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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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4,847 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,847
Reviews: 1,864
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 57
Gots: 361 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

avckc, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

JedediahK, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of cbleary
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a delicious and complex brew. It had a great amber color and a study, white, 2-finger head. The smell was a bit muted but was pleasing with a fresh wheat smell. It tastes very good with a lot of intermingling, but balanced flavors. There is strong wheat, a bit of noble hops and a few spices I can't quite identify. Ginger? The beer featured a very pleasing and creamy mouthfeel. I could drink it again and again.

cbleary, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of patobandito
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another in a long line of seasonals that I have been drinking recently. I've had it before, and I remember not liking it much. But now after expanding my tasting horizons, I find it to be quite enjoyable.

Pours a nice dark amber color, very thin head that almost completely dissipates quickly. No real lacing to speak of. The aroma reminds me of the Boston Lager from SA. Not exactly malty, but close. The taste, however, is a great nutty malt flavor. And then just to add icing on the cake, a lovely bit of hops bitterness on the finish.

I don't know why I didn't like this the last time I drank it. Very enjoyable. An easily sessionable brew.

patobandito, Dec 16, 2008
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

tomgossert, Mar 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

verge, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bdeast1, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look ~ a deep coppery brown. decent head: rose to about a finger or two; fell at usual rate with relatively little lacing. Clarity is excellent.

Smell ~ munich/vienna malt is really dominant with, which has very nice levels of caramel and melanoidin (I often find the former too high in bocks); some breadcrust in there; no burnt/roasted notes. spicing gives a bit of sharpness to the softer malt notes and plays really well. Any yeast aromatics play into the overall melanoidin fruit or spicing and aren't strong at all. no hops, no alcohol.

Taste ~ similar to nose. the malt was wot amazingly complex, but tasty. strong munich/vienna malts with great levels of melanoidin and caramel. some lighter breadcrust. overall, more delicate than many bocks. Bitterness and spicing come in at the same time in the finish: bitterness is light, good for balance; spicing is delicate, with cinnamon up front.

Mouthfeel ~ a bit of a lighter body and higher carbonation than most bocks: medium body and medium-high carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish really supports spicier end.

I really like all bock varieties and this is a solid offering by SA. Not as complex as some continental varieties; it is very tasty and more balanced than many others. Spicing is a nice addition to the style!

Rijtjeshuis, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Jra1985, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Ktmktm01, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

crlipnickas81, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

MHJeff06, Nov 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

emerald27, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

davemarc87, Mar 10, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. Freshness date clearly marked (May, assumed to be 2006).

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a large two inch head that slowly disipates. Good amount of lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell: Sweet malts and orangy hops are on the nose, along with a few spices. There is a dominant spice but I can't put a finger on what it is.

Taste: Slightly bitter at first followed by a malt that I associated with sourdough bread. Leaves a bitter taste (grapefruity hops?) in your mouth for a while after each sip, which is very pleasant. Spices (not sure which ones...little experience with them) are distinctly present. This beer is good.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is excellent, and the beer is silky smooth, just as a lager should be.

Drinkability: Great. I could drink many of these in one night and will definetly be considering it in the future.

Notes: All around great winter lager...highly recommended.

pbr85, Dec 24, 2005
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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the brown glass 12 oz. bottle into my straight sided beer tumbler. A very attractive mahogany color below the ample dark white head. Aromas of bread, raisins and clove. Taste is of very nicely balanced malt and orange peel. A little light on the hop. The recipe varies from year to year and this one is a little on the light side, but not to light for the style. Drinkability is very nice, light and quite sessionable.

barleyman, Nov 17, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass...only one clean!

A--Lovely pour. Assertively poured, which produced a nice tight creamy head. Burnt red...clear with lots of carbonation. Decent lacing as I go.

S--Nice carmel maltiness. Wheaty--subtle banana and holiday spice. Sweet, with mild yeasty sour.

T--Smooth, mild malt chased by a roasted malt taste and crisp hop balancing bitter. Spices not as pronounced in taste as in scent. Definitely more malt than anything.

M--Warm and smooth, but crisp and easygoing as well.

D--Not too bad at all!

larsee01, Nov 09, 2008
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

wiseguywood, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

eph1291, Sep 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

speracado, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

senttochris, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of cncbofh
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Sampled tested at 50F.

Poured a deep rust color with a decent bubbly lace head. Very clear and crisp looking.

Smelled of christmas around the house. Pumpkin and ginger and cinnamon and Red Hots candy.

Malty cookie-like flavor - very complex and chewy. The wheat is well balanced with the hops and spices. Light on the palate and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Dry Smooth finish.

Keeping me warm during a cold Colorado winter.

cncbofh, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of dren
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild reddish brown color with a foamy head that doesn't last long. Full of carbonation but little smell and flavor for what I have come to expect for a winter brew. There is a little taste of hopps along with lingering spice in the background but it is not overpowering. An easy beer to drink but not what I look for in a winter beer. It is easy to put away a few of these unlike other beers of the type which are more filling and strong tasting. Still not a bad beer, nothing really stands out and nothing really falters. Not bad to try but if you want that spicy harty winter beer look elsewhere.

dren, Nov 16, 2004
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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was underwhelmed by this beer but I may be a little prejudiced against bocks so that's an fyi.

It is quite dark brown, of course, but with a nice clarity. Beige head
with minimal lacing.

The spices do come out in the nose; a little cinnamon, maybe some

Taste is fairly sharp. I would have guessed the alcohol content was much higher than 5.5.

The mouthfeel is very full but has a clean finish.

The aftertaste is disagreeable; hard to describe. This led
to my overall lower rating.

mastodonj, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

alcoholinside, Dec 16, 2011
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 4,847 ratings.