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

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2,644 Reviews
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

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2,644
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3.8
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Photo of Sabtos
2.47/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Gold with two fingers of a uniform head that recedes to a thin layer with clingy lace.

Buttery bread and malty aromas. In actuality, the nose is very subdued, almost non-existent.

Sharp flavor--almost spicy--with crackers, bread, and corn.

Crisp finish.

For how proud Jim Koch is of this beer, it's only a small step up from the big AALs, and not something I'd revisit intentionally, given the current state of nearly unlimited options.

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

Smell: very malty, caramel, pleasant hops.
Taste: relatively thick mouthfeel (compared to the avg lager), creamy carbonation, malty sweet.
Finish: light bitterness, hint of dry smoke.
(can bb Sep 2016)

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It’s the original Sam Adams beer that started it all, not just for Sam Adams, but arguably for the craft beer craze in America in general. This lager pours a color somewhere between golden and russet with a fairly large white creamy head and a pretty high amount of carbonation. It leaves a nice lacing. The smell is almost nonexistent, but is faintly of malt and a little bit of citrus. The flavor has some bready, slightly caramel, malt character with some hops that come peeking out at the end and a little citrus coming out with it. There is a little bit of an earthy taste to it also. It’s a pretty well balanced beer, but not too exciting. The body is medium, but must have looked heavy compared to all those mass produced beers when this first came out. The finish is crisp. Over all I would say this is fairly average, or maybe a little bit above as far as Sam Adams beers go, but it’s a long shot better than most other mass produced American beers.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boston Lager pours with a short but dense, white head. The body is clear and dark golden in appearance. The aroma is full of floral, spicy hops. This continues into the first taste. It has a malty sweetness that finishes with a nice hoppy bite. The bitterness and carbonation lingers leaving a refreshing feeling.

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Photo of MusaJames
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a glass with an Amber color. Smells good forgive the lack of details my nose isn't very good but the fact I can smell it is a good sign. The taste is full bodied with plenty of hops. Feels great no complaints in that department. Definitely a beer I could drink regularly.

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Photo of sennoma
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Solid drinkable lager, finishes just a little bitter and lingers on the palate. Smell is warm, yeasty, beery, comforting goodness. Good mouthfeel, crisp and clean.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored lager, 1/2" off white head. Aroma was mild grains, sweetness.

Taste has a nice malt toast caramel impression, somewhere along the lines of an Oktoberfest or Marzen. Minimal levels of hops, bitterness and body.

I can see why this blew up and got big. It does have more substance and flavor than most mass produced lagers. Its smooth. They didn't skimp when making a beer with some specialty malts instead of using loads of corn and 6 row barley. Old world hops.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely tastes like an American take on a Vienna. While the mouth-feel and it's look in a glass are pretty good the beer tastes like a garbled mess to me. The hop profile seems nice at times to the nose, but comes out tasting bland with almost every sip. The balance of malt to hops is nice, unfortunately neither the malt or hops selection seems innovative or even good tasting.

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Photo of dcjones82
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go to beer when at a restaurant or bar. I'm a big fan of Vienna style, amber lagers, and this is one of the better ones out there. This review is of a 12 oz. bottle from my fridge.

L- Golden amber color, over a finger of off-white creamy head. Nice lacing on tulip style beer glass.
S- Caramel, malt, roasted nut, hops. Very fulfilling amber lager smell.
T- Very hop forward for this style. Caramel malt flavor, roasted bitterness. Finishes very nice and refreshing.
F- Full mouth feel, heavy style lager. You definitely know your drinking a full bodied beer.
O- I'm a little biased towards this beer, I do buy it often. If I had any negatives about it, it would be that it's heavy, maybe too bitter sometimes. If you love light beers or adjunct lagers, you will probably hate this. This maybe a little too much for someone new to beer to start out on, but it should be tried by everyone at least once. Very nice beer! Highly recommended!

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Photo of abarquerov
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Peach gold with reddish notes. Almost no head.
S: Very fresh peach-critus-champagne aroma.
T: Very similar to the smell. Champagne-ish aftertaste with some bitternes and astringency.
F: Creamy with nice moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright rose gold, if it were handed to me as a red ale I wouldn't argue.

Aroma: Very nice blend of malt and hops.

Taste: Solid. Rich malt cake with hop icing. Consistent flavor all the way through, finishing clean and crisp with lingering malt touches. What other Viennas aspire to be.

Texture: Medium leaning towards full.

Overall: A very well crafted (yeah, that's what I said) beer in the Vienna style. I say that like I really know what I'm talking about, every Vienna I've had tasted different, but the style brings to mind caramel malty richness with balancing hops and that describes this beer pretty well.

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

This beer really started it all for me, I used to think it was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but this one really started it for me.

MUCH BETTER on draft, this is a beer I'd order at a bar if there really isn't much to choose from.

The look is gorgeous lets be real. It looks so good and mouth watering.

Some sense of hops, malty and some caramel notes in the taste. It can be filling but it's the perfect beer to go with wings.

Cheers!

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Photo of The_Atom
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color well into a pint glass. Smells of slightly spicy hops with a strong malt presence - a solid balance between malt and hops in my opinion. A rich, smooth, medium body with consistent flavor throughout the experience. I've been a fan of this classic for a while.

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Photo of ChrisSRT4
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a dented can into an empty water bottle. Beer was all head and needed 5 ice cubes to chill it down (3 is my max...5 is preposterous). Aroma is very turnip forward (as in a lot of Sam Adams beers) and reminds me of blueberry chill and fun in Hawaii. Taste is that of Vienna, which is quite smoky...orange, minty and slightly of moth balls. Mouthfeel was of a fine aged custard. Overall this is a great beer designed in Boston and maid in Vienna.

*The dented can looked at me very judgemental.

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Photo of fireman7575
4.71/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Nice amber color, looks very good in a pint glass
S: Good spicy hop aroma with notes of sweet malt
T: Same as nose, very well balanced lager
F: Good carbonation, not at all a watery feel
O: One of my favorite lagers, not as flashy as other craft brews but you can never go wrong with it.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber with fast-faded clingy white top that settles to a ring. Aroma is of a spicy hop yielding to sweet bready malt. Flavor is much the same as the nose. While I'm not a hug fan of the hop load, it is excellently balance and appropriate for the style. Finishes a bit dry and slightly bitter.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
On the "1001" list, this probably deserves to be on the list for its role in bringing a tasty alternative to American palates early in the craft movement. In fact, it could be argued that Sam Adams was the first, and probably is still the best, at marketing.
It is a plus that this beer goes well with many foods, particularly summer salads.

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Photo of BlakeA85
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Pilsner glass. Poured a pretty golden amber color, clear and decently carbonated.
Smells of rich malt and a nice spicy hop character.
Tastes of nice quality malt, hay and a really nice, spicy hop again.
Mouthful is very nice, smooth and crisp.
Overall, extremely nice and balanced lager and I think it deserves the rep it gets.

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Photo of Skor
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams- Boston Lager on Draught. Vienna Lager 4.9% ABV 29 IBU poured into 17.5oz Munique Glass. Consumed & written 4/6/16. Typed on BA 4/28/16

Look- Caramel, filtered light brown/amber hue. 1" head tried to stay. about thumbnail after 15 minutes

Aroma- Sweet and full of caramel

Taste- Caramel, dank, semi dry and lightly bitter finish. Glazed muffin biscuity flavors

Aftertaste- Dry, light bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium-high carbonation, smooth, light body

Overall- Excellent for the style! maybe a little too sweet. Great color, carbonation, and texture. Head retention was poor even with the glass helping it out.

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Photo of ShockTop75
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is mild yet rich. Pours thick with a nice head. Perfect blend of malts and hops for a refreshing flavour from nose to finish. Great mouthfeel.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber, with a thick, foamy white head. Fair head retention and extremely modest lacing left behind. Aroma of pale malt, and pine hops. Taste is simplistic, with a balance of pine hops and pale malts. Mouth feel is smooth, and easy to drink. Thin-medium. Overall, a good simple brew. Easy to find as well.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

A very nice clear copper color with amber tones. Streaming bubbles and a nice fluffy, rocky somewhat off white colored head.

Smells of barley, malts and a yeasty odor as well. Damn! Smells like a beer!

The taste is like some lightly roasted malts with a touch of caramel. The hops are hiding pretty well in here and can be found somewhere towards the back of the taste.

Mouth feel borders on that medium side but finishes fairly dry cleansing the palate for the next swallow.

I like this beer! Some Vienna Lagers can go overboard with the caramel and sweet notes. That I do not like and I do not find that in this beer. Out of a bottle this beer is pretty darn good. However this beer gets better when you go out and have a cold one on tap. And there supposedly are no adjuncts in this one so that alone does make this that little bit more special.

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Photo of Gothish
4.86/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Adams sensory pint glass, always!

Medium amber color, off white head, medium carbonation and a satisfying mouth feel. Hoppiness with a hint of bread in the nose.

This is my go-to beer when I'm settling in a for a few. Regardless of what I finish the night with, I always start with a Boston lager. Balanced and smooth, but with a kick. At first sip, the hops are evident but not overpowering; a touch of sweetness in the middle gives way to a crisp, dry finish. Excellent paired with many different foods; my favorites are pulled pork, fajitas and of course, pizza. This beer deserves all of the accolades it has received. A true classic.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boston lager would be a great way to introduce someone to the world of craft beer. You an tell it's not like bud light or any other macrobrew, but at the same time it doesn't overwhelm the palate. Pretty simple smooth taste

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Photo of Jraiona
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've always enjoyed this beer, even before I knew what a craft beer was. The beautiful copper color along with the ample head create a great visual appeal. I'm not a fan of very bitter beers and this beer to me strikes a wonderful balance of sweetness and enough bitterness to stimulate and please my palate. At 4.9 ABV I think it would make a great session beer.

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