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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 Sammy
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some malt here Even a bit of hops and flavour? Not too sweet or watery, nice for a lager. Some creamy mouthfeel and balance, crisp and dry aftertaste. Hint of floral aroma.
I had this again 2.5 years later and it was drinkable lager, with some hop in aroma and in taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

after about a million of these, ill finally review it this time. everyone knows what it looks like, with its specially made glassware. it smells like english malts, bready and a little sweet, crisp but not light. flavor is pretty standard, but its well made, it really is. more flavor than a lot of mass produced stuff, but nearly equally easy drinking. a real legitimate malt complexion with a quicker finish, amber-esque, perhaps a little more body than i want in a lager that i plan to drink a lot of, and it gets a little filling after a few. at the end of the day, its at every bar and it beats budlight by a lightyear. because of that its good, im never going to buy it at a store, but at a shitty pub ill take a pint any day. can be a refresher when its ice cold, but weighty enough to endure all four seasons. i have a little bit of disdain for these guys, with some of the crap external to their beer, but for the beer america seems to have landed on, this could be a whole lot worse than it is...

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head, lots of lace. Light amber.

S: malt and spice.

T: starts spicey and peppery and crisp, finished a sweet malty and a touch bitter.

M: medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Overall: this has been a staple for me for years. Few beers this good you can buy a 12 pack of and keep beer lovers dropping by your house happy.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very nice medium orange/brown with a huge 3 inch head that fades to a nice cap. Excellent lacing as perfect rings form as the beer is consumed.

S - Smells of sweet malts and floral notes.

T - Sweet malts to start with a slight bitter hop finish.

M - Crisp and clean and drying after each sip when the hop taste comes through.

D - A very good go to beer that seems to be everywhere at this point. In some places this would probably be the only good option on the menu. I am very glad that this alternative option is quite tasty.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boston Lager, it's a classic brew. The beer has an attractive mahogany color with a light tan head on it. The head settles but still leave a decent lacing. The aroma has a nice balance of hops and malts. The taste is hoppy which I like. Its got enough malt to keep it in the Lager category. The mouthfeel has a bit of a stinging sensation on the tongue. Overall it's a great beer to drink and enjoy with several friends.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of grainy malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: There are flavors of caramel and biscuit malts in the taste underscored by a milt amount of bitterness. A little bit of sweetness is noticeable, particularly as the beer warms up. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and is quite sessionable given its low alcohol content.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

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

12oz bottle. I've never seen such a bold proclamation for a freshness guarantee on a beer bottle before: the back label is entirely devoted to explaining the Boston Beer Company's offer to buy back old, expired bottles of their product. Mine says Dec 08, so instead of flirting with a refund, methinks I'll just drink it.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden hue, with two fingers of dense, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which settles none too quickly, eventually leaving some decent mitochondrial lace around the glass.

It smells of crisp, rather biscuity wheat cracker cereal grain, a subtle apple fruitiness, a hint of aged lemon, and a hefty dose of earthy and floral hops. The flavour is a gradual uptick of the same - biscuity, cereal-heavy caramel malt, a reserved citrus fruitiness, and peppy grassy and floral hops.

The carbonation is on the low-key, subtle side, the body medium-light in weight, and everyman smooth. It finishes in a more sweet-ish manner, the biscuity malt gaining a strengthened sugary character, and the hops holding fast enough to keep things kosher.

A pleasantly tasty example of the prototypical gateway craft beer, and a lager to boot, which is infinitely more challenging a prospect. Fully satisfying, a little zingy, and worthy of its lore in American brewing circles. Now where's that clam chowda I'm suddenly craving?

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many, this beer was my first into the craft beer world and I still love drinking it to this day. The caramel undertones in the taste and the overall appearance and drinkability make this one a big winner for me. Available anywhere at usually about $1 a beer... it's even at almost any bar you'll come across in the US.. not a bad thing at all.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7%

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%

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in Las Vegas. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. A clear amber-copper colour. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Average.

Sm: Some hops. Caramelized malt and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: An empty open (and an empty third act as well). A full barley foundation features light floral hops and prominet caramel - on the climax. The malts are nicely sweet but lack depth of flavour. Balanced but lackluster. There's so much more that could be done.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat complementary of the flavour. A bit overcarbonated. Decent thickness.

Dr: Easy to drink. A good American macro (yes, Sam Adams is a macrobrewery - albeit a craft brewery, but nothing special. Well priced. I do like it, but it leaves a lot to be desired. **After reviewing over 2000 beers (some of which have been deleted due to the duplicate serving type purge), this remains my definition of a C; this is about as average as it gets.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the pick-of-the-litter at a local seafood resturaunt that sells ok seafood for a rediculous price. They also sell beer that way too. Kinda disapointed with the SA Boston Lager. I often have this on tap, but from the bottle, it seemed to loose much. The maltiness never came through with the bready, toasty, rich character in flavor or texture. The taste was all spice, and the feel was almost prickly to the toung. Aromas were nice (after the beer warmed to above freezing), of American hop character--very Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-like. Finished with a (dare I say) grain-hull bite-ey-ness. Basically under-bodied, under-malted in comparison to what I'm used to in this beer. May have been past its prime.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah Boston Lager, this beer has saved me in more dive bars than I can count. Not the greatest, but not bad in a pinch... be it at a dive bar, bbq, or baseball game.

Pours a bright orange copper color, perfect clarity and saturated tone. Creamy, fluffy head of foam at first that dwindles after 10 minutes or so. Plenty of lace in the glass, and a thin skim eventually.

Smells slightly sweet, toasty and biscuity. Vague fruity apple and pear notes slide in too.

Flavors are similar, some bready malt sweetness, fruity yeast. Feels a bit more full bodied than many lagers. Lingering toastiness with a slight floral hop note. Little to no hop bitterness present. Easy to have a couple with food. A pretty versatile, above average lager.

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