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

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Ratings: 7,945
Reviews: 2,530
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 112
Gots: 1,264 | FT: 0
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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 tito42
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with best by March 2011 notched in label.

Appearance: Frothy white head and an iced tea color with slight ruby hues. Vibrant carbonation. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Very nice floral hops smell with a bit of sweetness and roasted malt.

Taste: Crisp, roasted malts with a touch of spice and a very nice hops middle and finish.

Mouthfeel: A little bit watery for a lager, but still has a touch of creaminess. The hops and alcohol provide a bite but don't create excessive dryness.

Drinkability: The best beer available at your local Applebee's, and one of the most important craft beers in America. I've pounded my share of Sam Adams at airports across the nation. It's a staple and go-to for those who respect beer when you have a limited selection, and all for good reason. A very drinkable lager that is satisfying both in taste and in tradition.

Photo of JT2875
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 22oz pint glass at the bar.

A- Poured a copper color with two and a half finger white head and good retention. Some decent lacing.

S- Biscuity malts with coupled a trace of caramel and toffee combined. Floral hops as well

T- Just as the smell. Caramel malts, toasted biscuty flavor, a hint of darker fruit, and the floral hops hit you.

M- Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Aftertaste is malty with hints of alcohol and fading hops.

D- This is a well balanced beer with no off flavors at all. The lower ABV is a plus.

Photo of streetcommander
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SABL is the best American beer, period. Anyone giving less than perfect marks to this brew is disingenuous, snobbish, has clearly lascivous tendencies, and is completely undeserving of the freedoms provided by the God-blessed US of A.

-Universally available.
-Consistantly glorious.
-Attractively priced.
-NOT made in China.
-Samuel Adams was a "mob rule antagonist" provoking the Rev. War. God Bless America!

No one need say more.

Photo of mdunman
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-brown color with a full thick enjoyable head.

S: Roasted malt, hops and spiciness

T: Starts with a nice roasted malt, moves to a lot of spiciness throughout that sizzles on the tongue, then finishes with a bit of spicy hop dryness.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, smooth texture

Probably the best selection at a small bar with limited choices. Has a lot of flavor to it, enjoyable choice any time of the year.

Some could argue that this beer, and Jim Koch, started the revolution here in the US towards microbrews and great beer. It's not the best beer available, but you can't deny it's impact on the nation. Good stuff.

Photo of bigshawn87
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Boston Lager is an exceptional beer. It is extremely balanced and has little hop flavors which is good for a lot of beer drinkers. The beer brings a refreshing mouthfeel and envigorates my tastebuds and after every beer I seem to be wanting more ( like this is something new ) for a lager the color is exceptionally darker, resembling a lighter amber ale. The smell is faint even with the Boston lager glass ( which btw is INCREDIBLE). Thank you Sam Adams for an exceptional lager that is great to drink in lieu of coors or bud.

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

Poured from a 12 oz brownbottle.

Appearance - Golden beer with creamy white head.
Excelent lacing for a domestic brew.

Smell - Light malt scent, with a trace of floral hops

Taste - Malty sweet with more hops than your typical lawnmower beer, it has a nice hoppy finish.

A well balance session beer, and the best thing about it is I don't have to go to specialty shop to get a decent brew.

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

A: Thick, white head, lots of carbonation. Bright, pale, clear copper.

S: Citrus, malts, floral hops. Crisp.

T: Sweet malts, hoppy, a little citrus and grain. Strange aftertaste -kind of metallic.

M: Bubbly and refreshing.

D: Enjoyable enough, but not great. I'd drink one if offered, but probably won't pick one up again on my own.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Have had this one quite a bit (obviously), just reviewing it now

A: Pours a dark yellow with a decent head

S: Typical lager smell... not much else. Almost like malt liquor or an AAL in terms of smell

T: Grains and malt with some buttery notes in the middle and end. Definitely better than your AAL, but nothing special or a wow beer

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Pretty prickly from the carbonation

D: Well, pretty damn sessionable at 4.9%. Definitely take this over any AAL or light beer, but would only drink it during a session or party or if nothing else is on tap at a restaurant

Photo of jbartlett89
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cool copper with a hint of a redish tint, with alot of think lacy head that stuck around all the way down. Smells bitter and hoppy. Has a nice strong bitter taste that starts at the tip of the tounge and works it way back very nicely. I consider this a nice big mouthfell that would be very drinkable at any time especailly on a nice cool nice with the feet proped up after a hard days work. I will keep a few of these around pretty much at all times.

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a copper color. One and a half finger white head shows good retention. THis leads to some sticky web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Biscuity malts with hints of caramel and toffee combined. Floral hops come and go with a hint of citrus thrown in there. Not much else but then again it does the job quite well.

T- Caramel malts jumps the palate first. This leads into a toasted biscuty flavor toward the middle with light spicing added for extra flavor. The malts come caramel malts come back into play with a hint of darker fruit as the floral hops hit the backend of this with a kiss of alcohol.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Malts and light floral hop left on the palate. Aftertaste is malty with hints of alcohol and fading hops. This is a well balanced beer with no off flavors at all. Alcohol drying on the palate is little. Creamy feeling at times even with the good carbonation.

D- This beer is easy to take down by the large amount. The lower ABV helps to this. A great gateway craft beer which I really do enjoy when I need something that is not a hop or malt bomb.

Photo of BenjieK
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big burnt gold head, fluffy. Leaves lace.

S: carmael, citrus, bit of alcohol. very malty

T: Great balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

M: Well carbonated and again, great balance.

D: This is my stand by. Am expanding my taste, but will always love sam.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.9/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a beautiful golden amber color - great, fluffy head that lingers for quite a while. Plenty of nice lacing left behind on the glass. I've yet to attempt to float a bottle cap on the head, however.

S: Breathed in a fantastic aroma. The large amount of hops used is clearly present in the scent, nice floral and citrus notes are also present. Can't wait for it.

T: In a word, perfection. Fantastic balance of hops and malt. Full flavored with a hint of citrus and and a nice spiciness as well. Rich and complex - a truly fantastic experience for your palate. It's not hard to see why it won Best Beer in America less than a year after Jim Koch re-discovered the recipe.

M: Medium-bodied, very well rounded and smooth. Moderate amount of carbonation, finishes very clean.

D: Fantastic drinkability, and incredibly refreshing. You'll want to have another, it certainly isn't hard to drink a few of these. This is a great session beer.

Forget Budweiser - Boston Lager is the Great American Lager. If I had to choose one beer to have for the rest of my life, it would be Samuel Adams Boston Lager. My sincere thanks go to BBC founder Jim Koch. Cheers!

Photo of patriot76
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Copper, orange in color with a 1 finger size head. Nice head retention and lacing throughout.

S- Malty sweetness hits the nose right away along with a nice array of hops and grain.

T- Caramel sweetness starts it off which then recedes into a hoppy, nicely bitter finish which lingers perfectly. About as well balanced a beer there is.

M- The rear of the palate imediately gets the bulk of this brew. It then goes on to reach everywhere else and has a nice lingering bitter finish.

D- This is about as drinkable a beer as there is. From start to finish this beer never dissapoints and is always the saving grace at places that don't have much going on on tap. An American classic that started this whole blessed craft beer movement.

Photo of Wattsox
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE Sep 2011.

A - Golden amber with a pretty decent head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S - Very present hoppy and malty aroma, quite aromatic.

T - Caramel malty sweetness at the front, dry hoppy and slightly bitter yet sweet finish which leaves a lingering aftertaste.

M - Nice amount of carbonation for the style, light crisp mouthfeel.

D - Extremely drinkable, and a very enjoyable session beer.

Photo of gabedivision
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to my Genesee beer pint glass. Pours a golden, copperish amber, head comes then fades. Smells of light malts and light hops, nothing too exciting. The roasted malts and sweet taste stay on the tip of the tongue until the sip is down your throat. Not outstanding, but definitely a good beginer craft beer, and an enjoyable day to day beer, very very drinkable beer. Also glad it's pretty much everywhere nowadays gives you a great choice when there is really no choice.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stange.

Appearance: Boston Lager pours a transparent copper color with half an inch of white head with a sea foam consistency. Eventually this fades to a thin film and a collar. Some lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Caramel and toasted, biscuity malt, some light spices, and a hint of noble hops.

Taste: The taste mostly mimics the aroma, without much added complexity. Caramel sweetness up front, gradually revealing a toasted biscuity malt as well. Some light general fruit and spiciness step in, leading to a wisp of floral hops without much accompanying bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel: The minute this hits my lips I am aware of how creamy it is. Still large bubbles are ever present, and I can feel them bursting on my tongue, adding a degree of crispness. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: I have had this on a number of occasions, although I only really have it when it is the best out of other mediocre options.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer. The color doesn't really surprise me here (considering it's Sam Adams flagship beer, they are going to be mass producing this the most, and while some might think that means they are going to put more time and effort into this beer, I believe they will be putting less), it's basically a standard lager with a little more effort put into it, so the color is bright, somewhat see through, but in no way piss colored, it has a nice color, just nothing outstanding. The smell isn't that terrific, neither is the taste. They are both just ok. It's a very very VERY easy beer to drink, but rating it on just taste and smell, nothing to amazing here.

Photo of mellowmark
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. Drink before May 2011. Part of the Sam Adams Winter Pack, 12 bottles for $15.99.

Appearance: Dark orange color with a three finger frothy off-white head. Completely transparent. Patchy clumps of lacing. Probably the high point of this beer.

Smell: Smell of citrus hops. Orange and lemon. Spicy floral aroma. Surprising with the low ABV I can actually detect the alcohol.

Taste: Sweet up front with a mild bitterness at the end. Citrus lingers. Just a hint of skunk.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: High

Just a very drinkable and all around tasty lager. Try it if you haven't.

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Boston Lager, the legendary macro microbrew. It's hard to believe I've only had this like twice before. Judging by the number of reviews (2000+), mine certainly is going to count for much. But this is more for my documentation than anything else since I highly doubt this review will even be read and won't do much to overall scoring!

So then...the Boston Lager has a mountainous near-white head of foam and lacing galore when poured out of the standard brown 12oz. longneck bottle. I'm actually surprised how nice this looks in a glass. The body is an amber color and is seriously crystal clear. I mean, gravenstein apple juice looks fuller than this!

Smells like hops, a tiny bit of bready malt, and that sour sharpness that lagers always have. Pretty straight forward and standard.

The taste is straw-like with a little oily hops and some spicyness. It's even a tiny bit yeasty. It is slightly syrupy as well, which is appropriate for a Vienna lager. Taste is surprisingly good!

The body is light and crisp and is very representative of the style, in my opinion.

Overall, Samual Adams' Boston Lager is pretty well-balanced and is very drinkable--especially for a lager. It's weaknesses are that it is slightly too dry and not quite sweet enough for this style. I'm used to Vienna lagers being a tad sweeter, but this is still quite good and is absolutely more deserving than Bud to be called "The Great American Lager".

Photo of r3o
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just enjoyed 2 bottles of this one, and is as good as I recalled it, a well rounded beer.
A: nice clear amber color, kind of red, thick head with some lacing
S: hops take the front row, with some floral presence
T: very well built, with malt sweetness up front and some bitterness in the aftertaste
M: smooth and thick, plenty of carbonation
D: definitely would have it again, it's usually the best choice in restaurants/bars that are not beer oriented.

Photo of hophead1901
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has an amber color with two to three fingers of head. Good lacing. Hints of caramel and has a slight hopiness. Very drinkable any time of day or year.

Doesn't exactly blow my sox off, but i'll take it any day over anything more mainstream. It is becoming more and more available in Southern California bars and grocery stores which I think is a good sign over all for craft beer lovers.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Beer is a rich, golden hue with very heavy carbonation visible. Head is super thick, frothy and eggshell-white. Lacing as the head slowly recedes is minimal, but present.

Smell: Medium-strength floral hops supplemented subtly by mildly sweet malt character. A touch of coriander and/or citrus zest. Also a certain herbal flair that is unique to Vienna Lagers.

Taste: Very hoppy for the style, a lot of flowery flavor. Bitterness prevails here. Lots of citrus. Not what I expected, but certainly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Slight buttery feeling as the beer enters. The supposedly heavy carbonation is lacking, but works well enough to distribute flavor. Finishes mostly clean, save for the bitterness which sticks around.

Drinkability: Only slightly above average.

This isn't a bad beer, but I don't think I would go out of my way to pick it up.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent golden orange with tons of creamy off white head and a thin sticky lace.

S-the nose offers a fair bit of toasted grain with light notes of caramel malt and a spicy hay-like hop presence placed subtly in the back.

T-the taste is much of the same, grains slightly toasted with notes of caramel malts underneath. a spicy hop finish with a light hay flavor and mild lingering bitterness.

M-soft feel with a lively carbonation and crisp semi dry finish on a light body but not thin at all.

D-easy drinking stuff with full flavor. a little grainier than I like my lagers but still a good choice.

Photo of JxDuff
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light to medium brown with a red tinge. Served from a Spiegelau ale glass the head was about an inch that retained itself for a good amount of time.

S: Bread and Yeast hit the nose first followed by a mellow caramel smell.

T: A very balanced and refreshing ale that mixed the joys of bread and caramel flavors.

M: Light, medium carbonation.

D: Good beer to enjoy without getting too full.

Photo of techfed87
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a well-defined head. Color is dark amber.

Smell is lightly sweet with a definite malt presence.

First sip is a mix of malty sweetness with a subtle level of hops that really gives it a kick without making it too overpowering. As a beer, this is one of the more balanced in terms of overall mouthfeel, making it one of the easier drinking than some of the more extreme choices that are out there.

Sam Adam beers were the first craft beers that I ever had, and this one is a fine example of what they are capable of. Very nice.

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