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

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7,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,584
Reviews: 2,457
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 86
Gots: 883 | 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 jpkoch1962
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I use to drink a lot of this lager in the past. Saw it on sale at Krogers and bought a 6 pack. Poured a light copper color with thick head. Aroma was heavy in adjuncts with some floral undertones. Taste matched aroma. A musty taste of cooked corn dominated the front end. Weak floral and spicy hops tried to break through. The finish dried out - there was little aftertaste.

I always remembered this lager to be moderatly hopped with a smooth but firm malt base and clean finish. Also the color I remember being more of a solid amber, not the current light copper. BA has it labled as a Vienna, which it certainly isn't. While not as bad Miller or Bud, this is a disapointment

jpkoch1962, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of bigone4
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been a great step in convincing many people I know that craft beers are the way to go. Well made and constant. Positively a well known American beer icon. This beer pours a clean orangey brown hue. Light tanish cream colored head that dissipates very slowly. Presentation is very idealistic to what a beer should look like. Strong cling of lace down the whole pint. Smells sweet and floral. Nice mix of the hop aroma and the sweet flavors from the malt. Good nose that makes you want to take a drink. Taste is smooth and enjoyable. Sweet caramel malt tones in the start and then nice bitters from the dry hop finish. Well balanced and full bodied. I have enjoyed this beer for many years especially in bars that do not offer much choice. This beer has proven to be an enjoyable staple. Not a bad session beer either although it can be quite filling. Overall drinkable and well made.

bigone4, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out orange to yellow and clear. Nice white suds and slight lacing.
Not much to smell. Slight hops and yeast and mabey a grapefruit overtone.
Taste is a little bitter but you can taste a little carmel in with the hops.
Mouthfeel is very clean and only leaving a slight resin feel.
This could be a session beer but I would hope for a little more flavor.

peabody, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of theopholis
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very clear golden/amber color with a thick, foamy, white head. Some lacing, but not a lot.

Aroma- Has a mildly sweet, malty aroma with floral hops. Nice hint of caramel. Well balanced.

Taste- At the forefront, floral hops and malty sweetness that finishes with a hop bitterness. Well-balanced, tho this is a bit more flavorful than I would expect out of a Vienese lager.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Carbonation level is perfect for style. Lingers in mouth and jowels just a tad.

Drinkability- Very nice. Interesting enough to be interesting, but not complex. Easy drinking.

theopholis, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from that familiar 12 oz bottle. Has a March 2007 best-by date. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. A few fingers. Smells and tastes of sweet barley, toast, orange. Sharp fizz on the tongue. This is probably the ultimate in simple, drinkable beers. Flavors aren't too strong, but it's not watery and weak. Will gladly pick one of these up any time!

ndekke39, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a one finger thick, white and pillowy head with a clear golden body . head is bubbly and fizzy and leaves a nice lace throughout.
s - yeasty and malty with a little hops thrown in.
t - hints bread and citrus, mainly grapefruit.
m - crisp and bubbly.
d - easily drinkable and a nice one that i can find regularly in alabama.

GPHarris, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the old Boston standby! Enjoyed during a family holiday get together.

Poured clear gold into an IPA glass with a large, frothy white head. The head and sticky lacings retained quite well.

The mild aroma includes some malt body and a healthy dose of noble hops.

This brew has a sweet malt flavor up front with hints of caramel and subtle citrus rind. A nice bouquet of noble hops is present mid sip and through the finish. This is a very smooth, balanced and tasty beer. The hop profile is really nice in the fresher bottles. My in laws also had some older bottles where the hop flavor had dissipated and the caramel malt created a unique taste that was still very drinkable.

Medium/light body with a nice amount of carbonation, this beer feels great and is utterly drinkable. This is the readily available, fallback session lager that even the most macro-oriented establishment is sure to have.

Estarrio, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden/amber color with quite a thick, foamy head. The white head leaves a lacing on the glass all the way down.

Smell: Has a mildly sweet smell with florals and hops. A bit of caramel is also present. The smell seems quite balanced.

Taste: Initial taste is of floral hops and caramel and just slightly sweet. The finish displays a bit more of the hop bitterness. Again, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and quite smooth, with a soft carbonation feel.

Drinkability: Goes down fine, time after time -- the alcohol isn't very noticable (in taste or strength) and the taste remains nice.

Overall a very solid and enjoyable offering from Sam Adams. Nothing particularly spectacular, but there isn't anything bad about this beer either. On all points, this is certainly light-years ahead of other domestic beers of the same price & availability. Sam Adams manages to get it right time after time. A great choice out at a bar or restaurant, or just to bring home!

mithrascruor, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of medic25
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IMHO, this is the prototypical "gateway" beer here in the east for making the move from macro to micro. It pours a pretty amber color, with a frothy white head. aroma is quite hoppy, more so than I'd expect for a lager. Taste is a very nice blend of hops and malt, without one overpowering the other. Drinkability is outstanding; there have been many nights when this beer started and ended the night. Although I frequently forget about Sam Adams (instead blinded by the allure of big IPA's and tough to locate Belgians), I always end up coming back to Sam.

medic25, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love Boston Lager. I can't go a few months without having one. Whenever I feel like drinking a great beer at a fair price, I always go for a BL (sorry, that's what we call them, not to be confused with Bud Light). If I find myself torn about which beer to drink either at a bar or going out to get a 6 or 12, getting BL's is always an easy choice. So much character, balance and body to such an all around great brew. This has been around a while and you know they have perfected it. This beer is what opened the door to drinking & appreciating microbrews.

Gatch, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight with dinner and it was totally different from when I had it on tap. The appearance was the same; a nice amber color with a decent white head that was fairly retained. The smell and taste were completely different. The smell and taste of hops perforated my nostrils and palette which led me to think I was drinking an American Pale Ale and not a lager. Yeah, the on-tap version has hops in it but it seems to be used more as a balancer than in the forefront. The hops were so prevalent in the bottled version it tasted like a completely different beer. The mouthfeel was still very nice and it was still a very drinkable beer. As I've said above like fifty times, the hops took me pleasantly by surprise.

Update: Had another bottle of this recently and it tasted a lot maltier than the first time I had it with more of a caramel, malty smell and taste that was very good. The exact taste of this beer seems to elude my palate!

maddogruss, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is overdue. This is my goto beer in restaurants for a while. Always pours that nice amber brown with a decent head. Smells nicely hopped and the taste is there as well. This is one beer that you can drink all night when you can only get to the local gas station on vacation to pick something up. Would take it over any other macro any day. Will always be the go to beer when nothing else is around, well unless I can get Sierra Nevada :)

mikesgroove, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of joe1510
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

Boston Lager poured crystal clear golden/copper into my pint glass. There was a 1 finger white head after the pour that faded quickly to a solid white cap. Minimal carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. The clarity is good but besides that nothing special.

Sells of toasted grains. There is something strange in the nose that reminds me of hot dogs. Surprisingly it's not terrible. There is a mild herbal hop aroma. Smells crisp.Above averge but the more I smell of the hot dog the more off-putting it gets.

Taste is good. I like this on tap much more but it's good out of the bottle. Starts out with the toasted grains. That is the main flavor throughout. Mid-palate there is a mild floral and herbal hop wave that lead to a mild bitter twang.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. A little short of medium bodied. Pushes through fairly quickly. Finishes clean. Quenches thirst but there is still enough there to stand up to a meal.

Boston Lager is pretty easy to put away. The body makes it an easily sessionable beer. The taste is solid and consistent.

Sam Adam's Boston Lager is a good sessionable beer that is easy to find and easy on the wallet. 6-Packs usually go for about $6.50 around here. A good beer to sit back and drink a few.


joe1510, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Kulrak
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish gold color with chunky head that laces the glass all the way down. Smells slightly hoppy and floral, very faint, but pleasant. Tastes very hoppy, with a faint hint of grapefruit or passionfruit, and finishes kind of sour. Mouthfeel is very somewhat heavy and fizzy, especially at the tip of the tongue and on the back of the tongue. All in all, it's a drinkable beer, very good flavor and lots of it.

Kulrak, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a nice two fingered white head into a pint glass. Aromas of floral hops and sweet caramely malt. Taste is more of the same and is balanced nicely. A very drinkable beer that makes for a great session is available almost everywhere.

hckyfn9999, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of thagens
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you were to consider this a macro lager it's probably the best one out there.

appearance: copper colored with about and inch of white head.

smell: Smells good. smells mainly of malt and some spicy hops.

taste: Not bad at all. Hoppier than a lot of other lagers I've had. hops are balanced out by the maltiness.

mouthfeel: nice level of carbonation, very smooth

drinkability: not too bad. I could have at least a couple.

thagens, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of jdmorgan
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a copperish color and a medium head that dissipated within time. The smell was of a bit of malt, but more noticeably hop aromas and a bit of fruit too. The taste was good and had a good full body for a lager. I believe that it has more hop flavor than most people are used to in a lager, but that is most definately not a bad thing. The bitterness was medium, and the beer was fairly smooth and easy to drink. Thee carbonation was medium for this beer. Overall, I felt that if you enjoy lagers with a full body and a good solid hop flavor, this is a good beer that you can find on tap at restaurants and some bars. I would reccommend it.

jdmorgan, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of fank2788
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The classic Sam Adams Boston Lager, I poured this one into my mug. The pour reveals a nice looking light copper colored beer with high clarity, a 1/4 inch off white head fizzes away fairly quickly with very light lacing on the glass. The smell is hoppy, a lot of citrus hops come through with a little light malt. The taste is nicely hoppy too, for a mass produced american lager the hoppy flavor is great, almost reminds me of a good pale ale, the hop flavor settles nicely on the tongue. The taste is also classic lager in that it is smooth, but it has more body than nearly any other lager. Some malt flavor is there but it is low. Good mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation again this is really nice and smooth. This one is highly drinkable a great session beer and a great way to get somebody excited about good beer.

fank2788, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of JohnW
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours much darker than you expect from a 'lager' style beer (whether on tap or in bottle) more like a typical British "Bitter" beer in colour. Not much of a head, and what there was does not last that long. The aroma hints more at malts and being slightly sweet and full bodied than being crisp and dry in the European lager tradition, and that makes the taste come as a bit of a surprise. The flavour starts out malty and slightly spicy, with hint of sweetness, but then the bitterness of the hops gets you as it goes down. The texture is fairly rich and full, especially if not served too cold. On the first couple of pints of this, I thought maybe the hop bitterness was a shade too much, but having had it more regularly when staying in the US (on tap or from bottle) I now think its a great balance, and enjoy it very much. Very tasty! I think that the texture is a shade richer when served on tap, as in comparison to from the bottle, though that might be more due to serving temperature. I like this beer very much, and think it one of the best beers from one the larger US brewers that is widely available, both here and in the bottle in UK.

JohnW (written while staying in Florida)
B'ham UK

JohnW, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Boston Beer pours a pale amber color that leaves a creamy thick tan head that leaves as fast as it came. The aroma is barley, bready, acidic citrus hops, a straight forward lager that is crisp and flavorful. The taste starts a bit citrusy, bready, and a bitter snap that is held in check by a smooth malty backbone. This is one of the great gateway beers of all time I love to come back to this delight every once in awhile and reminisce about one of my first beer loves.

Franchise, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug, the Boston Lager pours a nice amber color with a good sized frothy long lasting white head. There's also a good bit of lacing. It smells like floral and citrus hops, and sweet malt. It tastes the same way to me, but with a caramel malt sweetness along with the hoppiness. There's also a hoppy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light/medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has a nice clean finish. It's a good solid beer, one that's available pretty much everywhere. Not a bad choice as a session beer either.

bluejacket74, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Rennpferd
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (room temperature) into a clean pint glass.

Pours a deep hued amber with a slightly off white 1 inch head. Active carbination rises from the bottom of the glass. The head shrinks down after a few minutes, but a bit of it clings tightly to the side of the glass as it is consumed.

A slightly hoppy smell rises from the glass.

A slightly bitter hops taste, crisp with a lasting aftertaste. It goes down smooth and beckons you back for more.

The only way to describe this beer is to call it a damn good beer. This is a beer for every and any day. I've had it before and I will have it again.

Rennpferd, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of beeragent
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is easily one of the best lagers available on the market in Central Texas. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, with a freshness date of Feb.2007, into a pint glass. The beer is a deep amber, with a 1/2 inch head, that left lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is sweet, but pleasant. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than expected from a lager, which is a good thing IMO, with a good amount of carbonation. The taste is sweet, with a slight citrus flavor. Overall, this beer is very enjoyable, and a great session beer.

beeragent, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager poured a clear copper /amber , with a medium sized offwhite head that left some nice spotty lacing. The aroma on this brew is of nice full caramel malt sweetness , and a definate hop note. The taste is of rich munich malt , some caramel sweetness, as well as some bisquity flavor , and an assertive floral hoppiness. Medium mouthfeel , slightly dry finish. A great beer to be able to get at most establishments. Lots of nice vienna lager flavor , with a hoppy american twist.

Byeast, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of tbone53
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i always get this instead of the same old macro brew will eating out.pours nice and has a nice creamy head.laces good down the side of the glass.you can taste the hops this is a good thing.a reddish color.need a opener for the the bottle the advantage is you can use the bottles for your own home brew.althought the freshness date is not on the bottle it is in plain easy to understand engish on the top of the case.taste good not a bad call.

tbone53, Nov 22, 2006
Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 7,584 ratings.