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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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4,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,505
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 201 | 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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Photo of Harrisjo

4/5  rDev +11.4%

07-03-2014 21:02:11 | More by Harrisjo
Photo of crackerpooch


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation- 12 oz. brown bottle with freshness date marked.

Appearance- This beer pours a nice light tan, two-finger head that is retained very nicely and clings to the side of the glass. Color is that of a classic Irish Red. Tiny bubbles flow quickly to the top of the beer throughout the drink. Crystal clear. A truly beautiful looking beer.

Smell- A strong bready maltiness, but almost no hop aroma.

Taste- Very smooth malt flavor with a smooth transition to a light hop bitterness. I can’t really distinguish any of the “winter spices” except maybe a little nutmeg. Mouthfeel is a little thin and ends dry. A very drinkable beer that could be trouble noting its high alcohol content (6.9%).

A great session beer for a long winter’s night.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 05:20:20 | More by crackerpooch
Photo of GilaMinumBeer


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into an oversized weizen glass.

A: Deep clear amber, almost pumkin colored. Poorly formed lacing clings desperately to the glass.

S: Malty and bread like with a slight hop aroma.

T: Malt, Creamy Butter, very mellow bitterness on a sweet High note.

M: Mixed. This one starts thin and quickly builds in depth to an almost savory melts in your mouth. Aftertaste leaves that same buttery almost candied flavor to linger.

D: This one was Okay, a good experience, but nothing that stood out to me as exemplery. I will drink this one again if it comes across my table, but is not something I would stock up on if available.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 01:12:01 | More by GilaMinumBeer
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2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- It had a nice burnt amber copper color. The head was small and weak, leaving rather quickly. Not appreciable lacing.

S- It had a spicy, hoppy aroma. Kind of weak, but present.

T- Mainly cinnamon. Decent hop appearance after the initial strong cinnamon. Left a bitter hang.

M- Light bodied with good carbonation.

D- Drinkable, but not for me.

Note: In all fairness this is not a type of beer I usually drink. My ratings are on the poor side, but they're definitely skewed due to my preference of stouts and porters. Maybe a great beer if you enjoy this style. Worth a try. Certainly not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 06:50:16 | More by Gremner
Photo of wvu9787

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from the Sam Adams 2010 Winter Clasics mix pack. Poured into my 22oz. basic beer mug. Clocks in at 5.8% ABV.

Apperence- Dark Red/ Light Brown color, Head has a tan bubble like tone, bubbles rise from the bottom and look very carby.

Smell- Spicy, little bit carmel, malt

Taste- Malts, Little carmel, spices such as cinnamon and ginger. Its somewhat yeasty and there is a good bit of hoppy citrus that i didnt smell comming, bottle says orange zest but i taste more lemon then orange. Its a nice mix of malt then hops at the end taste.

Mouthfeel- Good, its a refreshing drink to me, not too watery and not too heavy.

Drinkabilty- Very good drinkabilty, i enjoy this beer and could down a sixer of it with pleasure.

Overall I would say this is one of the better Sam Adams beers i have had yet, its the 2nd of the Winter Classic I have tried and the 2nd best by the company overall i have had, only behind the Pumpkin Harvest Ale(by the way they really need 6-packs or 12-packs of it next year) Very surprised with this one, I will for sure be drinking this a few more times this winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 08:36:22 | More by wvu9787
Photo of KyleNorthington


4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-11-2011 20:07:45 | More by KyleNorthington
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-21-2011 23:08:52 | More by psuhusker
Photo of CraftVA


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Pours a dark copper color with a light fluffy head, lacing is noticeable

S – Notes of caramel and a hint of fruity orange, with spicy undertones

T – Malty flavor at first that gives way to a spicy, slightly hoppy finish

M – Medium body with a decent level of carbonation

O – A good choice when out for dinner in the winter, usually on tap at most places and it’s a solid winter seasonal with good flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:03:26 | More by CraftVA
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

05-11-2012 22:57:57 | More by FaustOrFamine
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

09-19-2012 22:28:45 | More by Noiitekk
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-20-2014 00:04:23 | More by NDNGerald
Photo of Khad


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

What a pleasant brew! This was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was remarkable with a deep caramel color, almost like a fine cognac. The head doesn't stick around long and their isn't much lacing but not a big deal. The scent is a lot like the taste, very balanced with very very light citrus and some other spices which Sam Adams claims cinnamon among, although it isn't easy to pick up anything specific. I actually got some ginger and something of a coriander scent although I doubt it's actually in the beer but that's fine I like coriander. The mouth-feel is pleasant and full....not too water and not too creamy, like I said balance was their aim here. The taste is very pleasant with a bouquet of spices and notes, none of which jump out at you, but I think that's why this recipe works so well. Hints of ginger and orange for sure and you will get some cinnamon on the taste, something I didn't get from the scent. This is a very very smooth beer and this is something anyone can enjoy. Some of the more "refined" beer snobs might be a bit disappointed with the "lack" of complexity or boldness but putting this in perspective as a fine seasonal brew, I think it's pretty damn good and would recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 05:11:27 | More by Khad
Photo of TheMainest


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-01-2013 21:19:44 | More by TheMainest
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

08-10-2013 23:23:30 | More by Lencho_Gomez
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-16-2014 05:51:32 | More by brissonm
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

07-05-2014 23:16:33 | More by Richard-8
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-20-2014 19:57:40 | More by 5yabbdoo
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-31-2011 14:38:52 | More by christy13
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West Virginia

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

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass

A- Pours a nice orange, amber color with foamy head. Dissipates after a minute or so. Carbonation seems active throughout drinking.

S- Warm, spicy smell kinda reminiscent of baking over the holidays.

T- Smooth malt taste, with a distinct citrus and spice aftertaste lingering

M- Incredibly smooth, light feel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- A very easy drinking beer. It has easily become my go-to beer this winter. It's one of the few things I look forward to when the weather gets cold

This beer is to the winter what S.A. Summer Ale is to the Summer: A very refreshing, drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 05:32:16 | More by stinoski
Photo of MIbeerfan


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Sam Adam's Lager glass.

A: Dark brown with copper hue. Light brown head dissipates momentarily.

S: Light boubon smell with spice.

T: Citrus, spice, buttery, then malt followed by hops

M: Light carbonation gives way to smooth richness that finishes suprisingly light.

D: Good beer for a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:03:23 | More by MIbeerfan
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a mug. A dark amber, brown color. With a sparse cream colored head.

S: Smells of some malt and some spices, maybe cinnamon, though they are faint.

T: Spices take the lead along with some malts that are just "there". Slight hop bitterness at the end. Trying to pull more out of it, but that seems to be it.

M: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Lighter than i thought it would be though.

D: Very easy to drink many of these, though that may not be all that positive. I was expecting a little more bite to this one, but didn't get it. This was one of the beers that got me into darker/heavier beers, though i seem to remember it having more bite to it, though my palate was young.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:59:54 | More by nrmiller
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-21-2011 02:01:27 | More by sharpa17
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +39.3%

08-24-2012 03:41:11 | More by hicks1784
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-12-2012 00:47:49 | More by Jase
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-08-2013 06:34:34 | More by Zep
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,505 ratings.