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

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Ratings: 8,026
Reviews: 2,555
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
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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:
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 bpw28
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:Finger white head, Light Orange (About a 12 on SRM Chart), Great Lacing, Good Carb

Nose: Light Malt, Floral, Fresh Cut Green Grass (good thing), Bit of Honey, Smells tart

Taste: Light Malt, Biscuit, Smooth, Amazingly perfect sweetness, slight bitter on the finish, good medium body, Good Carb in the mouth. Really can't explain but it's perfectly balanced and tastes like heaven in a glass.

Final Thoughts: Now this right here is a beer. It pulls no punches, its just a striaght forward great beer. This would be perfect for someone wanting to get away from macro and move into craft brews, this would be a perfect first step. For the season brew drinker, this would be their everyday go-to kind of beer. BUY THIS NOW.

Food Pairing: Really anything. All fish, Steak, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Mild to Strong Cheese, Salted Meats, Smoked Meats, Potatoes, Vegetables, Fruits, Spicy Items, Pastas (just not creamy sauces). Like I said, almost anything. The only thing I wouldn't drink this with off the top of my head is cream sauces like bechamel.

Photo of shwhat
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of my favorite beers, and recently i went to the brewery for their tour. i drank this one out of their signature boston lager glass.

the boston lager that comes out of their original brewery is way more delicious than the stuff i get in new york. there is a more pronounced, fresher hop flavor and aroma. the difference in flavor is hard to place, but it's definitely pretty prominent. probably has something to do with the water used at their production facilities.

the color is a crystal clear, light copper. the aroma was ripe with remarkably fresh hops and sweet malt that almost lends itself to caramel. the taste was extremely fresh, more of a citrusy hop than their bottled variety..but maltiness definitely had a strong presence. it was sweet, but only slightly. great medium-light body. i wish i could drink it this way all the time.

Photo of chiccabeer
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times and overall it is a great traditional American beer. It has a clear amber look to it with a light smell of hops and spices. It has a nice calm flavor of spices, apples, hops, and oranges. This beer would is great year around and is a perfect after work beer. Cheers.

Photo of chilly460
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, brown with 2 finger off white head. Laced the whole way down the glass.

S - Lots of toffee, caramel, bread and a nice punch of noble hops. Very solid aroma to this beer.

T - Very well balanced. The sweet caramel malt is complimented perfectly by noble hops. Some subtle nutmeg in there as well.

M - Rich and creamy, along the lines of a Marzen, very nice.

D - Great "everday" beer. Nothing that offends and it tastes great.

Photo of Samadamsfan2
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank it from the perfect pint glass. A very solid beer, as well as the first by boston beer company. Perfect balance of bitter hops and sweet malt, this beer never lets me down, great session beer. Boston Lager is what I consider a gateway to better beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my goto beer. The brewers of Samual Adams fine craft beers need to be commended for their ability to brew a solid array of beers! The foundation for this success is the Boston Lager!!! The color is a wonderful amber, the nose is a mix of hop and malt. The taste is truly unique. There is a touch of sweetness balanced by hop and malt. I can SESSION this beer any time, any where! This IS America's beer!

Photo of cwcolby74
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a 12-oz. bottle, purchaed in a winter sampler 12-pack.

Appearance - Golden dark, good head, moderate lacing, not overly carbonated.

Smell - It has a distinctive, hoppy note that I like. It has that crispness that I enjoy in a lager. It the smell kind of boring though?

Taste - Nice, good, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. I tend to like Boston Lager better on tap than in bottle, which gives me some doubt about its freshness, especially in these sampler packs.

Mouthfeel - It's like a Bud Heavy, only good.

Overall - What can you say about a beer that's sold thousands upon thousands of barrels? Is Boston Lager real, true, pure craft beer? Maybe, maybe not. I initially didn't like it at all when I first had it 10 or so years ago. But it's grown on me a lot over the years. It's a great starter beer that gets people wanting to discover what else is out there. So almost every craft beer enthusiast owes Boston Lager a debt of gratitude.

Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing this beer, one of the first that opened me to the craft scene.

A-Clear amber, bout a finger worth of head and slightly carbonated.

S-Some citrus flavors. There is a hop aroma, not over powering but it is there.

T-Starts sweet with the citrus flavors, ends with some bitterness, once again not over powering (curious on the IBUs). Well balanced.

M-Light and some carbonation.

D-A great gateway brew, a safe choice while at a bar. Use this beer convert others but I don't see much use other than that.

Photo of stckhndlr
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A golden orange color with a strong 2-3 finger head. Very thick white head holds up like sea foam. Superb lacing. Sticks beautifully to the glass and just stays there.

S- a nice cross between just a touch of malt and hops. Floral earth notes and it all comes together with a nice citrus blast like orange zest.

T- Just the right amount of bitterness to this one. Not overpowering. Generous hops and floral flavors with the citrus twinge in there to round it out. Not a very bitter aftertaste which is nice as well.

M- Medium body with a smooth finish.

O- This is a very nice beer. Good for a hot day and really nice for just sitting and relaxing. These go down pretty smooth to me.

Photo of corby112
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a half finger off-white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic thin rings and spots of lacing are left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of biscuit, toffee and caramel as well as some faint earthy hops. Kind of bland smelling really.

Medium bodied with a crisp, earthy hop bite up front that provides a nice dry bitterness lingering throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Hoppier than expected for the style with a sweet, slightly toasted malt backbone. Hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut as well as some light fruit toward the end of the swallow, mostly citrus peel and apricot. Well balanced with the hop profile really adding something to an otherwise boring style, making this beer pretty quaffable.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear orangey amber body, medium white head with good retention.

S - spicy lager, citrusy hops, a nice light malty profile.

T - malty, dry, a bit of spice, reminds me a bit of green tea. Hop bitterness on the back

M - light, a bit thin. Good feel, small.

D - nothing great, but pretty drinkable.

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in the special Sam Addams glass.

The color of this one is a golden orange color with a nice half inch head of foam on the top.

The smell of this one is a slight hop smell with a grain and malt foreground.

The taste of Boston lager is pretty clean and crisp to me, I find myself sessioning these often at the local bar. It starts off with a nice crisp bite of bitterness followed by a clean malty semi sweetness that finishes with a dry send off.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp with nice carbonation.

Overall I really enjoy this brew, and it is my fall back when there is nothing else at the bar. Excellent drinkability and flavor for a good price.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first review.

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Glowing Amber. Big head and good retention. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Pretty Malty and bready with a hint of citrus and spice.

Taste: Great balance between malt and hop bitterness. Citrus comes through strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a pleasantly bitter finish.

This is a great widely available lager. This is the beer that got me interested in craft beer.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger off white head. Golden to amber color. Mild carbonation. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Slight citrus notes with a subtle breadiness. Subtle and smooth noble hops vibe.

T: Citrus, nice bite, and carbonation. Malty, biscuty bread flavor. Very tasty. Good lager yeast flavor.

M: Half bodied with a clean finish.

D: Definitely would drink another. Noticed the hops a lot in the aftertaste and even after I burped from all the carbonation.

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

A=Served in a chilled mug...nice dark amber color with larger foamy froth around 1/2."

S=Strong hop with citrus present.

T=Very nice, strong, flavorful brew--hops with slight citrus tang.

M=Very nice...I'd prefer it to be just a tad fuller.

O=I would still consider this the standard for a lager in the U.S., but still hope to find one I like better.

Photo of sj660
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a Sam Adams before, of course. But this is the first time I really sat down to try and analyze it. It deserves to be "America's beer," especially given the alternatives.

It's bronze, perfectly bright. It's foamy, with a good head and strong laces.

It's sweet and floral in the nose.

I love the malty, caramel, almost sweet taste with the hop bite, spicy at the end. Faintly toasty.

Medium bodied, medium carbonated. Very drinkable.

This beer shows that a beer made to please the most people can still be made with great quality.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tall Becher glass. High carbonation. Served around 40F. White, two finger head that dissipates at a expected rate leaving a complete layer of shimmering top foam. Large cell lacing.

S - Vienna like; grain malt aroma with hops that are balancing out. Very pleasant and inviting. Lagered crispness and cleanness. Toasty.

T - tastes of pale malt rather than German maltings such as Munich or Vienna. Caramel notes are low. No DMS. Expecting more of a malty sweetness. More bittered than sweet. Hop flavor is earthy with low floral notes - noble.

M - low in malt sweetness and aftertaste is a bit weak- bitter rather than elegant as a Vienna. Rough. Could use a touch more dextrin for mouthfeel and finish. Crisp and late malt finish.

Decent beer. My first SABL I have enjoyed. Not bad.

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

I figured I should finally get around to this classic. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color, small head, some lacing

Smell: The Hallertau hops give it a nice floral aroma, combined with some caramely malts

Taste: Some sweet caramel malt, some hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation

Overall: A good classic lager, I enjoy it. Its not a go to for me, mostly because of how much there is out there, but at least I know that if I see it in a bar, I can have something I will enjoy. An excellent session beer.

Photo of Snow81
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean Amber, orange glow

Head: Very light tan head

Smell: Caramel notes with a little hint of grass

Taste: grassy malts with a nice caramel and hops on the end

Weight: Medium to light body and medium amount of carbonation

Finish: Caramel with some hops and leaves a hint of stickiness on the lips

Photo of Sudsy89
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours an amber-color, has a foamy white head that lasts for a while and leaves lacing. A very pretty lager, has a high level of carbonation.

Tastes hopppier than most lagers, actually has real beer taste as opposed to an adjunct lager.
Nicely balanced, like the Noble Pils it manages to combine a good amount of hops with the underlying malt flavor.

Has a more medium-bodied mouthfeel, yet is still very drinkable at under 5% abv, and refreshing when served cold. A great example of what a German-style lager can be, and a good intro to craft beer for many drinkers.

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

A- Light amber with a thin head of small bubbles.

S- Surprisingly strong with some light maltiness and hints of spicy hops.

T- The spicy hops are definitely there with notes of clove, ginger, cinnamon, and its backed up with that light sweet malt.

M- Light in body and medium in carbonation, this is a light and refreshing lager that goes down easy.

D- Very drinkable, enough substance to bring me back for more, but light and refreshing enough that this could be an all day every day drinker. Not the most exciting beer ever but its a classic and a solidly good beer.

Photo of Finster
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers on tap at a resturaunt. If I go somewhere and see sam adams on tap, I have to order one. So I usually drink this beer with food. Particularly ribs.
When I eat ribs, there is nothing I would rather have to drink than an ice cold sam adams boston lager on tap. And the way the "head marks" stick to my frosty glass on the way down, I can tell how many drinks I took to finish my beer.
Anyone who has ever ate some world-class ribs - tell the waitress, "I'll have a Sam Adams with that please." One of the Finster's all time favorites.

Photo of ehammond1
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Windmill Farms
San Diego, CA

A clear golden amber with an off-white head which lasts quite a while. Leaves considerable lacing down the glass. All in all, and per the style, one of my favorite beers to ogle over.

A pleasant combination of some hops and an earthy malt in the forefront. This beer smells particularly bready. An inviting and welcoming aroma.

A bready and malty beer with a good amount of hop bitterness. The focus though is the bready malt character while the hops just add a small punch of bitterness. Balanced and very enjoyable.

A thin to medium mouthfeel, which makes for easy drinking. The flavor lingers a bit, which is nice.

A very good beer available everywhere bad beer is served.

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

Okay, since I was on the Sam Adams part of the site, thought I would review this as well.

Pours deep copper amber with a good head.

Up front those nice nose with a bit of spice.

This is not a hoppy beer but what everyone remembers about Sam Adams that made them great to start. A really nice complexity.

Obviously this is a very drinkable good brew. It made Sam Adams. If you get past the fact that they are now everywhere and not really a microbrewer, then you can enjoy it.

Photo of secondtooth
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-golden. Sizeable white head. Substantial, intricate lace, Impressive.

Malty aroma, a little bread, some citrus.

Taste is malty and sweet yeasty at first, then followed by an injection of Noble hops with a slightly tart, citrus hint to the finish. Nice touch! And superb balance of malts and hops.

Tasty and well worthy!

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