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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): 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle best before Nov 2013. Poured into pint glass with a giant foamy white head. The beer itself is orange and crystal clear. Aroma is lagery, but sweet, like apple juice.

Flavor is muted and initially dull, such that the only thing I notice at first is the carbonation. But then there's this chalky bitter aftertaste. In the middle there's a hint of toasted barley, biscuit malt, or vienna/pilsner malt. But not so much as to be interesting or to compensate for the complete lack of hop character.

Highly overrated.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of the summer ale case at Costco last weekend for $22.99. Best by September.

Beer poured amber with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is sweet malts that are a bit grainy.

Taste is a tad on the sweet side, caramel malts are fairly well balanced by an apple touched hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbed, and pretty smooth.

Overall this beer still is pretty good. I must have had it 100 times before finally realizing i have not reviewed it. It still is a solid beer, especially on a 110 degree day!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

"You're drinking the first beer I made. The recipe came from my father's attic in 1984. It tasted the same then as it does today- flavorful, full-bodied and balanced. It was a revelation in taste, and it started a revolution in craft brewing that continues today. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Vienna Lager, Boston Brewing Company's flagship beer, available nearly everywhere to purchase across all 50 states. Most recently available in cans, this was a throw-in included in their spring and summer variety packs. It's a popular introduction choice to the craft brewing scene for most drinkers.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A vigorous pour yields a dense foamy head of a golden white color over a gold-tinged amber body with very high clarity and moderate, energetic carbonation. Lacing is medium and streaked, retention is well above average, holds very well against most lagers. The appearance of this beer rises far above average expectations, even by a Vienna Lager standard. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of biscuity German malts of Vienna and Munich build a solid base, a mellow caramel grain note adds a touch of sweetness and depth. Pale malt rounds out the drinkability and lightens the malt aroma. Paired with a moderate pinch of floral and grassy hop flavor and bitterness, the aroma is pleasingly balanced. It's a simple, but well-constructed aroma. 4.25

(Taste) The German malt base is even more evident than before, with a bready smooth malt sweetness and a touch of grain for an edge. Hops are a touch shallower than before, with lesser flavor impact and a near-balancing bitterness. Inevitably, the sweetness still prevails. Drinkability is very high, even with a less-than-subtle malt profile. This beer may be a touch on the sweet side for some, but it is a very enjoyable substitute for those who like their lagers simple yet flavorful. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is a slick, semi thick smoothness, mildly chewy. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess to the edge but remains tame, keeping drinkability very high without interrupting the flavor. Body is a medium+ for a Vienna Lager, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low+, quite well hidden in this beer. Finishes mildly dry with a touch of grain. The mouthfeel is fantastic in this beer. 4.75

(Overall) Samuel Adams is a fortunate alternative to the Macro lager scene, filling in a long-underrepresented style that boasts a flavorful and well-rounded malt body and a delicate but balancing hop presence. The carbonation isn't overdone and the textures fulfill drinkability despite a fuller body. As far as Vienna Lagers go, this one is deserving of a try from everybody who enjoys beer. 4.25

Boston Brewing Company's
Samuel Adams Boston Lager

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Boston Lager is probably the largest "craft" beer in the country. It can be found anywhere. From the smallest grocery store in a town of a few hundred to the largest cities.

Poured from a bottle into a cold pilsner glass.

Appearance is nice and dark medium brown. Clear and very foamy. Nice 3 finger head.

Smell is a little bready with a small amount of hop over tones.

Taste is a nice sweet bready malt flavor with a little hops. Full bodied mouth feel. A little too dry of an aftertaste.

This is a great beer for people that are ready to step up from the Bud Light adjunct world but aren't ready for the adventurous brews of most craft mainstays. Nothing offensive but nothing to extraordinary either.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,228 ratings
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