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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some light amounts of sweetness and floral hops.

T: The beer has flavors of both caramel malts (contributing some sweetness) and biscuit malts. There is a light presence of floral hops that contribute some light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and definitely quite sessionable. To me this was a gateway beer to the craft beer scene, way back in the early 1990s when I first started to drink it. The beer has a nice flavor but it is not one of my overall favorites.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a sam adams perfect pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear light golden color with a large amount of very active carbonation bubbles and a finger of very fine bubbled pure white head which lingers nicely and is slightly creamy in character on its surface, leaves a nice amount of spotty lacing on the glass
S: a pretty interesting scent with a nice sweetness like grapes and a nice light malt character like white bread
T: begins with a nice clean hop note which is lightly floral and hits on the palate for the first half of the sip, it is then backed out by a nice gentle malt character which lends way to a fresh sweetness like cane sugar which lingers on the palate nicely afterwards
M: pretty strong carbonation tingle, then becomes a bit of a fizzy yet creamy character which bubbles its way across the palate before leaving the mouth nicely dry and yet clean
O: a nicely hopped and complex lager which dances across the palate with a pleasant character and overall crisp taste, just plain well rounded

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into Boston Lager expecting a Coor/Budweiser/Miller/Michelob equivalent, but it is in all honesty far beyond that.

I have had Sam Adams Imperial White before, and this resembles a less intense version of that. Noble hops are clearly present in a passive form, and there is a more bold taste over the traditional american style lager.

Head retention and lacing is ideal, the aroma is crisp, the finish is refreshing, and overall, this is absolutely best american lager I've ever had bar none.

I highly recommend this as a permanent upgrade for anybody considering bringing any of the 4 beers mentioned in the opening paragraph to a party. It's just better. No debate about it.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9,386 ratings