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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by January 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of off-white head. Retention is maybe a minute and there is a decent bit of clingy lace on the glass. The brew is light-copper in color and mostly clear.

S-The smell is a pleasantly hoppy mixture of floral scents, some lemon and grapefruit, and earthy pine. The first couple of whiffs are pretty pungent and bitter, and give a bit of soapiness. Underneath the hops are light caramel malts. Pretty dry.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with floral notes, some citrus, and long, pleasantly bitter (and earthy) finish of pine and rye-like spice. Again, the brew is pretty dry, with just a bit of caramel and toasted bread to balance the hops. I get a bit of soapiness, but it fits the beer.

M-The feel is lightly oily and dank with relatively soft and chewy carbonation that drinks more like an IPA than a lager.

O-I quite enjoyed this beer. It drinks way above its 5% ABV and packs more than enough hoppy punch to go up against some of the better IPAs out there. There is a bit of grainy flavor in there to remind you that this is a lager, but I could definitely see drinking a few of these on a warm day next spring.

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Photo of drpimento
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! If only it wouldn't have been kept under fluorescent lights at the store. Poured at a good temperature with a decent, foamy, frothy, thick, long lasting, cream-colored head and plenty of lace. Color is a clear orange amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, fruit, bit of skunk. Flavor is like nose, largely loses the skunk, has a great balance between bitter, tang, and sweet right up front and dance around each other in the mouth. Body is spot on; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has good length and is great drinking! Hope to get more of this.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - a crystal clear ambe color, with a light head.

Smell - You can smell the hops and the pine/citrus.

Taste - The spiciness from the hops is the initial flavor, then it goes towards a more pine like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied.

Overall - It tasted just like the Boston Lager but with a pine aftertaste.

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Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the ABV 5% and there is a short description of the beer.

Appearance: It has a golden honey body with a creamy white head on top. This head has good retention and makes nice leasing on the glass.

Smell: There are nice citrusy hops with notes of tangerines and grapefruit as well as some tropical fruit.

Taste / Palate: The flavor picks up all the hop notes from the nose and adds them to a nice bread base malt. It has a solid medium body with balanced carbonation and mellow bitter finish.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Massive crown of dense, sticky white foam atop a slightly hazy light amber body. Patchy lacing like alien hieroglyphs adorns the glass walls. The head retention is slight, the carbonation faint.

Aroma: Prominent pine hops dominate the aroma, there are also pepper notes and a solid, though subdued caramel malt backdrop.

Taste: Opens with a burst of hops, more spicy and citric than the pine tar aroma would suggest. Juicy flavors of grapefruit and orange rind assail the palate. Soon after, there is a decent wave of toasted and caramel malt, though this seems merely an accompaniment to the solid hop presence. As the taste progresses, a strong grassy characteristic appears. Finishes with mild, lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, and a slight, lingering sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-crafted, an over-the-top example of the style.

Presentation: packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a light orange with a decent head; nice-looking lacing on the glass.

S: Negligible pale malt aromas - this one's all about herbal hops - and even then, not enough to sting your nostrils.

T: I'm really impressed by this one; what seemed like sort of a Sam gimmick - some work, some really don't - has actually turned out to produce an almost gold standard of a sessionable lager. Crisp, refreshing...reminds me of a more sessionable Prima Pils, without an adherence to a Bohemian style.

M: Balanced.

Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big sticky, hoppy, and pithy citrus and pine notes up front. Orange rind dominates as the beer warms. Clean fermentation character. No alcohol heat.

Appearance: Bright amber pour with yellow edging. Pillowy off-white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Light lemon zest and orange rind up front. A touch of caramel sweetness followed by more citrus hop flavors. Kind of reminds me of orange juice. Balance is to the bitterness. Finish is very clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily and creamy. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A good beer with an identity crisis. Smells like an IPA, tastes like a pale ale, and claims to be a lager. I don't care what it is but it's a finely crafted beer and I'll gladly have another.

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Photo of skyman1972
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The smell was fantastic with a strong earthy scent. Every time I brought the glass up to taste I enjoyed the smell. Not much head but decent lacing. Nice gold color. Drinks easy with a lingering hoppyess. I can’t pick out flavors yet, but it’s good!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer once before and liked it very much so picked up a six to see if it as good as I originally thought. Very strong appearance with an excellent smell. Not quite the hoppy smell or the bitter bite of the typical IPA which is good and bad. Overall this is an excellent beer and one I like very much and will but anytime in the future. Sam Adams got this one right.

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Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue with a thick, frothy head; decent lacing

S: Subtle grapefruit and tropical fruits; some flower and pine aromas; a grainy, bready undertone but fairly subdued

T: Nice hop flavors up front--citrus, tropical fruit, and pine needles mingle fairly well--with a pleasant bready, malty backbone; I love the balance on this

F: Very creamy and chewy--really nice mouth feel

O: This is a fun beer; I really like how complex and yet still crisp this lager is

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Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of gold. No orange. No hues. Lager bubbles are making their way to the top in perfect clarity. There is a fat head of creamy bubbles that fell off unnoticed because I drank it so fast. Left wet and patchy lacing. carbonation refreshed upon each tilt of the glass.

This had a big bright nose. Everything you love about hops. Pine, citrus and floral. A bit of orange peel and a light bread. Tucked just under all that is a light yeasty lager scent. Spruce, pine needles. Lightly sweet malt.

Taste is exceptional. It has a tremendous hop forward character that is tempered and smooth. The hops are herbal and succulent with out a terrible bitter. They are not even really that tart and that's how it is one step toned down from an IPA. There is a bit of grapefruit on the palate though but a light tangerine takes hold and a bit of orange blossom honey. Bread is light and the lagering has done this beer a great favor. It has made it smooth and drinkable in the best way. The pine is intense but not sharp. A touch of resin to make the aftertaste last and plenty of earth. It's crisp and bold. There is just a bit of bitter in the dry finish.

Leave it to sam adams to mix these two beer styles so perfectly. This beer has tremendous flavor but is not the least bit harsh. it doesn't numb you with bitterness. It doesn't defeat you with a high abv. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation is perfect with a little bite to it. It is gentle enough and the lager character does indeed make it easy drinking.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at James Joyce in Ybor City. Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice gold color with a fair amount of chill haze. One finger of white foamy head and an average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Hoppy aromas up front (pine, grass and herbs), and some light malts and lager yeastiness. Low sulfur character, if any.

T: The clean malt flavors show the lager style, but the hops become a nice counterpoint - pine, grass, and some grapefruit citrus. It isn't a bitter hop bomb at all, just well-integrated.

M: Fairly light-bodied for an IPA, but certainly more do it than most American Pale Lagers. Carbonation sensation is fairly low, and the alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O: I found this to be pretty enjoyable. Recommended if you're in the mood for something a little different.

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Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with 1 1/2 finger foamy white head, with good retention and generous lacing. the aroma has floral hops, citrus, and fresh cut grass.

Has a hop forward taste with floral hops, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, bread malt, and crackers. Has a nice combination of flavors. The malt does provide some balance for the hops, but thankfully not too much, which allows the hops to be the star of this beer.

Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink, with a grapefruit and floral hop aftertaste. A very nice India Pale Lager, which I will buy again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear bright orange, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Starts with a good deal of citrus hops, some grass. Then straw.

T-Starts with citrus and grass. Finish has a good deal of straw with a slight bitterness. However as it warms the hops take a back seat and the balance is thrown off.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp but watery.

O-The knock is that as it warmed it went downhill. Drink cold.

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Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Slowly foaming out the the of the bottle when I opened it. In the glass it is a clear apricot color with plenty of just off white head.

S: Grapefruit, and orange peel with a little grass smell as well. Slightly grainy with a touch of lager yeast character.

T: Tropical fruits, orange peel, apricot, and a touch of herbal grassyness in the flavor. There is a sweetness to it that I am not in love with.. almost similar to an IPA that sat around too long.

M: Crisp, with plenty of carbonation. Slightly drying on the finish.

O: Overall good, not amazing.. Interesting, but not overwhelmingly good.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams signature glass. The beer is crystal clear, bright gold in color, and sports a nice frothy head with good retention. The nose is bright and hoppy and boasts lots of mouth-watering tropical fruit, primarily lemons, grapefruit, and oranges.

Light body and crisp, clean flavor. Some corn-like sweetness up front that is well-balanced with plenty of bitter, flowery hoppy notes. Nothing too complex, but lots of flavor for the style. Very refreshing.

For an American Pale Lager, this beer is quite something. Lots of flavor, but does not sacrifice any of its thirst-quenching attributes. A really nice beer from Boston Beer Co. Not designed to blow anyone away, but rather a good all-around lazing-around-the-TV-watching-a-ballgame beer.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with many others, I wasn't going into this with a lot of pre-exiting knowledge. That being said, one would expect citrus, floral, pine, earthy with extreme smoothness shining through with the lager-ing process and yeast.

Copper-hued clarity screams at you as you gaze at the glass.
Aroma is a pronounced IPA signature, with the hops playing the prominent role.
Taste is all IPA, with a punch of citrusy tang. The bitter profile carries through the palate leaving a bittering finish...perhaps, perhaps a slight bit smoother than your average IPA.
Mouthfeel is the norm.

This beer delivers most of what it claims. However I didn't pick up the lager tranquility. It seemed very heavy handed on the IPA side of the scale, but not too much on the lager end. Even in the finish. I have to say, though, this was sampled AFTER a Stone IPA and a Goose Island IPA. Which in my opinion, should have made the lager smooth profile really stand out from heavily hopped intentional IPA's.

All of that being said, I did enjoy the beer immensely. Even to introduce non believers to IPA's, this is probably too much on the bitter end of the spectrum.
Worth a try, to enjoy, and come to your own conclusion.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated March (2014?). Sampled on August 17, 2013.

It has a slightly murky medium amber-orange pour with a silky, soft off-white head. Evocative carbonation.

Interesting aroma of malts, grains, and tropical fruits. The hops are not as up front as they are on the taste, which I will get to.

Medium body with a slight creaminess.

There is a vague butterscotch note on the taste at first but it is quickly overtaken by the earthy hops and tropical fruitiness. Uniquely enjoyable for a pale lager.

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Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Best by December 2013.

A - Clear light amber orange with 2 finger white cap. Thick collar remains through out the session and rings of lacing line the glass.

S - Big sweet notes of malt, cracker, bread, honey dominate. Mixed in are some light citrus and pine hops. Grain and straw are also present.

T - Starts off with a sweet malt character, with some cracker, bread, and honey. Grains, yeast and straw transition into a light hoppiness with citrus and pine. Finishes as a dry, lightly hopped lager.

M - Crisp, slick, oily with a lighter body and great carbonation. A bit dry and bitter on the finish.

O - Nice beer from SA given the price. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear darkish amber with a bright white head.

The smell is citrus, yeasty, smell like what you would expect from a lager with extra hops in it.

The taste is citrus, a little sweet, finishing slightly bitter, tastes like what you would expect from an extra hoppy lager.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, one of the best sam adams beers in my opinion.

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Photo of zac16125
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: Dec 13

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with 3 fingers width of white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Head has excellent retention and leaves lots of honeycomb lacing.

S: Malty, lager yeast, hop spice, faint citrus.

T: Matly, citrus rind, orange, lemon lime. Decent bitterness.

M/D: Medium body, crisp and clean finish, drinkability is average.

O: Overall, pretty good. Better than I thought it was going to be actually, not because I am a Sam Adams hater (which I am not), but because I tend to not like lager styles. This is a tasty beer though. I wouldn't seek it out but I may drink it again if its the only non BMC on tap somewhere.

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Photo of adamette
2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle given to me by my mother in law’s brother in law. Thanks Floyd! “AUG 2103” checked off on the side of the label. We are only 7 days into August so that is good!

A 3 inch creamy head over a translucent light copper body. Good look and possibly better than I thought it might look. 4.0

S Floral hops in front, distant barley malt also in there. I sense a gentle sweetness as well. Mostly it is like a hop flower though. Ho-hum to me. 3.0

T Like a lager eclipsed by a lot of floral hops. The hops are up front and carry all of the way through to the after taste. I don’t mind hops but here they are used too much and it leaves an unbalanced beer taste in my opinion. 2.5

M edgy with the floral hops and somewhat full feel because of it. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is meh. Overall this is “as advertised:” on overly hopped Lager. I found myself wishing that it was a lager since I appreciate the taste of a standard lager over this rather gimicky beer. 2.0

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Photo of Wasatch
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best By: Nov

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, sweet. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy. Medium body with a dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew, but would probably not buy again, we'll see.

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Photo of Robb_in_Austin
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aggressively poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: poured a nice golden amber. Cream colored head that left a nice lace.

S: citrus hop aroma dominates, faint hint of malt. The aroma dies quickly for me.

T: hoppy bitterness with a bit of malty sweetness. Nice hop spice on the end. Don't notice the alcohol.

M: thin and dies quickly.

O: tasty and solid. I'd drink again. Not memorable but not bad either. I'd prefer more body.

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Photo of SSS
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, very nice brew.
A-Gold, and I mean Gooold, nice white head that lingers
S-Smells like heaven, so very nice, words do not do it justice.
T-Fruit, heavy hop, grapefruit, not too sweet to start, clean bitter bite, smooth bitter finish
M-Good carbonation, light and flavorful

I highly recommend.

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