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

Vienna Lager, I dont think so. I usually want a deeper red amberis body, but this looks like everything else. Brighy yellow with more of a frothy head.

I do like how it smells. Candied sugar, a bit a spicy hop, and some cereal grains.

Very light, yet still has some good flavor. Sweet sugar and super sweet cereal grains. I think what I dont like is the hint of Simcoe flavors I get. Its slightly medicinal and very spicy and earthy. I like the body and how sweet it is.

Still a well put together beer.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

after about a million of these, ill finally review it this time. everyone knows what it looks like, with its specially made glassware. it smells like english malts, bready and a little sweet, crisp but not light. flavor is pretty standard, but its well made, it really is. more flavor than a lot of mass produced stuff, but nearly equally easy drinking. a real legitimate malt complexion with a quicker finish, amber-esque, perhaps a little more body than i want in a lager that i plan to drink a lot of, and it gets a little filling after a few. at the end of the day, its at every bar and it beats budlight by a lightyear. because of that its good, im never going to buy it at a store, but at a shitty pub ill take a pint any day. can be a refresher when its ice cold, but weighty enough to endure all four seasons. i have a little bit of disdain for these guys, with some of the crap external to their beer, but for the beer america seems to have landed on, this could be a whole lot worse than it is...

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of acevenom
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic of the American craft beer movement that I've had many times. However, I have yet to review this beer. The bottle is labeled best by September 2012.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with a large, white head that dissipates slowly. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. There is excellent head retention for this beer. The aroma is of sweet and bready malts and citrus and floral hops.

The taste is a balance of mildly sweet and bready malts and hop flavors. Hop bitterness balances the back end well without a strong lingering aftertaste. There is mild citrus from the hops present in the flavor. The flavors are well balanced. The body is light to medium with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. It is refreshing The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer that pairs well with meals or as a regular session beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Medium amber color with a 2-finger white pillowy head. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass so there’s lots of bubbles, great retention, and really nice lacing.

S - Caramel, grainy, and bread-like malt with citrus, earthy, and floral hop aromas. Nice and balanced aroma with a great amount of hops for a lager.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel and bread-like flavors, builds into citrus hops, and finishes with a pleasantly bitter earthy and grassy hop profile with some toasted malt mixed in. Once again, nicely balanced.

F - Light-to-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a nice dry and bitter finish. Toasted malt and grassy hop flavors linger.

O - Sam Adams’ flagship beer is a solid one. There’s nothing outstanding going on here, but it is a very well-balanced beer with a diverse profile of malt and hop aromas and flavors. Great example of a Vienna lager. There’s a reason why this is known as a “gateway” beer into the craft world - it’s available almost everywhere, cheap, sessionable, not offensive in any way, and damn tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,339 ratings