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

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7,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,848
Reviews: 2,504
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 102
Gots: 1,150 | 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 juju7
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright amber with a tidy 1cm head. Nice hop presence on the nose along with yummo caramel malt. Follows through with more of the same on the palate. Good low-med carbonation which helps it go down oh so easy. Reminiscent of a Vienna Lager in a class of its own. I never say no to one of these. It's just a little hard to come by fresh bottles in these parts

Photo of HopDerek
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of foamy slightly off-white head. Good retention and some decent lacing. Smells of citrus zest, spicy and floral hops, toasted grain, honey, and a hint of herbs. Tastes of lemon, herbal hops, toasted malt and grain, caramel, buttered bread, and some dry spicy hops in the finish. Medium in body with pleasant carbonation, very balanced with a semi-sweet/semi-dry feel, smooth with nice crispness. Very easy to drink, a definite session brew that is pretty refreshing.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to small glass. This is the first SA that I've ever had.

A: Pours a copper body with a one-finger off-white head with good retention but no lacing.

S: Bold scent, didn't expect this strong of a scent. Smells malty with hints of bread and noticeable hops.

T: Even better! Wow, this is actually a beer! strong malts with a good bread character and a caramel backbone turn into a bitter hopiness. Simply amazing I didn't think macros could achieve this.

Overall: Carbonation wasn't anything special and neither was the drinkability, however this is the best macro I've ever had. If put infront of me I would not have been able to guess it wasn't a craft. Well done Sam Adams.

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

When this arrived at my table, it was obvious that the poor bartender had been careless with the pour as the head was gushing over the side of the glass. No matter. Once the head was cleaned up, it was a tall, proud white mass floating atop an amber throne. The head sticks to the glass the entire way down. This is a classic looking beer. The smell, is pleasant but nothing to buy a ring over. Nice sweetness from the malt, not much hop presence in the nose. Nice sweetness, bit caramel, well balanced by slight hop profile. Very nice feel on the mouth, smooth but light. This is such a great beer to kick back to, I am always amazed at how much I like these.

Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

after many of these over the years, time to focus on it. it's simply always been a joy to drink no matter what my current style preference.
even as i have entered a mega hop obsession, i find this a standby...like the SN Pale...here goes...

pours like a classic. just seems such a reassuring thing. deep golden tinging almost into a darker, almost red spectrum. almost. nice head that remains thick, settles slowly, clings in all sorts of lacing, thick and thin. beautiful.

the smell reminds me how much i used to think this was 'too' hoppy long ago when i knew few great beers. it's still more hops than malt in the immediacy...

taste is simply so balanced, a classic session brew (or more fun, alternate with this and the Boston Ale!)...hoppy crispness and carbonation greet you first, the malts assert but in a permeable exoskeleton of hop armor. of course, this is an ultimate, quality signature session american brew!

still highly recommended.

Photo of brfbeerdrinker
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: darker golden brown 1/4 finger of head
[Smell]: Floral, nutty almost
[Taste]: Strong foretaste of citrus and burnt flavor, medium midtaste of citrus again then nutty flavorings, and the after taste lingers for minutes tastes of nutty flavors amost peanuty
[Mouthfeel]: Middle of the road standard lager
[Drinkability]: A bit harsh in the citrus dept. for me anyway. Worlds from the groovy brew I just recently had

Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a glass with a one finger beige head with good retention. The color of this beer is golden to light brown with no haze. The smell is loaded with the floral scent of hops. The taste is nicely balanced with the hops and malts both playing a role. There is a nice fruitiness in the malt which really works well for this type of lager. The mouthfeel is medium with a perfect amount of carbonation. Drinkability is great because the beer has a great balanced flavor that does not overpower the palate and also has a normal ABV.

Overall, Boston Lager has been and will continue to be one of my favorite lagers. It is a great introduction to anyone who has never had craft beer because of the balance of the flavors. Worthy of being session beer for any beer drinker.

Photo of teejay76
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber pour with decent head.

S: Great smell. Abundance of hops aroma. Loved it.

T: Hops had a little kick. Aftertaste left me feeling like a bit of dish detergent.

M: Nice balance.

D: Went down nice and easy. Overcame the aftertaste by taking another drink...

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

A: Clear golden amber with a decent white head. Lacing was present after the head went down.

S: Hops aromas were most prevelent. Spicey, and piney with a little toasted malt coming through.

T: Spicey hops and toasted malt balance well. There is no real sweetness present, but a little hops bitterness shows from middle through the end. Good hops flavors in the aftertaste. Nice lager.

M: Nicely carbonated, dry feel, not thick, but not necessarily watery either.

D: This is one of my favorite American lagers. Easy to drink and thirst quenching. I can always go for a second.

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

Served on tap in a frosted mug served at the Chili's Restaurant in Salem, New Hampshire on March 22, 2009.

The pour is a copper/amber color with very little head but the head that is there lingers.

The aroma is a good balance of sweet malts and spicy roasted hops. A little bit on the floral side. Medium-bodied lager.

The mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied lager and the taste is sweet and bitter at the same time. Not much of an aftertaste. It really is one of the better quasi-crafts out there.

Photo of Viggo
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint on tap at the bistro.

Pours a clear dark amber, light orange hues, thick white head forms, quickly drops to a medium collar around the glass, some lace spots, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, more floral than I remember from the bottle, biscuit and toasty malts, some caramel sweetness, apricots, floral hops, basic but well done. Taste is similar, nice caramel and biscuit up front, toasty middle, light graininess, some floral hopping in the finish, almost a peach like fruitiness, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A very well crafted lager, much better on tap than in bottles. Nice stuff, could drink this all night.

Photo of Jimbo87
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint glass.

Lear amber, big pale head, left a bunch of rings of lacing.

Smells of fresh toasted malt. Later on, some slight herbal or spice-like smell which was very nice, but which I don't know how to describe.

Taste: Sweet malt, slightly toasted, very slightly buttery. A smooth taste. Nice hops give a nice bitter finish to balance the malts. Slightly sour/acidic. I'm having trouble identifying much about the hop profile. It may be slightly earthy. A surprisingly complex taste.

Medium body, well-carbonated.

Very drinkable. A very good lager.

Photo of rodney45
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Good medium amber color and decent head retention. Smells a bit hoppy and sweet. This beer holds it down, and is a favorite of mine. However, it has a few misgivings that make it near the bottom of my list of beers I'd buy and keep on hand in my home. It is too sweet a beer, i dont know if that is indicative of all Vienna lagers, or just this one, but its too sweet. Carbonation is also a bit overwhelming, especially when its too cold, which is why you need to drink it at 40- 45 degrees, not the crazy freezing temperatures they would normally serve it at bars. That being said, this beer broke the way for commercially acceptable "good" beers. It deserves a place in history for that. A really good brew, not great, but good.

Photo of smibroncos
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a standard pint glass. It poured a sturdy amber-brown color, the head was light brown and lasting. It had a fair amount of lacing.

I think the beer tasted alot like cola. It had some flavors of honey, vannilla, ginger. The yeast had some sweatyness hidding in the background. It finnished with a lasting bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium not overcarbonated.

Not a real filling beer. I like this beer it has alot of flavor, not too sweet, and ample bitterness.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on multiple samplings.

Pours a copper/amber color. Very little head on this one. Smell is earthy, slightly hoppy, grassy and slightly metallic. Malt and hops are very well-balanced. Earthy tones are evident in the taste. Moderate carbonation in the mouth. Good drinkability due to beer's overall flavor and ABV.

Not as in-your-face as other beer types, but this is a great example of Vienna lagers.

Photo of angelmonster
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Big 3 finger white head that fades within minutes. Pale gold in color with lots of bubbles. Retention isnt very good but lacing is above average

Smells of very sweet straw malt, faint citrus hops

Taste is of grassy, straw pale malt and some metallic copper. Not much on the hop side except for some kind of tartness im associating with hops

Light mouth feel, a bit over carbonated but not too much

Above average drink ability. Kinda boring flavors, wouldnt seek out this beer again but its decent and somewhat widely available.

Photo of Richardberg
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: ordered a pint from an upper west side bar. Poured golden brown with a tinge of red, not much foam considering it's a keg-sourced lager.

S: very little smell at all. Slight wift of grassy / floral hops.

T: crisp blend of light & caramel malts, balanced hops finish. Solid standard lager.

M: bubbly initial feel, light body, clean finish.

D: good for what it's trying to be, just not really my thing.

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

I feel compelled to review this beer, being one of my favorites for years. Pours reddish-gold with a tight head that dissipates quickly but leaves tight lacing. Despite the fact that I pulled it straight from my fridge, this beer is crystal clear. Aroma is fantastic, the first thing that hits you is a mix of malty sweetness and resinous hops. A very distinct lager-aroma too - just a touch of sulfur and utterly clean. Taste is crisp and malty with a surprisingly hoppy, spicy finish. The hops in this beer are very subtle but definitely there, and delicious.

An American classic! I like to think of this as one of the flagship beers of the US and am proud to live in a country where a beer of such caliber can be found in any gas station or corner store.

Photo of slk22
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a 2007 bottle in the back of my fridge and thought it might be fun to see how it aged. Poured a deep amber with a light orange-white head. A bit hazy, perhaps showing its age, but probably chill haze. Aroma was a bready malt with a hint of orange, still quite pleasant. Taste began with malt sweetness having a hint of caramel. A small spicy hop presence was detectable finishing with a moderate yeast flavor and little to no aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied having moderate carbonation. Overall, simple, but enjoyable. Light and refreshing.

Photo of jimj21
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into plain pint glass. Pour produces two fingers of rocky off white head. Good retention and a lot of lacing. Beer is amber colored. Great clarity and many streams of bubbles.

Nice hoppy aroma, spicy. Maybe some roasted caramel as well.

Taste is a little toasty upfront with some caramel as well. Some spicy hops on the finish. Good flavor profile that showcases both malt and hops. Great balance

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy with the right amount of carbonation. Medium bodied.

Great drinkability. A good beer that is always available. A great introductory beer to those new to craft beer. This was one of the first craft beers I tried and there was a bit of shock at how much flavor it had compared to macros. As my palate has expanded, I have come to appreciate it a lot more.

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

Pours a deep rich copper/amber, medium head and Beautiful lacing. Lots of carbonation that holds throughout drinking. Looks very inviting! Smells of sharp & crisp grape with sweet but slightly burnt caramel malt. Floral spicy/citrus hops as well. Tastes of sweet, crisp rich roasted caramel, with a spicy roasted hop bitterness at the end. Hop bitterness lingers just a tad. A touch of citrus/pine as well. As it warms, more of a slightly burnt caramel flavor comes out Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with high carbonation. Great beer overall and a great session brew.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer in my fridge that I'm not sure where it came from, still good as far as the expiration date goes. This one's set to turn in April.

A: Crystal clear light copper color, white head about half an inch thick that reduced to a film with a few clumps of lacing. Quite a few bubbles moving around in the beer.

S: Big time malt-roastiness. Honey and caramel are really present here, slight citrus/spicy hop character, really good smelling lager.

T: More of the nose in the mouth, a little more on the roasty side than I'd remembered from the last time I drank this. Not a huge hop presence, but there is something there, a little kick of spice at the end. Caramel and honey really stand out in my mind. Really a tasty beer, even though it is a shade watery.

M: Thin, dry, nicely carbonated, doesn't leave a lot of lingering flavors on the palate. Exactly what the style calls for.

D: Great session beer, this one goes down easy and is really flavorful. A good beer all around.

Photo of indeed
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best "working man's" beer in the world. Goes with everything, can be guzzled all night long as well as sipped and enjoyed in freezing-cold weather to the hottest days on the boat. It truly fits the epitome of the term "beer". It's expensive, but worth it.

I think a lot of reviews and beers here are far beyond "drinkable" and are rated so highly because they're unique. Forget that...I just want a great beer that I can get anywhere and goes with every food or none at all. THAT is beer...THAT is value.

S.A.-B.L. is the best beer in the world.
Thats right. I said it.

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

Had this beer served in a pint glass

Appearance: amber color, small head.
Smell: Hoppy, fruity, a little bit of pine. I even felt some malt on the nose.
Taste: Hoppy, again some fruitiness and malt
Overall a very well made American beer. Has the characteristics of an ale.

Photo of jnn4v
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My apologies in advance to all of you who enjoy this beer. While I am clearly more of an ale fan, there are lagers that i do enjoy. This isn't one of them (although given a choice between this and a pilsner such as Bud, MGD, Coors, etc, I'd choose the Sam Adams Lager every time).

A: Reasonable color somewhere between amber and light brown. Translucent.

S: Nothing offensive, but nothing enticing me to want to taste it either. Lager yeasts, toasted malts.

T: Here begin the problems. How do you describe a lack of quality in ingredients? It was both thin on flavor and yet too heavy on negative flavor attributes simultaneously. Not atrocious, but nothing positive here at all.

Ml: Appropriate texture for the genre. Moderate carbonation.

D: Never again.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,848 ratings.