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

very good
9,111 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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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

Clear rusty Orange hue with a clingy white head.

Rich mouthfeel. Pungent piney and earthy hops on the nose. Concise and well blended flavors. Light toasted malt, touches of caramel, citrus, lemongrass and pine all throughout. Brisk carbonation with a clean and dry finish. Perfect amount of bitterness. Some tinniness on the finish.

A great flavorful and easy drinking lager. little hoppy for a vienna lager, but pretty damn good and available almost everywhere.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JoLight
4.99/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light brown/copper body, and a thick, frothy, off-white head that leaves lots of lacing, and retains a finger's width throughout.

Aroma - Somewhat cutesy from the hops? Definitely piney, earthy hops. Maybe a little malt, but mostly just hops.

Taste - Starts off with a malty sweetness, then the piney hops come in. I get lots of nice toasted maltiness throughout. Hop resin. And then at the end, the hops fade, and the taste transitions to more maltiness and a slightly buttery/bready/smooth aftertaste.

Finish - semi-dry. Crisp. Refreshing.

Overall - In my opinion, this beer is perfectly balanced, delicious, and refreshing.

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of powellmacaque
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first beer I ever liked upon turning 21, so I may be a bit partial. I'm a big fan of "industry firsts," so while I know this wasn't the first craft brew on American soil, it was one of the pioneers of the art and for that it must be recognized.

A - A ruby amber with little to no visible carbonation. This beer pours the easiest, stickiest head out of any beer I know. The head is pillowy and airy, sticking to my glass.

S - A deep malt, and the Sam Adams smell, not sure what it is but all of their brews seem to share a common smell/aftertaste. Slight hoppiness and a bit of grassy/citrusy aroma.

T - The most balanced beer ever. Sure, more beers are in your face, but this has a great combination of caramel malty sweetness, citrusy hops bitterness, smooth carbonation, a bready, yeasty taste followed by a floral hint at the end. This should be the standard bearer for American Lagers. Great with cheesy Italian, hearty homestyle, or any hearty, cheesy meal.

M - Light and smooth but not watery whatsoever. You can feel the carbonation but it doesn't diminish your ability to consume as much or as little of this beer as you want.

This is my go-to beer at a bar. Problem I have with the beer is it's too "mainstream" for the hip crowd, but too fancy for the mainstream joints, so I tend to either overpay or never see this beer at my local watering holes.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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 9,111 ratings.
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