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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
81
good

4,576 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,576
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 39
Gots: 241 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.1%

05-05-2012 01:33:08 | More by trioxin
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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Highgrade

Arizona

1/5  rDev -72.1%

05-01-2014 15:15:14 | More by Highgrade
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UncleJon206

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -72.1%

05-31-2012 14:55:18 | More by UncleJon206
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hyprlt

Ohio

1/5  rDev -72.1%

12-19-2011 15:42:58 | More by hyprlt
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Drk93TT

Michigan

1/5  rDev -72.1%

05-13-2012 03:24:21 | More by Drk93TT
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bmcduff2

Georgia

1/5  rDev -72.1%

01-24-2012 07:51:18 | More by bmcduff2
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CrashOverride

Texas

1/5  rDev -72.1%

12-25-2011 19:35:00 | More by CrashOverride
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Bangthedrum2

Ohio

1/5  rDev -72.1%

08-19-2014 01:06:49 | More by Bangthedrum2
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Drew_Holman


1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

07-27-2014 04:22:45 | More by Drew_Holman
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BillyPirate

Arkansas

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

12-29-2012 21:26:08 | More by BillyPirate
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mitch3114

New York

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

09-29-2012 04:15:52 | More by mitch3114
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ricecracker420

California

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

01-31-2014 05:12:27 | More by ricecracker420
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PHBoiler

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

01-23-2013 22:04:58 | More by PHBoiler
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4000qtrap

Missouri

1.63/5  rDev -54.6%

Source/Serving: 12oz. Bottle

Smell: Artificial brown sugar, strong medicinal/herbal note which doesn't really match with the assertive coriander spiciness. This is a bit of a train wreck with strong roastiness and a dark dankness - like an old cellar.

Taste: Thin and artificial. Nondescript maltiness up front that quite bland and flavorless but not super sweet. In the middle the carbonation becomes more prevalent and there is a lifeless ripe fruit flavor with a banana edge and faint spices. Finish is short, semisweet, and spicy.

11-21-2010 19:04:37 | More by 4000qtrap
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

1.65/5  rDev -54%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Side of from label notched Enjoy before April.

Appearance - Clear medium amber body. Pours two finger off-white head with good stick and decent retention.

Smell - Malty. Seasonal spices. Perhaps vanilla or cinnamon? Maybe even some Pumpkin. Can't quite pinpoint it, but it's not bad.

Taste - Spicy. Metallic. Very bitter and metallic. Unpleasant all around. Hopefully the bottle meant April 2012 and not 2011...

Mouthfeel - Acidic. Astringent. Some frothiness from the head. Perhaps even light to medium bodied... but I can't focus on anything but the acidity and astringency.

Overall Drinkability - This has to be the worst beer I've had from Sam Adams. Usually they get decent scores from me, but not this time around!

11-08-2011 06:23:41 | More by ZenAgnostic
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blknikon

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

05-08-2013 00:12:16 | More by blknikon
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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

01-20-2013 04:59:45 | More by mac10thmtn
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New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

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spelletier


1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

03-18-2012 02:24:16 | More by spelletier
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miwestcoaster

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

11-09-2013 01:29:09 | More by miwestcoaster
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

1.83/5  rDev -49%

12 oz bottle with the "new" label. I liked the old labels better.

Pours dark amber mahogany with shades of light escaping, topped off by a wafer thin parchment paper colored cap.

Caramel scents and slightly spicy, but then some stale bread wiffs make me wonder what else I am getting.

First swigs: Watery caramel and flat cola. Took me a while to put my finger on the flavor. Just contained a lot of off hints.

This went back almost as rough as Cave Creek. Just something about it.

Beer i usually good. Happy beering.

08-06-2005 02:32:12 | More by blitheringidiot
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goochpunch

Texas

1.88/5  rDev -47.6%

Pours a deep amber/hazel with a thin head that fizzles out into nothing. Smell really makes me a little sick to my stomach. Big bunch of ginger, spice, berries, and sweentess. That same awful sickening character in the aroma show up in the flavor, but then it takes a backseat to some roasted and toasted malts and some pleasant ginger and spice tones. Mouthfeel is moderate body with moderate carbonation. I just think this is gross, and it's a chore to finish this.

11-19-2006 03:56:39 | More by goochpunch
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

1.88/5  rDev -47.6%

I don't know what Mr. Koch and the Boston Beer Co. did to this terrific brew from around circa 2003-2005 but this is horrific and I will never purchase this garbage again. Pours a decent head. Scents of some toasty winter spices, ie cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells decently. Very thin, has been totally dummied from original recipe. The flavors are one of a true winter warmer but not accentuated properly.

This beer used to be a 7% ACTUAL wheat bock with a thick body, and a hearty, meaty flavor to it. I used to look forward to this one every year but will NOT purchase this ever again until I see the 7% abv slapped back on the bottle.

11-11-2011 23:02:41 | More by bigdeuce
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caskstrength

Minnesota

1.98/5  rDev -44.8%

Have had this several times recently when nothing else was available and a beer was in order.

The pour is fine. The smells are underwhelming.
The taste/mouthfeel is thinner than you'd expect, some buttery character. Simple malts with some balancing hops. All subdued and watery, to be honest. some hints of spice that don't counter the buttery, watery, diluted character in this mess of underwhelming boringness masquerading as a beer with some flavor.

01-15-2010 16:58:11 | More by caskstrength
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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,576 ratings.