Samuel Adams Boston Lager

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Type: Vienna Lager
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  • 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: 14

  • 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
  • May 26, 2011
    jetcrazy (4)Rank: Beer Novice
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    In my words there is no better beer. The first time I drank a Sammy I knew this is the beer for me. When your drinking one you know you are drinking a beer not something that calls it self a beer
  • Feb 16, 2011
    jacksocr (1)Rank: Beer Novice
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    Boston Lager is an all around great beer. It is very robust compared to other lagers but the flavor is second to none. While it tastes great out of the bottle I highly recommend making a trip to their one of their breweries to taste a fresh batch out of the tap. The free sampling they offer was the best beer I have ever tasted.
  • Sep 18, 2010
    LmanofMGS3 (3)Rank: Beer Novice
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    Sam Adams flagship brew is the Boston Lager. You can find this beer all over the country alongside mega-brews like Budweiser, however the Boston Lager is a beer made for beer-people. The strong, rich aroma and flavor will overpower some meals so I would recommend meat and other strong-flavored dishes. The caramel flavor can be a bit much at times which is the only real drawback that I can think of. This is a solid beer and definitely one of the best mainstream beers around.
  • May 1, 2010
    Shrews629 (42)Rank: Beer Amateur
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    Off white, bubbly, foamy, soapy, two finger head. Amber, almost "penny" like copper color with some red hues. Definitely get the floral hops in the nose with what I found to be a slight hint of grass. Unusual. Very hoppy taste, but not overly bitter. Just right in my opinion. Fairly thin, with a somewhat surprisingly chewy and smooth mouthfeel. Had a dry finish. This is honestly one of my favorite beers that I could drink with any hearty meal during any season.