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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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7,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,356
Reviews: 2,441
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 72
Gots: 771 | 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 kmpitz2
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer departs the bottle a deep copper color with perfect clarity and a finger of head that sits nicely over the beer, falling at a moderately slow pace. Nose is light toasty and toffee sweetness with a mild noble hop. I was not expecting that hop. Flavor is toasty and sweet...not caramel, but similar, with a moderate grainy finish, balancing out with a light bitterness that just lets you know there are some hops in there. Very tasty beer. I'm not as crazy about the grainy finish. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I really enjoy this brew. The grainy, hop, sweet balance is really nice. This is a beer I could keep around

kmpitz2, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this bottle on Oct 30th, 2005. Purchased from local off-sales for €1.92 (sold individually or as a six-pack); (for reference Chimay blue cost €3.16). Labelled as 4.8% ABV, best by May-06.

I have not had a Vienna style lager before, so was a little surprised by how dark (true-to-style) this appeared. A dark amber with no perceived chill haze and a subdued head.

Smelled of malts mostly with a touch of hops. Not a strong smell.

Tasted fairly good, not a complex taste but interesting enough. Very solid beer and reasonably priced. Smooth mouthfeel.

A decent addition to the local (Dublin, Ireland) scene.

JohnfromDublin, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of beersarang
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber with a light tan head, decent retention.

Malty spicy aroma, nice and simple.

To the point malts, touch of caramel and grain. Decidedly malty with medium to lower bitterness and the hop character is mildly grassy with some spice. Well balanced and fits the style.

Medium bodied crisply carbonated.

A solid standby beer found everywhere. In a pinch, Sam Adams does the job.

beersarang, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of sirxtasy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good amber-golden color

S: Pleasant, sweet, malty, and slightly floral aromas

T: Sweet malt flavor with a pleasant, appropriate-strength hop bite, no off flavors

M: Smooth, full for the style

D: A first-class American lager, and a classic. The best widely available American beer in America.

sirxtasy, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of rowew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Part of the Holiday sampler. Notched best before of February 2006. Includes pouring instructions on the back of the bottle - if only bartenders would listen!

Appearance: Reddish gold color with a light effervescence. Very nice frothy head that fades slowly to leave a good amount of lacing on top of the beer and the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with a clean grain aroma, and some nice noble hops in the finish. Very clean aroma.

Taste: Again, a clean and crisp flavor. A nice bready malt start with clean grain tastes, and just enough hops to balance out the finish.

Overall impression: A very well made lager - when this is fresh it is hard to beat. Great gateway beer - most people have heard of it and even the BMC crowd can enjoy it.

rowew, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of sacfly
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchase before Feb 2006 notched on the side. Part of the holiday 12 pack.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a hint of amber. Small amount of head, small white bubbles. Light earthy hops/crystal malt sweetness in the nose. Not overpowering.

Taste is somewhat sweet and malty at first, but the hops make themselves known in the flavor and especially in the aftertaste. Herbal aftertaste is pleasant.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. This is the first one I have had fresh in a while. Usually I get something that has sat for a while at a BMC type place. Very good fresh. Could drink it all day and it would still stay interesting. If you purchase, check the best by dates. This one turns rather soon after the best by.

sacfly, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of jayc333
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with a frothy 2-finger head sitting on top. Many tiny bubbles rise from the bottom to the head.

Smells perfumy, and stings the nostrils if sniffed for too long. Caramel also shows in smell.

Tastes sweet, with some caramel still present. Something else to the taste, but I can't put my finger on it. Whatever it is, it isn't a bad thing.

Good feel on the palate. Thicker mouthfeel than expected.

Well I'm quite taken with this brew. For a strange reason it reminds me of a lighter version of a Wee Heavy. A definate recommended beer.

jayc333, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of numenor1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rocky head that laces well, and keeps a nice collar throughout. It's a light golden color with absolute clarity. Smell is of sweet toasted malts and a touch of floral hops. Taste is sweet toastiness upfront, and remains so with hops gently edging into the picture and drying out through the finish. Very clean malt flavors and spicy, floral hops. Terrific balance. Mouthfeel is light with solid carbonation, and it is highly sessionable. A standby for when there is nothing else.

numenor1, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Daredevil
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly remarkable macro (Boston Beer Co. can hardly be labelled microbrewery) premium lager from the US ... pours a beautiful bronze colour with a small but firm head ... smell and taste are equally satisfying ... the interesting thing is it's very dry bitterness albeight in colour and taste barley is more present than the hops ... seems like the brewer was able to integrate the whole barley sweetness .... the result: an aperitif which stands competition with the likes of Pilsner Urquell or Jever ....

Daredevil, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of EStreet20
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One I always loved even before I got into the craft beer scene. Still one of my usual choices in bars with no craft selection.

A - Pours a clear golden amber color with a finger and a half of near white head. Sporadically leaves rings of lacing on my glass.

S - Smells of nice hops, some caramel type malts.

T - A malty taste initially. Nice hop flavor afterwards. A bit of pineyness in there.

M - Well carbonated and smooth all the way down.

D - Highly drinkable. Definitely one I've had all night at the bar.

EStreet20, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of niangelo
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this because I had heard some recomendations, because I felt bad for never trying it, and because my swill-drinking friends told me they hated it. Good enough for me.

Poured a nice deep orange-gold with a 1.5 inch cream head smells of malt, hop bite, some fruity aroma, maybe figs.

Mouthfeel is jumpy and spicy, plenty of carbonation which tempered a bit as the glass warmed. Taste is extremely well-rounded. Initial malt smack brings out breadiness, mild fruit, caramel and rolls right into an excellent hop finish, with a bit of alchohol.

Extremely enjoyable. I will buy this again.

niangelo, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice two finger head with a coppery color.Very good for a lager
The smell is weak,but this tastes very good for a lager.It almost tastes like an ale,very full of flavors,malt,bread yeast,and some hops.Sam Adams has done a nice job with this beer.This has a medium/heavy feel for a lager with the flavors mixing well. An excellant session beer and one that I'd never turn away.
Great job Sam Adams.

jmz62565, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow, nice carbonation, nice medium head. Not a whole lot of lacing though. Scents of malts. Very nice taste a hint of something I cannot put my finger on though. Medium body. Very drinkable, makes a very nice session brew. Another nice beer from Samuel Adams.

Wasatch, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of joedon
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I know Sam Adams is now considered a "mainstream" beer, but I like it anyway. Pretty amber color and frothy head. Nice amount of lacing, too.

The aroma stands out for a mass-produced beer: prominent Hallertau hop aroma and a touch of maltiness.

Nicely balanced taste with decent hopiness, malt, caramel and bitterness. Easily drinkable beer.

I had sworn off Sam Adams after their nut-case "spokesman" Koch pulled one of his idiotic promotions with a couple of shock-jocks in New York radio. I have forgiven, and drink the beer again.

Also, my best friend's daughter is now a chemist employed by the Boston Brewing Co. She reports that Koch is just a lush and no longer has much to do with the brewing operation.

joedon, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz raised lettering, best by Dec 05 notched. Extra label on the back mentions Hallertauer Mittelfrueh hops.

Aroma: Nobel hop nose backed by a serious lightly roasted malt base, almost Oktoberfest in nature (the malt, the hops are too strong for the style).

Appearance: Very clear light amber glass with several carbonation streams feeding a creamy white cap that poured at a nice frothy finger but settled to a full cover, leaving thick lace that gives tidemarks.

Flavor: Rich balanced taste. Starts a bit malty, goes a touch hoppy, then finishes with a very pronounced yeastiness. Impressive balance overall that lets the yeast shine. Funny how when I first tasted this beer so long ago that I found it too hoppy. I noted a bit of a tea late in the glass and the hops show up a bit more as it warms a touch.

Mouthfeel: Fully carbonated but not fizzy, a little foamy in the mouth, medium body and a velvety texture.

Overall Impression: There’s a reason Sam Adams is a cornerstone of the craft beer market. This beer is well made, easy to drink, flavorful and enjoyable. No real flaws, but it’s a bit too carbonated for me, and while the flavor is straightforward, it’s somewhat bland. I was surprised to see I hadn’t rated this classic before now. It’s like the girl next door, you see her so often you don’t notice how sweet she is because you see her all the time.

HardTarget, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of burnstar
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice deep gold with a big foamy head. Smell is malt and some nice citrusy hops. This is very tastey stuff very well balanced and nicely hopped. There's some sweetness at first which is perfectly balanced by the hops. Nice slightly bitter finish and a good medium mouthfeel. Very very drinkable. Good with food and very good commonly available beer.

burnstar, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of bubrewer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in our local sports pub, served in one of those plastic pitchers with an ice chamber down the middle, and a frozen glass.

Despite all those points against it, I find the Boston Lager served from a faucet to be a much kinder, gentler beverage than the same thing from a bottle. Bitterness was about the same level as from the bottle, but less harsh and more pleasant. More sweet, carmel aroma and flavor was present, too, that nicely balanced the hops.

This is a very pleasant session beer that goes great with pizza or blackened chicken.

bubrewer, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of Celt44
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, clear, deep amber color. Very appetizing to look at. Creamy head lasts throughout, with lacing.

Aroma is floral with a strong scent of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is the least of its qualities - nothing spectacular here.

Taste is superior for a Domestic American Lager

Drinkability as a session beer for the price is unparalleled in my opinion. I'm quite partial to Sam as it was my "crossover" beer from the rock gut I used to drink. No hangover the next day...even after a 12pk.

Brewer and Patriot - Truth in Advertising.

Celt44, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know exactly what Sam Adams Boston Lager (and most of its permutations) tastes like back in the US, but how will it suit my palate here in Australia? All it cost was AU$7 to find out. Ouch!
Poured in a tall, warm glass, 1/5 of the glass filled with a familiar off-white foam that looked familiar. Below that was a light amber-looking beer with a few bubble trains that wouldn’t let up. I had to wait a few minutes for the foam to settle down enough to allow me to pour the rest of the beer in. The head stuck around for a few minutes at least, and left behind a nice lacing on the side of the glass, and the top of the foam even curled over on itself like soft serve ice cream. Even though it’s a widely-penetrating US “craft brew” I would find it hard to believe that anyone wouldn’t be impressed with the looks of this beer.
The smell is a combination of sweet, yet roasted malt, and bitter, but not floral hops. The taste is, well… just as I remember it, even though it’s 8,000 miles away from where it was brewed. Upon entering your mouth, the back of your tongue senses the bitterness of some long-boiled hops, while the front of the tongue picks up a bit of malty sweetness. Somehow, my cheeks can taste this as well; I’m just not sure how that works, biologically speaking. Mouthfeel is very nice, with a pretty good amount of carbonation, but not feeling soda-like. In summary, I’m looking forward to getting Sam Adams back in the States for $6.50 a 6 pack. Here, in Australia, it’s AU$23 per 6. That’s about $18 per 6 in US dollars.

DaveFL1976, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of diablo14
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

if this beer wasnt so damn expensive in australia id drink it more often. as it is i only intermittently consume boston lager, like when its getting close to use by date and winds up in the clearance bin. that said, its a nice, easy to drink lager thats got real body and firm flavors that go well with me each time i drink it.

lovely color thats orange to amber, compact head of white foam, and perfect fizz. a moderately complex but not huge nose on this brew. has a nutty aroma, plenty of malt, some hop zing with some dried fruit and cherries coming into play also.i do love the smooth malty taste of this beer, good level of caramel sweetness with that hint of cherries and dried fruit appearing in the mid palate. dry, but not excruciatingly bitter, and quite refreshing for a beer thats reasonably full in body. good balance for the whole journey, always a big positive in my book.

the boston lager, despite the price, is easily the best american lager we can get in this country. you do pay thru the nose for it, fortunately its a beer worth handing over the hard earned for every once in a while.

diablo14, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a hophead, I'm surprised I like this beer so much. It's a great fallback to have at a restaurant instead of BMC brews.

It's a lovely ruby in color with a frothy head. It smells nicely of malted barley.

The taste is quite malty with just a bit of bitterness to balance the sweetness. The body is also good and substantial. This isn't a light beer by any means.

Overall this is a good beer that's very drinkable. Hats off to the Boston Beer Co. This is one of their best brews. I'd say check it out, but this beer is everywhere and you've already had it a million times, no doubt.

Shaw, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle notched Nov/2005

I poured this into a Pilsener glass- it is a deep golden amber color with a tall dense off-white head that lasts a long time and leaves a ton of lacing in its wake. A steady stream of bubbles constantly rises from the bottom. Great appearance!

Aroma is moderate but nicely put together- hops are immediately apparant (some spice, lime peel and a touch of grassiness) as is a good dose of caramel. There is also a bit of toasted bread and an underlying creaminess.

The palate is crisp yet full, perhaps a bit sweet, and dominated by the malty elements. Bitterness doesn't hit you over the head but it's there. There is lingering toasted grain on the finish. Some hop flavor comes on late and adds another facet of interest.

This is a classic beer and a real pleasure to revisit from time to time.

TongoRad, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of bark
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is golden yellow; the two fingers high off white foam forms compact firm foam.

The smell got notes of caramel, some white bread, roasted notes, some sourness and some metallic notes. Nice.

The taste is quite complex with flavours of roasted malt, some sourness, butter and maybe even some iodine. The aftertaste got notes of metal, aroma hops (challenger?), iodine, cookies and a perfectly balanced medium lasting bitterness.

The carbonation is fresh and pleasant.

A enjoyable American micro-type lager.

bark, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of elricorico
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a finger of fizzy white head. The head fades to a thin cap, but leaves some lacing on the edge.

Smell is a very flowery hop bouquet. Not what I expect when I pour a lager, it is a pleasant surprise.

Taste is again dominated by hops. The flavour is big, no watery lager here. This would hold its own with a pale ale or a bitter. The first flavour is a mild molasses sweetness, but the finish is much bigger and bolder. Lingering dry hoppiness leads to the next sip each time.

Mouthfeel is good, light but not watery, well carbonated but not coarse. A little bit of slickness when rolled over the tongue.

A very drinkable beer. Your average swill drinker might find this one to be too much taste, but I find it a pleasant change from a watered down lager.

elricorico, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This poured nice golden hues with a nice rocky white head that was a little on the creamy side.

Smell: Very floral on the hops and malt sweetness were most noticeable. Definatly an aromatic beer that was unique in its scents.

Taste: Malt sweetness with a nice creaminess with a nice floral hop flavor that laps through your mouth. It a floral hoppy finish with a little bite.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth as it laps over you tongue and through youre mouth.

ryantupy, Sep 01, 2005
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 7,356 ratings.