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

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Ratings: 8,024
Reviews: 2,553
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
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Gots: 1,370 | 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 Zaccone
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap - my go-to beer at restaurants where this is the only palatable thing being served. I think of it as mindlessly enjoyable... not at all like plowing through a truly great beer, but good for a session or alongside a meal if nothing else is available (e.g., wedding reception/party)

Tasting notes on top of the thousand+ existing reviews would be redundant, since I agree with what people seem to be saying. One note: this is *not* a complex beer.

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

Boston Beer Companies flagship beer, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it before now as I've had many of these over the years.

Boston Lager pours a lovely deep golden amber with flashing highlights and a really nice off-white head that leaves tons of complex sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is of really nice mellow amber malts reminiscent of Oktoberfest beers to me with a nice spicy scent from the ample hop bill.

The flavor is perfect for the style, rich mildly sweet amber malts, lightly toasted and bready with a slightly nutty caramel note. The hops are pleasantly spicy as per the continental style and the finish is pleasantly bitter, very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light, crisp, smooth and very nicely carbonated, not too much and not too little.

What can I say, Vienna Lagers are very drinkable just like their Marzen cousins and Sam Adams Boston Lager is no exception. In a way I'm glad I hadn't reviewed it before now, it was probably the first true craft beer I ever tasted and I didn't even know it at the time. I can actually appreciate it's quality and skill with which it is brewed now. Great with food or anytime!

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

Poured an amber color. Nose and taste is also of a sweet bread. This is a good lager that goes down smoothly and is enjoyable from first to last gulp.Nice ABV keeps drinkability up. One of the most popular lagers around for a reason. Not a fan of the style usually but this is always one Sam Adams brew I can drink anytime.

Photo of ProudGreen89
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into sam adams boston lager glass.

A-fairly clear deep amber with golden highlights, fluffy 1 finger white head with sticky lacing that leaves rings to show the progress of the beer.

S-well balanced aroma of flowery hops, sweet malts with citrusy notes, hints of bread come through.

T-Bitter spiced flowery hops, hearty yet sweet malt with an orange rind background. A biscuity flavor really ties all the flavors together. The nice thing about this beer is that each sip brings a new flavor to the palate, sometimes you get a strong taste of hops, other times youll get mostly malts which adds a certain complexity to the beer.

M-medium-light bodied, crisp and refreshing, an oily texture that allows the flavors to linger.

D-An outstanding session beer. I cant get enough of the boston lager, it reminds me of why i enjoy sam adams so much.

Overall one of the better beers to come from the sam adams lineup. The style is nice and rounded and this beer sticks to that style.

Photo of craftaholic
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Had this one on tap at Applebee's while waiting for my company to arrive. Has a nice copper golden hue with a thick cap of a head.

Smell: There are some defining floral hops in there as well as a sweet caramelized malt. There is also a bit of biscuity undertones that round it out as a nice balanced aroma.

Taste: Very malty up front and then the oily hops work their way in to compliment the malt and bring out some citrusy characteristics. It plays a tug of war as to which youre tasting as the hops and malt flip flop throughout the duration of the session with a biscuity yeast to act as a mediator.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy yet oily with a lingering somewhat metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would say this defines the word "session beer", low abv, packed with flavor but nothing overpowering.

Overall: Wouldn't call myself a lager fan but if I had to choose one to go with this would be in. Its balanced, a bargain of a price, can hold its own against macro, and readily available at many places. Would be perfect on a hot day but did just the trick while passing some time on the barstool.

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

I had this on tap at Sanford's Grub and Pub.

A nice copper pour with a small head of foam and a bit of lacing.

The smell is a light mix of hops and malt with nothing standing out but works well as it is a Lager.

The taste is lightly malty, slightly more assertive hop wise...a well balanced Lager with enough taste to keep me satisfied. Good stuff.

On the light end of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A very easy drinking brew, I enjoyed 3 pints at this session, I can always count on the consistency of this beer.

Photo of hardy008
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a light amber color and a small white head when it came to the table. smells of floral and citrus hops. Some malt present also. The taste is the same as the smell. The hops are more dominant than the malt. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Good drinkability.

This review was missing after a server crash. Added back on 10/28.

Photo of mnrider
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown Bottle. Pint Glass

A: Pours a light amber with a thin bubbly white head. A good amount of carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Head quickly turns even thiner with not much lacing.

S: Mostly sweet malts with a crisp aroma. Hops can be noticed faintly.

T/M: Sweet malts and lightly bitter hops are well balanced. Very general and simple but the taste is great and refreshing. The feel is smooth with a little carbonation.

D: A really good and classic brew. Although their are many beers that have surpassed this one, I would still recommend it to the person who wants to get into drinking craft brews. With its great and well balanced taste this brew is great to drink anytime, as it rivals any mass produced beer in America.


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a clear amber with a fluffy off white two-finger head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Smell is of light hops and some sweet malts. Nothing overpowering.

Taste is a nice blend of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It seams pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Nice a crisp on the tongue.

Drinability is quite good. It goes down smooth and is a pretty tasty brew. I think it would make for a very nice session beer. Its not the most amazing of the style but it will always be welcome in my fridge.

Photo of taigor
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 120z bottle

A - Nice amber color with small head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

S - Slight smell of hops with hint of fruitness.

T - Slightly bitter with some sweetness from fruits and caramel

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

D - Very light and drinkable.

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

Poured into the characteristic Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass, the colour is amber and the head is white and creamy. Even though I am not in general a big fan of lagers, especially not the popular commercial ones, I rather like this one. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a lovely caramel tone.

This makes for a beer that has the freshness of a lager, but with some of the mellow taste and aroma of a pale ale. Therefore it is a drinkable and uncomplicated brew to enjoy.

Photo of droomyster
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aromas of sweet and toasty malts are very inviting. The roundness of its flavors is amazing. True to its advertising, this lager is mminently drinkable. It is a good beer for inspiring macro-lager fans to sample the micro-brew landscape.

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

Poured into a Sam Admas glass. Nice thick head bout two fingers. Great laceing on the glass. Golden amber color very inviteing.

Caramell and light hops on the nose.

Sweetness of the malt overpowers the hops a bit. very nicely balanced. Slightly yeasty

Good carb doesn't linger very long on the palate.

Great drinkability. Love useing it for drinking games (3 man, beer pong, stump)
A great stepping stone beer.

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

I absolutely love this beer. On tap in my game room, you can't beat this beer. Smell, heck, so good that it attacted my wife to marry me. Taste...there's hops and smooth lagering, what else could a beer drinker want? Mouthfeel, wonderful volume and hop notes tempered with malt that nothing else on the planet could compare in any lager. Drinkability....if you're a complete wuss then you'll hate this beer, otherwise you probably don't fear the robust hops and malt. This company makes the best mass produced beer on the planet, hands down. I love it and it's what's on tap!

Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this from the bottle in the past and had it from the tap @ espn zone times square ny.

A=pours a dark amber color with a fluffy white head,great body.

S= hoppy smell with traces of honey,malt.

T= strong full flavor, difficult to describe (flavors blended so well)

MF= smooth mouth feel.

good beer if you like bitter beer like me.


Photo of natelocc787
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just barely achieved the taste score above. Above average aroma, very piney and bitter with hop resin and grapefruit peel. Taste shows amber malt and c-hops. Nicely balanced and extremely drinkable for a well crafted beer. Not my first choice but a classic and a go-to on those late night when only gas stations are open. As is true for many others connoisseurs , this is the beer that got me started.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured clear light orange/amber with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head; smells of malt, orange peel and light hops, with an average overall odor. Tastes like malt, citrus, hops, sweet caramel and overall well balanced; had a slight bitter finish, but no aftertaste. Medium body, crisp with light carbonation that goes down smooth and slick on the tongue with decent lacing.

Sam Adam's flagship beer is very drinkable, both on tap and from the bottle. It's very good when it's cold and also gets better as it warms and sits. Even though some people put this in the "mass market" class now, I think it's still a very good beer that's light, tasty and enjoyable. I still enjoy this brew after many years of drinking it.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled label notched November 2009.

A-Poured a golden-amber hue with a little more than a one-finger head that receded into modest lacing.

S-Not much for the nose here. Some toasty malt and brewer's yeast.

T-Hoppy bitterness with a faint malt sweetness that is nicely balanced.

M-Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D-Very drinkable lager, but not one I will reach for often since there are plenty of better ales available.

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

as with the oktoberfest had this one in a bottle at applebees ,,again nothing of interest on the beer card.. you can always depend on SA this Lager pored a deep copper color with anice head ...smell was more hops in this one than the marzen with a nice toasty malt smell..the taste was smooth and flavorful it had an initial hop hit with some floral fruity tastes with some roasted toffee and biscuity malty finish all in all a drinkable lager when nothing else is on the card.and really it is a good brew one that i dont mind drinking from time to time i enjoyed this one

Photo of Ralphus
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Boston Lager is a great go to/fall back beer when you're not in the mood for anything else on the menu.

A: Bronze amber w/ an offwhite head that settles to a blanket of foam. Some lacing.

S: Surprisingly weak. A touch of malt but really nothing else.

T: Baked malts and a sour hop finish.

M: Average

D: Despite the make up it has a solid taste that goes down well and makes for good drinkability.

Photo of dcxxray
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

You can get this brew for a pretty good price. It's the most common craft brew. If you have friends over and are low on cash, the cheapest GOOD beer, would be sam adams. It's a hoppy lager. You can smell the hops. As for drinkability, you could easily put a sixer down.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 30, 2009
12oz bottle and on tap. This is the stepping stone beer towards craft beer for me. I was obsessed with it for awhile. Solid beer over all. Pours a clear golden. Very smooth and easy to drink. Can't go wrong with this if the options are limited.

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

Had it on tap at Chilli's, NJ :

A : Brilliant bronzey colour with an off white head. Decent retention

S : Good hop and malt balance for the nose

T : Prevelant malt taste, a little yeasty aftertaste

M : Tart and carbonated on the palate

D : Good and solid brew for easy drinking - I guess it is the quintessential macro - micro lager

Photo of Thur123
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So this brew pours a deep orangey copper color, much like pale ale, that's maybe a bit on the brown side. The head fills one finger worth then fades into a thin white layer at the top. The carbonation looks even and strong, but not abundant. The aroma is light and smells of medium roasted malts, definitely on the sweet side with a biscuit flavor. The smell of cereal is prominent as well.

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Smooth and mellow mouth feel and flavor. The taste is sweet malts with a bitter edge that's just so well balanced, making this a very easy drinking lager. The cereal flavor is strong and reminds me of BCM, but in the way that BCM's are supposed to resemble something closer to this flavor, but don't, they only attempt, if you could call it that.

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

Appearance: It pours a nice amber orange color with a crisp head that doesnt dissipate.
Smell: The beer has a nice floral hops aroma with a touch from the malt.
Taste: The hops are very evident but there is also a nice hint of caramel from the malt.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: It has a good crisp/clean taste that really finishes well. The beer is very refreshing and easy to enjoy. Not too heavy and not too light.

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