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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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4,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,674
Reviews: 1,852
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 44
Gots: 283 | 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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

tb4475, 57 minutes ago
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

OK... I'm pissed off. Just bought a Winter Variety pack and some idiot at the company decided to put orange peel in a all the nice sweet wintery malty beers!!! Orange with cinnamon??? Really?? Orange with ginger?? Really?? It blinds the flavor of the malts... RUINED BEER... CRAP... SUCKS!!! THE ORANGE HIDES THE FLAVOR OF EVERYTHING THE BEER WAS MEANT TO BE!!!! IM DONE WTH SAM DONE DONE DONE!!!!!!!!!!
The last batch of harvest pumpkin tasted like soap too. .... The names Randy Groves in Florida come get me Sammy!!! You suck!

Randygroves, Yesterday at 01:13 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BabaBeer, Friday at 04:51 PM
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4.04/5  rDev +12.5%

ESpindle615, Friday at 03:11 PM
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

R11415, Wednesday at 09:15 PM
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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%

Mike412, Wednesday at 02:39 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

endallchaos, Tuesday at 11:59 PM
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Devman171, Monday at 08:51 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

cuvtcuv, Oct 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

fosters9, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

embass, Oct 18, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +9.2%

Rcaisse, Oct 18, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

ERSmith, Oct 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Cobrabob428, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

themorninglark, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%

This one has been sitting in my beer fridge staring at me for the longest time. I gotta drink this one or else it will start crying.

Appearance (4.25) : Pours an aggressive tan-beige head. I'm measuring about four fingers. Actually I have a tape measure sitting right here. 3 1/4". Impressive. Leaves lacing as it slowly recedes. The body is a dark honey color with about 30% opacity. Nice clarity on this one. Due to the massive head, the generous lacing, and the clarity of the dark body, I'm giving this one a solid 4.25.

Aroma (3.75) : Barley malt, oats, some faint wild berry, toasty grains; and finally darker earth notes upon very deep inhalation. Complex, characteristic. Bouquet is soft and weak, however.

Taste (4.25) : Well, this is quite interesting. The berry notes and the malt-heavy toasted grain play well with each other and are very loud. Hop bitterness is cheering from the sidelines, still present but kept on a margin by the barley and berry. The sour lambic-type taste gives it an interesting spin and the hops help balance out the malts nicely. It's very forward, very strong in the taste department, and for this reason it is a sipper and not a chugger. I will say, it is pretty impressive. I like the flavor, it's a true craft.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Airy, light, estery...ends a tad papery and semi-dry. Medium bodied.

Overall (4.12) : If someone pushed this glass in front of me and told me it was from a top craft brewer, and they charged $15/4 pack, I would believe them. I would probably also try to find the beer to purchase it. This is actually a fine, fine beer and to think that Sam Adams made this is pretty incredible. It's got a great craft feel to it, a bit lambic and a bit festive, not too malty, not too hoppy, and that extra berry sourness just makes things interesting. The bottle talks about spice but I'm not intercepting any spice. Just good, berry, malty, hoppy goodness.

Edit : I see that this is a Bock. It is absolutely nothing like a Bock. I would knock the rating down but it's too good to do that. Approach it like a Bock and you'll probably be sorely disappointed. Approach it like a winter beer and you'll be jumping rope.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Oct 11, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Yuka1, Oct 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

JKV96, Oct 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

goast8127, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

GregStoner, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jgido759, Oct 07, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

VineyardBeer, Oct 07, 2014
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Mendoz3, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,674 ratings.