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

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7,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,838
Reviews: 2,502
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 100
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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 gkunkle
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a 1" white head that left a tiny bit of lacing. The head slowly dissipated and ended leaving a thin foam on the surface of my beer. Smells of floral hops and a little bit of caramel. Taste is malty with little bit of hops to balance it out. Heavier and more flavorful than an BMC lager, but it still has the clean finish that is a point of attraction to those beers. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Overall a simple but very enjoyable beer. I drink a beer to enjoy it, not to have my mind blown by the 98 flavors to sort through. This is a simple beer, and its a great beer.

Photo of scottyb88
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear amber/copper color with a nice 1.5 finger off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap; nice carbonation bubbles and some lacing

S- toasted biscuit with a slight grass aroma; some citrus

T- nice toasted malt flavor with a hint of apple skin or orange peel bitterness at the end; munich malt is there at the end with subtle sweetness and a slight hop bitterness, but very faint

M- mouth feel is good with just the right amount of carbonation and the aftertaste doesn't linger that much

D- great session beer or something to pair with really any type of food; it's not overly complex, but an easy drinker and craft-transition beer

Photo of AdamBear
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-transparent dark gold, very light tan head

S-decent grain smell, slight slight hops

T-initial taste is that of grain and a bit of hops. the best part of this beer comes with the after taste. Its a distinct bready flavor, but its a very powerful yummy taste that stays.

M-medium carbonation, not too bad but nothing to write home about, its average.

D-gets more bitter as you drink it. breadiness fades but doesn't vanish.

All in all, if you go to a bar with out a good beer selection, there's still a chance it might have this, in which case it might be the best beer available. Its better than budweiser tho maybe not as tasty and drinkable as yuengling. However, once compared to the other craft beers and foreign beers, this lager falls quite short.

Photo of jikvig
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A brown apperance, and very bubbely. A very light foam

Getting some fruit aromas, a hint of apple maybe?

On the palate, bitternes. Even if the sweetnes comes after a while in the mouth, it can`t hold the bitternes that is to dominating.
Unbalanced with to much hops.

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

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a bright golden amber tone with a little more than a finger of puffy, off-white head... moderate retention; respectable lacing.

nose is primarily of caramel malts (1st) followed by floral/earthy hops. good aroma, though not especially robust.

flavor brings forth the caramel malt backbone which is accompanied by some hoppy bitterness and a clean, crisp finish. pretty balanced. a bit unexciting with its lack of complexity; that said, i'm admittedly not steeped in experience with this style; perhaps complexity is not a chief selling point. keeping that in mind.

medium bodied/carbed. almost the prototype of a session beer.

Photo of RankRefugee88
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into glass.

A - Nice, super clear. Small white head with a nice colorful body. Bronzish.

S - Hoppy at first, yeast and malts come into play. Bit of a caramel finish.

T - Tastes pretty good. I like the aftertaste especially for such a simple beer. Good balance of hops, malts and yeast. Nothing else much I can say for the taste of this beer, its very simple.

M - Dry and smooth. Very well carbonated, perfect for this style.

D - Pretty good. I can have a lot of these but I'd most likely pick something else off the tap if there was a decent selection.

Good beer for a simple lager. Absolutely not SA's best offering in my opinion.

Photo of Lemke10
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a Sam Adams summer variety 12pk in late summer 2010 at Wooodman's in Janesville, WI for about $9. And of course what variety pack would be complete without Sam Adams Boston Lager?

It pour a golden amber color with a good head of foam. It does have a slighty biter taste to it but just ever so slight. It makes it so it's not too strong but also not too light. A surprisly good beer for the low price and big name brand behind it.

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

Pours a golden amber colour with nice off-white head. Some lacing down the glass. Smells of mild hops with some nice caramel malt and toasted nuts. Flavour has more bitterness than most lagers, but certainly not a bitter beer. Fairly sweet and malty flavour. Carbonation level is nice. Easy beer to knock several back.

Photo of jpro
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good ol' Sam Adams Boston Lager...

A: Light amber / orange-gold, with a puffy white head that dissipates leaving a few specks of lace.

S: Caramel malts, grains, floral / spicy hop notes.

T: Light caramel malt flavor, toast, citrus rind hop bitterness in the finish; very well balanced.

M: Body is on the light side of medium, with moderate carbonation.

D: Yes! A very drinkable lager. Nice balance - you get the caramel malt and toastiness plus the hop bitterness at 4.75% = very drinkable.

Photo of asnider
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer looks incredible. Great colour: a nice golden amber and an excellent head.

Great head retention. It poured quite tall (I have a bad habit of being a bit too heavy on the pour) but didn't shrink at all until I started drinking it. It does eventually shrink down to about a half inch and stays there for the duration.

Carbonation is high: the bubbles never seem to stop, but this doesn't negatively affect the mouthfeel. It's just the right amount of carbonation.

The taste is really quite good. This is definitely one of those lagers that almost tricks you into thinking that it's an ale. It's heavy on the malt, with just enough hops to balance it out and give it a hint of bitterness. The finish doesn't last long, but is an interesting mix of both sweet and bitter. It's a balanced finish, if nothing else.

Drinkability is quite good. It's much too easy to down a few bottles and suddenly realize that you've had more than you thought.

Overall, Sam Adams is an exceptional lager. I can't believe that I've only tried it recently. I'll definitely be buying this again.

Photo of EkimGram
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden-brown colour. Maybe an inch of head. Poured into Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass.

S: Strong malts, very light hops.

Taste: Crisp, bready flavour. Some bitterness but overall it is pretty light. Satisfying. Hoppy at first but finishes malty.

M: Medium body with significant carbonation. At cold temperatures it has a bit of a bite to it but in general, it is rather refreshing.

D: This is a solid beer, good for all around drinking. Definitely worthy of being a regular session beer.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark for a lager. Creamy looking head, good carbonation. Head laces glass as I sip on. Good looking beer.

Smells of lager yeast. Slight sulfur notes. nice aroma, just very subtle.

Decent dose of bitterness for a lager, not overdone or off-putting, but very noticeable and delicious. Malt is sweet and very slightly caramel. The yeast taste fresh and healthy. This particular bottle is good. I have found this beer less appealing in the past. Again, the hops are really well balanced in this beer. Not so much that you don't loose the lager qualities of the beer, but generously dosed.

There is a slightly odd aftertaste at the end. I have always noticed it in this beer and never really cared for it. Aside from that, a pretty good beer.

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

A: Pours a nice golden amber with nice clarity, okay head, and decent carbonation.

S: Smells of mostly light caramel malts with some burnt & toasted character. It's almost a bit toffee like with sweet goodness. Floral hops barely evident.

T & M: Starts sweet then takes awhile to get to some level of dryness. The sweetness comes mostly from its strong malt character. Caramel notes most prevalent. I get a slight ting from the hops.

D: Overall, a nice drinkable beer. Likely one of the two first craft beers I ever had. I remember thinking how awesome this tasted when I first tried it. Well, after many years, this one still stands up well. But with all of the stronger, bigger beers to measure up to nowadays, this one still makes one heckuva session beer to ponder those old-time memories over.

Photo of philphilphil
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

recommended by an american friend.
appeareance is a beautiful deep amber with good head and a slightly opaque quality.
Smell is floral... Not encouraging, while many would like this I do not.
Taste is a massive relief, I have not been hit with an overly floral flavour, in fact it is quite balanced, not exessesively bitter.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but otherwise good.
Drinkability is decent, but price is high and there are equally good aussie and euro beers at lower prices. Also hard to come by, maybe if the chance and urge pop up together i'll get this again.

Photo of BBP
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper with decent head. Disappeared quickly though. Medium carbonation.

S- Grainy. Slightly grassy smell and floral hops.

T- Roasted Malts and yeast. Had a bit of a burnt taste in a good way. Light background hops left a good aftertaste. Very crisp finish.

M- A bit watery. Fair carbonation.

D- Easy to down and not too pricey. It's imported here though, so I don't think I'd be trying it again.

Photo of gopens44
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Aggressive pour lead to a nice foamy head of about 2" that recessed to about an inch after it settled (two minutes maybe) Fluffy and dimpled head throughout most of the drink. Nice copper color. Would actually make a nice paint color this copper would.

S - Not a lot of essence in the aromas, other than that of the roasted barley that was slightly muted due to, I'm guessing, the temperature.

T - Real nice and straight forward. Caramel hints amongst the roasted barley. Little bitter, but not excessively so. I think that the commercial states that it's good with steak, and I'd have to agree. Complimented a teriyaki marinated steak with a crushed pepper rub rather well.

M - high carbonation yet slightly silky.

D - I'd drink this one anytime that I wanted a no fuss lager. Pretty good for a mass marketed micro/macro brew.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the fall seasonal sampler, in all the samplers really. Poured into a Perfect Pint, how appropriate.

A- Clear, toasted copper in color with lots of rising bubbles. Small, clingy white head sits on top.

S- Eh, clean, grainy, with a light hopping. Over all pretty basic and subdued.

T- Toasty and doughy malts with a sharp and bright hoppiness. Very clean finish.

M- Very crisp. Highly carbonated and dry.

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

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear deep golden colour with a 2cm creamy head. Head reduced to a lasting thin cap and plenty of lacing is produced. Pretty good looking Lager.

S - Grainy malts, grapefruit, grass and nuts.

T - Sweet malts, bit of caramel, a bit of grapefruit tartness and bitter hops in the finish. The hops linger a bit on the tongue after a sip. The balance is a bit on the bitter side.

M - Average carbonation, bit of a stickiness and a dry finish.

D - Better than average drink. But after a few the unbalanced bitterness gets tiresome to the tongue.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

To start my Sam Adams harvest pack off I began with the Boston lager. This is a great beer and my go to at most restaurants. One of the beers that got me into drinking better beer.

The appearance is a tad lighter than I remember and have had in the past. I find this with most of their mixed packs that the beers vary. Either way it's a golden color with an off white head and sick lacing down the glass. Aroma is malty sweet biscuity goodness but one dimensional and remains that way. The flavor is really smooth but not a lot going on. Some caramel maltiness and sugary biscuits. Mouthfeel is nice. Very good smooth flavors round out a mild hop balanced bite. Drinkability is a perfect 5 and really a perfect session beer, not by definition but by intention of drink at least a 6er of these.

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

A darker amber fills my glass, as I crack open this Boston Lager from the 2010 fall seasonal pack. I immediately catch a whiff of the malts in the forefront, though some floral notes are detectable. Taste is very crisp and clean, the hop flavours are slightly more prevalent in the taste, but the malt backbone is still the star here. Feels great on my tongue, with adequate carbonation and not being too this as many in this style attempt to do, so as to have more in common with the Macro competition. Sam Adams is the perfect "gateway beer" They make well done craft beers that are easily accessible, reasonably priced, and almost always delicious.

Photo of SteveDavies
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured a pale straw colour into glass, head soon faded. I quite liked the smell, hints of malt promised more. Not a bad taste, a well balanced lager with a good malt taste with hints of caramel. Mouthfeel was smooth, a little too much carbonation for me. Overall a good session lager and one that I would try again.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

The Sam Adam's Boston Lager pours a golden honey color in the glass with a thick, creamy white froth. Subtle, balanced, an somewhat sweet aromas of Cherrios, grains, light toffee, & hops (pine, spice, citrus(orange skin)) continue on the palate with a light body, creamy texture, & long finish. The lager has a sweetness up front & crisp dryness on the finish with a definite hop presence. (By no means is this beer like an IPA or PA, but hops are present) Overall, this is a pretty good beer & the best Macro-Brew available. Recommended.

Photo of Swill5786
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful, clear golden amber with one finger head that lingers awhile. Smell is primarily spicy hops at first. Then, after a bit of settling, along comes a fruity hop aroma and perhaps a bit of sweet malt and breadiness.

Roasted malt and yeast to start, then mild hops. Hop bitterness remains a decently long while. Medium-light body and good carbonation. Interesting feel and flavor but not intensely captivating. Enjoyable nonetheless!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a small creamy head.
Nose shows floral and spicy hops followed by some prominent malt showing caramel and bready characters. The malt is full-on, more than I expected. An interesting aspect.
Flavours continue along the same lines with heavy-handed malt additions, again with caramelised and bready characters. Finishes with a plain bitterness.
Carbontion is a little too high, body seems quite heavy.
Could be a bock with all that malt.

Photo of Landfill21
2.24/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours into a dark amber color with a nice puffy head. Has a pungent smell. Has a creamy taste with undertones of hops.

I was not overly impressed with the Boston Lager. Has a malty, barley taste, with a hint of hops. The drinkability is poor because of the fullness of the lager.

I would not recommend this lager, there are other Sam Adams brews that are much better.

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