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

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

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of McStagger


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Orange red color with a brown overlay. Looks like fresh brick. Head is slightly tan with moderate dissipation and good lacing.

S: Citrus and pine notes are offset by mild notes of honey, fig and plum.

T: Sweet notes in the beginning that are reminiscent of the same dark fruit. However, there is a raisin-y overtone to the fruit that was not detected in the nose. The hops take over after that, with notes of citrus and juniper that last throughout the entire finish. There is also a note of toasted grain on the finish that complements the hops very well.

M: Beer slides across the palate. The body of the beer is a tad on the heavy side, but the carbonation on the beer picks this up before it becomes really noticeable.

D: This beer has a great flavor. This beer is not overly heavy. This beer is not hard to drink.

09-18-2007 08:07:40 | More by McStagger
Photo of mnrider


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

12. oz brown bottle.

A: Pours a semi-clear amber, with off white head which starts thick then turns thin within a few seconds of the pour. Not the best head retention either (at least in this pour).

S: Sweet fruits with a crisp small aroma of hops.

T/M: Smooth with a medium hop bite and faint bitterness. Malts are sweet and fruity. Brew goes down clean with a nice clean aftertaste. Medium bodied all the way.

D: Nice brew with great drinkability. Could use a little more hops. Also seems to be watered down a touch from years past. Every one should try this brew.


01-23-2011 19:32:23 | More by mnrider
Photo of jar2574


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Got this is a mixed 12 pack. Was disappointed with several of the beers in the summer variety pack, but this one was OK.

Light orange color, nice 1/2 inch of head. Can smell some hops and maybe a touch of citrus as well.

Very mellow ale, well balanced and easy to drink. Not really exceptional in any way, but more than adequate.

06-22-2007 01:12:28 | More by jar2574
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-19-2014 02:29:49 | More by JC333
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-28-2014 23:43:39 | More by Patches826
Photo of mempath


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

had the spring White Ale hours ago...and just finished the ole Lager awhile ago (reviewed neither...that will be another time)

this pours a nice deep amber, moderate head and good lacing in thick clumps. perhaps a bit cold, i can't catch alot of notes in the nose yet.

i've had this before but it really has been over a decade for sure. wow. very rich, creamy, hoppy classic taste. this reminds of what SA was and still is...a future leaning brewery in retro colonial mode (even if that is part of the marketing). i love the basic lager, but this is the better 'version' of it. seems to have more depth in the finish and mouthfeel. carbonated, crisp, but this side of heavy (in an alloy sense), though nothing metallic or macro about it. part of craftbrew history.

glad to have rediscovered this classic and true bargain. a 12 pack for 11.99 is awesome. truly an everyday brew, a session brew, not an extreme at all, but if anything, it was extreme compared to what was available to me back in mississippi in the late 80s...

03-28-2009 23:46:49 | More by mempath
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-04-2014 06:28:42 | More by cwguy5
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-24-2014 12:12:50 | More by jmsedgwick
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-12-2013 16:49:43 | More by VinsanityDiesel
Photo of mobyfann


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

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

The appearence is wonderful, the beautiful amber Samuel Adams colored bae with a medium white head with nice retention and lacing to follow. The smell is a nice malty blend.

The taste is also malty, but it goes down with a lemony taste as well, it's really quite interesting. Mouthfeel good, aftertaste pretty good, drinkability on par for a session... enough BS, ok...

Final Thought: Another HQ beer from the pioneer microbrew of the USA, can't go wrong with a Samuel Adams!

09-23-2004 04:12:16 | More by mobyfann
Photo of xav33


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Samuel Adams Boston Ale
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Best before 05/07, restocked on 04/07

Poured a clear amber with an average off white somewhat lasting fizzy head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate caramel, with citrus, coriander and fruity bubble gum tones.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet caramel and light bitter followed by a strong cheesy yeasty bitterness on a long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, a satisfyingly tasty beer. Nothing more nothing less.

04-03-2007 08:10:31 | More by xav33
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a thin, off-white head that yields spotty lacing.

S: Aromas of malt, biscuit, fruit and yeast.

T: Solid malt foundation balanced with spicy hop notes, followed by touches of sweet fruit and biscuit. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

M: Rather thin mouthfeeel with moderate carbonation.

D: A less than robust taste profile lends itself to prime summertime poundability.

06-22-2008 22:24:19 | More by CaptainIPA
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-09-2014 21:18:56 | More by SonictheBeerhog
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-10-2011 23:39:13 | More by brokentee
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12oz with a Nov 05 freshness date. Pours out a medium to light orange color that is very clear with ample carbonation and rising bubbles. Topped it off with a one inch off-white creamy head that leaves an ample amount of lace.

The smell is slightly fruity with a spicy mix. There is a touch of citrus in the smell too. The taste is mildly malty and nicely hopped. There is a good balance of hops in this one. Not much grapefruit flavor like an ipa, but a definite lean toward one. This is a very good ale.

08-25-2005 22:01:54 | More by abcsofbeer
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-22-2012 21:51:14 | More by Milkysunshine
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured a nice coppery amber with a one finger off white head which faded quickly and left little lacing.

It smells delicious with a wonderful nutty sweet malt aroma and a bit of hop earthiness.

Flavor does not live up to it's aroma, pretty much middle of the line bready malt with a bit of sourness and a bit of hop bitterness and a touch of caramel nuttiness. Improves greatly as it warms with a metallic tang noticed at it's coldest nearly dissapearing. It does have a bit of an aftertaste that it's hard to put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is decent, perhaps too much carbonation initially, medium in body.

Overall this seems to be a rather average ale, definitely a bit middle of the road in most aspects. Not one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings, but not bad. I doubt I will buy it again but I wouldn't turn one down. It may just be that it has a flavor profile that isn't my favorite as it seems to be well appreciated by most.

12-26-2007 22:43:05 | More by BlackBearForge
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-24-2012 02:41:33 | More by kb2250
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-31-2011 21:31:16 | More by muddyh2oblues
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-05-2011 22:27:21 | More by Oboogie
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-21-2011 01:26:19 | More by twkirkby
Photo of Duesler


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Minimal head with a crystal clear body, amber in color
S: Some grape scent, not too much going on other than a mild sweetness
T: Very refreshing beer, the hop profile reminds me of SABL, but that shouldn't be too surprising. The malt profile is not obvious until the finish which is caramely and bready, which also included a carbonation bite (minor).
M: Very very easy to drink, like a lager almost, low carbonation.
O: A easy drinker that i'm sure i could have all night, but definitely nothing to call home about. A solid offering for those who want to tiptoe into the realm of ales.

02-09-2014 23:40:14 | More by Duesler
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz bottle marked 036451320 poured into a pint glass

A—clear orange amber brown with ½ tan head that slip down to a thin white line in a matter of minutes

S—roasted malts and hops are balanced in the aroma, sweet and a little sour

T—again a nice balance of malt sweetness and hops bitterness, starts sweet then changes to a dry bitter finish

M—medium bodied with good carbonation

D—A good solid beer. I have a hard time finding a dominate taste…it’s really well balanced. Could easily have a few more.

02-21-2006 22:10:47 | More by hanco005
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

05-27-2013 18:54:10 | More by Aisha
Photo of Gaisgeil


3/5  rDev -17.4%

This has got to be the most average beer I've ever had. It is perfectly situated between lesser maco beer and it's craft cousins. It has many of the characteristics of both, so, very, very middle of the road. Pours a crystal amber in color with a fizzy white head. Nose is a little lager-like, nearly macro territory, not sure if it's corn or what, but it smells a lot like Labatt or something, there is some extra malt sweetness in there, but by and large, unimpressed. Taste is quite light, almost a balance between a standard pale ale and a plisner. Bready maltiness combined with a light floral hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light, again, middle of the road. Drinlability is pretty good except that the beer is pretty uninteresting overall, well crafted though, no glaring faults.


06-22-2006 06:43:58 | More by Gaisgeil
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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