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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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5,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,328
Reviews: 1,925
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 65
Gots: 725 | 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:
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 sauron681
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red amber. Nice white head that leaves to a minimum amount of lacing. A nice spicy aroma (cinammon?) and maybe caramel. Also hints of possibly belgian sugar. Medium feel in the mouth, very clean.

Taste is similar to the aroma, the caramel and the trademark strong hoppiness of Sam Adams. Toasted malt as well. Fairly mellow and plain going down, also quite tart. However clean and clear while being easy to drink. This is an updated review from almost 2 years ago, and I know find this beer much better than before.

Photo of geneseohawk
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of claybob43
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Ruger
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark ruby color with a one finger off-white head.

S - Malts are whats most presence along with a slight caramel.

T - Caramel, some spice, very malt forward didn't get really any hops at all although there is a slight citrus taste in there somewhere but not much at all.

M - Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Photo of poodog
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Kuhnzie8637
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BK2084
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JohnBeerRun
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of cosmic-ray
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of lanegan94
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of thestoutmaster
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Dubblebock
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This winter offering from Sammy Adams really kind of snuck up on me this year. I had seen it a few times and passed on it because I got caught up in trying some of the more exotic winter and holiday brews. Now I kinda wished that I hadn't waited so long to pick this up. It's a most impressive and well-crafted beer. I picked up a sixer in San Marcos, Texas, for $6.99.

The winter lager comes in a nicely decorated bottle, labeled as malt liquor in Texas because of our ABV laws. The beer pours well, leaving a nice head behind, although not a particularly long lasting one. Good nose, spicy but not overwhelming.

The taste is exceptionally smooth for a spiced beer. The malts dominate the palate, and the spices don't disrupt the flavor at all. The Winter Lager bills itself as a dark wheat, and the bready wheat malts definitely declared themselves on the initial sampling. I was actually kind of awed by how well the spices were integrated in this beer. Hints of cinnamon and black pepper were detected as I worked my way through the glass. The hops were blended in particularly well, and added a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Good mouthfeel, smooth finish. VERY drinkable, although the ABV might slow you down after you've had a couple. This beer is an excellent template for how a spiced beer should be brewed. Incredibly balanced and tasty, this one is a hands-down winner.

Photo of joex444
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of LuthersMug
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice copper color, but the head and lacing were a bit disappointing.

S - Zesty orange with spicy cinnamon and cloves.

T - Nice balance of malts, spices, and hops.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation, well balanced.

D - A pleasant beer to enjoy at a party.

Photo of projektyle
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of craftbeer31
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of TeeRex
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of malprep
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoryJHarber
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ericdupont
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Mikeszab
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,328 ratings.