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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

6,690 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,690
Reviews: 2,411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 55
Gots: 441 | 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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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nice dark amber leaving a decent head that sat happily on the top, leaving some lacing. Smell is very hoppy, there is nothing offensive in the smell of this brew. The hops are well carried in the flavor, with a very pronounced bitterness that some may have a hard time handling. (I know I didn't care for this one much when I was younger.) Overall this is a well made, well hopped lager that I would most certainly invite to my fridge again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 17:12:48 | More by funkengruven
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap after a very hot day outside, so perception may be biased....
Poured a light copper color, with a moderate head. Smell was nice balance of malt and hops, as was the taste, although the hop flavor won out over the malt, resulting in a slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 13:52:42 | More by
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hunteraw

China

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe it's taken me so long to get around to actually reviewing this one...

Appearance: Poured an appealing amber/copper color, moderate head, some lacing.

Smell: Earthy hop aroma, with a little bit of toasted malt.

Taste: Nice to see how big a role the hops have in this one. The flavors are very earthy - I think you could almost say there's a little bit of saltiness. Toasted (maybe a touch burnt?) grain backs up the hops. Finishes on very dry, which I find appealing.

Mouthfeel: fairly light, good level of carbonation. "creamy" is going too far, but it's slightly in that direction.

Drinkability: Very nice Vienna Lager: dry finish definitely helps drinkability, it's flavorful enough that you want to keep drinking, while light enough that you can. Where there aren't many other options, this is a great standby.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 05:09:41 | More by hunteraw
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light crystal clear amber body with little head

S: lager yeast smell, not a whole lot going on

T: clean upfront, flavor his the sides on the tongue in the aftertaste. I guess it's the saaz and hallertauer hops. Plenty of earthy herbal German noble hops. Some caramel sweetness to the malt as it warms.

M: great mouthfeel for an american lager

D: good drinkability but most lagers tend to have that going for them

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 16:10:42 | More by rtratzlaff
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DuqTroops

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light orange in color, slightly white head atop the body.

Smell - more citrus than hops in smell. not typical of lagers.

Taste - here you can taste the hops more so, but the malt is still there.

Mouthfeel - very smooth tasting.

Drinkability - very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 04:26:36 | More by DuqTroops
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omar

Texas

1.73/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This has got to be the worst beer Sam Adams makes. Was looking forward to trying it, poured it into a cold mug and took a sip. Yukk.

The beer looks okay, but the smell and the taste are disgusting. Like it's infused with sulphur making it smell strange, also affecting the taste and the aftertaste. Drank a couple more two days later. No improvement. Gave it one last chance on tap at my favorite pub, still rotten.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 21:32:11 | More by omar
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xduderx

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I avoided trying samuel adams because honestly I figured with it having commercials all over television and being a mass-produced beer that it must be piss water. I couldn't have been more wrong!!!! This beer is hands down the best mass-produced beer in america next to sierra nevada pale ale.

appearance = a very light copper with very little head

smell = a little hoppiness and slightly sweet smelling

taste = very good fruity undertones reminiscent of a pale ale but a little more suttle.

mouthfeel = not quite medium bodied but not light bodied either

drinkability = very good session beer and goes down very easy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 03:06:27 | More by xduderx
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semihobo

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase before April on side of bottle ... bought this before April and it sat in the fridge for a while. Another review of beer acquired via the five-finger discount.

Crystal clear red color, good pooling of lace that retains well, head is rough but appropriate for a lager.

Well balanced smell of both crisp precise hops and bready amber malts. Smells tasty.

Very bready, dextrinous taste. Grainy aftertaste of corn and barley, I like this but it is a little clumsy and many may not (and it reminds me of Miller High Life's finish, for better or for worse). Grains are mitigated by the surprisingly strong hop presence... low alphas that do their job. Not complex, really, but it's a fine lager. Not quite as smooth as it warms...

Mouthfeel is nice, very feisty bubbles but not overwhelming. Dextrins really make this a full-bodied beer that you can almost chew on.

Nothing bad and the simplicity of the beer makes it very drinkable. Combine that with the fact that it's so frequently far-and-away the best beer available at bars and restaurants, and I thank the powers that be for Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 04:56:51 | More by semihobo
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nutty brown color and very crisp. The head is full and pillowy and stays pillowy and the head and lacing combine and only the middle falls into a thin layer. The head/lacing stays about 5mm over the beer.

A slightly nutty sweet smell is a little sweet and compiments the lager smell.

It has a distinct hoppiness to it with a slight nuttiness covering up most of the lager smell.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and crisp, has a little bit of bite to it.

I will look for a fresh 6 pack, but only once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 02:16:00 | More by Erdinger2003
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a standard pint glass. It has a dark golden color with a slight amber hue. The head is decent with good retention. The aroma is malty with a slight hint of hops. Upon tasting, the malt comes through, but the hops are definitely present and very well balanced. Hops are noticeable on the finish also. The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

This is a really good lager. I believe Sam Adams does truly represent a return to flavorful beer in the widely distributed and mass marketed beer varieties.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 21:29:36 | More by scoobybrew
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange amber with a white head.

Smell. Nice combination of malts and hops, nicely balanced.

Taste. More good balance, nice bitterness from the hops and a solid malty backbone. Aftertaste is malty.

Mouthfeel is good. medium and slightly chewy body.nice carbonation, great balance.

Overall, a classic.A great beer you can always fall back on.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 05:21:12 | More by acrawf6
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber-gold with a creamy white head that leaves little slight lacing.

Smell is caramel malt, slight hop spiciness, and a touch of fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Strong malt up front, then a nice spicy hop finish. Surprisingly full flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly creamy.

If I would have discovered this brew early on it could have been the one to turn me on to craft beer (luckily I was introduced to Pete's). An easy drinking session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 23:28:32 | More by Blakaeris
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a great golden copper color, with a thick creamy white head, moderate carbonation present

S - mmm, a great musty hoppy aroma, a very refreshing, inviting aroma, with some background sweetness

T - a nice roasted malt flavor, probably my favorite Sammy A offering, very quenching

M - nice and easy on the palate, not offensive either way, overly bitter or overly malty, a la macro's

D - high drinkability, a great ice-breaker for the Bud-drinker into the world of craft

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 05:35:59 | More by sinstaineddemon
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams gets a bad rap because they have become commercial. But they should be commercial. This is a terrific, classic, microbrew (yes it is a micro). Sam Adam's beers are always full of flavor and always produces a creamy head, this one being no exception. Great summer beer! Nice micro smell and has a slight hop kickback. A terrific starter brew for those who have never had one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 01:34:11 | More by bigdeuce
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macpapi

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As many times as I've had this staple brew, have never reviewed it. S.A.B.L. pours an almost clear, light brown color, with minimal white head. Its smell is mostly roasted malts with a bit of citrus hops. There is also a nice sweetness to finish. A good, clean, crisp aroma. Taste is again dominated by malt and hops. Not terribly bitter or complex, but a pleasing swallow nonetheless. In the mouth, this beer isn't very full-bodied. But it does have a decent, crisp and sharp pull on the tongue. On the whole, this is a pretty classic American Beer. It has been much maligned and much respected by many B.A's all at once. I for one have always appreciated Sam Lager for what it is: a very fine and eminently drinkable--if none too complex--brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 01:35:52 | More by macpapi
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold, amber color with a good white head. Nicely toasted malt aroma with a light caramel sweetness. Pretty fresh with good clarity. Taste has a lot of good malts and some sparse hops add a bit of variety. Very good sweet malt character is at the heart of this lager. The malts have a nice gritty texture and there's a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Inviting drinkability at that.

A well done lager, and certainly good for large scale comsumption.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 01:36:22 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pristine copper gold with a thin, off-white, bubbly head. Aroma is mostly toasted malt, spicy german hops, and a light caramel sweetness. Firm, clean sweet malt flavor; crisp, earthy, spicy hoppiness. Medium body, solid bitterness has some bite to it...a little creamy in the finish. Great session beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 01:18:12 | More by wedge
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Applesauce1

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times, this is my first review of it, however.

Appearance: copper color
Smell: some sweetness, maybe some caramel; some mild hoppiness too, good smell, however
Taste: definitely hops in there, more than most lagers; also a caramel taste is hanging in there, really well done mixing those two together

This beer is easy to drink, and you can have many in one night. This is a reliable fall back beer to get at a bar that has nothing good on tap, or a small bottle selection.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 00:12:36 | More by Applesauce1
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium golden color with large white puffy head. Smell is malrty sweet and very understated. Taste is initiallly hoppy but a suprisingly strong hop bitterness also presents itself. Very crisp and freshing. Nice crisp, refreshing mouthfeel that is very pleasurable. A very nice beer. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 23:50:35 | More by tgbljb
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Mechphisto

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad.
I don't get the caramel flavor that some people have said, but I definitely detect a heady fruity scent and taste, like peach or apricot.
Definitely a grassy aroma, not unpleasant. Very faint.
The color is a nice dark amber. Not opaque, and not quite like a cola.
Soft but thin head with a nice lacing that stayed around a while.
Good when very cold even though that hides most of the flavor, and good when just a touch colder than room temp. Kind of odd in beteen, though. Kind of a sickly-sweet flavor when coolish. But the sweetness calms down when it's nearly room temp. Weird.
While I like VERY dark and strong beers more, I would certainly take this over Sam Adam's Black Lager any day!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 18:55:54 | More by Mechphisto
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sparkling amber hue with a two finger frothy head. Good retention and lacing.

The smell was malty sweet with a hint of citrusy hop character.

The taste started sweet, with a strong malt and toasted grain flavor. The beer finished dry, with a citrusy, flowery bitterness. A nice biscuity aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel was full and well carbonated.

An extremely drinkable lager beer with just enough flavor to keep it interesting. A staple beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2006 18:53:37 | More by plaid75
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cjgator3

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my personal favorites that is available just about everywhere you go. As good as it is in the bottle, it is even better on tap. The hops seem to explode in your mouth and are enhanced much more than from the bottle. The appearance is amber with a decent head. Aroma is sweet with a salivating malt and hop aroma. The taste is sweet malt and caramel. I am not a huge hop fan, but the hops fit in very nicely with this brew and they do not seem out of place. This is a wonderful session beer and I almost always order it at a bar if it is available.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2006 02:24:17 | More by cjgator3
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the draft version as this was the only non-Bud/Miller tap available at the sorts bar where we were watching the game. Nice dark amber color (OK, dark compared to the Buds and MGDs at the table). The head is thin but had good stability, thin creamy strings af lace slide down the glass. Some sweet smell of caramel malt, and nice floral hops aroma at the end. Lots of flavor, including sweet caramel malt and a nice spicy bitter finish. So good, I had to order another one. Now that I know, will search this one out when the draft selections are hurting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2006 03:42:35 | More by BigBry
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into pint glass. The beer presents itself nicely with a golden amber coloer, decent carbonation and a medium sized white head. Head has fair retention. Good lacing.

Aroma is of sweet malts, hops. Some bready notes. Crisp.

The taste is sweet with a bitter/dry finish. There is a hoppy backbone that lingers throughout.

The mouthfeel has a medium body with decent cleansing. Overall, while not my favorite style of beer, this is a decent beer that I've had many times and will probably have many more times. Good session beer that goes well with a variety of beer food that you can get at most bars.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2006 17:58:56 | More by atigerlife
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neenerzig

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is the best American marcobrew Lager I have ever had. It certainly is much better than lagers such as budweiser, michelob, keystone, etc. I don't think that anyone can argue that by now Sam Adams isn't a macrobrew company. Poured into a tumbler. Color is a nice, deep medium amber gold with a very slight of orange tint as well. Mine had a nice and tall white head about an inch thick that lasted for about 5 minutes when I poured it before starting to disappear. It eventually settled to about 1/4 of an inch. Very nice lacing too. The smell is nothing special, some hops, malts and maybe vegetables. The taste upfront is malty, a bit sweet, followed by some moderate hop notes. Has a crisp and smooth mouthfeel with moderatecarbonation. This beer goes down quite easy and is very drinkable. All in all a good beer, but nothing super fantastic.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 02:18:41 | More by neenerzig
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 6,690 ratings.