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

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9,085 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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3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Notch on label indicates Best Enjoyed By Aug 2013.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before slowly becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a center patch of surface foam. Slick lacing leaves a frost-like ring behind on the glass.

S- Sweet bready malt with a light trace of hops.

T- Also bready and smooth with a very clean refined finish. Aha, there's what's always bugged me about this beer: There's a distinct metallic aftertaste that throws off the entire profile for me. Very unpleasant and bitter in a bad way.

M- The metallic aftertaste also affects the feel. While smooth and crisp at first, things go downhill as the palate recoils in distaste. Medium carbonation and a substantial body for a lager.

O- I've never liked this beer. Such a shame since I was born in Boston. I thought now that I knew beer better things might be different, but they're not.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Samuel Adams Perfect Pint #properglassware

Appearance: Copper, rust. Perfectly clear, one finger of white head after an aggressive pour.

Smell: Caramel, bread, a little hop bitterness. Mmmm!

Taste: Bread and wheat, fresh from the oven. Caramel sweet after taste is found with a deep exhale through the nose. Hops appear mid palette.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation, perhaps a bit much for my tastes.

Overall: My go-to beer in shitty bars. Really, this is an excellent beer that is done really well. I actually enjoyed this one better from the bottle. Maybe due to dirty tap lines? Or perhaps I am enjoying the greater malt presence since some of the hops may have faded away. A solid beer, nonetheless.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Double T Diner in Catonsville, MD after the Easter Vigil.

I've heard this being poured in so many-a radio commercials. Now I have it (for the 80th time). The appearance is quite lovely, deep copper coloration with a thick, slowly dissipating head. Rising carbon bubbles remind me of the Easter mysteries having just been celebrated. Nose is alright, nutty malt. Mouthfeel was unusually runny from what I'd remembered abt Sam Adams. Plenty of bubbles tho, and a modicum of richness. Taste reveals malt and nuts, once again, but also a tinge of nut.

"What kind of nuts?" asks my lovely wife.

Pondering it a moment, I reply, "Walnuts."

Goes down relatively crunchy bubbly. I think I'd better stick to fresh Boston Lager on tap.

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

Colour is a coppery caramel gold colour, with good head retention and quite good lacing. Low carbonation, but good clarity and looks pretty decent.

Smell is mostly of caramel malt. Dry malt, with some apple fruitiness, some lemon citrus. Fairly nondescript, but good balance.

Taste is caramel malty, some dry pepper, hops do come through with dryness and a slight 'woody' bitterness. Some lemony citrus, earthy, with a good amount of roast malt with some residual sweetness and its all balanced rather well. Easy drinking but not much complexity.

Mouthfeel has a good refreshing carbonation. Mild malty body. Finish is dry and crisp. Satisfying finish. All round refreshing- light body. Definitely drinkable.

A beer that has a rightful place in starting the move to craft, I can certainly see why it would make converts of macro drinkers. The malts and hops come through to give this beer some actual taste. It is a decent drinking lager style that does up the game. Won't be my favourite beer, not overly complex and despite the good balance none of the ingredients really makes a good case for making a really flavourful beer. Good session beer, tasty and not a beer you have to think about too much.

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

12oz bottle into Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Clear amber with a fluffy white head.

S - Sweet biscuit malt, earthy/floral hops, toasted grain, slightly fruity lager yeast.

T - Nice blend of toasted bready malt and mild citrus hops. Light nutty and earthy notes throughout. The finish brings somewhat of a hop bite and lots of burnt grains.

M - Relatively smooth, creamy, light-medium body. Lots of carbonation, perhaps a bit too much.

O - A very flavorful, balanced and drinkable lager. This is definitely a nice session beer and pairs well with steak. I like the fact that it's available at almost any bar or restaurant, as it easily beats out all the other macro lager options.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 9,085 ratings.
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