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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: gold with slight amber highlights; fantastic 1- to 1 1/4-inch head of super thick white/off-white foam. Beautiful! laces like crazy ...

S: malt; biscuits ... even halfway into it, can still smell lots of sweet malt

T: uh-oh. corn taste ruins a near-perfect presentation. there's definitely some decent malt in here, and at times it tastes like a Shiner Bock, which isn't horrible, but the taste definitely doesn't mirror the smell at all. there's a major lack of the full sweet malt.

F: good carbonation despite a huge head; medium weight

O: a bit disappointed in that corny taste, but there's still plenty going good for this one, mainly a lot of malt taste for an American-made lager. I won't buy it for the house anymore; there's too many better options. But I won't hesitate to order one when the options are otherwise BMC.

The best thing about this brew: We can get it almost everywhere on tap, which means we don't have to settle for the average macro-brewed American beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Patriotic beer indeed! Very nice amber color with slight head (depends on how you pour, I pour at about 45* so That may be why a lot of beers do not appear to have a lot of head). Taste is slightly hoppy, but with no complaints. Goes well with BBQ.

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3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a light, clear amber with a white that fades fast. the lacing is mediocre while the head remains intact. The aroma is very pleasing. Lots of spicy hops and a nice strong malty backbone. The mouthfeel is also quite nice, although there is too much carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty light as well. Now the bad. Up front, it tastes of stale beer. Off malt flavors intertwine with hop witternes to create, well, I don't know. That dank malty flavor never goes away.... There is about a 4 second window of delectable hops, but then it fades back to the aforementioned stale malt. It was good until I tasted it.

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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this one in the bottle a few times and never thought much of it aside from the fact that it was an easy-drinker and quite palatable, but once I had it on tap, I was hooked. This one opened my eyes to the fact that a "lager from America" can be a very, very good thing. It pours a nice light orange/red with a golden hue (that's how I'd describe a Vienna lager too). It smells of fresh, earthy floral hops and a touch of sweetness. Nice head, great lacing. It teams well with the Sam Adams pint glass it was poured in and it went exceptionally well with my caesar salad and sammy. I had a couple pints of this solid brew that day and have since proclaimed this to be the best American lager on the market today! It doesn't try too hard to be different, it just happens that it is brewed with all malt and no adjuncts. Gee, Big Boys, maybe you should take a hint that even the least educated of palates can tell the difference between your toxic slop and good, all natural and real beer. Cheers!

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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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