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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden-amber, off white foamy/creamy head, great clarity

Aroma: toasted almonds/marshmallow, slight fruitiness, floral noble hop character

Taste: Toast bread and slight sweet fruitiness to the malt character, finish with balanced floral hop and well rounded taste;

Mouthfeel: lagery crispness with medium body; little bit of snap to it; medium carbonation

Overall impression: Great, easy-drinking, flavorful lager that could be happily consumed daily or in session. Toasted bread and floral Tettnang hop flavor dominate to bring a well balanced and rounded flavor to the palate.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very clear copper color with a nice, slightly off-white head.

Smell - Sweet malts with caramel and some floral hops.

Taste - Nice floral hop presence to balance the caramel malts. Nothing too complex here but it's very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean with modest carbonation. Never overstays it's welcome but lingers long enough to be known.

Drinkablilty - I can drink a lot of these. I mostly partake at bars when I want something I don't want to think too much about, but still is very well rounded.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Boston Lager, a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of june 2008. Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy light head that has decent retention. There is some nice webbing on the glass as you drink.

The smell is initially of hops but then moves into sweet and caramel malts. Light floral aromas follow up.

Taste is balanced but slightly more malty then hoppy. It is sweet malt flavor with a slight astringent aftertaste from the hops. Its not a big hop finish but a pleasant bite and citrus note that is more apparent in the aftertaste.

Great mouthfeel, there is a nice carbonation to this beer that makes it clean and sharp. There is nothing else getting in the way of the brew's flavors. An excellent anytime beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear coppery amber. The head is somewhat thick with decent retention that leaves less lacing than I got on tap.
Still pleasantly straightforward: hops and malt with the characteristic hint of caramel. Clean and simple. Nothing different detected out of the bottle.
The taste is equally straightforward with a bit more of a roasted grains character.
Body is light to medium, crisp and clean. Carbonation is light.
Very drinkable and a great option for a session beer.

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Great beer. I can review it but everyone else has and we all know it is consistent and good tasting and a solid go to if you don't have any other options!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a 12 ounce bottle at 42º with a notched best by date on the label. The pour produced a huge, white, foamy head in the .51 liter glass which left quite a bit of lacing as it disappeared. A crystal clear, burnt orange and gold color filled the glass.

The hops were quite evident with a pine tree seeming to be in there somewhere.

The taste was balanced with the hops not asserting too much over the slight sweetness of the malt. Did not detect the roasted malt I was expecting.

This was a mouthful to swallow and brought back thoughts of my first experiences with this beer. I could not believe this was what a lager was supposed to taste and feel like when I was used to the mass produced efforts. This goes down smooth.

My first real memory of a beer that was brewed for all the right reasons. This has led me to try many different beers and ales (just joking). Although I had tried the Pilsner Urquell, Heineken, and other beers over the years (and I regret that I do not remember if any of them were ales), the marketing and smaller brewery explosion thankfully brought this to my attention.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,229 ratings
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