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

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7,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,712
Reviews: 2,472
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 92
Gots: 957 | 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 teovaldi
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden amber with a very nice 3 finger head and great lacing.

Slightly sweet and spicy, a nice balanced mix.

Tastes sweet malt with a nice hop bitterness that finishes hoppy and slightly sweet.

Nice carbonation and kind of a creamy mouthfeel.

This is an excellent session beer, fall back beer...hell even a favorite beer. It's available almost everywhere and goes down great.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into goblet
I have somehow managed to not have this iconic american brew until now. At least not to my memory, which has gone hazy on more than one occasion. I was quickly impressed with the appearance. Thick, dense head that was not at all weak and foamy like most of the lagers that are made here. Also laced pretty well which was a nice suprise. Clear copper in color. Smelled sweet of caramel malts and had a faint floral hop scent to it. Taste is perfectly balanced and true to style with a sweet front and a clean and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very nice beer.

Photo of nastley3
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a bottle this beer had a full head, and completely laced the glass. This beer looks alive and delicious. It has a fairly hoppy smell, but the taste is more balanced. I especially liked how easy this beer goes down, it is not watery or over carbonated. Just right. Overall a very drinkable beer, I would gladly have another.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled mug.

Pours a straight clear copper with a finger of frothy off-white head that laces quite well. The smell is a nicely balanced mixture of citrus, pine, and toffee. The taste holds a hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness, and a light dose of creamy caramel. The body is lightly moderate, and the somewhat heavy carbonation keeps the smoothness from achieving its full potential. Overall, a nice, tasty, drinkable brew.

Photo of bourbonbock
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a fresh pilsner glass which produced a thick, creamy head and very active carbonation. I Have had many of these before but never reviewed seriously until now.

A. Initial thoughts are appetizing as my mouth waters a little. Beer is clear and a golden brown with a touch of orange. Head retention is good and maintains a solid layer on top through the whole experience.

S. Slightly malty and spicy with a pleasing aroma.

T. Well balanced flavor with a bit of a dry after taste. Well rounded with a sweet start and a slight bite on the way down.

M. Active carbonation tickles the tastebuds and is just a slight bit creamy.

D. This beer is delicious and could easily be drank throughout an evening or event with no question. It is a satisfying beer and you will not want to rush these down.

Boston Lager has been one of my go to beers at many establishments and is a solid choice anytime.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear amber with a yellowish hue. Small, white soda head.

S: Light pine hops, florals, grains and a presence of caramelized sour apples on the nose. Slightly corny.

T: Corny with a Cheerios front. Biscuity grains with hints of hops and a lightly bitter malt finish.

D: Definitely a good one to buy at least a sixer of.

Value: For a gas station beer, this one is pretty hard to beat.

Photo of TheFlern
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice dark gold/light amber color. head is pretty retentive and laces well.

Smell: Fairly balanced. Malt for the most part but there are hops in there as well. The malt is nice and sweet. The hops add just a hint of bitterness to tame the malt. There is something else I can't quiet put my finger on but it is a slightly skunk smell that probably comes from the yeast.

Taste: Maltiness is the first thing that comes out. Not overly malty for the style but just right. The hops do their job to balance the beer and prevent is from being too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice, light, good carbonation. Not too wet or too dry.

Drinkability: 4.75 = perfect ABV to drink all night or at a sporting event or elsewhere.

Photo of backfat
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

darker in appearance than expected. off white, quickly dissipating head. good lace. sweet hops to the nose, but still very faint. caramel malt back throughout. the caramel notes in this beer are the most pleasing thing. light biscuit and pleasant light breadiness. light body but not too bad. you can taste the higher quality ingredient compared to almost all other american lagers.

Photo of cmiller1l66
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Sam Adams bottle, looks good :)

smell: very clean hoppy smell, can taste the sweetness already

Taste: sweet upfront with a nice bitter twinge and clean dry finish and follows with a sweet burnt caramel taste

mouthfeel: a good moderate carbination all the way through, just enough tingle to refresh the pallet

brinkability: very drinkable, goes really well with a juicy steak, you could chug if you wanted too but tasts so good you want to take your time.

other notes: became one of my faves as soon as i tried it, i saw the comercials and blew it off till i tried it out of no where. I would like to point out the awsome balance between sweet and bitter, thats what really does it for me

Photo of Duxx
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear dark golden to tawny colored with a bright white head that is about one finger tall.

S: Malty with a slight hop note. No evidence of the sulfur smell I usually associate with (and dislike) most lagers.

T: Crisp and clean. A hint of sweet malt with a decent bite of hops in the back of my throat. This beer has a pleasant dry finish. The mild hop bitterness lingers in the back of my palate.

M: Good carbonation and not to watery mouth feel.

D: Still probably my favorite lager. Great for a quiet evening.

Photo of industrialswill
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After spending 2 years stationed in Germany, I never thought I'd come home to find a moderately priced American beer that could compete taste wise with the German brew.
Sam Adams was just being introduced as I returned to the USA and even though it tastes unlike what I drank overseas, it does a nice job of bridging the gap between the usual American swill and beers like Suttgart Hofbrau, Andechs, etc.
My father would have enjoyed Sam Adams, he liked to talk about the beers of his time that were somewhat hoppier than the more watery stuff that is mass brewed in recent times for the Wonderbread and OscarMayer crowd.
I think this beer is an outstanding choice and at a dollar a bottle it's an excellent bargain. It's plenty hoppy enough for me and 1 beer is actually enough for me to feel satisfied...

but I think I'll have another before going back out to tend the chickens.

Photo of brett1989h
4.9/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

well heres my review on Sam Adams boston Lager,

Pros: its a damn good beer and i usually hate beer, the taste and aroma are well just right not to many hops and no horrible after taste. Lets see,well here are the cons, The price is just way to high and didnt like the pull off cap
thats it

Photo of kaseydad
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally am reviewing the Boston Lager. Pint glass pour...hmmm..can't get it to look like the commercial. Copper colored ale with a bright white small head and major lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly hoppy and some straw in there too. Has the slight skunky beer smell. Taste is ho-hum. Not much in the "wow" factor. It's clean and crisp but the flavor is lacking. Some bittering hops on the finish and a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is somewhat higher due to the fact multiples are easily had especially on a hot day or chilling at a ballpark. I just wouldn't be the one indulging.

Overall I have always wanted to like this beer, but it just isn't to my palate's agreement. It's bottled almost everywhere which is nice, but this is just not one of my fav's from Sam Adams.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA Boston Lager Pint glass. Golden yellow, with a hint of orange. Not much head on this one, probably due to my pour.

Smells malty, mildly citrus, with a hint of spice.

Tastes great! The citrus is here too, nicely balanced hops, touch of bitterness.

Feels good in the mouth, carbonation is just right, crisp and refreshing.

This is a solid beer, one that is a "go to" for me. A great beer to introduce friends to when they need to expand their horizons.

Photo of joshstevens87
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice orange/slight yellow with a generous white head which leaves a lot of lacing
S-a wonderful balance of bready malt and a complex hop note of ctirus with a bit a pine and an overall very floral scent
T-a nice malt taste giving a nice sweet breadiness to it with notes of caramel with a nice hop presence this is a near perfectly balanced beer
M-a medium body with a nice carbontaion thats is full and complex but is still very refreshing
D-a very drinkable brew it is nice and full and complex yet is very refreshing and can easily be drank all night

Photo of icetraxx
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/brown color that looks like a light grade of maple syrup. This beer pours a wonderful three finger super creamy head that is as white as snow, and it dissipates to a cap overtime while leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Highly, highly muted. It's hard to get any aroma out of Boston Lager beside a hint of malt.

T: Bittering hops balance the relatively strong malt backbone of this easy-drinking lager. Don't expect tropical fruit and piney resins from the hops, they mostly only bring a balance to the party. If you search, there are some other flavors coming from the hops as well, but they are highly muted. A toasted malt backbone creates the easy drinking foundation for Boston Lager. The finish is rather dry, never sweet, and the bitterness subsides quickly. I would rather drink other beers (lagers and ales), but for what Boston Lager is, the taste is very good.
Complexity is low and the everything about this beer is straight forward. I think this is as close as "all things to all people" as beer can get for those that respect craft beer.

M: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. I think a head that stayed around longer would add a much desired creaminess.

D: I could drink a few of these before I would get bored. There really isn't that much to discover in this one.

O: Easy to find, easy to drink, and reasonably priced. The availability of Boston Lager will most likely save your night at some point in the future.

Photo of tykees88
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is malty and also gives off some floral. Comes with a nice bit of head, and a deep amber/brown color. Tastes great with the malt and even a bit of citrus coming into this one. I will go to this beer when all else fails. Easily drinkable and if you've never actually tried the boston lager you need to.

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

A - Light brown and slightly orange hint.

S - Slightly sweet and malty some caramel. A little floral hop.

T - Some caramel malts with slight floral hops. Really quite a balanced beer.

M - Medium body and creamy.

D - Very easy to drink, a good everyday type beer.

Notes: Nothing flashy about this, but like a lot of things from Sam Adams it is a solid beer.

Photo of showell
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised with this one. I'm not a big fan of lagers, and was expecting much the same from this. I was surprised, and then very pleased. It pours a yellow gold, with a nice fluffy white head. The smell is much what you'd expect, but with a hint of spice. The taste is much more that I expected. I figured it would be a typical lager, and the lager is there, but add some nice hops, a hint of spice, and much more complexity than you'd ever expect out of something like this. Mouthfeel is just what it should be, and I could drink these all evening if I didn't have stuff to do tomorrow. Well done Boston.

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

Boston Lager pours a crystal clear gold with a tiny, lasting off-white cap. Uniformly sparse sheets of lace appear down most of the glass. Very nice nose of biscuity malt with some spicy floral hops.

Solid Vienna character with more grainy malt coming through on the palate. It's nice to see some hop bitterness as well. If this bottle was less than 8 months old, I'm sure the hop flavor would be more forward. In any case, they are still hanging around, lending some fruit (berry?) flavors and a slight sourness. Nice clean bitterness on the back end.

The body is fairly substantial for the style. Medium carbonation and heft combine for a nice creamy mouthfeel. I'm not a huge Vienna fan, but overall a solid offering from one of America's pioneer craft brewers.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boston Beer Company has done such a remarkable job over the years and are owed much respect. Boston Lager, their flagship brand has a nice, roasted aroma. The beer's appearance is clear and amber- quite beautiful. The head is full and creamy. The taste is hoppy and full bodied. Mouth feel is exceptional and balanced. I can not think of any negatives to associate with this one. It justifies its cost.


Photo of nukem5
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very nice color and on pour nice head of creamy foam. If you have the lager glass with the laser ring it produces a nice ring of bubbles that rise and help in keeping the head alive.

S: Maltey and sweet light hoppiness

T: Smooth and rich, toungue gets a little massage of bubbles over it hoppy in the back end.

M: Very pleasant taste.

D: Definitley a re-drinker a very good session beer all around good everyday beer.

Photo of beerman207
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown with some head that doesn't stick around terribly long

S: Nose has malt and caramel.

T: Prior to craft beers, lagers were my "go to." This lager is done quite well with a bit more character than most. The caramel flavor and the malt presence balance well.

M: Good carbonation

D: Very drinkable. If I'm in a pinch at a bar with no real craft beer selection, I can always pray they have Sam!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of kdawg105
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must say this is a full body lager. It pours to an amber color with enough carbonation to leave a bite. It has a nice smell not overpowering of anything. The taste now that is quite interesting it has a fruity taste with quite the bite of hops. The mouth feel is heavy but it goes down smooth for a nice drinkability!!!

Photo of uno99
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Looks distinctly "beery" - Like the beer you remember your Dad drinking. Nice lacing for the style and appropriate color.

S: Lots of caramel here. also some bubblegum and apple. nice aromatic hop component as well.

T: Again lots of caramel. A little bit of clove and apple. quite bitter, but definitly not over the top. balanced like a good english bitter.

M: a little sticky but correctly carbonated.

D: Probably the perfect session beer for almost any occasion.

...Well being canadian I never thought Id like this beer so much. This is only the 3rd time Ive had it since its not really popular here and my opinion of it improves with each sampling.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,712 ratings.