Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,384 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 1,939
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 72
Gots: 841 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a dark wheat bock. Bock beers are traditionally strong dark lagers.

This beer is a lager, and hence not a Weizenbock (an ale).
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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle B and M stores, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a large creamy head. Strong carbonation. Nice amount of lacing. Smell - caramel overtones. Taste - fruit, malty, caramel. Very drinkable.

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoy drinking this one during winter.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a tribute
but an acknowledgement

Photo of Myotus
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (says to drink before April and yes I know it's June, but I figured it wouldn't alter the taste too much) into a pilsner glass. Pours with a fingers worth of tan foam that dissipates to a half finger within 30 seconds. Plenty of bubbles so not sure why head is dissipating. Dark amber in color. Has strong caramel and malt aromas, mild aromas of ginger and cinnamon, and a hint of hops. Intial taste is very strong with typical caramel, fruit, and malt flavors found in bocks that combine with mild cinnamon and ginger flavors. Mild orange and hop flavors finish the taste as all other flavors continue to create a unique and pleasant melody of flavors. Heavy-bodied with almost no carbonation. Great beer overall.

Photo of bryce40588
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer! I must say the variety pack is the way to go during the winter!

Photo of berkeleymaw
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as hefty in malt or mouth as a bock should be, but good for its price. I guess that's why they call it a "winter lager" instead, so perhaps I'm being unfair.

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the taste on this one – it has malty then hoppy thing going on. Then you sip it again and experience the magic all over once more.

Photo of meganrosso
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the Samuel Adams brand. This one has many spices of like cinnamon and makes you get into the holiday spirit

Photo of SoulFroosh
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams do these nice beers, but their Boston Lager will always be king.

Drinking through a case of this (as nice as it is) just makes me want the original lager.

Basically what I'm saying is: if you want a nice warming winter lager, go revisit their original Boston Lager. It's delicious.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent seasonal beer that I look forward to.

Photo of magicmoose66
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mildy sweet with a taste of nutmeg and cinnamon. A great seasonal offering - perfect for a cold December evening.

Photo of keithmurray
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - amber/copper color with off white head

Smell - caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon

Taste - much the same as the aroma - caramel at the forefront and some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, a bit of bitterness from the carbonation on the back end

Overall - an inoffensive lager that is a good change of pace from some of the heavy hitters that craft has to offer

Photo of Kale99
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very smooth winter beer. better on draft

Photo of Hophizer
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

little hint of a citrus taste. your lady will love this beer while sitting by a roaring fire.

Photo of FrostyStephen15
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this out of a bottle a few days ago. It's a bit bitter, but balanced by nice malt sweetness and a fair bit of spice (cinammon maybe?) and it tastes absolutely fantastic. Pairs well with seafood, for what it's worth.

Photo of bongobeer
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep caramel brown (BEER BOTTLE) color with mild spiced malt smell. The taste is a mild malty sweetness, some ginger and other spices. A good winter beer with a light-med. body and very drinkable!

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

you can definitely taste the spices, which were pleasant but overall the flavors are a little too strong in my opinion. this is definitely a bold brew. not my favorite holiday beer but it's alright

Photo of TominGermany
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It had a nice bock beer taste.

Photo of NSXAG
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aesop Rock show, shit sucked ass...

Photo of BryceHardiman
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich in flavorful Nutmeg and Ginger! Pairs great with food!

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this for some reason maybe because im cold taste fruity not like orange though has little spice ginger and very little cinnamon
Half finger head leaves in a hurry poured into a wide mouth goblet blood orange in color overall this is a good brew

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good winter lager with some citrus, malt & a hint of spice.

Photo of Cjstoutlover
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rust copper color on pour ! More of a wheat taste than a hops taste! Drank out of a bottle. Poured into a glass head lasted about 30 sec. Bubbles semi present on pour! A good lager not all world but not every beer is

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, deep, amber color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that slowly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malt and notes of freshly baked bread. Notes of brown sugar, some nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and orange peel. Very inviting.

Taste: Lots of toasted malt up front, giving off strong notes of freshly baked pretzels, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and some slight citrus flavors of lemon and orange. I’m not getting much in the way of savory spices, but the beer finishes with some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good winter beer. Good balance between malt and sweet and hops. Very drinkable.

Photo of Shalmer87
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and creamy with a hint of cinnamon

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,384 ratings.