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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
9,250 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): 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Style tick! How have I not done this one yet!? Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, earth, earth hop, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, earth, earth hop, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I have to give this beer credit as it has definitely done its part with converting people over to craft beer. There is not a huge amount going on here, but it is rather easy to drink and is fairly well balanced at the same time. This fact makes it rather easy to drink and enjoyable for those without a palate for big and bold craft beers. However, if you do have a palate like that this one might not be your favorite. But always remember to give credit where it is due and this one deserves some of that.

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

Poured with this one with great enthusiasm into a Samuel Smith pint glass. The beautiful creamy white pillow of a head begins with a healthy inch and a half then lowers down to a quarter. The body has a pristine amber coloring to it that only the best lagers seem to have.
The malty, biscuity, and sweet bread aromas shoot up my nasal passage like tiny harmless bolts of lightening. I'm only catching a hint of the Nobel hops, but it's enough to make my mouth water.
As far as taste goes the hops take center stage at first then all the malt notes the nose told you about come on strong, all to end with a hefty but not overwhelming Bavarian hop bite.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation, unlike most other American lagers.
Overall this has to be one of the best if not the best lagers brewed in the States.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,250 ratings
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