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

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7,557 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,557
Reviews: 2,456
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 85
Gots: 868 | 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 NeutroMan
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

A - Clear copper color with one-finger head that fades to a thin frothy cap. No lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malts with floral hops.

T - Taste is fairly consistent with the scent. Sweet maltiness up front (do I detect some honey as well?) with a nice hop character on the back end. Malts and hops are wonderfully balanced.

M - Medium bodied. A tad too much carbonation for my tastes, but not so much that it's offensive.

D - Not quite sessionable, but I can have more than one in a sitting.

NeutroMan, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, finger's worth of creamy head, lots of carbonation, amber coloring, wispy lacing that stays the whole beer long with a ring around the glass.

s- sweet, lagery smell, slight floral hops.

t- nice malt upfront, solid lager taste, slight hop finish, great balance.

m- medium bodied, goes down very easy.

d- very drinkable, this was my first boston lager, but definately not my last, very tasty.

thecarster1, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of hockeyhead
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured in to mug
A: very orange amber color and a tan fluffy two finger head
S:very sweet malt backbone and floral citrus hops essence mmm
T: again nice malty backbone leads to a drying citrus bitterness very tasty hops are almost pilsner like
M: very carbinated and medium body still a little thin though
D: i can drink these all day with no problem

hockeyhead, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of melagnus
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Frothy slightly off-white finger-thick head that laces the snifter when swirled. Clear caramel hue that sheds view onto low carbonic bubbles.

S - Hoppy esters of orange and pine needle billow into the nose. Mixes nicely with caramel aroma that develops with warmth.

T - Malty bitterness is well-balanced. Pine needle taste stings the papillae with a bit of caramel mixed in. Sweetness lingers longer with exposure and temp. Noble hops come through slightly, which produces that drier finish than a Märzen or Oktoberfest would have.

M - Light in body, the sweet malt turns into a medium-bodied biscuity dry crisp finish that allows for a mild bitterness to linger. Very mild toastiness also comes through. Mild warming from the alcohol too.

C - This is a really well-balanced beer with plenty of love. The malts give the sweet tooth something to enjoy and the hop bitterness and Noble hop aromas tempt the lover of hops. Definitely was a better experience than my first review from the bottle!


melagnus, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of naterock
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a perfect pint glass with a nice amber color and one finger head with a small lace. for a glass designed for this beer it looks damn sexy.

smells incredibly complex with a solid malt character, a steady yeasty nose with a kiss of grapefruity and earthy hops.

Tastes just like it smells, crisp like a lager but incredibly full flavored and complex that I was not expecting. the citrusy hops and caramel malts make this beer delectible.

Mouth is oily and slightly dry in the finish. Drinks all day long, and for a Mass produced beer, For the price (10.99 /12 pk) it isn't easily beat.

naterock, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of vishneda
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're reading reviews of this beer and you've never had it -- just give it a shot. It's not the most sophisticated brew, but it's flavorful and very well balanced. Sturdy yet smooth, this is an easy drinking beer that's also pretty easy to afford. Plus, it's one of the standby's that's generally available wherever macros are sold.

The beer itself is amber with a decent head off the pour. It gives off a sweet aroma with a little hop. Taste is a pleasant balance of sweet malt and sharp hop flavor. Leaves a little dry; very refreshing. Strong carbonation but still smooth and not filling at all.

vishneda, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of PsychoJedi
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as looks go, I have never saw a better bear. Perfect shade of gold with a head that is not too big or not too small. The head goes down not too slow or not too fast. Smells good. Maybe a little weak. The fruit smell is evident, but not to an extreme. Not impressed with the taste. Nothing stands out in the taste. A little after taste, but not too much. Goes down with little effort, but some effort is there. Verdict: try it.

PsychoJedi, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, off-white head that diminished to 1/2-finger eventually. Body is dark amber and very clear.

S: Malty sweet aroma, with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

T: Very refreshing flavor, with the malt in the forefront, and the hops coming through in the finish for a very nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable... it's obvious why this is SA's flagship beer. I can't see anyone not enjoying this one.

berley31, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of bill93063
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank God for Jom Koch! It is because of his ambition to enhance American lagers to a state above mediocrity that Samuel Adam's Boston Lager is now ubiquitous. Quite simply you can always know that you have a beer that you can drink in nearly every Pub or Restaraunt from coast to coast. This brew never disappoints. It is best drunk from spring through autumn at a temperature between 40-45 degrees F. but unlike the big 3 and many other middle of the road lagers, it still tastes excellent even when it gets closer to room temperature, a rarity among any lager or pilsner. It has a pleasant hops aroma and maltiness is predominant in the flavor rich with caramel and vanilla tones. overall a solid inexpensive lager.

bill93063, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I keep running into Boston Lager in the supermarkets, and decided to give it a try. Came with Sep '09 freshness date and some award won written under the cap.

Looks like copper, and creates a nice 1 and half inch slightly brownish head which goes away slowly.

Smells of caramel and floral hops, with some malts around.

Taste is hops all the way. While hops are smooth, they're in the taste, throat and even aftertaste. Soft malt taste, and nice clean finish.

Medium light body with carbonation on the right spot. Feels quite nice.

It's actually a pleasure to drink this, you'll just want more after finishing your glass. Fits a variety of meals and weathers, and it's pretty much the definition of a "session beer".

A very nice beer indeed, it's easy to see why it's famous and why it won awards. Yet, at $20 mx or $1.5 usd, I could get a very similar brew like Bohemia oscura for half the price. The taste of both is almost the same, so perhaps not the best choice if I'm so far away from Boston.

A great example of a Vienna, and I would recommend it.

WildMaverick1200, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the PHX airport waiting for a flight (this time, I have had this beer many times before). Pours reddish brown with good foam. Lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty. Very pleasant.

Taste is modest caramel, with malt throughout. Clean like a lager, but very flavorful. Modest hop throughout, but only a hint to let you know it is there - never to the point where it controls the flavor.

Suprememly drinkable. A true micro classic. As reliable a brew as you can find - its ubiquitousness makes it a great go to any place any time. I've had many of there, and will have many more.

KTCamm, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of blaje
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time availability in the Province of Quebec @ the SAQ. Overpriced (3.55$/btle) @ first glance!

Poured into a pint glass. Amber colour topped with a surprisingly nice one inch with creamy head that lasts for few minutes.

Nose: Without great surprises. Hops are detectables but faint. Light suggary smell reminescent of toffee.

Mouth: Lager! Clean and sharp. IBU are low, very low and bitterness faint.

S: Strong malty smell with caramel and toffee residuals. Hops are faint but there. Malt backbone is somewhat light.

Overall, it's a good warm weather beer. Unfortunatly, way to pricy (In Québec) for what you got. Would be a nice introduction beer for a session. Will seek something else for a by-the-pool-beer for this summer.

blaje, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear bubbly solid amber with a huge off white head from a light pour. Light lacing.

S - Sweet malts with a very minor citrus aroma and some latent spiciness i can't quite place.

T/M - Smooth mildly sweet caramel malt. A mix of earthy and citrusy hops. Slight metallic aftertaste. Good solid flavor and great smooth feel.

D - Great standby beer. Easily drinkable and while nothing special, tasty.

MunchkinDrinker, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber with reddish hues. Heavy, light tan head sticks to the glass all the way down to the last gulp.

S: Heavy floral hops and caramel malt. Very aromatic.

T&M: Sweet malt, slight caramel, with heavy bitterness. Hoppy finish with some residual sweetness and dry aftertaste. High carbonation and medium to heavy body.

Used to be one of my favorite fallback beers, but I have gotten away from highly carbonated beers as of late. Still a very good beer!

cdizinno, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of imanidiot777
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a medium to dark amber color, good sized head that stays for the whole drink and excellent lacing. Truly a good looking beer.

S: Not really good at the smells but it smelled extra hoppy and malty.

T: Very bitter, a good bitterness but too much for me. Malty as well.

M: Feels average, decent carbonation level, could be a little more.

D: Pretty drinkable except I am not a fan of the extra bitter aftertaste.

imanidiot777, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - very nice amber colour with a sustaining 1/2-inch beige head, lace holding to the sides.

Smell - definitely a roasted barley-caramel aroma over cut hay.

Taste - very even flavour consistent with the smell. Roasted malt flavours with steady subtle bitters at the end.

Mouthfeel - coats the mouth in quality. Smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability - a very good beer, also thirst quenching, even though it has plenty of flavour. All in all very positive.

DoctorStrangiato, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the highest rated lager on my list (so far).

A: Pours a dark amber with a decent amount of head and sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Strong malty smell with caramel and toffee residuals. Hops are faint but there.

T: Wonderful hop and caramel balance which combine to create an array of flavors on the palate: somewhat floral, citrusy, and sugar-cane like. After the malts subside there is a more noticeable hop bitterness, but not too overwhelming.

M: Creamy and somewhat slick as it goes down, with a crisp finish.

D: I'm not usually a fan of Sam Adams beers, but this is one I'll be going back to. Wonderfully drinkable and something you can just pick up and have a couple of; would serve as a great session beer.

thekanna, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of necoadam
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear dark amber/golden color with a slight head.

Nose consists of malts, sweet caramel, and an underlying of hops. Some hints of bread/biscuit can be detected as well.

Taste is balanced with malts and hops with the bitterness of the hops finishing it out. Caramel undertones ride underneath it all. A little bit on the sweet side, but the bitterness helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium with quite a bit of carbonation hitting the palate.

A good tasty balanced beer. Reminds me of an ESB, but just a little sweeter.

necoadam, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Nobody420
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

if you cant tell by my ratings, this is and always has been one of my favorite beers

the color isnt far off from the sam adams light, possibly a little darker, i should pour one of each and compare.

the smell is arousing with caramel and hops

the taste can be summed up with one word, "delicious" the perfect balance of hops and caramel with a wonderful after taste

drinkability for me is 100% the best, however its "not a beginner beer"

I will be the first to say this rating may be a little one sided because this is arguably my favorite beer

Nobody420, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear dark amber gold in color with about 1 fingers worth of head.... Beautiful lacing, that continue thought the session Very nice.

S: I'm getting aromas of sweet malt & a gentle floral/herbal hops.

T: First off is a light but rich caramel malt sweetness, followed by a light bitterness from the hops.... Pretty balanced, leaning a little to the hop side more than malt sweetness side. The finish is a little on the bitter side.

M: I'd say light to med bodied with a nice carbonation.

D: Pretty good session beer, although 2 is about enough for me...

Not my favorite but given the choice of BMC I'd go with it... and that is just because its not my favorite style...

mralphabet, May 31, 2009
Photo of Beefeater57
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper color, well-carbonated. Creamy white head with great retention.

S: Sweet malty smell, some woodsy/pine notes.

T: Very balanced beer. Malty, caramel sweetness up front, finishes with a noticeable hop character. Balance is just about perfect - just enough sweetness and bitterness.

M: Not as thin as most lagers, but is crisp. Hops give a dryness.

D: Nice balance, and one of the lagers I prefer to drink. Delicious beer.

Beefeater57, May 30, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dug this one out of my fridge, I wanted to give this beer a mulligan because I think something I ate reacted with it the first time, and thus I'm giving it a second shot. Also considering it's due to expire in two days, I guess I better drink it.

Appearance - The beer poured with a solid finger of head that fairly well and retains the same. The beer itself is a crystal clear bronze with gold. Damn good stuff, but there is quite a lot of carbonation going on, which keeps it from a perfect score.

Smell - The nose is dominated by floral hops with roasted grain scent. There are hints of caramel malts with a touch of grass and dandelion in the background. The smell is quite rich, and didn't take a lot of warming to come out. Solid stuff, although a bit too hoppy.

Taste - Well a bit better then my last review but not by much. The beer starts with a nice caramel and malt flavor and then turns to a bitter kick of hops which tastes a bit too flowery. It finishes with a piney flavor that thankfully doesn't linger. Unlike the last time I had this beer, the second bitter kick after the beer went down is absent, but all in all the entire experience I found to be only slightly better. I'd give it a 3.75 if I could.

Mouthfeel - My biggest problem with the beer last time I had it, was after I got it down, I got hit with a mysterious second kick of bitterness that lingered for far too long. This time, it's absent, which is good. However the beer still leaves a bit of a filmy taste in your mouth however the carbonation (which isn't has bad once you drink it) and barely lingering aftertaste help it's case. If I could give it a 2.75 I would though.

Drinkability - The beer goes down smoothly and refreshes quite nicely despite it's medium body. This time around though, the carbonation is causing some serious bloating issues as well as some acid issues of all things.

Final Thoughts - I think this review serves this beer a bit better then the last one did. I'd still recommend it, but I was honestly surprised that this beer really didn't fare much better. I dunno, maybe if I got it fresh again it might fare better and make no mistake it's still a good beer but I think it will be some time before I pick this one up again.

TheHammer, May 29, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, chestnut brown with some nice beads of carbonation floating upwards throughout.

Smell is a floral/pine hops a with a slightly sweet toasty caramel malt and just a hint o' yeast.

It tastes like it smells, bready tofffee malts with a bitter hop kick and a punch of spice all working together in good balance.

It's crisp and lively, well carbonated and medium-to-light bodied with a grainy bitterness in the finish that fades away slowly.

A really good lager. Highly drinkable.

MeisterBurger, May 29, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours deep copper color with a thick creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Light sweet malt scents comprise the majority of the nose. Toasted bready yeast, caramel, floral hops and some spice.

T- Initial sweet caramel and toffee flavors with a slight diacetyl butteriness. A nice hop bitter finish with some grain and biscuity malt sweetness in the aftertaste. Sweet malt and bitter hops are really well balanced.

M- Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Carbonation is right on.

D- Easily the best available/easily accessible lager around. A great session beer and a great first step to drinking better.

projectflam86, May 28, 2009
Photo of Stavage
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a big bubbly off white head. Has a nice deep copper colour. Head retention was quite good and had a very decent lacing.

Smelled mostly of sweet malts and floral hops. Very nice combo, wish it was a little more intense though.

Taste pretty much followed on from the scent. A nice sweet maltiness perhaps a little biscuity with an almost honey like back note. Bitter hops comes in at the end and a malty aftertaste is left after the bitterness finally stops lingering. Overall I think they got the malt/hops balance almost perfect on this one.

Don't know if I'd call it heavy bodied but its a lot heavier than I was expecting. Carbonation isn't over done for mine. Not crisp like I was expecting and left my mouth a little wet, but sometimes I like that. Seems to go hand in hand with malty brews. Overall the mouthfeel was satisfying.

It's a little bit too wet for me to drink as a session beer, but it has plenty of well balanced flavour without being too challenging so it's a pretty easy beer to swig with a nice basic meal.

Stavage, May 27, 2009
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85 out of 100 based on 7,557 ratings.