Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.83/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
11-18-2011 00:44:24 | More by emerge077
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
11-23-2006 16:27:14 | More by zeff80
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
Appearance: Dark amber with great clarity. Pours with a 2-inch head that slowly settles to a crown. I really like the color of this beer.
Smell: The nose is disappointingly mild - it's bready and toasty with a hint of caramel, but it's very faint. Where's the hop aroma?
Taste: Tastes like Boston Lager's big brother. A hearty caramel malt backbone is nicely balanced with noble hops and spices (ginger and orange peel perhaps, maybe even a bit of cinnamon). The finish is clean and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and warming. Slightly sticky on the palate.
Drinkability: An excellent winter session beer - it's hearty and warming but easy on the palate and remarkably smooth. Recommended and underrated.
11-22-2007 00:32:27 | More by largadeer
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
02-18-2011 02:52:04 | More by biboergosum
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
07-18-2004 15:36:52 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
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: Im tasting berry and citrus malt sweetness and the distinct Sam Adams hops flavor, but not much else. Its 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 Ive had and its a little sweeter and yet more crisp than the Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale.
D: Its not over-powering and goes down easy, not very filling.
Ive liked all of the beers that Ive had from Boston Beer Co. so far. However Im 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.
03-09-2006 05:42:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
A - One finger of brownish, off-white foam that settles down quite quickly. The body is amber-brown with perfect clarity.
S - Malt, slight roast with caramel.
T - Malt with cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight roast character from malt. Hops are minimal if detectable at all. The roast character increases somewhat in the finish.
M - Heavy, slightly syrupy body with moderate carbonation.
D - Despite the somewhat heavy mouthfeel this beer is reasonably drinkable. It finishes quite clean and has just enough carbonation to lift the taste off the palate.
10-29-2007 04:37:34 | More by nickfl
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Dark orangey color, good clarity with a quick to froth carbonation and a decent head retention that leaves some lace behind. Wet spicy aroma, a tad malty with some herbal hop in the nose. Creamy medium body with an ample sweetness from the toasted and caramel malt flavors. Spicing and hops keep it balanced with some cininimon and ginger undetones and a spicy herbal hop bitterness. Finishes a bit sweet with warming spices.
I remember when this beer used to be a little bit bigger, badder and ... well better. It used to be closer to 7% abv and with a lot more brawn you would expect from a bock. Todays version is decent, a good pick if you are going to a house or dinner party and don't want to rock the boat.
01-12-2008 03:33:38 | More by Jason
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Appearance: Pours a ruby copper tone with a massive fluffy tan head leaving healthy amounts of dispersed lacing. Aroma: Nice shot of pine cone scented hops initially much better improved from last year's Winter lager, this is a rich malty lager nice caramel sweetness mixed with some bready dough like yeast notes and an undertow of spices. Taste: Full flavor syrupy rich nutty edge with hop bitterness not as dominant in flavor as the aromatic qualities with the bready finish characteristic of most Sam Adams products the spiciness bites at the palate nice winter lager, the BBC can still get it done when it wants to. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly syrupy texture and a strong carbonation, does the palate good. Drinkability: Glad to see a lager around 7%abv this one can definitely be sipped on it's on tap at a local restaurant in Morgantown right now very tasty.
10-28-2003 18:16:55 | More by WVbeergeek
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
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
11-15-2006 04:31:35 | More by russpowell
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Uber-glass.
Pours a clear amber with a nice looking finger width of light tan foam. Not a whole lot of retention was lacing was OK. The aroma is deep with sweet caramel malts, roast, and a little spice.
The taste has a nice thick feel of bready sweet malt that gives way to a livey spice character and some dark fruits. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a enjoyable smooth feel.
This is a very tasty Winter Bock and one of the more enjoyable ones from Sam Adams. With a good tate profile and easy drinkibility, it's one that I never hesitate to order up when I'm dining out somewhere.
01-25-2008 17:18:24 | More by Kegatron
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-29-2003 01:46:25 | More by feloniousmonk
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-01-2009 18:37:21 | More by drabmuh
3.64/5 rDev +1.4%
I had this on tap at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, Pa.
Served cool in an Imperial pint glass.
A - A deep copper/caramel brown w/ a sliver of a light tan head. Sporadic lace is strewn as the lager is sipped.
S - A nutty woody malt aroma is dominant. A light caramel note is found in the bready aroma and a faint smell of spiced hops.
M - Medium, slick and fully carbonated w/ sweet malt and a clean finish. The effervescence is a bit aggressive for my taste. At least for the style, anyway.
T - There is a gentle caramel note w/ sweet and lactic malt flavors that are rather mild. The carbonation kind of overwhelms the chance to taste the malt and a light hop spice is barely detected. Pretty average flavors nowhere near the complexity of some other notables. Not as interesting as the Longshot or other seasonal products that SA has produced recently.
D - Barely passable, but may go well with greasy onion rings or cheddar skins to cut through. Just ok for me. It seems like it may be more drinkable when compared to the lineup at TGI Fridays.
had recently so decided to re review
A-dark brown with haze and thick cream, smell is slight toasted grain with mild yeast ester and light spice/nuts. The feel is pretty light somewhat dry with moderately high carbonation
Taste is good with moderately high malt impact with mellow toasted grain and mostly clean yeast flavor. Overall a pretty average beer, but is pretty drinkable
11-10-2007 12:26:13 | More by Slatetank
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
11-26-2009 03:49:01 | More by jlindros
2.95/5 rDev -17.8%
not crisp and cold and refreshing like most lagers, and not even fully seasonally applicable due to its average abv and dumbed down flavor. sam makes some epic beers, but this ones just average. pours a light indian brown color into that funny sam adams glassware, good head. smells like a malt bomb, but tastes a bit cinnamon and clove spice, thick mouthfeel drags it down and sits in the gut. not a good session lager. of the winter brews the cream stout and the scotch murder this one. id say pass it by but its so damn common in the northeast...
12-02-2011 04:47:38 | More by StonedTrippin
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-24-2003 01:26:59 | More by WesWes
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-13-2010 04:51:19 | More by Mora2000
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
Handsome coppery red color with a faultless foam. Smells of orange and pumpkin pie. Rather sweet with butter and pie crust in the flavors. A little of the sweet vermouth taste and that hard-candy butterscotch flavor. Light body with a pleasant carbonation. More watery than most beers of this sort, it's definitely not a Winter Warmer.
Among my least favorite of the Sam Adams regular beers, but it's pretty inoffensive compared to some of the spiced concoctions sold for big prices by others. This was a deal in the $11.99 twelve-pack.
01-10-2012 05:37:48 | More by mactrail
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.
a - Pours a somewhat transparent reddish amber color with two inches of white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of cinnamon, bready malts, spices, sweet fruity malts, and hops. A little sweet but pretty good.
t - Tastes of hops, cinnamon, and bready malts. Hints of spices, but a bit of a drop off from the smell; not really getting the fruit in the taste.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy body.
d - A decent bock that is widely available and easy to drink. Can definitely drink a few of these and while not my favorite, something I can drink at Thanksgiving with non BA's and we can all enjoy. I enjoyed the smell and would have it again.
11-25-2010 19:06:37 | More by mdfb79
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours dark amber with a nice head that slowly descends to a thin cover. Some lacing sticks to glass.
The smell is of sweet grainy malt with a touch of caramel and mild winter spices.
The taste is of sweet malt. Caramel, a hint of winter spices, and mild earthy hops to balance out sweetness while keeping sweet character. Subtle peppery alcohol comes through. A slight metallic tinge is present, but doesn't interfere much.
Medium to full - Smooth with slight warming alcohol kick. Coating.
This is one, IMO - that tastes better on a nice tap than on a bottle. It's not a great winter, but good one and a good selection for a wintery brew on tap that is easy to drink, esp. for style.
01-19-2007 02:24:44 | More by jwc215
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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