Samuel Adams Boston Lager
63 Blade Chainsaw
Samuel Adams Boston Lager uses a traditional four vessel brewing process aimed at producing a full and rich malt sweetness. It uses two row barley and German Noble Hops including Hallertau Mittelfruh and Tettnang Tettnanger for an alcohol content of 4.75% ABV and an estimated IBU of 35.
The Story of Samuel Adams brewing company begins with the face of Sam Adams, Mr. Jim Koch. Jim Koch was a management consultant after completing graduate school but always had his mind on beer business. In 1984, he began brewing his signature recipe inspired by five generations of brewers – which he luckily had access to in his parent’s attic.
Mr. Koch introduced Samuel Adams Boston Lager in 1985 with the help of 25 Boston bar and restaurants, and the rest is history. He named his brew after Samuel Adams, a Boston revolutionary who was also a multi-generational brewer.
While Mr. Koch helped pave the way for the microbrewer in the American landscape, I’ve never been really impressed with his beers. That is, until his seasonal Samuel Adams White Ale blew me away. As a result of that magic elixir, Samuel Adams Boston Lager deserved a second, more seasoned look.
Onto The Method
8.0/10 – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – Light bronze color with an interesting carbonation construction that rises to the top, forming a shallow, off-white head that eventually forms some nice, subtle lacing. The carbonation continues to be an interesting quality in this brew, it must be a signature formula.
1.5 – Aroma – Rich malt aromas with a faint and pleasant hop signature.
1.5 – Taste – Deep and flavorful yet somewhat faint with a considerable hop bite and satisfying bitterness.
1.5 – Palate – Robust body with a thin layer of plastic around its essence – carbonation kicks through its soul, expanding into a full explosion at the heart of my tongue.
2.0 – Overall – A masculine brew that is full-bodied, robust and highly flavorful, but also well balanced and not overbearing.
5.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – At 4.75% abv, the hammer is light and ultimately overshadowed by its more dominant body.
5.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – The challenge of this double edged, unexciting blade was in both the light alcohol content and its ability to cut through its respectively fuller body. It does at some point stress its influence, but in the end the weight of the brew claims its governance.
8.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –Surprisingly, spiders arrive during the first 1.5 brew and are evident at the end of the second drink. Thereafter, they form a smooth alliance that neither spikes further or abates in retreat.
7.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – Easy enough to control and aware enough to enjoy, though the body is filling and the evening claimed its stake at the end of the fifth drink.
30.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Samuel Adams Boston Lager delivers a very sweet, nice and round buzz. It may be a little creamy and just a bit on the lighter side of robust. It is fuller than expected, meatier than your usual American lager, and certainly more flavorful. The spiders were the most surprising and welcoming aspect of the buzz, arriving swiftly in absence of a strong hammer and a sharp knife. Ultimately, Sam Adams beer convinced me of its quality and experience over my initial impressions, but alone its Boston Lager brand might have gotten lost in the crowd for me had it not been for its seasonal White Ale.