Samuel Adams Smoked Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ranked #75
Ranked #33,492
3.72 | pDev: 14.52%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Smoked LagerSamuel Adams Smoked Lager
Notes: 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.
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Photo of lwillitz
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Guinness tankard

A - 1 finger of khaki over a transparent body of copper amber

S - smoke, malt sweetness, wood

T - smoke, light malt sweetness, balanced hop bitterness

M - smooth medium body, medium carbonation

O - I had hoped for a little more complexity. Not terrible--more or less a Boston Lager with smoke added.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark oxidized copper color with a modest sized head of beige bubbles. Decent lace. True rauchbier scents, smoky, with hints of peat and malt. Light sweet malt start, slow progression of smoke builds.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +14.2%
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 Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -69.9%
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 +1.9%
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 hman43
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 ordybill
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 descobar
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
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 beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Smoked Lager has a thick, beige head, a clear, bubbly, deep copper appearance, with fairly heavy lacing. The aroma is of sweet, slightly smoky brown bread crust, and the flavor is of those elements, with some touch of bitterness and water. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Samuel Adams Smoked Lager finishes crisp and easy going.


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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep clean amber-ruby with off-white suds and no lace.

Aroma: Righteous wood smoke. Very nice.

Taste: Heavy malts and smoke here, in a lighter bodied brew. Not as “meaty” as the real German counterparts, but still a solid brew.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best before June 2018
Brown/red clear, clean with a 1" off white head that sticks around awhile before falling to a permanent cap.
Good looking beer.
Faint smoke over floral, sweet malt notes. Tar/rubber.
Smoky over sweet malts, some bitterness apparent that tries to dry it out, does the job for the most part.
A little less than medium body, low to medium carbonation. Lingering smoky and slightly sweet finish.
Not my cup of tea, not bad but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of witster18
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a rauchbier fan, granted, but this is an exceptional example. The smoke here really only adds to the overall experience in a very balanced way... not as overpowering or dominant a flavor as say a true ruach from Schlenkerla or anything like that, but just a really poundable and flavorful, lighter, and genuinely enjoyable brew... some noble german hops in here too are bright and punchy in a light lager way... this is definately something I could drink in mass quantities... Sam has hit this out of the park... wasn't quite as high on the coffee lager in this mixpack, but this beer is aces.

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Photo of Lucular
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average with not very much smoke flavor or aroma at all. Not a bad beer but pretty disappointing. If you're going to call it a smoked lager, then give it some smoke character!

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Photo of jgido759
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoy a good smokey beer and this one did not disappoint.

Poured into a perfect pint glass and was a dark amber with a 2 finger head which dissipated rather quickly.

Mild, smokey aroma gave way to a slightly stronger smokey flavor. Remined me of a Boston Lager with smoke added.

Would probably enjoy this again.

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Photo of Zylod
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice appearance, just a hint of smoke in the aroma. Just a touch of smoke in the taste, solid lager. I like smoked beers, this one is ok, but light on the smoke. Not bad but if your going to do it go for it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Smoked Lager in their newest variety pack at Meijers. I'm in the mood for something on the smokey side today, so lets see how it goes. 2018 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it goes well with the name, it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker amber and ruby color which took on a little more ruby hues when held to the light. it had a finger and half worth of lighter tan head that was creamy and little bubbly and it died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- the aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the smokey malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice smokey and light smoked meat like aroma and that goes into the rest of the malts which impart some caramel malt, toasted malt, bread crust, bready and grainy aromas with the caramel and toasted malts sticking out the most. Up next comes some clean lager yeast that leads into the hops which are on the lighter side and impart some earthy and light herbal like aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, the different aspects work well together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the smoked malts still being the first to show up like they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects, but this time they show up a little more and it goes right into the rest of the malts which impart all the same aspects that the did in the aroma with the caramel malts still sticking out the most. Towards the end comes the hops which are lighter this time and not as noticeable. On the finish it has a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a smokey, malty and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice Smoked Lager, it has some complexity and just enough balance.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it has more crispness to it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the key aspects that I look for in the style and to me it tasted like a boston lager with some smoked malts added. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but the smokiness might start to ware on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the taste, it was nicely complex with just enough balance. What I liked the least about this beer is the motufeel, i wish it was a little more crisp. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice smoked lager. All in all I was happy with this beer and it turned out to be a little better than I would expect and I would buy this beer on it own if in the mood for the style. It's not a favorite Sam Adams beer, but it's a nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty smoked lager, keep it up.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Clear light brown body with a white one and a half finger head.

Aroma – Beechwood smoke and caramel. Nice.

Taste – Smoky beechwood and caramel but no sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and light, not overpowering with its smokiness.

Overall – A well balanced beer that doesn’t hit you over the head.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into Perfect Pint
BB 7/2018
L- dark amber with light tan head, lacing as well
S- creamy, subtle coffee
T- sweet & creamy, toffee & smoke with a yeasty finish
F- light to medium-bodied, average carbonation, has the aforementioned creamy feel as well
Overall this is a nice sessionable Lager, however the smoke is really dialed back, so good beer but not to style

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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of smoke, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of piney hops, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of a Smoked Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated dryness. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of piney hops, and a hint of tea. Overall, good appearance and feel, the smoke is nicely done.

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Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany colored body; thick, creamy head. Mild aroma of toasted grains and very faint hint of smoke. Toffee flavor with some fine smoke notes lingering along the back of the taste. Medium body; smooth and creamy on the palate; semi-sweet finish.

This is a fine, nicely balanced smoked beer that should be easily approachable to those wanting to try such a beer. The aroma is really faint, but the rest of the beer is well-rounded and deliciously interesting.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,pours a deep rich garnet infused mahogany with a large fluffy off white head that settles very slowly leaving multiple broken rings behind as it does.Mild smoke and toasted grain mainly stand out in the nose,faint brown sugar-like sweetness is detected as well.A little prickly in the mouth with a light to medium feel.More of a mild smoke flavor but it's there with mild sweetness and cereal grain notes in the finish.Not bad,would be good for a beginner of the style,not like drinking a Westphalian ham like more traditional versions.

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Samuel Adams Smoked Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 148 ratings