Malts: Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, and Caramel 60
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger
Calories: 175 per 12 oz.
Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
Description: Samuel Adams Boston Lager helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character.When it was introduced in 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Lager was unusual in a world of thin, light-bodied beers that were being churned out for mass market consumption. Following his great-great grandfather's recipe, Jim Koch used only traditional brewing processes as well as the finest ingredients to brew his Samuel Adams Boston Lager. "My great-great grandfather named his beer after himself: Louis Koch Lager," said Jim Koch."I renamed my beer after the patriot Samuel Adams, who helped lead the Revolution and was a brewer by trade. I thought the name was assertively American.” — The Boston Beer Co.
Random thoughts: Boston Lager was included in the Samuel Adams Fall Harvest Collection and is recognized as one of the beers that launched the craft beer renaissance in the US. I just recently tasted it for the first time.
The tasting: Gold in color, crystal clear, with lots of effervescence. Its white head dissipated very slowly leaving plenty of lacing all over the glass. It's a very nice looking beer. Aroma of bready malt with spicy and earthy hops. Flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of caramel malt. The alcohol isn't noticeable and there's not a lot of malt sweetness or hop bitterness. Overall, it's nicely balanced. Boston Lager is light to medium bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes with bready malt and spicy hops. It's a very easy drinker and a fine session beer.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me. Although this is a solid beer, it wasn't particularly memorable for me. Boston Lager is widely available around the country. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if my options were limited. If you're a macro drinker and you see Boston Lager the next time you're out on the town, give it a try. You'll be glad you did.
Have you tried Boston Lager? What are your favorite Sam Adams beers?