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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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5,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,110
Reviews: 1,880
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 63
Gots: 483 | 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).

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4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear, darkish amber; moderate head
Smell - highly aromatic - smokey, sweet cinnamon; (smells like "winter"!)
Taste - tastes like it smells; alot of flavors swirling around; not a light or watered-down tasting beer; bold, spicy sweet
Mouthfeel - light with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth

Just like the name implies, this is a tasty beer for cooler weather. Brings to mind winter holidays, sitting in front of a fireplace. Easy drinking, strong taste and aroma - cinnamon and spice, mostly.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With a lovely ruby body and a fluffly tan head, this seasonal offering begins with an impressive appearance. A delicate nose suggests orange peel and malted wheat. On the palate, the sweet malt flavors are restrained by the hops blend and holiday spices (namely, the cinnamon, as I don't really detect the ginger that is also supposedly there). The spices are, however, quite subtle, and never really threaten to overpower the flavors of the more traditional ingredients. This spiciness resides at the back of the palate during a long and pleasant aftertaste that compliments nicely the 'warming' effect of the 6.9% ABV.

In general, I'm not a huge fan of spice beer, even during the holidays, but this one seems to be well-balanced, subtle and successful.

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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber-brown with a very thin head and average carbonation.

S - Roasted malt, hints of chocolate and even cherry. A touch of licorice.

T - Slightly sweet, with fruit and mild spice. Licorice does sneak foreward a bit. Just a little touch of hops bitterness.

M - Warm and clean. Easy on the palate, and not too overpowering.

D - Very easy to drink. This would be so much better enjoyed in front of a warm fire, rather than here in the airport.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Outback Steakhouse.

A: Nice, mostly clear amber color. Head stays throughout the life of the beer. Lacing throughout.

S: Smell of spices.

T: Nice malty, spicy taste. What you expect from this class. Good overall, satisfying flavor.

M: Just need to say, SMOOTH. Just a smooth beer.

D: Goes down easy. I had a few of these just because it is just so darn smooth.

Overall: A great beer and a wonderful one to have during the holidays. So much so that my wife initially drank most of my first beer and then ordered one for herself -- and she is not a beer drinker. You can't go wrong with this one. Recommended.

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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish orange color with next to no head formation. There is no lacing.

Faint hops and cinnamon in the aroma, honestly not much here.

Slick mouthfeel with a medium body and level of carbonation. Quite malty/sweet with some nice hopping and also the spicy notes in the background.

Overall, this is not my favorite beer or style, but I think this represents fairly well. Inevitably, since I live in a beer starved area, I end up drinking quite a few of these every winter.

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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixer of 12 oz bottles bought from Montana West bottle shop. Poured into my Duck Rabbit pint glass.

A - Dark copper with ruby hues, translucent, pours a 1.5 finger fizzy off-white head. Recedes to a collar with no lacing.

S - Spices (cinnamon, ginger) are faint but definitely present. Sweet citrus from the orange peel compliments the winter spices and doughy malt backbone.

T - The same aspects from the nose are all present but the spices exude a greater influence while remaining balanced and complimented each other. Finishes with the traditional lager notes, slightly sulphuric and toasty. Solid backbone for the sweet spices upfront.

M - Slightly thin body which makes it very refreshing. Carbonation is slightly biting which I think fits well with the light spices. Toasty grains linger on the palate.

D - This is a tasty, refreshing lager that provides exactly what it advertises (cinnamon, ginger, orange peel). I think it could honestly do without the orange peel but either way it's very easy to drink a sixer. Will definitely anticipate this beer for next winter.

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

No date on this one. Poured it into a tulip.

Appearance: Looks medium dark, about as a bock should be. No head to speak of. No lacing at all.

Smell: Mild spicy aroma, and malty.

Taste: Better than the smell... Malty richness with the expected winter brew spice flavor. Aftertaste is my favorite part of it, with a nice malt character. Some hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: A pretty smooth drinker, with a mildly oily finish and a medium body.

Overall: This is an average beer. I'm beginning to think that winter spicy lagers aren't really on my desired beer radar. It wasn't bad, just not something I'm going to spend my money on again.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 5,110 ratings.