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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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BA SCORE
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4,492 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,492
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 190 | 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:
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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popatop

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer because you have to wait for it every year to be released. It kind of lets me know Christmas is coming and all is right with the world. I know thats far fetched but it really is a great beer. What I like most about this beer is the fact that although you can taste the extra spices they don't overpower the drinkability. So with that said, Happy Holidays!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 18:53:29 | More by popatop
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vicg12

New York

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second best Sam Adams you can get. The flavor is very rich, and delicious. Highly recomend this beer. Has nice head and is good with a nice dinner of lets say steak and potatoes. It warms the heart when you drink it, even if the beer is ice cold. When winter rolls around, def. pick some up.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2008 16:26:35 | More by vicg12
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CherylM

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always look forward to the first Sam Adams Winter Lager six-pack of the season. It's my favorite "Sam Seasonal".

It poured a full-bodied, darker amber color with a medium white head. Smell was fresh, yeasty and malty. Taste was of caramel with spices, slight fruit, and finishes with a very faint bitterness. Mouthfeel was of medium carbonation. Drinkability was very smooth and satisfying. When warmed, the presence of alcohol was more pronounced. A very good, consistent holiday/winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 02:58:37 | More by CherylM
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jayrod20

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is matched up very well with its season. It's best served in a cold glass in the low 40's F. The head is fairly frothy and the appearance is a dark golden color. The taste is strong and refreshing, with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg. It's one of my favorite winter seasonals. Easily a beer you could drink in heavy succession.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 23:40:54 | More by jayrod20
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, BBD of June notched on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep reddish-brown color, as transparent as something this dark can be. The head formed decent-sized, then faded quickly into thin film on top of the beer with the accompanying lace.

Aroma: Sweet malty smell with a hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Caramel malts up front, the mouthfeel is almost chewy. There is a bitter hoppy undertone as well that rounds it out nicely. There are some spices in there as well but I can't identify them. The finish is bitter, with both caramel malts and hops combining exquisistely.

Overall: This is easily my favorite of the Sam Adams brews. I didn't realize this was a wheat lager until seeing Jason's review, and lo and behold there it is on the label. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 01:55:14 | More by FenwaySquid
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Coppery orange color with a thick light tan head. Excellent retention and decent lacing

S - Very sweet and earthy malt nose. Some toasted bread and hints of toffee. A light spice lingers underneath.

T - Very sweet and bready. Strong malt backbone dominates this beer. Hints of baking spices as well with allspice being the most obvious. Hops are present mid to late drink with a little spiciness, but they are never overwhelming.

M/D - Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 19:32:02 | More by ckeegan04
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at "The Melting Pot" before New Year's Eve dinner with my wife.

A: Poured a crystal clear reddish-brown color (actually more red than brown), with about a finger's worth of head and moderate carbonation.

S: Sweet and bready, with a huge amount of refreshing and slightly toasted malt scent.

T: The sweetness almost reminded me of the type you would get from fresh beets. Even though the sweet element was very present, there was a bit of breadiness and slipperiness that made this refreshing to the 10th power. This was like a mini-Doppelbock!

M: Sweet for sure, but not overbearingly so. The carbonation was perfect for the style, and drinking this one on the cold side (but only slighly so) definitely aided in giving this one a crispness (IMO of course).

D: I could honestly drink this all day long. Many have stated in forums that this brew was not what it used to be.... etc..etc...etc. That may be so, but I can't speak to that. All I know is that the brew I just had (and have had many times this winter season) was excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 04:09:38 | More by Chaney
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could tell right away upon pouring this one that it was going to be good. Had a nice, dark, bronze colour with a quite thick tan coloured head. One can tell from the smell that this is a sweet, spicey one. The taste, however, is even sweeter and spicier than the smell seems to indicate. Not a lot of carbonation in this one, which makes it easy to drink. I feel confident that I could knock out quite a few of these lovelies with little trouble. I'll certainly be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 04:10:33 | More by SilentSabre
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dnichols

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had three pints in chilled glasses from the tap at the Brickhouse in West Richland, Washington.

A: It poured a clear brown body with a robust two finger head that laced evenly as it receded.

S: It had a nice sweet toasted malt base with a lively mix of spices (cinnamon and clove) complemented by floral hops.

T: It had a sweet malty front that was well integrated with bold winter flavors (cinnamon, cloves and allspice). It was very floral with a tangy bitter hop backside.

M: It was light bodied with modest carbonation and a tangy and lively spicy finish. It had a floral and sweet aftertaste.

D: I had a nice mini session that could have gone on long into the night. It was balanced, tasty, light-bodied and had a modest ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 05:14:01 | More by dnichols
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jlb307

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pleasant burnt orange color. Nice rolling head.

S: Nicely aromatic. Smacks of spice.

T: Kind of light in body, but sweet malt really comes through.

M: Very smooth. Not a very heavy beer either.

D: Goes down very well, an excellent cold weather drink!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:49:00 | More by jlb307
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JAL67

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer for the winter...warms you right up. I needed to get use to the winter lager after having the "light" beers of the summer ale and the octoberfest, but after awhile the winter lager goes down smooth. I really enjoy the color of this beer and the taste. not too spiced like some of the other winter brews out there. Does have a stong kick(6.94%) and that is a good thing so as to warm you up on a cold winter's night. I can easily put these down...just a damn good beer! I don't find this beer too filling at all. I do find a difference when you drink this from draft and from bottle. I like the draft better...but hey as loong as I have SA Winter Lager at this time of the year I'm a happy man.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 20:34:09 | More by JAL67
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jtw5877

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber hue with a nice white head, solid malt flavor with spicy tones, a little bit of hops finish things. A big favorite of mine, this beer certainly makes the arrival of winter a little bit easier!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 16:32:35 | More by jtw5877
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Noelito76

New York

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark reddish color. The spices in this beer hit you immediately and make for a tasty beer if you like something a bit on the sweet side and not so bitter. Clearly best suited for the colder weather but I can drink this one anytime just the same.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 18:14:26 | More by Noelito76
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance – Red- copper color, thick off white head, with some thin lace that stuck to the glass

smell – Toasted malts, spices like cinnamon here

taste – Some toasted malts, spices like caramel and cinnamon with a little bit of hops here.

mouthfeel – Light-medium body.

drinkability - Very nice well balance beer, one of my favorite winter beers. Come in the winter pack or 6pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 17:45:38 | More by auxiliary
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Cummins9110

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good beer to warm you up during the cold midwest winters.

A - brown, dark carmel color, tan head(quarter to half inch, fads to 1/16th in.

S - malty, fuitiness, slight hopiness

T - creaminess, my untrained palate taste no spices, dry finish makes you want to take a nother sip, very good beer tho

M - carbonation, smooth, creamy, with dry finish

D - Good, 6 pack will do for now, makes you want to take another drink

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 04:51:38 | More by Cummins9110
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jadpsu

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours moderately brown in color with a great head that has good retention and good side laceing.
Smell is toasty malts with a balance of hoppy spices -leads with some cinamon and also getting a little light pepper and maybe ginger.
Dry, smooth, malty with a touch of chocolate licorice. and upfront sweetness.
Finishes dry and a bit bitter and a definite warming effect.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 20:57:00 | More by jadpsu
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a re-review. clear deep amber color. huge off-white colored head that holds. lots of nice lace makes for a overall pretty looking brew. nice malty aroma, earthy hoppiness and spice. extreme creaminess makes for an amazing mouthfeel for a high ABV winter brew. rich maltiness balances well with slight spicy flavors (orange, chocolate and nutmeg come to mind). a slight spicy hop finish. all this goodness totally masks the 7% ABV. i was looking forward to re-reviewing this brew, thinking my first review was poor and my scores probably too high. well my first review WAS poor but i didn't ratchet down my lofty numbers a bit. an exceptional lager!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 22:34:33 | More by budgood1
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aficionado224

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is simply delicious, and rates very high on my list of favorite brews. Almost all of the Samuel Adams brand is good to excellent, and this is no exception. I consider this to be a great beer worthy of your time and money. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 20:45:37 | More by aficionado224
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer, deep red-brown and quite clear with abou a 1" head of beige foam that fades to a sticky collar that leaves rings of lace.
Aroma is full of malt caramel and spices, notably cinnamon, a fairly full aroma at that.
Slick smooth mouthfeel with a great flavor of toasty sweet malt and just a hint of the spices noted in the aroma. A bit of herbal hop flavor makes an appearance about midway through and lingers on a nice long finish.
A very tasty Winter offering from Sam Adams, I'll be sure to have a few more of these before Winter ends and they dissappear.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 17:46:43 | More by MaineBeerMan
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HockeytownBrew

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a dark, deep ruby color. Thick head which dissipates after a while, and leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S - Malty with subtle notes of hops and spices. This is gonna be a great one.

T - Very robust flavor of malt with notes of spices and a bit of citrus. Subtle hop notes as well.

M - Full bodied and bold, perfect for winter. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D - A very nice session beer.

Samuel Adams continues to amaze. Winter Lager is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 05:01:18 | More by HockeytownBrew
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper color with a small amount of light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, spices, and alcohol. Smooth, slightly sweet malt flavors dominate and include caramel and a hint of chocolate. Spice and alcohol flavors really compliment this beer well. Hops strike a wonderful balance in this one, keeping the malt in the forefront, but not overly so. Slight bitterness at the back end. Finishes well, with a slight lingering sweet flavor that leaves you longing for more. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, although some feel the spices are a little overboard. I find them quite to my liking.
This is by far my favorite Sam Adams offering and one I will look for every year. Overall, a very good wintertime lager. Seems to be one of those beers some really like while others just don't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 12:36:51 | More by PhantomVodoo
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scottyshades

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer...its readily available, its decently priced($1.52 per bottle), and it is delicious...picked one up in a mix n' match at ABC...I have had this beer numerous times on tap and bottled but I still buy it whenever I can
A: Rich amber color with brown notes, caramel colored head that sticks around for a few sips, nice lace on the glass

S: Great balance of malts and hops, however the hops tend to stick out a tad more...also a little spices sprinkled in

T: Alot spicier than it smelled, I got notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, malts, hops, and a few other spices...what I noticed is that the bitterness of the hops did not offset the sweetness of the malts

MF: Very smooth and silky, clean finish

D: Great session beer...very smooth going down, cheap, and widely available

Overall this is an excellent Bock...another work of art from SA

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 04:12:09 | More by scottyshades
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was never a really big fan of any Sam Adams brews until I came across this one... This is a truly awesome beer that is one of the best I've tried all season... Pours a ruby-red chestnut color with a one-finger head that lingers for a bit before tapering off... Smell is very complex... slightly smokey with some cinnamon, lemon and spices... Flavor strongly complements the aroma, with some ginger and a smoky essence that really makes this beer a pleasure to drink... wouldn't mind downing a few of these in a single setting.. the drinkability was really good and the mouthfeel was great... This is a wonderful brew and is definitely recommended.. they should make this one available all year 'round...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 00:21:22 | More by dsa7783
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper to light brown with a full beige head to start that lasts nicely throughout. A very nice spicy aroma: Cinnamon dominates with a touch of orange peel maybe. Spicy taste with cinnamon again being dominant but a nice biscuity, toasty malt character is there with traces of alcohol present. Medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth. Best when fresh !! Loses it's spice character over time !

2002 version: Purchase by March '03 Tasted: 11/19/02.

Also tasted the 2001 version (Purchase by April 02) on the same day: very dull !! Could only describe as a spicy malt character with no outstanding items.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 14:47:48 | More by RBorsato
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ccm414

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pouring created a nice head that left a thin lace over the top. has a dark amber color that almost has a raspberry color. my nose is a little stuffed so i am not getting too much of an aroma from the beer itself. as for flavor, it is very nice being incredibly smooth. it almost warms you from the inside.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 04:54:01 | More by ccm414
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,492 ratings.