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

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7,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,361
Reviews: 2,441
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 73
Gots: 775 | 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 webbcreative
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

overall, an all around good beer. nothing exceptional, but nothing really bad to say either. has a nice balance of flavors. Good go to beer, especially when your other options are coors, coors light, bud, bud light...

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webbcreative, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with an darker amber body...when it got to me it had a thin white head...lacing with there but not impressive

S - I smelled mainly malts...nothing else

T - The malts were all there on the palate...they were sweet and had that nice caramel flavor...the beer went down with the faintest hop kick

M - Medium bodied...crisp

D - This was my first time having Boston Lager and I enjoyed it over all those cheaper beers...easily could be a session beer for me

thain709, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Azumel
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sure, it's been reviewed a million times, but what's one more? Still one of my favorites, a solid beer, great taste, never any complaints about it. It's a great 'go-to' beer when you're not quite sure what sounds good. It's just filling enough so that you're not tempted to drink way to many of them, but also good enough that you want more than one.

Azumel, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of boynabubble
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 22oz glass.

A- Clear with burnt orange coloration. Pours a decent head, slightly under an inch which quickly dissipates to a thin lacing.

S- Hops are dominant, although the overall smell of the beer is pretty mild.

T- Grain, nutty, fruity, yeast. Warm but crisp and clean at the same time. Hops show through at the finish. Balanced. Carbonation compliments the hop finish. I look forward to every sip.

M- Crisp and clean.

D- Very drinkable. A beer I could keep stocked in the fridge, which is a great thing since it is so widely available.

An old standby that I usually order at restaurants or bars which have selections limited mostly to macros. Even places of limited selection usually carry the Boston Lager.

boynabubble, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Has a clear reddish coloring with a decent amount of head.

S- just smells like a slightly hoppy beer. Doesn't really have that strong of a scent.

T- Very smooth and hoppy taste and a little bit sweet as well.

M- Smooth somewhat bitter with a dry finish.

D- Very drinkable beer. Very smooth and it goes down easy.

Overall a very solid beer. I had it at a Boston hotel and it definitely tastes better here than it does at home in Texas.

Bagman007, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of gubbt
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a small dissipating white head.

Smells of herbal, spicy hops with some toasty, caramel notes underneath.

Notes of hops throughout cradled by a caramel maltiness. More of an herbal, floral hop flavor that peaks at the mid palate. Finish exhibits some more hop complexity with a dry, earthy, spicy note of medium length.

Light to medium body with creamy carbonation.

Very nice drinkability with low abv makes this and excellent fall-back/session beer or nice aperitif. Solid stuff from the folks at SA.

gubbt, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass and served at 40 degrees.

Appearance: An amber color with reddish copper hues. There was a one finger head but, it is just a foamy off white ring around the glass. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear and brilliant.

Nose: A moderately rich toasted malty aroma.

Taste: There is a nicely toasted malts with a slight floral hint.

Overall: The body is a lightly medium, with a slight creamy astringent flavor. The finish is bitter and dry, giving the beer a clean finish. I was disappointed to not see a persistent head. The beer is unlike European version where is drier and not sweet, thus giving the beer its own character. It is a very good American beer. This is my mainstay beer and I like to drink on a regular bases.

colts9016, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of prodgerm
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like most Samuel Adams beers I find this Lager a bit thin and with a mouth feel of a beer that costs much less; such as Yuengling Lager. The color is good and it head is OK; a bit more hops would help balance the malt sweetness. Like all Sam Adams I find this brew over priced for what it delivers.

prodgerm, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber-orange, nice head, good lace.

S: Bready/malty, with a slight citrus hop smell.

T: Nice slightly roasted malt, and light hop balance.

M: Clean and sharp.

D: My go-to beer if there is nothing else available, or, sometimes, its just a great break from some the Quads/Trips, Doppelbocks & other bigger beers I have been going to.

KI9A, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an off-white fluffy head with good retention and lacing beer is burnt copper color.

Smell- Slightly sweet amber malts

Taste- Biscuity amber malts, notes of caramel followed by mild proportionate hop presence. Nicely balanced and tasty but not much complexity.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, mouthcoating but not overwhelming in any way

Drinkability- Enough of everything to want more and not so much that you couldn't have as many as you want. Sounds perfect for a session to me.

olmatty, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams glass. Pours amber with a decent head to start that fades to a swirl of a cap and thin ring. Smells malty and clean with any adjunct aromas or wateriness. Clean and bready with a slight tang. The taste is equally firm and bready with a modicum of firm, earthy bitterness that carries through to the finish and marries well with the light sweetness of the malt and gets support from the firm baked bread flavors. Very well balanced and well made. This is more than just a "gateway" beer for emerging beer aficionados, this is a solid beer in its own right that plays not at all to the lowest common denominator. Firm in the mouth and very satisfying to drink.

Georgiabeer, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of tconboy
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Boston Lager pours a nice golden copper caramel copper with a nice head that dissipates relatively slowly. Looks like a beer a nice inviting brew. Smells like some malts and cereal. Tastes malty, hoppy, a little bitter, but nice balance of flavor. Mouthfeel is light, mild carbonation. I enjoy this nice, balanced, drinkable beer - and it's available nearly everywhere.. which is a definite plus.

tconboy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of reallyhoppie
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a cloudy light golden amber with a half inch head.

Smells great with wonderful hoppy, floral scent.

Good balance of malt and citrus hoppiness. Decent bitterness in the finish with a little oily feel (not a bad thing).

Okay mouthfeel, smooth I guess.

All in all, are pretty good beer.

reallyhoppie, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Due to SA's commercials one thing that I can't help is that I cannot stop imagining Jim Koch rubbing between his hands the hops that were used to brew the bottle I'm drinking from right now and sticking his face in it..

When one is accustomed with many of the finer craft beers in the world, Sam Adams Boston Lager may seem like its nothing too special. However, it is often the glass of water in the arid desert of most American bars which saves you from the horrors of bud/coors/etc.. So sometimes its nice to drink one and appreciate that its actually pretty good when you compare it to the other popular lagers out there..

Pours a golden orange with thick, foamy head.. Its not yellow, so thats good enough in my book..
Smells lightly of indistinct malt and hops.. As it goes with most of this beer, if you were comparing it to all other beers in the world it would be a bit unimpressive, but for a popular lager its def. better than most.
The flavor has a light balance of hop and malt. Niether is overly expressed but its pretty refreshing. The slightest bit on the hoppier side.
It has a slightly light-moderate body. Very smooth. Little aftertaste.
Obviously, overall its a refreshing drink and tastes pretty good, though the flavor is light.
As such a popular beer it def. deserves to be respected for maintaining quality.

BirdFlu, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of selecter70
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent, but over-rated lager in my opinion. Usually the last choice in a pub for me (granted, if the others were Bud Lite & Corona, I'd embrace the Sam heartily though). Overall just a basic lager with too much hop to really express anything else. Simple beer for a basic drinking, not too complex and certainly more a pale ale than a lager to my palate.

selecter70, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Light copper color. Medium carbonation pours into a half finger, white, foamy head. Settles quickly into a smattering of foam on the surface. Substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. Pretty decent lacing, albeit not substantial, remains.

S: Dark roasted chocolaty malt, light hops, maybe caramel.

T: Malt, hops, slight citrus hint, and a subtle indistinguishable sweet spice.

M: Hearty but light feel. Malt flavor comes on pretty strong, then the hops follow-up and stay behind.

D: Very good drinkability. Again light feel, and good flavor.

Can be powered down without a second thought, if that's what you're into; but can also be sipped and enjoyed. Good flavor and atmosphere. Overall, really good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of hellomcfly
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never reviewed this before and had one sitting around from the SA winter sampler pack.

A - Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet malt and slightly grassy hops. Malt flavor profile is reminiscent of bread and caramel.

F - Toasted and caramel malt with a grassy hop note that was displayed in the aroma. Well balanced with a faint hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Slightly sharp carbonation but in a nice refreshing way.

D - Very high drinkability coming in under 5% abv.

hellomcfly, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass:

The beer appeared a light amber in color with a white head with decent retention. The head was light in texture.

The aroma was a little sweet with notes of pine, hops, some roasted malts and a little bready. The hops and pine dominate the aroma.

The taste is solid. It kind of follows the nose, the hops and pine dominate, with a nice bitter aftertaste.

This beer is easy to drink, goes down smooth and not as watered down as a lot of other more mass produced beers. The beer is well balanced, light to medium body and it is always a good choice if left with few options.

PhillyStyle, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of noknife83
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: Bottle

appearance: light caramel to amber

smell: small presence of fresh cut grass, and orange peel

taste: chocolate malt at first and almost a banana flavor in the middle with a slight bitter after taste

A very decent beer. I'd prefer it to have a little higher abv content, and not quite as much malt, but that's just me.

noknife83, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark honey amber with 1.5" bubbly head with decent lacing

S - honey, malts, hops, mildly citrusy, pleasing

T - caramel, honey, malts, hoppy overtones. Mild sweetness is not overwhelming and balances the beer.

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

D - not too light, not too heavy, good drinkability

Overall - A good session beer that compliments many occasions and foods.

DmanGTR, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a medium head that dissapates over time

Smell: I smell a mix of sweet caramel and hops

Taste: I taste a combination of honey, wheat, hops, and caramel

Mouthfeel:It has a sharp finish and is very smooth..It tends to be sweet in the beginning, but more bitter as it goes

Drinkability: I can have this as a session beer..I have really gained an appreciation for this beer lately. It is multi-faceted--bitter and sweet and is really becoming one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams--not something I would have said ten years ago

tigg924, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour into new Samuel Adams Lager Glass. Clear amber color with moderat off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts and hops, less evident than the malts. Very well balanced beer, and IMO at the top of its category, a premium lager. The more I drink this beer I appreciate it for what it is - a very good beer when often the only other choices are from BMC. Excellent session beer and like I said the more I give this beer a chance, the more it impresses me. Cheers!

OzarkElmo, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of steeler
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out a nice copper color, with a head that sticks. Smells of hops, malt, and very fresh. Taste is very hoppy, and malty, and smoooth. I was surprised how smooth this was. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability, i would of given this a 5 but its a little on the heavier side, an after 2-3 i just don't want anymore. Dont get me wrong i really like this beer, i just dont see this as a session beer, but for savoring and just having a few, this is a solid beer. I wish Canada could mass produce beer like this. Well done.

steeler, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of SickBrew
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured for a standard 12oz BB into a pint glass. This brew has a good finger of fluffy pales white head that leaves some good lacing on the way down. Color is a nice amber color that is a definate standout in most of the lagers I've had. Nose has a rich malty character with some light caramel tones and hopiness for support.

Flavor is at the top of the list for most of the lagers I've had. It fairly rich with malty tone that's more roasted than it's macro cousins. Sweetness is just rich with aspects of caramel. Hop bitterness is great and really wouldn't expect to mush more from a lager without crossing styles. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, well balanced and just might have to have another. I has a high degree of drinkabiltiy. I should have listened to those commercials.

SickBrew, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second beer of a holiday 12 pack. Lets hope its better than Cranberry Lambic.
Pours out a light malty orange-brown tone. Light head that settles quickly, moderate carbonation.
Smells of biscuity malts, nice sharp accent of Hallertau? like hoppyiness, tart acidic bite.
Taste is light, bready, a nice balance of malts, yet the finish kind of dwindles away. All thats left on my palate is a tingling dryness,without that long hop finish in German and Vienna Lagers.
Mouthfeel is extremly light, so drinkability as a session beer is good. For my German-inspired lagers, I think Ill stick to good German brew or Victory and Stoudts Pilsners.

czfreeman, Jan 02, 2009
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,361 ratings.