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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Smoke Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional rauchbier’s delicate balance of beechwood smokiness and toasty malts make it the perfect beer for sitting around a fire pit with friends or warming up on a chilly night.

Added by superspak on 09-25-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,133
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
143
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
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2
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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickFry9
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As New Samuel Adams Beer Sunday, It's Gonna Be a Long Trail (Week 706) rambles on, I am listening to Alpha Blondy & my ghost companion is suggesting that today may run deeper than I had initially anticipated. Kenny Longshore was a fellow plankowner & shipmate aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60) as well as a fellow member of the SDBG. We attended the 25-year reunion in Norfolk, VA in 2014 & upon returning to his home in Whidbey Island, WA, he laid down for a nap & never awoke. I went back to Norfolk to assist in scattering his ashes at sea from the fantail of the Normandy & his widow was telling me about how much he enjoyed following my exploits. When I returned home, his ghost was awaiting me, perched atop a box of beer near my kitchen door & he is a regular visitor when I am drinking at home. We are joined by other fallen shipmates & even my late Pops on occasion, but Kenny is a regular. He kept pointing down towards the box upon which he was perched & it suddenly dawned on me. That shall follow, but for now, it is time for one of my favorite beer styles ...

From the Bottle: "Toasty malt & Beechwood Smoke"; "Proud to be Independent. American. Craft."; "20 IBUs".

I was literally shaking with excitement at the anticipation of drinking this one! I kid you not, ever since I first tasted Rauchbier, I have been fascinated with Smoke(d) Beers. I usually like them with smoked oysters and/or smoked salmon on crackers, but I'll be okay drinking this one unadorned. I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a C-line pour into the awaiting S.A. glass. I have long liked these glasses, having received one on their initial release as a BA Magazine subscriber, but now I am beginning to find them on the secondary market (flea markets, yard sales, rummage/attic sales, etc) & you can bet that I am snapping them up! This type of aggro pour causes the beer to nucleate upon coming in contact with the stippled bottom, releasing a massive head. In this case, I got just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with decent retention, but the resulting lacing was fantastic! Color was a gorgeous Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & deep-Amber highlights. Gorgeous! Nose smelled like candied bacon or bacon jelly & if you don't know what I am alluding to, getcha some! Smoky & sweet, just the way I like it. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not far beyond it, either. The taste was moderately smoky, but I could have gone MUCH bigger. Still, it isn't like the shelves are just brimming with Smoke Beers & since Koch's is a monetary concern, he has to keep it appealing to everyone. This was on the lightly-smoked end of the spectrum, but still definitely a Smoked Beer. Finish was smoky and dry & I was ready for a meaty, salty snack. Mmm.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of these as part of the Winter mixed pack at TW Arrowhead on 3-1-18. Best by May; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured an amber brown with an okay head initially but faded quickly.

Nose is smoked malts forward, nothing much more beyond that.

Taste is a decent amount of smokiness imparted, with the classic Boston Lager flavor profile which is a smooth lightly hopped and malted brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth.

Overall not a bad brew, nothing special. Not a style that i desire often but was fun to try.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Smoked Lager brewed by Boston Beer Company ,with an ABV of 5.00% This Smoked Beer pours out a deep copper brown color with a nice off white head. This brew was poured into a pint beer glass from a 12oz bottle. There is also some nice lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Smoked Lager is rich with roasted grains and malts. You do pick up on smoky notes in the smell along with hops. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, you first pick up on the roasted/ smoked flavors from the grains and malts. The smoked beechwood is a nice touch to this brew, not overwhelming at all. The body of Smoked Lager is a Solid medium. This brew would go nice with dinner or on a cool day. There is nothing overpowering about smoked Lager it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Smoked , Roasted Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsnouffer
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good try. I like how Sam tries to stay in the game with the micros who upped the level of experimentation. But Sam's smoked lager is not there yet... but it is good and I've had it twice.

This is pleasant Looking amber with modest foam that disappears quickly. Smells are not over-powering and the malts come through. Tastes are also balanced, not trying to do too much. It seems average in the mouth, but that is OK for a beer that tries an interesting take on being refreshing.

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Photo of melmoldy
1.12/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Seriously, I cannot for the life of me figure out how this beer has positive ratings of any sort. It's one of the most repulsive beers I've ever had the displeasure of tasting. I can't give any fancy details about the head, color, lacing, etc because I would never waste a chilled pint glass on this cheap garbage Samuel Adams beer. What it comes down to is this... Samuel Adams Smoked Lager tastes like drinking rancid smoked ham, and it's repulsive and causes an instant gag reflex so you'd better be near a restroom. I'm lucky I was able to swallow a sip without vomiting. Seriously, there are so many good beers out there... walk away from this immediately.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Sam Adams glass

Three finger tan foam cap over clear copper brown liquid

Smoky smoked malt aroma

Smoked malt taste

Smoky tast gently lingers

Good beer

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hman43
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark amber with a slightly tan head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a smoky and bacon aroma to start off with.

Taste: It has a smoky and bacon like flavor with a bit of malty sweetness. There is a slight herbal with very faint grass. There are some fruity esters low in the background.

Feel: It has a moderately light feel to it with moderate carbonation.

Overall, there is pronounce smoke aromas and flavors with other elements being hard to find.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyclerider
4.78/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ordybill
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is dark brown with a large white head. The aroma is smoke, malt and cooked bacon. The taste is less smoke and filled with malt, bread and some toffee.

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of descobar
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From Craft Lager variety pack. 12 oz bottle. Fresh (drink before 6/18).
Smell: toasted bread, caramel, toffee, and herbal hops. smoked aromas are present but not overwhelming and fade over time.
Look: pours deep amber with a 1/2" tan bubbly head with low retention. full clarity and no lacing was observed.
Taste: toffee and caramel sweetness is significant as is the bitterness but not well balanced. The smoked flavors are on the unpleasant side.
Feel: medium to medium/full body with rich texture. light carbonation and subdued astringency. The finish is long and not pleasant with all this sweetness and bitterness lingering on the palate.
Overall: I was looking forward to this one. SA usually so good at German styles really botched this one. Kind of a mess. Want a rauchbier? get yourself anything from the masters at Schlenkerla.

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Photo of JessicaSpla
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definite smokey malt taste. But smooth going down

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Frumpy light tan head has a thick batter consistency, standing 0.5 inches with a bubbly and spongey texture. Cola-caramel coloring is a burnt Brazilian cherry when back-lighted. Momentarily lasting head is washy afterwards with a mid-range volume of carbonation, loosely packed, and of large size. Washy and spotty lacing on the vessel persists long into the drink.

S: Beautiful wet, smokey ash and smoked meat and bacon. Toasty woody caramel notes with a mid-level tone holds rather weakly. Nice initial wiff from the bottle gives you a much better perception.

T: Nice burnt caramel and smokey ash notes. Toasty malt, bacon and smoked slim jim. Smoked pine hops, earthy charred wood with some sweet dark fruit, black cherries and toasted crystal and munich malts.

M: Crisp lager like bubbly texture and composition, syrupy mid-level malt depth. Smokey ash afterfeel.

O: A generally good first impression, aromatic wise, Nice level of wet smokey ash and malt with a good drink-ability factor and appeal without being overwhelming. Multiple approach.

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Photo of heerboth
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Samuel Adams Smoked Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 143 ratings