Color: A deep amber to golden, 11 SRM
Original Gravity:13° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 4.9%ABV - 3.8%ABW Calories/12oz: 175
Hop Varieties: Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger Noble hops
Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams lager yeast
First Brewed: 1984
Samuel Adams Boston Lager® is an excellent example of the fundamentals of a great beer, offering a full, rich flavor that is both balanced and complex. that unique flavor is the result of a perfect combination of our signature hand selected ingredients and a traditional four vessel brewing process.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager uses only the finest ingredients including two-row malted barley and Bavarian Noble hops. The sole use of two-row barley not only imparts a full, smooth body but also gives the beer a wide spectrum of malt flavor ranging from slightly sweet to roasted.
We also take great pride in the Noble hops we use. They’re hand selected by Jim Koch and our brewers from the world’s oldest hop growing areas. Although they are among the most expensive hops, their unmistakable aroma and taste is essential to Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The Noble hop varieties of Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger add a wide range of floral, piney and citrus notes, which are present from the aroma, through the taste, and all the way to the lingering smooth finish.
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."
Just six weeks after its introduction, Samuel Adams Boston Lager turned the beer industry on its ear when it was named “The Best Beer in America” in the Consumer Preference Poll at the Great American Beer Festival. At less than two months old, Samuel Adams had secured a place in the history of American brewing.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager is brewed using two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, and Caramel 60 malt, as well as the Noble hop varieties of Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger. The traditional brewing processes, including decoction mash (a four vessel process) and krausening (a secondary fermentation), allow the large quantities of these ingredients to come together and form layers of complex flavor. Towards the end of the process the beer is also dry hopped using the Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops for an enhanced hop signature in the aroma and finish. The process may be labor intensive but it’s essential in developing the distinct balanced full flavor of Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
What can I say? It's not the best that I've ever had the pleasure of sampling, but it sure is the best that's available just about everywhere. The pour was awesome. The head is tight, with a serious aroma that makes you just want to gulp it (it's better to go slow). But the flavour is what truly sets this one apart. It is a mouthful of flavour crushing your taste buds. This is one hell of a beer.
9/10 - Outstanding