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

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3.74/5
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9,518 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,862
Reviews:
2,764
Ratings:
9,518
pDev:
13.9%
 
 
Wants:
209
Gots:
2,805
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Ratings: 9,518 |  Reviews: 2,764
Photo of MKV
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown color, not much head. Can smell the malt and hops. Smooth mouthfeel except for the carbonation, which is very fine and vibrant. Tastes fine in the body, relatively full, but a bit thin and metallic in the aftertaste.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stadmo1
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of slammintaters
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Overall taste is good.

Nice for sipping, leaves a slight aftertaste.

Bought many times. Will buy plenty more. Great for the cost.

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Photo of Ivory_Soul
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm more of a fan of the seasonal Sam Adams beers as they go down easier, but this is an extremely bitter and overpowering beer that is really meant to be a sipper. My favorite part is when you swallow and you can taste the caramel and it starts to become sweet then the aftertaste is metallic and extremely bitter and unenjoyable. This is best enjoyed with a steak or something that can help hide the power of the hops here.

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Photo of Lemreway16
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This review is based on Boston Lager brewed in the UK by Shephard and Neame so I cannot compare it to the USofA brew but given the high standards of the brewer it will be probably similar. It has a delightful copper colour shaming the yellow mass produced UK lager. The head white and high did diminish quickly. It has a reasonable hoppy taste not normally found in standard lager however. I good beer smell too. I am not a lager drinker by choice but would drink this brew on a red hot day when lager/pils etc chills better than a fine ale.

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Photo of Navin-Johnson
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale amber coloration with a medium, frothy, lasting head. Smell is dominated by bready, caramel malt, with just the merest hint of citrus hops and honey. Taste follows the nose, with caramel, bready, grainy malts at the forefront, being back up by rather light citrus/herbal hops. Finishes more sweet than bitter, with a light metallic/medicinal note developing in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation. This would make for a rather pleasant, if not terribly exciting Lager if it wasn't for that somewhat harsh metallic/medicinal aftertaste, which is not really that bad, but a little unpleasant nonetheless.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kraizeeangel
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stephfarr
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eychung
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mjk5026
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Winter48
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

I just reviewed the brewery and the page stated that I had 0 beers from this brewery. The Helles, I say. Since my most recent was a Boston Lager a few days ago, I'll add this one. Definitely mild and drinkable, more pronounced hops than a macrobrew, yet enough to appeal to those who previously drank swill all those years and said, "hey, there's flavor in this bottle!" My hat's off to Jim Koch, who created Boston Lager, and when he got our attention, he offered many more pleasurable beer styles. Enjoy so many of his Noble Pils, porters and stouts and it began with a Boston Lager.

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Photo of Mcb99d
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trapp2424
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gmale9000
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EricPhilpott
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cj2013
2.62/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

good looking and average tasting lager. pretty good but it looses points for that sharp aftertaste. I might try it again to see if its an acquired taste.

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Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdezelick
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good

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Photo of Marvicsin
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beer21
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,518 ratings