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

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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4,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 4321
Reviews: 1849
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%

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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Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark coppery brown, good white head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Spice, caramel malts, floral hops

Taste: Caramel, toasted malts, spice, floral hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Still my favorite seasonal from Sam Adams (excluding two times, first when double bock was seasonal, and then when noble pils was seasonal). Not the most special anymore, but I still enjoy it. It is a pretty solid brew, a little bit of a pumped up version of Boston Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 16:48:25 | More by MadCat
Photo of SteveB24

New York

2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance clear. Reddish brown, slightly evident carbonation, thin off white lacing.

Smell: not much there, slight yeast, some watered down maltiness, and the faintest bit of cinnamon.

Taste: tastes like a pretty basic, unrefined american lager with a bit of extra malt and some lingering Christmas flavors.slightly metalic

Mouthful: thin body Medium carbonation. Slightly watery.

Overall. Even with low expectations, this Beer dissapointed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 04:25:47 | More by SteveB24
Photo of ArrogantB


3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at one of the bars in Denver International Airport. Dark amber color, almost brown. Aroma is malty, not much hint of spice. Flavor is a nice malty lager with just a touch of spice. Overall not a bad beer at all, I need to start giving more Sam Adams beers a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 16:04:09 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Andrew041180


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Arrived a deep amber/ruby color. Very clear. I like the color a lot. Not much as far as lacing or visible carbonation go. Very little head which did not appear to be an issue with the glass, but may have been due to the pour.

S: Not much is noticeable here, a vague sweetness is all.

T: Sweet malts dominate, but not in an overbearing way. Caramels and toffee type flavors, with very little apparent contribution from the hops. There is also a very mild spice flavor that actually adds to the beer. This is rare for me, as usually all I can taste is the spice.

M: Very little above average by way of mouthfeel. On the light side of medium bodied. Just a touch of texture.

O - Nice crowd pleaser for the winter months. Not a lot to get excited about here, but certainly nothing to complain about. May pick up a 12-pack for the wife and guests, and the occasional bottle for myself.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 14:03:27 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color, with a light brown head.

Smell: Nice, but light aromas. Can detect both the hops and roasted malts, but they are a bit subtle. Can smell some spices too.

Taste: Good balance between the hops and malt flavors. The mouth feel is smooth and crisp, but a little thin. The taste is complex and full of multiple flavors. A nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts with some spice flavors, makes this an enjoyable beer to drink. A nice long aftertaste that doesn't turn bitter.

This is a nice lager from Sam Adams. This is a beer I would enjoy drinking all year round.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 18:55:44 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that strikes me about this beer is the deep reddish brown color it has when you pour it into a glass. You can taste noble hops which is the hops sam adams puts in a lot of their beers. I love how you can taste the orange and cinnamon with every sip that you take. Delicious beer, perfect for a nice cold day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 20:18:05 | More by figgyfigg5218
Photo of Boggdogg


3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber color with a small white head which faded fast and left a very small ring and tiny bit of lacing.

Smells like malt and spices. Not a strong smell but pleasant.

Taste was is kind of bland and very earthy. Mostly tasted like grains in the front end and the bitter hops linger in your mouth. Not real bitter but no sweetness a all. Light bodied.

Overall not bad but I expected more. I wouldn't pass one up if offered but wouldnt buy a case of it either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 02:03:56 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of DeFaz


3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think highly of Samuel Adams because I know that they have the potential to make great beers. And they have a number of excellent winter beers too, especially in my opinion the Double Bock and the Fuzzywig. But this easy-to-find offering is disappointing. The spices make the smell and taste rather confusing. The beer is crisp but offers nothing special in the mouthfeel, and overall the beer tastes mediocre and confusing. This a dumbed down winter beer, and it's unfortunate that Samuel Adams doesn't make their better winter beers more widely available.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 05:02:10 | More by DeFaz
Photo of Huffs

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass with dinner at Applebee's. Served in a Weiss beer glass, beer was rich amber in color with a nice head with good lacing and retention. Aroma was sweet and malty with spicy notes. Taste was a nice malt hop balance with a definite spice and caramel background, Mouthfeel was full and clean with a nice clean aftertaste. Great seasonal, as always, from Sam Adams

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 21:59:06 | More by Huffs
Photo of BeerCon5


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a very nice two finger frothy off-white head with good retention.

The scent is of caramel malt and spices.

The taste is of toasted caramel malt, notes of cinnamon and orange peel, some grain, there is a slightly bitter hop finish.

Medium body, kind of a chewy feel, pretty smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer, rich and flavorful and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 21:53:48 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tall beer glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a thin off white head, thick leaving.

Smell: Mild smells of malts and carmel.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts and light carmel. Some peppery notes as well.

Overall: Average winter brew. I always enjoy a few every year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 23:21:46 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of kyleelton


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember if I'd had this one before or not, but if I did I certainly didn't remember it being a wheat bock. Not sure what makes it a bock if uses wheat. (The yeast?)

Not a lot of head retention, but enough. Especially for a lager. I'm not very good at placing what I'm getting in the nose, but its sweet. Maybe some hops.

Clean crisp mouthfeel, supposedly from the wheat. Some banana also from the wheat. I'm also tasting the malt unless if the bock, so I guess I get it. Wheat probably just supplements the the malts. (Perhaps).

Nice beer for a seasonal from our Boston brethren. Especially for something I can get at a chain restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 01:28:14 | More by kyleelton
Photo of seasonalbill


3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I look forward to Sam's winter every year and this is not the dark lager I was expecting like the label says. Pours copper color with a white head and tastes like a beer I drink in October. Still very good but does not present itself as a dark winter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 16:31:58 | More by seasonalbill
Photo of justintcoons


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass.

Brownish red with 1 finger of head. Moderate carbonation and excellent clarity.

Caramel, bread and brown sugar.

Caramel drizzled bread with touches of molasses and brown sugar.

Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Simple and delicious. Sam Adam's has always done good with the Bocks.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 18:22:38 | More by justintcoons
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Sam Adams Brew Club at Newark International Airport (EWR)

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with some reddish highlights and moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a patchy thin film that covers about half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Note of spices - cinnamon, ginger, and orange rind - over the top of caramel malts and some light wheat notes.

T: Moderate to strong amounts of malty sweetness upfront with caramel and wheat both present. Then there are the notes of the spices - cinnamon, ginger, and orange rind really stand out. Light bitterness in the finish but it fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness and just a hint of alcohol warming.

O: Enjoyable and relatively easy to drink though the spice flavors are a little too intense for me to have more than one in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 03:24:41 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might be the best beer from the Boston Beer Company. A perfect winter seasonal. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and a hint of orange, I can't get enough. It's not strong, but the spices do help give the beer a warming property to it. It's a tasty, warming, drinkable beer to look for every year.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 04:11:51 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of DavidST


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SA seasonal on tap, I assume it's mostly fresh. This pours an amber color with a finger thick off white head which has good retention. The smells are malty, some toffee, nutty, caramel and a hint of molasses. The feel is medium ish. The taste is good enough similar to the smells, a little nutty toffee with other malts low hop bite.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 02:51:39 | More by DavidST
Photo of CraftVA


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours a dark copper color with a light fluffy head, lacing is noticeable

S – Notes of caramel and a hint of fruity orange, with spicy undertones

T – Malty flavor at first that gives way to a spicy, slightly hoppy finish

M – Medium body with a decent level of carbonation

O – A good choice when out for dinner in the winter, usually on tap at most places and it’s a solid winter seasonal with good flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:03:26 | More by CraftVA
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured a dark/amber brown with a thin off-white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing was left.

S-Malty with a hint of spice

T-Malts dominated. I picked up some roasted notes and chocolate, along with some spice such as clove/cinnamon and somewhat bready. I wasn't that crazy about the factor to be honest.

M-Not that thick for Bock

Overall, I didn't really enjoy this beer and don't plan on drinking any time in the future. However, it wasn't terrible, just not to my liking because of the spice flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 17:07:24 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jack Astors. Served in pint glass.

A - Amber/brown colour with a small amount of off white head and some decent lacing.

S - Spices up front - clove, cinnamon, all spice. A sweet caramel malt profile and hints of breadiness.

T - Big spice profile with clove, nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon. The malts provide some sweet caramel and chocolate. Not much of a hop profile at all.

M - Light to medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - A very enjoyable winter lager. I loved the hint of chocoalte in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 18:27:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of charlzm


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed january 24, 2012.

Beer is a clear orange-tinged amber with good carbonation. Hey frothy two-finger off-white head slowly flattens out, leaving graeat sheeting.

Malty aroma with a slight citric edge.

Flavor is smooth and light caramel with a citrus note. Small amount of wheat tang. Light but sharp finish of low-to-medium bitterness and carbonation bite. Caramel returns as an aftertaste.

Smooth and slightly thick mouthfeel.

Easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 22:43:29 | More by charlzm
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head on a clear brown with amber hues body. Some lacing and little head retention.

S: Mostly roast malt and hints of spice and hops.

T: very nice malt and spice profile. Better than other bocks I have head. Nice sweet finish and not too bad of an aftertaste.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp finish

O: Very drinkable and nicely complex bock. One of the better seasonal offerings by both Sam Adams and winter beers in general.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 17:57:33 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap a local pub, $2 for a 10oz. glass so we gave it another try.

Same old Sam Adams copper color, same old cinnamon/orange smell. Same old sweet malty sweetness. Where are the hops? Do the brewmasters who I see on TV realize that their products have a soapy sour mouthfeel and aftertaste? No body, thin.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 14:48:02 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of notchucknorris


3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Counter

A: Clear deep brown color with an almost nonexistent tan head.

S: Sweet and malty with some breadiness. A bit of faint spices as well, but really not much shines through.

T: Light and malty flavor with some bready malts and a touch of ginger and maybe some other spices I couldn't quite pick out. It's by no means bad, but none of the flavors really jump out at you.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 16:33:00 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of thecheapies


2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Garnet body. Little head. Not much lacing.

Stale hop and doughy malt in the nose. Mild sweet spice, hard to pinpoint. Smells of dark wheat. Candy-like sweetness. I get some cinnamon and maybe roast apples. Not appalling, but not my cup of tea.

Whew! There's the cinnamon, almost powdery in feel. Touch of allspice and a little caraway seed. Flatline flavors. The cinnamon is burping back up.

Medium body with pretty weak carbonation. I hope it's the tap system's fault.

Not a recommended Sam Adams seasonal in my book. It's cloying, one-sided, and difficult to keep drinking. Got this one by mistake after ordering a Boston Lager. Not a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 04:27:50 | More by thecheapies
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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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