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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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BA SCORE
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4,621 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,621
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 40
Gots: 256 | 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:
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).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

MilesRaymond, Apr 02, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have drank this seasonal over the last few years on tap and in the bottle,went out last night and had this on tap.Pours a brownish amber with alight but somewhat sticky head,aroma is rich and malty.The flavor has a nice flavorful holiday spice to it its a nice rich tasting brew,this beer is served at alot of the big name bar and grilles wich is great compared to most of there other offerings.A beer with some nice spiced notes and is slightly warming.

oberon, Nov 14, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

davemarc87, Mar 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

mojohawk21, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The body of this lager is brown and very clear. The head frothed up quickly and laced the glass as it went down.

Smell – The grain here came out nicely, which is a welcome surprise from an American brewery. The cinnamon, allspice, and sharp clove where terrific, and the toasty malts created a solid backbone.

Taste – The grain reserved itself for the finish, giving me a joyful mouthful of heavily spiced beer. There were some good maple notes along with toffee and a hint of cocoa. The light herbal bitterness brought up the rear.

Mouthfeel – Thin but a little better than light-bodied with little carbonation. The body was a bit light in the ass for the big flavors in this beer.

Drinkability – This is a solid entry into the Winter Warmer style.

Comments: I didn’t care at all for the 2003 offering, but the 2004 sample that I had was so above and beyond the ’03 that I completely rewrote the review.

RoyalT, Dec 15, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Turbo, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper-amber color, decent clarity with a beige colored head that left a surprisingly nice amount of lacing. Nice mix of aromas on the nose, albeit overall very faint. Spices, malts, bread, yeast, cinnamon, orange zest, maybe a bit of ginger, and a slight hint of floral hops. Smooth and creamy to the mouth, starting off with a hefty helping of carbonation. First come the yeasty-bready flavors following quickly by the spices. The beer gives a nice warming feel and sensation, it really hits the "winter lager" feel quite well. Hops and bitterness are low, but still present in small amounts to balance out the heavy malt that is relevant throughout.

A tasty winter style lager, Samuel Adams usually does not disappoint. Easy to drink, fairly cheap, and highly sessionable. Drink this one next to a fireplace.

tectactoe, Nov 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finishing up the winter pack, poured into a SA Perfect Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice deep amber color with about a fingers worth of white foamy head. Nice lacing along the glass as well.

S - Dark malts with a bit of hop in the background. Some spice scents in there as well.

T - Mostly malts up front with a small, almost indiscernible amount of spice at the end. I was expecting a little more here to be honest.

M - Light to medium body with decent carbonation.

D - I could kick back with a few of these. Nothing to crazy going on here but a solid brew that I'll probably have again before the seasons change.

ExtraStout, Jan 01, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look ~ a deep coppery brown. decent head: rose to about a finger or two; fell at usual rate with relatively little lacing. Clarity is excellent.

Smell ~ munich/vienna malt is really dominant with, which has very nice levels of caramel and melanoidin (I often find the former too high in bocks); some breadcrust in there; no burnt/roasted notes. spicing gives a bit of sharpness to the softer malt notes and plays really well. Any yeast aromatics play into the overall melanoidin fruit or spicing and aren't strong at all. no hops, no alcohol.

Taste ~ similar to nose. the malt was wot amazingly complex, but tasty. strong munich/vienna malts with great levels of melanoidin and caramel. some lighter breadcrust. overall, more delicate than many bocks. Bitterness and spicing come in at the same time in the finish: bitterness is light, good for balance; spicing is delicate, with cinnamon up front.

Mouthfeel ~ a bit of a lighter body and higher carbonation than most bocks: medium body and medium-high carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish really supports spicier end.

I really like all bock varieties and this is a solid offering by SA. Not as complex as some continental varieties; it is very tasty and more balanced than many others. Spicing is a nice addition to the style!

Rijtjeshuis, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a tan head.

Smells a lot like they've spiced Boston Lager. Quite a malt character with ginger, orange, and peppery hops.

Taste has a caramel sweetness that lasts through the swallow. Fades into a gingery, hoppy spiciness.

Medium bodied and slightly syrupy leads to a quick and smooth drink, though, not the most exciting.

brownbeer, Nov 26, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Tiernan, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

tbryan5, Dec 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

J2L, Nov 04, 2012
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3.24/5  rDev -9.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

dmheinz57, Nov 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

SkiBum22, Oct 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

kcc, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Dmann
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sam Adams Winter Lager is a beer that I look foreward to every year and this year's version is just as good as ever. The beer is a very pretty dark amber color and looks great when held up to a light. The smell is very malty with hints of cinnamon and some other spices. The taste, unlike the Old Fez, is a much more balanced beer with less emphasis on the spice and more emphasis on the balance. There are many different layers of this beer, from the cinnamon flavors to the hint of orange this is a very complex brew. Given all the spice flavors, this is a beer I could start out on but not one I could make a session out of.

Dmann, Nov 08, 2003
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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color. Head disappears quickly, no lace. Very standard lager smell, nothing special here. Taste isn't all that bad, although I'm not crazy about that special Sam Adams flavor.

Overall, this is an average brew. I'd return to it again, but only if I had to.

skybluewater, Dec 02, 2004
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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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