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

very good
9,158 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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3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

UPDATE- 02/7/17
Label changed, Now the beer is more hoppy, malt is still present but the overload on hops has screwed this beer up.
I might be though with beer ratings. Brewers are focusing more on present day taste trends than brewing a consistent classic. So they say... it goes from a 4 to a 3.

Poured from 12oz bottle. It settles down quickly with a fine fizzle on top. Great color with a mild malt+alcohol smell. Taste -soft noble hops upfront-sazz or hersbruker maybe? good filling mouthfeel. 4 star beer with good flavors. I love this stuff, not a geek beer for sure but you won't go broke with this one + available everywhere.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ambery color, with a good head. Smell is just a nice lager smell, but the taste, while clean, nice, lagery, has a certain nuttiness, or breadiness that I really enjoy. Carbonation, mouthfeel, all nice. While I'm not a huge lager guy I've had enough American lagers to recognize that this one is pretty well brewed and I enjoy the unique taste it has. I think there are some reviewers here (in my humble opinion), who forget to do it based on the style of beer. If you hold this up against the greatest American ales of the day, it's not going to do well, but for what it is, this is good beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There seem to be many people like myself, who after drinking cheap crappy beer in college realize that maybe there's something better out there and try a better beer. Sam Adams was that "better beer" I tried back in the day (and have had on many occasions since). Compared to Miller Light &co when I tried Sam Adams this beer seemed fantastic. But after trying different craft beers for a few years I now see its place in the beer hierarchy and it's a good above-average beer. This is what a good normal beer is supposed to taste like, but there's nothing particularly special about it that makes it stand out.

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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Had on-tap, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden, amber color, very clear appearance. About a finger of white, frothy head that sticks to the glass on the way down. Moderate carbonation bubbles rise through the beer.

Smell: Some malty, bready notes upfront with a subtle, underlying sweetness. This is followed up by a nice hint of some earthy, floral/spicy hops.

Taste: Mostly matches the nose. Starts very malt forward, some bready, almost pretzel-like, notes greet the tongue, fading into a subtle sweetness before being balanced very well by the floral, spicy hop character. Finishes with a nice bite of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin, the same moderate carbonation scrubs over the tongue. Finishes very clean and crisp. Very refreshing, easy-to-drink lager.

Overall: This is a very solid, all-around beer. It won't amaze, but it is really easy to drink and retains enough character to remain interesting. Very easy to find and affordable too. An obvious choice for some of the more limited restaurant tap selections, and will pair decently with many foods. Just a very enjoyable, classic beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 9,158 ratings.
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