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

L: Light amber in color, a relatively small white head which persists well into the beer, leaving a nice amount of lacing.
S: Floral and a little spiciness from the hops, caramel sweetness
T: Follows the smell for the most part. Floral/spicy hops provide an excellent balance to a caramel malt sweetness. Has a bready/doughy finish.
F: Light to light-medium body, carbonation is lively but not overdone.
O: A very well balanced lager, that may as well be considered a classic now. I've noticed that I much prefer to let this beer warm a bit, as it allows the malt sweetness to open up more, balancing the brew. I found when very cold, this beer can be a little overly floral and bitter.

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Photo of zimm421
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint glass. Appears a nice amber to copper color with an average white head that leaves good lacing.

Smells of sweetness and a small amount of bitterness, but the smell is very weak. The taste starts out sweet from the malts and finishes bitter, which sticks around for a good amount of time.

The mouthfeel is full of carbonation, and isn't overly thick. This goes down fairly easy, and is something that goes well with fairly any kind of food. Something that is great to go to when you're out, as it's not too high priced, but something that is so much better than any BMC could ever offer.

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

A- Pours a nice gold color with bright yellow hues. It is totally transparent. Head is 3 fingers of HUGE white head after and agressive pour. There is some lacing left all the way down the glass. Very nice.

S- Smells of wheat, grass, and some light hoppy scents.

T- Tastes follow very, very closely to the nose with the same wheat, grass, and mellow hops. I can also taste an almost honey-like malt in there.

M- Carbonation is mid to high and the mouthfeel is thin.

D- Very good aspect. This would make a great session beer.

Overall- This is a little above average and more than what I expected. This would be the perfect gateway beer for BMC drinkers and would also be a perfect session beer for tailgating or partying.

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

I'm not much of a lager drinker since joining BA, but I could come back to this brew again and again.

It poured a transparent, light amber hue with a foamy, two-finger head atop. The head had great retention and a creamy ring remained for most of the time it took me to drink this beer.

The smell was subtle, grassy hops complemented by a slight whiff of sweet caramel. The malty sweetness dominates before giving way to a crisp, dry hop finish. Lively carbonation and medium-bodied.

This isn't widely available where I live, but I could definitely put back a bunch if I was in a place where it's on tap.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Nice sized off-white head and a amber colored clear body.

Taste: This beer is really well-hopped. Pine and some citrus from the hops. Thin caramel maltiness.

Really drinkable. I could easily knock back a sixer of this.

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

Appearance: Caramel brown w/med. head.
Smell: sour and hops
Taste: dark bitter caramel with crisp hoppiness
Mouthfeel: slightly sticky, med. thickness, clean
I could drink a good amount of these and still really enjoy them. It's a beer that's everywhere I'm more than proud to drink!

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

A: Amber color with a 1 finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing around.

S: Bready, toasty malts.

T: Nice bready malts with a touch of apple juice sort of flavor. Caramel malts are there too. Bit of hops back there to balance the malts. This is a more delicate sort of style, and Sam Adams does well.

M: Lighter body as per the style, but with a nice carbonation kick to keep it lively.

D: This is kind of the definition of a session beer, so high marks here.

Not the first beer I reach for, as I generally prefer something thicker. That said, it's nice for the style.

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Photo of devilben02
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a warm yellow-amber color and a thick, sticky, foamy head. The aroma has a nice earthy, herbal hop presence over a biscuity base. The flavor is likewise hop-forward, but still reasonable balanced by a robust malt backbone. The mouthfeel is noticeably resinous, but a nice amount of carbonation helps it go down easy.

Overall, the Boston Lager isn't going to blow anyone away with its potency or uniqueness, but it is truly a great beer. You forget how good it is simply because it is so widely distributed, but I will never be disappointed seeing it on the drink menu at a restaurant.

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Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sparkling amber hue with a two finger frothy head. Good retention and lacing.

The smell was malty sweet with a hint of citrusy hop character.

The taste started sweet, with a strong malt and toasted grain flavor. The beer finished dry, with a citrusy, flowery bitterness. A nice biscuity aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel was full and well carbonated.

An extremely drinkable lager beer with just enough flavor to keep it interesting. A staple beer.

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Photo of Irish57
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

This beer came a very clear golden brown with a creamy, slightly tan, dry head that left a little lacing around the top few inches of the glass. Smelled like sour skunky corn chips with a hint of lime and a tiny bit of dryness. Tasted of smooth non-aggressive lager sourness, with some good wheat and oat flavors along with an apple and raspberry sweetness. This beer finished with a crisp hop dryness. The mouth feel was thick with playful small bubble carbonation. This beer is fantastically drinkable as its flavors are very subdued, and well done at the same time. Also, the mouth feel makes this a very easy beer to drink.

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

Sampled at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts. Pours a clear golden yellow. One inch thick head and good retention in the provided sample glass. A very good lager, especially when compared with other American Macrobrews. excellent drinkability.

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

Appearance: : It has a nice amber/golden and cloudy colour to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down moderatly and also has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of hops, sweet malts with caramely and fruity notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweetness coming from the malts but ending with more of a bitterness from the hops. You can also taste hints of caramel with a slight fruitiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice balance of hops and malts.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall great lager.

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

Appearance: A nice amber, golden highlights, a slightly off-white sudsy head, hangs around, about a half inch.

Smell: Grainy and rich, nice grassy hops.

Taste: Taste is lightly sweet malt, crisp and clean, finishes with a solid hop dose, hops linger.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied, finishes juicy and smooth.

Drinkability: A tasty lager, very drinkable and clean. No off flavors, or nasty steely macro lager garbage.

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

Ok second contender in the popular lager division..the Champ ( in some peoples minds).
MM funny they no longer have Sam Adams the patriot on the label..i think its a bad move now the label looks pretty ugly..hope they havent messed with the beer too for popularity.
For a lager this beer has one terrific appearance darker than most non-dark lagers..almost like a copper ale..a small but dense slighly off white head that lingers long..very good so far
Smell also id quite good for a lager..i can smell that hop aroma pretty well..and its good and fresh.
MM great malty tatse but with a solid real hop bite at the end superb stuff.
Very good in the mouth not cloying at all.
An exceptionally drinkable lager indeed.
NOTES i tatses this years ago and havent been bvack dont know why this is a great lager..well Im not the only one it got a Gold medal in England in 2002..says so under the cap..but pleeeze put Old Sam back on the label..pleeeeze

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

I believe this is the best American marcobrew Lager I have ever had. It certainly is much better than lagers such as budweiser, michelob, keystone, etc. I don't think that anyone can argue that by now Sam Adams isn't a macrobrew company. Poured into a tumbler. Color is a nice, deep medium amber gold with a very slight of orange tint as well. Mine had a nice and tall white head about an inch thick that lasted for about 5 minutes when I poured it before starting to disappear. It eventually settled to about 1/4 of an inch. Very nice lacing too. The smell is nothing special, some hops, malts and maybe vegetables. The taste upfront is malty, a bit sweet, followed by some moderate hop notes. Has a crisp and smooth mouthfeel with moderatecarbonation. This beer goes down quite easy and is very drinkable. All in all a good beer, but nothing super fantastic.


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light-to-medium amber color with gold streaks. A good, white head with plenty of lacing.

S: Fairly sweet with some hops coming in.

T: Malty sweetness with some caramel flavors and a European hop profile.

M: Light-to-medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: Highly sessionable. A great all-around brew that always works when you need something quick. Usually the best brew every grocery store carries.

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

Aroma has some good metallic, citric hoppiness to it...biscuit hiding underneath.

Taste has a body of a pretty good hoppiness for style...a bit citric and floral. A small undercurrent of biscuit is present as well but well hidden. This goes to a finish that has a good, crisp finish to it from the hops....with a rather obvious fresh grain aftertaste lingering for a while.

It's a classic in American craft beer....and while it isn't the most complex beer in the world, it's pretty tasty and drinkable. Could be a good "go to" beer for people.

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Photo of berley31
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, off-white head that diminished to 1/2-finger eventually. Body is dark amber and very clear.

S: Malty sweet aroma, with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

T: Very refreshing flavor, with the malt in the forefront, and the hops coming through in the finish for a very nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable... it's obvious why this is SA's flagship beer. I can't see anyone not enjoying this one.

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Photo of Spider889
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid beer, and while I never seek it out, it does hold the distinction of being one of the beers that originally got me into craft. If there's only BMC and this at the bar, I'll happily drink this if I'm in the mood for a beer.

Nice light amber color with good carbonation. Tastes light and decently hopped for a lager.

Very drinkable, the only thing keeping it from being a 5 for me is the fact that I get tired of it fairly quickly and start seeking out something with more flavor/complexity. For what it is this is a great beer.

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

Beer is a very clear amber-orange color. About three fingers of off-white head, good retention and excellent lacing. Smells are mostly of hops, a little earthy and floral. Taste is of hops, a bit of bitterness finishes it off, but it's not overwhelming in the least. Mouthfeel is a little watered down, but very crisp and clean at the same time. Overall, very drinkable and an excellent standby beer. Pairs perfectly with a fishing excursion or warm summer night.

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Photo of ironmark666
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a nice golden, amber body with about a one finger head that is white and fluffy in appearance. There is plenty of carbonation that is also present and rising to the top. Good head retention also.

S - Nothing that really smacks your right in the nose but there is a solid smell nonetheless. Malts and some hops along with a slight citrus smell.

T - Malts and a faint amount of hops initially with a slight bitterness and some caramel and toffee notes. Well balanced overall.

M - Medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation to balance the malts and hops with the caramel and toffee notes.

D - This beer has it all as far as balance and appeal to the masses. No aspect of the beer is overpowering and combined as they are they make for a solid beer that can be enjoyed for a night rather easily.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

This Vienna style Lager came from a 12 oz bottle and was poured into a standard pint glass. It was very clear with a thick, white, foamy head. The Head retention was good and leaves beautiful foamy rings with every sip. That is how you know it is good beer! The beer smells of malt and grain and it has a slight hint of hop smell. The beer starts off malty, moves to sweet and finish's dry as you swallow. The dryness leaves you wanting to take another sip! This Vienna Lager has some hop bitterness which is more then I can say for most lagers. This is a lager that is very drinkable yet has some character. It knocks the socks off of anything that AB, Miller or Coors are brewing. I would like to think that this is how a lager brewed in America should taste. Way to go Boston Brewing! Prost!

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