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

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7,709 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,709
Reviews: 2,470
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 92
Gots: 949 | 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 brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager has a nice, amber color which sets it apart right away.

It has a nice hop/malt balance in the nose with citrus and pine blending with caramel malt.

Taste is similar to the nose, medium bodied with earth, citrus, and caramel.

A very solid lager that goes well with a number of foods or just as a tasty session beer. A good standby for restaurants.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-I had this on tap and it poured a nice amber with a nice white head.

S-The nose smelled kind of musty which I thought was weird. There was also some grassy notes, but also some hops and malt as well.

T-Much like the nose a nice balance between hops and malt. It also had some grassy notes as well.

M-Kind of thick with moderate carbonation.

D-I would say this is a session beer all the way, it has a low abv. and it isn't very complex or too hoppy.

Overall, I have enjoyed this beer the very few times I have drank it. I can't imagine what it would have been like to try this beer when it originally was released, I'm sure it would have been mind blowing at the time. Thank you Jim Koch for giving us this beer and helping to change beer in America forever.

Photo of meeekyh
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a really, really cold pint glass. Fine for most of the swill served at the fine owl-and-mammary-themed establishment but not ideal for tasting a beer.

Small, tan-white head but nice lacing. Deep honey color and no haze.

After allowing it to warm a bit some malt, caramel and a hint of orange peel come though in the nose.

Nice malty, hoppy-pine start with a slightly-sweet grainy flavour. Really quite a bit of flavour for a mass-produced lager.

Medium body with nice carbonation.

Drinkibility is OK but I would prefer more flavour and a bit of tartness. I can't speak to the specific style though.

Photo of fastsrt
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle to pint
A: Bronze with a good head
S: Biscuits, herbal hops.
T: Malty, smooth, snappy hops, balanced
M: Thin, spicy hops.
D: Refreshing, snappy hop finish, goes well with food. this is not a beer to savor. I would never drink more than 2.

Photo of buschbeer
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into my Sam Adams winter lager pint glass to a generous head. It is golden in color and clear. I smell sweet, bready malts and floral hops. The taste begins with malt but is quickly replaced by the mildly bitter hops. It's an ok beer. It is not one of my favorite offerings from BBC.


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

I can't believe it has taken me this long to rate a beer that I seem to drink a lot.
It is my beer of choice when I go to restaurants that do not seem to have a selection of craft beers. It has a thick and frothy off white almost tan head with a nice amount of staying power and lace. The body is red amber with a slight yellow color to it. The aroma is that of mild hops and bread. It has breakfast cereal like grainy taste. A high quality malt flavored beer with just the right amount of hops. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Photo of MadElf25
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a well crafted beer with a very stong hop taste to it. The 1 inch head and the the nice yellow coloring makes the beer very appealing to the eyes, the first sip is the best along with strong aroma that makes this beer very good. i recommend this beer for something tasty and able to enjoy when your out with your buddies.

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

when poured, it has a amber color with a slight golden hue and a stable cream colored head that's stable throughout the drink. Aroma is a little weak, but smells of malts. Taste initially like sweet bready malts, but the hops start to kick in after it goes down. Not too thick or too thin like other American lagers and a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall a good beer for any occasion that's practically on any menu or at any bar.

Photo of bump8628
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by month of May notched on the label.

Somewhere betwixt gold and copper in color with an ample white head that leaves rings of lace down my pilsener glass.

Sweet and toasty malt mingle with spicy floral hops on the nose.

Well-balanced with toasted malt reminiscent of freshly warmed bread, a touch of caramel, and spicy and flowery hops. Finish is clean and crisp with some fleeting bitterness.

Really just a well-balanced and flavorful lager. Every component of the beer is well-integrated. Did I say balanced?

A classic American craft beer that can still hold its own and the fact that it's so widely available is nice.

Photo of DIM
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a perfectly clear copper color. It was served to me with a medium sized head that faded to moderate lace.

s: Surprisingly strong noble hop notes along with a little toasted grain.

t: Starts clean before the flowery hop bite kicks in. There was something sweet in the finish that was distracting.

m: Crisply carbonated.

d: Very nice lager, I'm glad it is so widely available.

Photo of mikey711
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh yes, one of the beers that got everything started

A: Copper and perfectly clear with a huge fluffy white head that just hits the top of the glass before fading leaving some nice webbing behind

S: Mild caramel notes, some grain notes and a bit of lager yeast notes. Pretty simple

T: Biscuity at first then slight grainy before a very nice crisp herbal hop taste at the end of it

M: Pretty light in body but there is a nice redeeming creamy quality

D: Yeah this one i could drink all day no problem. Sure it holds a very special place in my heart but in a pinch this is a great go to beer

Photo of bbkd3b
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hits the glass with a bright, golden character with good carbonation. The head was a smidgen light, but it had decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Nice balance here. Earthy hops meet bready/biscuity malts. It's not very deep, but it's a welcoming scent.

T: Ah, this follows the smell, and it works better on the tongue. The hops were a little more center-place, with a real earthy character coming to the center. It always finished on the bread tones, though. Good stuff.

M: Lighter side of a medium body with good carbonation. It does what it's supposed to do.

D: Hey, it's a lighter beer with good affordability. Drinking a few of these is no challenge for me at all.

Overall/notes: I've had quite few of these over the years, and there's a good reason. Boston Lager is one of the better lagers available, and the fact that it's so readily available boosts its reputation. It's one of those beers that you can turn to year-round and never really frown about, and more than likely one of the best options at a sports bar.

Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at dinner at Chili's. This was the best offering available.

A: Clear golden appearance, fluffy white head, nice retention

S: lots of bready malts and a zing from some piney and earthy hops, the malts take center stage

T: very similar to nose. Lots of bready malts, some caramel and toffee character with a bright hop finish, everything is subtle but well balanced

MF: high carb, thin body, on par for style

D: SA BL is a very drinkable and full flavored lager, It is a great option for the times when only macro adjunct lagers are available as Boston Lager is typically one of the "import" selections. It is enjoyable but not a standby for me.

Photo of erz316
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the tap room, into a pint glass.

not too much head on this beer, but the colour stays the same. the only real notable character that changes is the toasted or roasty aspect to the malts, which becomes a bit more predominant in the role of the taste. all in all the hop levels and drinkability stay the same, and continue to make a good cheap beer to go with a burger.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boston Lager is a great on-tap beer. It's a beautiful amber color and has a decent head. As always, Sam Adams doesn't fail in the flavor department. Boston Lager has a great taste, but isn't too heavy either. Definitely a solid brew that all beer lovers should try.

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Bottle says best before June 2010.

A: Amber/copper with a white head about 2 fingers in width. Perfectly fills the glass. As the beer is consumed the head lessens somewhat, but there is white lacing all around the glass.

S: Floral hop aroma and citrus.

T: This lager has a wonderful balance of hops and malt. The tastes from the hops--floral and citrus--are complemented perfectly by the caramel flavors from the malt. In the beer geek community, Boston Lager may not be the "sexy" choice, but I have yet to find another similar-style lager that is made with the same quality craftsmanship, consistency and taste.

M: Very smooth, carbonation just right. Love contrasting the hop/malt flavors in my mouth.

D: I have not come across too many beers that I enjoy returning to again and again like this one. You just can't go wrong with this beer. Complements all kinds of food very well. Extremely versatile.

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

poured into its own perfect pint custom glass.

A: pours amber with a one finger head that fell sort of fast but laces well.
S: malty and bready, hops, very light citrus
T: bready sweet malt, hop earthiness
M: mild carbonation, clean in mouth
D: easier than what its marketed to compete with.

Photo of TommyW
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, golden/amber body with a tall, sticky white head.

S- Sweet and caramel malt with some floral hops; very aromatic.

T- Sweet and slightly bready malts with an oily hops that mixes with some spice on the finish.

M- Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D- Simply a great session beer.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Lager poured light clear amber with a thick two-finger head. It left a glass-full of lace.

The smell and flavor were sweet and malty but balanced by more bitterness than usual for a lager, which provided a thick bready feel. I prefer the Boston Ale and was disappointed that the Lager was included in the Winter Sampler; however, as Lagers go, Sam Adams is great. It's a great choice at restaurants that don't have a wide selection of craft beers and it was an unexpected pleasure on a cold afternoon.

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

A-Pours amber with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Very malty/bready with a bit of hops and maybe some caramel.

T-Roasted malt, with more of a citrus hop bite than the nose indicated. Not overly complex, but nice.

M-On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp carb bite.

D-Its very easy to put away more than one with a meal.

Its a nice fall back when we go out to eat and my only other options are BMCs.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've drunk this beer on countless occasions - finally decided to formally review it after having it on tap at the bar last night.

A: Nice amber coloring. Fairly significant head.

S: Balance between the citrus of the hops and the roasted breadiness of the malt. Nothing special, though.

T: This is a solid beer. Nice balance between hops and malt. I know people have said this a thousand times, but you can always get Sam Adams Boston lager on tap at nearly every bar, and it is often the only palatable choice.

M: Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel.

D: Good - could definitely session a few of these.

Photo of eat
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shining golden colour with a decent off-white head. Not much retention, slight lacing.

Nice big smell: wheat, bread, yeast, a little sweetness and even a touch of spice if I'm not mistaken.

Lots of flavour for a lager. Tastes darker than it looks. Some roasted malt, wheat, a touch of sweetness and a fairly bitter, dry finish.

Very nice feel: great medium body with an appropriate moderate carbonation.

I can see how this is the biggest-selling craft beer in America. There are enough similarities to macro and micro to keep everyone happy. Good to see a flavourful beer gain so much popularity. Very drinkable, an easy session choice.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My original review was 12-22-2009
Updating my review 2-16-10

Best by: May

The new 25 year anniversary bottle label. A vigorous pour resulted a 3 finger creamy off white dense, thick, pillowy head. Thick and pretty impressive looking. Golden amber Nice, good amount of lacing being left down the sides. Crystal clear, orangish-golden amber in color.

Light biscuity yeast and sweet malitiness. Sweet with a slight spicyness. Some hops are present. Its not the strongest in the nose department, but It does smell decent.

Similar to the nose, lots of maltiness. Caramel malt, and pale malts upfront,with a good hop finish. Small bite and light spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good hoppy, slightly dry finish. Pretty drinkable and I easily finished a 6 pack just the other night.

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

Have drank this beer many times, but never put in the review. Recently had on tap, here are my notes:

A: Clear amber with a nice 1 finger head. Dissipates and laces nicely.

S: Hops and citrus/ Grapefruit/oragne/ Some bread smell

T: Malt flavor rushes through and finishes with nice hop bite. Balanced, but a tad conservative. Some citrus hint with its crisp taste.

M: Good mouth coating and carbonation.

D: I could drink this regularly. Good vienna lager.

Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just bought a couple Perfect Pint glasses from BevMo so I thought it was only fair this be the first beer I review out of one.
A: Pours a light amber with a thin pearly white head that leaves lots of good lacing.
S: Smells predominately of doughy, bready yeast with some faint hops and sweet caramel.
T: Very bready up front followed by a faint hoppy bitter. Finishes with a sweet honey/brown-sugar taste. Very malty, but you can tell the hops are there. Okay flavor but light.
M: Good carbonation up front that nips at your tongue. Finish is dry but thin. Medium/light in body, and the aftertaste is strange combination of sweet/sour that is a bit off-putting.
D: There are many other six-packs I would rather pick up instead of this one. However, this beer is not horrible, and was in fact better than I expected. I really liked the smell, and was impressed with the glass. It is very comfortable in the hand and the lip on the rim makes this glass very pleasing to drink from. It won't replace my tulip, but it's great to drink beers like this from.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,709 ratings.