Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.13/5 rDev +15%
Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with freshness info scored on the label.
Appearance: Pours a deep, bright, dark copper beer, topped with an off-white, tight, creamy lace with some stick & stay. Carbonation bubbles are very tight.
Smell: Quite clean for the boasted spices. Musty ginger, orange, faint cinnamon.
Taste: A bit thick, chewy, slick, smooth and malty upfront, with a quick, crisp, carbonation interruption ... smoothing back into a malty / spiced character of caramel, burnt sugar, bold and zesty ginger, cinnamon, toasted malts, sweet orange, orange peel, touch of chocolate, grainy, earthy and a hint of dates. Flash of hop bitterness peaking with the orange/citrus flavours. An alcohol presence/spice helps to round of the flavours, providing balance and a small, but ample, kick. Hop bitterness, overall, is mild and nicely blended with bit of a raw leafy feel that scrubs the palate nearer the end. Finish is dry, a tad grainy with metallic notes.
Notes: Spices are quite distinct, bold and adds another level of complexity to this brew, but without being overwhelming or artificial. Also has a nice warming effect that tends to sneak up on you. A pretty damn tasty winter beer.
11-04-2002 21:02:49 | More by Todd
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Dark orangey color, good clarity with a quick to froth carbonation and a decent head retention that leaves some lace behind. Wet spicy aroma, a tad malty with some herbal hop in the nose. Creamy medium body with an ample sweetness from the toasted and caramel malt flavors. Spicing and hops keep it balanced with some cininimon and ginger undetones and a spicy herbal hop bitterness. Finishes a bit sweet with warming spices.
I remember when this beer used to be a little bit bigger, badder and ... well better. It used to be closer to 7% abv and with a lot more brawn you would expect from a bock. Todays version is decent, a good pick if you are going to a house or dinner party and don't want to rock the boat.
01-12-2008 03:33:38 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-14-2003 00:17:09 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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 didnt 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.
12-15-2003 01:15:58 | More by RoyalT
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
11-04-2012 18:04:23 | More by tectactoe
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-01-2011 17:53:43 | More by ExtraStout
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
03-12-2012 23:56:59 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
11-26-2009 03:03:29 | More by brownbeer
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
11-08-2003 12:41:09 | More by Dmann
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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