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

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7,954 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,954
Reviews: 2,532
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 112
Gots: 1,283 | 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 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.

Photo of Chapter40z
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review.

A. Translucent golden brown color. Poured with 2 fingers of puffy looking head that stayed around awhile with some if only little lacing.

S. Has a hoppy plant-like smell.

T. Seems to have some caramel malts. Decent hops bitterness with a mild spicy flavor.

M. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D. Very drinkable beer. Great session beer and stand out among other highly marketed lagers.

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

This and Yuengling are 2 of my favorite lagers.

Sam Adams Boston Lager pours a beautiful reddish color that almost glows in my Sam Adams pint glass.
The thick creamy head makes my mouth water with anticipation of the first gulp.

Smell is a bit florally and fruity.
Taste is verygood. A bit fruity with a nice sweetness to it. No strong hops or malts are detected.

Mouth feel is nice and the beer finishes smoothly making this one of the best all time session beers.

You can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of JeffV
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Boston Lager : Craft Beer :: The Ramones : Punk Rock.

This is the best session beer ever created. The hops are assertive without being cloying. It has a maltiness that must have seemed off the charts when it first came out (compared to fizzy yellow). It is a beer that can be savored for its complexity and drank by the six pack. It is good in all types of weather.

This beer sort of reminds me of how you feel about an older sibling. You used to worship it, then you found flaws in it, then you decided you loved it even more.

If I were going to pick any nits I would say that it is a Fischer price beer so I can't justify a perfect score when it is intentionally less flavorful than it could be. Also the head retention is spotty. But that's about it. Great beer.

Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a rich creamy head that looked so damn good.

Smelled of nice roasted malts, followed hints pine/citrus hoppy smell, that i've never really picked up on before. This Boston Lager really did stand out from others in the past. It tasted of caramel roasted malts, followed by a light grapefruit citrus hoppy finish. The bitterness of the hops really stood out for me this time. Very rich smooth finish with enough of the hoppy kick at the end. this brew was very well balanced and makes an excellent session brew. Very excellent choice of beer.

always a go to when choices are limited.


Photo of vtisme
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper penny color with an initial finger thick head but it diminished quickly with minimal lacing (i read other reviews about a large head, it mightve been a result of my pouring skills from the bottle to a mug). A good balanced smell between all flavors as nothing really sticks out to me. Enters your mouth and the smell is what you taste, and it is a medium thickness which results in a medium drinkability. In comparison to macro lagers, it is a noticeably heavier beer. overall a good average beer for an average day. an easy daily drinker.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper color with a minimal white head and a moderate amount of lacing.

Faint smell of floal hops and citrus notes.

Taste reveals a floral piney character with notes of grapefruit and light caramel.

Medium carbonation, right ABV level and not very filling, making for a very drinkable lager. A perfect transition beer as it was for me some time ago. Some people love to hate SA, but for me this is still a classic that I enjoy revisiting every now and then.

Photo of Riccymon
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served right out of the fridge on a very warm February Texas afternoon. Pours a dark copper red from the bottle with around two fingers of head, which sticks around for a long time and leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is lightly piney and the taste follows suit with some piney hops and citrus up front, then pepper and some caramely sweetness in the finish. As I neared the end of the glass, the beer did become a bit watery, however. Mouthfeel is light and a little sticky, and this is a very drinkable beer. I need to get back to the basics like Boston Lager more often!

Photo of letsgoblue89
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The original Sam Adams is without question my go-to beer whether I'm drinking at a party or with a few friends. The alcohol content is just right, and you feel great after a couple. There are few beers that are on-par with Sam Adams Boston Lager that I have ever tasted. When poured out, this beer has a rich, dark-reddish-brown color that just screams class. I cannot honestly say I have had any beers that match Boston Lager in overall quality, other than maybe Great Lakes Elliot Ness. Drink up!

Photo of LyonsHead
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: bronze/gold with a great 1 inch head. This just looks how beer is supposed to look with nice lacing on the glass

S: Rich malty aroma with earthy hop aroma. Slight floral and citrus come through in the background

T: rich malty beer with a great hop balance. Initial malty sweetness with a biscuit background. There is a toastiness laced with caramel throughout. All of the malt is perfectly balanced with earthy hop flavors

M: medium body with a very smooth taste.

D: This was the first beer I ever drank. Not a bad one to come in on! I continue to drink and love this beer today. If you have a friend that wants to try "real beer" this is a great one to start them on!

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first good beer I ever tried in my life. I have a lot of history with this beer. It pours amber colored with carbonation bubbles and a white head that retains for the entire beer. Leaves lacing down the glass.
Smells of sweet malts, earthy hops, maybe even a little bit bisquity and some slight fruity undertones.
This brew is light bodied and carbonated. It tastes just about the same as the smell, but there is something else in the mix that I can't quite put my finger on. If I had to guess I would say that its metal/coppery, however it doesn't make the beer taste unpleasant.
Solid beer that is well balanced. It is an excellent fall back beer when you end up in bars that this is the best they will offer. When it's between a Sammy or a Budweiser, the choice is simple.

Photo of damienblack
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard transparent brown, with lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the task. Thin white head results. Not much of a smell here. Standard SA graham-crackery yeast, some malt, and a bit of sharp hop.

Very clean and rustic/coppery taste. Strong balance between the slightly roasty profile of the malts, and a bit of a hop bit at the end. Grainy, and a little biscuity. Little bit of caramel present. Medium body and refreshing. Not the biggest beer nor the most complex. This leads it to be a bit thin, but a very easy drink. As far as lagers go, you can definitely do worse. I'm not the biggest fan of lagers in general, but this is a New England staple for the warmer months.

Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber and copper in color with light carbonation. Had a one finger head and little lacing.

S: Smell is sweet with caramel malts, citrus, and hops.

T: Sweet with malts, rich with coppery tones and hops and a hint of alcohol. Many seem to detect grapefruit but I can't seem to pick it up, though I definitely detect citrus. The flavor is rich and unexpected for a lager.

M: Thin like a lager but with the flavor of an ale. Carbonation is great and the beer is easy drinking.

D: The brew is not very filling so drinking a six pack can be pretty easy. It leaves a nice citrusy bitterness on the tongue that lasts for hours.

Ever since I made the move past lagers, it has been hard to take that trip back and truly enjoy it. My heart lies in American Strong Ale and Imperial Stouts so you can imagine how incomplete I feel when drinking a lager. When I can't seem to find anything I like at the moment, Boston Lager is always around to satisfy my longing for something rich and flavorful. This is definitely a good transition for those looking to venture in to more serious territory. The alcohol content is also a nice touch.

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

12oz bottle poured into an SA sensory glass.

A - golden yellow lager color with an off-white 2cm head

S - citrusy hops with grapefruit notes, caramel malt. not much else.

T - malts are slightly discernible, grainy, nutty flavor as well, but the most noticeable thing was the hops, citrus and slightly floral. the beer still maintained a balance to it overall though

M - SA always seems to do well with making their beers near-perfectly carbonated.

D - it's not anything special, but it's definitely one beer that I'd pick for a session beer. In terms of Vienna Lagers, Great Lakes Eliot Ness gets the nod, but I usually keep a few of these on hand should i feel the need to get hammered

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

Beer is a very clear amber-orange color. About three fingers of off-white head, good retention and excellent lacing. Smells are mostly of hops, a little earthy and floral. Taste is of hops, a bit of bitterness finishes it off, but it's not overwhelming in the least. Mouthfeel is a little watered down, but very crisp and clean at the same time. Overall, very drinkable and an excellent standby beer. Pairs perfectly with a fishing excursion or warm summer night.

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

Poured out of a 355ml bottle into a pint glass. The packaging of this beer just screams Americana.

Appearance: glowing amber orange with a half-inch head and lots of fine lacing.

Smell: faintly floral hops and grainy malts.

Taste: caramel-like malts, fresh and zesty hops, lightly bitter finish. Simple flavour but it does the trick.

Mouthfeel: silky, smooth, and medium bodied with a dry, hoppy finish. Well done.

Drinkability: lately this has become a fallback for me since my local LCBO doesn't sell anything worth drinking. For such a widely distributed beer, it's quite impressive. Plenty of hops in the smell and taste, a pleasant mouthfeel, and a solid appearance. I think I'll have another!

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap on a tour at the brewery's Jamaica Plain location in a 7 oz. tasting glass.

A--Caramel colored body with an off-white half finger foamy head. Very handsome lager with perfect clarity. Even in a small glass there was a thin stream of bubbles percolating up throughout the tasting.

S--Noble hops with muted lemon and grapefruit notes, followed by German malts. No metallic or off aromas---decent roasty notes lightened by the hop smells.

T--Quite a flavor punch given how clean the profile, this beer is a lager with a swagger. Wonderful fresh bready whole-grain and crackery malt notes that dip into a solid bittering from the hops, which are almost tangy, and ends with more bright lemony notes. Beefy malt profile for a lager--appreciated.

M&D--Mouthfeel was only average as I felt it stung a little more, was a bit more astringent, than I would have expected. Drinkability is fantastic--an affordable, flavorful beer you could drink all night. This is the flagship for a reason.

Photo of webbcreative
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

overall, an all around good beer. nothing exceptional, but nothing really bad to say either. has a nice balance of flavors. Good go to beer, especially when your other options are coors, coors light, bud, bud light...

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Photo of thain709
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with an darker amber body...when it got to me it had a thin white head...lacing with there but not impressive

S - I smelled mainly malts...nothing else

T - The malts were all there on the palate...they were sweet and had that nice caramel flavor...the beer went down with the faintest hop kick

M - Medium bodied...crisp

D - This was my first time having Boston Lager and I enjoyed it over all those cheaper beers...easily could be a session beer for me

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

Sure, it's been reviewed a million times, but what's one more? Still one of my favorites, a solid beer, great taste, never any complaints about it. It's a great 'go-to' beer when you're not quite sure what sounds good. It's just filling enough so that you're not tempted to drink way to many of them, but also good enough that you want more than one.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,954 ratings.