Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a Vienna-style Lager brewed by the Boston Beer Company that blends floral hops, citrus, caramel, and biscuit.

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Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a Vienna-style Lager brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Samuel Adams Boston Lager by Boston Beer Company

Packaging art for the Samuel Adams Boston Lager by Boston Beer Company

What You Need to Know

The Boston Lager is the flagship beer for the second largest craft brewery in the United States. First brewed in 1984, this Vienna Lager was one of the brews that helped lead the modern craft beer revolution. That beer is still brewed with a pair of noble hops and malts and founder Jim Koch samples every batch to ensure its quality. Must be pretty good then. So how was it really? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The lager pours a crystal-clear deep golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of cream-colored foam that shows fine retention. A lattice of sticky lace clings to the glass following the head’s reduction.

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Aroma

The aroma wafts a scent of floral hops with caramel showing up as the beer warms.

Flavor

The palate is led by a taste of biscuit that transitions to a gentle bite of floral hops. Citrus orange peel follows and then the tasting mellows with a balance of caramel.

Label art for the Samuel Adams Boston Lager by Boston Beer Company

Label art for the Samuel Adams Boston Lager by Boston Beer Company

Mouthfeel

The feel is smooth with a modestly dry finish. The lager has a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Its color is a little light for the style. The aroma isn’t particularly strong but it is pleasant. The feel is perfect and while the palate isn’t overly complicated, it’s still quite flavorful. This is a delicious, easy drinking, very refreshing beer. The Samuel Adams Boston Lager is the classic American take on a Vienna Lager. And its no wonder it’s a big part of the Boston Beer Company success story.

Recommended Pairings

The Boston Beer Company recommends the following food pairings with their Samuel Adams Boston Lager: appetizers of blue cheese, black bean soup, bruschetta, and cobb salad; entrees of burgers, roasted or fried chicken, and burritos; sweets of dark chocolate, chocolate & Caramel cupcakes, and toffee cheesecake.

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