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

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Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
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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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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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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Photo of busterwhite
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Dark Amber with 2 finger, white foamy head. A good amount of lacing.

Smell of malt sweetness with little spice.

Nice full flavor of malt, just the right spiciness from the hops and crisp finish.

Solid medium mouthfeel from the strong malt backbone, smooth carbonation.

Overall a very solid beer.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Maximusmaximus
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%

Photo of phishsihq
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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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%

Photo of BostonHops
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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