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

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

4,324 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4324
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2006 05:31:23 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 06:37:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 16:38:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:44:28 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 03:02:56 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 22:22:33 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 20:13:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2006 13:44:25 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 02:03:27 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 03:39:35 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 01:02:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2003 00:17:09 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 03:49:34 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This "dark wheat lager" pours a clear, deep amber body with a ruby cast. It's topped by a frothy head of ivory cream that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The nose is malty and clean with a hint of hops and just a suggestion of the winter spices that are used. They do come out in the flavor, however, once the rich, wheaty and caramel-glazed maltiness subsides a little bit; and they stick around to linger in the aftertaste. A bit of cinnamon is discernable, and perhaps some nutmeg, but overall the spices are nicely restrained, lending more to balance than flavor. And it's really well-balanced with the spices working in tandem with the low-key bitterness to balance the malt and dry the finish. A slap of delicately spicy noble hop ties everything together throughout; and it's alternating sweet malt - spicy finish keeps it really drinkable. Nicely done! A very enjoyable "winter" ale that's quite welcome on my table at any time during the year.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 15:36:52 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

355ml bottle - strange with the Swedish and English label info...

This beer pours a clear, medium burnt amber colour, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which leaves a nice Swiss cheese spectrum of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of mild caramel malt, ginger spice, and a bit of orange citrus. The taste is ginger and clove inflected bready caramel malt, some other pepper-esque spice, and earthy, nondescript hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit astringent - hops and booze equally responsible. It finishes sweet, but with that persistent edgy, warmed spice bitterness.

A decent, moderately spiced lager, evoking memories of the holiday season past. Given the still frigid weather hereabouts, this is a welcome tipple.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:52:04 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a lovely ruby red color, with a nice, lasting tannish head. Aroma is delightful, with loads of spices, very sweet, and dark, lush with dark fruits, plums, grapes. A rich cornucopia of fruits and spice.
On the palate, we feel a warm rush of hops, and the thick, luscious malt shows up immediately. Very pleasant recurring finish, notes of fruit, spice, and nuts return again and again. A little thin in body, but then, it's plenty full for a lager.
I first tried this on tap, earlier this winter, and was disappointed. Right now, drinking from a bottle, in a Minnesota late March that still won't give up to a proper springtime, I can't find a fault with this tasty, delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 01:46:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep copper color with a short and foamy off-white head and leaves a thick, even lace.

S: Fruitiness & malt with some hops and a slight bit of cinnamon.

T: I’m tasting berry and citrus malt sweetness and the distinct Sam Adams hops flavor, but not much else. It’s not a bad taste, just not anything special.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, not as thick as other winter seasonals that I’ve had and it’s a little sweeter and yet more crisp than the Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale.

D: It’s not over-powering and goes down easy, not very filling.

I’ve liked all of the beers that I’ve had from Boston Beer Co. so far. However I’m not quite as impressed with this beer as I have been with their others. It seems more like a hybrid of their Boston Lager and their Old Fezziwig Ale with a bit more sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 05:42:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep saturated copper color, jewel tone clarity, lasting foam and fine lacing crowning the edges. Retention is good, the skim doesn't break after the first few sips.

Sweet and malty smell, nuts, brown sugar, grains of paradise. Later it smells a bit bland and lagery.

First sip is a little vegetal and gross. Later sips aren't as off putting, but there's something there that just doesn't work. Some astringency in the mouthfeel, though light bodied and fairly smooth otherwise. Earthy vegetal flavor that reminds me of pumpkin or squash oddly enough. Some nutty malt character in there too, maybe some nutmeg? Overall the flavors don't coalesce well. Not too sure what to make of this, not really looking forward to finishing the glass either. edit: drank a 2nd one straight from the fridge a few weeks later, didn't seem as bad. Still a bit astringent with discordant flavors though.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 00:44:24 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version

Pours copper with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Sweet malt & brown sugar

T: Sweet malt with hints of caramel &brown sugar up front. Cinamon follows as it warms up, plus some warming sensation from the alcohol, along with biscuitty notes. Finishes dry & biscuitty

MF: Rich, medium bodied & moderate carbonation, plus superb balance

Drank very easy, much tastier than last year

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 04:31:35 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is fruity and full of spices. The lager smell comes through revealing a bit of yeasty scent. The taste is decent. There is quite a lot of ginger used in this one. There are some crystal malts here giving it a malty taste. It's crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking seasonal beer. I always look forward each year to having one.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 01:26:59 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on draft at some sports bar. Beer is dark amber with a tight off white head. Beer is totally clear and there is moderate carbonation made up of moderate bubbles. Lacing high.

Aroma is low, a light unoffensive smelling lager. Some malt in there not much of anything though.

Beer is full bodied with an interesting sweetness. There is a cereal like aftertaste that gets stronger the more you drink. Low bitterness although there is some hop bitterness present. There is also a hint of spice in the midpalate. Drinkability high, mouthfeel is ok.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 18:37:21 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is ginger and cinnamon with some toffee and wheat mixed in. A little bit spicier than I was expecting. The flavor is just like the aroma. I get some wheat, ginger, cinnamon, caramel and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good, but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:51:19 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A small head that left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of grain and spices.

T - Tasted of grain and malt. The spices tasted like cinnamon.

M - It was crisp and dry. Light to medium-bodied.

D - It was pretty good. I liked the hint of cinnamon. It was understated.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 16:27:14 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently realized I hadn't reviewed this beer, one of the beers that helped me get into the craft beer scene.

A: Pours a large 2 finger head that is pretty rich and slowly bides back. A very clear amber orange reddish brown color like the glass is made of rust. The head leaves a lacing on the glass as it fades.

N: Lots of sweet malts start this beer. Almost a syrupy molasses like nose, but just slightly. A slight toasty malt aroma also makes its way in there with a touch of nutty aroma. Some crystal malt and other darker malts really hammer out the aroma and finishes with a touch of some spicy earthy malts.

T: Starts very lightly sweet with some dark malts, a little but of a syrupy like molasses or some other syrup taste. Then comes some nutty flavors, almost nutmeg but not really, as well as some interesting crystal and other dark malt flavors. It has a strange toasty syrupy flavor to it that is pretty reminiscent of winter beers. A light crisp lager taste hides in the background as well. A slight spicy and earthy hop flavor bitters the palate but ever so slightly, perhaps more hops would be nice.

M: Medium body, not too light or heavy, good carbonation.

F: Finishes a little sweet still, a little drier would make it even nicer. The dark malt and syrupy flavor sticks around (pun intended) as it clings to the sides of the mouth and the tongue for a short while leaving the sticky flavor. A slight bitterness and spicy earthy hop flavor remain at the finish, but don't get stronger at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 03:49:01 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date June 2008; Sampled February 2008
A vigorous pour yields a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a clear, rich cherry color, but shows a deeply cranberry stained, brilliantly clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice maltiness to it that is not quite rich (like a bock would be for instance), but it does smell a bit sweet with light toffee notes and it has a nice backdrop of toasty grain notes that accent a biscuit aroma as well as notes of lightly browned, crushed soda crackers. A light herbal hop character is here in the nose as well and there is also a berry aromatic that seems to be from the hop and malt interplay.

Well carbonated the bubble cause this to froth a bit as it hits my tongue. It picks up a sweetness pretty quickly that helps accent a light berry note, hints of sweet plums and even a touch of something like candied tangelo zest. This has a nice, though soft bitterness that mixes with a herbal hop note, both of which linger on a bit in the finish. The sweetness tends to hide a the toasty malt character that was noticed in the nose, but you still get more than suggestions of it at times; caramelized bread crust and biscuit malt flavors are also joined by caramelized malt sugars and a touch of toffee.

I definitely like the mix of berry notes, light herbal hop character, toasty malt and drinkability that this beer provides. It is rich enough for the colder months, but kept quite quaffable so that you could have a couple. This beer definitely hits the spot and I have always enjoyed it when I happen to find it in my glass.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 02:18:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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