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

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6,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,922
Reviews: 2,417
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 61
Gots: 546 | 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 argock


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into tall pilsner glass

A: Orangy-gold color with frothy, off white head that has good retention.

S: Malt and caramel with mild hops and light citrus character.

T: More malty and sweet than I remember with a fine hops finish. This beer is good and has a highly perfected flavor-feel about it. The best mass-marketed beer you'll pay $8 a six-pack for.

M: Light-to-medium body with understated carbonation which is nice in a lager.

D: Very drinkable if not for the price -- there are many other beers where the extra buck per six-pack is well worth it.

05-07-2007 03:35:35 | More by argock
Photo of prototypic


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: It's a clear, golden color. Head is foamy and an off white color. Decent retention and rather light lacing, though it is much better than a macro.

Smell: It's got a primarily malty aroma. There are a bit of hops that are noticeable. A light citrus scent is also there (maybe a tad bit of lemon). It also has a light grainy smell to it. All in all, a little light on the nose.

Taste: Mostly malty. Again, a bit of hops are certainly there. The slight lemon taste is there and it is a bit grainy. Most importantly (for me), the heavily watered down taste that is prevalant in macros is absent. This is just a solid, straight forward beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, extremely well carbonated, and a pure joy to session. I really enjoy this beer. Overall, it's a classic. While the numbers may not reflect it, most would agree. It is the beer that prompted many of us to graduate to better beer. This is a staple for me. It is, and always will be, a classic.

05-07-2007 02:28:13 | More by prototypic
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Got this on tap at a local resteraunt. Poured the expected clear amber with a quickly diminishing head with some islands of foam. Nice hop bitterness on a malt backbone. I thought I detected a bit of clean spice in the taste. Very short slightly bitter aftertaste. I enjoyed this simple beer.

05-06-2007 14:27:33 | More by srrn
Photo of Brad007


4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

It's been a long time since I had anything from Samuel Adams. I decided to take a gamble and check out the Summer 12 pack. Boston Lager pours a medium copper color with a rich foamy head that lingers in the glass. The smell is very malty with what I perceive as a corn aroma (no, I'm not knocking the beer) that's slightly roasted. The taste is very smooth and refreshing, a tad bit syrupy and with a good malt/hop profile. The aftertaste is somewhat sweet and malty.

I think this beer is decent for what it is and if anything, it gives me incentive to drink more lagers.

05-06-2007 00:09:39 | More by Brad007
Photo of jtslay


4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

This is one of the best lagers that I have had. It has a taste complexity that I thought only an ale could have. Cheers to Jim Koch. The beer pours a very light yellow common to lagers. There is moderate head with no lacing. The smell is a very clean and intriguing one. This beer has a very clean and crisp yet complex taste with almost no lasting aftertaste to taint one's palate. Very drinkable.

05-05-2007 18:05:02 | More by jtslay
Photo of BretSikkink


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Light side of an amber color, good sized head with nice lacing.

Dextrin sweet in the nose, good malt presence. Just a little hop bitterness. Unassuming sea-side flavor with a lovely floral hop presence. Sweet caramel malt is the star, good carbonation keeps things all in check. Semi-dry finish and spicy hop aftertaste.

One of the best session beers, almost ubiquitous. Classic fall-back brew.

05-05-2007 00:10:45 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

12oz draft in a pint glass at Outback Steakhouse, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

Copper in colour and clear with a thin off-white head.

Mild aroma of hops with a hint of malt in the background.

Lightly hoppy with little malt. Flavour profile is pretty steady throughout. Short lived, mild aftertaste.

Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Better than a macro, but really didn't come out and grab me. I'd drink it again in a similar situation, but won't go out of my way to order one.

05-04-2007 23:24:45 | More by Noxious26
Photo of jar2574


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured into a pint glass, got a nice think head that receded fairly quickly. There's a healthy dose of carbonation. Bubbles coat the side of the glass as I drink it.

I've always enjoyed the smell of this beer. Its a blend of sweetness and hops, but there isn't a real strong scent.

It goes down smoothly, with just the right amount of bitterness. Perfect blend of hoppiness and maltiness. Perhaps a bit of a citrus flavor. And a pleasant aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable beer and a good intro to good beers for your friends that are stuck on the Bud Light vs. Miller Lite debate.

05-04-2007 00:17:48 | More by jar2574
Photo of Romulus141


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured into the official Sam Adams Boston Lager serving glass (the new one). I've also had this on tap at the bar many a time.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a white, fluffy head. There is decent head retention, and lacing remains on the edges of the glass. Carbonation bubbles float towards the top of the brew. This has a very nice appearance, and is one of the better looking lagers on the market.

Smell: There is a sweet smell, primarily from the malts. There is also a floral character, but that is a little harder to detect. The smell is unobtrusive, but present enough to show that this lager will have a good flavor.

Taste: The smell is a good indicator of the flavor. A sweet, malty taste is the primary characteristic, but there is a nice bite of hops to balance everything out. The finish is crisp, and leaves a slight aftertaste. The flavor is bold for a lager. The brew isn't complex, but it knows that it wants to be memorable and enjoyable. All around a good brew.

Mouthfeel: It's denser than other lagers that are on the market. It's got weight to it. It's got carbonation, but it isn't overdone. If you want less carbonation, getting this on tap is the way to go.

Drinkability: This is highly drinkable, and is one of my stand-bys when I frequent the local bars. It's flavorful, but it doesn't make you feel bloated after having three of them. The APV is just right to make this an ideal session beer.

Recommended. This is a solid beer that you can always count on. Seriously, if you haven't had this yet, get out from under your rock and try it. There's a reason that this is a well-respected beer. I've meet about three people who don't like this. Nearly everyone else does. It's also a great gateway beer for your friends that think Budweiser is all one needs.

05-03-2007 02:42:00 | More by Romulus141
Photo of BeerDreadz


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

This is one different beer that you can get in any bar. This beer have a great taste a nice smell and feels very good in the mouth..The color of this beer is darker that any regular macro lager. This beer is great with appetizer especially if they are spicy.You can have one in boston or in any other part f the US and still will be great.

05-01-2007 17:12:37 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of mbutter1997


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

Wonderful beer all around. Refreshing with nice blend of hoppiness, malt flavor, and not too much carbonation. The hops dominate the taste, but the overall blend of flavors make this worth drinking again and again. This has definitely become my "stand-by" beer when nothing else is worth drinking.

04-29-2007 19:15:48 | More by mbutter1997
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

a decent beer and ubiquitous enough to be found in even most shit bars and random restaurants. something i will drink lacking other options and better than most available lagers. light amber and crystal clear with a white head. floral, spicy hops and roasty caramel malts in the nose. very light malt sweetness quickly cleaned out by the vegetal hop bitterness and crisp carbonation, finishes quite dry. a sessionable beer.

04-27-2007 03:01:55 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of bluegrassbrew


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with a good dirty white head that drops and leave some good lacing.

Smell is caramel malt and just a bit of sourness.

Taste is a good balance of light hops and maltiness. Some caramel notes with a bit of a metalic bite at the end.

Well balanced and very easy to drink. Makes a good session beer.

04-24-2007 03:44:43 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Had a few of these at my nieces bday party figured i would give it a review.

A-Toasty brown with a head replenished by a steady stearm of bubbles.

S-Lightly buttered toasty aeoma.

T-More toast in the taste with afresh hop bite. Very well rounded with the malt and the hops. The balance is good slightly leaning towards the malt. Very refreshing

M is medium medium carbonation

D Good session beer and the best option with only macros

04-22-2007 01:47:44 | More by sleazo
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, one finger head. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - It smelled sweet and of malts. Some grassiness.

T - It is malty and has a little hop kick. Nice sweet flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice beer. A good session beer.

04-21-2007 04:41:43 | More by zeff80
Photo of brdc


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Light golden, with a creamy head that shows moderate retention.
Smell is lightly sweet, but also has hints of hops, somewhat flowery.
This is a reasonably light beer, with a taste that is mild but pleasant, mostly malty and sweetish, but with a good dose of balancing hops.
I would not go as far as calling this a classic, but it is a well-crafted beer and a good session beer.

04-20-2007 16:45:32 | More by brdc
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +25.1%

Not quite sure how I missed reviewing this for over five years. Its certainly in the house often enough.

Rich amber body, outstanding clarity, topped by a fist worth of off-white rocky froth which peaked above the rim. Wonderful drippy lacing.

Enticing noble aroma of bread/yeast and grass/hay.

Caramely malt semi-sweetness lays down a solid foundation which holds its ground throughout. Earthy noble hops arise and achieve a near perfect balance just before the swallow, and then deliver an assertive snap that tingles through the aftertaste.

Light-medium mouthfeel imparts a sense of quality without impairing drinkability, which is exceptional.

Far superior to any macro, but not off putting to most of their customers. America's gateway to craft beer. Is this "the best beer in America". No, but its high quality, easy appeal, and near macro accessibility makes it the most important beer in America.

You might not love it, but you should appreciate it.

04-17-2007 23:04:05 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of beerhawk


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

I must say this is my go to beer when there are only macros on tap. I'll take this over a bud or yuengling any day. It pours nice and clean. The head is white and the carbonation is not nearly as high as other macros. Slightly malty taste which is not what I really want with my lagers. This is why I did not give it a bang up review. However, I have always liked that Sam Adams has noticably more hops than most of the other big guys. If you are new to the microbrewed beers, give this one a try. It won't send you over the top with flavor, but it is much better than Bud any day.

04-15-2007 04:28:44 | More by beerhawk
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

This is a pretty basic Vienna. The taste, however is more present. Has a nice white head on it. Smell has a malt character to it. A decent sweet malt flavor with subtle hop bitterness. Overall pretty boring and dull. I don't purchase this too often because its priced the same as much better brews. This is very drinkable because it is unoffensive, refreshing, and enjoyable.

04-13-2007 14:13:04 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of shadow1961


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Samuel Adam's Boston Lager was quite naughty. I opened the bottle
and turned away for a second, only to find a small puddle on my cutting
board. Usually when beer is a bit dyspeptic, it gives you fair warning. Oh
well- anyway, poured out I got a nice stiff rocky head over a clear amber
brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is basically malt and a bit of
barley. The flavor is basically malt up front with a subdued grassy hop
finish. Aftertaste is more of that hop. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth,
with just a nip from those hops. It's a pretty easy-drinking brew, and soon
all that's left is some chunky lacing. A good, basic brew.

04-11-2007 07:41:43 | More by shadow1961
Photo of irishman06


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured an almost clear golden-brown with a fairly substantial frothy head that subsided quickly but lingered in some form the whole time.
Strong, pleasant aroma.
Delightfully robust taste with hints of malt, hops, and some fruity notes, almost apple-like. Nice and strong, but balanced.
Great session beer, the best macro lager I've had. My go-to.

04-09-2007 03:03:36 | More by irishman06
Photo of JDK


4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared.
Light lacing that disappeared pretty quick
Smell is of light malt
Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.
Light malt taste, nothing really stood out.
Really enjoyed this lager and is an all around great beer.
The perfect beer to start a bud, miller, coors drinker on the right path to the "better beer" (I know, I did it!)

04-08-2007 20:39:55 | More by JDK
Photo of BeerManDan


3.05/5  rDev -18.4%

This is a pretty average lager. When poured the color was an amber brown with nice white foam. The taste of hops and malts with a hint of spice was evident. Nice thirst quincher on a warm afternoon. A pleasant surprise with this lager from Sam Adams.

04-06-2007 23:31:46 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of zdk9


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

A very good session beer. Pours an amber brown with a two-finger white fluffy head, and a touch of lacing. Hops and malt are well balanced- some toasty hazelnut flavors, along with tobacco ash, carmel and others. Goes down clean with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

04-06-2007 20:08:07 | More by zdk9
Photo of rhythmguitartz88

New York

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%

This is a pretty ok beer. I'd call it good in a word. The appearance was pretty good. It poured nicely into my glass. The amber/oragne/yellow color was a nice tone. The smell had some hop to it. The taste was hoppy with a hint of sweet-esque malt. Mouthfeel was smoothish without much bite. Drinkability was just above average like a 3.2 really.

04-05-2007 01:17:09 | More by rhythmguitartz88
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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