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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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5,266 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,266
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 65
Gots: 647 | 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 Heatwave33
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a DFH Snifter.

Color: Amber with a khaki colored head.

Smell: Hops, caramel malts and cinnamon.

Taste: Caramel malts, hops and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse with a mid dry finish.

Overall: this is a very nice subtle winter beer. It has just a little bit of each ingredient to make it a nice winter brew. Cheers.

Photo of bashiba
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a good dark copper with a thick tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell Was light toasted malts with a touch of juniper.

Taste had a great buscuity toasted malt flavor with hints of copper, has a nice bit of minty and juniper hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

A tasty and drinkable beer, Sam Adams makes another winner.

Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 aepb1
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Semi-opaque brown body with a small white head

S- Spicey, herbal hops comprise most of the nose

T- Roasted malts balance against the spices and hops

M- Medium bodied and a good level of carbonation for this one

D- Nothing offensive and well-balanced. Enjoyable.

Photo of goldbot
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Nolo
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tzieser
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my first review in quite a while...here goes...

I drank this straight from the bottle, no glass (hey, no need to be snobby- just enjoy the beer!). I've had this one before, typically has a dark amber color. Pretty decent head but what really sticks out is the smell. Too many spices to pick up-- lots of malt, subtle hops, little bit of cinnamon, maybe some coriander? Tastes great, plenty of maltiness with a kick of hops to balance the aftertaste. The aforementioned cinnamon and coriander is there too.

Overall, a good beer to grab-- especially for someone who isn't into "darker" beers

Photo of hopbar
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can you not enjoy the winter? Between snow, skiing, warm fireplaces and winter beers, I'm all set and ready to go. My first brew this season was the Winter Lager.

Upon pouring into my pint glass, I immediately took notice of its bold, copper coloring. Unfortunately, the smell was not as strong as its appearance would lead you to believe but you could still make out the sweet aroma of malt and spices. However, the flavor was what you come to expect from Sam Adams and I was not disappointed. The beer was sweet tasting, balanced and smooth from start to finish. I especially enjoyed how it coated the glass with each sip. Overall, looking forward to having it again as the winter creeps in.

Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive ruby hue and excellent clarity. The head is weak, but manages to leave a respectable lace. The strong Hallertauer hop nose is followed by quite subtle and non descript spices. Perhaps orange zest and nutmeg? Moderate body and very slick mouthfeel. It almost has that "oily" mouthfeel that the Boston Lager has. The refined Hallertauer Mittelfruh hop flavor is quite high, but the hop bitterness is mild and thus imparts a significant sweetness to the brew. Lots of caramelized sugars in flavor, perhaps from the prodigious use of crystal malt. Mild nutmeg is present in flavor as well. Winter Lager finishes sweet w/ lingering crystal malt sweentess. Overall it's a very flavorful brew, but the sweetness borderlines on being cloying and thus hurts the drinkability.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-darker brownish red color with tan head about two finger worth and very good lacing to the glass

s-spices are not over powering in this seasonal brew just hints of them over the traditional Sam Adams lager smells

t-just slightly bitter, mostly tastes of malt, no strong tastes of the seasonal spices, smooth overall not a bad winter lager

m-clean smooth mouthfeel

d- overall this is a pretty good beer it has clean tastes and is a good change of pace for the season

Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This beer hasn't been the model for consistency over the years, but mostly always enjoyable. Pours a brown amber color w/ nice head and decent lacing; looks thin. Caramel, toffee, malts, and grains in the mix. Faint spices noticeable as well, along w/ calm hops; slightly spicy. Finishes nice, but feels thin; well carbonated. Drinkability isn't bad, nice to drink in the winter.

This beer never wowed me, but it's pretty enjoyable, tastes good.

Photo of SebD
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 hopsputin
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: burnt caramel orange with a nice 2 finger frothy white head - looks very nice

s: aroma is dominated by caramel malt. there is some sweet berry and toffee in here as well. last scent im detecting is a pretty big bready malt presence

t: dough and caramel initially. there is a small, but noticeable hop presence in here that follows and lends a small amount of tea-leaf bitterness. finishes sweet: a mixture of caramel and some generic berry flavor

m: heavier side of medium, with a syrup-y stickiness.

o: nothing too complex here, but its smooth and drinks nice. i like the heavier mouthfeel presented here combined with the caramel. its nice for drinking when you want something descent but don't want to concentrate too hard on picking out all the flavors

Photo of sarajayne
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Its a classic, and you cant go wrong with always having a few in the fridge. Winter is cold and dark, and so is this beer. It has a spicy aroma and slight after taste, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg thrown in there. It pairs great with the Thanksgiving turkey!

Collage girls drink GOOD beer:

Photo of skubas86
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Grisha09
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jslot38
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 05-06 Winter Season. Freshness Date Clearly Marked.

Appearance: Clear amber, touches of cherry oaked wood. White sticky head that covered the top of the brew throughout.

Smell: Floral notes surrounded by citrus (orange, faint lemon peel). Touch of coriander and ginger spices. A hint of pine towards the end.

Taste: Slightly dried hops, floral esters pervade the tongue upon impact. Background of orange peel with ending spices of ginger and cinnamon. A slightly sweet malt base brings up the rear.

Mouthfeel: Traditional lager feel with an extra spice kick to add to complexities on the tongue. Perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkability: As a lager, could drink many of these to spice up the winter months. And would enjoy drinking many of them.

Notes: "A dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices" adorns the bottle. And thats very true, but not much more than this. A good winter brew nevertheless.

Photo of Redog
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BirdFlu
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a beer that I really, really enjoyed before I got really into beer... That said, I was a bit afraid to try it again, as I didn't know if I would like it as much. It was a bit disappointing compared to my enthusiasm for it last time, but its not a bad beer at all..
Pours an amber colour with a bit of a copperish tone.
Smells a bit malty, a very little bit spicey.
Taste isn't too sweet for something of the bock family, but the bit of holiday spice is a very nice touch. A bit cinnamon-like, a bit ginger-ish. Its very festive and makes you feelt like its christmas time. I will say, again, I don't notice these notes as much as I did last time I had the beer, now that I'm more used to drinking lots of craft brews and "extreme" beers.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for a bock, but in general is simply a light moderate. Its crisp and has a good amount of carbonation. Its easy to drink with a good flavor and nice subtle notes. I suppose if you are more keen on really big flavored beers this may disappoint, but I do remember it being extremely enjoyable during x-mas time while its snowing outside.
And I love the colors on the label.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours clear, orange-brown. Two-inch white head settles into a modest crown. Wispy, patchy lacing.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger supported within a malt backbone that smells of caramel, bread, and brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose. A medley of the aforementioned spices plays well within the supportive malt base. Caramel, brown bread, brown sugar. Ghost-like tastes of herbal hops. Very slight metallic edge.

M: Medium bodied, full, and somewhat fluffy. Moderate carbonation rounds it out nicely.

O: A good winter seasonal. Spices are reined in just enough. Nice body too.

Notes: In years past, I have found this beer to be far too unbalanced, with the spices over-stepping their bounds. Maybe it's just me, but this year's batch seems far better than some of its past iterations.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,266 ratings.