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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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4,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,666
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 43
Gots: 282 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Neffbeer, Nov 17, 2011
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Ajlvt, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife ordered this beer while I was en-route to the restaurant. I wasn't sure what she ordered me and I started to drink it. It has a wonderful deep copper/amber hue to it. The head was small but it did retain a nice lacing.
It smells more malty with a hint (maybe) of some kind of spice but I'm not sure. When I took a sip I knew it was a Sam Adams because it had the traditional Sam Adams Boston Lager taste to it (not sure if that makes sense). I was looking for more spiciness from this beer since it was a winter brew but I was surprised to find that it didn't have a huge spice profile. It was more on the malty side and I thought the body was a touch heavy. For a winter lager I found it to be a tasty beer. Nothing outstanding but tasty.

dwarvenspirits, Jan 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
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mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark caramel amber. Small frizzy white head.

S: Caramel, cinnamon, slight nutmeg, and pepper. Slight citrus and roasted malts.

T: Citrus and cinnamon. Slight malts and hops present.

M: Very smooth and well balanced. All of the above flavors counter each other to make it smoother than expected.

D: Very drinkable for a winter beer. Good for friends and the Beer Advocate.

I do have to say that I believe they changed their recipe along with their more obvious change of label. I actually prefer the past Winter Lagers because it really did taste more like a winter warmer or heavier bock. This Winter Lager

DrewKid4, Feb 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

troyvar, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

thedemise, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

muskie4817, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

crownrl28, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a sticky tan head for some good lacing action. The nose offers some unexpected notes such as celery, pure honey, and malt characters. The taste is a mellow blend of smooth roasted malts, toffee, and ginger cookies in the background and finish. Later tastes reveal some wheat crackers, orange peel, and something similar to pumpkin. Medium body and a terrific mouthfeel that is smooth up front, creamy in the middle, and a pop of fizz at the end. A very nice winter warmer without being too pretentious.

cabsandking, Nov 07, 2006
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phrobi, Jan 06, 2012
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DanMolony, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

bigbeers84, Dec 07, 2011
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,666 ratings.