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

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2,575 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,575
Hads: 8,626
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 160
Gots: 2,049 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 Tom_Banjo
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Historically I have disliked this beer and, as a consequence, have not had it in a long time. As I believe my taste has become more discriminating over time and wanting to be fair to the beer, I thought I'd try it again. Had 1 12 oz bottle at home and 2 12 oz cans a few days later on a Delta flight. Not
nearly as bad as I remembered, but not worth anywhere near the ratings it gets or its reputation, in my opinion. "Harmless" is probably a good word to describe it. Definitely preferable to any American Adjunct, but can't rate it much higher than that.

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Photo of puck1225
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Still one of my favorites, always reliable! Had one for dinner tonight at a steak house that prefers you drink wine. It went great with the steak salad I had and inspired me to order a Rebel IPA. Looking forward to my next Boston Lager!

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Photo of CraigP83
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Took me a while to get around ticking this one, poured on tap. Brownish tannic coloration. Smell is slightly metallic. Taste is a richer American lager complete with the slight apple taste I often get from them. Slightly creamier mouthfeel. For such a classic beer I'm very underwhelmed. I'll try it again from another location to make sure it wasn't just an old keg or dirty lines.

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Photo of BobbyBill
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oops I did it again. I drank this beer, thought I would like it and well, it's Boston Lager. Somehow this is one of the most consumed "craft" beers in America. I guess if it was this or a Bud, I'd choose a Boston Lager but the world ain't like that anymore. It's fine.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The best part of this lager is the crispness of it. It's not completely without taste, just mild. Just a little bit of maltiness and hops, but it's very refreshing.

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Photo of CDR-HomeBrew
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber/brown copper. Brilliant. Head was about 1 inch and lasted approx 1 min. 0 sediment.

S: Sweet grain/malt. Slightly bitter on nose. Hints of caramel.

T: More bitter than expected with a smooth caramel aftertaste.

F: Medium body/carb

O: Good beer for grilling and summer nights.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Lovely amber color. Small frothy head. (3.75/5)
Smell: Floral hops are the most prevalent but malty aromas are certainly present. A great mixture (4.5/5)
Feel: Easy to drink yet fills the mouth nicely. (3.5/5)
Taste: Hoppy flavors come through the most but malt appears fairly strongly as well. Nice bitterness takes over the aftertaste. (4.25/5)
Overall: A classic for good reason. The balanced nature of this beer is impressive (4./5)

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Photo of TDotScott
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a wine glass.

L- Between gold and amber with brilliant clarity. A white head builds up and retains very well. I had a small head for over 30 minutes.

S- Dry toast from malt. Very clean.

T- that dry toast comes through, and its balanced impeccably by hop bitterness, without much on the way of hop flavor.

F- lively carbonation keeps things light, and the finish is good and dry.

O- Vienna lager is a simple style, but it's hard to argue with BBco's take on it.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a classic brew and is so easy to drink any time of year. I have had them many times, but have just now got around to reviewing it. It does have a very wimpy 4.9% ABV, but this one was brewed to be refreshing only.

Look-It pours a dark golden mahogany with a creamy white head and thin bands of lacing that stick around the glass for most of the time.

Smell-It has a pleasant malt-forward aroma with noble hops and a mild grassy smell.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but with a slightly more noticeable spicy hop flavor singing high above the complex malts. There is a slight sweetness, but is so well-balanced by the hops and spices. Just remember, although there are hops it is not strong and is definitely not a bitter beer at all. Again, it’s a malt-forward beer.

Mouthfeel-The feel is clean, creamy, smooth, with mild carbonation that is fizzy. There is a slightly sweet aftertaste with a pleasant malt and yeast based coating on the tongue.

Overall-This is a classic beer that isn’t anything special. It is a good go-to beer, but is not overly exciting. Drink casually and in your living room or maybe in bed while watching Netflix when its pouring rain out at night. Cheers!

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Photo of Yarmageddon
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice and dark, like an almost golden mahogany, looks good.

Head: The head was initially fairly thick but soon dissipates, leaving dribs and drabs across the surface of the beer.

Smell: Very fresh, quite hoppy, which was surprising for such a dark beer, after a while the malt does start to come through, very balanced.

Taste: Mostly malt, but some hops lurking in the background, particularly on the aftertaste along with the malt. Quite sweet, almost bitterly so but doesn’t become particularly overpowering.

Feel: Very smooth, went down very easily, although the aftertaste of malt can be slightly overpowering.

Overall: Overall a damn good beer, particularly for the price, you could do a lot worse than this. If you’re looking for something a little bit different for events then I’d say this would be a good choice. One I’ll look forward to trying again in the future.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

What else can I say, it's Boston Lager!

Poured from can to glass, it's a nice amber with an off-white head. Decent retention. Not incredibly hoppy, but more so than most in this price-point.

Overall, it's a wonderful go-to when there's not much else offered, or you're looking for a more "budget-oriented" pint. Best part is, it's available almost everywhere, even if "craft" offerings are dismal or even non-existent!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold to copper gold under a clingy, persistent 2” meringue-like white foam collar.
S: Clean malt aromas with no fruit, moderate hops.
T: Some initial light malt sweetness, graham cracker, rich grains, and a moderately high bitter hop accent.
F: Very creamy, clean, smooth, medium body, medium to medium high carbonation
O: A ubiquitous, well crafted pilsner.

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Photo of J30wang
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The hoppier, maltier version of the blue moon. Whereas Blue Moon is a white beer, this id their Lager alternative, spicy and slightly smokey. Drinkable in party situations, but definitely a little sour for my taste.

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Photo of Roadhouse_Blues
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If it's on draft, I have a hard time choosing anything else.

Look: Deep amber color with a lively and lingering vanilla ice cream colored head with generous lacing.

Smell: Rich, inviting, rather malty aroma with faint citrus notes.

Taste: A wonderful balance of malted barley and hops.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing with just enough carbonation.

Overall: Visually very appealing, delicious and satisfying - my favorite macro lager.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a nice warming ale with an edge of sweetness. Suggested earthy hops, some muted spices and warm, sweet bread. Very smooth and easy-drinking. I liked it more than I expected.

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Photo of MWendlandt
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite American beer so far. It has a great amber look and taste and it pours super easily. As you drink it, it goes down smooth and you can see why it has accolades. Recommended strongly for everyone, at least to try.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for a lower alcohol volume beer. Easy to drink quite a few of these. Mixed on of these in after a few ipas and it held up nicely on the palate.

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

Sweet malt balanced out with a little bitterness in the hops. Smooth drinking, dry, and refreshing. A bone simple lager, and very enjoyable. A good all rounder. I could drink this anytime, and it's easy to see why this is Samuel Adams' flagship product.

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Photo of Jared40
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth beer and my favorite go to beer from Boston Beer Company.Very great session beer that isn't too overbearing with the alcohol by volume yet not a weak beer with no flavor.Just a very easy to drink and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a thick white head

Smells like toasted malts and caramel

Taste follows the nose

Light and refreshing with a decent amount of carbonation

Took me a while to come around on Boston Lager. I am from MA so and it is available everywhere so I had a snobby attitude towards it. Now as I age and drink more beer, I realize that it really is one of the more refreshing lagers out there and the fact that it easy to find is a bonus. In short, wicked good beer.

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Photo of Paulie777
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A winner. Definitely a go to beer for any occasion. Tastes good, high quality, My default beer unless I am feeling adventurous. I highly recommend this beer. You can't go wrong with this beer. My hat is off to the Boston Brewing Company for creating a winner like this.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden amber color, thick pearly head, nice lacing. Aroma is faint caramel malt and hay, with some yeasty notes. Flavor is faintly bitter, with a sweet crisp finish.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I live in Boston & have easy access to all the Sam Adams brews. Boston Lager isn't even in my top 10 Sam brews. It's decent, but I don't consider it great. They make so many really good beers though.

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Photo of hophead723
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first good beer I ever had, and it introduced me to the amazing world of craft beer. Time for a review of this classic.

Look: Almost looks like an IPA; nice and rich amber/copper color with a nice slightly off white head. Good lacing and carbonation.

Smell: A unique roasted barley smell, with a touch of grassy hops. It is a welcoming and rather unique aroma as well.

Taste: The taste follows the nose but with an emphasis on the roasted barley, with a supportive amount of grassy hops.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing! The mouthfeel of this beer humiliates other poorly made lagers that claim to be refreshing and light with its spritzy and lively carbonation. Best served very cold.

Overall: This beer is well suited for experienced craft beer fans and new-comers alike. I first had it when I was 18, and I still love it at 22 even with a tongue charred by intense hoppy beers like Rebel Rouser which is also by Sam Adams.

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Photo of Carrier4
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams best of their readily available stock. Its the godfather of all craft beer. So even if one does not like this beer, we should all salute it and Jim Koch. And its a good lager. Solid beer, looks good too.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 2,575 ratings.