is about average for an amber ale. Bottom line: you cannot go wrong with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 23:43:26 | More by CardinalBrewing
Photo of techdiver


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with a two-finger head that dissipates at a modest rate leaving at least a foamy coating on top. Balanced smell and taste with subtle hops following a smooth caramel malt presence. A drinkable brew, much better than their Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 23:29:38 | More by techdiver
Photo of pumarocks


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what can you say about this great beer? It goes down smooth, has a nice creamy head, has a wonderful amber color, and has a great aroma. The aftertaste is something I really enjoy too. It has a great balance of hops and is super malty. A great beer that is brewed and bottled right here in Cincinnati.

This beer was on-tap at the Pearl St. Pub in Oldenburg, IN. If you are in the area it is worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2006 18:48:57 | More by pumarocks
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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