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

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7,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,178
Reviews: 2,431
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 69
Gots: 671 | 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 wl0307
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 09/2009, served lightly chilled in Rodenbach's slim goblet.

A: coming in a dark orangey amber hue, with a frothy beige head with good retention, fed by really mild but constant carbonation full of microscopic fizz.
S: sweet prunes, caramelised tangerine, a faint floral hint of hops are underlined by caramelised sugar from the sweet malts. Pretty pleasant but not quite complex.
T: a mildly spicy hint (of hops) follows the soothing swallow of semi-sweet maltiness, showing a touch of biscuits apparently from paler malts... the lightly orangey hop aroma develops along with more medium-level bitterness in the aftertaste, while the overall fruity touch and mild caramelised sugar also linger. Throughout the drink, a very mild sour touch typical of a lager serves to underline both the sweet-malty and bitter-hoppy sides very well.
M&D: the healthy carbonation sustains and supports an overall medium body and a well-balanced flavour - very quaffable in every sense. The malt characters are more in line with the English types of ales, while the lingering bitter taste is especially welcomed to add to the beer's overall drinkability.

* Tasting Date: 07/08/05

Got this beer at my local Sainsbury's recently at 95 pence a bottle. The best before date is Jan. 06.
3.5 A: in a medium-sized weissbier glass it pours an amber, or light-honeyish hue, coming with a reasonably foamy, off-white beer head fading out in about a minute... it is fiercely gassy at first, while from the second minute on it turns weaker but still too fizzy for me.
3.5 S: the nose is very softly fruity and malty, with light caramel and brown sugary note, apple-peel's aroma, against a soft backdrop of noble hops.
4 T: on the palate it's truly enjoyable--soft maltiness arrives along with a mild, fruity hoppy flavour, as a slightly spicy and herbal, medium-bitterness gradually prevails. Delicate fruity flavour of malts and hops sustains well, though the bitter finish is reasonably clean rather than lingering.
3.5 M&4 D: Well-balanced lager with a soft malty mouthfeel throughout, though it could gain more assertive flavours from larger quantities of dark malts perhaps? Anyway, it's a refreshing lager and a solid brew by all means!

wl0307, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked "Best by 12/08"

Clear dark gold with a frothy off-white head and minimal lace.

Scent is bread and grapefruit hops.

Taste is subtle biscuity malt flavor with a nice grapefuit hop bitterness to follow. Possibly a hint of pine as well. Crisp and nicely balanced.

Mouth is medium.

Very good drinkability.

I've enjoyed this beer for years but only thought to review it recently. Always a pleasant and easy to drink lager.

sethmeister, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of tweek87
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my fall back beer. I like to experiment a lot, but if I ever just want something I know will go down right, I turn to Boston Lager. I wouldn't call it my favorite, and I do get tired of it sometimes, but I'm never disappointed by it. And it's one of the best beers to have with dinner.

The beer looks great. It has great head and good lacing. A nice amber color. It looks like a classic lager.

It smells really good. Definitely one of the hoppiest widely distributed beers I've tried. Jim Koch isn't kidding, it smells like flowers.

The first time I tried this, probably around 17 years old, I couldn't stand the bitterness. Now that I'm older and I know what beer's supposed to taste like, I love it. It's just the right balance of smoothness and bite.

All in all, this is a great beer. Truly an American classic. I hope they don't change a thing about it in my life time.

tweek87, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is readily available both on tap and bottle. Reasonably priced as well.

This beer pours a clear straw yellow with medium head. Nose is rather hoppy with some grain behind it.

Taste is not very ballanced. Plenty of hops in these hop shortage times. But I don't taste anything to back it up. NOt much grain, yeast or malt behind it. This beer has a little carbonated bite. Best served cold from a tap when I can't find a decent alternative.

daledeee, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many, this beer was my first into the craft beer world and I still love drinking it to this day. The caramel undertones in the taste and the overall appearance and drinkability make this one a big winner for me. Available anywhere at usually about $1 a beer... it's even at almost any bar you'll come across in the US.. not a bad thing at all.

oriolesfan4, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, good head.

Smell: Herbal, a little bread.

Taste: Toasted bread, a little sweetness, herbal/earthy finish.

Drinkability: A decent choice when you want something more than BMC but the bar doesn't get too adventurous.

Review #300 is from the Sam Adams brewmasters 12 pack. Boston Lager is a well-made beer that is a decent stepping stone up from the macros. Not my favorite style or flavor profile, but I'll have it from time to time.

Mdog, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of saradad
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz glass, nice head with average staying power. Color a nice gold-copper-amber but lacks the metallic looking edge that some beers have being more like a burnished wood than a polished metal. The smell is of citrusy hops and light to medium malt notes that come through on the flavor with grapefruit notes and a quickly fading malt taste with dry citrusy finish. I've always liked this brew with seafood. Cheers.

saradad, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of stevecee2003
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may well be a good session beer, if only because it does not impress. It is just there with its 4.5% rating. It may well have just enough flavor to make a good night's drinking beer.
A- A great head, that dissapates quickly.

S - Nothing going here. I admit my untrained nose can not pick up the subtleties. Its just OK.

T- OK. It is OK for what it is. A good mid-quality- session beer, that has just enough taste to drink for the night.

M- feels OK in the mouth, I suppose.

D- Ahh, here is where the rubber meets the road. This beer has some lace. It has some taste. It has a name (at least in America), with Sam Adams. It has JUST enough taste to make it a very GOOD session beer.

stevecee2003, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off-white foam from a standard pour... Highly translucent golden copper color with an orange hue... Only the slightest bit of carbonation is visible... Slight lacing on glass...

S - Very subtle malt scents... Buttery toffee... Perhaps a hint of pecans...

T - Subtle blend of hops... Nougat... Sweet biscuit... Ever so slight bitter hops comeback at the finish... Nice gentle complexity to this brew...

M - Creamy and smooth... Very well balanced... Slightly dry @ finish...

D - Textbook session beer... Highly drinkable and highly enjoyable... Relaxing brew with a ton of character...

Bottle / Artwork - Vintage Samuel Adams label that we've come to know and love... Blue with silver outline...

philbe311, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty good.

Light amber, it has a dense, off-white head that steadily shrinks to a wispy, lasting top. The aroma is malty, grain with yeasty bread and a hint of cypress.

The taste ios light toffee with grain, a light pine bitterness that builds toward the end. The finish is pine, grain, and cracker. It's crisp yet fairly tasty, smooth and easy to drink, but doesn't have that much too it.

Offa, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This lager poured a light caramel-amber color with a 1/2" fluffy white head. The head dropped to a skim and left decent lacing down the glass.

S= I found aromas of sweet bakery malts and a surprising amount of fragrant piney hops.

T= An immediate short burst of malty sweetness was followed quickly by a spicy hop profile. I was pleased with the hop bitterness, which far exceeded most lagers you will find on the market. The finish was relatively dry yet never lost its balance.

MF= Light to medium bodied with a solid carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable beer and highjly sessionable. I don't know why others don't hop up their lagers as this one has everything they do not. Well balanced and well crafted.

spointon, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of luc2057
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown with about a 1/4 inch head. The beer smells of sweet malts and hops. The taste is a good balance of hops and malts sweet initially followed by the bitterness of the hops. The mouth feel is surprisingly balanced good combination of hop bitterness and malt. This is a very drinkable beer. Defiantly one I could have more than one of. I have found that the flavor of the beer is better as it warms. This is a good fall back beer that can be found almost anywhere in the Northeast.

luc2057, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of buffettfan
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, into a pint glass. A nice reddish golden color. A little head, about a finger, and it didn't stick around too long.

Smelled of hops mostly, some malt and a little spicy.

Taste is great. Its been a long time since I've had this beer, and forgot how good it is! A lot of hops, but not a punch in the face. Even maltyness. A great balanced beer. Why don't I drink this more? It's not a blow your socks off beer, but it is just really good!

buffettfan, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of eztommyd
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Love the color - gold with sparkles of amber. Maybe a finger of head with a good pour.

S - A mixture of hops and malt - much stronger than a typical lager.

T - Excellent combination of bite and flavor - you can taste the hops and the malt, yet neither is overpowering.

M - Fuller than a typical lager, but not heavy.

D - Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

This is - IMO - the best commercial American Lager available. When I first had it years ago I was much less experienced with beers, and couldn't stand it, because all I had been drinking was American Lagers. Since then, I've been able to expand my palate significantly, and have come to appreciate this for what it is - a strong, full-bodied lager that does a great job of balancing the hops and the malt. My favorite and old-reliable if I'm in a bar or restaurant where no craft or imports can be found.

eztommyd, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear gold in color with light amber hues. Little to no head to speak of.

S - Bitter hops with a light bread ending.

T - A clean malt backbone with a mild hop bite on the end. Better than expected.

M - Light bodied and a tad watery.

D - Moderate. Not bad in a bar full of Bud Light.

ectomorph, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - nice amber color with a perfectly formed beige head of soft, sudsy delight

s - a rather fragrant hop-filled essence with a hint of malt and toffee

t - nice balance of malted hops with a terrificly smooth finish

m - medium bodied and medium carbonization, well suited to the taste

d - one after another is easy

akronzipfan, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A solid beer that is widely available.. one of those beers you can count on being able to have when there is not much of a selection otherwise. It is golden with a crisp hoppy aroma and taste... as they advertise it is much hoppier than the beers next to it at the tap.

Refreshing and drinkable throughout an evening.

webmanspidey, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

late 09, early 10, boston lager seems like a very different beer to me. it's comparatively awesome. i could swear it's changed dramatically: lighter in color, the roastiness is about gone, comes across now more like a delicious pale ale/vienna lager hybrid. for a sub 5% beer i'm finding it unmatched (wish it were closer to 4%), and buying it by the 12-pack. what's going on??

In my quest for a standby summer lager, I turned once again to this one by Sam Adams. When I was into trying different beers a few years back, I wasn't too impressed and found it difficult to drink.
Unfortunately, I still can't seem to enjoy it.
The appearance is nice enough. The beer is similar in color to the bottle it came in. A head forms and leaves quickly.
The smell is fairly roasty, and it gives you the idea it's gonna be a bit bitter but without anything floral going on.
The roasted taste is okay at first, but for me becomes too astringent and watered-down coffee like. The hops are vague, the body too thin to match the roasted qualities.
In sum, boring hops and irritating malt.

a 3; s 3; t 2; m 3; d 2.5

brewmudgeon, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a head that doesn't stay too long, but is there

Aroma: The hops were apparent in my pour.

Taste: Malty with some hop bitterness that balances it out on the way down. Pretty smooth overall

Mouthfeel: Good smoothness in this one

Drinkability: Pretty good for this, its pretty common at bars and can be a frequent purchase. Its easy to drink. Good complex flavors overall. Well balanced.

kshankar, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appereance: Amber color with a small white foamy head.

Smell: Ah, nice... american hops; citrus, pine-needle... slightly of malt.

Taste: Pretty malty, caramel, american hops, pine-needle, citrus, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Better than average... pretty filling for a lager beer.

Drinkability: This is a beer you can have a few without lacking in judgement... good session beer a day at the pub.

I've had bad examples of this beer at the local pubs here in my small town in Karlstad. It seems to be a standard beer at the pubs which is not a real "beer pub", but still more sophisticated then the worst ones. This time the beer tasted good... and thanks to the beer gods for that!

Ljunkan, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - faint amber with a small head
S - sweet, toasty malts with a little kick of hops
T - very malty followed by a kick of hops and mild bitterness, and a burnt malt aftertaste. Very well balanced.
MF - a bit thin and watery
D - this goes down pretty easily and quickly. Not a bad option for having several in a night.

birchstick, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber refresher...

Clear amber orange IPA-esque. Frothy head. Good looking beersky.

Sweet malt scent.

Sweet malt taste. Bready. Actually has a little bitterness at the end. Puny but nice.

I remember my first Sam Adams. Working graveyard shift at an (in)convenience store, I would grab a sixer at random to relax with before passing out for the day. Brought home some Sammies. Thought they were the most god awful swill imaginable. Couldn't even drink a whole bottle. What a pathetic wuss I was. Fast forward 15 years and I think Sam Adams taste like sweet candy. Could drink 'em all day. And night.

PatronWizard, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass. A nice head forms above the copper body, nice lacing.

S. Bready malt, floral and citric hops.

T. A nice malt body is balanced nicely by the hops. I know they are german hops, but they taste almost like the west coast hops made famous by some IPAs. A slightly hoppy red is more like the taste of this beer, I wish all vienna lagers were this good.

M. Medium bodied. Crisp. Dries the mouth a bit, leaves me wanting more.

D. This is a fairly drinkable beer, and much better served and consumed cold. When it warmed up a bit I didn't enjoy it as much.

Stinkypuss, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funny, Sam Adams Boston Lager has almost become commonplace so I rarely enjoy a pint. This beer is one that I think it totally different on draft vs. poured from the bottle. (please NEVER drink one from the bottle)

Enjoyed 2 of these on draft tonight and realized it was time to note my thoughts and write a review.

Beer came with a thin one finger head that was foamy and white. The head quickly receded back into the glass. The color of the beer was copper or bright amber with lots of orange highlights. No visible carbonation and very clear.

Aroma was floral or perfume like. Some citrus notes but fairly clean/ fresh aroma. Also got a sense of grain/ malt in the aroma.

I was pleased that the taste was as pleasing as I remembered. Excellent balance Slightly spicy like white pepper. Starts with a little burst of hop bitterness and this gives way to a nice bread like finish with just a touch more hop assertiveness towards the end. This really is the beer that gave me an appreciation for the bread/mal flavors that can occur in quality beer.

Mouth feel was light to medium/light and the tingle of carbonation on tongue

Very drinkable beer and one I consider a session beer on draft.

A Really good beer on Draft!

Reagan1984, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Jyubei
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured an amber/gold color and gave a thick white head.

S. Malt, hops and a citrus aroma that leaned towards grapefruit.

T. Strong hops and malt with a hint of wheat bread.

M. Gave good carbonation with a pleasant syrupyness and a strong hops and malt aftertaste.

D. A beer that uses subtle flavors, nothing too complex. I prefer Sam Adams Summer Ale, but enjoyed this enough to get it again. A good beer to play video games with if you like.

Jyubei, Aug 24, 2008
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,178 ratings.