Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Massachusetts
United States
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This Go To Beer™ started it all. Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character.  Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has used only the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

Profile

ABV: 
4.9%
IBUs: 
30
Hops: 
Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger Noble
Malts: 
Two-row, Pale malt blend, Caramel 60
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An aroma of spicy noble hops followed by mild floral notes greets you before the toasty and somewhat caramel-like malt breaks through. A very clean fermentation, and a bright golden color accentuate the streaming bubbles, which support a creamy white head and fine lacing -- reminding you of what a truly beautiful beer this is to behold. The flavor follows the aroma: Lots of spicy and floral hops create a firm bitterness, which the malt sweetness keeps in check. The malt profile is toasty but lacks the juicy malt character that Vienna malts often provide. The caramel malt is pleasant, providing some complexity and balance, but seems out of place in a Vienna Lager. Hop bitterness prevents this smooth, creamy beer from finishing too sweet and the moderate carbonation keeps it refreshing. This is one of those beers that is extremely well made and a pleasure to drink, but suffers when judged as an example of a classic style. As a Vienna Lager this beer is too hoppy, too bitter and presents inappropriate caramel sweetness, but apart from stylistic issues is a great beer... I’ll have another please!

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Beer Recommendation

The Vienna Lager beer style as defined in the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines are moderate-strength amber lagers with a soft, smooth maltiness and moderate bitterness and a relatively dry finish. A standard-strength everyday beer that’s a light reddish-amber to copper in color, American versions can be a bit stronger, drier and more bitter. Brewed with Vienna malt, which provides a lightly toasty and complex Maillard-rich malt profile. Read on to discover our Vienna Lager reviews.

The Vienna Lager beer style as defined in the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines are moderate-strength amber lagers with a soft, smooth maltiness and moderate bitterness and a relatively dry finish. A standard-strength everyday beer that’s a light reddish-amber to copper in color, American versions can be a bit stronger, drier and more bitter. Brewed with Vienna malt, which provides a lightly toasty and complex Maillard-rich malt profile. Read on to discover our Vienna Lager reviews.

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