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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

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7,716 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,716
Reviews: 2,473
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 92
Gots: 963 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of Broombrew
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass

pours with a 1 finger head. dissapates rather quickly, but leaves some lacing. nice golden brown color. clear, no cloudiness.

light hops and malt smell.

pretty balanced hop and malt taste. standard lager taste.

light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

very drinkable. not overly flavorful, but compliments my pizza well. would have another if offered or if im somewhere that has nothing more exciting on draft.

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

Classic beer from Boston. I just had to review it.

A: Pours a light Amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Laces decently.

S: Smells of citrus and malt. Not very complex but not bad at all.

T: Malty and mildly sweet. There is a slight hop bitterness and citrus note as well. Pretty decent for a lager.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium-High carbonation. Easy drinker.

D: Easy session beer. If no quality beer store is open, this is your beer of choice.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The ol' east coast standby. A beer that in a pinch, may be the best choice available. Hopefully not.

Good appearance, amber, good carbonation and head. Nothing noteworthy in aroma.

Taste, its all about the malt toasting, which is quite nice here for a lager. Some say hops, I don't taste it. Little bit of sweetness. Introductory level style. Way pricey for its complexity.

Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a nice coppery color, but not much head or lacing.
It has a malty smell, with some sweetness and a bit of hops. An inviting smell.
Good taste. Lots of breadiness with a slight hop finish.
Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.
Definitely drinkable. Good session beer. Great on a hot summer day. With this who needs summer ales?

Photo of zach8270
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[draft at Max and Erma's - Moon Township, PA] Wonderful coppery color. Mild hoppy aroma with just the lightest hint of sweet malts underneath. Good hoppy taste that is not too overpowering and leaves just enough of an aftertaste to let you know you just drank a good lager.

Photo of wcintula
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a tap into a perfect pint. I love these things.

A- Pours beautifully with a 2 finger off-white head with pockets and nice lacing throughout. The beer has a beautiful rich amber-colored body with lots and lots of activity. Very nice looking beer.

S- Not too much to describe other than the hops and roasted malts is all I'm picking up.

T- I consider this very bitter, but still quite nice. Very low malt profile, dry...and I pick up a hint of metal.

M- Medium-light bodied beer with and average amount of carbonation despite the nice show in the glass. Nothing too prickly or uncomfortable. Slight taste of alcohol.

D- I wouldn't drink more than two at a time on account to the bitterness. The taste isn't what I look for in beer, but by no means is this bad. Will drink again, and I will enjoy it, because it is a good beer.

Photo of jporf911
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (I don't think Sam Adams even makes cans, do they?).

Appearance- Ruddy amber with a decent frothy head that lasts fairly long along with significant lacing.

Smell- A wonderful combination of caramel malt and aromatic hops.

Taste- The taste is the best part of the this beer (as well it should be). As with the nose, it starts with a taste of sweet, toasted malt and finished with the slightly bitter hops. The dry, pleasant aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied with ample carbonation that leaves a pleasant tingling.

Drinkability- It's strong enough to be satisfying, yet light enough to imbibe multiple bottles. When I was a wee lad, I thought Samuel Adams was a disgusting beer; luckily, I have since seen the error of my ways. This is one of the best beers you can find at any major supermarket.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by Nov 2010

A - Pours a red tinted amber with a one inch white head; good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Toasted malts and a slight hop presence. Light biscuity notes in the nose

T&M - The flavor holds true to the nose. Toasted malts up front with a light hop bitterness to balance. A very inviting beer. Light caramel notes and breadiness. There is a refreshing level of carbonation and a clean finish.

D - One of the beers that got me started down the road of better beer. As I said above, very inviting. A great amount of flavor for an under 5 ABV, and a great gateway into the world of better beer.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Medium red-amber in color with two fingers of head that sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt sweetness up front with a fair amount of floral hops. An invitation to drink.

Taste: Starts off with lots of caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a moderate hop bitterness that kind of lingers on your tongue for awhile. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with plenty of active carbonation. Nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily and low ABV makes it easy for people of all levels of experience to handle.

Final Notes: It may not be the best beer in America, but it's good. A great beer to pair with grilled foods, and a nice session beer for a night out at the bar. And for the record, no, you really can't float a bottlecap on the head, I tried.

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

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. best before may 2010, which is a month old.

pours a clear copper color with a nice sized, slightly off white head. pretty good retention, left a nice 1/4 inch of head almost the whole glass. small spots of lace, much bigger head and stickier lace on the second glass.

in the aroma there are grainy, caramel, slightly toasted malts. a little lager funk. just a faint floral hop aroma, this is more pronounced had it been a fresher bottle, ive definatly had this beer a time or two before.

hops are more noticeable in the taste. lemony citrus hops, grainy, caramel, toasted, nutty malts. the lager yeast is there. a slight bit of lingering hop bitterness and flavor in the finish. a little metallic tasting when its cold, but this goes away as it warms. still could be a little better had it been a touch fresher of a bottle.

bright bubbly high amount of carbonation, tingles the mouth a little after drinking. light body, just what you would expect.

this beer has really great drinkability, its price and availability also make it great. quenchs the thirst on a hot summer day, but still good all year round and now that its in bombers makes it even more convienent, 3$ for one of them. just maybe next time ill check the freshness date before i buy it.

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

This was tapped into a tall pint glass.

A: Bronze with amber, decent head retention, adequate lacing.

S: Noticeable hop aroma, also a noticeable lemon aroma that seems more pronounced from the tapper than from a bottle.

T: I was surprised how different this beer was on tap. There was more noticeable hops up front, and also much more citrus flavor, the middle featured lots of lemon, sweetness, and some herbal hops, the finish featured more hops and more lemon.

M: What I expect from a lager: smooth, relatively light, and above average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, though my curiosity usually leads me to drink other beers when they are available!

Photo of joesc230
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite standard lagers. A great choice while at a typical bar that doesn't offer too grand of a selection. As far as its appearance goes, it's very clear with a gold color to it and a thin head. Nice hops, great smell for a non-premium lager. Nice aftertaste - just the right amount of bitterness. Taste-wise it's not too heavy, but also not too light - very smooth.

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber. About a finger's worth of head reduces to just a thin film within a couple of minutes.

The nose is a fairly nice balance of hops and malt, which is nice; a common lager that has some interest to it. I get that standard "lager smell", with extra hints of green grapes / a light wine, and some malt that's harder to pin... it's faint, so I find it tough to peg whether it's toffee, caramel, etc.

The taste is pretty good; on the better side of average.

The carbonation is good for a lager - crisp and plentiful, but not too aggressive; just there to keep it fresh and fairly sharp. The body is medium, and the finish is slightly sticky without being really watery or dry.

Overall, a decent beer to pick up a pack of and take to a party; tasty enough, but not so good/expensive as to command your thoughts and attention.

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

Not the first one of these I've had. Poured into my Sam Smith pint glass. Pours a copper-tinged amber with one and a half fingers of off white head. Little retention, some lacing. Moderately active carbonation visible. Good clarity. Nose has light citrus and hop resins primarily, but some malts--biscuit and toffee, mainly--are there in the background. Decent, but not as well balanced as I'd like.

The flavor of the beer is an improvement over the nose. Toast and biscuit malt up front, with a light hop presence following. Slightly dry finish, bitter when compared to macro adjunct lagers, but the hops are just what the beer needs for balance; it's be too sweet without them.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, with a somewhat dry finish. Sessionable, and I've always thought that a blind taste test would be a good way to convert a BMC drinker, but aside from its role as a 'gateway,' it's a decent beer even for non-lager drinkers and I've had to fall back on it on occasion.

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

A - Pours a golden copper brown with a thin layer of big bubbly head which quickly dissipates into small islands, leaving very little lacing.

S - The hops are actually noticeable off the top, though rather mild a slight scent of citrus and pine which is balanced by roasted coffee malts. Much stronger in scent than I was anticipating.

T - Again, rather surprised, bitter citrus hops off the top, followed by a balanced toasty malt finish. The aftertaste is a little bitter and dry, and there's a touch of alcohol flavour which lingers. All-in-all pretty tasty and light.

M - Goes does smooth and light but the finish is definitely a little dryer. Overall, pretty damn nice.

D - As previously mentioned, my expectations were not that high, however, this one well exceeded them. The scent was much stronger than I would've thought and the flavours were nicely balanced. Finished a little on the dry side, but did not take away from the overall experience. Could and would easily take down a 6-er of this in a session.

Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into a chilled mug.

The color was light amber, copperish. It had a 3 finger, pillowy head that left nice fluffy lacing on the glass, head thinned down after awhile.

Smells bready and of spicy hops.

Tastes just a little bitter, bready maltiness, and spiciness from the hops.

This is not too heavy, goes down very easy and has big flavor for a lager.

Photo of beltyrion
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance--Decent carbonation, rich golden color, good head with lacing down along the glass.

Smell--some biscuity smell from the malts but mostly the spice from the hops comes through.

Mouthfeel--Medium bodied with noticeable carbonation.

Taste--Rich malty notes resolve into hop bitterness at the end.

Drinkability--Definitely a session beer, though with a richer mouthfeel and more robust taste than the normal macrobrews.

Serving Type--On Tap.

Photo of thatguy3579
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reasonably clear, amber in color, and with only moderate visible bubbling. The head began thick and rich and had reasonable staying power and lacing.

S: Bready sweet smell with a hint of cherry.

T: Balanced flavor - full of flavor but not abrasive. Biscuit malts with lemon and grass flavors. Finish is fruity sweetness.

M: Silky on the mouth, with medium carbonation.

D: Great big flavor, but not overwhelming. Delicious but session-worthy. An all-around good beer.

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass june15 2010

A clear copper with lots of slowly raising bubbles feeding a two finger soapy head that has great retention and leaves a few big patches of lace

S plenty of caramel with some mild hops with a little cereal

T again I get lots caramel with a slight metallic flavor nothing bad though and a very slight fruity flavor

M thick for a lager and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel

D great session beer without doubt, very easy to drink and a well rounded beer solid in all areas

this may very well be the best beer I've ever seen on T.V. commercials. I was surprised by this beer and would drink it again with no hesitation

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

This probably the version of this style that is the most familiar to the American beer drinker. On the whole it is a solid and decent example of the style, but not exceptional. A lovely copper-gold color, a nice semi-sweet grain scent, nicely balanced malt and hop flavors, a solid but not heavy body and easy drinkability are the hallmarks of this beer. This may not be on the top of a lot of beer lovers lists, but you can count on Sam to never let you down.

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

poured into my ubu ale pint glass

A- a light amber look with a good head. The brew looks very inviting for the flagship brew of BBC

S- some malt and caramel as well. A little hop presense is the final aspect of the brew

T- a decent mix of more caramel, malt, and bitterness from hops. The flavor is not bad, just not too widespread

M- medium bodied and crisp at the same time

D- you can enjoy these all day. When you are surrounded by Ameican Adjunts... Sam is there to save the day. A real good brew that can always be counted on

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

Sam Adams Boston Lager is just one of those beers you can't go wrong with. It fits every occasion and taste good. It is easy to find at just about any establishment you go to. It always looks good, smells good and taste good enough not only for yourself, but when you have company over. Even the pickest of beer drinkers (my wife) will drink it.

Photo of bs870621345
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my SA sensory glass. I am impressed.

Pours an amber-honey color with a thin white head and a nice lacing down the glass. Nice slow bubble release, very pleasant looking.

Smell is malty and hoppy with a grapefruit sweetness

Taste is crisp and flavorful, nicely balanced and very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability is high, and since it is so avaiable its a great one for multiple in a night.

Overall i was very impressed with this beer, I always just assumed that it wasn't all that good cause of marketing like BMC beers, but its pretty good and most places have this.

Photo of emmasdad
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp reddish-amber color, with a fairly dense, medium white head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel , cereal grains and some mild hoppiness. On the palate I get more of the sweet malt and caramel, a little nuts and maybe some hops. Overall, this is a very crisp, drinkable and enjoyable beer. After all these years, this one is still pretty good.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

The appearance is that of a light copper color with a great nice sized three inch head. The head is slightly off-white with great head retention. Very little spots of lacing are left behind clinging to the sides of my glass.

The aroma was that of grains with some hops(maybe some noble). I get freshly cut grass, wet hay, sweet German like hops, cracker like malts, pale malt, slight citrus lemon character. Smells a lot like a Czech Pilsner.

The taste upfront is sweet upfront with slight lemon and hint of pink bubblegum, about midway malts come into play and get caramel, some toffee flavor(?).

Mouthfeel is a tad bit above light bodied with a little more then average carbonation. Refreshing and very Crisp.

This beer has very good drinkability. I always seem to come across purchasing this beer.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,716 ratings.