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

Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
9,203 Ratings
Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager

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

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

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Photo of theskjoung
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the BA score tells you

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, light amber colored brew waits patiently in the pint glass with decent head. The aroma is slightly toasted malt, sweetness, and a light dose of hops. Light and pleasantly carbonated, the flavors are slightly sweet, but definitely malty with a mild finish of refreshing hops. Overall a great, drinkable and classic brew.

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Photo of toronadotornado
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Westin - Dallas, TX - 12 oz. bottle

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz from the seasonal package. Haven't had one of these in a while, but it is one of those beers I can always depend on at a restaurant to be decent, if not exciting. Also a fantastic introduction beer for "good" beer from junk lagers.

Appearance: "Almost amber" lager that keeps a decent head for what it is and a nice lacing. Always looks good, a very dependable beer.

Smell: This bottle doesn't give me much, sadly. Usually pick up a nice balanced smell with malts edging everything else a tiny bit.

Taste: Always going to be the best aspect of this beer. Nice malts with a very good subtle hoppiness added. This finishes with a delicious slight spiciness that I feel like is the signature of the beer. Just a very solid, dependable beer when it comes to flavor, and still one of the best beers Samuel Adams makes.

Mouthfeel: This is probably always where Sam is going to hurt me. This is far more carbonated than it has to be in bottle form. This is usually better on draft. Body is nice medium and it goes down smooth though.

One of the most dependably decent beers you can get at a restaurant, and a beer I will always be grateful for having existed. Easy to drink a bunch, but also nice as a single. One thing though, wish they'd go back to the more regal look they had on their bottles a few years ago over this new more theatrical look.

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Photo of Dringus
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malcontent
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of those beers I've always taken for granted as "always available" & therefore never buy it when I’m beer shopping. However, recently I was fortunate to be in a situation where I needed to buy beer for a gathering & the only place open had this as the only palatable choice. Ubiquity is often a sign of marketing prowess but in rare cases (Sam Adams & Sierra Nevada) it is a testament to actual appeal & quality. Now, the review;

Pours a rich amber hue crowned by a finger of thick head. The head recedes into uniform lacing that holds up nicely for the drinks’ duration. This is a good looking brew.

There isn’t much to comment on in the nose as it is very subdued. Weak hop-scent with faint traces of spice & greenery (clover?).

The taste sports an excellent balance of well-rounded, subtle malt sweetness with the perfect level of hop assertiveness on the finish. There is little remarkable about this beer other than perfect execution of the style.

The mouthfeel is excellent combining the right body with good carbonation which, when factored in with the solid taste, makes for the quintessential session beer.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Served on tap in a big mug, beer has a nice head and retains islands of foam throughout the drinking. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Caramel malts and hops predominant; upon further inspection, grassy and floral tones detected.

T: Caramel, spice and grassy taste accented by the hops. The longer you drink the beer you start to notice a sweetness. (I actually do not care for this sweetness, but the beer still has great flavor)

M: Nice carbonation, but the body is a little weak.

D: Very drinkable beer, easy to find beer. The only thing I notice is the beer is a bit too sweet; as your mouth becomes accustomed to the hops you start to notice it more and more.

All in all, I think this is a great example of an under-produced beer style. You can find it just about everywhere, its a good beer to choose when your at a bar with somewhat meager choice of taps. It is also good beer to bring to a party and try to get your buddies into "craft".

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Photo of Dentist666
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4,7% ABV.
Poured into lager glass.
Pours slightly hazy copper beer with beige 2-finger head, nice retention.
Smell - wheat kasha, sweet, a bit caramel.
Taste - wheat kasha, caramel, spicy hops, slight water salinity.
Medium-bodied and smooth. Interesting.

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Photo of Adam_Lifts
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Chili's in Syracuse. This beer is quite for my tastes, but its good nevertheless. A nice amber color with white head. Smells of sweet malt and earthy hops. In the taste, a little more fruit comes ou in the hops, while the malt comes off as a dry caramel. A well-made beer and obviously the best choice at Chili's.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bill93063
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank God for Jom Koch! It is because of his ambition to enhance American lagers to a state above mediocrity that Samuel Adam's Boston Lager is now ubiquitous. Quite simply you can always know that you have a beer that you can drink in nearly every Pub or Restaraunt from coast to coast. This brew never disappoints. It is best drunk from spring through autumn at a temperature between 40-45 degrees F. but unlike the big 3 and many other middle of the road lagers, it still tastes excellent even when it gets closer to room temperature, a rarity among any lager or pilsner. It has a pleasant hops aroma and maltiness is predominant in the flavor rich with caramel and vanilla tones. overall a solid inexpensive lager.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Thin,frothy,white head with moderate retention and lacing.Light copper colored body,with a slight amber hue.Very nice clarity,with light carbonation.

On the nose I get sweet malt notes backed by some spicy hop characteristics.

The palate follows the nose with sweet malts up front,and spicy hops on the back end.

The body has a medium / light mouth feel,with moderate oxidation on the tongue,and a slightly dry,yet smooth finish.

This is another solid beer from Sam Adams,nothing out of this world,but a good beer.I've had it many times before this review,and will probably drink it many times after.

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Photo of Erish
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was tapped into a tall pint glass.

A: Bronze with amber, decent head retention, adequate lacing.

S: Noticeable hop aroma, also a noticeable lemon aroma that seems more pronounced from the tapper than from a bottle.

T: I was surprised how different this beer was on tap. There was more noticeable hops up front, and also much more citrus flavor, the middle featured lots of lemon, sweetness, and some herbal hops, the finish featured more hops and more lemon.

M: What I expect from a lager: smooth, relatively light, and above average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, though my curiosity usually leads me to drink other beers when they are available!

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on September 20, 2009.

A: Copper looking beer. Very clear. The head is nice with some fine bubbles and cloudy looking.

S: Caramel malts, hops (light). I would say that the hops are citrusy.

T: Similar to the sent, however, it is a better sent than taste. Taste is still good 'tho.

M: Dry and slightly bitter.

D: Easy to drink and very refreshing.

I good day-to-day beer, however very expensive here in Quebec.

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Photo of craftbrewdoctor
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a Sam Adams tapered glass.

Tastes of caramel, some citrus/hops but very smooth.

Amber in color with a white head that fades quickly.

This is my "steady Eddie" lager.

I had this on tap in the Boston area and it was a 100 rating there. In a bottle in PA not quite as smooth but still very good maybe a 90 rating.

PS. Dear Sam Adams,
Is there a difference in the water in the Boston area compared to your other US production facilities?

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Photo of Skidud313
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed by this beer. Had heard about it all the time on TV, and how they love hops, and they were right! Hops were very present and rewarding at the end of an easy "entry" if you will upon first hitting your mouth. It was more than I thought it would be, and sparked my interest in the Boston Beer Company and cemented my respect for an obviously passionate brewing company.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good lager, somewhat darker than I anticipated as it was a very deep and rich amber. The head was nothing exceptional but it is the taste that gets you and holds you there. A burning sweetness is the only way to describe this expierience. Mouthfeel and drinkability are equal to the taste in this well rounded brew.

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Photo of zach8270
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[draft at Max and Erma's - Moon Township, PA] Wonderful coppery color. Mild hoppy aroma with just the lightest hint of sweet malts underneath. Good hoppy taste that is not too overpowering and leaves just enough of an aftertaste to let you know you just drank a good lager.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an excellent American take on a Vienna lager. Nice clear, and bubbling amber appearance with typical short lasting white head that leaves a nice shadow-head after it settles out. Smells malty and bready. Taste is remarkable. Sam Adams is on the money with a great balance of sweet and bitter, with just enough hops to completely the subtlety sweet malt flavor. Finishes crisp and thirst quenching. Light-medium bodied and a great American beer.

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Photo of ranger7
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. 11/1/2013.
Poured from bottle into (appropriately) a Sam Adams laser-etched glass.

A: Clear amber. Quick-rising bubbles with a small head of white.

S: Malty with some hops, typical lager.

T: Bitter twang in front, but not overpowering. Balance in back. Good.

M: Some fizz on the tongue. Crisp and drinkable.

Overall: Trying to be objective, since I've had this staple lager many times. It's good, but not necessarily great.

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Photo of S7R4nG3
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer, all of its features seemed very solid in their respective manners.

Boston Lager pours to a dark amber color with a slight head that dissipates slowly. The beer smells of rich hops with a slight bit of grain and a touch of sweetness to balance it out. Taste and mouthfeel have very solid characteristics, bitter but not too much, smooth but not thick.

A very solid beer in my opinion, definitely give it a try.

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Photo of Alexander_Brittain
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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