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

very good
9,139 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden to light amber. The head pours thick and hangs around for a bit, but slowly reduces to a thin ring.
Smell: Light floral hops with just a touch of toasted malt.
Taste: It's a well balanced beer. Toasted malt and a touch of orange peel from hops..
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation
Overall: This is a solid beer that is conveniently available in most places. It's a good default if not much else is available.

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 12/12, into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to JM for tossing this review sample my way; I can't believe I haven't gotten around to reviewing this yet.

A: A steady pour produces 2 fingers of dense off-white head above a brilliant, crystal-clear amber body. Great retention and lacing. Stunning.

S: Crisp bready maltiness dominates, with caramel sweetness and herbal hoppiness playing supporting roles. Simple and enjoyable.

T: Sweet malts up front, followed by some leafy hops and finally a slightly earthy, yeasty finish. Quite clean in the end, although the caramel sweetness plays a larger role than I'd like overall. Still, I won't fault it too much for being really flavorful - it's a tasty lager.

M: Soft, delicate carbonation in a creamy medium body. Truly remarkable, and luxurious.

O: For being so ubiquitous and mass-produced these days, this is still a really well-done example of the style. Flavorful, balanced, tasty. I don't drink it too often, but I'm always happy when I do.


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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams' Boston Lager pours a deep amber body and a frothy off-wheat head. A handful of threads of fine bubbles slowly add a bit of sparkle in the glass.

The beer's nose is inviting. Floral hops stand out, but notes of toasted, caramel-like malt and hint of citrus are also palatable.

The initial taste more or less follows the nose, but the beer becomes more interesting as its flavors develop on the palate. Its bitterness adds a perfectly balanced finish to flavors of roasted grains, mild caramel, grassy and flowery hops, and a hint of citrus. The citrus flavor harmonizes with the beer's hoppy bitterness and yeast-derived fruity undertones to create the illusion of orange zest. Beautiful.

The mouthfeel is almost perfect; a bit gassier than I like in a beer whose malt is so rich and toasted.

I've tried lots of the Boston Beer Company's offerings, from standard, year-round brews to expensive beers that come in fancy bottles. Boston Lager is its best.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Town Pump in Detroit. Poured a light copper color with a pretty thick, creamy looking head that was very inviting. Nice up front hop aroma, fairly mild, along with malts and grains - nice parity among the different smells going on. The first taste hits you with a little bit of the hop bitterness followed by a nice sweet and malty body. Call me crazy, but I tasted just a BIT of faint apple flavors in there, along with maybe some other kind of fruit. By the end, some more floral flavors came out but the malty finish also got stronger. A very crisp beer, thanks to the carbonation with an overall thin body, very smooth going down.

Considering a company as large as Samuel Adams, it's still obvious that they put a lot of care into their brews. As far as the "larger" brew companies go, this is some of the best. Easy to drink and session with and it blows BMC beers out of the water, especially for the relatively low price.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 9,139 ratings.
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