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

Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
BA SCORE
59.3%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 9,187 ratings
Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,886
Reviews:
2,705
Ratings:
9,187
Liked:
5,450
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
13.9%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
2,579
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 9,187 |  Reviews: 2,705
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so the first time I tried this beer was from a bottle, with which I was not particularly impressed. Had it on draft one night at a local pub and it was miles better...

A: Light amber/copper color, finger and a half fluffy white head, well carbonated, good looking brew.

S: Bready caramel malts, with a light floral/pine, spicy hop aroma.

T: Spicy hops with sweet caramel malts, a bready toasty character also present. Slightly piney and florally, nice mild grassy hop bite, not overly complex but very solid.

M: Crisp, refeshing, light-medium bodied with good amount of prickly carbonation.

O: A tasty beer and always a solid choice when looking for a step up from a macro lager. The epitome of a gateway to craft beer. On tap, this is an exceptional beer imo, bottled version however isn't as good as the tap version

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of KnoxBrew1
4.97/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best American style lager I have had. Maybe they should change the name to Samuel Adams "Perfect Balance". Balance between malt and hops are amazing and hit at the just the right time, neither being overpowering. Carbonation is spot on as well. This is definitely my year-round go to beer. I like a few other SA beers but it's often hard to beat the original, a true American staple I'm proud to drink!

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Pours a golden-red with a finger and a half of white head. Smells of toasted malt and spiced hops. Nothing too extreme, but quite pleasant nonetheless. Taste is a smooth balance of light roasted malt, hop spice and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full-bodied for a lager of this style. Overall a very sessionable beer and a reliable standby and a great option to introduce a novice to craft beer.

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3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a personal favorite that always makes me feel more American when drinking it.
It pours a crystal clear, beautiful amber color with a fluffy white twin finger head. The head fades to leave a thin lacing around the glass.
It had a malty smell that is hard to detect but easy to taste.
The flavor is a mellow malt taste with slight alcohol. As it warms it becomes more complex and the hops are more noticeable.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but with nice carbonation.
Overall a reliably good beer that walks the line of craft brew and mass appeal. I'd drink it any day.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear yellow/gold with a thin white head with heavy lacing

Aroma: Heavy on barley with a hint of hops

Taste: Crisp malted barley with a smooth finish, but a slightly skunked aftertaste

Feel: Crisp start and very light on the tongue

Overall: A decent beer, but nothing special

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 59.3% out of 100 with 9,187 ratings
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