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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)

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1,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 1747
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Photo of darko_bertovic


4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drink it regularily when outside. Very good beer, near the top of my choice, goes nicely with a pot beef or with a beef steak for that reason :-). Nicely bittered, crisp, a bit sweet, refreshing and fresh with a right amount of bubbles. Would definitelly recommend during autmns in Sunshine state.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 11:13:21 | More by darko_bertovic
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Sam Adams Brew Club at Newark International Airport (EWR)

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some orange highlights when held up to the light and significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - excellent head retention. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral, earthy, and spicy hops over the top of toasted and caramel malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of toasted caramel malts upfront with the spicy and earthy hops following afterwards. Light amounts of lingering bitterness are observed.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - good flavors and relatively low ABV, reminds me of the local ales I drank when in the UK. Well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 03:17:47 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is transparent and orange hued, with a half inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is rather weak, offering faint scents of lightly sweetened malts, biscuits, bread. The flavor is a bit sweet, but not too. Bready and malty, with only a light hop presence evident in the finish. Easy to drink, but not the most exciting flavor. I would prefer a bit less sweetness in favor of some hop bitterness and/or biscuit flavors. Decent feel. Light to medium bodied. Overall, a decent beer and worth a try, though I prefer the Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 17:06:43 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of AdamBear


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-darker gold. good amount of cream colored head!

S-I smell grains and corn...a good corn scent though..not like a cheap light lager...there's also a touch of honey. its a good mild strength

T-It starts with a fairly strong hit of a a blend of honey and corn. the taste fades in to a creamy faint bready taste but the after-taste is a great caramelized corn flavor. I must add there is an unpleasant bitterness present throughout the taste.

M-medium carbonation with a good creamy finish. not much more i could ask for

D-this actually has a very thick body for the abv. it'll take a lot to get you drunk but it doesn't take a lot to fill up your stomach. i had a 16 ounce from the tap...which i enjoyed...but i do not want a second one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2010 02:07:27 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Slatetank


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Arooga's Allentown Blvd location - they label it 'Arooga's Amber' for sale as their house beer - I asked the bartender and she let me know who brews it.
Served very cold in a unfrosted pint.

A - A decent bright copper shade with thick pale beige cream. The appearance is good and leaves a film of lace on the glass as I let it warm slowly. The bartender was kind enough to leave head space for this. The bead is fine and clarity is good.

S - The smell is both fruity and moderately malty with a slight yeast ester reminiscent of stone fruit - very light spice noted with a light toasted grain hint

M - The feel is highly carbonated with moderate sweetness and medium body with a moderate amount of bitterness to balance, clean yeast profile with a semi-dry finish

T - The flavor is good to start with it has a mild sweetness with gentle caramel malt flavor and subtle diacetyl tinge w/ a light piney bitterness and mellow toasted malt flavor but slightly fruity with a hint of stone fruit in the background

D - This is a beer I used to love to quaff in the bottle, it is slightly different on tap, while the malt brings to mind a red, the hops are full enough in the taste to justify the pale categorization - a tasty brew, but average drinkability wise. I would probably choose others before this

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 21:20:47 | More by Slatetank
Photo of jsprain1


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper/Orange with a 1.5 finger head on it. Good rention and lacing.
S- Smell is of caramel and biscuity hops along with some floral notes. Rather clean and quite weak.
T- Herbal and citrus hops intiate the flavor and are soon joined by some caramel sweetness from the malt.
M- Crisp carbonation. A little light but appropriately so.
D- All in all a decent pale ale. Nothing overly complex or demanding. A good reliable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 06:41:57 | More by jsprain1
Photo of gildobeer


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich brown with a heavy, sticky-laced head, looks like what I imagine beer used to look like hundreds of years ago, which is a good sign for me.
A malty scent, with very slight hops and yeast
Good flavor, somewhat sweet, malty, not much hops, but a good taste and a nice aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.
Decent drinkability, a little heavy, but crisp. Would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 03:12:40 | More by gildobeer
Photo of dstc


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Pours a nice burnt amber with thick foamy cream colored head. Falls rather slow. Decent lace.

Rather thin aroma. Getting thin malts and maybe mild hops. More malts come through as it warms.

Had a pleasant malty taste back by noticeable hops that leave a mild bitterness. Like the aroma, it has a larger malt taste as it warms.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth. Mild carbonation.

Highly drinkable, classic Sam Adams.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 19:56:55 | More by dstc
Photo of MrDanno96


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the special Boston Lager Glass.

A: Pours a light copper/amber color with a big pillowy head: About 2 inches initially and settling to about an inch after about 5 minutes. Good retention. Lots of foamy lacing.

S: Not a ton going on here. Some sweet malts, maybe a little caramel, and feint hops.

T: Mostly malts and grain up front, a little citric sweetness, and just a slightly bitter finish. It's nice, but just like the nose it's not terribly complex.

M: light to medium bodied. Perhaps just a little thin.

D: Decent. I would probably have it again, but Boston Lager is better and much more available.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 04:55:43 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of champ103


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish color with good clarity. At first a large white head of over two fingers forms, but quickly recedes. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Bready malt with caramel. An odd hop leaf spiciness. Some citrus fruits as well.
T: Very sweet. Toasted caramel, and some graininess. Again an odd hop spiciness that I can't really describe. Though it is very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body, but to watery for my tastes. Easy and smooth to drink. This is something to session.

I had this at the Atlanta International Airport while waiting for my connecting flight. Not a bad beer at all. I enjoyed it. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 17:56:22 | More by champ103
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice almost brown/caramel color, like the color of the leaves changing in autumn.
Smells dry with some sweet citrus and hop notes.
Taste is pleasantly hoppy with a sweet note.
Finish is crisp with a refreshingly dry/sweet after-taste.
A refreshing sipper and a nice drinker that is smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 15:47:58 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of morebeergood


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a sunny afternoon beer enjoyed in the cellar atmosphere of The Dugout on Comm Ave. On tap and served into a pint glass. Light orange in color. Large whispy foamy head. Noticed a bit of lacing. Smell was a faint aroma of pine. Taste was pretty average, but good. Bit malty, bit hoppy. Run of the mill. Easy going down, very light, low in abv. I prefer to order the Boston Ale over the Lager for two reasons. First, you don't see the Ale on tap nearly as much as the Lager. Secondly, I think that the Ale is more more drinkable than the Lager if you are looking for a quick and easy pint. Give me the Ale any day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2009 23:06:22 | More by morebeergood
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizzaria UNO in Plaistow, New Hampshire on Jan 31, 2009 under the moniker of UNO Amber Ale. 20 ounce glass.

Appearance - Copper-amber tone with a decent lacing. Foamy 3/4 inch off-white head.

Smell - Lightly hopped comes to mind.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel with a slow breakdown on the tongue after swishing about.

The taste was mildly hopped. Overall it was a good experience even though I knew I was drinking a Sam Adams that I've had under its real label in the past.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 22:48:28 | More by puboflyons
Photo of TrevorGW


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lush auburn brown color with a dense head that sticks around pretty well.

Aroma is subtle fruits and a little bit of hot metal.

Taste is nice and balanced. Plenty of bread and caramel coming through but not too much else. Slightly more bitter and complex than Boston Lager, but not much more. Nutty finish.

Tight and controlled carbonation, leaving a pretty soft creamy feel in the mouth.

Very quaffable and enjoyable, but certainly nothing to seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 16:37:54 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange gold, with fluffy white head and come visible carbonation.
S - Metallic mostly, with a bit of caramel and some bready malt notes.
T - Starts off with a nice bitter bite and settles to some smooth caramel and toffee flavours. Finishes quick, but lingers and nice dry bitterness. Quite tasty for a blonde ale.
M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, and very smooth.
D - Great, very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 12:11:39 | More by Quej
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured clear amber honey with noticeable bubbles. 3/4" white head that laced well

S - malts, bittersweet citrus, balanced hoppiness, some caramel and floral tones

T - very reminiscent of your standard Sam Adams, like a cross between the Winter Lager and the Boston Lager. Spicy, malty, and citrusy. Well balanced

M - light bodied and refreshing on the palate. Held together well by strong carbonation.

D - extremely drinkable. Very smooth and clean.

Overall - Well balanced ale that complements a number of dishes. A good session beer as well. Got this at Uno's Pizzeria. Reviewed from notes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 05:41:45 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Jayli


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boston Ale poured a beautiful copper color, about a 2 finger head with nice head retention throughout. Thick, spider web lacing throughout. Slight hop aroma, but nothing that jumped out at me. This ale had a mild, pleasant, hoppy taste, with carbonation felt on the tongue. Definitely a drinkable and enjoyable brew. I'm not a big fan of Sam's in general, but this is a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 19:29:08 | More by Jayli
Photo of berserker256


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish/orange color. Medium head moderate lacing. I smell a nice sweet and citrus aroma along with a carmel malt smell. All of those flavors are present as well but you get the addition of slight hop bitterness too. Good body. Good drinking ale. One of the better ales I've had in some time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 19:11:28 | More by berserker256
Photo of Baileyuk


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought of Uno Amber from Uno Chicago Grille.

Looked great, a light brown color with great head and lacing that retained well throughout.

Malt and fruit smell

The taste had a caramelized apple taste. That itself was subtle and pleasant. Other than that this was mediocre in other areas. The beer was good but just did not go down well.

I was dissapointed with this one but it was still an okay beer

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2008 12:14:10 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of charlzm


3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 03/25/08 at Sam Adams Brewhouse in Atlanta International Airport.

Clear amber beer with low carbonation. Thin, foamy white head.

Aroma is a little soapy with some floral hops.

Consistency is a bit thin. Flavor has a slight caramel malt character with a little bitter hop aftertaste.

The flavor is so close to the Boston Lager as to be splitting hairs when comparing them, except their flagship lager is actually a bit more flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2008 01:10:32 | More by charlzm
Photo of IBUnit63


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Sam Adams Richmond International Airport

Honey colored, nice head - good lacing, well-carbonated

Signature Sam Adams soapy hop and "dirty sock" malt profile - Germanic hop essence - clean

Heavy malt profile-nice grassy, daisy-flavored hop bitterness with a little sweetness of honey

Clean with bitter tinge from hop soapiness with honey on back of palate

Reasonably drinkable - little heavy for preference

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 20:39:15 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Uno Pizzeria under the alias Uno Amber Ale, just after having the Winter Lager. I actually preferred this one. Very tasty. Pours a nice deep amber color with a good bit of head and a touch of lacing. Nose is very fruity, with a nice balance of malt. Grapefruit and other citrus as well. Taste is likewise, a little stronger than the nose, which is a positive. A very tasty beer, nothing really mind-blowing, but good all around. Body is fairly thick, perfect for the style. Overall, one I could drink a lot of. Maybe sessionable with the low ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 21:45:03 | More by soupyman10
Photo of tgbljb


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at a Pizzeria Uno (as its alias)
Served as a mdieum amber colored beer with modrate off-white head.
Smell has a nice caranel profile, with some light citrusy hops in the background.
Taste blends the caramel malt and citrusy hops nicely to present a nice refreshing dinner beer.
Very easy to drink. Would be nice tio session.
Note: When I ordered this beer, our waiter told us it was very similiar to a Sam Adams??

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 22:06:06 | More by tgbljb
Photo of woodychandler


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a big, rocky, off-white head. The color was a beautiful, deep-golden amber. The nose had a malty sweetness, which seemed a bit odd for an ale. The mouthfeel was medium with a fair amount of sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a nice, hoppy bite, but too little, too late. It also created decent lacing throughout. I'd take the BOS Lager over this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2008 00:44:10 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ffejherb


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Batdorf, Annville, PA on 11/19/07.

A - Clear amber/orange body with creamy white head and tiny bubbles of carbonation. Head mostly diminished and left only a bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Light bready pale maltiness with some graininess paired with a very light hop aroma. Actually, not much of a hop aroma whatsoever.

T - More malty than hoppy. Initial sweet caramel flavor with a semi-bitter finish. Nice breadiness in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with a fairly dry texture and soft carbonation. Nice, crisp pale finish.

D - This is easy to drink. Nothing spectacular, but a good session beer nevertheless. I find most offerings from Sam Adams quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2007 02:47:26 | More by ffejherb
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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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