808: Samuel Adams Boston Lager

808 - Samuel Adams Boston LagerName: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Boston, Massachusetts
Style: Vienna Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.90%
First Brewed: 1985
Price: $1.49

Tasting Notes
This bright amber copper beer has a proud firm head of foam; solid hop aroma of freshly cut grass. Although exceptionally well balanced, distinctly sweet malt and hop bitterness provide an outstanding complexity and a smooth, mellow finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I am not a huge fan of this beer, but I let Sheryl pick today. I guess it comes at a good time to pay tribute to the lives lost in the Boston Marathon bombing. I haven’t made a lot of comments about what happened, but I am sick of hearing about it. But that is a story for another blog post. I just hope that the suspect that is still alive suffers for the damage he has caused. Anyway, this beer will be a tribute to the lives lost on that day.

Like I said, I am not a huge fan of this beer. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of this brewery. We only have one more beer from them left… but we will save that for a special occasion. We might need to get Dakine involved. He has a few of them in his cellar! Today we are drinking the boring Boston Lager, a beer that should be a starting point for someone wanting to know what craft beer is all about. Let’s drink!

In the Glass: The beer has a nice amber color with a thin white head. There is also more lace than I expected from this beer. As I am sitting here staring at the beer, tons of tiny bubbles are rushing to the top, making me nervous about how carbonated this beer might be. It did foam up when I popped the cap. This beer is fresh, too.

Nose: Not much going on, but it does have a nice balance of hops and malt. At first I am hit with the spicy/earthy hops, but the malts balance well. This is another chugging beer. They mentioned this beer being available at sporting events. Sheryl said this is her beer of choice at the airport. It is readily available all over the place. I haven’t had this in a while… I just hope the flavor doesn’t disappoint.

Flavor: Pretty much what I remember. It’s a good introduction to craft beer. Someone that drinks Bud needs to try this… the malts are what I am getting off the bat, but as the beer slides down the hops show up. Not too hoppy, but enough to know there are hops there. When I swish it around in my mouth a little bit, the bubbles explode and I almost had to spit it out! If you order one, just drink it. That is where you will get the most flavor.

Mouthfeel: Unless you swish it around, there isn’t much carbonation. It is easy to drink, and slides down smooth. Like I said, I could see myself chugging a few of these on a hot summer day. Oh, and I just looked at the label. PROST! I will say Sam Adams has a nice brand behind them. They are one of the few big brands in craft beer that has that going for them.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much going on here, but the hops do stick around for a few minutes. I told Sheryl that all these beers can’t be good… and even though she likes it, this beer just isn’t for me. But again, I tip my cap to the Boston Beer Company for what they have done and where this beer has come. I will drink to that!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager – The bottle says: “You’re drinking the first beer I made. The recipe came from my father’s attic in 1984. It tasted the same then as it does today – flavorful, full-bodied, and balanced. It was a revelation in taste, and it started a revolution in craft brewing that continued today. Cheers!”

Rating: 2.5/5 (I wanted to give this a 2… but because of what this beer has done for the craft beer community, and what this brewery has done for craft beer, I decided to up my rating a little bit. If you are new to craft beer, start here. This is a great launching pad for you.)

Sheryl’s Thoughts

The beer we are reviewing today is a very familiar one, and one that Ricky apparently hates.  He has been complaining ever since I picked this one to do.  I had no idea he was so against it.  I, on the other hand, actually like this beer.  It is not one of my favorite beers, but it is definitely one of my go-to beers.  I get it a lot in airports, because they tend to not have a lot of good choices other than domestics.  So this one is a good standby.  I would love to visit the brewery some time, and I’m sure we will.  The beer we are trying today is good old Sam Adams Boston Lager.

The beer looks pretty thin in the glass, and actually this glass just happens to look thinner to me than most Sam Adams.  Maybe I’m just used to them being served in the standard Sam Adams glass.  We do have some of those in our cabinet; maybe we should have used them instead.  It doesn’t have a lot of head, and what is there is gone rather quickly.  The beer is a dark golden to reddish color, and I remember it usually being darker than that, but maybe that’s because we are each only drinking half a bottle.  It doesn’t have a whole lot of smell to it, but what is there is just a typical boring lager smell.

Ok, so trying this beer I do have to say that it is pretty boring compared to most of the beers we have tried.  But it is, to me, way more tasting than something like Bud or Coors Light.  And I honestly just find it to be a good session beer.  Sometimes beer doesn’t have to be fancy or rich or hoppy or sour, and sometimes you don’t want it to be.  When I’m hanging out at home with a pizza I had delivered, Sam Adams works great for that.  Anyway, the flavor is pretty thin and while it is boring and just takes like an everyday lager, I think that to me it is a step above your typical domestic in the way that beers you try in Europe are generally a step above American domestics.  This is one I’ll definitely buy again.  It reminds me of flying, because I get it in airports!

Rating: 3/5

807 bottles of beer on the wall…

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