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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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4,484 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 188 | 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).

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Stinger80OH

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

07-07-2012 16:54:33 | More by Stinger80OH
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FleetwoodMac_


2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

07-02-2014 00:23:30 | More by FleetwoodMac_
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Brew33

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

06-12-2013 16:28:33 | More by Brew33
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BraveGator

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

03-14-2012 23:11:30 | More by BraveGator
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nickdank

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

02-13-2014 20:13:54 | More by nickdank
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FaustOrFamine

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

05-11-2012 22:57:57 | More by FaustOrFamine
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

05-30-2012 04:00:50 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

12-14-2013 22:59:56 | More by TT--Cashout
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes reviewed on 12/3/10:
12oz bottled poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass
best by: April '11

A: Pours a light mahogany color, clear, dark red-orange hues when held to light, 1.5 finger bubbly head that dissipated quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Smells exactly like a Boston Lager but a little spicier and sweeter. Orange zest is noticeable in the background.

T: Lots of malt, not a whole lot of hop character, spices are there but don't contribute much besides the orange zest, which helps to balance out the heavy malt bill. Alcohol seems more noticeable than a Boston Lager. This is basically a spiced up Boston Lager, but it isn't anywhere near as good.

M: Medium to high carbonation, medium body, a little chewy and sticky. I like the mouth feel on this better than the standard Boston Lager.

D: Alcohol seems too noticeable and "harsh" when compared to the Boston Lager. Has the same unpleasant aftertaste of SA lagers. It doesn't make me want to take another sip.

Overall this is pretty much a last resort for places that don't carry craft beer. I'd take the standard Boston Lager over this every time.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 19:15:31 | More by Satchboogie
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athegreatest83

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

12-19-2013 02:39:14 | More by athegreatest83
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Twal

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

12-10-2012 00:11:40 | More by Twal
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herrburgess

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

08-05-2013 02:05:44 | More by herrburgess
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jurbanik

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

09-07-2012 14:42:03 | More by jurbanik
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

02-26-2012 01:35:33 | More by Profchaos20
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

11-21-2013 04:20:13 | More by SpasmWaiter
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Nerudamann

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle and into a Pilsener glass.

Look - reddish/deep copper color. About a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - Very little smell at all. Not even enough to get a bearing on its hop vs. malt levels.

Taste and Mouthfeel - bitter taste but doesn't seem to come from hops. It lingers more toward the back upper part of the palate than on the tongue. Maybe some of the ginger is noticeable. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Drinkability - Somewhat bland and tasteless. I like many of BB's brews, but this one seems to have stretched them a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 07:51:50 | More by Nerudamann
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benmafia17


2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

11-18-2012 22:43:47 | More by benmafia17
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper with a two finger creamy beige head. Nice retention and lacing. The aroma has cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, hops, and orange zest.

The taste is much like the aroma with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange zest. Unfortunately, the hops used in this beer are not a good match for the rest of the ingredients. They give off an almost sour taste, which clashes with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Not the worst beer I have drank, but this should be better.

Medium body and carbonation. Dry, with a bitter, almost sour aftertaste. Not bad, but not a beer I will go out of my way to get again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 23:20:55 | More by hardy008
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KS1297

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

01-01-2014 16:17:30 | More by KS1297
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Will_Rivera

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

07-22-2014 13:20:59 | More by Will_Rivera
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charlesjwinkler

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

11-29-2013 16:25:48 | More by charlesjwinkler
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Kanewai

Hawaii

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

11-19-2012 01:03:09 | More by Kanewai
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cooter

New York

2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Says it's a seasonal, "dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices." What precisely qualifies as a winter spice, I dunno. Dark amber with a splotchy, varied-bubble-size head. Smells like poor malts, adjuncts maybe (I didn't think they did that), a hint of cinnamon, something very sweet, reminds me of maple syrup.

Tastes flat and like rice. Again, I thought they didn't DO that... Thin-bodied but a good texture. Budweiser-esque palate gives way to a cloying, sticky zing. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 04:52:08 | More by cooter
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shererjt

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark red-copper clear. Light carbonation and a small head. Full aroma; raisins and cherries(?) but not much in the way of hops or malt.

Medium-to-full body and very fruity for a lager. Lots of cherry flavor. Some malt, but the fruit/spice dominates. I wouldn't describe the flavor as bad, though I wouldn't say it's particularly good either. Has a little sourness that's balanced by a malty finish. Definitely intended for sipping.

This is a hard beer for me to describe. The spice/flavoring is too overpowering to get a feel for the underlying beer. While I generally enjoy winter beers tremendously, this one just didn't do it for me. I think toning down the other stuff and ramping up the beer itself would improve it, but then again there's no accounting for taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 02:47:43 | More by shererjt
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andythejerk

Utah

2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't care much for this beer. It's just not for me. It looks alright--starts out with a nice head and a good caramel color. Smells--well, I can't really put my finger on it. Same thing for the taste. I've had a couple of these now over a couple of different nights to get a feel for it and I still don't like it. "Dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices." Okay. It just seems muddled and I can't get anything out of it and I don't think it's very tasty. Makes me not want to finish the glass. Oh well. I still love Sammy Adams, and we'll try again next year. (I liked Anheuser-Busch's Winter Warmer better. Yikes!)

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 06:40:26 | More by andythejerk
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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