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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
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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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Ratings: 9,221 |  Reviews: 2,710
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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 -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,221 ratings
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