1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

4,607 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,607
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 40
Gots: 250 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Winter Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,607 | Reviews: 1,850 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +11.4%

22 oz. bomber with raised designs of hop flowers and something else. Oranges???

Poured a thin reddish copper with an off white head of 3 1/2 fingers. Nice lacing. So transparent, you could almost read through it.

Light spice, malt and hops in the aroma.

Fairly dry, with a light sweetness of malt, and a more pronounced hop bitterness. Nothing over the top. Surprising burn of alcohol for then 5.8% ABV. Light spiciness at first that's overpowered later by the pleasant hoppy flavor.

Thin for a winter brew, but pleasant.

Way, way drinkable. It would be easy to overdo it. I could have finished a 6-pack in a snap if it didn't finish me first.

obywan59, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of athouve1
4/5  rDev +11.4%

athouve1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid caramel aroma with a decent spicy hop.

The taste was balanced toward the malty side with a healthy grainy element and a nice caramel malt. A spicy hop was represented as well.

The mouthfeel was full yet clean.

Overall a very tatsy and highly drinkable winter brew. A standard.

plaid75, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of fenix1300
4/5  rDev +11.4%

fenix1300, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of bsu2005
4/5  rDev +11.4%

bsu2005, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +11.4%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of russwilliam
4/5  rDev +11.4%

russwilliam, May 15, 2013
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +11.4%

zoso1967, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ShucksBruh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ShucksBruh, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Ilovebeer1549
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Ilovebeer1549, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +11.4%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Stoffel, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Storning
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Storning, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of fdw3
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a dark amber with an off-white that fades relatively quickly and leaves little lacing. Smells of sweet roasted malts with notes of spices and faint citrus. Taste is well-balanced with a subdued sweetness from the roasted malts with spices (cinnamon maybe?) sitting in the background. Body is moderately full and relatively smooth with moderate carbonation.

A solid offering from Sam Adams that's perfect for warming up when it's cold outside. I will come back to this one when it's on tap and feel comfortable recommending it to fans of the style -- very good!

fdw3, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a medium/light brown amber hints decent cream colored head that falls to ringed scum and laces well.

Aroma is malty fruit wheat lots of spice nutmeg, clove vanilla hints maybe touches of cinnamon.

Taste is good nice fruit malt presence along with wheat malts moving into a good spicey finish that lingers, with hop hints. A good brew from Samuel Adams one of the better ones and one I enjoy every year now, was suprised I never reviewed it yet. So this is on the fly after another review and no clean pallet but if it wasn't good wouldn't buy it year after year after year, hell you get the idea.

Mouthfeel is about medium with a medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good see above remarks, Sam Adams has been know to make good beers occasionally, this and there Oktoberfest plus their Schwarzbier.

mntlover, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Johnnyv310
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Johnnyv310, May 30, 2013
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +11.4%

pathman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of NicholasSchell
4/5  rDev +11.4%

A- Fairly clear dark amber color, minimal head, appears to be lightly carbonated.

S- Sweet malty scent, noticeable floral/spicy hop aroma but balanced well with sweet maltiness, cinnamon, lightest hint of sweet dried fruits.

T- Flavor of malt and hops are very well balanced though not as much complexity here as in the nose still quite good, clean finish.

M- Medium body, prickly carbonation.

D- Good beer, average ABV, I'd drink a few more.

NicholasSchell, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance: Toned copper in color with a touch of haze. The small cream-colored head is tightly beaded and retains fairly well. The lacing is small and broken, the carbonation is fairly lively.

Aroma: Spicy aroma with cinnamon, ginger, candied fruit, and dark bread.

Taste: Opens with a flourish of winter spices and honey, a mild citrus hop presence soon follows. The underlying malt presence is toasty with subtle caramel notes. Towards the finish, the hops assert themselves with a modest metallic bitterness that lingers well past the somewhat dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A solid example of a winter bock, very pleasant.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, May 12, 2002
Photo of angeepangie
4/5  rDev +11.4%

angeepangie, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Ezmunny
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Ezmunny, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Kkbrowhatever
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Kkbrowhatever, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Dba1125
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Dba1125, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of ZPB
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ZPB, Dec 23, 2011
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,607 ratings.