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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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5,109 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,109
Reviews: 1,880
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 63
Gots: 483 | 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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Photo of MickeyKnox
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Mattmarinucci
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of LoganMc
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Agold
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Flight delayed so airport barhopping is the activity du jour. Last bar had hop devil. Not super happy I left. Brown liquid is topped with a very thin film of head. No lacing. Aroma is minimal can pick up on some spice, but it is pretty neutral. Flavor has some breathless along with some clovey cinnamon spice. I also think of banana bread with this one. Nice, but not great. Minimal hop presence at best. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Good carb. Light and refreshing. What I expected, wanted, and got from BBC. Overall, "meh" is a good description of this beer. It's good enough, but nothing I would get if I could find an average alternative.

Photo of jvillefan
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A beautiful golden amber color but the head retention could be better.

S: Caramel malts mixed with soggy bread.

T: Not great but is drinkable. There are malt and subtle hops but the distinct bread flavor is there.

M: A little on the light side and has sub-par retention.

O: This beer would be okay to miss.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan head that quickly reduces to surface skim, yet there is some good lacing to be had. Body is a reddish amber.

Smell - apples and butterscotch fill the nose, and seem to me to be indicators of diacetyl. Under that, and mildly, there is some caramel, as well as some toasty malt biscuits, and some herbal hops.

Taste - much like the smell, with the apples and butterscotch flooding the tongue, along with herbal hops, as well as some spices. There is weakly, some caramel and malt biscuits in the middle. The finish has yet more herbal Euro hops, and it reminds me of the sort of "skunked" Euro lager taste, which I do not find to be too good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a merely good lager. As for sessionability, I could drink a few of these at a sitting only occassionally.

Photo of SawDog505
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a ruby red with a 1 inch one head, leaves some lacing. Smell is dark fruits, cinnamon, little nutmeg, clove,and a little orange. Taste is similar, Cinnamon & dark fruits have a power struggle, but those are the dominant flavors. Body should be heavier, but plenty of carbonation. Dribkability is almost too easy. Not what I remember it being years ago.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> Mahogany in color. Gorgeous french vanilla head that pours big, but settles to a nice 1/4 inch quickly.

Smell>pine, clove... oh wait, is there beer in this?

Taste>Not too fabulous. I mean, it's really just quite average to be honest. It's like a lager, but spiced, ... malts with a hint of pine tree airfreshener. Nothing really stand out, but really nothing bad.

Mouf>a little too carbonated for my taste. Not terrible though.

Drinkability> Easy

Photo of wmtxbb
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber, very clear. Head dissipates into nothingness. Not very impressive.

Smell: Almost non-existant, maybe a little malt smell... that is about it.

Taste: Amber malts with some spice. Sort of an interesting zing flavor from the yeast. Maybe a little ginger. I'm having trouble finding the "cinnamon, orange zest and ginger for a rich, satisfying brew...". I like the aftertaste, but this beer isn't a quality brew. There needs to be more of a malt presence.

Drinkability: Overall, this brew is drinkable, but not above average. I haven't been impressed by Sam Adams yet. They make better beer than some of the other big brewers, but most of their beers lack malt character and aroma. A sure sign they are cutting corners to make a subpar product for the masses.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whatever irked me about this beer in a bottle has been cleared up on tap. I've had this in the bottled version several times and I never really liked it for some reason. It really just rubbed me the wrong way. Where the bottled version is overly dry and over spiced, the keg version is much more malty and clean.

A - Deep blood orange hue with a thick 2 finger head that eventually reduces to a thin collar.

S - Spicey and warm scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove.

T - The taste echoes the aroma with loads of spices and warm cookie malts and a touch of grassy hops. This is a nice malty bock that is easily found in most restaurants and bars.

M - Medium bodied and very sweet, the finish is pretty neutral as the hops come out just a bit.

D - Lightly spiced and malty, with a nice clean finish that lets some of the spice come through on the aftertaste. Really nice. Much more drinkable than the bottled version IMO.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass. Finger of head, clear copper colored body.
Smells like honey and spice.
Taste: a soft, malt sweetness with a layer of moderate bitterness and a spicy finish. Not too bad.
Medium body, moderate carbonation, a little stickiness to the texture.
A descent full bodied lager with some spice to it.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

the pour was a nice and even dark brown color with a nice head of light tan that seemed to hang around for a good long while before settling back down into a thin film around the edges. aroma is light, lots of caramel and hints of brown sugar and light roasted malts, nothing crazy or above normal here at all. smooth texture and a nice sweet flavor, it did its job for sure. though i dont know if it comes across as malty as i would have liked for the style.

overall it was alright, again i have had better but it worked. no real complaints.

Photo of surfmeister
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just don't like spiced beer...
great copper tone, full, sturdy head with great staying power, the spices in the smell and flavor were not overpowering by any means, I just didn't like em, I guess I just like hops and malt, I don't want my beer tasting at all like a pumpkin pie, also there was a sour note in the aftertaste that really bugged me

Photo of ckollias
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a red-amber hue with a huge, off-white, 3-finger head, that lasts for awhile and ends in a solid lace

S: Spicy malt aroma with faint herbal hops in the background.

T: Sweet smooth lager with a hefty malt flavor. Toasted caramel malts followed by some bitter hops finish it off.

M: Medium body and high carbonation

O: Just an ok winter lager. Nothing really special – it was easy to drink but nothing I would grab again.

Photo of Maxwell
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a candied brown, bordering on amber, with a huge fluffy cream head with yellowing notes. The beers body is lager clean, completely free of any haze, and quite translucent, though the beer’s darkness does fight this a little bit. The lacing is fat and sticky, leaving webbing behind on my mug. On the nose, the beer smells spicy, with a little too much cinnamon burn and a note of ginger. Slight citrus notes are found when the glass is swirled, and underlying all the smells is a caramelly smell that is tinged with wheat. The beer tastes abrasively spicy with a clear cinnamon burn that seems to hurt the other flavors. The beer begins with light caramel malts and slight cinnamon before opening into a slightly biscuity malt that is immediately torn out of the mouth by the cinnamon spice which drowns out most other notes and lingers in the mouth. Slight hints of the ginger and orange peel can be felt at the fringes of the palate, and perhaps a touch of grassy hops can be tasted, but this is all below the cinnamon, which is rocking around on the palate like an unwanted elephant. This flavor is much spicier than I recall it being in years past, and is really hurt by the overwhelming cinnamon. Now, when I say it tastes like cinnamon, I don’t mean the nice cinnamon flavors of a baked good, but the burn with a slight bitter flavor that you get from putting too much cinnamon in your mouth… In case anyone was thinking I was just complaining about the taste of cinnamon… On the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with a slight chew to it. Carbonation gives a little bite in the beginning, and then mellows over the tongue to provide a clean drink, though the spices punch nasty burns on my tongue. The mouth is left dry with a spice burn after the beer has left, with saliva only on the very edges of my tongue. Overall, this is a very heavy handed beer. I’ve had a couple of this year’s batch, and I have to say that the Boston Beer Company really overdid the spice this year. On their site they claim they searched far and wide this year to bring the best cinnamon sticks all the way from Vietnam, and while I applaud them on finding cool foreign ingredients, I wish they would stop playing with a recipe that tasted perfectly fine last year. This beer needs to tone down its spice so that other flavors can be enjoyed. I am a little weirded out that no one else has said anything else about the spice for this years version, so maybe it was just my pack, though that would be very strange... Perhaps its just my palate? Anyways, its cheap and easily found so try it for yourself, don't trust my opinion.

Photo of acrawf6
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice dark amber color with a tan head..

Smell is a little down hill... i keep smelling a cooked vegetable with this beer that goes with the malts. so far i am not impressed.

Taste is quite malty. To me quite sweet. little tastes of roasted malts. some alcohol trickles out right as i swallow. not complex at all. just a malty sweetness. i taste no hop presence.

Mouthfeel is ok. good carbonation, but i think unbalanced.... i need more hops.

Overall not a bad beer, but not a 6-pack i will pick up again.... at least not this year. i would say avoid unless your selection sucks. i would much rather the normal lager or ale to this one.

Photo of pumarocks
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer on-tap at the Friendly Stop in Glendale, OH (Cincinnati suburb.) Adam and the gang serve up a decent beer with a great dark color, wonderful aroma, and a drinkability I have grown to expect from ole Sammy A. The head retention was a dissapointment. It seemed to go flat almost immediately after being drawn from the tap. Overall, a OK beer that went great with "Adam's Garlic Burger."

Photo of BrewMaster
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy red in color with a thin off white head. Head revives stiffly with swirling but then recedes back to thin lacing. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Spritzy malt scent with a slight berry and fruity scent.

Taste: Caramel and a tangy wheat flavor. The middle is sweet and it moves quickly to a soft, fruity ending. All of the flavors in this beer are quick. The ending is short but clean and well rounded.

Mouthfeel: A bit too strong when it comes to carbonation, somewhat strong on the palate. As the beer warms up and loses some of its strong opening carbonation it becomes a smooth and lightly syrupy brew.

Drinkability: Sweet flavor is enjoyable but there isn't much else to this beer. The spices don't come through and the flavor is only average.

Photo of scvance
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with a large white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smell is very subtly spicy in its character. There is a slight citrus and a very faint alcohol aroma as well. Taste has typical lager characteristics, the spiciness comes through right away along with a slight sweetness and the beer is balanced with a nice bite towards the finish. High carbonation, medium body, and watery mouthfeel. This beer is slightly above average. Similar in flavor to Boston Lager with more spice character. To me there is definitely an off flavor present in this beer that leads to an almost stale character. Not my favorite Sam Adams by far, but decent for the style they were going for.

Photo of kmcnair
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another bottle from Sam's mixed winter brew collection.

Pours a nice dark copper color and makes a nice fluffy eggshell colored head that lingers around for a bit, makes some nice lacing as well. Aroma is strong of malt and winter spices, particularly cinnamon. Rich malty flavor, very little bittering or hop character, very slight spice in the background, a bit bready, some caramel sweetness. Light to medium body, peppery carbonation, finishes a bit sticky. Not bad, but not my favorite offering from Boston Beer Co.

Photo of everetends
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from the Sam Adams mixed holiday case. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice, amber/brown. When held to the light a nice orange/red color comes through. A vigorous pour yielded about a finger of head but it disappeared quickly. No lacing to talk about at all. This brew is pretty mediocre and a bit boring in the appearance area.

S: Smell is mostly of some ince caramel malt and undefined spices. There is a slight bit of hops citrus coming out as well, but most of the scent is of a basic bock.

T: Taste is a bit better. Tastes like supped up boston lager. A lot more caramel malt coming out with just a touch of grapefruit hops flavor. Soices change things up. A decent amount of nutmeg and ginger. There is also a buttery, nuttiness toit as well. Damned tasty.

M: Medium in body an a bit of wateriness to it. ABV is not noticable at all. Carbonation is a bit lower than I expected. The brew does have a crispness to it and goes down pretty clean with little aftertaste at all.

D: Pretty drinkable. Really nice session winter brew that goes down easy with decent flavors. Sure the look and smell isn't that great but this is a brew you have several of in a session and pound. Still pretty damned good.

Photo of KajII
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured reddish-brown in color with a big frothy light brown head that had excellent lacing. The aroma was of lightly toasted grainy malts, cloves, ginger and mild resin like hops with a medicine like odor. It taste bitter-sweet with an acidic finish that stayed with you a while. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a creamy texture. Overall an decent brew.

Photo of aaronh
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium red-copper color beer with amber highlights. Topped by a thick cream colored head. It displays excellent retention and good lacing. The aroma is rather light, with just a touch of clove spices. The taste is rather sweet, with an interesting nutmeg flavor mixed in with the roasted malts. A nice caramel flavor comes through as well. Mild bittering on the finish leads to an herbal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is decent. Not a bad beer, but not all that exceptional either.

Photo of Uncledoobz
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Eskimedic926
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%

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