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

very good
9,082 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): 4.90%

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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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold body with a rich, thick, creamy white head with thick, clinging lacing and rings down the glass. The nose has a bit of light malt sweetness with a soft, floral hop presence in the background. Soft, biscuit-like malt flavor overall with a very soft hop bitterness throughout. Medium body, crisp and clean.

My first experience with Sam Adam's flagship beer was back in Berlin, Germany in 1987 (or maybe 1988) at Grunewoche. I thought it was pretty neat to have an American beer accepted for this big fest overseas and really enjoyed it (as I recall). As the years have progressed, I've slipped away from drinking Boston Lager except when it's one of the few bottled or draft beers available at any eating establishments my wife and I visit (there are just too many other new beers to explore these days -- a good "problem" if ever there was one). But back to this review -- this is still an excellent lager overall. It's nicely balanced and is a mellow, yet very tasty beer. You can't go wrong with a Sam Adam's Boston Lager...

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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Transparent copper gold with one finger dense head. Sometimes, there are a lot of lacing.

Aroma: Hops are mostly of floral and hint of herbal hops. Sweet bready malts.

Taste: Hops are light but plentiful. Little bit of citrus and floral. Sweet graham cracker. Toasted bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Median with median carbonation. Smooth lager. Finish is light bitterness and breadiness.

Overall: This is actually a nice lager. Probably the best mass produced lager in the US.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells strongly of sourdough and just a touch skunky.
Clear vibrant amber in color. Half inch white head.
Taste is well balanced between sweet malt and hops. Has a medium body and is well carbonated.
Balance about sums it up with this one. Between the aroma to taste to body, everything shines through and nothing is overdone.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep good with excellent clarity. The persistent off-white head is comprised of compact bubbles.

S: A low Noble hops aroma that is a bit earthy and spicy. There is a moderate amount of German malt character although I don't know whether that's Vienna or Munich but I get there. Otherwise a fairly clean lager with no inappropriate aromas.

T: A soft malt flavor at a moderate level. There is a moderate hop bitterness with a little bit of a spicy hops flavor. The balance is about even between the malt and the bitterness. The finish is somewhat dry with a the malt flavor and hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: A smooth medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: A good Vienna lager that pairs well with food. This is a flavorful lager but there are other examples that have really impressed me.

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Bottle with an April 2013 BB date

A-Poured into a pint glass, a couple healthy fingers of dense persistant white head that laces nicely. Perfectly clear with lots of bubbles. Color is golden with a hint of amber.

S-Smells lagerish, clean malt with a kiss of Noble hops. Slightly sweet and toasted malt aroma noted.

T-Clean malt flavor upfront (slightly toasted and a bit sweet). The hops, which have a herbal character, have a long lingering bitter finish that is a bit overwhelming for such a simple beer and takes away from the drinkability.

M-Highly carbonated, medium bodied.

O-A decent flavor profile with a longer bitter finish than I'd like in this style. Goes well with a spicy dish. I'm just never been a big fan of this one.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- amber body, 1 1/2" off white head

S- citrus hops, lemon zest, caramel malts, spices

T- citrus, zesty hop bitterness, caramel malts

M- medium body, crisp carbonation

O- The brew single handedly started my love of craft brew. With this beer i realized, beer is not supposed to be tasteless and uninspired, and that there was so much more out there to be tasted. This is a great session and i have no problem drinking this all day.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 9,082 ratings.
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