Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Bit of head, bit of hops. Some spice in taste, chocolate malt and caramel for sweetness.nutmeg, cinammon Drop of fruit. Mild spice aroma. SLightly astringent finish. Not a bad one. An average craft beer. Medium body, suitably carbonated at Pizza Plant Transit.
01-16-2006 05:31:23 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.
Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and a variety of winter spices. Not much going on in the smell department. Taste is of malt/grain, some citrus flavors, and a lot of different spices (cinnamon, clove, etc.). There is a slight bitterness from the spices with each sip but it quickly fades. This beer has a bubbly level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is pretty good Winter beer but nothing too special really.
11-19-2011 06:37:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Dark copper color with a white head and good lacing.
S: Spicy with some citrus hints.
T: Sweet with spcied notes. Plenty of spices going on here--perhaps a little too much.
M: Medium bodied and fairly chewy.
D: Good winter beer. Another solid seasonal from the BBC.
04-24-2009 02:03:27 | More by Thorpe429
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
A: The beer is clear reddish copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down and left some lacing on the surface.
S: The smell is quite spicy and has aromas of cinnamon and ginger along with notes of orange peel.
T: The initial taste has some brief hints of caramel and malty sweetness but quickly transitions to flavors that share similarities with the aroma.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness from the spices and a slight amount of warming from the alcohol.
O: The relatively light body of this beer could make it one that's very easy to drink for the style but there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a sitting given all of the spices.
03-31-2011 03:39:35 | More by metter98
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Burnished copper with orange highlights topped by a sticky tan head that lasts a while. Small chunks of lace adorn the sides of the pint glass as the foam recedes. The nose is slightly spicy and is somewhat earthy.
The flavor is predominantly malty, with no trace of hoppiness until the finish. Winter Lager is slightly sweet in the beginning and middle, then dries out a little on the back end. Also appreciated is a pleasant spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg) that reminds me of the holidays. The mouthfeel is about right for a dark lager; maybe a little more full than most.
All in all, Winter Lager is an enjoyable winter beer (the label says that it's 'a dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices'). It's my first Sam Adams brew and I was pleasantly surprised. I can see myself buying this one again.
01-06-2004 16:38:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
Appearance: Pours a nice clear medium amber color with a beautiful head; plenty of lacing
Smell: Lots of sweet maltiness on the nose - caramel, a touch of cinnamon and orange
Taste: Sweet and somewhat spicy; starts by laying down a caramel malt backbone and then tingles with various spices and orange highlights; finishes sweet but prickly and slightly bitter
Mouthfeel: A bit thin, and I was about to dock it until I remembered it was a lager and shouldn't be too heavy; moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice effort from SA; I'll be back for more
01-20-2005 22:22:33 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with light fruity ester is very interesting. Taste is easily quaffable with notes of caramelized malt with sweet undertones and light fruity ester. Body is about average with goo carbonation. Wheat malt is not easily identifiable. Easy to drink with just enough character.
03-15-2011 20:13:32 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
An easy drinking wheat bock-style ale with a mild complexity of spice built in. Slight fruity, slight earthy, and slight sweetness give a rounded impression for any cool weather session and a compliment to many wintry meals.
Sam Adams Winter Lager pours with a medium brown, light mohogany hue and with bright clarity. A creamy off-white head caps the beer and releases spotty pockets of lace as the beer falls. A firm, yet light Bock look.
Mild aromas of soft pilsner malt cracker character is layered with notes of grape, light toast, nuts, and almost chocolate. A light spicy character tickles the nose with seemingly peppercorn, lavender, and cinnamon.
Flavors fare similarly with a mostly malt, but partly grain flavor. Sugary malty sweetness is moderate and carries a slight candied fruit with toast, light chocolate, nuts, and spice. Earthy hops allow for a slight grassy taste in finish, just as the added spices blend into bitterness late.
Medium to start, but after the creamy carbonation subdues, the beer lingers in finish with a semi-dry feel with slight lingering sweetness, mild grain astringency, slight alcohol warmth, and largely clean for its style.
Perhaps a bit timid on all fronts, this is kind of a Bock with training wheels. Despite its overall lightness and somewhat grainy texture and taste, the beer is remarkably refreshing and drinkable.
11-15-2006 13:44:25 | More by BEERchitect
3.05/5 rDev -15%
reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.
the pour was a nice and even dark brown color with a nice head of light tan that seemed to hang around for a good long while before settling back down into a thin film around the edges. aroma is light, lots of caramel and hints of brown sugar and light roasted malts, nothing crazy or above normal here at all. smooth texture and a nice sweet flavor, it did its job for sure. though i dont know if it comes across as malty as i would have liked for the style.
overall it was alright, again i have had better but it worked. no real complaints.
01-14-2011 02:44:28 | More by mikesgroove
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
A: This one pours a clear, rich amber color with two fingers of off-white head and very nice lacing.
S: I'm not all that big of a fan of the nose on this. It's very malty, with a lot of caramel, and it seems to be incredibly spicy. I'm okay with some mild spice in a beer, but this one is a bit too much.
T: The taste is better than the nose, that's for certain. The caramel and malt is quite up front, with the spices much more subdued.
M: The fizziness is rather light for a lager and it's rather full bodied as well. I haven't had this beer in quite some time and I found this to be quite impressive.
D: This is a pretty easy drinking beer and one that you could easily have several of in a session. I'm not the biggest fan of bocks, but I found this one to be fairly enjoyable and wouldn't turn it down if offered one.
11-06-2009 03:02:56 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-19-2012 17:57:33 | More by kylehay2004
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright amber body with a full, foamy off-white head.
Smell: Aroma of toasted wheat and caramel with notes of citrus peel, nuts, and freshly-grated spices.
Taste: Caramel and wheat with a medium sweetness and spice character. Light, lemony citrus. Faint hint of bubblegum. Mild bitterness sets in before the mineral water finish. Sweetish, grainy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A decent wintertime beer and one of the better offerings in the Sam Adams Box of Winter Delights.
01-06-2008 01:02:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
The Winter Lager pours out as a slightly hazy looking brown color with a generous tan colored head on top. The aromas of some wintery spices, malts and some hops are on the nose. The taste is a little spicy but balanced enough that you can get all the flavors at different times. The mouthfeel is carbonated enough to make the mouth tingle but smooth enough to drink several if one chooses too. It's a pretty good brew in my opinion I love when the Winter season falls because it's always great to have that first Sam Adams Seasonal of that time of year.
05-24-2011 16:08:50 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
Have drank this seasonal over the last few years on tap and in the bottle,went out last night and had this on tap.Pours a brownish amber with alight but somewhat sticky head,aroma is rich and malty.The flavor has a nice flavorful holiday spice to it its a nice rich tasting brew,this beer is served at alot of the big name bar and grilles wich is great compared to most of there other offerings.A beer with some nice spiced notes and is slightly warming.
11-14-2003 00:17:09 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.
Workin' my way through the Winter Styles pack. This one pours a nice clear dark ruby brown topped by nearly a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, light roasted malts, light milk chocolate, rye bread, and orange zest. The taste is very similar, but a bit spicier: Newcomers nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, and cola add some complexity to the flavor, but seem to somewhat overshadow the other parts. Or, rather, it comes in phases. However you prefer to hear it, everything doesn't mesh perfectly. Yeah. The body is a nice medium, with a moderate carbonation and a semi-grainy feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that could use some tweaking, but is still an easy and enjoyable drinker.
11-09-2010 03:49:34 | More by TMoney2591
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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