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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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Photo of nullforge
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color with a foamy white head that collapses to a thin cover that retains well. The head has some lacing with a respectable stickiness to it. The nose contains gently toasted caramel malt and floral hops. A very sweet and inviting aroma. The taste offers sweet malt with some caramel notes. This is well balanced by a hop bitterness that is both floral and spicy. The body is medium-light. The strong carbonation creates a smooth, slightly silky mouthfeel.

This is a great every day beer. Its simple enough to be inoffensive, with just enough malt and hops to keep it interesting.

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

Re-writing a very old review of a go-to session brew when all else fails, often overlooked.

A: Pours a dark golden color, clear, with a 2 inch head that dissipates at a moderate rate.

S: Lots of grain with a fairly pronounced nuttiness and caramel. Floral noble hops with a slight spiciness.

T: Malt forward for sure with somewhat sweet caramel malt, the spiciness from both spices added, the grains, and a little character from the hops. The hops are mostly floral, though not as strong as it could be. A little more malt forward and sweet than most lagers (as well as spicy), though I think it works really well. Slight to moderate bitterness on the end from the hops (takes on a slight leafy quality).

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent amount of lingering bitterness on the back of the palate, though it's fairly well balanced with the malt base and sweetness.

O: A fairly often overlooked beer for me and most, but one that I do come back to and something that I would never feel bad having as a staple in my fridge. Solid at worst, it definitely deserves respect not just for what it has done for the beer revival in the US but for still being a great beer.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice deep copper color, with a slight red burnt orange hue. Solid 2 fingers of slightly off white creamy head, settles down to a nice 1/2 finger cap on the beer, stays throughout. Decent scattered lacing down the glass.

S- Light caramel malt, mild but noticeable hop aroma, floral, light citrus.

T- Crisp and clean, nice malt up front, which notes as light caramel and honey, settles perfectly balanced with a clean hop bitterness, with just a slight lingering bite.

M- Nice balance, crisp carbonation delivers flavor profile nicely.

D- A great every day beer, very drinkable, clean, right on style, solid backbone, sold character. Nice beer.

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Photo of bozebus17
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yup, another Boston Lager review.

Pours a deep amber orange with a thin but stubborn head. There is significant lacing inside the glass.

Smells very nice with a floral hops aroma. That is all that really stands out to me.

Taste: I'm hit with a very slight bitterness from the hops that is immediately cancelled out by carmel-like malt. The light/medium bodied lager leaves a bit of tingling on my tongue. It has a very crisp and clean taste to it.

This beer goes does easy and makes a great session brew. I have to say that this beer is kind of a sentimental favorite. It was the first beer that got me into better beers. My taste buds have grown but I still enjoy a Sams from time to time. It is an excellant beer to have if you just want to kick back and relax after a hard day. It isn't a complex beer that you have to pay a lot of attention too but it can also be pretty damn tasty. It's also a good BBQ beer.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Really nice color, a true amber hue, has a smell white head and leaves some decent lace.

S: Nice caramely malts with just a touch of hops.

T: Malty backbone, but not too sweet. Good hops come through in the middle and last through the finish. I've had this beer often, but its kind of hard to describe the flavor for me, but the hop profile is better than I remember.

M: Nice and crisp.

D: Perfect beer, pizza, and football combo, easily replaced BMC as my go to lager the first time I had it. It helps that its just as easy to drink.

Notes: Most of us have had this and we know if we like it or not. I do. A standard for sunday football.

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Photo of CNeilP09
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only reason anyone would dislike this beer is if they suffered from a glass-jawed toothache and a mental disease.

The middle of the spectrum of beer.

Typical coppery beer color.

Smells of cheap handbags and your grandma's hall closet. Not a bad thing, mind you, just a homey presence that blends into the girth of the beer.

The all American lager. Bud is the king, but Sammy Adams' Lager is the Monarch. Or something. Perfectly balanced in the grain bill and sweet seductive to the point of over exertion. Bill Walton would give a better description.

Drinks like a champ, because it is a champ.

Light and crisp, flavorful and robust for the style. you could drink this beer for hours, if needed.


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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. I've had this beer many many times, but here's my first review.
A: Lovely amber colored brew with a sizable frothy white head.
S: Pleasant blend of semisweet caramel malts and clean, slightly bitter hops.
T: Much like the taste, a satisfying blend of malts and hops. A lingering sweetness leaves me wanting more, too.
M: Nice, manages to combine malty, bitter and sweet tastes/feels without overdoing any of the three.
D: A big selling point of this beer. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of DJED69
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so this brew is a dead classic. I believe I had my first SA in 1988-89? It was a revelation then. This is still a solid, well crafted beer. In a work of craft brews that has exploded in the past many years, SA still distinguishes itself. Number one asset---excellent drinkability with full flavor. Good malt and hop presence with a touch of biscuity yeast. Nice creamy head and mild carbonation. Really a delightful beer. Pairs very well with food. Sometimes it's nice to revisit the classics. SA lives up to it's deserved reputation.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

here in the boston area, this is pretty standard, and most of us have been drinking it since our, ahem... "younger" days.

back when i didn't appreciate beer as much, i soon tired of it since it was always around. now is the first time i to come back and review it for what it is: a pretty decent lager, and which i now realize is classified as "vienna" in style.

pours a nice light amber. nice off-white head, leaves behind decent lacing.

there is a floral hop aroma, maybe a hint of hay or grassiness. sweet caramelized malt note is detectable too.

the carbonation immediately brings forth the hop profile, somewhat spicy, prominent bitterness. finishes with carmelized maltiness and slight yeasty/bread character. clean, mildly bitter aftertaste.

a bit thinner than i remembered from days past. also not as "smooth" as other lagers, both macro and micro.

still, it's an easy-drinking classic, and for better or worse, a constant symbol of pride for new england.

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Photo of sv8692
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of darkbeerlover89
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep brown caramel nut appearance. Pour into a glass a got a good frothy head with some lacing on the side.

S- Picked up some sweet notes of caramel but also some bitter spice.

T- Taste follows the smell to me, sweet when hitting your mouth but then it mellows out with a hint of bitterness in the background with out that bad after taste. Perfect balance.

MF- In between thick and creamy. I love the mouth feel of a Boston lager.

Overall- This is the original, hell what can I say. Always my go to beer and will drink it anytime.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikey440
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FanofHefe
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12 oz. Bottle into a beer mug. Not ideal but worked

A: clear amber pour with nice head. Very little lacing.

S: some minor citrus notes with a hint of malt.

T: nice! Very smooth and not too much carbonation. Slight hop biiterness but primarily a solid malty flavor.

M: again, solid flavor that doesn't overpower.

D: continues to be on of my favorite pairings with almost any food, especially steaks/burgers. Doesn't overpower the meal but compliments it nicely. As many have said and I agree, great "gateway" beer to craft because it's just a solid offering.

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Photo of jxc5
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fusion7777
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old reliable. The gateway beer of all gateway beers. A kind welcome to the world of better beer. Smooth, simple, and refined, an unpretentious lager that makes for an excellent nostalgic session beer. Caramel malts and sweetness with a modest hop presence. Crisp, refreshing, and good for almost any situation.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jjmj51
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcjones82
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go to beer when at a restaurant or bar. I'm a big fan of Vienna style, amber lagers, and this is one of the better ones out there. This review is of a 12 oz. bottle from my fridge.

L- Golden amber color, over a finger of off-white creamy head. Nice lacing on tulip style beer glass.
S- Caramel, malt, roasted nut, hops. Very fulfilling amber lager smell.
T- Very hop forward for this style. Caramel malt flavor, roasted bitterness. Finishes very nice and refreshing.
F- Full mouth feel, heavy style lager. You definitely know your drinking a full bodied beer.
O- I'm a little biased towards this beer, I do buy it often. If I had any negatives about it, it would be that it's heavy, maybe too bitter sometimes. If you love light beers or adjunct lagers, you will probably hate this. This maybe a little too much for someone new to beer to start out on, but it should be tried by everyone at least once. Very nice beer! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For this review I will pour a little into a taster, and sip the rest from the can. I will provide a side by side comparison of the two drinking experiences except when it comes to appearance, as the can is not see through… From the can the beer pours a crystal clear, amber-orange color with a beautiful head of creamy, medium sized bubbles. The head leaves a lacing of sticky thin lacing that leaves spider webs on the glass. From the glass, the beer graces the nose with a clean, crisp, fresh cut grassy smell with a light biscuit smell wafting beneath the grass and giving a warmth to the nose. From the can, the smell is slightly intensified to provide slight citrusy notes with the grassy hops, alongside slight hints of wet dog and metallic can though those might just be me. The glass has the better smell. From the glass, the beer tastes cleanly bitter with a warming bready sweetness that balances out the beer. Acids are very light in the mouth, only providing a slight wetting to the tongue. From the can the beer tastes slightly sweeter, mellowing the bitters into a more manageable taste. In flavor from the glass the beer begins as medicinal bitters, but quickly blooms into wet, bitter grass with a warm backed biscuit dough and a touch of caramel. The beer finishes grassy bitter with a touch of lemon citrus. The aftertaste is very light with bitter grass. From the can, the taste carries some slight citric lemon from the start, mellowing out the grassy bitters and bringing the caramel malt more onto the palate. Doing this review, I am a little surprised that I am liking the can more than the glass. On the mouth, in the glass, the beer feels on the heavy side of light with a heavier carbonation of fluffy bubbles that blanket the tongue nicely and provide a slight scrub. From the can, the carbonation scrubs the tongue slightly more, perhaps due to the smaller hole. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly damp with saliva. Overall, this beer is quite similar from the can and the glass, which is surprising since I have had several of the cans now, and actually thought it tasted a little different… That being said, this is a terrific simple lager with light complexities that make it interesting, while at the same time inviting you to drink more and more. Boston Lager is nearly sessionable, and is a great lawnmower beer in my mind. A true classic.

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Photo of Orsi550
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tundruth
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is amber in color and is topped with a light tan head. Leaves a nice lacing as it goes down in the glass.
Smell is varied and interesting, a mix of floral hops and earthy scents prevail.
The taste follows the smell,I definitely pick up on some biscuit malt used and a nice mixture of spices. The body supports the flavor profile outstandingly and makes this a great beer all around, in my opinion.
Very drinkable beer all things considered. Not a light bodied beer or one of those "lagers" with so little flavor its like drinking carbonated beer flavored water. But for what it is, it is excellent.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (freshest before Jan. 2012) into a pint. Pours out a light amber, small head with next to no lace.

Smells like caramel, floral hops and something spicy in the finish.

Very nice sweet caramel start on the taste, not overwhelming. Lemon rind and floral hops follow, a slight spice in the finish. Nice medium lager body.

Did someone say session brew. Here it is. Easy to drink, but not lacking in taste.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cooper color, high carbonation, and quarter inch head. Has malty aromas similar to a amber ale and slightly hoppy. Goes down a tad bitter and dry. Tastes a lot like an amber ale. Overall a really good beer for the style.

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