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

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3.74/5
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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our original beer is full-flavored with a balance of malty sweetness contrasted by hop spiciness and a smooth finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,420
Reviews:
2,747
Ratings:
9,415
pDev:
13.9%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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202
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Photo of akme223
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in mug, pours an amber color, can clearly see through beer. Head dissipates but leaves a ring of lace. Decent lacing on glass while drinking.

Breaddy smell mainly, picking up hint of spice.

Malty and sweet on the front, get some caramel taste but then that bit of herbal spice at the end.

It’s very well balanced, perfect amount of hops to offset the caramel. Easy drinking.

Overall it’s a very solid beer. Like most, one of the beers that got me away from macros into craft brews. It’s a very enjoyable beer that fits in the middle ground that can stay in the fridge and be enjoyed by macro and craft drinkers alike.

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Photo of mehak
1.91/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Mandpasbury
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thia was a beer that many, many years ago got me on thr craft beer road. I decided to revisit it and here is what I "found": pours golden amber color with a big bready aroma. Dark, malty flavor with no bitterness at all. Coats my plate well, somewhat heavy...but not too heavy. I find that I could still sit and have a few of these now and again. It is still a refreshing, clean and easy drinking beer...even though my tastes have migrated to the "hoppy side" of the spectrum.

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Photo of BeerDrinker2020
1.06/5  rDev -71.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Not worth the money. They have lost their touch. Poor quality.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ncdmz
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly hoppy and refreshing. Distinctive taste. For a widely sold beer this is one that has never disappointed me.

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Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PMakowski
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz Pint Can poured into a glass.
Look - It's refreshing to buy a commercial beer that has rich amber color instead of the usual straw colored lagers
Head is decent and lingers with good lacing. Only moderate carbonation.
Smell - First thing i get is some spice, some fruit. Also getting almost a belgian-like yeast, and hint of hops. Smells like freshly brewed which is why Sam Adams got the "craft beer" label in the first place, certainly not typical mass-beer.
Taste - it does taste like a belgian beer but it doesn't dominate the palate. Also getting some sweet tropical flavors, a bitter wave of hops that i personally really enjoy, finishes with malt. Really easy to drink, not a light beer by any means but not egregiously filling. Carbonation is below average which is nice, less burping than an average beer.
This isn't my favorite beer style but this is a very solid beer that i buy at least yearly.
I give a grade of A-

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Photo of ben_tries_brews
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The definition of innocuous mediocrity. Nothing at all remarkable here, tastes and feels slightly watery, better than a budweiser if you just want a lager that you can get anywhere that sells beer.

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Photo of ThePold
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckyNBeer
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the original forays for craft beer in the US and it is one of the first craft beers I ever had.

Boston Lager pours a golden amber hue with a one fingered white head. There is a fantastic amount of lacing after a few minutes.

The aroma is sweet like caramel and there are some bread like notes as well.

The flavor starts out sweet with the caramel and then progresses to a bread like quality. All the while there is a spiced bitterness from the hops. The bitterness is subtle though. The first time I tried this I could not understand why it was so bitter. The finish is both sweet and slightly bitter which is enjoyable.

Overall this is a very good beer and it deserves its legendary status.

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Photo of uncleotis
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bshaw22
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great lager. Could drink these a lot. Balanced beer overall with just enough kiss of hops. Has a nice sweet malty backbone. Will always remember this as a good gateway beer.

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Photo of Jonesy76
4.74/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of beerfam205
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andyman22
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaten454
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 12ozfan
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jprudhomme7
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alexc11
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lager that pours a golden colour with a hint of orange accompanied with a thin lace that kept throughout the drinking session - roughly 15 minutes. Light carbonation, muted bitterness. I felt any aromas present were hard to detect but from what I gather it was sweet - perhaps more banana than citrus - and pleasant. More malt than hop. Anyway, good overall crisp tasting beer.

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Photo of theHopGoblin
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Doc1
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,415 ratings