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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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7,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,165
Reviews: 2,430
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 69
Gots: 662 | 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 Stonebreaker
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good color, rich amber, thick head with a sticky lacing.

Smell: Maybe it's a bad day for me or the beer, but with a healthy head I can't smell a thing.

Taste: The taste is sweeter than I remember, when this was one of the best beers I'd had. A little light for me now, but a solid lager, very well balanced, sweet with a bitter hop finish. Now that I'm more apprecciative of the hops, I love it.

Mouthfeel: One of the best aspects of the beer, very smooth.

Drinkability: This is a session beer 100%, a reliable, affordable choice. A classic.

Stonebreaker, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How could I not review this one? Samuel Adams is the ultimate session beer; not too complex, not the least bit overwhelming, just a smooth, drinkable quaff that is enjoyed anywhere and anytime. No matter where you go, you'll at least find this delicious lager.

I am drinking this on a sultry July day from the glass gifted to me - and other BAs - by Jim Koch and the fine hopsters at Boston Beer Company.

Sam pours a thick, spongy head atop a clear copper body. Lacing is moderate and dissapates quickly. The nose is a flowery bouquet that lingers in your senses - sweet hint of orange ester. Sam hits the palate with a clean crisp wash; minimal hops but noticable, nevertheless.

There is a perfect collaboration of hops, yeast and barley that makes for a sublime balance. All is right in this world.

Every lover of beer should, and probably does, have Sam in their possession. It is one brew welcome by one and all. Thanks Jim!

Now ... I've got to get back to my pint; it's not going to drink itself.

jjboesen, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of toastdog
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I swear this beer was hoppier a decade ago. Or maybe, I was just a wimpier beer drinker...

Poured into a 14-oz bar straight-sided bar glass. 12 oz bottle, expires some four months hence.

A: Rich amber gold with a half inch of lacy white head, which slowly dissolved leaving lace on the glass

S: This time, the Hallertau aroma didn't leap right out of the bottle as it sometimes does. That wonderful spice is still present, though, backed by a hint of pale malt.

T: Smooth, rich and balanced. The iconic American Vienna-style lager. Perhaps a hint more carbonation than is strictly necessary, but as it warms the carbonation smooths out and allows some grainy and bittersweet malt flavors through.

M: Full and balanced. Nice.

D: I could, and have, drink this all night. Not always paying attention to it, sure, but not every sip of every beer has to be cause for brow-wrinkling introspection.

It's dependable, it's delicious, and sometimes, it's the gentle Hallertau wallop I need.

toastdog, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a 12oz bottle consumed from a Samuel Adams Octoberfest stein.

Appearance: deep amber, very clear with a thin creamy head

Smell: caramel, vanilla, sweet malts

Taste/Mouthfeel: malty, hoppy citrus, sweet citrus, little bite from the hops, crisp beginning but smooth finish

This is a pretty good rendition of a Vienna Lager. I bought a 12 pack of this one because the price was right. I seem to have gotten a good deal on some great beer.

ClavisAurea, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of dstc
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a big white head. Head falls but stays. Nice lacing whole way through.

Hoppy aroma with sweet maltiness coming through.

Nice flavor, slightly sweet up front with a hardy hop finish, slightly bitter.

Smooth and carbonated in the mouth.

Easy drinking beer. Always a good choice when the only other beer the bar serves is the big 3. Glad to see this on tap often.

dstc, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber in color with a white head. Decent collaring that remained, slight laciness.

I have had a couple lagers this weekend that were skunky, so it was a relief to smell some hops. Good hop scent.

The hops were a little overpowering, but overall very good taste. There was a slight bitterness, not to excessive.

Excellent texture, good mouthfeel.

Excellent session beer. I could easily down a number in a evening. Good refresing taste that goes down easily.

Definetly recommend this beer.

tbeck, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of msolar
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is such a classic beer it's tough to rate it less than perfect even if you don't like the style. It's not my favorite, but it's always a safe go-to beer in any season.

Golden amber color, nice head that fades into a nice lacing, slight citrus scent with a nice malt start and slight hoppy finish. Very high drinkability.

I recommend this beer year round and will probably put it on tap this fall or winter as the lighter option.

msolar, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Sam Adams Boston Lager shaped glass for some time now, and I'm just now getting around do a review.

12 oz bottle, with a best by Oct 2008. This 1/4 inch head, but leaves an impressive sheet of lacing on the glass. Color is a warm golden amber.

Smell is an impressive shot of Hallertau hops. Bready malt under notes. Taste is quite hoppy up front, with some tannic tea-like flavoring. Dry biscuity malt character. Clean finish and very enjoyable. It's no surprise this one does so well.

bort11, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Saunapoika
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper brown color with a one finger white head. Good lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass. A very inviting brew.

S: Pine nuts, pine trees, sweet maltiness, a bit of earth thrown in there as well. Wonderful.

T: Very good. Smooth, caramel maltiness in the front with a slightly bitter finish that stimulates the tongue in the finish.

M: Very good feel to it. Not too heavy. It could be a slight bit less carbonated.

D: I can and did have quite a few of these. Cheers to the craft brewer who sprouted from the homebrewer roots.

Saunapoika, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a medium tan head. Smells of piney hops. Taste is of caramelized malt, with a nice amount of piney, floral hop flavor to match. Impressive bitterness levels. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation levels somewhat high. Highly drinkable, a great beer to drink any time of the year.

tronester, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An old favorite from the beginning of the craft beer movement.

A: Clear amber color with very active carbonation. Foamy off-white head is small but has above average rentention. Leaves nice amounts of lace.

S: Sweet, with aromas of toffee, caramel, lemon and grass.

T: Not as sweet as the nose would indicate. Malt has toffee and toasted qualities. Nicely balanced bitterness is spicy with flavors of pepper and cloves, plus a hint of lemon. Semi-dry finish with a mild lingering bitterness.

M: Medium light body feels quite over carbonated.

D: Very. Nice session beer that pairs well with food.

Rayek, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is much better on tap than in the bottle and I liked it quite a bit in the bottle. It just seems hoppier and livelier somehow.

Deep golden appearance with a beautiful head..

Aroma of sweet roasted malts, those SA hops and yeast...

Again, this is just tastier on tap. I could (and did) drink this stuff all night.

Tilley4, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No matter what your opinion on Boston Beer Co. is, you can't say this isn't an incredible looking and still a good tasting beer. You may say it's not craft anymore, but it's not macro. Beer limbo.

A: One finger head, sporadic patching in the film after the head fades. Copper honey color, just beautiful to stare through. Carbonation moves slowly throughout the entire beer. Lacing is moderate and is seen in levels corresponding to sips as you drink.

S: First, hops, lemon citrus and older pine. Then the malts caramel malts come in with a sweetness that works in conjunction with the hops, smells like baking warm breads.

T: Malts, smooth and toasted oat-like at the start. But the hops steal the show. They come in on the back end, piney and tart citrus.

The beer is well balanced, the malts hold the intesnsity of the hops at bay, which leave a pleasant bitter after taste.

M: Medium light body. Starts out slick, finsihes almost dry.

D: Still a solid brew. I'll glaldy take it anyday over the average offerings at a sports bar or any place else that just gets the job done with their selection.

phantomwyse, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good day to finally get around to reviewing this. On tap at a dockside restaurant, had after a long day of fishing.

A - Attractive honey-amber color, very good head and retention. As always, a very fine-looking beer.

S - Grainy with a bit of hop.

T - What a fine-tasting lager. I'm probably rating it higher than I otherwise would have if I'd been sitting at home drinking it. Good juicy hop profile, and comes off as much more "fruit-y" than most lagers. Nice blast of flavor.

F - Crisp and well-carbonated, as it should be. Medium-ight bodied.

D - As far as I'm concerned, there is a 3-way tie for the title of "America's Beer" - this, SNPA, and Anchor Steam. Basically a near-flawless, tasty lager, underrated due to its wide availability. I'm thankful for that, as Boston Lager tends to save the day time and time again. Always a good call.

Patrick999, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright golden color with one finger white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - Spicey sweet aroma. A good smell, but not very strong.

T - A light caramel sweetness up front followed by a surprising spicey hop bite. A surprisingly good tasting brew.

M/D - Very well carbonated, almost too much. Medium bodied and very crisp. A very drinkable beer.

ckeegan04, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of gestalt162
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Beautiful translucent orange-copper colored body. Cream-colored, small-bubbled foam makes up an impressive 1 1/2 finger head that never dissipates. Leaves sticky rings of lace all the way down the glass. I find it impossible to believe that a beer of this style could look any better than this.

S: Strong hop aroma with many characteristics- fruity, flowery, grassy, and slightly earthy all at the same time. Ever-so-slight hint of citrus. Roasty barley malt base. A mysteriously delicious aroma laden with hops- those TV commercials aren't lying.

T: At first nothing up front- takes awhile to register. First impression is of a roasted barley husk. Crisp, with a touch of earthiness. Toward the end of the sip a bitterly sharp finish hits- very out of character and somewhat unpleasant. There's not much flavor to it, its just....bitter. Although this bitterness mellows out as the beer warms up a bit, it's not exactly what I'd call well-balanced.

MF: Smooth, and a little crisp. Suits this beer well.

D: Average. Although this has been pretty well billed as a beer to drink year round, I remember drinking it outside during the summer once, and it felt very out of place. That bitter sharpness really limits its drinkability- I'd find it hard to quaff another with that kind of character.

gestalt162, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz as part of the summer Mix-Pack.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass...

2 finger head... leaves beautiful lacing atop a polished copper brew..

Toasty and biscuity... smells of clean malts with a little bit of spicy hoppiness.

Flavor is also clean grains with an herbal hop bite to it... body is lite side of medium with creamy mouthfeel and carbonation.

Reminds me alot of the Boston ale I just had minus the yeasty notes... this brew is a picture of summer drinking.

JohnGalt1, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of oneeye
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at PNC PARK

Served into a frosted pint glass. Copper with a good amount of carbonation. Two fingered head, soapy with like a caramel swirl.The aroma has a spice/malt scent.The taste is sweet with a slight floral hop bitterness. As the beer warmed the flavors were not as good. Creamy but thin. Drink it cold and fast. Not bad but I would prefer something else.

oneeye, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of theghost3
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light amber with a thin white head. It has a strong smell of floral hops and a hint of wheat. The taste starts off somewhat malty with just a hint of honey, and it ends up being bitter. Very carbonated, crisp. This is a drinkable lager that can go with almost any food. Typically the one craft beer available in a sea of macros at a lot of the more generic establishments.

theghost3, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of hdofu
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad Ale, though not my favorite beer either. Had a semi sweet malty taste to it with a slight rust finish with maybe a hint of cinnamon in there. The taste was also a bit less strong then I had hoped as well. Appearance was slightly red. The beer was fairly carbonated and the bubbles were noticeable. It was fairly drinkable though and I could drink a couple.

hdofu, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I freakin' love it. Light amber color. Monster white head exploding with hop aroma. Perfectly nice zingy carbonation to carry that aroma up to you. Sweet maltiness balanced by plenty of hops. This beer just flat out kicks ass. Very satisfying, a little filling. My favorite is to get a freshly tapped one in a 22oz glass. Any day I get one of those babies is a great day.

Chugmonkey, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cooperish light brown, good head and retention, a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma of noble hops, quite alot of hop aroma, some spice, some fresh hay. Flavor is a hop wallop and some malt to back it up, interresting lingering flavor of bread and hop bitterness lingers in the mouth.

A rather hoppy vienna lager, I like it.

bloberglawp, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light reddish-amber color, with a nice frothy head and good lacing.

S: Caramel/toffee malts and very floral hops with a hint of spiciness. A very nice aroma.

T: Malty, with subdued caramel notes. The hops hit very noticeably and give a spicy, bitter kick as the beer goes down.

M: Noticeable carbonation throughout, finishes rather dry.

D: A really nice beer, with an excellent aroma and a good balance of malts and hops. This is a perfect go-to beer.

Clydesdale, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack.

A: Pours a rusty amber color with a thin, bone-white head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Well-balanced aroma: floral, spicy hops and sweet, caramel malts.

T: Taste profile mirrors the nose. Opens sweet with caramel malt upfront, followed by a hoppy bitterness with notes of spice. Finishes dry with a bite of grain.

M: Crisp and well-carbonated.

D: Extremely well-balanced and exceptionally sessionable.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Always a good call.
Over the years, I've found this beer to be a saving grace at weddings, airports, entertainment venues, and open-bars everywhere.

CaptainIPA, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great as Sam Adams describes it full flavored beer.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

The apperance was a nice deep golden color, with a light frothy head.

Taste is a full bite at first then you can begin to taste the multiple flavors of different hops. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Great American Lager.

GoodKnight1220, Jun 21, 2008
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,165 ratings.