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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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1,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

famous_mortimur, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

SonictheBeerhog, May 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Neorebel, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of uwmgdman
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a brilliant golden/light amber color with a white head that lingered through most the beer leaving a nice lace on the glass, an impressive appearance. The aroma is moderately sweet, caramel sweetness, it almost smells like there may be a small amount of some black malt and there are also elements of alcohol or wine-like aroma. Hop aroma is low, just a bit of spicy hop aroma. The beer has an initially caramel sweet taste, yet still balanced by hop bitterness. After the initial sweetness, the beer turns and finishes dry and almost wine-like, there also seems to be a bit of a metallic after taste. The carbonation is moderate with a medium body and somewhat smooth. Overall I found this beer to be decent, not the best beer from Sam Adams. It is an attractive looking beer, has a good balance, but I really do not care for the finish. I don’t know if the wine-like, metallic finish and after taste is intended by yeast strain selection or an off-flavor. The aroma advertised the taste well, but I didn’t find it overly inviting.

uwmgdman, Feb 21, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rcatalano, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of nasty15108
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SN pint glass.

A- Poured a clear amber/honey color. The Pour produced a thick head of white foam and lots of soapy lacing. Good carbonation.

S - Floral and slightly spicy. Hints of fresh fruits and malts.

T - Malty with hints of creamy butterscotch. finishes with a slightly soapy floral taste and a slight hop twang.

MF&D - Meduim bodied, crisp and refreshing. Would make a nice session ale.

nasty15108, Feb 14, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JC333, Feb 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Liverocks, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass, the beer yields a slightly off-white head about 1 finger thick that lasted the entire length of the sample. Some good lacing was left throughout the sample. The beer itself was slight ruby-red color with some signs of carbonation feeding up the glass.

Smell was hoppy upfront and some softer caramel type scents in the background. A good amount of malt in the nose as well, but not the dominant aroma.

Taste was bitter upfront but not overly hoppy. A smooth matly finish lent to a slightly heavy mouthfeel and a slight chewyness. Well balanced and each sip greated the tastes bud with a bitter bite and smooth malty finish.

Moderate on the palate with only moderate carbonation.

A very easy drinking ale and one I prefer to there Boston lager. An easy find throughout Boston and one I like to keep around.

Sycodrummer, Jul 24, 2005
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

beertardis, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Duesler
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Duesler, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of mnrider
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


mnrider, Jan 23, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

jar2574, Jun 22, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

brett606, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Metaltildeath, Dec 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

VinsanityDiesel, Aug 12, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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...

mempath, Mar 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

cwguy5, Jan 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

mobyfann, Sep 23, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

xav33, Apr 03, 2007
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

kb2250, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

CaptainIPA, Jun 22, 2008
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

muddyh2oblues, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

brokentee, Dec 10, 2011
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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