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

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7,727 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,727
Reviews: 2,475
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 93
Gots: 980 | 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:
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 Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is much better on tap than in the bottle and I liked it quite a bit in the bottle. It just seems hoppier and livelier somehow.

Deep golden appearance with a beautiful head..

Aroma of sweet roasted malts, those SA hops and yeast...

Again, this is just tastier on tap. I could (and did) drink this stuff all night.

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

No matter what your opinion on Boston Beer Co. is, you can't say this isn't an incredible looking and still a good tasting beer. You may say it's not craft anymore, but it's not macro. Beer limbo.

A: One finger head, sporadic patching in the film after the head fades. Copper honey color, just beautiful to stare through. Carbonation moves slowly throughout the entire beer. Lacing is moderate and is seen in levels corresponding to sips as you drink.

S: First, hops, lemon citrus and older pine. Then the malts caramel malts come in with a sweetness that works in conjunction with the hops, smells like baking warm breads.

T: Malts, smooth and toasted oat-like at the start. But the hops steal the show. They come in on the back end, piney and tart citrus.

The beer is well balanced, the malts hold the intesnsity of the hops at bay, which leave a pleasant bitter after taste.

M: Medium light body. Starts out slick, finsihes almost dry.

D: Still a solid brew. I'll glaldy take it anyday over the average offerings at a sports bar or any place else that just gets the job done with their selection.

Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good day to finally get around to reviewing this. On tap at a dockside restaurant, had after a long day of fishing.

A - Attractive honey-amber color, very good head and retention. As always, a very fine-looking beer.

S - Grainy with a bit of hop.

T - What a fine-tasting lager. I'm probably rating it higher than I otherwise would have if I'd been sitting at home drinking it. Good juicy hop profile, and comes off as much more "fruit-y" than most lagers. Nice blast of flavor.

F - Crisp and well-carbonated, as it should be. Medium-ight bodied.

D - As far as I'm concerned, there is a 3-way tie for the title of "America's Beer" - this, SNPA, and Anchor Steam. Basically a near-flawless, tasty lager, underrated due to its wide availability. I'm thankful for that, as Boston Lager tends to save the day time and time again. Always a good call.

Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright golden color with one finger white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - Spicey sweet aroma. A good smell, but not very strong.

T - A light caramel sweetness up front followed by a surprising spicey hop bite. A surprisingly good tasting brew.

M/D - Very well carbonated, almost too much. Medium bodied and very crisp. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of gestalt162
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Beautiful translucent orange-copper colored body. Cream-colored, small-bubbled foam makes up an impressive 1 1/2 finger head that never dissipates. Leaves sticky rings of lace all the way down the glass. I find it impossible to believe that a beer of this style could look any better than this.

S: Strong hop aroma with many characteristics- fruity, flowery, grassy, and slightly earthy all at the same time. Ever-so-slight hint of citrus. Roasty barley malt base. A mysteriously delicious aroma laden with hops- those TV commercials aren't lying.

T: At first nothing up front- takes awhile to register. First impression is of a roasted barley husk. Crisp, with a touch of earthiness. Toward the end of the sip a bitterly sharp finish hits- very out of character and somewhat unpleasant. There's not much flavor to it, its just....bitter. Although this bitterness mellows out as the beer warms up a bit, it's not exactly what I'd call well-balanced.

MF: Smooth, and a little crisp. Suits this beer well.

D: Average. Although this has been pretty well billed as a beer to drink year round, I remember drinking it outside during the summer once, and it felt very out of place. That bitter sharpness really limits its drinkability- I'd find it hard to quaff another with that kind of character.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz as part of the summer Mix-Pack.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass...

2 finger head... leaves beautiful lacing atop a polished copper brew..

Toasty and biscuity... smells of clean malts with a little bit of spicy hoppiness.

Flavor is also clean grains with an herbal hop bite to it... body is lite side of medium with creamy mouthfeel and carbonation.

Reminds me alot of the Boston ale I just had minus the yeasty notes... this brew is a picture of summer drinking.

Photo of oneeye
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at PNC PARK

Served into a frosted pint glass. Copper with a good amount of carbonation. Two fingered head, soapy with like a caramel swirl.The aroma has a spice/malt scent.The taste is sweet with a slight floral hop bitterness. As the beer warmed the flavors were not as good. Creamy but thin. Drink it cold and fast. Not bad but I would prefer something else.

Photo of theghost3
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light amber with a thin white head. It has a strong smell of floral hops and a hint of wheat. The taste starts off somewhat malty with just a hint of honey, and it ends up being bitter. Very carbonated, crisp. This is a drinkable lager that can go with almost any food. Typically the one craft beer available in a sea of macros at a lot of the more generic establishments.

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

Not a bad Ale, though not my favorite beer either. Had a semi sweet malty taste to it with a slight rust finish with maybe a hint of cinnamon in there. The taste was also a bit less strong then I had hoped as well. Appearance was slightly red. The beer was fairly carbonated and the bubbles were noticeable. It was fairly drinkable though and I could drink a couple.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I freakin' love it. Light amber color. Monster white head exploding with hop aroma. Perfectly nice zingy carbonation to carry that aroma up to you. Sweet maltiness balanced by plenty of hops. This beer just flat out kicks ass. Very satisfying, a little filling. My favorite is to get a freshly tapped one in a 22oz glass. Any day I get one of those babies is a great day.

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

Pours a cooperish light brown, good head and retention, a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma of noble hops, quite alot of hop aroma, some spice, some fresh hay. Flavor is a hop wallop and some malt to back it up, interresting lingering flavor of bread and hop bitterness lingers in the mouth.

A rather hoppy vienna lager, I like it.

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

A: A light reddish-amber color, with a nice frothy head and good lacing.

S: Caramel/toffee malts and very floral hops with a hint of spiciness. A very nice aroma.

T: Malty, with subdued caramel notes. The hops hit very noticeably and give a spicy, bitter kick as the beer goes down.

M: Noticeable carbonation throughout, finishes rather dry.

D: A really nice beer, with an excellent aroma and a good balance of malts and hops. This is a perfect go-to beer.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack.

A: Pours a rusty amber color with a thin, bone-white head that dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: Well-balanced aroma: floral, spicy hops and sweet, caramel malts.

T: Taste profile mirrors the nose. Opens sweet with caramel malt upfront, followed by a hoppy bitterness with notes of spice. Finishes dry with a bite of grain.

M: Crisp and well-carbonated.

D: Extremely well-balanced and exceptionally sessionable.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Always a good call.
Over the years, I've found this beer to be a saving grace at weddings, airports, entertainment venues, and open-bars everywhere.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great as Sam Adams describes it full flavored beer.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

The apperance was a nice deep golden color, with a light frothy head.

Taste is a full bite at first then you can begin to taste the multiple flavors of different hops. Ends with a slight bitterness.

Great American Lager.

Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear light amber, one finger head.

S- Spicy noble hops with hints of caramel malt.

T- Wonderfully balanced from start to finish. Slightly sweet caramel up front with a smooth dry noble hop finish.

M- Nicely smooth with good carbonation.

D- Umm YEAH.

Not only is this a great beer to ween your friends off of the mass produced offerings, but its a great standby as its availability is very widespread.

Photo of demitriustown
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much better, the malty goodness of a Boston lager. I like this better than their Boston Ale. Recently, I heard on a radio talkshow that people who order this beer at the bar are posers for some reason. One ,the person who said this is a moron. Two, Has he thought that people actually want to taste their beer rather than having alcoholic water like Carona, Budwieser, and Miller. Great Commercial Bee

Photo of Natural510
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap with minimal head by bartender into 16oz glass. Rich amber color, similar in style to most vienna lagers and amber ales.
Scents a little subdued on this one...malts & hops with the trademark SABL caramel overtones.
Taste is where this differentiates itself from the bottled version. It is much more complex; the malts are a bit richer, bringing out the caramel note, and the piney hops bite harder..leaving the most balanced complexity you'll find in a vienna lager. Simple, yet pleasing on all fronts.
The mouth on this one was a bit flat, but still refreshing. It was poured at a TGIFriday's, which may not turn over Sam Adams as much as Bud or Coors.
Drinkability is off the charts; this is the #1 craft beer in America for a reason. It is smooth, yet complex; malt/hop balance accessible enough for all beer drinkers, whether new to craft beers, or seasoned veterans to all beer styles. Absolutely sessionable for any occasion.

Photo of jadpsu
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems too complex to be an American Macro Lager.
Pours a copper, amber color with a foamy, off white, head that has good retention and lacing. (if you didn'nt have head retention with this beer try getting your glass "beer glass clean."

Smell is floral hops and moderate yeast along with a hint of wheat.

Taste is fairly thick on the tongue as roasted malts come into play making it a well balanced serving. Detected a light lemon note. Has some bitter hops for a dry finish.

A beer that makes you want to take your time and enjoy the moment.

Photo of hefe300
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a weitzen glass.

A) Copper, decent lacing. Relatively pale head in comparison with the beer. Head sticks around a while,but isn't too persistent.

S) Hops fragrance with a hint of caramel. Nothing unpleasent, but nothing stands out either. Smells clean.

T. Hops. This is much more Hops-y than the macros I was raised on. I mean that in a good way. A very good way. The hops taste is clear without being overpowering. The malt balances the bitternes of the hops perfectly, leaving a roasted grain taste in the back of the palate.

M. Carbonation is just fine.

D. I want another after finishing the first. This seems like a versatile beer with regard to food pairings and wouldn't be out of place on a hot day in the back yard.

Simply put, a good beer. I'll drink more.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say, it's been quite some time since I've had a Boston Lager, as I used to regularly hate on it as an aficionado of Brooklyn Lager, but this bottle that I'm currently enjoying has really turned me around. I still prefer many of their other brews (i.e. the Black Lager), but I will no longer eschew BBC's flagship at BBQs and the like.

Poured into a standard pint glass: clear amber-gold with a mountainous initial head, fading to a decent 1 cm ring that is maintained throughout; chunky retention in loose, thick bands.

Not much in terms of aroma, and I don't think it's just my choice of glassware. Maybe some biscuity malt and hop leaf? Tastes delicious, though. I think part of why I like it better now is that I've come to appreciate tasteful use of diacetyl -- the buttery sweetness is complemented by light hop spiciness and even lighter citrus notes. Solid malt backbone can't be denied.

Finishes somewhat dry but could be crisper for the style and my tastes. All in all, I think it's delicious because of the sweetness of the malt and diacetyl, but I think the slightly syrupy finish hurts its drinkability. Better for a wintery session than a summertime BBQ, and I certainly prefer Brooklyn Lager or Dos Equis.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, Sammy, my good ol' stand by. It looks smooth, it pours smooth, it foams smooth, it goes down smooth, it just all around smooth. Plenty of hops give this brew an exceptional flavor that doesn't offend at all, perfect balance. And with it available many places nowadays, I'm happy to go to almost any pub.

Photo of joshwlt
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this plenty of times before and graded it according to previous experiences. I got it a week ago on draft along with a Yeungling and they were actually somewhat comparable in color. The nose was quite hoppy and the taste was just as hoppy matched by barley malt with some slight caramel involved. Usually a great session brew and one of the most flavorful american lagers.

This particular bottle in front of me, however, is less impressive. Golden color with just a slight amber hue. Hop presence can be whiffed but isn't as present as before; subdued in the taste as well. As for the malts... The malts in this actually are skunky, grassy, with a little bit of popcorn minus the butter (odd I know) and actually remind me of a euro pilsner. Not happy with this one.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt amber witha a nice three fingers of cream colored head that is chunky as it falls to a thin cap while leaving tons of stickyness.The nose is nice and sweet with hints of floral hops and subtle cinnamon.Boston Lager has some good flavors,not super complex,but,it helps with drinkability.This is malty/caramely sweet and mildly bitter with some spicy hops shining through helping to create a nice balance,I still detect some hidden cinnamon(almost cinnamon toast like,in a way).This is a great brew to keep around when you are in need of flavor and consumability.

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

Served in a weizen-glass. Best by Aug 2008 on the label.

A: Poured a pure golden-amber with a large off-white head that settled slowly to a thick cap and left some nice spots of lace on the glass.

S: A muted caramel sweetness with some floral hops and faint biscuity aromas. Some fruity esters, as well. Not bursting with power, but still a nice smell.

T&M: Just a hint of bready and caramel malt followed by an oily hop flavor that is very much spicy, herbal, and floral. Wonderfully well-balanced, but perhaps just a tad thin for my liking. It has a creamy mouthfeel to it with a medium body and a muted, yet well-balanced finish.

D: Boston Lager is a little bit heavy to be a highly sessionable, but it's a solid beer. There seems to be just a bit missing from the flavor, but it's still a good beer.

Photo of drxandy
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bottle to tulip glass, pours a golden/reddish color with a nice white head.

smells of maltiness, light hopping, crisp

tastes heavy on malts, they hit first following by bitter hops, butterscotchy, wheat, nicely carbonated and crisp

mouthfeel = carbonation brings out all the malty flavors, very sessionable

a staple in the history of american craft beer

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