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

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7,579 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,579
Reviews: 2,456
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 86
Gots: 883 | 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 alkemy
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently came across a Sam Adams lager glass, so I felt it was my duty to grab some Boston Lager and do a review. It's been quite some time since I've had this. Way back, Boston Ale was pretty available and I always preferred it to the lager. I am, after all, an ale man. I also don't like that this is the defacto "craft beer" at many places. However, don't let that detract from this beer. It's good. Pours a clear amber. Mix of floral hops and toasted bready malts. Taste is much of the same. It's good and sessionable with the low ABV. It's a good Vienna Lager, but I'm spoiled on Eliot Ness.

alkemy, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Buckeyes67
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that I like to come back to over and over. Has a good dark red color and always pours nicely into the perfect pint glass. Has a nice strong taste to it but it doesn't seem overpowering in the least bit. You can sit down and drink a couple of these and not need to switch it up due to the flavor.

Buckeyes67, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange body with a substantial amount of carbonation. The head is eggshell and hummocky standing about an inch and a half tall.

S - Soapy malt aroma.

T - Robust malt flavor. Smooth hoppy finish.

M - Nice small grained course texture. Goes down well.

~ This is a good brew. I'm always happy to enjoy a Sam Adams Boston Lager. They know what they're doin' at the Boston Beer Company.

cdkrenz, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of CRichardsMN
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a crystal clear light amber with tons of carbonation percolating through the body forming a perfect 1/8 inch head that last the whole way down the glass with great lacing. (Laser etched bottom is a really cool feature on the Boston Lager glass).

Sweet, caramel malts and a good deal of crisp citrusy hops.

Lots of flavor in this beer. Much like the smell, the sweet malts are bold up front which are balanced nicely with a decent amount of spicy, citrusy hops. The finish is mildly bitter and ever so slightly dry making you come back for more.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation, smooth roll around the tongue and a very clean finish.

As long as I'm drinking from one of the custom glasses, keep them coming. It really does make that big of a difference. Opens up the nose, lightens up the body, makes an above average beer out of this one.

Poured out a fresh bottle into one of the new-fangled Boston Lager glass. Actually a very cool glass that makes an intentionally bad pour come out perfectly. As nearly always, Sam Adams does a great job.

CRichardsMN, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Jackinape
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tons of head and lacing that sticks around forever and a day.
Hops in the nose and in the taste,dam good beer!
Seems better than what I remeber,are they using more hops these days?
I don't know much about beers and ales but just what I like,And Sams Boston lager is dam good beer.I give it an A

Jackinape, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The old standby, almost always available. Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear slightly dark-gold with a thick white head that thins to a film that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is thin and mostly malty, the hop aroma is very grassy. The flavor is as expected, mostly malt little hops. Very clean. Good session beer, easy drinking.

mjaskula, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Brabander
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Now this is a good Boston lagerbeer. Bought this beer in the craked kettle in Amsterdam.

The beer was poured in a Dutch beerglass. Ambercoloured beer with a nice head which stayed in the glass for a while.

I was very surprised with the taste of this beer because i had some other USA beers who were quit dissapointing.

Overall a very nice and drinkable beer.

Brabander, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of exuma11
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber color, great creamy head

S: Caramel sweet smell, very pleasant

T: Sweet and malty. Great bitter taste, can really taste the malt and hops on the after taste

M: Great lingering bite

D: Easy to slam but great to sip.

Overall a great go-to beer. Available at nearly any bar nationwide I really can't ask more of Sam Adams.

exuma11, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What better way to christen my new SA Perfect Pour glass than a Boston Lager!

A: Pretty basic golden lager appearance. Start with about one finger of white head, but quickly decreased to just a thin ring. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Fairly sweet smelling: floral hops and caramel mostly. A little citrus too.

T: Nothing too complex, but tasty nonetheless. Nice, crisp maltiness up front, followed by a little sweetness, citrus and caramel. Slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Nice medium body with a crisp bite from lots of carbonation.

D: Excellent. A great session beer that goes down easy. Drinks easy like a macro lager, but has the taste profile of a well made craft beer. BL is always a go to for me, especially when craft beers aren't to be found when I go out to eat or stop at the gas station.

MrDanno96, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like every other mass produced American lager on the shelves today, only it has better head retention and good lacing.

Flowery hops are the dominant scent.

Tastes like "beer," nothing jumps out as far as flavor is concerned. It's not a bad taste, just not good.

It feels crisp in the mouth as the hops give a touch of bitter in the finish.

While nothing about this beer jumps out, it's very easy to drink and would go nicely with just about any kind of food.

RickS95, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Boston lager is like the gateway drug to microbrews, it's very popular nationwide and i can see why.

It pours out a nice amber color with a thin spongy head.

The Smell is my favorite part of Sam Boston Lager. it smells perfect. a mix of floral citrus and bready toasty malts all of which are very present in the aroma

It Taste's great, granted there are a ton of beers that have more exotic value, but It's medium bodied and very drinkable.
nice hops flavor up front with a clean and smooth bready back end.

a great beer to have when your somewhere without a great beer selection because they'll usually have Boston Lager.

Ezone024, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of TheMadJack
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into ceramic Mug

Pours golden brown with visible carbonation. Thick white head with some peaking and decent staying power. Good lacing. Looks really refreshing.

Flowery hops aromas dominate, pine and zest accents. Barely noticable malt.

Nice balance of malt and hops in the flavor - toast and an indistinct bitter crispness. A nice, dry beer, crisp, refreshing, and clean finishing.

Light but present, with noticable carbonation which gives just a little bit of "bite" to accentuate the dryness of the beer.

This beer goes with just about anything, it's pleasant to drink, and it doesn't weigh you down. When I don't know what to order, I'll have a Sam Adams.

TheMadJack, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz.

Pours a clear amber gold with a slight bubbly white head.

Smells malty and just a bit hoppy.

The taste starts off with a mix of dry barley and sweet malts, but soon a subtle dry hop bitterness comes out and stays through the aftertaste.

Feels average in body, with a mild but appropraite carbonation.

Easy to drink, easy to session, easy to come back to. For lagers from American breweries, there really are few that can compare.

Cylinsier, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say, I've never given Sam Adams a fair shot. This had to change when my mom got me a case of Boston Lager when I went over there for Thanksgiving.

Bottle, poured into a pint glass. Nice, copper color that you'd expect from a Vienna lager. The head is fairly white and also very thin. It dissipates very quickly leaving behind a little head.

The aroma is very malty with a little hoppiness. Its very sweet. Drinking it, it tastes pretty much exactly how it smells which is a good thing. Its very refreshing and very drinkable enough making it a good session beer but its still complex enough to make that session enjoyable.

SkunkWorks, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of fsimcox
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a clear amber transparent color. White foamy head that dissipates after a few minutes to a long lasting thin white cover. Nice lacing.

Smells of hops, and malt, but lacking in strength.

Taste is crisp, bold, malts, and some mild hops, finishes dry with a little bitter note.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thin. Not much carbonation.

A solid beer, and very drinkable.

fsimcox, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden lager with a two finger off-white head and good lace and retention, transluscent. Smell is nothing to write home about, mostly lacking. Taste features a feint hop presence, nicely balanced in terms of bitterness with just enough malt to round it out. This is a nice everyday drinking lager with good retention, above average, especially for a mass marketed lager.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of thedrewski86
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, left a 1/2" off-white head, prefect sudsy lacing with every swallow. Smells like grains, kind of woody. Taste is very refreshing, very malty with a nice bitter bite. Mild carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. I think Sam Adams only tops themselves on this with their Oktoberfest.

thedrewski86, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of bnes09
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent oragne color with a moderate white head that recedes over time. The lacing sticks for a while but eventually slides down the glass.

Smell is fruity with orange, lemon and pine notes.

Taste is relatively bold for the style. Hops are assertive providing a bitter bite with plenty of citrus flavor. Malt forms a solid backbone giving it balance. Finishes slightly dry.

Medium bodied and appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall, very refreshing and drinkable. Much more flavor than you would except from an American lager. Tastes a lot more like a pale ale than a lager to me. Jim Koch sure chose a solid brew to be the staple for Sam Adams.

bnes09, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass, I knew I bought this for some reason. Thanks Horacio.

Maybe it's the glass, but SABL looks great in it. Perhaps it's the beautiful frothy vanilla white head that graces the top with some thickness in the foam. A nice mixture of hazy orange, gold and bronze in the liquid. Small patches of lace and a lasting cap over some time.

Smells like a Vienna Lager with just a boatload of sweet caramel malt. I don't think i've smelled this much caramel in beer in a while. A nice spike of toasted malt and some spicy hops to go along with it. The nose is bold for a lager I have to admit. Overall sweet and inviting.

A nice crisp lager with a big sweet caramel twist. The caramel is not as big as the nose would suggest, but it's large. Boston has a touch of hop flavor that is more grassy/earthy in flavor. When it warms some vegetal flavors emerge turning me off a lot, kinda like rotting food, drink this cold. Started great ended crappy, it happens.

Big malty body medium in build and sweet, just a sense of bitterness. Carbonation is there but I don't notice it all the none. Alcohol is not present. A strange aftertaste when this beer warms which ruined the whole thing for me.

Would not mind trying this on tap to see any difference, the bottle seems to be a one and done for me as the malts seem to dissipate into the other ingredients not so well with warming. The smell was my favorite part while the liquid is bearable.

BARFLYB, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by March, 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced an ample fluffy white head with great retention. Is leaving behind sticky lacing as it dissipates.

(S)- Dry citrus notes with a lightly sweet corn nuance.

(T)- Dry, with lightly sweet malts of honey, corn, and lemony citrus.

(M)- A great balance and carbonation level. Simple and straightforward, but just tastes & feels great.

(D)- Just a solid beer. Nothing fancy; no bells or whistles attached. Just a good drinking beer for when you want to put away a few.

sweemzander, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer so many times, but I've never written a proper review for it. Here goes nothing...

A: This beer is amazingly clear. It is a dark golden color with some nice amber notes. There is a large fluffy white head that leaves great lacing.

S: The smell is better than I remember. Spicy, earthy hops take the lead, with a nice malt background and some light yeastiness.

T: The taste follows the scent, for the most part. The hops are mildly bitter, with a nice orange and spice quality. The malt is quite present and provides a good contrast to the hops.

M: This is a nice crisp, clean lager. The carbonation is excellent and the body is a bit light.

D: This is a nice refreshing lager, and I'm not really a big lager fan. There are good, strong flavors, which is great to see in a world full of adjunct lagers. I don't drink this beer as much anymore, but it is a good choice if you're at a restaurant without much of a beer list.

womencantsail, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of rfabian
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it has a small head with decent lacing. The appearance is clear amber. The aroma is of hops and little malt. The taste is sweetly malty with nice mild earthy hops and bitterness. The feel is full bodied for a lager with moderate carbonation. The finish is pretty clean. A very very drinkable lager.

rfabian, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark golden color, crystal clear, with two fingers of white head. The head subsides slowly leaving tons of lacing. Great looking beer.

Smell: Grassy and hoppy A subtle, very pleasant smell. Not much malt in the background.

Taste: Crisp and clean. The grassy hops provide the predominate flavor - but that's the key - flavor. Not much bitterness to this beer. Very smooth, and very refreshing. The hops linger on the tongue for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Full, and good carbonation. Carbonation's a little high and prickly.

Drinkability: I'm amazed I'd never really tried this before. It's a great beer, very refreshing, and might become my go-to when I just want to kick back with a six pack.

StarlightSeraph, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of psujesus
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is much more enjoyable now than it was a few years ago when i didnt respect beer

i had this straight from the bottle and poured into a pint glass, i prefer this poured (possibly why i didnt enjoy it before), a nice golden copper color with great lacing and head retention, smell was hoppy with hints of sweetness, a nice malty taste with caramel and some hops, nicely carbonated as well

a good beer but ill only drink it if i have a glass around, otherwise ill most likely choose another drink

psujesus, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of abecall98
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured it into my deschuttes pint glass.

A - copper, with light white Lacey head. Minimal head.

S - grainy, slight hoppiness, and some sweetness.

T - starts of sweet, hits a light biscuity malt flavor, and finishes with a smooth bitter sweetness.

M - smooth creamy mouthfeel, with some bubbly afterfinish.

D - a go to for sessioning, or just wanting a beer to drink for almost any occasion. Drinkability is amazing.

abecall98, Nov 12, 2009
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,579 ratings.