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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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4,881 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,881
Reviews: 1,866
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 58
Gots: 382 | 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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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

MaddDogg84, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of suglis
4.9/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent beer with some slight fruity overtones.

suglis, Feb 01, 2001
Photo of kdawg105
4.9/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect brew for the season! TIZ the season for these winter ales. Anyway the beer looks kinda of a caramel color and very inviting the smell is kinda light you can surely pick out the hops mixed with sweet malts for its finish. The mouthfeel is nice very balanced and it is an overall great beer for the season. Grab one while you can!

kdawg105, Nov 25, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams does it once again. i will admit that i am a very big fan of their beers specially for a high end beer with such a beautiful colorful top, the body presents a beautiful amber color. it's smell of orange ginger and grounded cinnamon. the taste is smooth very refreshing experience, its not lame or dry. this kind of beer will creep up on you. you cant drink real fast or down them you got to take exceptional sips to enjoy its lusty aroma. i will admit it is one of my favorite seasonals yet.

pauleyh, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Tee76
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark amber color with a thick tannish white head.

S: Very malty and spicy, cinnamon and ginger are present.

T: DAMN good!! the taste is full of spices... molasses, ginger and cinnamon being the most present.

M: Full bodied and smooth, very rich and warming on the palate

D: Very High, one of the best tasting Winter beers i have ever had the pleasure of drinking.This beer is full flavored and goes down nicely. Only downfall is.... it's a seasonal beer

Tee76, Oct 31, 2009
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4.84/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer of all. I wish it was not a seasonal brew. It flies of the store shelves. The flavor is stronger than the regular Boston Lager and the taste is pleasant without feeling heavy. I like lagers so this hits the spot. Please Mr. Adams consider making this a year round brew.

Ben_From_AZ, Feb 17, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this rather roughly (intentionally) to get a good 2-finger head. Just hoping to get a good aroma release, I was not disappointed with the caramel and spices and a bit of citrusy hops before the head quickly melted away.

Color is a reddish iced-tea color, with bubbles quickly forming on the bottom and sides of the glass.

The solid carbonation gives it a crisp edge, but the good caramel malt character keeps it in check. It is not overly sweet and the following hop component is light enough to offend only the most inexperienced palate.

Good balance and full bodied without being heavy. Enough flavor to endure all evening.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 20, 2003
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4.8/5  rDev +33.7%

bar1, Oct 29, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Adams is a wonderful beer during the holiday season. It is probably the best beer during the holiday season. It is a malt beverage which is what makes it even better. It is Cinnamon flavored. It is only available in small beer stores for a limited amount of time. I wait all year around for this to come out. It may be the best Samuel Adams seasonal beer.

Colin108, Jan 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

dji43466, Nov 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice amber color on to pour with a soft and kinda stickey head. Has a nice aroma of spices and what seems to be roasted hops. Maybe some maple taste on the drink with a kick of hops which goes down nice and smooth. Finish is a nice roastedness with a bit of a kick added to it. A nice brew some the winter months and something I look foward to often. Sam Adams once again proves to be the best american advertised beer brewer.

n0315, Jan 05, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I once heard a story about this beer that went like this: " Samuel Adams Winter Lager is the same beer as Samuel Adams Octoberfest, they just change the labels". The story came up from a relative over a holiday meal, and he was a bartender for Famous Daves Barbeque. I told him he was full of s***, and that probably his boss told him that to switch tap handles to sell the winter lager faster.

Malty, Harvest notes.

FlatRabbitRed, Jan 26, 2013
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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