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

Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
9,208 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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Ratings: 9,208 |  Reviews: 2,705
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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to drink a more perfect beer, one should really start with a Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Back in the dark ages when all you could get at the packie were Buds and Coors and Millers, in rode Sammy A. proclaiming that better beers were coming for the betterment of all humanity. Approachable flavor, classy packaging (I especially like the design of the 22oz. bombers) and an extremely affordable price ($3.25/22oz.!) have likely been responsible for the enlightenment of many a swill chugger. The real treat of Sam Adams, however, is that it takes the lager, the most American of beer styles, and elevates it to a level on par with more evolved styles. Even after all these years it remains a true pioneer and sets a standard that few lagers can match.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We enjoyed the dark golden lager on tap, which was capped with fluffy white head that provided plenty of lacing as we enjoyed the taste. Spicy and earthy hop tones blend into some caramel and toasty malt aromas in the nose. Sweet malty flavors of caramel and a slight breadiness blend wonderfully into some slightly spicy hop flavors, very well balanced. Clean and crisp, Boston Lager features a medium-light body and moderate levels of carbonation. Always a good choice!


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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a bright, bell-clear golden amber tone with a little more than a finger of puffy, off-white head; moderate retention and some respectable lacing evident.

nose is primarily of caramel malts followed by some subtle floral/earthy hops. good aroma, though not especially robust. flavor delivers the caramel malt backbone which is accompanied by some background hoppy bitterness and a clean, crisp finish. pretty balanced. a bit unexciting with its lack of complexity, although i'm admittedly not steeped in experience with this style, or lagers in general; perhaps complexity is not a chief selling point. medium bodied/carbed on the palate.

overall a bit underrated i think, what with boston lager being so widely available, but a very solid craft offering that could enjoyably be sessioned.

original review on: 09-09-2010

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just starting out with really trying to taste and enjoy real beers. Thought I'd try one of these, so I poured it into a pilsner.

At first, it had a nice sweet aroma and taste, but as I drank I started to feel more of its bitterness. The aftertaste left somewhat of a sour sensation in my mouth, could've been a bad brew maybe.
However, the sour aftertaste was a minimal setback and this beer's sweetness stayed true.

I think it's a good start for starting to drink better beers, and that said, there are plenty of better beers out there.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When reviewing a lager something to keep in mind is the fruity and complex flavors we look for in ales, whether they're IPA's, stouts, american pale ale, browns, ect. should not be present in a lager. Dunkel, helles, doppelbock, pils and schwarz are all lagers and therefore the most prominent feature in taste should be a clean malt profile; the trademark of a good lager. That being said...

Samuel Adam's Boston Lager pours with a decent two finger head (into a Samuel Adam's glass) and has brilliant clarity and substantial amount of carbonation. The color is a lovely amber/medium caramel and has good lacing.

Pretty mild on the nose but does have nice noble hop aroma and a pretty well defined sweet toasted malt aroma as well.

The beer is slightly sweet and has a great malty flavor with a slight toffee finish. A great session beer and it's availability makes it a great alternative to the BMC versions found everywhere. Highly recommended, especially if you know someone that is a novice when it comes to craft/specialty beers.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,208 ratings
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