Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Style:
Lager - Vienna
Ranked #28
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,345
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.83%
Reviews:
2,854
Ratings:
9,814
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  2,904
SCORE
85
Very Good
Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
Notes: Four Ingredients. Painstakingly Chosen. Every year, we travel to Bavaria to hand-select Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops, and the high American plains for the finest two-row summer barley. We cultivate our own lager yeast and I personally sample every batch. All our hard work goes into brewing this distinctly flavorful and complex beer for you. Cheers!
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BroBobby70 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into Imperial pint glass
Look: Light copper, 1 1/2 creamy head, heavily carbonated,
Smell: Malty and toasty, a little sweetness, no skunk,
Taste: Medium bitterness, heavier on malt, some complexity
Feel: A real tongue tingler, flavor stays after swallowing, dry finish
Overall: A nice representation of the style. Not my favorite style, but solid. Grab it if you want the feel of an adjunct lager but you need more flavor in your beer.
Pair with grilled meats, mild cheddar or a havarti.

Sep 27, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single bottle from Kroger for $1.67. Poured into a pils glass.

L - Dark copper and clear, with a two-finger sudsy cream head.
S - Sweet crackers and caramel. Maybe a bit of citron.
T - Spicy citrus leads into a tasty breadiness and some nice peppery notes. Floral and earthy notes. Slightly bitter citrus finish. Very well-balanced. Caramel and honey throughout.
F - Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation. Very smooth. Extremely drinkable. Chewy on the finish.
O - I've had this many times, and I'm pleased to review it for once! A surprisingly complex and extremely well-balanced lager. Malt-forward at the start, and hoppy through to the end. Fantastic bang-for-the-buck. Will purchase again, and I highly recommend this! A great beer that you can't really go wrong with that appears at nearly every store or gas station you go to.

Sep 24, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as lagers go, this is a standard reference for me. Slightly sweet, hoppy, decent carbonation. Nothing really standing out but it all works good. For a macro brew, this is hard to beat. Excellent with any food.

Sep 19, 2021
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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

When this beer was making its way around the market I wanted to try it. Being a Philly Native and before Tom Brady era and before well the whole Boston losing to Flyers in game 7 in 2010, and before the 2003 incident, there was a humble brewery in Boston that wanted to shake the world up by making a beer and telling people, "this is the beer you want when you grow up a little" implying that older 27 to 49 year olds were drinking this like a SIR! This beer f!cking blows ass! They use so much hops it ruins the beer. They even showed you on TV how much hops they used and made fun of other breweries for making their beers with little hops. Newsflash! TOO much hops = TOO MUCH ALPHA ACIDS and your beer now tastes like a godawful run of the mill IPA.

Sep 18, 2021
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markarizmendi from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Started me on the path to craft beer, at Faneuil Hall, about 35 years ago. I tend to forget this beer, but on a beautful fall Saturday, watching football with a burger, there could be nothing better. Cheers.

Sep 07, 2021
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Olesjm from Kansas

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: brown rather than amber or copper in color.
S: malty and smooth. Maybe a little dark fruit or raisin.
T: lightly roasty and toasty with enough hops to balance out the malt sweetness but not make it bitter.
M: medium with light/moderate carbonation but with a sharpness from something else.
O: this is my go to traveling beer if i don't want to experiment. Much better than the other options like bud, coors, and miller.

Aug 31, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown with a small head.

Smells and tastes of lightly toasted malt with some tastes of raisins.

Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth mouth feel.

Richer tasting and a nice alternative to most lagers.

Aug 27, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In lieu of certain recent news, it was time to support the stalwart and review it. A brown twelve ounce bottle has been emptied into a clear pint glass. It's a beautiful bright, shiny and somewhat translucent copper-amber. The head was white and just about perfect for the force of the pour. Much of it endures. This time, a refrigerated beer is being reviewed by me. There's a very pleasant malt-hop combination to smell and it likely would be enhanced were the serving closer to room temperature. The taste is malty without being overly sweet and balanced by some earthy hoppiness. The glass lacing completes a very pretty visual. This drinks so much smoother than any adjunct lager it sometimes gets blamed to be among. Taste is a subjective thing, but it astounds that there are advocates that truly believe Budweiser and the others make a superior lager. Perhaps because with a full malt body and an obvious hop finish, this drinks closer to an ale than a lager. There are good ales lighter in body and taste than this. So, if the heaviness here isn't a lager lover's tea party, it's understandable.

Aug 02, 2021
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass on July 24, 2021. There was an "Enjoy Before" date of October 2021 on the bottle.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance of sweet malts and hops bitterness in the aroma. These aromas balance the malt and hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, malts, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex lager, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a little pepper edge to the flavor. Nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a light body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex lager. I would buy and drink this again.

Jul 24, 2021
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Killgora

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. You really can't go wrong with a Sam Adams Boston Lager. It's about as hoppy of a beer I like without being bitter as all can get, yet still taste refreshing and easy to drink. If someone tells you Americans don't know how to make good beer tell them to stop drinking most of the cheap stuff made here and to pick up a Sams Boston Lager. Blows a Bud Lite or similar beer to smithereens.

Jun 07, 2021
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a solid classic. Had a nice tan head, bready malt aroma. Was light, sweet with hints of caramel. There is a good bitterness in the finish. Still a good beer after all these years.

May 16, 2021
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Deaconmark from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some beer snobs give this beer the ordinary nothing outstanding. However poured into glass from bottle. Dense head not huge but says. Wonder color clear and just right. The beer is complex really with real balance. If you have drank this over the years it might seem nothing special. Again the more I drink it the better I like it. Malt with just right mix of hoppy character. For a 5% by volume one of the best beers for feel and taste. Really an American original in every way.

Apr 09, 2021
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kylecochran02 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale copper lager. As far as nationally available beers this one is pretty solid. Fairly complex with hints of bread. I enjoy this several times a year. While it won’t wow you it’s readily available and a decent pour.

Apr 09, 2021
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BuckyNBeer from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boston Lager pours a light copper hue with a nice white head and a good amount of carbonation. The aroma doesn't have a whole lot going on though. It reminds me faintly of bread with a bit of sweetness. The flavor is better however. The bread really starts to come out while being a bit sweet and having hints of caramel. The finish has a decent amount of bitterness but it isn't terribly dry. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Mar 29, 2021
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Aeryxium from Canada (ON)

4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight from the fridge and into a clear mug, the first thing I noticed is relatively small bubbles in the healthy head. Fairly strong carbonation generates a good amount of fine bubbles in the pale amber liquid. It looks crisp and clear with decent head retention. Overall strong score right off the bat.

Aroma: Malt and caramel dominate on the nose, with an undertone of honey and citrus. Very appealing, can’t wait to dive in.

Taste: Malt and honey hit me first, then the caramel flavours start to move in and the citrus really comes through in the finish. A slight bitter aftertaste in a very pleasing way with the citrus and honey flavours lingering. Fairly well balanced and slightly sweet, but as the IBU indicates, on the strong side for a lager, which I really enjoy and find crisp and refreshing. Excellent and not overpowering; a new favourite.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a moderately lingering aftertaste. This is the one category where I find this beer to be fairly average; I prefer a but more carbonation and a bit more on the back end.

Overall: This is one of my new favourite beers. I’ll certainly be adding it to my regular rotation and keeping some in the fridge going forward. I like the simple, crisp feeling and the balanced honey and caramel flavours, and it’s got an great amount of bitterness for any occasion.

Mar 06, 2021
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Billet from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great example of a solid "every day" beer to always have in the fridge. It is enjoyable and very well balanced. It has that elusive mix of enough flavor without being too much. It is priced fairly and is very consistent. A high quality beer!

Feb 28, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours an amber/copper color with a thin off-white head.
S: Nice malty aroma, caramel, bready.
T: Taste certainly follows the nose, has a very nice subtle hop bitterness on the finish that balances out perfectly with the sweeter malts.
F: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly syrupy.
O: A classic that is actually worth enjoying. Cheers!

Feb 27, 2021
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TedHead from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent deep caramel color with a white head that goes away after about a minute. It has sweet biscuity and caramel malt smells up front with hints of toffee and slightly spicy floral hops on the finish. The taste has a slightly sweet and semi toffee like biscuits taste that blends smoothly into a slightly dry and bitter and hoppy taste. It goes down incredibly smoothly and I could drink this pretty much all day. Overall one of the best price to quality ratio beers I've had.

Feb 26, 2021
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MemphisSooner from Tennessee

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have been drinking craft beer for 20 years now, and this beer never disappoints. For what it is, it is exceptional. Sure, there are other brews out there that knock your socks off in a significant way, but do not miss the excellence of this pioneer. It is a really, really good beer.

Jan 29, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeah, like a frat boy dressed up like a dork, this one is a dandy. And that’s about it. It’s good for what ails yeah, ya feel me? Raul has chugged a bunch of these mighty hard back in the day when tumble weeds were roaming the earth; and yet here we are, 2021, life in chaos... but right now while I sip this beverage, things are ok. Not perfection. (Not that I was looking for it), but things are just ok.

Yep!

Jan 25, 2021
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Gordono from Nevada

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the granddaddy’s of the American craft beer movement, Boston lager is a great example of an American craft lager. Nearly perfect, it’s hard to find any faults with this beer. Smooth, full flavored with a slightly bittersweet caramel flavor. One of my favorite, go to beers.

Jan 01, 2021
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Super light copper. Fat ass hockey puck of spongey shit on top.
Smell: Flowers and honey.
Taste: Yeah that's buttersctoch.
Feel: Pretty good.
Overall: For choosey drunks.

Dec 21, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Remastered" version. "Enjoy before" date of March 2021.

Lightly hazy orange-amber, with moderate pale tan head.

Smells of light caramel , with faint mixed citrus and spiciness.

Some light floral/fruitiness(halfway? between Pils & helles) , with some of the caramelly malt flavors show through, though less than "regular" SABL, finishing with some noble hop spiciness and touch of the malt . A light drying bitterness lingers awhile after finish. In the grapefruit pith vein, but less noticeably so , than when it is warm.

Feel is light-medium, with slight syrupy slickness, and moderate very fine carbonation bite.

Overall, I'm still on the fence as to which version of SABL I like better, but I do like this. It's just different : a bit hoppier, and less noticeable caramel maltiness. The last few "regular" SABLs I had were draft, with dinner, at restaurants (Remember THAT? ;) ) , so maybe that would tilt it towards this, in a bottle-to-bottle comparison? ???

ps : My initial impression , on the first one (below) . Short version : drink them cold/coldish.
[Got side-tracked , & the first one warmed up to 50F? A bit strange . A slightly sour, fruity flavor , somewhere between mixed citrus & dried cherry .That, + a bitter grapefruit pith sensation is lingering at the back of the palate, several minutes afterward.Did get some caramel malt flavor peeking through on the latter half of the glass ]

Dec 12, 2020
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AndrewJRicks from Ohio

5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first one is ALWAYS fantastic and just has that distinct Sam flavor and bite. Sorry, this brew truly merits a five. The marketing does well to use the images and colors, and its fullness and aftertaste can easily please both the sophisticated drinker and the guy/gal that is a "tried and true" brand person. I usually don't have more than three so as to enjoy it more fully.

Dec 02, 2020
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PJBScript from California

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful, tasty and clearly well-made brew. A bit maltier than I prefer, but it's so well balanced, with Hallertau hops, which were present throughout the sip, that it hardly mattered. And, it's an all-barley beer with a great mouthfeel, especially coming off ubiquitous watery AALs.

Straight-up deliciousness, this is a beer where one will not do.

Nov 12, 2020
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 9814 ratings