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

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Ratings: 5,171
Reviews: 1,890
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 64
Gots: 542 | 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).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of pale cream/orange head. Good retention and lace.

S: A little caramel with some straw overtones.

T: Light caramel, some peppery spice, straw on the finish. Caramel lingers on the aftertaste. Towards the end of the glass, some leather joins the finish.

M: Medium light body, good creamy feel.

O: Nothing exceptional, but quite solid. Picked it up yesterday on a whim for an 11-11 party (eleven letters in Winter Lager). I can see this being a good change of pace from stronger beers during the cold months. Will likely buy it again.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber, with no head (purchased at a certain day of the week, [think "Thanks God it's..."] so I'm not surprised by the lack of head). Very little nose. Taste comes in caramelly sweet with a hint of tang as the carbonation briefly comes alive and stings the tongue. A very slight hint of diacetyl leads into a wonderful pale cereal malt flavor. Light body with the delicate stinging carbonation. Very quaffable "dark" lager.

The bottles taste closer to an Oktoberfest to me.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed the SA winter collections. This one has long been one of the fun highlights. A nice, dark lager. It's very malty but has a nice aroma too (but mild, as per the style).

It's pretty in the glass and you don't get tired of it. I've bought these separately as well as in the collections and will continue to.

I miss some of the beers they've removed, like the fruity lambic. That was my favorite.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear brown in color with reddish highlights that had a half finger of head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma seemed to have a good spice kick like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar. It also had a good fruity malty aroma with slight hop character. The taste was pretty similar with fruity malts cinnamon brown sugar accents but it did have a little hop flavor on the backend. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, and slight creamy finish. It drank pretty good and its definitely starting to feel a lot like christmas after drinking some of this brew; solid back brew.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one surprised me. Pours a brown color with a medium head that dies off quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a nutty character with some sweetness. The flavor has a maple syrup component as well as some sweet malts and a bit of spice. Some hops are evident in there as well. The mouthfeel was moderate, but just thick enough. Drinkability was good. This is probably the best beer I've had out of the Sam Adams Winter 12 pack.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearnace: This tasty bock pours dark copper color with red hues around the edges. With a light frothy head that does not stick around too long.

Aroma: Light ginger notes cinnamon notes float around so gracefully. Subtle hints of all spice. The aroma from the malts is nicely abundant.

Taste: With a crisp mouthfeel right out of the gate the sweetness of this bock shows up nicely. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg are very subtle yet still there.

Notes: Well this one is still tasty and will more than likely continue to be. Although it is not pack a punch like it used to it can hold it's own rather well. Cheers

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,171 ratings.