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

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5,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,272
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 64
Gots: 656 | 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 Ihadbeer
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of carrollmel7
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ernest78
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Weston19
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, little carbonation, dark copper color, pinky head.

S: Malts, you can smell some spices and some orange peel, cinnamon as well.

T: some roasted notes, cinnamon, got some hop bite at back palate, bitter/bready aftertaste. It's a spicy beer with spices coming at you from all around and it could use a pronounce taste.

MF: Medium body, slightly dry finish.

O: Not a bad beer but flavors are pretty bland and none are very obvious. Most of the flavors are a mixture of spices.

Photo of basscram
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Kronenbourg half litre mug. Pours a reddish brown with nice one finger head and subsides in about 2 minutes.
Smell is a very slight molasses as is the first taste. Its very lightly done
and drinks so easily. No bite but just a soothing feel along the whole tongue, which accounts for its high drinkability. As soon as the taste hits your tongue it quickly subsides even if you move it around a bit, which... makes you wanna drink more. Also if you do other things with your nose and mouth it makes it taste like a slight pleasing smoky molasses.
I am definitely liking this seasonal beer from sam adams!

Photo of CortexBomb
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is nut brown with a light white head on top. I get a touch of spice on the nose, but not a lot there.

Taste starts out with a gentle caramel tone with a light fruit edge on it...malty tones take over about midway, biscuits. The cinnamon waits until late to show up, but it contributes without overpowering. Not an overstated beer for the style, but decent.

The mouth on this is ok, it's not overly thick, but it's serviceable. The drinkability, again about average.

The bottom line: This beer is nothing overly spectacular, but you can do much worse. The spice tones in this beer are, if anything, understated, so it might be a good beer for people who aren't into the spicier winter warmer style. This isn't bad though, crisp, relatively easy drinking. A winter Oktoberfest if anything.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a rich amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells malty with some spices. Taste starts of malty and finishes bitter. Medium bodied in the mouth. A little heavy on the stomach to drink to many of these. Overall a fairly decent beer.

Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle, with a best by month notch in the front label, into a pint glass. It was a clear ruby color with slight carbonation and lots of lacing. It had a good sized beige head that settled into a thin foam. The aroma was malty with cinnamon - slightly weak in strength. The taste was good but not overwhelming. Followed the taste with malt bite and slight spiciness. Mouthfeel was solid. Overall, it's not a bad beer but doesn't really have you thinking of the next one. Don't see mysefl buying another at a store but might get at a bar if craft selection is weak. (One and done; tap change-up)

Photo of papaglide
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks- nice dark bronze with a nice 1 finger head

smell- sweet malt hits the nose first followed by a tiny hop presence.

taste- malty sweetness is definitely front most with a tiny bit of smokiness and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is slightly watery but not offensive. Not overly carbonated.

drinkability- not the best Bock that I've had and not the worst, Its just alright.

Photo of terrysjag
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h00dak
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The labels of winter beers always get me to fantasize about sitting by the fireplace in a cabin surrounded by snow covered mountains and pine trees. In this daydream I take a sip of a smooth, full bodied beer that warms me from the inside and keeps me perfectly comfortable despite the raging winter just beyond the walls.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager doesn't do such a bad job living up to my vision but its not a perfect fit either. It looks and smells good enough for most people I suppose. Tan head, lacing, blah blah. A taste provides a good variety of malt and hints of spice. The aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired.

Personally I think any beer that is emblazoned with the "winter" title should be stronger and richer. It feels like it has been dumbed down to appease simpler tastes.

Photo of relynnjr
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brown color with a redish tint about two fingers of foam and leaves no lace. Aroma is coriander, orange, and maybe a hint of nutmeg but is not overwhelming with aroma very subtle. Taste is very much like the nose, but bread, some orange and spices. However flavor is subtle as well.

Photo of tapman
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Colors of red, brown, and dark amber make up the body and a small head emerged after a careful pour which subsided very quickly to make a thin lacing. Carbonation appears minimal, a big difference between this one and the 'boston lager'.

Sweet malt aroma with some bready, tart hops and hints of spices supporting the sweetness. Too sweet for my nose. Nose is somewhat delicate nose, much less harsh than the regular 'boston lager'.

Tastes like a Sam Adams Boston Lager light, which is weird since it is darker than the SABL. Decent balance between hops, malt and spice, it is hard to pick any of them out. I can taste a little alcohol, though it is neither warm nor astringent. Good bitterness in the finish, I don't really get too much of the spices.

A fine mouthfeel, a little thin for a holiday bock if you ask me. Maybe a holiday helles, but then the color is off. meh.

I would rather have the regular Sam Adams, but not by too much.

Photo of Joshua-C-Doe
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anthony1
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

has a nice brownish/amber appearance, filtered. had a nice head that stuck around for most of the beer. smell i found hints of the spices they claim to have, but mainly strong malty presence. taste more of the same as with the smell. mouthfeel is what you would expect as well as the drinkability. certainly a beer made for average beer drinkers, or drinking of high quantities; nothing too stand out here.

Photo of youngleo
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured to a copper, slight reddish color. Head was brownish white and tasted a little bitter. Left some good rings with every swallow.
S- Smell reminded me of a weak dark beer. Not that it was a bad thing.
T- Had that wheat beer flavor. Slightly bitter but yet slightly sweet. Not much after taste like Ive seen with other wheat lagers. Could taste some caramel.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right. Not a heavy beer.
D- I think I could drink a few at this time of year when it comes out. I wouldnt want to drink a 12er of them, the slightly higher alcohol content was noticeable.

Photo of Bones54
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: copper, however rather transparent. Pours a thick head, but does not last to long, eventually becoming a lasting thin cover over the brew. Lacing is minimal.
Smell: As far as winter/christmas brews go, none whats so ever. Faint smell of ginger and spice.
Taste: pepper and spice is definately present, however not as powerful as I was expecting.
Mouthfeel: Definately leaves a sticky taste.
Drinkability: much like many winter/christmas brews, the spice only allows me to have a few. I can stomach quite a few more of these than I can of GLB Chirstmas Ale, yet I don't think that's a good thing. There's something to be said for the overwhelming spice that accompanies this style of beer, and I believe Sam Adams is slightly off the mark.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on Friday at a christmas party. Dark pour, wheat flavor, nice hoppy beer, nice spices as well, not bad I am warming up to Sam Adams beers. Overall this beer was a pretty good beer, my friend stuck with the Hoegaarden. He tends not to like hoppy beers.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper with a tight, compact off-white head.

S: Grassy hops, Christmas spices, and dark malts are very much in evidence on the nose. Not nearly as complex as I remember.

T: Notes of orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, dark bread, heavy cream, caramel, roasted nuts, and grassy, lemony hops wash across the palate. The finish is spicy and oddly prickly with notes of nuts, grassy hops, and spices.

M: Full bodied, dry, and bubbly. Has a ponderous, cumbersome feel to it that renders it less than drinkable.

O: The concept behind this beer is novel, but as a product, it doesn't come together (at least not this year). In years past, this beer was a winter staple for me, but this year I think I'll find something else.

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell was very dark and was expecting just that. However, there was very little taste. There is a hint of orange and cinnamon but besides from that: nothing. it is like the description says: very good for a cold winters night.

Overall: I liked the taste so don't get turned off by the smell.

Photo of leantom
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's been a while since I had a Bock. Here goes:

A: Good. Clear brown with a very large white head; also leaves plenty of lacing. Somewhat pale for a bock, though - expected the beer to be somewhat darker.

S: OK, I guess. Very toasty, which is good, but the beer also has some bready and grainy notes that I do not like. Albeit, the caramel malt is very good, but it's rather faint relative to the grainy notes. Some German hops as well.

On a side note, there's this sourdough yeast smell that's somewhat off-putting. Almost like a homebrew gone wrong.

T: Very mediocre for a bock. Grainy and somewhat sour (I hated the sourness of this beer), giving it the feel of a bad homebrew. Some caramel malt, which is good, but this is totally overtaken by the grainy and sour notes.

M: Very light and watery - not filling at all.

O: A very mediocre beer. Some good notes, but I will not be having it again.

Photo of sabrills70
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear medium copper with a huge head and good lace. Smell is malty with hints of vanilla, raisin and maple. a bit nutty. Taste is just like the smell but with some hop bitterness that hits last. Fairly well balanced. Finishes a bit heavy and dry. Good drinkability. A good brew, but could be better. It another example of Sam Adams trying to appeal to much the masses insted of producing a finer beer that only those who truly appreciate would enjoy. Although that is what buisness is all about, right?

Photo of dasenebler
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz, best before April 2011.

Pours an attractive, crystal-clear dark amber, with a small head. Good bits of lacing, though the retention could be better.

Aroma is malty, with hints of yeasty spice.

The spice flavors are very subtle; however, this begs the question, why even brew with ginger and cinnamon if you can't really detect any in the finished beer? Toasted malt notes complement a tangy hop flavor. Not too sweet, which I appreciate. The carbonation is medium-low, and the finish is smooth.

This is a balanced, drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding.

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another above average Sam Adams effort. Pours like a brownyish beer. No smell noticeable. Taste appears to be driven by some good fruity yeast strain, no noticeable hop presence, like most Sam Adams (apologies to Imperial Pilsner).

Anyhoo, finishes decent, a little unusual flavors in there. . . similar at times to Anchor's Christmas, you start to think there is like nutmeg or celery in there along with a dash of cinnamon and other holiday type "adjuncts" that are lively. Wheat body gives it a lighter liveliness than a lot of winter seasonals.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,272 ratings.