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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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7,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,162
Reviews: 2,430
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 69
Gots: 660 | 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 watermelonman
3.48/5  rDev -7%

This poured to an almost bronze color with a great fluffy head. It left a nice lace pattern, too.

The taste and smell both are of an almost spiced lager. The finish is a little rough but the flavor is reasonable.

This stuff isn't too bad, but it's not exactly a favorite either.

watermelonman, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%

For whatever odd reason, this beer always tastes like it has gone bad for me. I've been trying to acquire a taste for it because it is so readily available and people always seem to have it in their fridge, but I just cannot bring myself to really enjoy it. There's a slightly malty taste, but a more prevalent hops flavor that always comes off as tart to me. There's a slight head from the pour into the glass with hardly any lace.

MuddyFeet, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
4.3/5  rDev +15%

Poured from a twenty-two ouncer, this lager takes on a clear golden hue with some hints of red. Decent, white head and strong lacing.The smell is immediately floral with some nice caramel malt and a slight nod to the hop fiends. The taste is crisp and largely sweet with a dry hoppiness in the close, as well as a nice citrusy after-effect. Mouthfeel is good and chewy and makes for a nice meal-brew. Drinkability is fine, though I'm not sure how many I could deal with in one session. A fine brew quickly approaching classic status.

MobBarley, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours amber with a big sudsy head.

Moderate sweet malt aroma with some crispness.

Medium body with malt up front moving quickly to sweetness. There's a little bite in the finish but a very unimposing aftertaste.

A nice beer I hadn't thought about in a while, glad I did.

Southernbrew, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

The beer after disembarking from its 12 ounce brown bottle, takes up residence in my “pint pounder”, a transparent deep amber color with a bodacious creamy white head, the lace after desiccation of the head forms a tight girdle upon the glass. Nose is all sweet malt, fresh and pleasing to both the eye and the nose, start is thick with malt, sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a brisk acidity, the hops pleasant and the aftertaste clean and wholesome, a quite nice beer actually, and one I’m afraid I forget about in my quest for the “Ultimate Beer” experience.

Gusler, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4/5  rDev +7%

Sweet with a hint of lemon. Quenching with ideal bittering and carbonation -- never intrusive. Sam Adams Boston Lager has the all the great fruitiness and body of an ale. And though it has as much character as a Vienna lager, it really doesn't look as rich as one. This is an accomplishment, to me, because I think they've taken a barebones lager, made it delicious, and made us think it was something more than what it is. Really a fantastic session beer. And, if we're talking about session beers in general, this beats the crap out of anything from England.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Sam Adams boston lager pours a dark brown with a frothy white head that just lasts and lasts. Lacing is superb as you drink from your glass. The smell is the downside of this beer, rather skunky but does have a very small hint of roasted malts. The taste however is a different story, taste is perfect mixture of malts and hops and a sweet and bitter ( good bitter) rear. Feels very dry but full and crisp in the mouth. My first experience with a Sam Adams was a good one, definetely a good beer for the summer ballgames coming up.

beertaster13, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

I was surprised by the well balanced, drinkability of this one. It pours a clear, golden amber with a respectable, offwhite head that retains well before fading into patches and a few sheets of nice lace. Aroma is the low point, with a malty grain nose, and a hint of pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a very pleasant feel of pine hops in the back of the mouth, toward the finish, that earns good marks here. Taste is well balanced, dominated by a caramel malt taste, some grain, a bit of pine cone, and even a hint of grapefruit. Supremely drinkable, with an enjoyable aftertaste of slightly bitter hops that even out the malt sweetness. Nicely crisp all the way through. A fine session lager.

merlin48, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Golden amber with a hint of orange, capped by a large eggshell colored crown. The head is soft, yet dense, and hangs around a while. An average amount of lace ends up sticking to the glass in the end.

The smell is enjoyable and consists of floral-earthy hops more than toasted malts. Boston Lager is nicely bitter and spicy. There's plenty of toasted, biscuity malt and maybe even a hint of orange peel. The flavor profile is interesting from beer entry to beer exit and the finish lingers. The mouthfeel is medium-full for the style and bubbles are generous.

Sam Adams Boston Lager is very good beer and is my favorite lager so far. I love the fact that it's available locally and it's usually my 'go to' brew in local restaurants.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of wbickerton
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Golden-amber color that is clear with good effervescence. Large, creamy, off-white head that is fairly lasting. Good lacing. Aroma is initially hoppy with a light herbal and slight evergreen scent. As it warms, aroma faintly smells like wheat bread. Initial flavor is a good mix of sweetness and bitterness. Longer than average finish that is slightly more bitter than sweet. Palate is medium body, semi-dry texture with lively carbonation and a light astringent finish.

wbickerton, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

I tend to overlook this beer a lot, but it has many good qualities. The noble hop aroma is very nice. The malty body has some caramel sweetness in it and it finishes with a crisp bitterness. It is well balanced and it leaves you wanting more. After drinking one, it is like getting acquainted with an old friend.

ark57, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%

Might as well use my first review for the beer that introduced me to good beers. At one point in my beer drinking career this was the be all and end all of beer. I still appreciate its solid character and its omniprescense. The beer pours a solid orange with a cream head. There is a faint hop profile but I actually think of this beer as a malty lager. Drinkability is fairly good as one can down a few of these at any airport bar without tiring the palate. Though this introduced me to good beers, I am afraid Sam Adam's Boston Lager will always be my "airport beer".

soper2000, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Boston Lager pours a nice amber color with a solid, light, cream-colored head. I always have trouble detecting what this beer smells like, but it seems to have a citrus smell to it, very bright nevertheless. It tastes better than your average lager, but a bit spicy from the large amount of hops they put into it. Also, could use a little less carbonation. Leaves a slight dry, chalky feeling in your mouth. As for drinkability, I drank 7 of these at my mom's birthday party the other night, nuff said.

While this is one of my least favorite Sammy brews, I would still choose it over most average lagers. Splurge for the Boston Ale if you can...

Jacobob10, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

It pours a light amber color almost orange with a medium white head that last for a long time and leaves intense lacing. It has a great hopy scent. On the tounge I detected hints of caramel and some citruss, as well as some sweet maltiness. It has a full bodied taste that engulfs your mouth. Very good lager; better than most.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of jwilli7122
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

A great lager. Dark gold to amber color with medium cream head. One of the only american lagers I have smelled obvious hops on. Flavors of butterscotch, caramel malts with decent hop bite for a lager. Mouthfeel is good...not too heavy but not empty- what a lager should be. In this case, an american beer marketing slogan does not lie - this really is always a good decision.

jwilli7122, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

The appearance of this beer was just wonderful! Rich, medium amber color topped by a large, bubbly off-white head with lots of staying power and a good amount of thick lace left on the glass. Smell was mild... malt with a bit of hop spiciness. Pleasant mouthfeel, maybe a bit too carbonated. Taste was very good... light malt followed by citrusy hops with a very pleasant bitterness. I liked this beer a lot.

I enjoyed two of these in a restaurant with a seafood dinner. It complemented the food nicely. An excellent choice when everything else on the menu is a fizzy, yellow macro brew!

jimdkc, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%

I often forget how much I love this beer.

Light orangy-copper with a big creamy head that has good retention and lacing. Smell is big beautiful leafy hops - a bit spicy and a bit earthy. Diacetyl rounds out the aroma along with a slight sweet graininess too. Taste seems so simple, but so great. All of the flavors meld perfectly and the fresh hoppiness slowly fades for a wonderful finish that requires you to take another drink. Feel may be a little thin, and the carbonation could be smoother, but otherwise as close to perfect as a beer can be. An all-time great, this beer is truly world-class.

waughbrew, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a deep golden amber. Decent head, about a half inch, that sticks around.

The smell is a pleasant blend of malt and tettnanger hops. A hint of fruit.

Very nice flavor. A nice hop taste and decent malt flavor, not off-flavors or after taste.

The mouthfeel is average. Thin but not watery with decent carbonation.

Very enjoyable and drinkable. No amazing flavors but a nice blend of what's there.

masterbruewer, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of Holyterror
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

Wouldn't it be great if there was a solid, good-tasting American lager that you could find almost anywhere and recommend to anyone? Well, guess what? There is, and it's called Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

I have to admit, the numerous TV spots gave me a negative impression right off the bat. I figured that it was just another overpriced and overhyped "trendy" beer like Corona or Heikeken. Boy, was I wrong. This shatters all my ideas of what a "premium" American beer can be. I thought Sierra Nevada was the only exception to the rule, but Samuel Adams proves to be a very satisfying beer that's easy to find on the shelf or on tap.

This beer almost says audibly, "drink me." It's a golden amber, with perhaps a slight hint of red. An almost white head that slowly disperses to a film immediately separates this from the American macros that surround it at the local pub. The taste is excellent. What more can I say? From start to finish, there is a good balance of malt and hop flavors. The bitter hops become a bit more dominant in the aftertaste, but just barely. This is a very drinkable brew, and definitely a good candidate for a session beer. I'm far from a true connoiseur, but I think that anyone can appreciate this beer, especially considering that it is an American macro (at least, it seems to be a macro, based on availability). Grab a six-pack or ask for a pint; you won't regret it.

Thanks to this pleasant first experience, I'll be trying the Boston Beer Company's other offerings very soon...

Holyterror, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

Light amber with a slight chill haze. Very nice chalk-white head that lasts.

Beautiful floral hop bouquet, light two-row malt aroma as well. Very inviting.

The flavor is smooth malt with a slight hop bite. Very clean tasting beer that does not have a long lasting aftertaste. The noble hops are notable in the finish. High level of carbonation. Very well balanced beer.

smcolw, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

A viable alternative to macro lagers, as it is sold everywhere. Spicy hop aroma is distinct but not overpowering. Pale golden body is a bit thin, but mouthfeel improves substantially as the beer warms from the sub arctic temperature range. Aroma is faintly hoppy. This was my first entry many years ago into the wider world of beers beyond macro swill. It remains a solid lager, but has lost much of its exotic appeal. Something like this is what the major american beer companies should have been producing all along, but they sold out their conscience to the bottom line.

rajendra82, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of wsouloa
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

This is a very good beer. Its appearance is an amber almost copperish color. The smell is not overpowering but you can detect a hint of caramel which is very detectable in the taste as well as a malty flavor. It has a bitter finish. I always seem to like this beer more with food. Its one of the best beers that is easily available to general US drinking population.

wsouloa, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of kwalters
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Leaping lagers, this is a good beer! I'm not usually big into lagers, but this brew is very fine indeed.

It has a great, sharp scent which is accompanied by a slighlty hoppy bite in taste. There's also a noticeable amount of malty flavor. This is just a very reasonably priced, easy to find, good beer. What more needs to be said?

kwalters, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of pheurton
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

chesnut brown with a creamy white head, which does a good job of sticking to the glass. european noble hop aroma. full bodied for a lager, very smooth with a nice level of carbonation. toasted full grain flavor supremely balanced with a tobacco leaf, earthy hop bite. very well constructed. nice lingering earthy hop aftertaste, i have no problem putting down three or four of these in a row. without a doubt the most full bodied and flavorful mass produced american lager on the market, and is often an oasis in a desert of macro piss at establishments that do not take their beer seriously. how could you not like this stuff?

pheurton, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

I sampled this beer fresh on tap at the Jamaica Plain Brewery. While its amber appearance and pleasant white lace are usually attractive, I'm never really impressed by the beer. This tasting was no different. The hops bouquet provides an interesting compliment to the flavors imparted by the lager yeast, but I continue to find the malt contributions to be rather bland. I tend to prefer the Mexican interpretations of the Amber Lager. The beer is quite drinkable, but rather unremarkable.

AllThingsNinja, Feb 08, 2004
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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