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

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7,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,149
Reviews: 2,429
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 69
Gots: 653 | 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 assmasterson
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%

First off, the Budweiser label may be the most recognized, but the Samuel Adams labels are quickly becoming my favorite. The blue and silver shows a sign of high quality, and the top label explaining the style is a nice touch.

Even without a glass, this beer showed a great appearance with the foamy head traveling almost to the top of the bottle neck. The smell was slight, but had a brilliant hop note. The taste...WOW. The commercials don't lie. The heavy hops flavor kicks you in the mouth and leaves you begging for more. I wanted to savor it, but I could not stop drinking. Simply excellent.

The mouthfeel of this beer is moderately heavy, but so slick you don't even notice it going down. Drinkability is extremely high. It may be almost 11 pm on a tuesday night, but I want another!

If beer was music, S.A. Boston Lager would be Beethoven's 5th: powerful and flawlessly excecuted. I cannot stop praising this brew. It could perhaps be the finest lager available. Excuse me as I weep with joy.

assmasterson, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +7%

12oz brown bottle

Samuel Adams Boston Lager was amber in color with good clarity. It had a nice white rocky head with good retention and left plenty of lacing. The aroma was a nice mix of sweet malt and hops. The taste was a little bitter, and had a nice hop flavor with plenty of malt to go with it. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and good carbonation. The drinkability was good as well, a sixer will disappear before you know it. This is my fallback beer and is a regular in my fridge.

afinepilsner, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Container Volume: 335ml

Container type: bottle

Head: 1/8th inch

Lace: decent

Reflected- brown
Transmitted- ruby

Aroma: plesant

Mouthfeel: medium

Palate: adjusts quickly

Comments: Probably the best mass production Lager in the U.S. I haven’t had this version on tap.

Mowing/Working on car- Y
With Friends- Y
Sipping- Y
Get my buzz on- Y

TechMyst, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of therica
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

There are days when this tastes like common-swill, and other days that I get tired of Czechvar, Newcastle, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest or whatever else I've been drinking, and I actually crave a bottle of this.

Appearance-- very impressive, pours a deep golden-yellow, nice off-white head that stayed for a minute or so.

Smell-- very alluring, hints of the taste to follow.

Taste-- very satisfying honey-malt-hops, apricot, with a quick aftertaste of pine and maybe some citrus. Very smooth, nicely balanced, nothing obtrusive and yet truly an outstanding beer. Occasionally I'll get a metallic-tasting bottle for some reason.

Mouthfeel-- hints of the taste lingering, modest hops-bitters and still a slight not-too-sweet feel lingering.

Drinkability-- great if you like it.

therica, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%

Samuel Adams Boston Lager
24 oz bottle
Recent bottling, appreciated 09/06
Medium pour in a pilsner glass

Poured copper bronze with a 1/2 white mostly diminishing white frothy head.

Smelt of dark bready malts and soft citrus hops.

Taste was upfront medium piney bitter hops and very slightly citrusy as well, with the follow through a bit like sweet dark bread melding with the remaining bitter hoppiness for a pleasant lingering finish. Mouthfeel was medium and dry with lively carbonation.

Overall, in my humble opinion, the best mass-marketed lager on the american market, an serves as a great entry point to the world of beer to the unitiated cheap american pilsner drinkers.

xav33, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Ahh. Memories of my old buddy Sam. We go way back. This will be the first time that I review the old stand-by, and the first time I've had it in probably six months.

Pours caramel orange with a two finger white orange head that is the color of the inside white surface of an orange peel. The head drops, but stays around 1/4 finger for the duration.

Smells very unique, like dirty sand from the bank of a river, chlorine, a little hoppy lime zest, and fresh crusty bread.

Tastes bready with some caramel and lime citrus notes. Light and playfull on the palate, but also pretty deep in character. It's pretty hoppy for a lager....almost like a pale ale in it's hop profile. Lot's of lime and lemon rind come out more strongly as it warms, and leave a tangy bitter aftertaste that's very enjoyable.

This one pairs excellently with food due to it's palate-cleansing zest and sweet bready character. Good thing you can get it in just about every restaurant (at this rate, I think it'll be available at McDonald's soon...I'm lovin' it).

Sam Adam's lager is ubiquitous, and because you can find any where you go I've had it about a ga-zillion times and I'm a little tired of it. A good fall back beer when you're out at a restaurant with friends, in a less beer-friendly bar, or shopping for milk and eggs at WalMart and "accidentaly" stray to the beer aisle. Sammy is a popular fella.

pmcadamis, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Boston lager is essntially a pretty plain brew but it's a high quality beer for a large brewer. I rarely purchase it for home but quite often it is the best choice on a menu at a restaurant and it is a more than acceptable beer when nothing more interesting is available.

A deep amber with a nice head it is certainly a much more attractive beer than the megabrews and it has much more body and less soda pop fizz than the megabrews also significantly better in aroma, taste and drinkability. there is nothing all that remarkable about it but it's a very solid beer of its style.

Deconstructionis, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured to an amber color with medium thick off-white head and decent lacing.Hoppy aroma, but difficult to distinguish anything particular. Ditto with the taste. Palte was good and smooth, and overall, this wasn’t a bad beer, especially for a macro trying hard to be a micro.

kimcgolf, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Sam Adams is a nice, drinkable beer. It would be good for parties with lots of people especially if they are not all serious beer fanatics. There isn't really anything to complain about. It isn't the most exciting beer, but it is a solid contribution to the American beer landscape.

PhiloPsych, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

This beer was just plain good all around. Good appearance, a bit darker than most macros with some decent head and lacing. Not a whole lot of smell, a faint hint of hops and a lot of dry malt. Taste is good and very similar to the smell, with just a bit more hop feel. Drinks easy and smooth with a bit of carbonation.

supercolter, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Golden orange with a nice 1" white head disapating at a slow rate leaving lots of lacing. Millions of bubbles can be seen rushing to the top.

S: Sweet with a nice hop bite. Slightly grainy, but not overly so. Hops actually dominate the smell!

T: Sweet upfront with a nice hops bite midtaste leaving a slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is kind of doughy. All flavors are very light, but very balanced.

M: High carbonation but not so much it stings your mouth.

D: I've found myself paying a lot more attention to lighter beers lately. The weather is hot and I'm more active and when I'm craving a beer while I'm outside at the river or something, a lighter beer just hits the spot and this is an excellent example. I really don't care for the Vienna lager style, at least the ones of I'vd had have been very bland, but this one packs quite a bit of flavor.

MLegendre, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of eballard
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

This beer pours a golden brown with no head. It has a floral hops smell with a hint of caramel malts. The beer has a malt taste with hints of grain and a hops aftertaste with a spicy bite. A clean creamy texture with a crisp clean finish makes this beer very drinkable. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of Sam Adams. Defiantly one of my favorite breweries and their flag ship beer is right on the money.

eballard, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of jackorain
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Taking this beer for what it is, a LAGER, it is very good.

A-I always thought this beer looked great, nice dark amber color, clear like a lager should be. Thick foamy head that crowns over the top of the glass and stays around for a very long time. This haed laces down the glass.

S- malt, yeast/bread, mild hops (floral, green)

T-green hops hit up front, not a ton but a good amount for a lager, this is cut by a malty sweetness that balances the flavor profile very nicely. There is grainy flavor on the finish as well.

M-light to medium body, some hop oils are here.

D-This beer is very drinkable, as always I am very happy to find this at a party as a macro alternative.

Overall, a real nice, readily avaible beer that looks fantatic when properly poured and is very drinkable. I am always disappointed when a restaurant waitress brings out this beer in a pint glass filled to the tippy top with no head ruining the look. This scenario will also most likely play out with a frosted glass, uugh!

jackorain, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

"America's World-Class Beer"

A: Dark gold (I'm sure there is a name for it, but to me: dark gold). Has a little white head that disappears quickly. Lighter than it tastes(?).

S: Deep malty aroma. Very sweet and slightly roasted. No corn here. No real hop presence either. Hints of cleansing aromas sneak in and out.

T/M: Mmm. Perfect porch beer for today. Sweet and flavorful. Lots of battling malt tastes without being confusing. Hops clean the palate nicely. Light and crisp on a 70 degree day.

D: Could drink this all day/night anywhere. Frat house, ballgame, back porch, family reunion, night out, etc. Everyone knows and respects Sammy Adams.

kdmorse, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

this is the Bill Clinton of beers, a moderate in every way, toally middle fo the road, and pretty well balanced. I could make an off color remark about the head, but I'll resist. It pours golden amber with an off white head, nearly tan. It looks clean, with good carbonation. It tastes of perfectly balanced malt and hops, with sweetness and bitterness living in harmony. This also has good carbonation to it, it finishes clean, with a little bitterness. I'm good for a few of these, highly drinkable.

dherling, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

From notes of 08/15/06 visit to Lonie Walker's Underground Wonder Bar- Chicago,IL.

Pours a dark golden to pale amber in color, very good clarity. The head is an off-white creamy, frothy foam. The lace hangs in sheets

The smell is sweet toasted caramel malt, spicy and flowery hops.

The taste is sweet caramel malt, well balanced with spicy hops. A fair amount of dry bittering hops in the finish.

Medium bodied. Active carbonation. Crisp, clean mouthfeel.
Good stuff, available just about everywhere, and very drinkable.

I have always enjoyed these, I finally got around to the review.

EvilKeith, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Neehan
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

A very nice amber appearance with a thick white head, though the head disappears very quickly. Smells mainly of hops with the slight scent of honey. Nice, enjoyable taste with a good bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. A drinkable beer that I would definitely choose if the selection was limited.

Neehan, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

A nice golden amber color with a big white fluffy head that lingers for a while.

Smell has a nice floral hop aroma with some nice fresh bread odor as well.

Taste is very good, light toasted and bready malts with a nice bit of green floral hops coming through making this a very balanced and tasty session beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability is great, this beer has such a good flavor, but is tame enought to enjoy in almost any situation, great session beer.

bashiba, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of dansm
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

A-Nice golden-amber color with a decent, lasting head.

S-Mildly hoppy aroma, with some malty tones thrown in.

T-Nicely balanced between lightly sweet malts, and spicy bitter hops.

M-Nice carbonation with a medium body.

D-Goes down easy, tastes pretty good, and is widely available. These facts combine to make a highly drinkable beer.

dansm, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a Sam Smith tulip.

A vigorous pour raises a 3 finger, large bubbled head that quickly recedes to very short lacing. Leaves very nice lace on the glass. Very clear, with a beautiful bright copper-gold hue.

The nose is lightly hoppy, in a floral, noble way, with a slight kiss of malt sweetness.

The taste is mild, but a little biscuity, with a very nice malt sweetness. The hop bitterness is a little higher than mild, and quite refreshing. Tastes a bit caramelized as well. As it warms, bitterness and hops slide in behind the sweetness.

Mouth is medium-thick, very full bodied for a lager such as this. Carbonation is high as well.

Drinkability is nice, still a more than average lager. I wish it had more of a pungent aroma, though.

mjc410, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of sinistermadman
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

This could be the most trite review I've done to date. Nothing much to illuminate on his brew. Everyone knows it's strengths. This is usually the fallback beer of choice when selection is not available. Clear copper. Nice head. Crisp citric hop taste with malty grain backing. Clean and tasty, this brew serves it's purpose well.

sinistermadman, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of ArcTeryx
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

Pours a very light orange color with a small fizzy white head. There is a very light hoppy aroma present. This beer has pretty light flavor, but I do like the small bits of hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Unforunately, when drinking this, I do taste some wateriness.

There is very little complexity in this beer (didn't expect otherwise), but it isn't half-bad for being macro-ish.

ArcTeryx, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

I think the main thing to say about this beer is that it is good. I've had a limited number of Vienna Lagers but this one did not miss the mark. You get sweet caramel as expected and a small but pleasant hop bite. In the couple times I've had this on tap, the second time seemed a little to watery/uncarbonated for the style. It still wasn't that bad that time.

MiScusi, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +7%

A muscular blonde with serious density. Busty and thick legged with a heavy lusty swallow to it. A come hither lager that walks on its own and sits on your lap and stays for drinks after a show. You may even want to call it toots if you're brash and chauvanistic enough. But I'd just call it lunch or dinner if I was a better man.

thelagerheads, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of escapements
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

A= Nice light golden color. A little darker than your typical lager

S= Hoppy aroma, light on malt smell

T=Nicely balanced. Light on the malt, heavier on the hops. (pretty much like it smells). Lagers aren't my favorite, but this is very drinkable.

M=Mouth feel is pretty good, smooth and not over-carbonated. Clean finish. Good with food.

D=Very drinkable as most lagers are...

escapements, Jul 24, 2006
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,149 ratings.