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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

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7,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,165
Reviews: 2,430
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 69
Gots: 662 | 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 supercolter
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"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%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of gbarron
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle. I've had this beer hundreds of times, but never reviewed. One of the few ubiquitous micros you can find in most any good bar nationwide. Thank you, Jim Koch.

A - light golden copper, perfectly clear. Head is bright white and very bubbly and tight. Very light lacing.

S - firm aroma of slightly peppery, metallic hops, balanced out with light caramel, toasted bread aromas from the malt. Nice, unique nose.

T - hoppy lager. Somewhat sweet, tangy, almost slightly sour and grainy malt flavors. In stark balance with an assertive hop flavor of flowery sweet, somewhat peppery and metallic noble hops. Nice bready taste and unique hop flavor in this beer.

M - medium thin bodied, slightly dry grainy finish. Carbonation average to slightly above average.

D - tasty beer, and the drinkability gets a small boost because it's always a safe standby. Don't recognize any of the other taps? SA Boston Lager is always a safe choice for a flavorful, well made beer.

gbarron, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of adam42381
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't already been said about Sam Adams Boston Lager? This is by far the finest macro brew in America. Hands down. Appearance: Excellent look, not too dark nor too light. Nice head with decent lacing.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma.

Taste is very smooth with just the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Nice balance.

Drinkability is quite high for me.

I just realized that I hadn't reviewed this one yet. Probably my favorite American beer at the moment. Ask me tomorrow and it might change. I just drank four and wish I had more. Highly recommended.

adam42381, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me first state that I am no expert in terms of this style. I do enjoy the dark golden pour followed by a robust head. Nose is full of toasted malt goodness and hoppy aroma. There's lots of lacing too.
Taste is full of pleasing caramel, tangy hops, and a bit of sweetness. It's too bad you can't find this in a plentiful amount in Seattle or I think I'd buy it often. Light carbonation tantalizes and pleases. Great drinkability in my opinion. A satisfying beer.

TheBungyo, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsener glass.

A: Pours an amber color. Almost two fingers of head that lingered. Left sticky trails on the side of the glass. Head had great longevity.

S: Smelled of hearty, whole-grain bread. Or hearty crackers. Malty, slight hint of hop bitterness.

T: Very clean flavor, maybe not as whole-grain-like as the aroma would suggest. Hop presence at the end, and the finish is typically abrupt for a light-bodied lager. Pleasant hop presence. Blooms nicely, and the malt gets more and more assertive the warmer it gets.

M: Light-bodied, not overwhelmingly carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink these. Good session beer that has a presence in many places with otherwise uninspired beer lists.

Subjective notes: This is pretty versatile. It's nice and refreshing when served very cold (such as when you're given one at a party and it's been in a cooler), or when it's served slightly chilled, and it has more pronounced breadiness when you let it warm to not-quite room temperature. Is FAR better when it's served around 45 or so degrees F. I know there's a bit of hubbub about the micro/macro distinction, but I don't particularly care. I'm thrilled whenever I find myself in a McBar that has heavy BMC representation, and find this on tap. Plus, as vienna lagers go, it's pretty solid.

rarevos, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the pick-of-the-litter at a local seafood resturaunt that sells ok seafood for a rediculous price. They also sell beer that way too. Kinda disapointed with the SA Boston Lager. I often have this on tap, but from the bottle, it seemed to loose much. The maltiness never came through with the bready, toasty, rich character in flavor or texture. The taste was all spice, and the feel was almost prickly to the toung. Aromas were nice (after the beer warmed to above freezing), of American hop character--very Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-like. Finished with a (dare I say) grain-hull bite-ey-ness. Basically under-bodied, under-malted in comparison to what I'm used to in this beer. May have been past its prime.

BEERchitect, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Light amber color with a nice head. Aroma is a light mix of malt and hops. Flavor is a nicely balanced, light malty-sweet taste with a bit of a hops finish. Good, but subtle. Mouthfeel is light. Drinkability is very good, as this beer is tasty but not very strong in bold flavors or alcohol.

AaronHomoya, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in tall 22 oz. pilsner-style glass
amber color with off-white head, decent retention and some clumps of lacing.
hint of butter over sweet gingerbread smelling malt.
flowery and brown sugar with caramel-tasting malt and some bittering hops for a spicy kick in the tail. bit of metallic coppery character in there.
crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied with a drying finish.
balanced, drinkable lager on tap. nothing fancy but doesn't fail at fancy games either.

villainchiwwin, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nice dark amber leaving a decent head that sat happily on the top, leaving some lacing. Smell is very hoppy, there is nothing offensive in the smell of this brew. The hops are well carried in the flavor, with a very pronounced bitterness that some may have a hard time handling. (I know I didn't care for this one much when I was younger.) Overall this is a well made, well hopped lager that I would most certainly invite to my fridge again.

funkengruven, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap after a very hot day outside, so perception may be biased....
Poured a light copper color, with a moderate head. Smell was nice balance of malt and hops, as was the taste, although the hop flavor won out over the malt, resulting in a slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

, Jun 29, 2006
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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