Samuel Adams Boston Lager

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Type: Vienna Lager
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  • 4.2/5 
  • 4.60% 
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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.
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Reviews: 13

  • May 9, 2014
    JimBeam1983 (152)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: Microbrewery explorer
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    A classic in American craft beer which I was able to get at my local spot.

    355ml bottle chilled served in a pilsner glass right out of the fridge:

    Pours a clear bronze/copper robe with vivid carbs and about two fingers of foamy head. Retention wasn't impressive but I did get some nice spotted lacing on the rim of my glass.

    The nose is subtle with some grains and malts. There is a spicy/clovy element. Simply put the nose doesn't really give any hints of how the brew will be on the tongue.

    Taking a sip, you first get the grain with a quite strong barley kick quickly making way for a hoppy uppercut racing to the back of the palate. The brew shows a mostly watery structure but does score points for its finale of nice vapory/stingy hops.

    Overall I was happy to get my hands on this classic and add it to my collection. I wouldn't say it an awesome lager for I thought the hops and barley were a bit overpowering the malts, but I'd describe this beer as accessible and refreshing. Cheers!
  • Oct 22, 2012
    Zman27 (23)Rank: Beer Novice
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    A classic brew from Sam Adams goes down smooth and I can taste a slite hop note. The ceo of Sam Adams has created a classic brew for everone to enjoy.
  • Jul 11, 2012
    robames1 (4)Rank: Beer Novice
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    An absolute classic craft brew. We have Samuel Adams to Thank for the evolution of craft brewing. Thanks!
  • Nov 21, 2011
    Donovan (5)Rank: Beer Novice
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    This beer is a "perfect" beer. It has its own character, a favorite of mine for all time. Just enough malt, just enough hops. Anybody should be proud to have made this beer. I wish Jim Koch's grandfather could have seen how big his recipe has become, to be the new face for a great American beer.
  • Oct 4, 2011
    kaj-ii (778)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
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    [Best served in a Lager glass]

    The pour was a clear medium amber-brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) white foamy head that was mostly lasting and produced some excellent lacing.

    The aroma was very light of grain malts, a floral hop and a cobweb scented yeast with hints of caramel and some spices.

    The flavor was little acidic and rather malty with a note of caramel at first and finished slightly bitter-sweet with a nice hop appeal at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration on the taste buds allowing you to enjoy the sweet hoppiness fully.

    Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a lively carbonation.

    Overall a nice lager with a smooth flavor. Although a staple in the craft beer world, I had it years ago and it was much better then.

    Serving type: Bottle