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

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7,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,856
Reviews: 2,507
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 102
Gots: 1,158 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001

Our original beer is full-flavored with a balance of malty sweetness contrasted by hop spiciness and a smooth finish.
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Photo of Spider889
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid beer, and while I never seek it out, it does hold the distinction of being one of the beers that originally got me into craft. If there's only BMC and this at the bar, I'll happily drink this if I'm in the mood for a beer.

Nice light amber color with good carbonation. Tastes light and decently hopped for a lager.

Very drinkable, the only thing keeping it from being a 5 for me is the fact that I get tired of it fairly quickly and start seeking out something with more flavor/complexity. For what it is this is a great beer.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: There are flavors of caramel and biscuit malts in the taste underscored by a milt amount of bitterness. A little bit of sweetness is noticeable, particularly as the beer warms up. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and is quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/5/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet, fruity malts, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel, fruity, and bready malts, grain, and a tiny hit of bitter hops in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very solid lager that is very easy to drink. Have had many times and will have again.

Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just realized i never reviewed the Godfather of craft beers, so here goes.

A: Starts with a creamy head o 1.5 fingers that fades semi slowly over a crystal clear amber toasty wooden brown color.

N: Nose has a nice crsip lager aroma, mostly clean and crisp with some light sweet malts, even crystal malt i think.

T: Start with a nice clean lager taste, some toasty malts and some sweetness, also light crystal malts, a nice crisp and refreshing lager taste. some nice hoppy bitterness in there too with a little earthy and light mild hops.

M: Mouth is medium with good carbonation.

F: Finishes very clean, and perhaps a little too quick, with a slight lingerin earthy hop bitterness, and light toasty crystal malts and crisp lager taste.

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

big ass 22oz pour at Logan airport, waiting for a delayed flight...why not

served in a big ass Hefe glass...big deal

A - served with almost an inch of loose but frothy just off-white foam, crystal clear beer dark gold/amber in color. sticky lacing down the side of the glass. has it been this long since I've had SA on draft? when has it turned so pretty?

S - grains, some wet slightly grassy and earthy (dirt) hops...lightly sweet caramel malt.

T - starts off a bit grainy before some assertive (for the style) earthy hops kick in, add a nice kiss of bitterness. underneath it all, a light layer of caramel, slightly crackery malt balances.

M - thin bodied as expected, spot on refreshing, prickly carbonation. finishes clean but with a lingering pleasant grainy/hoppy aftertaste.

D - what can I say...might be the setting, sitting in Logan watching a Sox game, but I cant remember having a Boston Lager so enjoyable. really a treat amongst all the other readily available BMC offerings. cheers to Boston!

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a crystal-clear copper color with a 1/2 finger off-white head.

S - Light caramel malts and slight earthy hops dominate, with a slight waft of orange.

T - Pretty much follows the nose, with a touch of spice in the finish.

M - Crisp and refreshing with a light body and high carbonation.

D - Great, ubiquitous beer that's a good gateway for BMC drinkers. Refreshing!

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Served on tap in a big mug, beer has a nice head and retains islands of foam throughout the drinking. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Caramel malts and hops predominant; upon further inspection, grassy and floral tones detected.

T: Caramel, spice and grassy taste accented by the hops. The longer you drink the beer you start to notice a sweetness. (I actually do not care for this sweetness, but the beer still has great flavor)

M: Nice carbonation, but the body is a little weak.

D: Very drinkable beer, easy to find beer. The only thing I notice is the beer is a bit too sweet; as your mouth becomes accustomed to the hops you start to notice it more and more.

All in all, I think this is a great example of an under-produced beer style. You can find it just about everywhere, its a good beer to choose when your at a bar with somewhat meager choice of taps. It is also good beer to bring to a party and try to get your buddies into "craft".

Photo of Mjoepp
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark amber, white head, noticable carbonation.

S: Fresh lager, fruity, mostly oranges. Hops is also noticable.

T: Same as above but with more noticable spices. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, just as a good lager should be.

O: Really good beer ease your thirst with.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer all around. Appearance is excellent. Smell is fresh. Taste of wonderful hops. Mouthful see taste. Drinkabilty is good. Any more than 3 beers, a buzz starts to kick in. After a six pack you begin to buzz even more. This is a beer than should have been around a lot longer than you average American beers of Bud, Coors or Miller and taste better.

Photo of McThirsty
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a laser etched bottom tumbler glass

A: Copper orange with a 2 finger head that sticks around for you to admire it for a while. Very nice lacing on the glass

S: Somewhat hoppy with a slight spice to it; very pleasant

T: All of the ingredients work very well with each other. Citrus, the spiciness, great hop taste, and the malt taste on the end has almost a dark roast feel to it. Excellent aftertaste

M: Medium carbonation, slightly chewy, almost reminds me of eating a Bit- O- Honey candy bar

D: Excellent beer for warm evenings. I would say it's sessionable due to the complex flavors going on; the beer has a story to tell with every sip

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

SA Boston Lager

Poured into Pint Glass

A: Amber orange with a white head.

S: Nice hop aromas, sweet caramel maltiness and grassiness.

T: Malt and hops balance nicely-an herbal flavor from the hops and a caramel flavor of the hops.

M: Medium body.

D: I wanted my first review to be of a beer that started me on the path of beer. A great beer. Nothing outrageous, but balanced and drinkable.

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

A: Copper/Amber color with a thick frothy head. Good lacing throughout the beer. bubbles are small and moderate in quantity, appropriate for a European styled amber lager. It looks good and tasty.

S: The hop smell is a little spicy and the back smell is a fruity malt. They almost balance each other but the hop smell comes out the winner.

T: a peppery Hallertau Mittelfruh hop taste is the first thing your palate is whacked with. The malt is fruity, chewy, and delicious.

M: It is drying and the hop flavor linger pleasantly. It goes down easily and can be enjoyed gulped. The carbonation is appropriate for this style and is welcomed. Very warming.

D: I have no problem drinking another of the same. You want the hop aftertaste to stay and not go away. It is good that the Boston Beer Company got big yet stayed true to it mission, to make good beer!

Photo of mgbickel
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like many people below mention...finally decided to review this beer, after many, many pints.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A nice, thick single finger of butter cream foam formed on top of the golden bronze body. The head retained nicely and has good lacing qualities.

The nose is simple...toasted malts, caramel and a pinch of hop oil.

The taste is a little more complex than the nose. Starts off with a sweet caramel flavor that slowly fades to a roasted malt finish.

Medium to light mouth feel...a little slick but drying at the finish; moderate to high carbonation.

Refreshing to drink and enjoy. A great beer that is easy to get and just as easy to drink.

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

OK, free beer event tonight and despite the hundreds of gallons of this beer I've drank, I've never bothered to review it. Time to change that.

Beer is poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is amber / brownish and clear. Forms a thin head of off white bubbles and has moderate carbonation. Head leaves very little lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is kind of nutty and malty with some minimal earthy hops. Definitely hops in the aroma but not strong or bitter smelling.

Beer is medium in body and has mild sweetness up front, some bitterness in the back but mostly a malty feeling throughout. The sweetness up front give way to some carb on the palate and the late bitterness. Mild aftertaste overall a fine beer. I've had it hundreds of times and I'll have it again.

Photo of seewitheyesshut
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Vienna Lager
ABV: 4.75%

Aroma: Smells sweet with some malt. Very little presence of hops or any strong smell in general.

Appearance: In between a dark gold to very light brown color. A nice inch of head with some lacing.

Body/Texture: Medium body with a pleasant mouth feel. Not light or heavy, just right for a casual beer.

Aftertaste: Not very hoppy with a sweet matly after taste.

Comment: The bottle mentioned that it was brewed with Bavarian Noble Hops. Overall this beer has great drinkability but is nothing too special.

Photo of Broombrew
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass

pours with a 1 finger head. dissapates rather quickly, but leaves some lacing. nice golden brown color. clear, no cloudiness.

light hops and malt smell.

pretty balanced hop and malt taste. standard lager taste.

light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

very drinkable. not overly flavorful, but compliments my pizza well. would have another if offered or if im somewhere that has nothing more exciting on draft.

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

Classic beer from Boston. I just had to review it.

A: Pours a light Amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Laces decently.

S: Smells of citrus and malt. Not very complex but not bad at all.

T: Malty and mildly sweet. There is a slight hop bitterness and citrus note as well. Pretty decent for a lager.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium-High carbonation. Easy drinker.

D: Easy session beer. If no quality beer store is open, this is your beer of choice.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The ol' east coast standby. A beer that in a pinch, may be the best choice available. Hopefully not.

Good appearance, amber, good carbonation and head. Nothing noteworthy in aroma.

Taste, its all about the malt toasting, which is quite nice here for a lager. Some say hops, I don't taste it. Little bit of sweetness. Introductory level style. Way pricey for its complexity.

Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a nice coppery color, but not much head or lacing.
It has a malty smell, with some sweetness and a bit of hops. An inviting smell.
Good taste. Lots of breadiness with a slight hop finish.
Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.
Definitely drinkable. Good session beer. Great on a hot summer day. With this who needs summer ales?

Photo of zach8270
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[draft at Max and Erma's - Moon Township, PA] Wonderful coppery color. Mild hoppy aroma with just the lightest hint of sweet malts underneath. Good hoppy taste that is not too overpowering and leaves just enough of an aftertaste to let you know you just drank a good lager.

Photo of wcintula
2.99/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a tap into a perfect pint. I love these things.

A- Pours beautifully with a 2 finger off-white head with pockets and nice lacing throughout. The beer has a beautiful rich amber-colored body with lots and lots of activity. Very nice looking beer.

S- Not too much to describe other than the hops and roasted malts is all I'm picking up.

T- I consider this very bitter, but still quite nice. Very low malt profile, dry...and I pick up a hint of metal.

M- Medium-light bodied beer with and average amount of carbonation despite the nice show in the glass. Nothing too prickly or uncomfortable. Slight taste of alcohol.

D- I wouldn't drink more than two at a time on account to the bitterness. The taste isn't what I look for in beer, but by no means is this bad. Will drink again, and I will enjoy it, because it is a good beer.

Photo of jporf911
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (I don't think Sam Adams even makes cans, do they?).

Appearance- Ruddy amber with a decent frothy head that lasts fairly long along with significant lacing.

Smell- A wonderful combination of caramel malt and aromatic hops.

Taste- The taste is the best part of the this beer (as well it should be). As with the nose, it starts with a taste of sweet, toasted malt and finished with the slightly bitter hops. The dry, pleasant aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied with ample carbonation that leaves a pleasant tingling.

Drinkability- It's strong enough to be satisfying, yet light enough to imbibe multiple bottles. When I was a wee lad, I thought Samuel Adams was a disgusting beer; luckily, I have since seen the error of my ways. This is one of the best beers you can find at any major supermarket.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by Nov 2010

A - Pours a red tinted amber with a one inch white head; good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Toasted malts and a slight hop presence. Light biscuity notes in the nose

T&M - The flavor holds true to the nose. Toasted malts up front with a light hop bitterness to balance. A very inviting beer. Light caramel notes and breadiness. There is a refreshing level of carbonation and a clean finish.

D - One of the beers that got me started down the road of better beer. As I said above, very inviting. A great amount of flavor for an under 5 ABV, and a great gateway into the world of better beer.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Medium red-amber in color with two fingers of head that sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt sweetness up front with a fair amount of floral hops. An invitation to drink.

Taste: Starts off with lots of caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a moderate hop bitterness that kind of lingers on your tongue for awhile. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with plenty of active carbonation. Nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily and low ABV makes it easy for people of all levels of experience to handle.

Final Notes: It may not be the best beer in America, but it's good. A great beer to pair with grilled foods, and a nice session beer for a night out at the bar. And for the record, no, you really can't float a bottlecap on the head, I tried.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. best before may 2010, which is a month old.

pours a clear copper color with a nice sized, slightly off white head. pretty good retention, left a nice 1/4 inch of head almost the whole glass. small spots of lace, much bigger head and stickier lace on the second glass.

in the aroma there are grainy, caramel, slightly toasted malts. a little lager funk. just a faint floral hop aroma, this is more pronounced had it been a fresher bottle, ive definatly had this beer a time or two before.

hops are more noticeable in the taste. lemony citrus hops, grainy, caramel, toasted, nutty malts. the lager yeast is there. a slight bit of lingering hop bitterness and flavor in the finish. a little metallic tasting when its cold, but this goes away as it warms. still could be a little better had it been a touch fresher of a bottle.

bright bubbly high amount of carbonation, tingles the mouth a little after drinking. light body, just what you would expect.

this beer has really great drinkability, its price and availability also make it great. quenchs the thirst on a hot summer day, but still good all year round and now that its in bombers makes it even more convienent, 3$ for one of them. just maybe next time ill check the freshness date before i buy it.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,856 ratings.