Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Rated 3.452 by BeerPals

Brewed by Boston Beer Company

Boston, MA, United States

Style:  Vienna / Amber Lager

4.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager® is the best example of the fundamental characteristics of a great beer, offering a full, rich flavor that is both balanced and complex. It is brewed using a decoction mash, a time consuming, traditional four vessel brewing process discarded by many contemporary brewers. This process brings forth a rich sweetness from the malt that makes it well worth the effort. Samuel Adams Boston Lager® also uses only the finest of ingredients including two row barley, as well as German Noble aroma hops. The exclusive use of two row barley not only imparts a full, smooth body but also gives the beer a wide spectrum of malt flavor ranging from slightly sweet to caramel to slightly roasted. The Noble hops varieties, Hallertau Mittelfruh and Tettnang Tettnanger, add a wide range of floral, piney and citrus notes, which are present from the aroma, through the flavor, to the lingering smooth finish. We take great pride in the Noble hops used in our beers. They are hand selected by Jim Koch and our other brewers from the world's oldest hops growing area. Among the world's most expensive, they cost twenty times as much as other hops.

ID: 18 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank4098
Overall Percentile92.3
Style Rank14 of 594
Style Percentile97.6
Lowest Score1.0
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.459
Weighted Score3.452
Standard Deviation0.587

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.1 3 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    The best selling craft beer in the world. Glad I bought stock in the company, and glad others love it. I’m not a fan. The beer pours a transparent light reddish-gold, with a snow white long lasting head. Aroma is fresh bread, weak citrus, and weak yeast. For a beer described as amber, not getting the sweet aromas. Mouthfeel is average. Flavor reminds me of a good central European lager. Good malty base, and a good hop finish. Not too sweet, and not too bitter. But this is an amber lager, so more camel or honey sweetness would have been nice.

  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 3.2 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottle. Colour – transparent golden amber, white foamy head, good lacing. Aroma – grains, light caramel, light floral hop notes. Mouthfeel – medium bodied, ample carbonation. Flavour – nicely balanced between the malted grains and the bitter hops. While it may be a better than average lager, it is a below average beer.

  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 3.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    this is a great dinner beer served up with a appetizer of red meat. it pours decent head with good aroma and has the right about of taste that is needed

  • BEERGINNER 58 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a lovely golden amber colour with a bright head. Medium mouthfeel with strong malty tones and a slightly hoppy afterglow. A nice find at the LCBO.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours out a off color dark gold with a white head. The aroma is solid malt. The mouthfeel is smooth and semi thick. The taste is of a semi sweet thick malt flavor. Very fine beer that doesn't need fancy extra ingredients.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 2.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Clear copper yellow with small off-white foam head. Aroma is malty caramel, some nut tones. Taste is caramel with some citrus and nuts tones. Fresh aftertaste, slight bitter. (Houston 201303)

  • MWISCOUNT 74 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This beer has a very "reddish" golden color with a nice bright taupe foam head. It is a good thirst quencher (AKA, goes down like H2O). The upfront taste in this beer is malt with a bit of hops right behind it. This was part of the variety case and I thought I would pair it with a big old bad burger with bacon! Perfect pairing!

  • JCF14 157 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    it's a orange amber beer, with a light foam. smelled of ginger bread and yeast. in mouth i found malts and grany, a little spicy with a little biterness in the end. pleasante !

  • TONE77 221 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a light brown color. Smell is on the malty side. Taste is malts, caramel, a touch of hops.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

  • RICHSBEER 1928 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a crystal clear amber in color with a small creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer while leaving a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is that of moderate grainy malts with some light amounts of sweetness and floral hops. The taste has flavors of both caramel malts (contributing some sweetness) and biscuit malts. There is a light presence of floral hops that contribute some light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and is nice and smooth. This beer is very easy to drink

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