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

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7,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,837
Reviews: 2,502
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 100
Gots: 1,134 | 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 Spica66
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If I were to have to pick one American craft beer to have for the rest of my life, it would be this beer.

A: Medium gold. Love the carbonation level.

S: Malty, some hops nose.

T: Malty, some hops on the finish.

M: Not a very creamy beer, but also not water-like, either.

D: I bought 6 and drank 6. It doesn't get any more drinkable than that!

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

Holy shit, this is such a staple, do I even need to review it?

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my standard Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper, one-finger white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Floral hops and caramel malts.

Taste: There is a certain level of sweetness to this beer that is very enjoyable and perfectly offset by mildly bitter hops. Boston Lager is a beer that manages to taste simple and complex at the same time, and is thoroughly delicious. It took me a while to notice the caramelly malts, but once I did, I wondered how I ever missed them.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and light, but not too light.

Drinkability: Are you kidding me? This is one of the easiest beers in the world to drink, being flavorful and only moderately alcoholic.

If it isn't, Samuel Adams Boston Lager should be considered a classic. One of the very few easy-to-find beers that is absolutely drinkable.

Photo of mnjeff
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright amber color with minimal head retention. Head leaves minimal lacing on the glass as it dissipates
S: Smells lightly like burnt caramel malts mixed with trace amounts of lemon rind. Reminiscently skunky
T: A subtle malty sweetness upfront which gets cut by a harsh lemon astringency. The tart fruitness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Very full mouthfeel for a light lager. Moderate carbonation helps accentuate depth.
D: A highly drinkable Vienna Lager with no alcohol burn at all.

Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of august 2010. drank from a standard american pint glass. cant believe ive never gotten around to reviewing this one before.

A- this one pours out a clear amber colored body with a small bright white head on it. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- bready malts are the first thing that i notice. theres some caramel in here also. a nice balancing hoppy finish smells of spicy and earthy hops.

T- toasted bread and caramel malts start this one off. not too sweet, but not very dry either. the finish is spicy and earthy hops.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- easy to finish one to several of these. a great gateway into the world of craft beer. its probably one of the first beers with actual flavor that most people have.

Photo of 7thInningSuds
2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Looked good

S - Smelled good

T - This beer has an aftertaste similar to when you chew on a fir tree limb. Was not impressed after all of their "we love our beer" advertising.

M - Not bad, not good.

D - I'll find something better to invest my beer money in.

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

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice deep amber with a small light white head. Nose is light, sweet and pretty malty with a nice light hoppiness.

Taste is great, very refreshing and malty. It's fairly thick and creamy. Super drinkable an crisp. Awesome lager.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very nice medium orange/brown with a huge 3 inch head that fades to a nice cap. Excellent lacing as perfect rings form as the beer is consumed.

S - Smells of sweet malts and floral notes.

T - Sweet malts to start with a slight bitter hop finish.

M - Crisp and clean and drying after each sip when the hop taste comes through.

D - A very good go to beer that seems to be everywhere at this point. In some places this would probably be the only good option on the menu. I am very glad that this alternative option is quite tasty.

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

Enjoyed this with seafood at a restaurant - shrimp linguini. Poured into one of the new sam adams pint glasses.

Pour - amber brown with hues of gold and straw. Head is crisp, full, recedes quick but laces very nicely.

Nose - beautiful floral aroma, nice maltiness with a little citrus. A very clean nose. nothing special - just good.

Taste - sweet, crisp barley malts. great balance between hops and malts. No filler here, this is all flavor. Notes of cedar, citrus, licorice, a hint of fruit. Nice and complex, yet crisp and clean just like an amber lager should be.

Mouthfeel - full body, mild carbonation makes this a very relevant addition to the "american lager" genre. Smooth and inviting and always a good choice...lol

Drinkability - can and will do many, many more. I never get enough of this beer. It really is a welcome return to flavorful american beers.

NOTE: A total of three Sam Adams commercials played on the TV at the restaurant in the time I drank this one beer, hence the shameless slogan plugs in my review. They seem to have really done a good job of balancing the quality of their product with the creativeness of advertising campaigns. Not to turn this into a anti-corporate thing, but this, in my opinion, is a great model for growing the accessibility of a great product while at the same time maintaining its integrity and not compromising the basic qualities which make it a great product. Cheers to Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Company!

Photo of RichieS2
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a pleasant orange/amber color with moderate carbonation and a light head.

S - Some slight sweetness that gives way to a pleasant floral smell.

T - Is terrific, one of the best balanced beers I've ever had. It starts with plenty of malt for sweetness and halfway through transitions to pleasing tanginess from the hops.

M - Thicker than the typical American lager but still easy to swish around in the mouth and easy to go down.

D - Quite high, the taste is great and the body is on the lighter side meaning a very drinkable beer.

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

This is a beer I have had many times but for some reason I have never reviewed.

Appearance - Crystal clear copper in color with a two finger white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass and lots of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in to a thin carp on top very slowly. Really nice looking beer.

Nose - Somewhat grainy nose, some bread and light caramel malts. Spicy and somewhat floral hop aromas dominate however.

Taste - Again grainy, pilsener quality to the taste. Very smooth bitterness and great spicy hop bitterness. Finishes with a bready, biscuit-like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thinner body with lots of carbonation. I wish the carbonation was lower but that's personal preference. It is appropriate.

Overall - Tasty beer that I have enjoyed my share of. Probably one of the best beers out there to get people adjusted to the bitterness of most American beers.

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

Appearence: Copper brown. A nice thick head with good retention. Lacing sticks well.

Smell: Sweet malty floral hops.

Taste: Complex deep taste that is overwhelmed by hops in a good way. A nice bitterness balaces out the taste.

Feel: The body is suprisingly light. Good amount of carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability: It really is a great beer. It's refreshing to see a macro level beer be able to get mainstream success. It goes well
with just about any heavy meal and since it's a macro, you'll be able to get it at most good resturants.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Decent hop aroma with a detectable but light maltiness too

Appearance - Reddish brown with a decent light tan head with just a trickle of carbonation in the glass

Taste - Light overall hop profile that is bitter without being annoying. Not really sweet at all. Slightly watery but enough flavor with a decent amount of hops for balance.

Notes - This bottle is near its May 2010 freshness date so the flavors might be a little dulled because of it.

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

Samuel Adams Boston Lager | 11.2 oz. | 4.75% ABV

Light amber, frothing white head, sticky lacing all the way through.

Sweet floral hops and caramel malts.

Sweet malt, caramel, bitter hop oils, drying grain at the finish.

Slick but well carbonated. Medium-bodied.

Everything works together well. It's sweet at times but mostly packs a bitter hoppy punch. Very drinkable; also readily available.

Photo of alcurtsinger
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Amberish Color, with around 1-2 fingers of foam. A little bit of lacing

S- Not very strong, slight hint of hops
T- Malt and hops, sweet and a little bitter
F- Light and smooth, somewhat carbonated
D- Great session beer. Fairly light

Serving type bottle

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark amber color with two fingers of full white head. Head eventually settles down to a nice crown, with plenty of lacing.

Scent consists of some sweet malt and a bit of grain.

Some sweet malts up front with a bit of a heavier taste. Nice bitterness near the end, and then a crisp, though somewhat dry, finish. Minor bitter aftertaste.

As it warms up, the bitterness is less pronounced and blends better with the malt flavor. Overall, a nice session beer.

Photo of Shrews629
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber, "penny" like copper color with some red hues. A nice thick off white, bubbly, foamy, soapy two finger head. Head maintained its retention well and became somewhat rocky. Left a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Definitely get the sweet smelling floral hops in the nose with what I found to be a slight hint of grass.

Taste - Very hoppy, but doesn't seem to hang around on the palate too long. Not overly bitter but just right. I rather like the taste. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Rather light really. Somewhat medium/thin mouthfeel that was surprisingly chewy with a smooth and fairly dry finish and very nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Honestly one of my favorite "go to" beers. I can drink this during any season and with just about any hearty meal.

Photo of kjyost
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, Sam Adams in Manitoba... Excited to try the original craft brew...

Pours a crisp, clear amber gold with a light white head that disappears quickly, ringing the glass and leaving no lacing. The aroma is a sweet maltiness with a light bitter hop and a nutty undertone. The beer itself primarily tastes of the malt, with a rich breadiness and a crisp finish with light to no apparent bitterness. Bubbles bite on the tongue, which makes this beer only slightly tougher than water to go down the hatch... Not fantastic, just better than BMC and enjoyable.

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

bottle poured into SA perfect pint

A- copper in color,1 finger of head, minimal lacing.

S- a bit of grain amd mild hops.

T- carmel taste with a bitterness that seems to linger for awhile.

M- Light body, high carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink, not the best beer ever but one of the better macros I have had.

Photo of bbqwings
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark, golden color, light carbonation

S: light hops, wheat, nothing that jumps out to me

T: medium-bitter, smooth

M: some aftertaste, thin

D: it's fairly light so it's pretty easy to drink a few of these

Thoughts: i like this beer for some parties and gatherings, and is good with food.

Photo of Metallix6403
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottled in March 2010, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep copper. Almost an amber. Two to three fingers of white head. Some lacing.

Smell - It's got a very floral / botanical punch. A little sweetness as well. Pretty decent for a macro.

Taste - Sweet and spicy on the first tastes. Picking up on the bitterness and hops as it finishes up.

Feel - A nice light to medium body. Some carbonation as well.

Drinkability - One of the few macro brews that I will have through out the night.

Final Thoughts - Boston Lager is a pretty decent brew, though its not the best lager out there. If friends or family offer one, I wont put the offer down. You just wont find it offered at my place.

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

Brewery freshness date notched at March (damn).

A - Pours into a hefeweizen glass (my pint is dirty) with a deep copper body. Deep brown and completely transparent. Visible carbonation that rises quicker than and more plentifully than I'm used to seeing. Rich 3 finger rocky head that leaves thick lacing and a fairly thick cap. Very appealing looking beer.

S - "Beer" smell. Hops, malts, and alcohol. Slight grainy and alcohol notes as well.

T - Spicy taste. A lot of hop bitterness that quickly gets erased by malt sweetness. Very balanced. Honey sweetness, nut-like taste. No alcohol taste. Very clean finish. Would have liked a more pronounced hop taste though.

MF - Medium body beer. Kind of sticks around in the mouth a little while after swallowing. Interesting for a beer as refreshing as this. Great for drinking with a meal.

D - Very easy to drink casually. Great session beer as it is complex and refreshing, yet doesn't get you too drunk and won't fill you up too quickly.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Finger and a half off white head. Golden to amber in color. Very clear, barely any bubbles visible. Decent lacing.

Smells of grain, cereal, fruity malts. A bit of herbal hops.

Taste brings the same cereal, bread, and grain malts as in the nose. Some fruitiness. Some herbal hops. Also, some coriander like spice in there as well.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly assertive bubbles. Fairly dry finish.

Very drinkable. One you can stick to all night.

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

330ml bottle poured served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear dark orange color forming a good two fingers bubbled and fluffy white to light yellow head. Very good retention and lots of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of sweet and caramel malts. Toffee, caramel and roasted malts. A little bit metallic. Very pleasant floral hops. Biscuity Lager yeasts in the end

T: Slightly sweet upfront, becoming deliciously bitter quite quickly. Caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts and hops. In overall, a dry and biscuity taste. Quite pleasant hops bitterness. Quite smooth and pleasant hops bitterness

M: Light body. A little bit molasses. Good carbonation. Smooth texture. Mild bitterness. Mals and citrus (and bit piny) hops in the aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. A simple but extremely refreshing beer. Excellent session beer

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

A: Pours an amber color with some nice white head.

S: Aroma is very hop-dominated, although there are also notes of some spices and some floral and pine scents.

T: The flavor is fairly complex for a very common macro, it is obviously dominated by the hops, of which there are several varieties, which give it an interesting and unique pine, citrus, fruit and floral hop flavor. These notes are nicely complimented by notes of malt, caramel and light roasts.

M: I would say this is a medium bodied brew. It has a great level of carbonation and a nice, smooth feel on the tongue. Although there is some texture present, I wouldn't call it syrupy.

D: This beer is pretty easy to drink, well-balanced and has lots more character than most macros. Honestly one of the better lagers I've had, but I'm still not a big fan of hop-dominated beer.

Photo of samie85
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm re-reviewing this beer but leaving the former review(below). Sam Adams took measures to correct the problem I had with the beer I originally reviewed.

A-Pours a light copper color with a three finger white head.

S-Light smelling sweet malt with a hint of floral hops.

T-Grainy notes and sweet malt with a nice crisp bitterness to balance things.

M-Light bodied with high carbonation that leads to a tingly mouthfeel.

D-This is the beer I've known and appreciated in the past. I'm glad to know that the Boston Lager I had before was probably just a bad batch (freshness wasn't an issue).


Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 11/08.

A- Pours a golden color with a two finger white head. The color seems off from what I'm used to with BL. 2.0

S-There's virtually no aroma. The tiniest bit of hops. 2.0

T- I can't taste any malt. Similar to the smell, tiniest bit of hops. Very bland. 2.0

M- Really thin feeling. Not much carbonation to speak of. 2.0

D- Well it's easy drinking in a Miller Lite kind of way. This is not the beer that I've had on numerous occasions before. I'm not sure if it's a mix-up, a bad batch or if this is is the Coastal Wheat in the wrong bottle. I got this in the Holiday pack so I have one more, hopefully that one's okay. I will re-review if it is. Very disappointing. 2.0

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