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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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very good

2,553 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,553
Hads: 8,491
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,922 | 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:
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 mynie
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The American TV ads for this beer are annoying and do nothing but reinforce the "my beer-cock is bigger than your beer-cock" stigma that I, as a person who loves beer but hates American macros, do not like to live with. When you drink, I dunno, Heiniken or Corona, you are being fancy. I guess I can live with that. When you drink a micro or import that no one has ever heard of, you are being weird. I can certainly live with being weird. But when you drink Sam Adams you are being snooty, at least in the eyes of the people around you.

But despite the stigma, the yuppies, the embarrassing ads, and everything else, this is still a very good beer. Pours a rich amber color with a nice head and good retention. Smells bittersweet, not a very strong odor.

Great bitter taste mixed with a sweet malt. Actually a pretty complex flaovor. Nice and full-bodied, refreshing in its fizziness and it goes down smooth.

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Photo of DFN
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours easily, with a medium-weight tan-colored head that dissipates fast. Color similar to medium-strength iced tea. Not much aroma. Pleasant but weak flavor. I'd rank Samuel Adams Boston Lager just slightly above the middle of the Big Beer Bell Curve: A decent beer overall, but nothing special.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lot of history goes with this beer.

Appearance-nice pour, beautiful color with a big head that sticks around and leaves nice traces on the glass.

Smell-lots of hops, little grain, faint whiff of alcohol, even a touch of molasses almost it smells like

Taste-the hops come out immediately, hint of barley and corn and alcohol, very smooth.

Mouthfeel-those who are fans of lesser hops shouldn't drink this but as for me I loved it when it lingered in my mouth and it went down smooth.

Drinkability-it's expensive but good, not a beer for chugging but a beer to enjoy slowly and nicely, so be good to it.

Overall- a fine American beer what more can I say that hasn't already been said, plenty of hops, more complex than most others in it's class and it goes down well, perhaps a bit expensive but defintiely a good choice for any occasion.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this several times before, but simply never thought to rate it. It pours an orange amber like colour with a snow white head that quickly subsides into only a ring of lace. Laces the glass beautifully. The smell is bit too hoppy for me, as I do not care for the hoppy smell or taste. The taste is very nice. For what it is, anyway. It certainly isn't earth-shattering amazing, and it definately isn't anything close to awful. It's just good. A great beer to sit down with and drink four or five. Perhaps more. The taste has an "allowable" (to me) amount of hoppiness. Nice balance. There is a nice, almost dry, maltiness at the finish that I really enjoy. I would have to say this and the SA Light is to me what, dare I say, Bud and MGD are to most everyone else in the USA. Just a good beer to pound down either in a social setting, or to get totally loaded!

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams lager is always the beer that comes through in a bar/store lacking a wide selection. One of the most widely avalable respectable beers, SA is great for someone who is just begining to appreciate beer, or for a true BA.

Excellent hop presence in both smell and taste. Well balanced. Great session beer. Always a good decision (sorry).

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Photo of skybluewater
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a standard honey gold color. Smells a bit odd, like squash (!) or something. Taste is malty, a bit sweet, and for some reason a bit sour. Overall, this isn't the greatest brew. But, as it's a bit better than the average macro swill crap, it might be a good fallback brew...

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Photo of NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy, slightly off-white head with decent retention. Clear and thin copper in color. Whispy lacing with some strength.

Slight caramel sweetness with floral aromas.

Moderate yet faint caramel malt and hop flavors balanced evenly. A grainy/wheat flavor to a less than pleasant metallic-like aftertaste. Rather bland.

Mouthfeel is grainy and crisp; tons of carbonation.

Light, consumable, and can be found everywhere, but this is too boring of a lager to have more than one of IMO.

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Photo of Sammy
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some malt here Even a bit of hops and flavour? Not too sweet or watery, nice for a lager. Some creamy mouthfeel and balance, crisp and dry aftertaste. Hint of floral aroma.
I had this again 2.5 years later and it was drinkable lager, with some hop in aroma and in taste.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle it's a decent amber color with a fluffy white head. Head stays for most the beer with a little lacing, but nothing special. Smells like your typical too malty lager. Very sweet smell. Altogether I didn't like the taste. When it hit my mouth it really tasted like it was stale. Finished not horribly with a nice hop taste but still stale and bland. I think it could be a lot fuller in the mouth. The thing that makes this beer better than most is it's very available, and compared to what else is available where Sam Adams usually is. So I gave it a 4 on drinkability based on it's the best beer readily available at most bars. A good one to fall back on.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $13.99 as part of the "Brewmaster's Collection" 12-pack.

The appearence pours a light-brown/amber color with a medium head with good retention and good lacing. The aroma from the bottle was nothing spectacular, it was quite different than the tap; less malts and sweet smell from the bottle.

The taste is still there, classic Samuel Adams, with a good mouthfeel throughout every gulp and the drinkability is still the same, this beer is a classic.

Final Thought: Read my review for the on-tap version; it tells the story...

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Photo of Backer2004
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head and lacing around glass. Amber color with little carbonation. This tastes fantastic from start to finish, though mouthfeel is far from sensational. Can count on a good Sam Adams here at most any restaurant around - - truly a better beer vs. most any other option outside of a brewpub or specialty place.

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Photo of oelergud
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw colored body with reddish taint. Off-white rocky head consisting mostly of tiny bubbles but medium and large ones are there too. Good lace and retention. Very little carbonation.
Smell is better than your typical lager smell. A spiced pumpkin like scent to it. Sweetness much stronger than the hops.
Citric twang and a faint spiced flavor. Hops become noticeable late in the swallow and dominate the aftertaste. The malts are having a little trouble getting any attention here.
Decent mounthfeel, nothing bad or special here, little to no coating.
This would be a pretty decent beer to go with a good meal as it does not impose itself and it's not too bland to be boring.


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Photo of twelvsies
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty standard beer. Looks a bit reddish, amber, pretty dark for a lager, but still clear of course. No head on this one, no lacing. Smells of mellow maltiness, nothing too much sticks out as far as sent. Tastes pretty good, malty, a few hops in there somehwere, but a little watery perhaps, but tasty. Feels pretty smooth going down the hatch but there is a fair about of carbonation. A pretty solid beer, usually the best thing in crappy bars or other beer-lacking situations, but nothing special in my book. Their other beers tend to impress me more.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an important beer in the history of American craft brewing because it helped many of us understand that there is more to life than Bud. This is a flavourful beer with a good hop profile and a dry finish. I can buy this almost anywhere and it is often on tap in the States where the next best offering is Miller . Respect is due for this beer as it is still very drinkable and fairly complex.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish copper color with little head (as served). Nice malty aroma, toasted and caramel, with a floral/earthy hop aroma. Nicely bitter flavor, with sweet malt balance, some hop flavor but not much and a touch of yeast. Good clean & dry finish. A good beer that that I can count on when I’m in a craft beer oasis.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never been a big fan of their lager, or ale, but here goes, it poured a light amber, sudsy head, that left lacing all the way down, smell was fruity, piney, the taste hit's you as dry and bitter at 1st, then smooths to a complex, fruity pine flavor, very dry hoppy flavor.
the mouthfeel was a bit chewy, bitter,with a bit of creaminess, in the aftertaste.
the drinkability on this is probably not bad, I feel, an aquired taste,nice flavor overall, but I don't care for the dry hoppiness, maybe it'll take awhile, but not a bad beer!

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter amber color with a thick white head that dies pretty quickly leaving sparse lacing. Aromas of grassy Hallertauer hops, bready malt and a light fruitiness. Astringent taste upfront, then moving caramelly malty and finishing dry with a bit of lingering husky maltiness. Rather thin tasting, but pretty good as a Plan B kind of beer in certain situations where lesser quality beer isn't available. I seem to recall this beer being a little heartier about 10 years ago, now it's kind of bland and adjuncted.

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Photo of Tang07
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams pours quite well from a bottle; rich copper color, sturdy head and leaves a well laced glass.

The smell is very nice; hoppy with a backbone of malt.

The initial taste is a nice bitter hopp followed by malt and the hoppieness lingers nicely on the back of the tongue.

This is one of the best big microbrew lagers. Definitely one of my favorite lagers. Probably my favorite domestly produced lager. When I opt for a darker beer I usually opt for an ale, but this is something which is nice if I'm in the mood for something lighter or it's often the best beer that is on tap at a chain type restaurant.

I will have to write a separate review for the tap version next time I have it.

It is a nice beer that can be consumed often. Sam Adams can be enjoyed in larger quanitiies because it has a lower ABV and is lighter in calories than many of the beers I consume.

If you like beer with flavor you will like this beer. If you are the target of the Keystone Light "skunky/bitter beer" comercials. You probably won't like this beer. If your favorite beer is made by one of the big three "domestic" companies you probably won't like this beer.

Definitely worthy of drinking.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled many times both on tap & from a bottle. Pours a rich amber with a frothing off-white head that laced very nicely. Subdued aroma of toasty bread, doughy yeast, & mild spicy hops. In the mouth this initially hits with sweet malt and delicate cookie. Hints of toffee & moderate caramel linger and are complimented well by the tame, but spicy, peppery, & floral hop flavors. Actively carbonated and medium bodied. While this is not exactly my favorite style, this brew is well-crafted, consistent, and a fine example.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light orange gold beer with a thick foamy white head that sticks around a while. Aroma is of toasty malts with a spicy noble hop accent. Flavor is reminiscent of Aromatic and Munich malts with a nice spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel has an average appeal as the carbonation lends a sharper flavor while maintaining a thick head. Overall this is a nice beer to have as it has a lot of flavor and a huge distribution means that you can get it almost anywhere.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The one poured a light, clear orange. It had some good, active carbonation with a soft, off-white head that showed excellent retention.

Smell – The American grain came out first. It wasn’t as harsh as it is in many US macro beers. The light, kind of citrusy hops were very pleasant and the even malt aroma was even better.

Taste – The hops were more prominent at the taste. The malt backbone came out quite nicely as well.

Mouthfeel – This lager is light to medium-bodied with some good carbonation and a nice dryness throughout.

Drinkability – This is a good “micro-macro” beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the Boston Lager out of a 22 oz brown bottle and served it in a pint glass. Very attractive and fluffy 1.5 inch head. Freshness date was notched for November 2004.

Appearance is a dark orange amber. Rocky and sticky head with really nice lacings that stay.

This brew smells sweet and has an attractive overall scent. Nice aroma.

Taste is clearly sweet, malty and balanced. Sweet up front and slighty bitter on the finish.

This beer is a staple on many accounts. It works well with many food pairings and can be a session beer for the night as well. Its availibility is plentiful around the Boston area. Many times this beer will compete with all of the major macros in bars and when thats the case, this is usually a solid choice. I have been drinking this beer for many years and I think that its not at the same level it was about 7 years ago, its still a good beer.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Already tried on tap, which was very good. The bottle pours a shiny copper color, like a new penny. Pours a nice frothy, off-white head that leaves a sticky lace around the glass. The aroma is kind of nutty with a background of hops.

The flavor is carbonated nicely with a sour apple and bitter hop taste. This is a good session beer whether on tap or from the bottle.

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Photo of ken3c
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really growing on me.
Nov 2004 notched as the buy before date. "International Australia GOLD 2003 Award Winner" under the bottle cap.

Clear dark orange color with a half inch of foam. Settles down to a thin layer and laces the glass a bit.

Smells sweet with only the merest hint of hops.

Tastes sweet and sour and bitter. I like the balance. For some reason it tastes better in little sips.

Feels light, bubbly and refreshing.

Very drinkable. Next time, I'll buy a case.

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Photo of Doiv
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If someone were to ask me to name a macro, brewed in the USA, this would be the first to spring to mind. It is now imported into the UK, and I picked it up in a Waitrose in South London.

Pours a golden honey colour with a big white head. Leaves beads of lacing.

Aromas of strawberries, caramel, biscuity and honey malts are apparent, with a light hoppy and floral finish.

Taste is definitely lagerish, but it has a lasting sour and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, drinks well. Although not really exciting, this is still a pleasant drink.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 2,553 ratings.