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

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2,523 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,523
Hads: 8,335
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 138
Gots: 1,761 | 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 SK8
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First craft beer I've ever bought/drinken and it did not disappoint. Looks good, smells good, goes down smoothly and tastes great. Flavors are balanced well with a little spice and fills you up. One pint left me completely satisfied. Definitely my go-to beer now. (263 characters)

Photo of Mrchato
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not such a fan of lagers in general, so I guess it's no surprise that I didn't like this so much, I was kind of hoping a lager from a craft brewery would change that though. It didn't, I guess I just have to give up on this style altogether. (245 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Veiled golden, almost amber color. Creamy and foamy beige 2 finger head lasting around 5 minutes. Strong lacing with dense activity.

Aromas and flavors of caramel, grains and herbal spices. Great intensity and well balanced with a sharp and sweet sensation. The smell is not inviting, being a bit stale and strange, but the taste is superb.

Dense full body with perfect carbonation. Faint and short pleasant slight bitter finish with a smoky hoppy end.

Overall : Great craft having incredible rich smooth flavors, but with a strange nose indeed. (548 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Either much maligned or much loved, Sam Adams is a solid choice when you want a beer with more flavour. Vienna Lagers are under appreciated and this beer compares favourably. It has a nice robust malt profile, a bit of spice, and bittering hops. It's worth periodic revisits because it is widely available, even here in the Great White North. (342 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

3/3 (Draft - Houlihans Chicago) - Copper pour with minimal head and carbonation. Mild malt aroma, not very strong with a light texture and feel. OK beer. (153 characters)

Photo of FrostyStephen15
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having this one out of the can, but I remember what it looks like. The beer is an amber/vienna lager, and has an off-white head that usually gets to be around two fingers. The beer smells fairly malty, with some light noble hop aroma coming through. The taste is very malty, and much sweeter than I remember. It's very easy drinking, goes down almost like water, and it's incredibly tasty. It's full-bodied, not watery in the slightest. What's not to like? A quality lager, one of the best. (490 characters)

Photo of LazyBas7ard
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful Amber color with great aroma and taste. Not overpowering in flavor and is for the casual drinker looking to enjoy a few beers at parties. You can drink these like your typical party beers (Bud, Coors, etc.) but enjoy added flavor with every sip. (255 characters)

Photo of AmericanMechanic
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that popped my cherry into more hop forward beers. I'm a sucker for IPAs now but this is still a solid go to beer. You can't go wrong with a Boston lager. Beautiful look lacing smell taste mouthfeel. It's just all around a great brew. If you are someone who has only had pilsners and other american adjacent lagers and are looking to step up in the beer world toward the hops route. This is a great starter and solid cession brew (447 characters)

Photo of Hodgson
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at LaGuardia the other day, I'd rate this as the best Boston Lager I've had. I think it has evolved, it is less aggressive in hop character, less astringent. Very good classic helles flavors which you notice more in the aftertaste. (242 characters)

Photo of Lance_Beardsworth
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer, that is available on a budget. It is easy to locate, cheap and has a beautiful look to it when poured. Goes down easily, and doesn't fill you up too quickly. It's a smooth beer that can be drank all day everyday, and you won't get sick of it. (260 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. Deep golden color with a rich creamy head. Smell is slightly hoppy. Taste of caramel malt and grains combine for a silky, creamy palate. Good carbonation. Balanced, dry, slightly bitter finish. It’s hard to find fault here. It’s just a fine basic lager that is, thankfully, widely available. A standard. (342 characters)

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is so over looked in our craft mania world....the fact that this beer was Koch's Great Grandfather's recipe from the 1800's is so cool.....and remember this beer along with Bell's Amber Ale and others really kicked off the beer revolution we know today....so take a step back and try a six pack....you won't be disappointed! (334 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a very low white head.

Smell: Very faint lager smell (I don’t know what else to call it).

Taste: Malt and yeast, slight bitter and sweet taste towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and carbonated.

Overall: A archetypal beer to me. Balanced and clean but flavorful (for a lager). (314 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper to dark golden color, big foamy 2 fingernail length head.
Slight bready aroma, grain and floral esters. Some fruit(green apple) as the drink warms.
Very clean, crisp, smooth and slightly creamy feel. Light bodied to low medium bodied. Toasted malt taste provides sweetness. Well hopped which provides balance. Dry and slightly floral and hoppy finish.
A solid lager and an American Classic. (411 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. This is my first Boston Lager in a very long time, couldn't believe I've made it this long without having one. Seems like it should be a rite of passage.

Pours golden amber, shines in the light. Two fingers of creamy, off white head, great retention, and quite a bit of lacing. Lots of carbonation, bubbles stay active for some time. Aroma is sweet, some bread, and a tiny bite.

Taste is clean, smooth, malty sweet. Some hops detected on the finish, but not much. Very, very smooth and highly sessionable. Lots of flavor to enjoy here. (577 characters)

Photo of Reckage
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Boston lager is one of my go to brews
Look: darker gold/orangish, not to much head and min. lacing
Smell: peppery orange
Taste: seems like a lot going on but pretty well balanced, citrus upfront
Mouthfeel: complex seltzer
Overall: this brew is a usual for me, would recommend everyone to try, one of the best lagers (327 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber and smells sweet, floral and malty. Sweet malts up front, caramel notes and maybe some pine towards the end. Body and carbonation is medium. Not an outstanding beer but I can always count on it as a good option in an average bar. (250 characters)

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this in bottle and on tap on numerous 0ccasions over the years. A safe choice when other offerings aren't available. Always solid and consistent. (154 characters)

Photo of brewqueno
2.29/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Way overrated. This is not a good beer / lager. Whether from the tap or bottle, it always has a hint of vinegar (smell and taste). Not worth the "premium" charge. (162 characters)

Photo of Mattakracka
1.92/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pioneer of craft. Definately surpassed in that field! But thanks for getting the taste of crack and hooker spit out of my mouth at 9 am that one wednesday. You totally saved my job and marriage. (194 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From time to time I love to revisit classics like this one. I still recall my first Sam Adams. It was 1993 and I was all of 14 years old, thinking I was cool to snag such a refined beer for my house party (sorry Mom!). That first one ended up as a drain pour. I was so shocked and appalled at the (gasp) flavor that the beer imparted that it just confounded me. Mind you, this was over half a lifetime ago, and I was still under the impression that fire-brewed Strohs and MillerLite cans were the pinnacle of brewing. I'd like to believe that despite the drain pour, that beer planted the seed in my mind that has grown in to my obsession for craft beer. Well enough nostalgia. Here we go...

The beer pours a bright tangerine color with lively carbonation that sends bubbles streaming to the surface. This one could grace a beer commercial. Perfect, thick white head that falls gradually with lacing all the way to the rim. Impressive. Fruity esters and a buttery malt aroma in the nose. A little bit of citrus and spice from the hops. The flavor is malty, complex and delicious. I think we beer advocates forget just how good this beer truly is. There's just a touch of caramel sweetness, with cereal grain and a well-balanced bitterness in the finish. Hints of orange peel spice and some toffee on the tongue. The body is remarkably fuller than one might expect. I attribute this to a little sleight of hand with the aggressive carbonation. The prickly suds convey a creamy mouthfeel and feign fullness with masterful precision. Nice clean finish that begs for another gulp. At under 5% ABV, this is a powerhouse of flavor and texture. I cannot think of a single small lager that packs as much moxie as the flagship beer from Boston. Still world class in today's glut of aspiring craft kings. (1,795 characters)

Photo of Keystone
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't like everything Sam Adams puts out but there flagship is defiantly done right. You have to think about what style you are drinking.This beer is perfect the way it is. (172 characters)

Photo of FenixDelta753
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Boston lager from Sam Adams is a great example of how all good beers don't need to be micro-brews with small name labels. Sam Adams really does put some great care into their brewing and definitely stands out to me and continues to even after trying beers such as Heady Topper and other micro brews with very high ratings. Thats not to say that Boston Lager is better than these beers but it definitely holds it's own and remains relevant in today's increasingly diverse micro and macro-brew beer market. (506 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear and golden, with a nice white head and heavy lacing. Pretty.

S - Grains, with a hint of honey, and a bit of floral elements. Grass and a slight note of asphalt.

T - Cracker malts, among the clearest, strongest saltine taste I've had in a beer. A gradual hit of earthy hops, grassy and floral, but fairly pedestrian. The close is slightly bitter, but subdued.

M - Crisp, clean, with minimal drying in the close.

O - I respect Boston Lager for its craft and its place, but this is not my go-to brew. Clean and crisp, easily drinkable, it is light-years ahead of the boring AALs that dominate the industry. Nevertheless, though I think this is an expertly crafted brew, I find its elements and the overall drinking experience somewhat lackluster. And for the style, there are examples elsewhere that I find more compelling. (841 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber, left a one inch white head with decent retention, leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is mute, faint barley is all I'm getting.

Strong barley flavor with a hint of caramel dancing in the background, which meld with grapefruit bitters for the finish. Hops are slightly too strong I feel, but an enjoyable entry by Sam Adams.

Medium bodied, medium low carbonation. (401 characters)

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 2,523 ratings.