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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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5,101 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,101
Reviews: 1,876
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 63
Gots: 476 | 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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Photo of steinlifter
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a mid amber, not much of a head, left a slight collar most of the way, smell was a bit fruity, not a lot of aroma, taste was decent, light hops, good bit of malt and some spiciness, hint of fruit as well, mouthfeel was moderately carbonated, a bit creamy, smooth, drinkability is good, I had 2- 20 oz.'ers with my meal, and it was quite a bit better on-tap, than the bottles I bought on the way home, not bad, nothing phenomenal. I could drink this again, but definitely on-tap!

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle from sampler pack.

Appearance is a red-amber color with a nice head. Has an interesting spicy and almost yeasty aroma. Taste is malty with some wheat flavor and some nutmeg, I believe. Mouthfeel is average and clean feeling. A nice, drinkable beer that is a bit light feeling for winter, I think, but nicely spiced for the time.

Photo of JeffV
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer to tide you over until february when the good beers come out.

I had this in a pint glass.

Some of the best head I've ever seen. It has Great lacing. Huge lumps of head on the side of the glass.

A little spiciness up front, finishes sour. Great session beer.

Thanks jim.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a rough morning so I cracked one of these SOB's open because it had often been a winter warmer for me in the past; I reviewed the appearance and jumped in the shower. (Yes, I drank this in the shower and wrote the rest by memory after my morning coffee). Out of the bottle this beer was a copper/amber color leaning towards the dark side with some visible rising carbonation. The head was tan, displayed nice retention and lacing too. The aroma was mostly spices and malt with some sweetness. The flavors were first caramel and chocolate malt blended with winter spices, nutmeg and cinnamon followed by a bite of hoppiness at the end. The suddenness of the hops gave the beer a slightly astringent quality. Still, the body was medium, the carbonation average and the mouthfeel good. It didn't save my day, but this beer totally took the edge off my morning.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet grainy malts with piney hops and some spices with a touch of yeast. Pour yeilds a clear amber-tinged brown beer with a large off-white head that has good lacing. Flavor finishes bitter and salty but pleasent. Yeasty aftertaste. Watery body and fizzy carbonation, but doesn't go down exceptionally smoothly.

Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served it in a British imperial pint glass. Freshness date marked for March 2005.

Copper colored brew with a nice, fluffy head on top. The head quickly into a lace.

Pretty neutral aroma. Slightly metallic. I thought there would be some strong whiffs with a winter warmer. I smell some caramel and cookie scents.

A sweet flavored darker style lager. Caramel juices provide a sweeter taste, but the palate becomes dry and clean on the finish. Strong malt-centered backbone.

When I was younger this was one winter seasonal that I looked foward to seeing on the shelves. This is a solid choice and a great pick when in the boston area selection is rather limited.

Photo of lstokes
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark with a deep red color, tight creamy head and impressive lacing. The smell is harder to place--mostly just spicy. The flavor is malt-heavy and spice-heavy, with a lot of nice nutmeg and ginger giving it body and excitement. I like winter beers with heavy spice, and this has it. I could use a bit more orange, though. It's very rich and drinkable--I was more and more impressed as we worked through the six-pack, I will say!

Photo of alkemy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour hinting of ruby. The malt dominated the spices. There was an earthy hops aroma, but it was fairly weak. Cinnamon and nutmeg are there in weak amounts. It's malty sweet and the spices are hinting...it's tough to pick out a single one. This is actually a good thing. No single flavor overpowering another. Nice and balanced. I've always enjoyed this, but I was more fond of it this year than previous years...maybe it's my fancy pants Sam Adams glass I just got!

Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having two disappointing brews from the Boston Beer Co. (Octoberfest and Old Fezziwig) I'm glad to say that Samuel Adams Winter Lager restores my faith in this brewery a bit.

This is a nice deep red lager with a pretty head that turns into a white ring around the edge of your glass as you drink it. It's got a nice malty smell that reminds me of a doublebock's aroma. No hop aroma.

The taste is nice and malty-sweet. Quite like a light doublebock. But the mouthfeel and body is not as heavy as a doublebock. I can't tell that there are any spices in the brew like the label says. From the taste I'd say this beer is driven past a pile of spices, rather than any actually being in the beer itself. But I'm not deducting points for that since the beer tastes good anyway. I'm no pro taster, Michael Jackson would probably tell me exactly which spices are in it after one sip.

For a winter seasonal from a (sorta) mass-producer of beer, Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a standout. And at its price level, this lager even more appealing.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Copper/amber in color with a big, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Malt and subtle spices
Taste-Pretty clean, subtle spices, cinnamon, coriander, faint hop profile
Overall, very drinkable, middle-of-the-road winter offering

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnished copper with orange highlights topped by a sticky tan head that lasts a while. Small chunks of lace adorn the sides of the pint glass as the foam recedes. The nose is slightly spicy and is somewhat earthy.

The flavor is predominantly malty, with no trace of hoppiness until the finish. Winter Lager is slightly sweet in the beginning and middle, then dries out a little on the back end. Also appreciated is a pleasant spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg) that reminds me of the holidays. The mouthfeel is about right for a dark lager; maybe a little more full than most.

All in all, Winter Lager is an enjoyable winter beer (the label says that it's 'a dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices'). It's my first Sam Adams brew and I was pleasantly surprised. I can see myself buying this one again.

Photo of logmacschlog15
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drink before May. Drank 1/22/11. Served in US tumbler.

Appearance: Pours about a finger of off-white, marshmallow colored head. Dark brown with tints of ruby and amber. Lively carbonation.

Smell: A lot of malt sweetness. Caramel, toffee. Subtle hints of ginger spiciness and cocoa.

Taste: Caramel sweetness with some bready notes. There is a definite spiceness from the ginger (especially as it warms) and just a touch of bitter orange peel in the finish, but I'm struggling to find the cinnamon that the bottle describes. Nice sweetness that lingers on the tounge. Not much for hops, just a little bitterness to balance the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A somewhat dry finish with a tiny bite on the tounge from the carbonation.

Drinkability: I don't really like a lot of Sam Adams beer, but this is one of the few that I really enjoy. It is very drinkable and the spiciness of the ginger makes it great to warm up to in the winter months.

Photo of bmills1608
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber color, with a thick creamy head, nice lace on the sides of the glass and keeps a thin film of froth all the way till the last mouth full.

Smell is wheat for sure, had the bottle not said "Dark brewed wheat" right on it, I would not have made the connection, but in smelling it after reading the label, to me, it does smell like wheat, like a sweet dark bread perhaps.

Taste is rich, creamy, malty, wheaty with a touch of prune/raisens etc and baking spices. Hop bitterness is kept fairly low, but are not absent. A bit sweet overall, but not even close to being over the top. The alcohol is completely hidden in the flavor. A really nice rich winter amber beer. I had one of these at Valley Forge park (on the sly of course) after walking my dog, looking out at the river when it was wicked cold out. Quite nice. Its hard to beat a hearty beer like this when you're freezing you ass off and loving every minute of it.

Photo of SassyBootblack
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a plastic glass, like a champ.

Appearance: Deep amber color, thin but lasting head.

Smell: Malt and European hops. I understand this beer is spiced, but it's hidden.

Taste: Toasty malt with mild resiny hops. It reminds me of a strong English bitter, in a way. It finishes a little boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty delicious, but substatial enough to encourage savoring.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a small/medium head. The smell had aromas of malt, caramel, hops, and a little spice. The taste had a full body of malt taste with a caramel sweetness to it. The hop flavor was also medium and well-balanced. I also detected a bit of cinnamon flavor as well. The mouthfeel was light/medium with a medium carbonation. The drinkability was above average, but since it was a little bit sweeter than I prefer, I can't see myself drinking too many of them. Nonetheless, this was a smooth lager brewed with great care and was very enjoyable as a seasonal. I would definately reccommend it if it's in stock.

Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an amber color brew, off white head, minimal lace. Head settles to a small island f lace.

Has a sweet malt smell - caramel, spices.

The brew has a sweet spice malt flavor, smooth with a subtle spice mouthfeel. Can taste the nutty flavors as well. Very well balanced - solid.

This brew is very good - a yearly tradition for me and my fellow beer drinkers, and rightfully so.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: nice brown body with an off-white two finger head with some decent spider web lacing

S: wheat, Christmas spices such as ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon

T: takes the previously mentioned flavors and combines with some undertones of chocolate

M: light; sessionable; ginger aftertaste, quick sharp finish

O: good for the style and good for me, have it any time during the winter

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of cream colored head

smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, malt

Taste is cinnamon, light earthy and citrus hop, caramel malt, toffee, roasty malts

Mouthfeel is medium bodies, adequate carbonation, slightly drying on the finish.

Good beer here, may grab a 12 of cans, or might just take a couple more from my brother, either way give it a shot!

Photo of Vivs85
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Funny how divergent are the scores of Winter Warmers/ lagers including those of Alstroms'. I myself found Boston to be up there w Sierra Celebration and Widmer Brrr, leaving most the others way behind in the 3's.

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with freshness on the label.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper beer, topped with an off-white, tight, creamy, lasting lace. Carbonation is tight. Amen.

Smell: Crisp and clean: Malt, ginger, orange, cinnamon. But mostly a solid hoppy / malty balance.

Taste:As should be, for winter, muscular, smooth and malty upfront, with, crisp, spiced character of caramel, burnt sugar, zesty ginger, malts, orange, earthy and dates. Flash of hop bitterness peaks. This is totally enjoyable. First rate.

Feel: Creamy and weighty as it should be, surprising from a mass- house. Well done. Buy a case for Christmas.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have drank this seasonal over the last few years on tap and in the bottle,went out last night and had this on tap.Pours a brownish amber with alight but somewhat sticky head,aroma is rich and malty.The flavor has a nice flavorful holiday spice to it its a nice rich tasting brew,this beer is served at alot of the big name bar and grilles wich is great compared to most of there other offerings.A beer with some nice spiced notes and is slightly warming.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like anything SA makes and I have not tasted any recent offerings lately so here goes:

Says it is a dark lager, pours up darker than the average straw yellow color-almost a true amber color.
Aroma-malty,grassy,the orange peel is faintly detected and the hops are there, not too crisp.
Mouthfeel- very clean taste,lively carbonation and the orange peel, ginger and cinnamon are so wonderfully done without getting aggressive.Subtle. Nothing takes away from the lager taste and JK and crew have obviously utilized a few darker grains as evidenced by the color.
A traditioanl lager with some varied malts and added flavors= a very tasty quaffable brew.

Photo of awesomo
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby amber in color, thick retaining head about an inch thick thar is slightly off white. Loads of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass

S: Slight toasted aroma. Spice, cloves cinnamon. A Caramel sweet finishing smell

T: A nice amount of sweetness of front that is balance by some nice winter spices(clove, cinnamon, nutmeg). The spices don't over power at all which is nice.

M: Medium body, and the carbonation has a bit of a stinging quality.

D: A very nice winter beer that I could have quite a few of easily

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Uber-glass.

Pours a clear amber with a nice looking finger width of light tan foam. Not a whole lot of retention was lacing was OK. The aroma is deep with sweet caramel malts, roast, and a little spice.

The taste has a nice thick feel of bready sweet malt that gives way to a livey spice character and some dark fruits. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a enjoyable smooth feel.

This is a very tasty Winter Bock and one of the more enjoyable ones from Sam Adams. With a good tate profile and easy drinkibility, it's one that I never hesitate to order up when I'm dining out somewhere.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 5,101 ratings.