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

very good
9,085 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): 4.90%

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 russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours into my Perfect Pint glass very light brown, clear almost yellow. A small white head rises and falls, leaving decent lacing. A ton of bubbles race from the bottom of the glass.

S: Caramel malts with a floral hop background.

T: Malt forward, caramel, with the slight hoppiness from the smell. The hops are not like that of an IPA, moreso they balance out the malty lager taste to keep the palate interested.

MF: Light, carbonated well, if not too much so. Extremely drinkable, and a go to at bars with sub-par offerings.

O: Can't knock this. Great for the price, and an above average "gateway beer." Honestly am glad beers like this are starting to dominate the larger beer markets.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

How can one call oneself a beer reviewer without reviewing the father of American microbrews, Sam Adams? Without further ado:

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - A clear golden-amber color with a small perfectly white head, that retained at least a thin layer for a very long time. Good lacing.

S - Spicy, earthy, herbal hops. Not much else, but a nice aroma. A tiny bit of malt aroma comes out as it warms.

T - Nicely balanced, with spicy hops dominating the flavor profile. Slightly fruity and floral at the same time, but not so much that you could really identify a specific fruit flavor. At no time could you describe it as "malty", but you'd notice if it wasn't there.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium body. Finishes crisp and clean.

O - A solid B-level craft beer that's available at nearly any bar or corner store. I cant count the number of times I have been at a restaurant and been saved from drinking BMC products by this beer. If I'm in a hurry to get to a party or function where there is a need to bring beer and I only have time for a stop at a convenience store, this is still a solid choice. Drank a million of them over the years and probably have many more ahead of me.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of shoop12
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JDWEX1117
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of thatruth
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light amber brown into a copper body with orange tint. 1/4" head that dissipates quickly. a nice frothy, molten lacing that lingers a while. slightest presence of sediment and bubbles.

smells mighty wheaty and mighty hoppy, not just any hops though. sweet, aromatic hops. and plenty of them, as any 'sam adams' commercial will surely tell you.

tastes of strong floral hops, that's it. all it needs to be. but not ipa hoppy, though. not kick start my heart shit, just enough to be jumpy.

lighty sweet, almost stout hoppy on-bringing. crisp, wet aftertaste.

word hop and it's derivatives used six times in this review, you don't say.

**Enjoy before month notched: Feb 2012

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Photo of Shoey87
5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WMEugene
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an amber/copper color with a nice white head an good lacing.

S - Very malty, some caramel notes. There is also faint hints of fruits and spices. Also, some light hops are present.

T - Mild hops mixed with the malt flavors to create the classic flavor we all know. It's not complex, but it's solid and enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied, fantastic carbonation with a chewy feel to it that lingers. Nice aftertaste of malted flavors and very sessionable.

O - Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a classic. I have a long history with this beer (it was my first legal beer and first craft beer) and it's always worth a revisit. It's not the most exciting or complex beer, but an old friend and a great standby whenever you're at a bar with limited craft options.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into official sam adams pint glass.
I, like many of you, have had this a million times....tap and botle. I have even been to the brewery in south boston. Its a great beer. Done.
For me, sam adams is one of the few breweries that you can bring a 12 pack to a bbq and please the ba beer drinker but also please the massess.
You dont need a review for this...its sam adams lager!

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Photo of blacklabel67k
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear copper color. nice steady steam of bubbles. big white moussey head.

nice subtle malty aroma. spcey hop aroma, saaz? caramel. nicely balanced bouquet, just tres petite.

malty sweet upfront. hoppy finish. floral hop flavor in the middle balance with that caramel malt. a modest, but in no way timid palate.

medium/light body. crisp clean distinctly lager finish.

not bad. quite sessionable in fact. though it has in no way converted me from my preference for ales.

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Photo of plasma
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jersey. Served in a Boston Lager perfect pint.

A - Medium orange with a foamy cream colored head. Great retention and tons of lacing.

S - Spicy, fruity, very malty.

T - similar to the smell but the spices really pop at the finish.

D - Medium body and average carbonation.

O - One I just never order. Glad to finally try it.

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Photo of brystmar
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap following the Sam Adams brewery tour.

Translucent orange-gold, solid white head, fantastic lace and retention. Hoppy, citrus, caramel-y aroma. Similar flavors in the taste: starts citrus-y, nice malt backbone, finishes clean and bitter. Light body, wish it were bigger and more creamy.

I keep forgetting this is a lager -- an impressive lager brew.

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Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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