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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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6,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,658
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 55
Gots: 425 | 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 dherling

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is the Bill Clinton of beers, a moderate in every way, toally middle fo the road, and pretty well balanced. I could make an off color remark about the head, but I'll resist. It pours golden amber with an off white head, nearly tan. It looks clean, with good carbonation. It tastes of perfectly balanced malt and hops, with sweetness and bitterness living in harmony. This also has good carbonation to it, it finishes clean, with a little bitterness. I'm good for a few of these, highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2006 05:48:54 | More by dherling
Photo of EvilKeith


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

From notes of 08/15/06 visit to Lonie Walker's Underground Wonder Bar- Chicago,IL.

Pours a dark golden to pale amber in color, very good clarity. The head is an off-white creamy, frothy foam. The lace hangs in sheets

The smell is sweet toasted caramel malt, spicy and flowery hops.

The taste is sweet caramel malt, well balanced with spicy hops. A fair amount of dry bittering hops in the finish.

Medium bodied. Active carbonation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel.
Good stuff, available just about everywhere, and very drinkable.

I have always enjoyed these, I finally got around to the review.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 22:18:51 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

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

A very nice amber appearance with a thick white head, though the head disappears very quickly. Smells mainly of hops with the slight scent of honey. Nice, enjoyable taste with a good bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. A drinkable beer that I would definitely choose if the selection was limited.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 03:46:55 | More by Neehan
Photo of bashiba


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden amber color with a big white fluffy head that lingers for a while.

Smell has a nice floral hop aroma with some nice fresh bread odor as well.

Taste is very good, light toasted and bready malts with a nice bit of green floral hops coming through making this a very balanced and tasty session beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability is great, this beer has such a good flavor, but is tame enought to enjoy in almost any situation, great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2006 18:02:06 | More by bashiba
Photo of dansm


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice golden-amber color with a decent, lasting head.

S-Mildly hoppy aroma, with some malty tones thrown in.

T-Nicely balanced between lightly sweet malts, and spicy bitter hops.

M-Nice carbonation with a medium body.

D-Goes down easy, tastes pretty good, and is widely available. These facts combine to make a highly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 07:34:42 | More by dansm
Photo of mjc410


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

Poured into a Sam Smith tulip.

A vigorous pour raises a 3 finger, large bubbled head that quickly recedes to very short lacing. Leaves very nice lace on the glass. Very clear, with a beautiful bright copper-gold hue.

The nose is lightly hoppy, in a floral, noble way, with a slight kiss of malt sweetness.

The taste is mild, but a little biscuity, with a very nice malt sweetness. The hop bitterness is a little higher than mild, and quite refreshing. Tastes a bit caramelized as well. As it warms, bitterness and hops slide in behind the sweetness.

Mouth is medium-thick, very full bodied for a lager such as this. Carbonation is high as well.

Drinkability is nice, still a more than average lager. I wish it had more of a pungent aroma, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 22:22:59 | More by mjc410
Photo of sinistermadman


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This could be the most trite review I've done to date. Nothing much to illuminate on his brew. Everyone knows it's strengths. This is usually the fallback beer of choice when selection is not available. Clear copper. Nice head. Crisp citric hop taste with malty grain backing. Clean and tasty, this brew serves it's purpose well.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 00:02:09 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of ArcTeryx


3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light orange color with a small fizzy white head. There is a very light hoppy aroma present. This beer has pretty light flavor, but I do like the small bits of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Unforunately, when drinking this, I do taste some wateriness.

There is very little complexity in this beer (didn't expect otherwise), but it isn't half-bad for being macro-ish.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 20:23:39 | More by ArcTeryx
Photo of MiScusi


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

I think the main thing to say about this beer is that it is good. I've had a limited number of Vienna Lagers but this one did not miss the mark. You get sweet caramel as expected and a small but pleasant hop bite. In the couple times I've had this on tap, the second time seemed a little to watery/uncarbonated for the style. It still wasn't that bad that time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2006 02:59:08 | More by MiScusi
Photo of thelagerheads


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

A muscular blonde with serious density. Busty and thick legged with a heavy lusty swallow to it. A come hither lager that walks on its own and sits on your lap and stays for drinks after a show. You may even want to call it toots if you're brash and chauvanistic enough. But I'd just call it lunch or dinner if I was a better man.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 21:57:06 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of escapements


3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Nice light golden color. A little darker than your typical lager

S= Hoppy aroma, light on malt smell

T=Nicely balanced. Light on the malt, heavier on the hops. (pretty much like it smells). Lagers aren't my favorite, but this is very drinkable.

M=Mouth feel is pretty good, smooth and not over-carbonated. Clean finish. Good with food.

D=Very drinkable as most lagers are...

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 00:03:55 | More by escapements
Photo of gbarron


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

From a 12 oz. bottle. I've had this beer hundreds of times, but never reviewed. One of the few ubiquitous micros you can find in most any good bar nationwide. Thank you, Jim Koch.

A - light golden copper, perfectly clear. Head is bright white and very bubbly and tight. Very light lacing.

S - firm aroma of slightly peppery, metallic hops, balanced out with light caramel, toasted bread aromas from the malt. Nice, unique nose.

T - hoppy lager. Somewhat sweet, tangy, almost slightly sour and grainy malt flavors. In stark balance with an assertive hop flavor of flowery sweet, somewhat peppery and metallic noble hops. Nice bready taste and unique hop flavor in this beer.

M - medium thin bodied, slightly dry grainy finish. Carbonation average to slightly above average.

D - tasty beer, and the drinkability gets a small boost because it's always a safe standby. Don't recognize any of the other taps? SA Boston Lager is always a safe choice for a flavorful, well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 14:53:54 | More by gbarron
Photo of adam42381


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

What can I say that hasn't already been said about Sam Adams Boston Lager? This is by far the finest macro brew in America. Hands down. Appearance: Excellent look, not too dark nor too light. Nice head with decent lacing.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma.

Taste is very smooth with just the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Nice balance.

Drinkability is quite high for me.

I just realized that I hadn't reviewed this one yet. Probably my favorite American beer at the moment. Ask me tomorrow and it might change. I just drank four and wish I had more. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 04:52:42 | More by adam42381
Photo of TheBungyo


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

Let me first state that I am no expert in terms of this style. I do enjoy the dark golden pour followed by a robust head. Nose is full of toasted malt goodness and hoppy aroma. There's lots of lacing too.
Taste is full of pleasing caramel, tangy hops, and a bit of sweetness. It's too bad you can't find this in a plentiful amount in Seattle or I think I'd buy it often. Light carbonation tantalizes and pleases. Great drinkability in my opinion. A satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 05:56:17 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsener glass.

A: Pours an amber color. Almost two fingers of head that lingered. Left sticky trails on the side of the glass. Head had great longevity.

S: Smelled of hearty, whole-grain bread. Or hearty crackers. Malty, slight hint of hop bitterness.

T: Very clean flavor, maybe not as whole-grain-like as the aroma would suggest. Hop presence at the end, and the finish is typically abrupt for a light-bodied lager. Pleasant hop presence. Blooms nicely, and the malt gets more and more assertive the warmer it gets.

M: Light-bodied, not overwhelmingly carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink these. Good session beer that has a presence in many places with otherwise uninspired beer lists.

Subjective notes: This is pretty versatile. It's nice and refreshing when served very cold (such as when you're given one at a party and it's been in a cooler), or when it's served slightly chilled, and it has more pronounced breadiness when you let it warm to not-quite room temperature. Is FAR better when it's served around 45 or so degrees F. I know there's a bit of hubbub about the micro/macro distinction, but I don't particularly care. I'm thrilled whenever I find myself in a McBar that has heavy BMC representation, and find this on tap. Plus, as vienna lagers go, it's pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 21:58:08 | More by rarevos
Photo of BEERchitect


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the pick-of-the-litter at a local seafood resturaunt that sells ok seafood for a rediculous price. They also sell beer that way too. Kinda disapointed with the SA Boston Lager. I often have this on tap, but from the bottle, it seemed to loose much. The maltiness never came through with the bready, toasty, rich character in flavor or texture. The taste was all spice, and the feel was almost prickly to the toung. Aromas were nice (after the beer warmed to above freezing), of American hop character--very Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-like. Finished with a (dare I say) grain-hull bite-ey-ness. Basically under-bodied, under-malted in comparison to what I'm used to in this beer. May have been past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 12:45:52 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of AaronHomoya


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

12 oz brown bottle.

Light amber color with a nice head. Aroma is a light mix of malt and hops. Flavor is a nicely balanced, light malty-sweet taste with a bit of a hops finish. Good, but subtle. Mouthfeel is light. Drinkability is very good, as this beer is tasty but not very strong in bold flavors or alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 13:38:04 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of villainchiwwin


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

served in tall 22 oz. pilsner-style glass
amber color with off-white head, decent retention and some clumps of lacing.
hint of butter over sweet gingerbread smelling malt.
flowery and brown sugar with caramel-tasting malt and some bittering hops for a spicy kick in the tail. bit of metallic coppery character in there.
crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied with a drying finish.
balanced, drinkable lager on tap. nothing fancy but doesn't fail at fancy games either.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2006 15:24:12 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

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

This poured a nice dark amber leaving a decent head that sat happily on the top, leaving some lacing. Smell is very hoppy, there is nothing offensive in the smell of this brew. The hops are well carried in the flavor, with a very pronounced bitterness that some may have a hard time handling. (I know I didn't care for this one much when I was younger.) Overall this is a well made, well hopped lager that I would most certainly invite to my fridge again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 17:12:48 | More by funkengruven
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap after a very hot day outside, so perception may be biased....
Poured a light copper color, with a moderate head. Smell was nice balance of malt and hops, as was the taste, although the hop flavor won out over the malt, resulting in a slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 13:52:42 | More by
Photo of hunteraw


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

Can't believe it's taken me so long to get around to actually reviewing this one...

Appearance: Poured an appealing amber/copper color, moderate head, some lacing.

Smell: Earthy hop aroma, with a little bit of toasted malt.

Taste: Nice to see how big a role the hops have in this one. The flavors are very earthy - I think you could almost say there's a little bit of saltiness. Toasted (maybe a touch burnt?) grain backs up the hops. Finishes on very dry, which I find appealing.

Mouthfeel: fairly light, good level of carbonation. "creamy" is going too far, but it's slightly in that direction.

Drinkability: Very nice Vienna Lager: dry finish definitely helps drinkability, it's flavorful enough that you want to keep drinking, while light enough that you can. Where there aren't many other options, this is a great standby.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 05:09:41 | More by hunteraw
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light crystal clear amber body with little head

S: lager yeast smell, not a whole lot going on

T: clean upfront, flavor his the sides on the tongue in the aftertaste. I guess it's the saaz and hallertauer hops. Plenty of earthy herbal German noble hops. Some caramel sweetness to the malt as it warms.

M: great mouthfeel for an american lager

D: good drinkability but most lagers tend to have that going for them

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 16:10:42 | More by rtratzlaff
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light orange in color, slightly white head atop the body.

Smell - more citrus than hops in smell. not typical of lagers.

Taste - here you can taste the hops more so, but the malt is still there.

Mouthfeel - very smooth tasting.

Drinkability - very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 04:26:36 | More by DuqTroops
Photo of omar


1.73/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This has got to be the worst beer Sam Adams makes. Was looking forward to trying it, poured it into a cold mug and took a sip. Yukk.

The beer looks okay, but the smell and the taste are disgusting. Like it's infused with sulphur making it smell strange, also affecting the taste and the aftertaste. Drank a couple more two days later. No improvement. Gave it one last chance on tap at my favorite pub, still rotten.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 21:32:11 | More by omar
Photo of xduderx


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I avoided trying samuel adams because honestly I figured with it having commercials all over television and being a mass-produced beer that it must be piss water. I couldn't have been more wrong!!!! This beer is hands down the best mass-produced beer in america next to sierra nevada pale ale.

appearance = a very light copper with very little head

smell = a little hoppiness and slightly sweet smelling

taste = very good fruity undertones reminiscent of a pale ale but a little more suttle.

mouthfeel = not quite medium bodied but not light bodied either

drinkability = very good session beer and goes down very easy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 03:06:27 | More by xduderx
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,658 ratings.