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

very good
9,155 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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4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

America used to make strong products which were reliable and a value. Now, we mostly produce crap. This beer is a prime example of how things used to be done, with pride. It harkens me back to when American goods were great. From the taste, to the smell or the price, this beer must make the brewers proud because for the first time in a while, I have found a consistent American product to be proud of. Way to go Samuel Adams Boston Lager and God bless America.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In light of the recent terror attack in Boston I was somewhat hesitant to review this, even though it had been sitting in my fridge for over a week. But then I thought that the brave, resilient people of Boston would be the first to raise a glass in honour of those who didn't make it and toast to swift justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act. To Boston I raise my glass and review this in the hope that we put an end to senseless acts of violence everywhere: Slàinte!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: A slight murky amber body with a sticky chalk head that laces the glass well.

S: This brew has a great mix of English ale and American hop aromas: caramel base, some sugar syrup (actually comes off with a maple tinge), sour yeast, with earthy but floral hops in the background. This is classed as a lager but it has the fragrance of a classic pub ale.

T: Very good! The aroma carries over with caramel, sugar syrup, sour yeast and those earthy/floral hops. It's got decent body as well - a bit syrupy, and it also manages to be refreshing whilst being sweet. The finish is a medium hop bitterness, showing this to be a very well balanced beer.

M: As mentioned; syrupy, with a medium body and light carbonation.

D: This is one classic session brew. Easy to drink, morish, with enough complexity to keep me coming back for another- I am well impressed. Only thing that might hold it back is the body, it can be a little on the heavy side if I had one compliant, however it is definitely up there with some of the best brews I've had, and a lager to boot!

Food match: Everything that you can find that is honey-glazed; ham, chicken, pork chops, carrots, potatoes, pecans and pears, ground to a fine paste on toasted bread.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my gateway beer. Before trying Boston Lager, I would drink only lagers a notch above american macro adjuncts, like stella, heinekin, kirin. SA BL introduced me to the pleasure of hops. While retaining the crispy mouthfeel that makes lagers so drinkable, this beer has a much stronger and more interesting malt character as well as some bitterness from hops. The nice amberish color and thick frothy head give this beer a great appearance, especially for a lager.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear amber. Leaves a paper-thin head for the duration.
Smell: Light caramel. Maybe honey and very light floral.
Taste: Maple syrup and caramel. Light hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a balanced carbonation.

This is such a good lager, and one of the most recognizable. It has a nice maple and caramel taste to it, and a bit more bitterness than other lagers. If you're in the market for a good, standard lager, look here. I will get this again.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 9,155 ratings.
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