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

very good
9,135 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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Ratings: 9,135 |  Reviews: 2,696
Photo of Aoyoc
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of danadeny
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden brown body, light carbonation, and a decent white head. The smell is nice, crisp hops, mild roasted malt. Taste of medium roasted malt front. Mild hops finish. Caramel flavor transfer from beginning to middle. Drink ability is really smooth, overall balance is appealing and the mouth feel is smooth and a little oily.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is far from the first time I've enjoyed this brew, but this is the first time I've had did since becoming a BA. Poured a clear, slightly amber hued golden color with a foamy white one finger head before quickly falling away to light lacing. Smell is fresh and clean hops, faint sweetness of grain, somewhat citrusy. Tastes of crisp fruit, balanced well between hops and malt, a little hop spiciness present, leaves a hint of grain flavor in the aftertaste along with some malt as well. Would pair well with many foods, i.e. steaks, pizza, burgers. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated, exceptional drinkability, could easily drink many of these in one night. Great session beer, would seek out again over any macro.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Tyler_V2
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev 0%

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was at a bar that had the special Sam Adams glasses so had to try it out in one. Certainly looks sexy in that glass, creates a perfect frothy white head, good retention and lacing on top of a yellowish light brown, medium carbonation. Smell earthy and bready, some faint hops. Taste crisp hops balance the malt body. Very flavorful lager, several steps above any lager I've had since Smuttynose Portsmouth lager. Almost pale-ale-esque in its bitter finish. Very enjoyable and supremely drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of godlessape
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with this one with great enthusiasm into a Samuel Smith pint glass. The beautiful creamy white pillow of a head begins with a healthy inch and a half then lowers down to a quarter. The body has a pristine amber coloring to it that only the best lagers seem to have.
The malty, biscuity, and sweet bread aromas shoot up my nasal passage like tiny harmless bolts of lightening. I'm only catching a hint of the Nobel hops, but it's enough to make my mouth water.
As far as taste goes the hops take center stage at first then all the malt notes the nose told you about come on strong, all to end with a hefty but not overwhelming Bavarian hop bite.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation, unlike most other American lagers.
Overall this has to be one of the best if not the best lagers brewed in the States.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 9,135 ratings.
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