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

BA SCORE
86
very good
9,078 Ratings
Samuel Adams Boston LagerSamuel Adams Boston Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
9,078
Reviews:
2,679
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
2,498
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 9,078 |  Reviews: 2,679
Photo of Iski100
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Clear copper/slight amber with two fingers of off white head. A few rings of lacing.

Smell - Grassy, slight spiciness, bready malt sweetness

Taste - Biscuit like sweetness, toast, floral and earthy hop character, hint of caramel.

Feel - Pretty much perfect for a beer like this. Thin to medium bodied, ample but soft carbonation. Almost creamy but very refreshing.

Overall - A very good lager. Poured out of a bottle it's very good but on tap it's outstanding.

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Photo of almarazcvn65
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avwine
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffreyhill021
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jbalintjr
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Carter_T
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 03/14/17:

Nice mostly clear amber or butterscotch, but quite cuprescent. Fluffy, rocky, light, but well-structured and immovable head, creamy tan in color with good retention an abundant, delicate lacing. Sweet and malty and grainy nose, with caramel and honey but also a hint of dark fruit. Palate is grain and caramel as expected but more bitter than aroma lets on, although that is not uncommon in lagers. Hops are floral to grassy but stronger and more soapy and peppery than I prefer in a lager. Still, this is a classic and quite drinkable, due to the balance. Lighter body, somewhat sparse but fairly sharp carbonation, yet ending on a softer effervescent note.

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Photo of kevin3046
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The granddaddy of craft beer. Clear light amber color. Biscuity dry smell. Thin dissapating head. Decent lacing. Has a malty, caramel, lemony, biscuit flavor with a nice light hop balance. Every place that sells or serves beer should at least offer this. But unfortunately, they don't. They are too busy selling Bud Light to know a decent beer.

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Photo of LWagoner
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of 10Crumra
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of golf_sierra
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear medium darker amber.
Lasting head.
Aroma is decent.
Sweet and malty some nutty.
Slight peppery spice to hops.
Medium carbonation.
Not my favorite beer.

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Photo of Nick2Wendell
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bocenzano
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pale_Horse
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Steven_Canadian
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CobraDC23
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigedal60
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A pseudo craft beer. Not bad and somewhat enjoyable, but watered down in order to appeal to the masses.

Look: Pours a clear orange yellow color with a one finger off white head of foam. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell: Very faint, almost no nose. Mild caramel with a toasted bread note.

Taste: Rather sweet throughout. Lots of sugary malt upfront with a slight caramel taste. Notes of honey and apples. Mild toffee. Very sweet with a lingering taste of caramel.

Feel: Body is light with moderate carbonation. Sweet and sugary, somewhat thirst quenching, but very saccharine.

Overall: I can't tell if this beer is old or fresh because Sam Adams uses a ""Best Before"" dating system instead of a proper bottled on date.

I hate ""Best before"" codes - they're useless as far as I'm concerned - because there's no way of telling when the beer was actually bottled. They could be giving this a six month shelf life for all we know, which is not """"""Fresh"""""" for a beer, especially a lager.

Let me decide when the beer is ""Best Before"" by providing me a bottled on date. This is simply a cop out in my opinion and a half assed way to both sell more beer and provide the bare minimum amount of information to the consumer. Sam Adams is having their cake and eating it too, paying the customer lip service but not actually providing any meaningful information to the drinker.

Was this beer bottled three months ago? Four? Six? Eight? There's no way of knowing.

I'd love to know if this is fresh, the date says it's within two months of it's ""Best Before"" date - but it's very sweet and malt heavy - like an old beer...

Theres no way of knowing if the beer is actually intended to taste like this or if my bottle is just past it's prime.

Overall this is good, but it could be so much better. It's thirst quenching with a good mouthfeel and moderately dry aftertaste - but very sweet throughout without much influence from the hops. I will admit I enjoy the taste, but if they just dialed back on the malt a little and added a tiny bit more hops, this could be exceptional.

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Photo of nightgardener
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJTOBY
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dyerpunk
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Satorn
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Timc32
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 9,078 ratings.
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