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

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Ratings: 7,950
Reviews: 2,531
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 112
Gots: 1,273 | 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 HUXC
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A golden amber color with orange undertones. About two fingers of white head that laces nicely around the brim of the glass.

S- Smells of malt and grain. A good fall beer, but also good to enjoy at all times of the year.

T- Tastes of malt and grain. Slight notes of caramel aftertaste.

M- Moderately carbonated, medium bodied, smooth lager.

D- Delightful to drink, smooth with a crisp finish. Would recommended with out a doubt.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Clear golden-amber with a creamy white two-finger head. Retention is very good, and the head leaves ample sticky lacing.

S: Hop aromas that are herbal and a bit floral, a little caramel, and a strong dose of Munich and Pilsner malts. Overall the smell seems more subdued than I remember.

T:Malty and sweet at first (distinctly Munich and Pilsner malts). Faint hints of caramel can be detected. Hops are, as the nose suggested, grassy, herbal, and a bit floral. Bitterness is fairly mild, but balances the malt sweetness well. The finish is dry and a bit toasty with a very pleasant grainy character. Some hop bitterness rides out in the finish as well.

M: Moderate in body, creamy, and with a very clean, crisp, and refreshing carbonation.

D: High. This is a very tasty, easy to drink beer. Sort of an Everyman's beer.

Notes: This was one of the first beers I was exposed to when I started drinking craft beer. I loved it then, and it is still good now. Taste and smell seem a bit more subdued than I remember, but I will chalk that up to a more developed palate. I distinctly detected some caramel in the taste and smell, which is not really appropriate for the Vienna Lager style, so a point or two was deducted on that account.

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

Light brownish and good fluffy thick head, good retention and lacing on the sides.

Floral hoppiness, caramel malt, hints of alcohol like smell

Hop bitterness, Sweet malt, well balanced between the two.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Easy to drink.

Sam Adams Boston lager is my go to beer at regular restaurants and places like bowling allies and sports venues. It the the best readily available beer in my opinion, I am glad Sam Adams has gained enough popularity to be in most places.

Photo of Kooz
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Looks nice. Light brownish-orange. I'd like to drink this...

Smells bitter, hints at what's to come.

Tastes... bitter. Not terrible, but nothing special. About average.

Nice mouthfeel--standard for Sam Adams.

Totally drinkable, but I would opt for a few other things before this. Luckily for this beer, it is pretty widely available (at least in the northeast US), and is sometimes the best tap option.

Photo of JMB22
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the one brew that's always in my fridge rotation. Really there is no other lager nearly as balanced, it's not over-hoppy, smells a touch hoppy and finishes slightly hoppy. But there's a touch of caramel, and to me it's a little nutty. I enjoy pouring it into a glass because the head stays creamy and it laces all the way down the glass. It also smells great for the entire drink, and the entire mouthful goes down nicely.

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

Poured from the tap just now. Beautiful amber color, luxurious one-finger head. This beer's look is intoxicating by itself.

No nonsense smell.

Tastes great. Sweet without being syrupy, numbs the front of the tongue with an anesthetic bitterness.

Effervescent but not frivolous in the mouth.

Drinkability? I can drink this till the Rapture.

I need to find the guy on the commercials with the long goatee and shake his epic hand.

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

I didn't feel like raiding my cellar tonight, so I thought I would grab a standard from my college days just for old times sake.

A: I poured this extremely hard, therefore, the head fills about half the glass. Yikes! Clear golden color, with a plethora of carbonation. Great retention throughout the session.

S: Carmel and fruit notes with a strong presence of quality filtered water. Nice!

T: Crisp, malty, and downright refreshing. Full taste, with caramel-like finish that is as fresh as it gets!

M: Not sweet in the least, the carbonation is perfect for the style, and the fruit notes blend into those malts nicely.

D: Nothing complex here, nor do I believe that was Sam Adams intention. It gets the job done nicely!

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

Even all the way out on the west coast, SA Boston Lager is everywhere. It might even be more easy to find than many of the quality lagers brewed here in Oregon. I wish more craft breweries branched out more and tried their hand at lagers, but I definitely appreciate SA's effort.

Nice looking beer, darker than many lagers, but this isn't advertising itself as a light beer. Almost amber in color, quite clear, with a decent head that fades at a typical pace.

I like the hops on the nose. Definitely a grassy Noble hop element, backed with solid bready, doughy malt aromas and some honey. Very nice smelling lager, especially with some warmth.

Good, full flavors. I'm a sucker for full-flavored lagers, and I'm appreciating the amount of malts that go into this beer. Lots of hearty malts with quite a bit of sweetness, balanced by mild bittering at the end. Pretty full-bodied for the style of beer... almost too much except for the amount of flavors, it's working for me. I might spring for a lighter-bodied beer for pure thirst quenching, but this beer is much more enjoyable for its own sake.

Great effort by Sam Adams! This beer oozes quality without going over the top, it's still very drinkable, even in quantity. A little spendy sometimes compared to local offerings, but I'll definitely grab another sixer of this again.

Photo of sommersb
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a best before date of January 2011 into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

The appearance was very good - clear, light copper colored with 2 fingers of near white head; nice lacing. Lots of carbonation/bubbles. I get a bit of malt in the smell, but it is mostly of hops. Same for the taste - it seems too bitter for this style of beer to me, with little malt balance. It was smooth, but left a bitter aftertaste in the mouth. I think this would pair well with spicy food; not too enjoyable by itself.

I know this is the most well-known of the Sam Adams beers, but so far it has been my least favorite.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.66/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer in a mixed 12 pack so lets see how it drinks. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This one pours a slightly dark amber that had a fingers worth of creamy white head with some nice lacing.

S- This beer smells pretty sweet, a mix of caramel malts and floral hops combine to form the sweet smell.

T- Similar to the nose with the balance of caramel malts and hops are very preesent with the sweetness toned down a little compared to the smell. Bitter hops come out in the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and medium bodied, good carbonation.

D- This beer can be drinkable but i find the flavors to be lacking and boring so i would only have one or two if offered.

Overall i am not a fan of this beer, never have and never will be. I just don't understand why this beer is so popular. I would much rather cook with this beer then drink it.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. The scent is quite hoppy with very little malt presence. Taste is quite tasty...Initially I get some malty flavors with caramel, followed by some well-balanced hoppiness. Finishes with more tasty malt. The mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied and not overly carbonated or too light. Drinkability is very high.

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

Enjoyed many times, never reviewed until now. This was the only available even pseudo-craft offering at "the Ralph" this afternoon as I enjoyed watching my beloved Buffalo Bills move to 0-5, but I digress. ($7.50 per btw)

A-always consistently nice amber

S-bright, glorious hoppy notes

T-classic, different and unique, very full of floral notes

M-crisp and clean (with no caffeine, old school 7 Up commercial)

D-could dance with this one all day, only wish my Bills were this good

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

After a summer of nonstop IPA consumption, we had a touch of cooler weather and I was suddenly craving a lager.

A: Hazy dark yellow with amber highlights, and a thin layer of foam that really sticks to the glass.

S: Just a touch of bitter dry hops, citrus, and bready yeast.

T: Yeast aromas, a nice kick of dry hops, and touches of caramel and sweet malt.

M: Slightly chewy, very smooth, and not at all watery. Very good for a light-ish beer.

D: Excellent. If i happen to be in the mood for a lager, this is what I pick up. Plus, it's often on tap big chain restaurants and other places that wouldn't otherwise serve good beer.

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

Look - Clear golden color. Good two fingers of foam and somewhat slow carbonation.

Smell - Fairly hoppy, but not in the usual sense. This does have a fresher hop smell. Very hard to define, maybe somewhat citrusy, but in a more real sense, as opposed to the fake citrus flavors..

Taste - earthiness to this one. The hops are there, but they're not bitter. And it's not a malty taste. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel - smooth, well-balanced. More watery in texture, but only slightly so.

Drinkability - Smooth enough for easy-drinking, and complex enough (mostly in hop variety) to keep the drinking entertaining!

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

Appearance: Light amber, clear, medium head, medium carbonation.
Smell: Hops, barley, very pleasant.
Taste: Dark and hoppy with some sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, crisp, and frothy.
Drinkability: High. It goes down smooth and it tastes good. Can easily drink another.
Summary: This is an excellent beer. I gave it 8.7/10, or a B+. I've had lots of lagers before and I like this one. It can be paired with just about any cuisine you can think of. It looks great, especially when in its custom glass. Most importantly, it tastes great. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First of all -- it is a decent session beer. With a 4.75 ABV it rings true to be a good session. It pours a medium amber color with medium head and half decent lacing. Smells fairly bad with a lot of booze and malted barley aroma, some hops in there but kinda hard to discern. Tastes of blended malt and hops with a good hop nose. Mouthfeel isn't too thin -- makes for a smooth drink. Drinkability is good as with most of Sam Adams stuff.

Photo of jj311
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: I poured it from a 12 ounce bottle into a drinking glass.

Appearance: Light-amber with a gold hue. Thick off-white foam head. I tested the myth and placed a bottle cap on the foam, and it stayed on the top. Showed good retention upon agitating.

Smell: A sweet malty smell with an good balance of floral hoppyness and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malt, with hoppy overtones, alcohol and a bit of spice. A nice bitter-sweet finish. The malt seems to be well balanced with the Noble Hops.

Mouthfeel: A thicker, "crisp" mouthfeel than your typical lager.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Mellow enough to want to drink more, but strong enough to keep satisfied.

Photo of stephens101
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sort of coming full circle here, or perhaps just getting back to the basics for a bit. However you look at it, this is one fine and tasty lager that's been a standard for quite some time.

Obviously I'm pouring this into a SA specialty glass. The rolling off-white head fills the glass perfectly and hangs around for a few carefree moments. After it settles a bubbly lace is left around the glass. Color is a golden orange.

Caramel malts and a few notes of hops rise to the nose. Tastes malty with a hint of light fruits and a bitter back end that fuses almost perfectly. Well-carbonated and light to medium-bodied but, still quite sessionable. One of my favorite lagers, and a tad bit underrated in my opinion.

Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has remained consistently exceptional throughout its long and storied, and award-winning, life. So common that I hadn't had one in years, so I was very, very pleasantly surprised when I retuirned to its fold. Way to go Sam Adams! This is the quintessential American-style Lager - copper coloured and slighly overhopped. All-American in the true-blue sense of the term. Bravo!

Photo of mbusster88
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely put together beer. Great for a meal, watching the game or just kicking a few back. Aroma is a nice and full and hints at good things to come. Color is nice with dark orange or red tints. Taste is nice with some hops at the end, more caramel up front. Easy drinker with a rewarding taste, not the most complex beer but a good drink.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honestly it had been a long time since I really paid attention to a Sam Adams Boston Lager I was drinking. Well, it's a cross in color between gold and copper. Has a modest 1/2" head but that head stayed a long long time. Flavorful enough to get noticed but not a powerhouse. You get some sweetness, some caramel, some malt. All in all a quality beer for the price.

Photo of Groomsy
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a nice copper/amber almost kind of rusty orange/red from the tap, but not opaque. A very solid one-finger white head tops the beer, but fades gradually. Decent lacing throughout, but nothing too special.

Smell: There's a very nice and deep malt smell that comes out first with a bit of caramel, balanced with a fresh, almost spicy type of hop smell. Hints of crispness, but not overbearing.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. First thing I noticed was the malts. Sweet and residual, but the beer isn't overbearingly sweet or malty. This is balanced with some very subtle hops in the back, just enough to balance the malt nature of the beer out front. The hop taste kicks in and leaves a fresh, crisp, almost spicy taste as the beer goes down. Nice balance of sweet on contact and subtle bitterness as it goes down. All in all, very solid, if slightly predictable.

Mouthfeel: The relatively low carbonation of this beer is one my favorite things about it. It's not super-thin and watery but isn't so robust that the texture causes one to forget flavor. It starts at a good middle ground and goes down a little more robust than its entry but never gets too foamy. Leaves some slightly bitter aftertaste in a very good way.

Drinkability: I only had one, but I can definitely see having this as a session beer. Well-balanced, flavorful, and a big step above the usual macro-brews. Even if its nature is slightly predictable, this beer is highly drinkable.

All in all, this was one beverage that sort of helped catalyze my interest in beer, specifically in microbrews. A good stepping stone into the beer world, and just an all-around solid brew for America.

Photo of scott451
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger tan head. Reddish amber. Good head retention. Minimal lacing.

Floral fruity malt smells. Taste is malts up front with a fruity hop finish.

Mouthfeel is a light body with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good. Not a bad beer at all, just nothing to get really exited about.

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

This one poured a burnt pumpkin orange in color with a poofy off white head. It was well carbonated and appeared very bubbly and active. It smelled malty and had good hoppyness to it. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops and I'd say that if I had to choose then I would say it every so slightly favored the malt. It had slight sweetness to it, not honey but similar to. It drank fresh and crisp and was very refreshing. It's quite drinkable, although I'd never buy a six pack of it.

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

Poured out of 12 oz. Bottle into a beer mug. Not ideal but worked

A: clear amber pour with nice head. Very little lacing.

S: some minor citrus notes with a hint of malt.

T: nice! Very smooth and not too much carbonation. Slight hop biiterness but primarily a solid malty flavor.

M: again, solid flavor that doesn't overpower.

D: continues to be on of my favorite pairings with almost any food, especially steaks/burgers. Doesn't overpower the meal but compliments it nicely. As many have said and I agree, great "gateway" beer to craft because it's just a solid offering.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,950 ratings.