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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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7,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,016
Reviews: 2,422
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 66
Gots: 592 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001)
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Photo of alexskovan

New York

2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

Poured a very pale coppery gold with a half-inch head. Aroma is very subtle, a thin whiff of grains. Taste is a bitter bite of ill-defined hops, followed by a muddled crash of mouth puckering discord.

I've tried to like this one for years. I still don't. Sorry.

12-28-2007 20:52:34 | More by alexskovan
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Have had this often over the years and am finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: Copper color with 1/2 finger of white head. Limited lacing but it is there.

S: Hops hit you at first. Then some citrus notes as well.

T: Hops then some sweet malt. Finally finishing hops. They always make a point of how much hops is in their beer. The tastes blend into each other well.

M: Light body but not thin.

D: remember when this first really blew up and it was prized still. Great session beer when you are drinking with "normies"

12-28-2007 14:08:01 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of n0315


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

Good appearance, nice amber color. big taste of hops that lingers after the drink.

Smell is also of big hops, but a crisp refreshing smell.

mouthfeel was not to thin, but not thick either.

overall a great beer and something thats nice for a mainstay.

12-28-2007 01:50:19 | More by n0315
Photo of hwwty4


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a clear amber with a large off white head. Left slight lacing down the glass. Aroma is of bread, malts, and a subtle nuttiness. Tastes is bready that flows nicely into the malts and ends with just a bit of hops. A well-balanced beer. Light bodied and nicely carbonated. A easily sessionable beer.

12-27-2007 22:47:28 | More by hwwty4
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%

This beer poured a light copper with gold highlights and a two-finger head. The nose is all malts with a tad bit of hops. The taste starts off with some sweet maltiness followed by some breadiness that is cut nicely in the finish by the hops. The mouthfeel and drinkability are average. This is nothing to write home about, but is a nice example of the style that is always worth a look. You don't need to rock the boat in order to be worth grabbing every so often, as this beer shows.

12-25-2007 22:21:19 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a nice off white head with good retention. Smells very crisp, some malts, some bread, light hop spice. Taste is extremely crisp and refreshing. Toasted grains, good hop presence as well in the finish. Slight breadiness, light toffee/caramel. Light and crisp, good carbonation. Extremely sessionable.

12-23-2007 18:45:39 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +30.1%

Soft snow-white inch-thick head in a lager glass; beatuiful Brussels lace on the tracings....body shifts in light from brown-orange to orange-yellow--affecting...for a lager, quite hoppy...the balance is attractive...full-bodied and effervescent body...outstanding mouthfeel holds the tongue and lays the flavor on...best compliment to a lager: you could down a 12-pack easily (in any month or season), but the taste makes you slow down in respect...I’ve had this at parties too many times IN A BOTTLE, which sucked much of my ambition to drink it; in a glass, however, as a session beer, MUCH different--and my brother Jer tells me in the specially engineered glass Sam Adams sells, the bouquet and experience are multiplied exponentially...tough to believe after half a glass. And I NEVER call out others’ tastes, but after looking at the average rating on this site, I cannot imagine what other beer drinkers are looking for...I apologize to Mr. Koch and all his staff. Beautiful job, gentlemen.

12-22-2007 02:19:04 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Slatetank


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

Served cold in a standard pint at YP in Lancaster, Pa.
A - Amber light golden w/ a thin off white head. Brilliant clarity and good lacing.

S - Gentle hop aroma and standard malt lager scent. Overall light aroma.

M - Moderately full carbonation, nice malty feel w/ a slight tinge of bitterness and a clean finish.

T - Smooth malts w/ nutty caramel tinges w/ a noble hop spice flavor and a gentle German malt creamy taste in the background. It is a nice complement to the spice of the hop.

D - Very drinkable lager, a world class beer . A testament to Jim Koch's Grandfather's skill in recipe making. Very Quaffable, sessionable strength and easy drinking lager. This is one widely available beer that is actually worth drinking.

12-21-2007 13:56:32 | More by Slatetank
Photo of bunnyhustle


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep golden color, crystal clear with nice two-finger head and good retention and lacing. Looks like a good "American" beer. Smell is of hops mainly, some malt. Both smells are somewhat muted however and not too dominant (like an IPA for example). Taste is good I would say but does not stand out. When compared to a macro it is great, but compared to many crafts I find it somewhat bland. A touch of caramel and some hops, it leaves a somewhat hoppy and oily feeling in the mouth after each sip. Nice, light, and crisp, an easy drinker. While this isnt my favorite beer, it is a great alternative to many others and widely available.

12-20-2007 23:34:24 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of kevman527

New York

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

One of my favorites, and old stand-by. Had it with a mushroom pizza, it was a perfect compliment to it.

A - Reddish Orange, with just a little bit of head that dissipated. Left a nice layer on the glass as I drank it.

S - Floral aroma, citrusy.

T - Tasted like it smelled, with definite notes of citrus, and left a nice hoppy aftertaste.

M - Very smooth, low to medium carbonation.

D - An excellent beer, could drink it everyday, if I didn't want to try anything else that is.

12-19-2007 01:03:02 | More by kevman527
Photo of tsbuttry

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

This another old standby beer for me. Certainly not the most original beer in the world to enjoy, but it was readily accessible and I drank lots of it on paydays when I was in college and it still makes regular appearances in my fridge rotation.

Appearance: Excellent amber color, decent head retention, some nice lacing down the sides.

Smell: A spicy aroma from all the German hops they use. Subtle malty background.

Taste: Excellent nobel hop flavor. Some good caramel malt flavor. While the hop levels have been surpassed by true hophead beers, this still packs a good punch.

Mouthfeel: Quite good. Almost no aftertaste except for a few seconds of bitterness. The hopiness really cleanses the palate so you can truly taste the beer throughout the course of a drink or a full session.

Drinkability: Great with meals and great to have a couple during a ballgame, but it's quite heavy and can be a bit much if you're drinking in a full session. Really unsettles your stomach if you have more than a few, even spread out over time.

12-18-2007 23:05:16 | More by tsbuttry
Photo of brewcrew76


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Pours a clear copper with 2 fingers of white head, spotty lacing and a stream of bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Bready malt with some spicy noble hops.

T - Clean, bready, grainy malt with some hop bitterness and spicy noble hop flavor. Well balanced.

M - On the light side of medium with good carbonation.

D - One of the beers that first brought me into craft brewing. Ny usual go to beer when at a bar that doesn't carry many craft beer choices.

12-15-2007 23:53:50 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of shroompod


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Wow , just realized I've never reviewed this. Probably the easiest to find craft brew.

Pours with a nice rocky head , good lacing.

Smell is nice mixture of noble hops , sweet caramel malt.

I nice clean tasting brew, malt is apparent , the hops leave a nice lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to light , good carbonation.

Overall my favorite easily accessible craft beer

12-14-2007 00:35:22 | More by shroompod
Photo of mbenthall

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Sam Adams Boston Lager is (in my opinion) a great example of how a lager should drink. The color is is deep but clear. The beer pours well and when poured correctly the smell of hops is clean and crisp. When drinking it goes down easy but still tastes like a beer should. So whether it's out of the bottle for a session or on the tap at a local restaurant this is definitely a staple beer that can usually be found on tap when most other beers won't do.

12-12-2007 02:28:33 | More by mbenthall
Photo of praufs01


2.65/5  rDev -29.3%

Appearance - Clear copper color with an off white head and decent lacing.

Smell – Clean earthy hop smell.

Taste –Malty caramel taste up front with light citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel – Moderate carbonation that is a little rough on the palate.

Overall: Clean and refreshing but there is not too much going on with this brew. However it is a good session beer.

12-09-2007 03:02:51 | More by praufs01
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.05/5  rDev +8%

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Great copper color with a nice head and a constant run on bubbles from the bottom up.

S - Hops, hops, hops.

T - Full flavor with a strong hop taste. Nice finish.

M - Good carbonation and spices and hops that continuously attack you tastebuds.

D - This is my cheap everyday beer. It's great for any occasion.

12-07-2007 23:08:18 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of flatblack80


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

12oz in a pilsner glass

A - Amber color with small light cream head and light lacing

S - Slighty of malts and nice hops, but not too strong or destinctive.

T - Nice smooth mild hops, great lager without harsh aftertaste like some. flavor stays a bit and begins to fade just before next mouthful.

M - smooth feel with light carbonation feel to the tounge.

D - Very Drinkable. A definate BYOB. Not too strong so it is something I could take to a get-to-gether as a Sixer.

12-07-2007 03:45:36 | More by flatblack80
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

appearance - Has a reddish copper tint to it. Nice white foamy head.

smell - Smell of grain and malts, and some hops here.

taste - Nice balance of malt, not sweet malt, and some hops here.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - My typical choice if I do out somewhere to eat. Goes with anything.

12-03-2007 21:22:37 | More by auxiliary
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

pours into a sam adams boston lager glass a nice amber with a finger of frothy head leaving some nice lacing down he glass. The smell is light and balanced with malt grain and a hint of hops. The flavor is not complex, but subtle and pleasant with a solid grain and malt backbone, and some hops that linger long after swallowed. Mouthfeel is average for the size of the beer, and quite drinkable. At least this is a pretty good beer because it is available every where around here

12-03-2007 00:09:00 | More by dickieb
Photo of ccrida


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic, Boston Larger is a clear burnt gold, with a medium sized, bone colored head, which settles rather quickly to about 1/4 inch, leaving lots of foamy lace.

Smell is nice and spicy noble hops and a bit of cereral grain, but is generally soft and ester free, as a lager should be.

Taste is full, satisfying and clean. Nice rich malt profile and appropriate balance of hop flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is long lingering hop bitterness and grainy, and would make a non-beer drinker go yuk. Not a bad amber lager, but a bit watery. I'll take Yuengling over this one every time.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but well carbonated.

Drinkablity is a about average. If I'm at some type of chain restaurant with limited selection, I'd just assume have a German larger for the same price, but it's light enough in body and ABV to be able to really throw them back with ease. But I've only ever done that when there wasn't much else, like a wedding or BBQ. Still, I give them credit for really ushering in the American craft brew revolution.

12-02-2007 23:35:39 | More by ccrida
Photo of SargeC


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%

Appearance: Deep golden color with an impressive, rocky head.

Smell: solid sweet malt aromas with a touch of hops.

Taste: Initial blast of sweetness followed by a well crafted and balanced hop presence. The finish allows both flavors to linger.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very satisfying.

Drinkability: Great brew. Perfect beer for when you just want a good, quality brew to enjoy. Consistently classic.

12-01-2007 05:50:40 | More by SargeC
Photo of Deus1138


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

What can you say about this beer that hasn't already been said?

I'm enjoying this for about the 1000th time. So let's get to it...

Poured a very nice golden brown.

Smells of floral hops and mildly sweet malts. A very nice blend I might add.

Taste is exceptionally well balanced. Malts come through initially, then the hops make their presence known.

Drinkability... come on... this is Sam Adams Boston Lager! It's one of the all time greats! If the place you're at doesn't have this, you might as well get up and leave, cause you're not going to find anything else worth drinking. Anyplace with ANYTHING worth drinking will have Sam Adams Boston Lager.

I probably speak for a lot of people when I say this is the brew that got me into quality beers. If it wasn't for Sam Adams Boston Lager, I'd still be chugging macro lagers. If you're trying to get friends to appreciate better beers, this is a great introductory brew.

12-01-2007 05:15:19 | More by Deus1138
Photo of Strix


4/5  rDev +6.7%

This is a classic. A nice malty and toasty smell. Taste has roasted nutty malt flavors, supported by some hop balance in the background. Nice full smooth mouthfeel. Nothing earth-shattering, but quite solid and widely available, and often the best choice at many bars.

11-30-2007 05:20:50 | More by Strix
Photo of spiffysamurai


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

This review is a bottle poured into a liberal cup glass.

A - The color came out to a medium amber color with a nice little head.

S - Normal, natural malts. Nothing too extremely special but above average when compared to other lagers.

T - Nothing is overtoned in this beer. It is trying to get to the normal idea of just tasting beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

M - Not too bitter and no metal taste. Any standard beer like this is aokay in my book.

D - Easy drinkable beer. Good for just chilling out when needed. Not something to overly enjoy, but easy enough to drink during a football game or some quick social event.

11-28-2007 18:59:40 | More by spiffysamurai
Photo of matty


3.75/5  rDev 0%

Amber colored lager with a sweet bread aroma.Taste is also of sweet bread.This is a good lager that goes down smoothly and is enjoyable from first to last gulp.Moderate ABV ensures that you can comfortably drink a six pack! One of the most popular lagers around probably because both micro and macro drinkers like this stuff.

11-28-2007 07:36:41 | More by matty
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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