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

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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Ratings: 9,187 |  Reviews: 2,705
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of silverking
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a light, clear amber with a white that fades fast. the lacing is mediocre while the head remains intact. The aroma is very pleasing. Lots of spicy hops and a nice strong malty backbone. The mouthfeel is also quite nice, although there is too much carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty light as well. Now the bad. Up front, it tastes of stale beer. Off malt flavors intertwine with hop witternes to create, well, I don't know. That dank malty flavor never goes away.... There is about a 4 second window of delectable hops, but then it fades back to the aforementioned stale malt. It was good until I tasted it.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this one in the bottle a few times and never thought much of it aside from the fact that it was an easy-drinker and quite palatable, but once I had it on tap, I was hooked. This one opened my eyes to the fact that a "lager from America" can be a very, very good thing. It pours a nice light orange/red with a golden hue (that's how I'd describe a Vienna lager too). It smells of fresh, earthy floral hops and a touch of sweetness. Nice head, great lacing. It teams well with the Sam Adams pint glass it was poured in and it went exceptionally well with my caesar salad and sammy. I had a couple pints of this solid brew that day and have since proclaimed this to be the best American lager on the market today! It doesn't try too hard to be different, it just happens that it is brewed with all malt and no adjuncts. Gee, Big Boys, maybe you should take a hint that even the least educated of palates can tell the difference between your toxic slop and good, all natural and real beer. Cheers!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before Jan 2013. Pours slightly hazy golden copper color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, bread, floral, light citrus, and light herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, apple, pear, light nuttiness, biscuit, cracker, floral, light pepper, and earthy hops. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, light fruits, cracker, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, and light pepper on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor robustness and balance of malt/hops; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is completely hidden, with zero warming noticed as expected for 4.9%. Overall this is a damn nice vienna lager. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering; and a nice option that is available anywhere.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of GeoffTBreashears
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Every time I have this beer I am reminded as to why I started drinking it in the first place, and why Samuel Adams has quickly become one of my favorite craft beers. Most of the time I have it in a bottle, however I have had it on tap in various restaurants. I prefer to have it on tap, but for drinking it at home a bottle is more than okay with me.

The taste is very crisp with subtle hop notes laced throughout, balanced well with a biscuity flavor.

The scent almost immediately carries those hoppy notes in a pleasant way.

Overall this a beer to be enjoyed often and year-round. However I have found it to compliment most meals quite nicely. As opposed to other beers that really shouldn't be drank with certain meals.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 59.3% out of 100 with 9,187 ratings
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