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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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5,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 1,928
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 68
Gots: 753 | 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 KarlHungus
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear dark amber color. The head is small, white, and creamy. The aroma is very malty and clean. The taste is quite spicy, and interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this brew is a nice change of pace, and another solid offering from BBC.

Photo of nbeardsley
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of arc3636
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - very clear light brown with a little less than 1 finger of white head that fades completely away

S - light aroma, I get some malt and cinnamon and ginger spice notes

T - fairly balanced between malt and spices

M - medium body, the spice flavor leaves a nice aftertaste

O - more full bodied and flavorful than I expected, very drinkable beer

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not particularly unique or memorable -- just a good, solid beer for a winter evening.

Scent of caramel with a little hay. Clean, crisp with decent amount of carbonation. Not as heavy or filling as a double bock but still some of the same rich taste with the malt dominating.

Photo of Redog
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced, sprightly taste – it teases the tongue.
One wonders,"What's going on with this brew?" It's fun.
For best take on mouth feel and taste get a bite of the head.
Got mine from Costco where I can afford it, in a variety pack with
eight not just four bottles of this one, and glad they packed it that way.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with lots of carbonation and a nice white head.

Smells of grainy malts and slightly nutty.

Tastes grainy upfront and finishes nice and malty with hints of dark fruits and caramel. Has a somewhat medicinal character. For a lager, this isn't bad.

Pretty carbonated and nice and drinkable. Something I wouldn't mind trying again next winter!

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first of a few beers brought to me from Newfoundland by a new friend in beer, cjbmacdon. Thanks!

The beer really reminds me of some Oktoberfest lagers. It had a nice reddish-brown colour. It's quite bright and clear, and has next to no head.

The smell has a bit of roasted toffee in it... I think there's a bit of warmed-up apple in there, too.

The taste? It's a bit different than I thought it would be after the smell and look. It's quite a bright flavour... at first, it's this hit of tangy, fruity hops, with some spice. It's like a bit of cinnamon in the background (maybe even some clove or other spices), with some apple... almost like chilled apple cider in some ways. Then, after you swallow, these sweet malt characteristics some out, like a bit of roasted toffee... it's more sweet than bitter, and more malt than hops. The spice and sweetness come out in the aftertaste, almost like you ate a bit of apple crisp a while earlier.

The feel is great. It's bright and fizzy in the mouth, smooth, slick, and not watery. Very refreshing.

Overall, quite a nice little lager. I enjoy these winter and fall lagers so much more (on the whole) than run-of-the-mill lagers. There's so much more flavour and depth to them, without them getting so complex that they overwhelm you. A great beer to just sit and drink on the holidays. Now... how come they can get this in Newfoundland and not in PEI? We're so much closer!

Photo of wvu9787
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from the Sam Adams 2010 Winter Clasics mix pack. Poured into my 22oz. basic beer mug. Clocks in at 5.8% ABV.

Apperence- Dark Red/ Light Brown color, Head has a tan bubble like tone, bubbles rise from the bottom and look very carby.

Smell- Spicy, little bit carmel, malt

Taste- Malts, Little carmel, spices such as cinnamon and ginger. Its somewhat yeasty and there is a good bit of hoppy citrus that i didnt smell comming, bottle says orange zest but i taste more lemon then orange. Its a nice mix of malt then hops at the end taste.

Mouthfeel- Good, its a refreshing drink to me, not too watery and not too heavy.

Drinkabilty- Very good drinkabilty, i enjoy this beer and could down a sixer of it with pleasure.

Overall I would say this is one of the better Sam Adams beers i have had yet, its the 2nd of the Winter Classic I have tried and the 2nd best by the company overall i have had, only behind the Pumpkin Harvest Ale(by the way they really need 6-packs or 12-packs of it next year) Very surprised with this one, I will for sure be drinking this a few more times this winter.

Photo of waughbrew
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very beautiful beer. Big frothy creme-colored head stays around for a long time and laces too, looking almost like a nitrogen-pour. Body is a crystal clear auburn/chestnut with small bubbles slowly rising to the surface. Smells of caramel and gingerbread, spicy, tart, and alive. Metallic from some continental hops. A hint of butter and some eathiness makes it smell like an English ale. Flavor is nondescript smooth caramel that is quickly joined by the metallic bitterness. A cinnamon-sugar taste is present throughout, but in just the right amount. Finish has some chocolate-covered lemon. Feel is thick and very smooth and lightly sweet - like a great candy. This is another good one.

I think that it is rediculous when BBC gets any crap on BA - their beers are solid and we owe them a ton for the role they serve in the beer world.

Photo of Lovethemhopps
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of blackjack000
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Burnt reddish amber with an eggshell head.

Smell: Small bits of toasted brown sugar, a tad of citrus and black pepper.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Delicately sweet malt with an almost peppery hop taste. The aftertaste leaves a little bit of sugar on the tongue with a burnt hops taste prevailing. The carbonation works well with the hops profile.

Photo of nniicckkww
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BWI airport. Surprisingly cold but refreshing as I was thirsty after my flight. Clear dark amber brown with 1/2 head. Not much aroma but I didn't go out of my way to perceive it. Nice
Mouthfeel with good carbonation and malt undertones. Surprising that this is a winter lager as its fairly light and drinkable. Good beer.

Photo of Olinnelson
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Desimoaj
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of willardt09
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. May notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear dark amber brown with a slightly tanned head on top. Some visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some lacing behind on the sides of the glass.

S: Spiciness is the first thing I pickup. A mix of cinnamon, clove, allspice and orange peel. A touch of dark fruitiness from the malts.

T: As with the aroma, there is a spice laden flavor to this one. All the same spices that you get in the aroma. Fairly powerful spice but doesnt overwhelm and make it seem like its no longer a beer.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A bit of stickiness but still quite drinkable.

Overall this lager fits well into the winter scene with its pleasant dose of spice. Always pick this one up in the winter as its well priced for its flavor.

Photo of king75
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a amber colored lager with very little head

S- Can make out wheat, ginger, and a little malt

T- has a big gingery like flavor at the beginning, wheat flavor comes in towards the end, a little malt. Not bad, but seems a little off balance in some way.

M- Light and a little watery.

D- an easy drinking beer, nothing really special but a solid brew in its own right.

Photo of shbobdb
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start this by saying I don't like spiced beer. However, I did not hate this beer, in fact, I drank both bottles from the sampler. It is much less spicy than the Fezziwig ale, and the spice is brought more in line with the malt flavour. The clean, lager yeast also helps cut down on the random assault on the tongue. I found this to be a highly balanced, even enjoyable, brew. I never thought I would say such nice things about a spice beer! It even makes me curious about other spice beers, maybe they don't all suck.

Once again, say 'thanks' to Jim for producing a solid 'gateway' beer into a style I had not considered even remotely drinkable before. I'm sure it's not the best of its style, but it's tame enough for everyone to enjoy.

Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big Samuel Adams fan. Years ago when Coors was the best beer available, the addition of Samuel Adams Lager was like heaven, but now compared to IPAs and porters and microbreweries, Samuel Adams is just boring and unexciting.

My neighbor is a beer fanatic, and he has a keg in his man cave so when he invited us over for x-mas dinner, it was a no-brainer. The only problem is that he had just finished off a keg, and he hadn't replaced it so the only thing he had was this.

And I was pleasantly surprised.

This is good stuff. It's got a reddish hue to it with a head on top that you have to respect. It's a strong lager taste but with a cinnamon/ginger spice with it making it a pleasantly interesting taste.

Photo of goldbot
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tawny amber color with thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Muted, bready malt aromas with a pleasing crispness and ample caramel malt. Clean malt flavors, toasty and slightly nutty; more caramel abounds. Hop bitterness balances the maltiness nicely, without much in the way of any real hop flavor. Crisp, dry mouthfeel. A very drinkable, sturdy beer; a winter classic in my book.

Photo of BeerSox
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug. The label says "Winter Brew" because the alcohol by volume is too high for it to be labeled as "Winter Ale" because of Texas laws. Still the same light blew label with snowflakes as decoration.

Deep copper color with a light tan head that doesn't last too long, and settles to a foamy cap. Sticky lacing throughout.

Strong caramelized sugar smells similar to an Oktoberfest. Grainy malts in the background.

Light flavors all around, but still spicey and malty enough to have good complexity. The light-medium body and medium carbonation give it a little kick. Some sweeter flavors can be tasted throughout. Hop bitterness is at a minimum. A clean finish, with a bit of lingering husky grain throughout the mouth.

Slightly complex, with no overpowering flavors. A good choice for the winter. Recommended.

Photo of Kromes
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very clear and a brownish amber color. There is a decent off white head at first that quickly fades to a thin line of bubbles.

S: A bit of toasted malt and a little earthy hop with honey and ginger notes. At first it wasn't very aromatic, I think I had it too cold. Once the beer warms up a little, the nice aromas start emerging.

T: The ginger flavor starts right up front and continues all the way into the finish. There is a nice sweet toasted malt flavor in the background and there is also a citrus peel bitterness to the flavor.

M: The carbonation level is good and the mouthfeel is somewhat dry in the finish. It is pretty nice.

D: This is a one off beer. I don't think I would want to have more than one due to the strong ginger flavor, but it is tasty when you are in the mood for a winter spice beer.

Photo of SebD
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber color to it. It has a thin white head (came like that) but I swirled it after drinking a bit and got a decent head and it leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet bready malts, caramel, spices and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet malt character, nice spices, a bit of caramel and light hops giving it a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a sweet overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of Craigory
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep amber body, with an inch of off-white head. This quickly fades to a spotty cap.

S: Dark fruit, orange peel, spice--this is a winter warmer crossed with a weizenbock, and smells just like I would expect.

T: A splash of cinnamon across the tongue, followed by orange peel, sweet malt, and a little malt bitterness to close things out. Quite nice, really.

M: Prickly carbonation--too much. Otherwise, this is a nice, medium-bodied lager that supports the flavors nicely.

O: This is a good, easy drinking winter brew. It's like a cute little nephew to the German weizenbocks.

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