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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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Ratings: 9,450 |  Reviews: 2,753
Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has the hoppiness, bitterness and malt character that no other widely distributed and marketed beer in the US has. I can count on it being in most every decent bar and restaurant when I need a beer with real flavor. Because I have had to default to it so many times I have pretty much burned out on it. There are better beers to be had out there, but SABL is unique and reliable. As for taking it home, it is a bit pricey at the liquor store. there are better micros available for a lower price.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale golden color. rich white head. Bright fresh malt nose with a distinct hop presence. Smooth mouth with malty flavor. The finish leaves your mouth with excellent hop balence. Much more complex that the average Lager. It is great to taste a lager with real flavor.. this is a rare quality in an american lager.

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Photo of Suds
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Should be called Old-Reliable. You know exactly what you're getting with this beer. A well-made and ubiquitous alternative to tasteless American-style pilsners, Sam Adams Boston Lager is nothing to shout about, but it is (thankfully) a solidly good beer. It seems to be available everywhere now, and from bouquet to finish, this is a pleasant and enjoyable drink.

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Photo of packetknife
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This should be the base-line for lagers. It's a meal, a bit sweet, nice color and smell. Probably the first beer I enjoyed. Years ago. And an old favority with Daggs in MN over darts.

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Photo of marc77
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The dense white head covers a bronze brew that displays excellent well - lagered clarity. The attractive foam lace left adds additional visual appeal. There's a very strong floral Hallertauer Mittelfruh hop nose and the malt aroma is secondary, but mildly toasty Vienna and /or Munich malt notes provide for aromatic experience. The mouthfeel oddly seems a bit oily. The hop bitterness is mild, and the crystal malt sweetness is fairly high and the beer is thus on the sweet side. The pronounced, enjoyable and quinessentially floral and refined Mittelfruh hop flavor is very welcome. The finish is slightly sugary, but with bready malt notes as well. This is the best mass produced lager in America. My only qualms are the lack of hop bitterness / malt sweetness balance and the "oily" mouthfeel.

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Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I agree with many off you, in saying that this is top of the line for an American Pils. Not my favorite style, but I will drink this without any problem or compaints. However, I usually drink this at restaurants when the beer selection is limited. Itpairs well with just about any food. This is the prototypical fall-back bier.
Nice rich golden-bronze body. Thin off-white head (tap).
The relatively hearty malt body (for a pils) is balanced with a nice spicy hop zest. Doesn't overwhelm in terms of complexities; solid but not dazzling.
Makes a nice session, and come through in a pinch when nothing else is available.

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

An excellent beer. Full flavored, refreshing and heads and shoulders tastier than most macros. A bit pricey in my area $12.99-14.49 a twelve). When fresh, this beer is excellent. The hop taste on the finish gets you like a fish taking a hook. Very enjoyable.

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

This is good for a lager, the problem is that I don't really care too much for lager. And I hate trying to sound intelligent in my comments on these kinds of beers. It smells like a beer, tastes like a beer and looks like a beer. The only difference is that this tastes like a good beer instead of a bad beer. There's just no complexities that make this beer different enough from your typical lager taste to really talk about. It does have a darker color than most of the American lagers, so that's nice. For readily available American Beers, it's hard to beat.

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Photo of jackndan
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best every day beer, best introduction to finer beer, best widely available lager, and goes great with a range of great food. I always have a twelve of Sam products on board, and so should you.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the one. I got hooked during college and never looked back. Opened my eyes to a whole new vista of beer delight. Sam Adams makes a number of styles, but in my opinion they have never bested this. Fresh on tap, there's nothing better. The head leaves lace all down the glass. Delicious aroma, warm piney citrusy flavor, expertly balanced. Infinitely complex, the variety of pleasures this beer provides is endless. This and Brooklyn Lager are my 2 Old Faithfuls.

Update 1/03: I hate to say it but this beer has definitely changed. Dumbed down, less hoppy, not nearly as clean tasting. Still some caramel goodness but mostly bland. I don't know if it's bottles produced at a certain plant or if every SA Boston Lager is as weak as the one I'm drinking, but I've noticed a consistent deterioration for quite some time now. Had a keg on Memorial Day last year; that's the last time I remember the beer being as pleasurable as it was when I first started drinking it. It's a real shame and I hate to be fickle, but I'm finished with this beer, a disappointing shadow of its former self.

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Photo of inebrius
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was reminded how bad the state of beer in America is with a visit to the local chain restaurant. They even have the nerve to recommend Bud Light with the chicken wings. Yeah, just in case you get a bone stuck in your throat, have some water to wash it down. A big, hearty thanks to Boston Beer Co. for giving us BEER drinkers a choice.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice balance of hops and malt,I believe the best readily availabale lager u can get,great with all foods.

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Photo of jermar
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always found this beer fascinating because it seems to me to have a strong ale character, body-wise and in its use of hops. Is this what early lagers were like? A great beer to have out there in the market - you can find it at most outlets and social events, and it keeps you from having to drink the other crap they happen to have on hand.

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Photo of rastaman
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer, malty kind of flavour, with a very ale-like quality, i'd happily sit down with a sixer of these and its not too expensive either.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I'm not drinking Yuengling and I have a 6 or 7 bucks extra to spend on a case, I usually pick the Boston Lager.Copper/almost amber color to the body w/ a avg. head at the pour. A nice hop presence is there, but it doesn't overshadow the lovely toasted flavor of the malt, which had a small hint of sweetness & bitterness to the finish.Overall a fine session brew.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sammy has a nice medium-copper color, and a lovely, frothy head. The nose has a good balance of hops and sweet malt...nice on the tongue but I wish it had a tad more body.... Nice flavor overall, again with a balance of bready malt and Noble hops, but needs a bit more oomph... Back when I was just getting started with "good" bier, I thought this bier was right up there. Not so, now....but still a good one to get you in the door...

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of ZAP
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.This is about as good as it gets for a lager. Good floral hops smell and taste...with a pretty good maltiness for a lager. Crisp..and dryish...thirst quenching but with character not seen in most lagers...if I'm really thirsty I like this over their ale..

I think this is vastly underrated. There are few lagers that can compare.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When is doubt, drink this. It has become a staple here in the Northeast, that you can always fall back on it. I try to only order this on tap; great balance of hops and malt with enough flavor to drink alone or with food.

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Photo of Jordan
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sweet n' Malty. Very slight hops presense here to keep the malt in check. Sweet caramel on the nose. Available everywhere, an enjoyable brew.

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

Light golden color, strong white head and lace until the end. Clean maltiness nose with just the right amount of hops. Slightly sweet, malty, nicely hopped flavor with a somewhat dry finish. Medium body and rich, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. A very good tasting and refreshing Classic American Pilsner. Prosit.

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

The new Classic. Availability is probably its greatest attribute. You can be at a mom-and-pop restaurant in the middle of nowhere and cahnces are they'll have a Sam for you.

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

One of the best American made lagers. A good fallback when choices are limited.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown, glass is raised above the label in the signature of Samuel Adams. Label is new, "It's what's inside" is under the cap ... beefing up the marketing eh?

Appearance: Light amber with golden hues. The head is rocky, creamy and frothy which sticks to the glass all the way down to the last gulp.

Smell: Good dose of sweetness both from the floral hops and caramel malt. Very aromatic and a pleasure to the nose.

Taste: Sweet malt, a little caramel, with a sublime hop oil flavour which lets through a more than ample bitterness that has a spicy bite to it. A hoppy finish with some residual sweetness and drying grain are in the end.

Notes: A very well crafted brew, enough hops to go around yet still very balanced. Soon to be a classic (first brewed in 1984), an excellent fall back or session beer also.

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Photo of bk3nj
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad. Not nearly as good as their seasonal beers, but better than most American (non-microbrew) beer.

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

Solid and widely available.

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