Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.46/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Winter Lager opens to a bready nose with decent touches of sweetness and spice, the initial aromas quickly fading to a plainer base of cereal grains, with light sweetness and spice. The grain notes are probably the most noticeable, with Grape Nuts cereal, biscuit, toast, and wet hay dominating. Sugars come in second place, but are rather faint after the first blush wears off, adding some berry and apricot notes, these mixing with a light grapefruit hit from the hops. The spices mainly come across as peppery and somewhat indistinguishable due to weakness, though bits of ginger and orange do come through. As a whole, the nose is decent, but weak, and dominated excessively by grain notes, the sugars and spice almost falling by the wayside. It’s a shame that the initial aromas couldn’t last a bit longer.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a decent grain and sugar hit, with toast, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal coming from the former, and the latter adding a nice caramel blast, as well as light berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters. The spices seem to come in around mid-mouthful, with ginger and white pepper making the biggest noise, and the cinnamon mainly adding a touch more spice, as well as pepper, but almost indistinguishably so. In subsequent mouthfuls the peppery spices take a larger role, giving an almost rye-like quality to the beer, and the sugars unfortunately move into the background, leaving peppery spice and toast as the main notes. The aftertaste is a continuation of the peppery toast, with some light fruit esters and a touch of grapefruit remaining, and lingers for a short while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, the initial perceptions given by both the aroma and the taste were very nice. Unfortunately, subsequent examples of both couldn’t live up the promise, and the beer came across as more watery than expected. There are still good flavors in here, but they needed to be cranked up a notch to be noticed—especially the sugars, which are almost lost.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2013 20:51:04 | More by jondeelee
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