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

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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): 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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Photo of lwcreasy
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured it in a mug. Let's gulp it down! Haven't had one of these in a minute. Brew's dark amber in color, with an inch of off-white head. Some lively carbonation. Fairly clear as far as I can tell.

Aroma is mostly of toasty-grainy malt, with some herbal and spicy hop notes floating around as well.

Clean lager profile. Toasty malt and herbal hops in balance. Decent-sized bitterness, mostly on the end.

Medium body. Somewhat crisp with a softer finish that helps leave a nice malty-sweet aftertaste to accompany that tongue-tapping bitterness. A nice one to glug.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden brown heavenly look. Nice bubbles/lacing. Smells light malt and balanced hop. Pretty much the "perfect balance of hops and malt". The carb is precise. So consistent.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Freshness notch November 2016.

Appearance: Two finger head that quickly dissipates into a soapy residue. Color is dark yellow to coppery.

Smell: Good clean beer.

Taste: Very well balanced, clean, slight bitterness.

Feel: Medium body with a little zip to it.

Overall: One of, if not the best of the "mass produced" lagers.

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Photo of Rjk00
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for this beer it started me into the world of craft beer just like a lot of other people I'm sure . Still one of my favorites and go to beers.

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Photo of Nicholas_Vronksy
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I now live in Seattle and I have to say I may be biased, because I am sick to death of over hopped Pacific Northwest crap. Since moving here I have really enjoyed being able to pick up a beer that is complex, but also well balance. I don't need to feel like I'm being punched in the face with hops and floral / citrus / pine or whatever else notes every time I drink a beer.

And for all those people saying this beer isn't hoppy or is too light, SA Boston Lager has 31 IBU's. The point at which the human palette can no longer detect any flavor difference is around 38-40 IBUs.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was better than I expected based on the fact that it's a mass produced lager from a big brewery. It wasn't my normal style preference as I tend to go for IPAs, porters & stouts, but this was a good beer nonetheless. It had no real hop flavour to speak of but had a nice full malty flavour with full smooth mouthfeel and no off/adjunct flavour even though I enjoyed it on a warm summer day a few degrees above fridge temperature. The bready flavours which came out as it warmed were not complex at all but were pleasant all the same.

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Photo of NatsuruSenou
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice well rounded flavor. One of the first beers I had. Quite carbonated, out of a can.
Smells good, tastes like a lager should, not as strong as an Ale, but clean, slightly bitter bite, a bit of bread like sweetness, (It has been a bit since i had it). Hoppy, but mild, and slightly bitter taste that continues into a aftertaste, with a nice finish. It is a good beer, canned or bottled. Drink up!

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Photo of gandres
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: amber clear, small white foam
A: nose: grains
Taste: low bitterness, long bitter finish, bitter aftertaste
M/F: medium carbonation
OA: very good lager ok to repeat
Drank: 9/14/2016 10:15 PM

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Photo of Thorinton
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had heard so much about Sam Adams that sampling it was essential. This lager had a definite rich hops flavor; however, it was to be expected based on the TV marketing of the beer. It is my understanding that the hops give lagers a sweet taste and this one is no different. The look was very crisp and orange with surprising lacing with respectable amount of foam. As I drank the bottle, never did I feel like it lost its flavor or its crispness. I will say that the overpowering sweet flavor, I can see how somebody would not prefer it, but it did not seem too much for me. A good Friday night kick back kind of beer for me.

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Photo of D1noB
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A beer with some presents grain and malty taste that sticks around.

Taste Rating in Words: It's the guy at the party no one's sure they know, no one invited, and you aren't convinced you want them there.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much the standard go to lager. It's my favorite (even if it's slightly overpriced), but still much better and worth paying more for than say budweiser.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This classic lager pours a bright clear amber color with
a moderate head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and light lacing.
Nose of caramel malts, light breaded malts, spicy hops, and light herbal hop notes. Flavors
exceed the nose with caramel malts and light breaded malt notes on the front and sides, subtle
herbal notes hit nicely on the middle and fade into a floral hop note that is perfect for this classic
brew. Nice mouth feel, medium carbonation, and a lightly herbal bitter hop note on the aftertaste.

I still taste the flavors I remember, but the look has changed a touch with the now faster dissipating
head, and while this is not a problem I remember distinctly putting the cap atop the foam to many
peoples surprise and then taking a drink and it was still there. I have many fond memories of getting
this brew and cherishing it back when it was a rarity to find in the Cincy area prior to them brewing
it here. That said, the flavors are still present and I am reminded of how much I appreciated it on the
brew landscape when the best you could get was Sam Smith and Lowenbrau.

Cheers SA, keep up the good work....and PLEASE bring back the foam!

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Photo of BeerStud187
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a light, easy drinking beer with slightly more flavor than than typical microbrew lagers, so people new to drinking think it's a craft beer. It's not, it's a mass market corporate schill. Still it's alright, if you like light beers. Slightly more spicy and warm than mass lager piss water, but still not good. I appreciate that they are a gateway to better beer for newbies, but don't stop here. In a few years you will learn that this ain't really very good.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First beer review. We'll see how this goes.

L: Light foamy head that dissipated quickly. Very clear amber color.

S: Floral notes. Pleasant smell but not very powerful.

T: Initially a little bit of bite. From the carbonation maybe? Not sure. Like I said I'm a little new at this. Slight hoppy notes, but not overpowering. A bit of caramel in the finish.

F: A little bit of carbonation and bite at the beginning and then a pretty smooth mouthfeel.

O: Nothing bold and exciting about this beer, but nothing terrible about it either. Pretty good neutral flavored beer that most beer drinkers should be able to enjoy.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
1.7/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I give this beer a point because it looks nice. The beer tastes like sugar water that was brewed with a batch of rusty pennies. I hate the hops in this beer. Way too metallic to enjoy. This stuff is too overwhelming for me. It's really overrated and proof that a pile of cash can net you wonderful publicity.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Budweiser of craft beers....doesn't offend anyone, doesn't impress, but still delivers....go with one of these for the train ride home....old reliable...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light, clear Amber. Nice big off white head and lacing
Smell: nice malt sweetness and a bit of hop and spice.
Taste: much like the nose. Not something I seek out but not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like a bad US IPA, and is pretty gross overall. Every couple of years, for whatever reason I have one of these (this time because I was on a plane and the pickings were slim) and then immediately kick myself in the pants for buying one. Sorry.

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Photo of jakej0305
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful amber color with a fairly large head that thins out. Smells strongly of hopps and a little malt, with the taste to follow. Hopps taste are very strong but not overpowering. Smooth finish with a great after taste. Good beer.

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Photo of ronjohn
4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

IMHO as perfect as beer gets. I'm a fan of rich lagers and IPAs. I enjoy a number of complex IPAs but I have kept coming back to Sam Adams Boston Lager for what tastes to me like a perfect glass of beer. This is a gateway beer for a lot of people who make the jump from Bud or Coors into craft beers - it's an impressive beer on its own. Full hops sweet not bitter rich not heavy. Pretty easy to drink 3 or 4 of these.

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Photo of Tgo2002
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this since the early 90s. It's my reference beer, a classic. There is value in going into a restaurant 1,500 miles from home and being certain that I'm ordering a good beer. (And I get peeved when all they have is a Sam Adams seasonal, which I usually don't care for.) Amusing that some 21st Century beer snobs insist on dissing it.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.47/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Gold with two fingers of a uniform head that recedes to a thin layer with clingy lace.

Buttery bread and malty aromas. In actuality, the nose is very subdued, almost non-existent.

Sharp flavor--almost spicy--with crackers, bread, and corn.

Crisp finish.

For how proud Jim Koch is of this beer, it's only a small step up from the big AALs, and not something I'd revisit intentionally, given the current state of nearly unlimited options.

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Photo of portwood
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell: very malty, caramel, pleasant hops.
Taste: relatively thick mouthfeel (compared to the avg lager), creamy carbonation, malty sweet.
Finish: light bitterness, hint of dry smoke.
(can bb Sep 2016)

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It’s the original Sam Adams beer that started it all, not just for Sam Adams, but arguably for the craft beer craze in America in general. This lager pours a color somewhere between golden and russet with a fairly large white creamy head and a pretty high amount of carbonation. It leaves a nice lacing. The smell is almost nonexistent, but is faintly of malt and a little bit of citrus. The flavor has some bready, slightly caramel, malt character with some hops that come peeking out at the end and a little citrus coming out with it. There is a little bit of an earthy taste to it also. It’s a pretty well balanced beer, but not too exciting. The body is medium, but must have looked heavy compared to all those mass produced beers when this first came out. The finish is crisp. Over all I would say this is fairly average, or maybe a little bit above as far as Sam Adams beers go, but it’s a long shot better than most other mass produced American beers.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boston Lager pours with a short but dense, white head. The body is clear and dark golden in appearance. The aroma is full of floral, spicy hops. This continues into the first taste. It has a malty sweetness that finishes with a nice hoppy bite. The bitterness and carbonation lingers leaving a refreshing feeling.

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