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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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4,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,618
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 40
Gots: 254 | 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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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

Bzash, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer in my fridge every winter for the last three years and I still get excited about it when I see it in the stores.It is my favorite of the Sam Adams seasonals.

Color is deep copper with an sticky off white head that trails down the glass.Aroma is definitely of a spiced lager.Picking up citrus,nutmeg,cinnamon, a bit of wheat and a slight alcohol scent on the end.Milky feel and mellow balance of malt and hops.Nice warming effect with even taste of spices and citrus.Finish is slight spice with dryness.A very interesting take on a winter beer.I like this a lot and will continue to look forward to it in winters to come.

dpend, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of bboelens
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Deep amber color with a 1.5 finger white head that stays around

S-Spicy, bit of malts, and sweetness

T-Similar to the smell, but much further expanded the spices explode on the palate and create a delicious combination finishing off with a nice malty caramel like taste

M-Low-medium body with decent carbonation

D-Could drink all day and night, puts me right in the Christmas mood

bboelens, Dec 08, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

andyschaps, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

keithwalk, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

pokey44, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

dgtiii, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of this seasonal beer - more complex and interesting than the standard Boston Lager. Lots of typical winter spice (nutmeg and allspice are definetely present), with some underlying tones of wood and banana. A most enjoyable beer and highly reccomended for this time of the year.

FuzzyGuy84, Dec 06, 2005
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: A rich reddish amber color; clear as day, with a small fluffy white head that shrinks to a thin film.

S: Bright lagery-ness with a definite spiciness. Caramel and toffee, ginger and a bit of citrus. A hint of cinnamon. There's also a hard-to-define and rather perplexing barnyard funk quality (though not like a saison)...it's not really a good thing, but it's very mild. Could just be me.

T: Full bright-lagery maltiness with a well-balanced spiciness. Definitely get the ginger and a bit of citrus from the orange zest. Not much cinnamon, though the quality is somewhat evident. A bit of rich caramel and toffee. More sweet than bitter, with a semisweet and spicy finish that is a bit dry. I don't drink lagers much, but this is definitely one of the better lagers I've had (along with the Boston Lager.)

M: Quite full and rich. Lively carbonation. Quite nice.

D: I'm definitely a biased ale man, so lagers aren't exactly my cup-o-tea (or ale, I guess ha.) So with that in mind, it's a little easier to understand my criticism with lager drinkability. It's certainly one of the best American lagers that I've had (along with Yeungling), and it has a nice, full flavor. However, its ultimate lack of real complexity coupled with my finding it a bit cloying keeps me from reaching for another. Definitely one of my go-to lagers, though, and one I keep going back to around the Holiday season (especially considering its inclusion in the Sam Adams Holiday sampler.)

machostacos, Dec 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

marshrat63, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BelgianBeerHog26, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

sparrowed, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

hainesly, Apr 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Bob402, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jcparish88, Nov 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

aphamer, Aug 18, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled: 12.28.05

The beer has a creamy eggnog head, about an inch thick and leaves moderate lacing that I washed off with each sip. The body is dark copper with ruby highlights.

The aroma is dark fruits and rich caramel within the malts.

The brew is crisp at first, and evens out with roasty malts. Dark fruits, fig/raison/prune, dominate the flavor. It’s a full beer in the mouth, and in the middle ground of carbonation.

Drinkability is medium. It’s full and flavorful so it’s not session beer for me. Though I did enjoy them spread out over time.

GolgiIPAratus, Jan 27, 2006
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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely a great color, a dark red/copper. An off-white, head with smooth lace and strong carbonation. Smells of delicate cinnamon and orange with bolder aroma of toasty malt.

A little too much carbonation for my taste; it seems to kick you right in the teeth as soon as it touches the tongue. This beer has the classic bitterness of Sam Adams products but is nicely hopped. This is an especially toasty and very malty beer, but this is exactly what one should be looking for in a winter brew. Really well rounded beer with a great warming feeling for those chilly winter nights; enjoy in front of the fire.

Mitchel, Nov 21, 2005
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From their holiday pack. Pretty clear amber sort of color.

Some spices accompanying a weakish malt base, a little sweat biased with just a vague hint of hops. Not quite a bock, but a maltier-than average spiced lager.

Good taste, and very drinkable. I think this is one of their better seasonals.

CHL, Feb 01, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Bright, amber color. Very clear. Lots of rising bubbles. Two-inch, tight white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of sticky lacing left by the head. Not much lacing as I drink it. Head is easily resurrected with a swirl of the glass.

S/T - Yeasty, bread aroma. No trace of winter spices in the smell. Light flavor. Sweet caramel malt. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The winter spices are barely present in the flavor too, which is more refreshing and appreciated.

M/D - Light-bodied. Lively carbonation. No lingering effects. Very drinkable. Refreshing alternative to heavier winter ales.

jwillcourt, Jan 10, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper amber with a nice two fingered light tan head, thin lacing chasing the beverage out. A light malt and spice hints on the nose, very subduded. On the palate, sweet roasted malts and a white pepper fusion the ends in a dry metallic finish, very complex. A little heavy for a lager, fair enough carbonation, but hell I liked it!

Bizz88, Dec 28, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been hitting the seasonal beers hard lately so I figured this would eb a good one to go with.

I can definetly smell the spices in it, it smells like Christmas in a bottle

Tastes really good not overpowering just the right amount of flavor and taste to enjoy the beer. Often times brewers get overboard by trying to add new flavors and ruin the beer this is a great blend.

I would definetly get this again, and I would recommend it to beer drinkers everywhere.

hdf561, Oct 31, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into pint glass

A-pours a red/brown color with some 1.5 fingers of head and laces a little

S-spices all the way. cant smell much anything else

T/M-tastes like a winter beer should. not much else to say. pretty average

O-pretty ok beer from SA

Innocentexile, Dec 14, 2011
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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