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Offline pyrite

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Boston Lager or California Lager
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:55:26 AM »
I know the term Califorian lager is derived from the California lager yeast that was famously used by Fritz Maytag to produce the steam beer, but what about the Boston lager?  Other than marketing, is there any significance to the term Boston lager?

Any idea what strain of yeast is used in the Boston Lager?

That Boston Lager goes down smooth, when it's ice cold.
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Re: Boston Lager or California Lager
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 08:09:04 AM »
This pretty much covers the history part:

http://www.samueladams.com/discover-craft/history-sam-adams.aspx


I believe the yeast is Wyeast 2124 - Bohemian Lager...but I can't be 100% sure.
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Re: Boston Lager or California Lager
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 08:20:40 AM »
I believe the yeast is Wyeast 2124 - Bohemian Lager...but I can't be 100% sure.

That's what I've heard as well.

As far as what "Boston Lager" means, I don't think it's really a style the way a California Common is. Sam Adams is the only brewery I know of that uses this term and it only applies to that one specific beer.

I see it referred to as a Vienna Lager pretty often, but to me it's more like a lager/Pale Ale hybrid because of the hoppiness and grain bill.
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