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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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5,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,267
Reviews: 1,913
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 65
Gots: 654 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This years Winter Lager is practically another style of beer compared to last years batch.
Deep dark red/brown. The head sits thin but height wise but its thick like a chunk of heavy cream.
Thick sweet malt, rum, caramel, and raisins.
The perfect beer for a snowy night.

Photo of marksto
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big fan of Sam Adams beers, but I must say that this one has been a dissapointment since they messed with the recipe a number of years ago. Back in the 90's when it first became available in my area this beer was a beautiful weissbock. Now it's a marginal "winter warmer."

The spices are what ruin it for me. Although they are not dominant, they are noticible in the nose and palate. To me, spices should either be front-and-center or not there at all. The body and maltiness are also not what they used to be. It's is a perfectly drinkable beer, but not as special as it used to be. There are plenty of other Sam Adams beers worth seeking out, but this is not one of them.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bbeerman
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A..Average pour. Not much head. Decent looking amber hue.

S..Smells a bit above average. Somewhat inviting.

T..Nothing special here. A good little bit of hops, but the spice notes are far too weak in my opinion.

M..In the last year or two, I have been severely disappointed with the feeling I have after drinking a Samuel Adams. It seems as though there is a syrup-like feel after only part of a bottle. This winter offering is no different. In addition, it is not all that smooth on the finish.

D..Refer to mouthfeel. Not something I'd go out of may way to drink.

Photo of dakid618
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into pint glass. Poured a deep dark mahogany with a half finger of tan head. Smell is almost non-existent, slight chocolate smell. Taste is light cocoa with some light malty taste in the undertones. Light mouthfeel. Could drink several of these for sure.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-darker brownish red color with tan head about two finger worth and very good lacing to the glass

s-spices are not over powering in this seasonal brew just hints of them over the traditional Sam Adams lager smells

t-just slightly bitter, mostly tastes of malt, no strong tastes of the seasonal spices, smooth overall not a bad winter lager

m-clean smooth mouthfeel

d- overall this is a pretty good beer it has clean tastes and is a good change of pace for the season

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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

Appearance – Nice red copper color. Thin head, no lacing.

Smell – Smells of sweet malts and spice.

Taste – Starts with sweet malts. Nice mild spice in the middle. Could use a bit more hop in the backbone. Smallest hints of the booze.

Mouthfeel – Tingles on the tounge (a bit overcarbonated?) A bit thin for the style.

Drinkability – A very good starter winter warmer. Incredibly drinkable. The score might not reflect it but I really enjoy this beer. I’m sure I will pick up another sixer next year.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.11/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,267 ratings.