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

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7,946 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,946
Reviews: 2,530
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 112
Gots: 1,267 | 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 rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/copper colored, frothy mnedium head

S: bready malts, caramel with hints of vanilla and hops

T: bready malts, slight caramel with nice hop finish

M: Smooth, good carbonation, goes down easy

D: Good lager to pick up in a case for a party in lieu of your standard lighter lager beers

Photo of Reaper16
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

Pours a rich shade of caramel with a two-finger white head. The lacing was particularly nice; not webby or sinewy but simply straight rings and notches around the glass. Is it the Perfect Pint glass? I don't know, but it is pretty nonetheless.

The aroma, despite the Perfect Pint glass supposedly boosting this department, was lacking somewhat. There was a strong element of noble hops and great deal of biscuit. Perhaps a kiss of honey at its best.

This is a darn-drinkable beer no matter what anyone tells me because of its taste. Smooth, slightly-sweet malt mingles with a generous portion of German (hallertau) hops. The noble hops can get a tiny bit sour after a while, however. It is not complex by any stretch of the imagination. But it is easy-drinking, sweet, bready and hoppy. You can't go wrong drinking a Boston Lager (though you can assuredly go better).

The lager thinness carries the day, letting the noble hops shine all throughout the drink. At such a low ABV and with a decently high amount of flavor, one can definitely session this beer. I myself would rather pick up a locally-brewed beer to session (for me: the similarly-flavored Boulevard Pilsner or another Boulevard year-round product) but this should do quite nicely for many people as an accessible, go-to lager.

Photo of sudz42
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sam Adams is a great beer, except it's a bit dense. Welcome to American micros (albeit turned macro).

Malt, hop, good gravity all conspire to give you a pleasing drink. Packaging can sometimes be a misleading deterent (Michelob Original Lager), but here, Mr. Adams hoisting a stein, surrounded by silver and red framing, is perfect. I feel like I'm in a Lexington tavern.

A New Englander, I've been drinking Sam since the 80's. Along with the High Falls/Genessee Brewery, Sam is the vanguard of New England Breweries. Sure, Magic Hat, Gearys, Harpoon, Otter Creek (please avoid ascerbic Shipyard), do have good offerings, by SA is groundbreaking.

Enjoy, and if it's your first foray to Sam, stay with this and not the Light.

Photo of minterro
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: transparent light amber colored beer, that has a good head to start off with, but it dissipates fast. head seem to form into little colonies and leaves surprisingly good lacing.

S: hoopy but nothing special, not that potent.

T: overall good. mild hops taste with hints of citrus, and a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but nothing overwhelming. very much so torn between 3.5 and 4.

M: crisp and clean

D: goes down easy. the taste and mouthfeel work well together.

notes: love the appearance of this beer, its almost perfect! enjoy take it slow let it warm. this beer was recommended by a friend and its good, but not great. I would say that it is better then most common beers on the market. could see myself buying this beer at a bar in the future.

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

22 oz bomber poured into the Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Lager obtained at Shaw's Supermarket Derry, NH. Crystal clear amber color with and a nice inch think head that leaves some lacing. citrusy smell with a subtle cracker-like quality. Nice citrusy taste. The cracker taste from the malt goes nicely with the citrus, bringing some lemon taste but very subtle. moderate to light carbonation. very refreshing beer.

Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich translucent golden colour. Head is dense and slightly off white. Okay head retention.

Aromas are of light hops, quite sweet and almost a touch fruity.

Starts sweet and continues with a reasonable bitterness with a light hop character. Plenty of biscuity malt notes to counter the slightly spicy hops. Nothing amazing but tasty enough. Quite a dry finish.

The carbonation is here is quite high which nicely counters the medium body. It may be a touch too carbonated but it isn't bad.

I nicely flavoured, tasty lager which hits the spot when you want something that isn't particularly challenging.

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

i love this beer. i feel its well balanced.

This is a great lager, it has alot of flavor without being overpowering. I like how it starts off sweet and then the aftertaste has some more hops bitterness to it. Its nice and crisp. I could drink this all night. Its not perfect, but for a widely available beer that easy to drink and taste good, it hard to go wrong with this.

Photo of MaxBrews
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz bottle, bottle does say it should of been consumed before july, so I just hit the serve by date.

Appearance: Basic lager appearance amber in color medium head bordering on smaller, which dissolves quickly into a thin soapy lacing that hardly clings to the glass.

Smell: floral hops, sweet malt.

Taste: for the smell being floral this beer has a lot of the malt in it a bit grainy. For the floral scent you would expect this beer to be far less bitter then it is. Floral in the fore taste with a dry hoppy bite, which well leaves the mouth feeling dry. 2.5-3.0

Mouthfeel: surprisingly dry for a lager. Proper carbonation but leaves the mouth dry.

Drinkability: Still prefer the Brooklyn lager even if it is a bit too sweet. (although thanks to beer advocate I have been informed this a vienna lager, so maybe I cannot compare the two) Too dry to have several, but not flavorful enough to want to have several. An average lager. Perhaps the commericials are truthful enough to say it would go with any kind of meal because it in no way overpower any flavor because the flavor is lacking.

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

This beer pours a golden amber colour with a thick head that dissapears quite quickly, on smelling this beer the hops is the stand out smell with carmel/maltish background and with with the taste it is very fruity with a nice hop finsih but no bitterness at all quite smooth actually and could see myself drinking more of this beer definately a session beer

Photo of Monsteruss
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The foam was light wheat in color, semi-thick and very lacey. The color was a beautiful amber with mahogany highlights, not too much carbonation. The smell was a good balance of hops and wheat (more hops), a tad of orange with a slight bitterness. The taste was semi-robust of hops and spices -a heaviness to it. A cleaness of taste and a flowery undertone. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and fresh. Drinkability - not too bitter, not too bland - a good session.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint.

A- Pours darker than expected into pint glass. Thick head that drops off quickly.

S- Sweet, hoppy. More than expected.

T- Very good. Hops and malts are well balanced. Very smooth going down.

M- Crisp, good carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel.

D- Through the roof. I was wary of this beer, but it passes all tests. Very good macro? lager. If it's a choice between this and Bud/Coors/Miller, it's a no-brainer. Sam wins every time.

Photo of JMD
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper color, crystal clear, with nice rocky that leaves a heavy lacing on the glass.

S: Light aroma of sweet malt, and floral hops. Some faint citrus as well.

T: Malty of upfront, sweetbread and carmel. Nice hop bite towards the end. Extremely balanced lager.

M: Medium carbonation and smooth c

D: This is great lager, and the beer that sent me on my craft brew journey. Well balanced and flavorful, I could drink these all day.

Photo of MVotter
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Samuel Adams Boston Lager pours into a pils glass a beautiful, clear amber with a 1+ finger, cream colored head, which settles back to a about a half-inch layer in a minute.

The aroma is malty yeasty.

The taste is an extremely balanced blend of malts and hops; it's hard to determine a dominant flavor at first. In the end, I believe that I detected a "very lightly roasted malt flavor" and an equally subtle hop presence.

The mouthfeel is medium and substantial, a robust feel to this lager. It is not overly effervescent after the prescribed pour, but if poured down the side of the glass, it yields plenty of carbonation.

S. Adams Boston Lager is a drinkable, enjoyable brew.

Photo of AnonWut
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So I've had a week to seriously sample a 6-pack instead of just trying to jump the gun and declare every macrobrew total crap.

This beer is definitely better with meals. I have no serious qualms with it. The smell is decent. Nice and sweet. The initial taste is brilliant, but I am not one for the aftertaste of this beer. The aftertaste is very hoppy and tastes very much of alcohol, thus the drinkability of this in my opinion is very low.

I have to say, if the aftertaste weren't so strong in the hops department, you'd have yourself a very drinkable decent macrobrew.

I REALLY wanted to like this beer, but I came out a little disappointed and am willing to accept it. (Also, I don't know if it's just me but towards the end of the bottle, the aftertaste seems to get slightly better, but not to the point of serious drinkability)

Photo of NeutroMan
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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.

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

Photo of melagnus
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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!


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.

Photo of vishneda
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of berley31
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of bill93063
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,946 ratings.