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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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5,122 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 1,882
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 63
Gots: 496 | 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:
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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Photo of jmarklan
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: I love that dark amber color! Quickly dissipating head with not much lacing.

S: Smells of orange peel and caramel malt.

T: Subtle spices (orange) and a touch of hops up front, followed by toasty malts and wheat in the back. The wheat lingers in the aftertaste and is very pleasant.

M: Very drinkable, light body and smooth. perfect carbonation.

Overall: This is way better than i remember it being. I'd def have it again.

Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of gkjhawk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of creal92
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of ScottyBonzai
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of ArkansasTraveller
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of littlebibs
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the grog(Newburyport,Ma) while out & about and this beer was a medium darker, smooth, slightly spiced but
very delicious winter beer that really warmed me up. Nice head
and lace lasted a while but I enjoyed these pints so much, the beer was what disapeared first. I would highly recommend this, especially on tap, the
bottle I would rate slighlty less.

Photo of bgraney
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden/amber with a fluffy tan/white head
Aroma is a balanced mix of malt/hops with a hint of something that smelled citrusy to me in the background.
Full flavored lager with a crisp, fresh malt taste that fades to hops.
A little thin, flavors don't linger or expand much.
Very drinkable. I found it smooth and relaxing.
When in the mood for a lager I would definitely go for this one when available.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hard pour yields a clear amber-brown brew with a small one-finger head with almost no retention and no lacing.

Smells malty and toasty with a hint of spices.

Taste starts out with a slightly sweet toasted malt, light coffee and dark fruit, with a mild hop bitterness through the middle and finish. Spices are noticable but pretty mild. Very little aftertaste. Reminds me of a märzen. Overall just a little too tame.

Okay mouthfeel... good carbonation but maybe a tad on the thin side.

Good drinkability, and the slightly higher ABV is well-masked. Seems to be getting better the warmer they get and the more I drink!

Photo of GregBlatz
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep copper. Very clear. Fluffy off-white head.

S - Sweet grains. Alcohol. Slight spiciness. Nothing is very dominant.

T - Smooth and full similar to Boston Lager. At the finish the spice is very clear on the front of the tongue. Sweetness from the grain. Alcohol bite at the finish. This tastes less-complex than I remember it tasting in the past.

M - Somewhat thick and chewy. Alcohol bite is clear. Carbonation is moderate.

O - I look forward to this every winter. Say what you will about Sam Adams products but I look forward to knowing that any bar/restaurant will have a quality beer on tap.

Photo of fourplayed
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Holidau 12pk. 12 oz bottle into 12oz SA glass. 2 finger head, lite brown head breaks up fast with very little lacing, Clear Red Amber, small and medium bubbles rising.

Smells are very mild Bready Wheat and some mild spices.

Tastes are again, mild, Citrus and spice, lite sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel is Lite to med body, medium carbonation zip, some dryness, very little alcohol warmth.

A fair brew that's subtly flavored, goes down easy.

Photo of hopmashian
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Will96
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of AR_Rios
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of andrewkgray91
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of IrishFrenchman
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Patsnsoxfan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jonothehut
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of prokopt2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of walterk
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nick29
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BruinsDude325
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of anders36
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber colour into the glass, the head disappears quickly. Malty aroma and some hints of caramel. Has a warming roasted malty taste, also a bit spicy taste. Spicy from orange peel i think. It has a bready aftertaste. A nice beer for the winter sessions.

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

Best before March. Whoops.

Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg a touch of ginger. Some dark sugar, raisins, possibly dark cherries.

Appearance: Pours two finger off-white head. Tight bubbles. Orangish amber color. Very clear.

Flavor: Earthy flavors dominate. Cinnamon in background. Caramel sugary sweetness. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Great mouthfeel. Spices seem muddied. This may be because of age. A good balanced beer. Would like to review a fresher example.

Photo of EnronCFO
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 5,122 ratings.