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

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6,911 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,911
Reviews: 2,417
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 61
Gots: 541 | 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 armock

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a dark golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing on my glass. The smell is of nutty malts. Taste is bitter and hoppy but not overwhelming. Good amount of carbonation good body. Overall this is a good beer not as good as the other beers in the collection. Its still a good beer thats widely available so its a good stand by beer.

10-12-2007 20:02:44 | More by armock
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Tremendous head off the tap, bubbly and amber.

S: Tremendous, nuttyish scent.

T: Awesome off the tap. Very refreshing but has a great amount of flavor.

M: Has a great deal of flavor, but doesn't overpower your mouth.

D: Goes well with anything. Never a bad choice.

It's so good because not only is it refreshing and versatile, but it has a great amount of flavor to it. You can't go wrong with it.

10-07-2007 00:15:17 | More by Amalak
Photo of Beerbuddha


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

Appearance- Poured a nice amber color with an off white head an ince thick which disappears quickly..

Smell- Strong malt smell with floral notes.

Taste- Nice balance of malt and hops. Not much else to note.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation

Drinkability- Not bad. This is the type of beer that can be a standard "beer fridge" beer.

10-05-2007 19:35:12 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Another fairly simple beer that gets the job done with little fuss. Nice lighter golden amber pour with good carbonation and a decent head. Some lacing though a thin layer was formed within a couple minutes. Smell was great. Sweet malts and behind them a burst of hops. Taste is much of the same. Caramel malt flavor and the hops shine again. A little bitter and somewhat earthy hops along with citrus. Good, steady mouthfeel. Not a dry finish and sits very well. A good and drinkable brew here.

09-29-2007 14:47:23 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Sushi

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

A - Amber with a nice frothy off-white head that stays around for a while. Numerous bubbles can be seen rushing towards the surface.

S - Sweet and malty. It reminded me somewhat of apple cider. If only all lagers could carry this sort of scent...

T - Very malty, with a hoppy, bitter finish.

M - A bit light for me, with moderate carbonation.

To be honest, this was the first American beer I've ever had, and it was a pleasant surprise. I had low expectations considering its a mainstream lager, but it is something I would gladly have again. Would make for a solid session beer.

09-27-2007 19:45:36 | More by Sushi
Photo of Overlord


2.68/5  rDev -28.3%

A decent, solid macro-brew offering. Tastes of malt, mainly, with a bit of hops and some nice citrus overtones.

Pours a golden yellow. The head was disappointing, as it vanishes fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is decent. There's little to no smell, but it's flavorful enough for what it is.

The pricing of this, along with most of the other "Sam Adams" lineup, is abominable. We're looking at a mediocre to average beer that costs more than comparable, true "craft" offerings.

09-23-2007 04:42:04 | More by Overlord
Photo of jdoncbus


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Bomber poured into tankard. Chunky, two finger head with heavy lacing. Rich, orange color.

Smells of caramel malt and some fruity hops.

Nice smooth taste that leads with the sweet malt with a nice hop finish to it; that lingers nicely. Wet palete experience with a very faint dryness.

An easy beer to put down and also a nice choice when out at bars or sporting events that have a limited selection. I think I had my first Sam Adams twenty years and figued I might as well review it.

09-23-2007 00:24:03 | More by jdoncbus
Photo of Floydster


2.95/5  rDev -21.1%

Pint from Hennessey's in Hermosa Beach

Poured a golden yellow with a nice foamy head, about 3/4 of an inch

Smell was yeast and very very light hops, not much at all

Taste was a little malty for a longer, but had a dry and smooth finish

Could drink a whole lot of these, but they are a little heavy

09-21-2007 03:32:53 | More by Floydster
Photo of KodyBrannon


4.63/5  rDev +23.8%

Poured this beer out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, Poured a dark amberish color with a 1 finger creamy colored head. The smell was a bit hoppy with a hint of wheat. The taste was of hops, and very light mouth feel. Over all this beer was of good quality. I would definatly pick this one up in a pinch and drink it.

09-12-2007 13:05:25 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of GRPunk


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- It poured a dark golden-amber with a 1" creamy off-white head, medium carbonation, and good lacing.

S- The hops were earthy scents of pine and grass paired with a buttery cracker scent of the malts.

T- Mostly a bready flavor with oily and grassy tones from the hops.

M- It had a full feel in the mouth and noticeable carbonation.

D- Definitely easy to drink more than one in a sitting.

Overall- A good medium bodied beer that is easy to drink during any season. A solid offering. Availability makes this a nice option at the chain restaurants and places not known for expansive tap lists.

09-11-2007 22:07:17 | More by GRPunk
Photo of JamesS


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

If I were going to go to the store and just pick up a six-pack of a basic lager, this would be the one! It was certainly good at my work picnic get-together from last night. It has a very nice color, ranging from a nice dark tan to copper, depending on the lighting. I very much enjoy its aroma, very strong without overpowering. although it goes down smooth, it's definitely not a chugging beer. It has a wonderfully complex taste and would be the perfect beer to convince your friends who make fun of craft/micro-brewery drinkers that they need to reevaluate their stance.

09-08-2007 23:37:45 | More by JamesS
Photo of Jonte


4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

Amber color and a frothy off-white head that is mostly diminishing in a few minutes, fair lacing.

Smells of malt, caramel sweetness, fruit/citrus, spicy and a bit sour.

Tastes of sweet maltiness and caramel at first, then moderate bitterness and some citrus/sourness and fruitiness. Very balanced and a bit dry. Remindes me a little bit of an ale.

Smooth and medium bodied. Lively carbonation.

09-08-2007 18:39:54 | More by Jonte
Photo of meechum


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

Had this on tap tonight. I'm not going to break this beer down..it's probably the backbone of most people's finer beer experience. This is in my opinion the best lager out there. It has a good clean, dry taste with just the right amount of maltiness and hoppiness that balances perfectly. This beer is the only logical selection to make at most resteraunts where it's this or BMC.

09-08-2007 03:31:20 | More by meechum
Photo of Limberg316


4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

One of my favorite lagers on the market today. I have to say I love this lager as much as almost any ale out there. It drinks well, it pours well, and it tastes great. It's available almost everywhere so make it a point to go out and pick up a six pack and enjoy!

09-06-2007 02:01:54 | More by Limberg316
Photo of ArrogantB


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

The color on old Sammy was orange with a decent fluffy head. Smells faintly earthy, tastes muddy and also lager-like clean at same time. This is much better than macro lagers by far but I prefer ales so I would pass this up. Still, a decent beer if you are in a pinch.

09-05-2007 16:02:01 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of IPAcraig


4.3/5  rDev +15%

Sam Adams Boston Lager, my favorite beer for the longest time. Once described by my roommate as having "too much flavor"

A - Pours a nice transparent amber, with a sizeable head.

S - It has a caramel sweetness in the aroma, followed by a hint of spicey hops. A hint of biscuit as well.

T&M - This beer as a very big flavor, but still remains a very light and sessionable beer. It has a nice malty backbone and finishes with a the tingling sting of hops. A dry bready taste adn crisp finish is apprent as well.

D - I love this beer and could drink it every day. It is hugely flavorful without being over the top in alcohol or hop bitterness.

09-05-2007 01:41:32 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of domtronzero


3.33/5  rDev -11%

Pours a deep amber gold into the pilsner glass. Large bubbled, tightly packed creamy off-white head, leaving a little lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is very malty, but a pleasant grassy hoppy flavor does come through. Flavor is caramelly sweet and strongly of toasted malts. A nice floral/citrusey hop presence lasts through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and heavy at first, but surprisingly easy to drink. Overall its a decent brew, worth a try. I'm not a big fan of American lagers, but this brew is definitely a step above the commercially brewed American beers. Nothing like those "other guys."

09-02-2007 22:03:35 | More by domtronzero
Photo of zerofear13

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7%

I've had Samuel Adams Boston Lager a few times. The first time I've tasted this brew it was probably my 10th beer of the night, so it was not a good judgment call, but I do distinctly remember it being really heavy, but I dismissed the thought as I figured it was probably because I had drank too much. Under sober conditions, I've found that the 12 oz. bottle pours out an attractive head. Nothing fancy, quite simple in appearance. The smell is strong spices and hops. The taste is quite good, reminds me of real earthy tones and spices, with a good blend of hops. But just like when I was hammered, this brew was filling as all hell. Quite thick and dense for a lager and really makes it hard to go through too many. Overall, I don't think this is Samuel Adams' best brew. They have such a huge selection that I think there's something for everyone, but this lager is just a starting point.

09-02-2007 20:34:12 | More by zerofear13
Photo of Rainintheface


4/5  rDev +7%

12oz bottle best before Nov. '07. Poured with vigor into what else... a Sam Adams glass. Went to my brothers house to pay him $5 for a powerball ticket. He gives me a case of these, says he won them playing golf but they aren't to his taste. Score.

A: amber with golden highlights. two finger white frothy head with good retention. medium carbonation

S: floral hops, citrus. caramel and wee bit of pine

T:sweet maltiness, hop bitterness. nice balance. Good stuff.

M: full bodied for a lager, smooth with crisp carbonation

D: excellent lager. great session beer. has always been a favorite of mine

09-02-2007 20:26:43 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of bluesfan1181


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Best before July 07. Got this one a little late but, the taste didn't show it. Poured in to a clear pint glass. Has a rich, deep golden color that most American lagers lack. Nice two finger off white foam head that disappated over time. I got a slight lacing from this beer. Smell is full of hops and barley. One of the hoppiest American lagers I have ever tried. Taste is full flavor that did not let me down. You can really taste the hops and a slight bitterness that blends together perfectly. The feel is about average but thats not the most important aspect to me. This is a very drinkable, well rounded beer. Very smooth. It has taken it's place as being my favorite American lager.

08-31-2007 22:48:04 | More by bluesfan1181
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.1/5  rDev -17.1%

Poured from a bottle a deep clear gold with a frothy white head which faded to about an eighth of an inch. Not much on the lacing side with this one.

Aroma is slightly sour and crisp.

The taste is also on the sour side and crisp. A bit of biscuit is also noted.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light to mid-bodied with mild carbonation.

This one is easy to drink. Used to be one of my favorites but has fallen due to some other beers.

08-30-2007 21:37:06 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a clear reddish gold with a big sudsy head that remains a nice covering all the way to the finish line.

In the aroma, the hops cut right through exceedingly well, with notes of citrus, cheerios, and some apple.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with lots of carbonation.

The taste is omnipresent bitterness (not too overpowering), lemon, caramel, and a touch of this horsefeed and raisins mixture that I've detected in some other brews (which normally I greatly dislike, but it is here in such a small way that I don't find it displeasing). The aftertaste is a bit chalky dry.

Not a bad lager at all. It doesn't make me very excited, but it's a good session brew.

08-28-2007 04:44:14 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Y'know, sometimes after a house party, after the guests have gone and the cleaning is mostly done, and you rummage in the fridge to come up with a donated Beer That isn't Crap, finding a Sam Adams Boston Lager can be the highlight of your evening. For some reason I've neglected to review this brew, so into my bulbous Sam A. glass it goes!

A. Nothing special here, we gots a clear orange-red beer with a respectable off white head that leaves hints of lacing on the glass.

S. This smells like coming home. I've smelled and enjoyed this beer in bars and homes for years -- often it's been my savior, delivering me from the woeful clutches of Bud Light and PBR. A light biscuity sweet malt aroma is wound tightly around a gentle citrus hop presence, with caramel and a mild huskiness evident. The aroma is just basic and good.

T. Boston Lager is a very solid, if tame, beer. Sweet caramel malts dance across the tongue, and lightly bitter (vaguely English) citrus hops provide the needed bitterness to keep you coming back for more. This is a well balanced labor of love. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but alive and smooth. Carbonation level is rather high, and the beer foams up a little in my mouth, giving it a full, creamy bent that helps this beer out.

Sam Adams Lager is a genuine classic. II have been told this was a revelation when released -- a well crafted microbrew that could stand against, and win against, the Big Three. It's hard to underestimate the impact Sam Adams has had on the craft beer world, and so the next time you find a bottle of this hidden away in your friend's fridge behind the Corona and Miller, thank God for Jim Koch and this beer that started it all.

Oh yeah, it went real well with my bratwurst and sauerkraut. Wish I had another...

08-27-2007 02:35:08 | More by kkipple
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

here in the boston area, this is pretty standard, and most of us have been drinking it since our, ahem... "younger" days.

back when i didn't appreciate beer as much, i soon tired of it since it was always around. now is the first time i to come back and review it for what it is: a pretty decent lager, and which i now realize is classified as "vienna" in style.

pours a nice light amber. nice off-white head, leaves behind decent lacing.

there is a floral hop aroma, maybe a hint of hay or grassiness. sweet caramelized malt note is detectable too.

the carbonation immediately brings forth the hop profile, somewhat spicy, prominent bitterness. finishes with carmelized maltiness and slight yeasty/bread character. clean, mildly bitter aftertaste.

a bit thinner than i remembered from days past. also not as "smooth" as other lagers, both macro and micro.

still, it's an easy-drinking classic, and for better or worse, a constant symbol of pride for new england.

08-24-2007 22:09:54 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of GrillMeister


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Bought this as a part of a summer beer sampler. I've had this beer before, but never reviewed it.

Drank it straight from the bottle. Appearance is good, a slight head still lingers inside the bottle.
Smell is good. A distinct aroma of hops.
Taste is good. A bit hoppy, good beer flavor.
Mouthfeel is good. A good amount of carbonation...
This beer is very drinkable. Another nice beer by Sam Adams...

Looking forward to reviewing the rest...

08-22-2007 07:07:11 | More by GrillMeister
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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