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

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5,382 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,382
Reviews: 1,938
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 72
Gots: 839 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good winter lager with some citrus, malt & a hint of spice.

Photo of Cjstoutlover
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rust copper color on pour ! More of a wheat taste than a hops taste! Drank out of a bottle. Poured into a glass head lasted about 30 sec. Bubbles semi present on pour! A good lager not all world but not every beer is

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, deep, amber color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that slowly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malt and notes of freshly baked bread. Notes of brown sugar, some nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and orange peel. Very inviting.

Taste: Lots of toasted malt up front, giving off strong notes of freshly baked pretzels, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and some slight citrus flavors of lemon and orange. I’m not getting much in the way of savory spices, but the beer finishes with some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good winter beer. Good balance between malt and sweet and hops. Very drinkable.

Photo of Shalmer87
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and creamy with a hint of cinnamon

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, date on bottom of can is "JUN 2015".

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with one-finger off-white head that dissipated slowly until a thin, almost unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation and some lacing was present on the glass.

SMELL: molasses, bread, spice, subtle to the nose.

TASTE: the taste is initially sweet molasses, this is a malt forward beer, next there is a mild hop bite with some spice, the last note is the orange citrus, there was a slight metallic taste that was not appealing to me.

PALATE: this beer has a smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: this beer looked better than it tasted, it was good but not great, I would probably not seek this one out again as there are better options available, Sam Adams makes a lot of beers but many are underwhelming.

Photo of vwmech
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Malty with spice. One of my favorites.

Photo of PorterPro125
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Pours a deep reddish amber colour that is quite good looking. This is topped by about a finger width of dirty white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer that lasts throughout the session. The head retention just plain sucks but other than that, Winter Lager is a great looking beer.

S- The aroma of this lager is fairly complex and I really dig it. Deep maltiness and a slight hop character that is finished off by cinnamon spice. Pleasant and inviting.

T- Identical to the smell but with the hops less pronounced. Well balanced and easily palatable.

M- Light to Medium body. Medium carbonation. Finish is fairly dry. Slightly astringent.

O- After only having access to Boston Lager and Latitude 48 IPA for the longest time, I have to say that I was a little excited when I saw Winter Lager on the shelf.
Overall, Winter Lager is a beautiful beer that sports a strong malt backbone that is well complimented by a cinnamon-like spiciness. Easy to drink and quite tasteful. I recommend.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not particularly unique or memorable -- just a good, solid beer for a winter evening.

Scent of caramel with a little hay. Clean, crisp with decent amount of carbonation. Not as heavy or filling as a double bock but still some of the same rich taste with the malt dominating.

Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big Samuel Adams fan. Years ago when Coors was the best beer available, the addition of Samuel Adams Lager was like heaven, but now compared to IPAs and porters and microbreweries, Samuel Adams is just boring and unexciting.

My neighbor is a beer fanatic, and he has a keg in his man cave so when he invited us over for x-mas dinner, it was a no-brainer. The only problem is that he had just finished off a keg, and he hadn't replaced it so the only thing he had was this.

And I was pleasantly surprised.

This is good stuff. It's got a reddish hue to it with a head on top that you have to respect. It's a strong lager taste but with a cinnamon/ginger spice with it making it a pleasantly interesting taste.

Photo of waltc21
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, light smooth lager just perfect for the winter months if you are looking for a beer with taste that does not fill you too much.

Photo of EvNasty
4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, smooth, and delicious. If your lady likes beer this would be good for her.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hazel color with an eggshell white head that trails the glass. The smell has bits of sweetness from the malt with some spice like nutmeg and clove coming through as well. The taste was a bit heavy with the spice and heavy characters from the malt coming through. A mainstay for the season and a very decent one at that.

Photo of Joncasso
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

Photo of rpmetzler
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Goes down smooth, but unfortunately doesn't taste that good. Not awful, just not good.

Photo of DocCajun
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer. Has a nice spiciness that is refreshing in the cold months.

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red cooper color with a thing head and lace.. A/T ginger and cinnamon spice, wheat and crystal malt, earthy bitterness.. Thin with low carbonation.. It is decent and I like drinking it in the samuel adams variety packs.

Photo of Bestinyourgirl
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my top five favorites.

Photo of shefs_brewhauss
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer, I really appreciate the taste, aroma, and drinkability of this brew. Great balance

Photo of Beric
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 31 December 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with amber notes- definitely darker than your average bock. Creamy off-white head sticks around for a while before collapsing and leaving minimal to no lacing.

Smell: Grainy and farmy with some perceptible malt sweetness.

Taste: Much like the nose, the sweet notes from this bock are dominated by a weird farmy astringency. The bottle says there's spices in this but I can't pick up on any.

Feel: Good carbonation makes this one go down easy.

Overall: A typical Sam Adams brew.

Photo of OlyBob
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Good seasonal lager, but seems a little light compared to a good winter ale.

Photo of jcubz
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

great winter beer. delicious bock

Photo of GPackers12
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good seasonal beer. Wish it was around longer.

Photo of nikhilshetty007
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice Amber colour. Superb taste.

Photo of rwhitmore
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft in a frosted mug (ugh). Clean and crisp, spices are subtle and well balanced. A good easy drinking winter beer.

Photo of mazo
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks great! Smells so so. Very average tasting beer. Just OK. Below average i think.

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