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

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Ratings: 5,382
Reviews: 1,938
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 72
Gots: 838 | FT: 0
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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 DDCMember
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-12 oz. bottle poured into mug.

A: Reddish Brown. Thick head.

S: Spices, a little grapefruit. Made my mouth water.

T: Very flavorful. Rich taste. Spicy with just a hint of grapefruit bitterness at the end.

M: Medium Body. Well carbonated.

D: Exceptional. I could drink this all day. Very clean, crisp taste. Entices the nose & makes the taste buds want more. Very good Winter beer.

Photo of dmowen
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this at my local beer store and just had to try it. pours a nice dark amber color with a nice light tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Very first thought I had as I first smelled it was WOW, pumpkin pie, fresh from the oven! Taste is very much like other dark lagers I have had before but with very slight
hint of spice in the background; a very nice combo. (hang on; off to pour another one!) MMM, second one better than the first!
I would definitly recommend this brew to warm You up on those long cold winter nights(it does have a kick to it so be carefull!!)
A must try!!

Photo of CraigP83
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly dark red, smells of pleasant Christmas spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth drinking. Yum

Photo of TheGrunt
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best winter lager in my opinion! In fact, my favorite winter beer and something I just need to have during the christmas time. Dark copper color, very fruity almost lemon smell and something resembling Hefe wheat beers. Average carbonaton, light foam. Taste is very fruity with mild hops, very ale'ish in fact and not lager. Bit sweet, a hint of Hefe here too. Just terrific product in my opinion!

Photo of teamhex
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a frosty mug

A dark amberish color, the head disappears quickly.
Smells of spices, and syrup.
Taste is mostly the spice. The cinnamon in this beer isn't very pronounced but blends well with the other spices to give a unique taste.
Drinkability is a 5.
Cold or Warm its a great beer.
Prefect pair with chicken and spicy food.

Serving type: Bottle poured into mug

Reviewed on: 12-10-2008 16:24:57(My Birthday)

Photo of Livelaughlovep
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This reminds me a lot of the Octoberfest one. Not that this is a bad thing.

Very gulpable, drinkable. I could easily have a few of these!

Rich golden-brown color, like dark toast... about finger or so head, which left pretty fast. Lacing didn't hang around either.

Malty. Roasty. Wheaty. Just a little sweet. I smell spices & caramel, which I don't particularly taste, but the mouthfeel is wonderful and full.

This is very nice, a good start to my trying of winter brews!

Photo of JDFish
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite brew out of the holiday pack. It has a deep dark red color with medium almond head. Malty smell with some caramel. The flavor and drinkability are off the charts. Not as spicy as some xmas brews, but thats why I love it. Christmas Ale from Great Lakes is very good, but this goes down easier for me. One of my favorite Sam Adams

Photo of Gehrig
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites from Sam Adams, Winter Lager is a very nice accompaniment to the onset of Winter, a good bock that can go with the season's hearty dinners or with dessert. A terrific amber color, Winter Lager pours a great head--really a beer with a terrific presentation. The taste brings out multiple flavors, with mild citrus, good spices such as ginger and cinnamon, and a strong malty flavor. It finishes well, and is easy to have a few of. An excellent creation from Sam Adams.

Photo of CS1971
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Sam Adams. This is great lager, and it is this type of beer that has got me seeking out lagers now and not just witbiers or reds. Thanks Sam! The flavor is rich, and even though it's filling i still find myself wanting more. Very good brew, I look forward to it every winter.

Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, the pour was a dark copper red but the head was lacking a bit in size and seemed a little fizzy. The smell has some nice spice to it but was a little strong on the alcohol. That's about all the bad that I have to say about this beer. The taste had an amazing complexity. Caramel malty sweetness upfront followed by a roasted barley flavor that holds for the duration of the drink. The spices are perfect in amount and flavor. There seems to be a good amount of cinnamon, which I love, and ginger but they never get too strong and mix beautifully with the malts and hops, just perfect. Hops are spicy and have a European flavor to them. They seem to come with the spices but pick up towards the finish. Slightly belly warming on the way down, which is the intent of this beer right. Body is medium thick and holds the flavors really well. Very drinkable, but maybe after a few I might grow a little tired but I'm not sure, i guess i gotta try sometime soon to see.

Photo of mattdavis452
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A good, golden color. Filtered. Appealing.

S: Hints of a creamy taste are suggested, and will be followed with delivery on this olfactory promise.

T: Light hints of cream. Drinks well. Perhaps the tiniest suggestion of winter fruits are detectable as well. Very well balanced.

M: Crisp. Delectable. Pretty much everything I could ask for in terms of mouthfeel for this style beer.

D: A definition session beer. Not something like a Chimay Blue Label which one would savor every drop; instead, this is a great beer you can share with friends, both beer advocates and illiterates alike.

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

Photo of brunrn1
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured out perfectly, perfect amount of foam that vanished fast. This is a great tasting beer to say the least. This so far has become one of my favorites. Thankfully the keg tubes were cleaned so it did not mess with the taste. Awesome beer period!

Photo of OverToad
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Winter classics I picked up at Kroger.

First off I'm glad they dropped last years label "Winter Brew" and put back the label "Winter Lager" on it.

This years brew I noticed more Cinnamon that last years which was a nice welcome. I look forward to this bad boy every year from SA.

I love this brew, but of course it takes a back seat to old Fezzie.

Photo of JDK
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*poured a very nice deep red with a 2 finger head.
*medium lacing
*very nice smell... cinnamon, all spice and hops
*you can taste the different spices, I picked up more clove and cinnamon with a lingering taste of hops.
*mouthfeel was perfect for me
Very enjoyable beer but a little on the filling side. 2-3 would be plenty

Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep amber color, almost brown with a white head. The aroma smells of caramel malts and a faint hint of hops. The taste is sweet, an interesting combination of hops and malt. The mouthfeel is medium light. Overall this is an outstanding bock.

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 Bestinyourgirl
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my top five favorites.

Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have this from the sampler pack, but got it last nite, FRESH off the tap! Wow, what a good winter warmer. Great looking 23oz pour, dark burgangy with a sticky ivory head. Ummm, full of malt, winter spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove), then a properly blananced hop finish. Can’t wait for more, either on tap or in the bottle.

Good price ($3.25) made this a great sippin’ session brew

Photo of hyuga
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 edition. A dark amber brew with an off-white head. Head settles and leaves lace, but stays at about 1 cm, which is good enough for me. Sweet spiced aroma of caramel and ginger along with wheat and faint orange peel and hops. The spices combine with the sweetness really well and make the aroma great. Wheat dominates the flavor, making it crisp and refreshing, but alongside that is a caramel sweetness that lets you know that this is more than just a wheat beer. Cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel give a great wintery feel in the spice department. Earthy character from the wheat and the hop bite near the middle. Crisp wheat finish. Alcohol warms, again making this a great cold weather brew. A great beer to sit back with on a winter's night for a nightcap, or to pair with hearty foods at a winter feast. This review is based on my total experience from this beer, not just the sample from this year that I'm currently drinking. It does seem that this year's is not as rich as it has been in the past. However, I do still find it very enjoyable.

Photo of Lemke10
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in the Sam Adams 12pk Winter Collection variety pack for about $13 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in mid Fall 2010.

This Winter Lager pours a medium dark amber color with a good long lasting head. Right away you take in the scents of malts and hops. Upon tasting there is a fantastic mixture of spices. Absolutely delightful on a cold winter night.

Photo of botham
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a brilliant amber color with a light orange head that takes up a fourth of the glass. moderate lacings here.

smell is sweet and malty, with caramel malts prevailing over the others. a light citrus aura is present as well, alongside a distant spiced character, possibly cinnamon. very well proportioned in the nose.

taste is of caramel malts up front, with the same distant citrus character as well. the spiced character is a bit more pronounced, creating the winter character that this brew claims to contain. finishes on a semi-dry note without much hop character, only residual caramel and a touch of citrus.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium to light body. no alcohol is present, with mild CO2 creating a small bite that adds to the distant spiced character.

drinkability is great. this is a tasty winter lager that warms the stomach and is not filling. another great offering from the guys at the Boston Beer Company. cheers!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As winter leaves, so does this beer. I was lucky to catch a bottle of this on sale at Town and Country Liquor, as I won't be able to find this regularly until November or so. On to the beer:

Pours a dark amber color. I love the smell of this brew, very spicy, warming, and unique. I know they use numerous spices in this brew, but the cinnamon stands out above the rest. Going down, it's rich, thick, and hearty.

Photo of jackndan
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sammy Winter 2002: I used to be a summer guy, never skied or liked shoveling snow. But I’m coming around to the fall and winter, and great beers have helped that transition. It always helps to ease the pain to look forward to great O-fest and festival beers. One beer, in fact the first beer I looked forward to, was Sam’s Winter lager.

I’ve heard people say that Sam’s seasonals have been slightly off, but I think Sam’s getting back into their stride with the 2002/03 Winter (not that you’ll see much of it after January 1). Its got a deep ruby amber color, with an off white sticky head. Huge thick lace. The aroma is heavily malted, with spices and rich coffees. The taste, in this fresh batch is a little raw, with assertive malts, well balanced with spices and hops. This is a big/fast seller, and hard to get in Winter. I’ve got to buy an extra twelve and forget about it because it should cellar very well. Wonderful!

Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very clear reddish mahogany with excellent depth of color. Good retention of light tan creamy head. Some minor lace and reddish glints from the low 4 PM sun on a 9°F winter day.

Medium malt aroma (lightly toasted bread. Low note of chocolate and some alcoholic presence. Initial bready notes are more wheat like but fade quickly after each pour. Very clean lager character. NO diacetyl, very low esters and no DMS expressed.

Flavor of malt is moderate and a bit similar to Klostritzer Swartzbier. Lightly sweet and bready with low German Noble hop flavor (spicey) Very evenly balance with only a little bitterness in finish - giving a nice crisp ending and adding to its excellent drinkability. Overall a bit of Munich like malt character that suggest some sweet (lower heterocylcics) melanoidins. Nice addition to its complexity.

Body is slightly more than medium (wheat) and carbonation is moderate. Alcoholic warmth is noted (and appreciated today!). Not astringent. Overall roundness on palate gives a slightly creamy Mouthfeel.

A great session beer. Heartier in body and flavor but a bit short of the "Dark wheat Bock" indicated on its lable. Wheat does add to the body of this very clean lager and the noticable alcohol is well supported. Elegant balance with a micro-burst of bitterness to clean away any residual sweetness (very low)

Spices are understated and difficult to characterize. This may be problematic for some drinkers but I found it refreshing.

Highly recomended for your winter enjoyment.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,382 ratings.