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Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,330 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,330
Reviews: 1,925
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 65
Gots: 727 | 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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Photo of SirHopsHoppington
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Fabric8r
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this winter lager. Seemed like an ale though. Nice malt flavor with spices flavors that are just perfect for the holiday season. You can just pour you a glass and sit down and enjoy the evening. I can't find it now, but look forward to more next winter.

Photo of PastaZombie
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Creamy tan head, ruby colour. Aroma of spices, ginger, cinnamon, malt sweet. flavour is malty, sweet, caramel, christmasy spices. very smooth mouthfeel. This is not a spectacular beer in that it is not aggressive in any way, but looking att the beautiful lacing, smelling the aroma of christmas and feeling it's warming soft quality puts you in the christmas spirit like no other beer!

Photo of mkondor8
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Hershdawg
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a duvel glass.

A: A ruby brown color, that is not too far from their boston lager. A thin head that dissolves to a white halo on the edge.

S: Smells slightly caramely with a little spice. honestly like a spiced Boston lager.

T: tastes like it smells. Its a spiced boston lager. Not really impressive or very dull. just good.

M: Not thin but not think. Makes it easy on the palate.

D: Easy to drink. Low in booze, not too heavy.

Photo of oderus666
2.16/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Kaisermatt
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of CarterSeaton
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sean05luvb
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of monaquee
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Huntingtonbasser
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of J2L
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of bradwalrus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Weston19
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, little carbonation, dark copper color, pinky head.

S: Malts, you can smell some spices and some orange peel, cinnamon as well.

T: some roasted notes, cinnamon, got some hop bite at back palate, bitter/bready aftertaste. It's a spicy beer with spices coming at you from all around and it could use a pronounce taste.

MF: Medium body, slightly dry finish.

O: Not a bad beer but flavors are pretty bland and none are very obvious. Most of the flavors are a mixture of spices.

Photo of bravefan44
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Chadbeer7
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Edward19
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JALN13
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of trentley87
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz. bottle into mug. Beautiful dark, but very clear amber with a slightly off-white 2 finger head. Dissipates rapidly but leaves generous lacing behind. A very attractive beer, the first I've had in this style.

S: Smells to me very much like the Boston Lager with just the slightest hint of spices present (I've got a slight cold). Fairly mild all around.

T: The flavor is excellent, plenty of malt sweetness and a slight breadiness balanced by the slightest touch of hops at the finish. The spices are especially present in the aftertaste -- sort of reminiscent of pumpkin pie IMO.

M: Creamy is the one word I would use to describe this beer. Is it right for the style? I have no idea! But it is very good.

D: This is one of my new favorites. I'll be drinking a lot more while Sam Adams is still brewing it this winter...and maybe putting it up for the fall.

Photo of BiereBlanche
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the Samuel Adam's Winter Pack. Also available in 6 packs.

Appearance - A nice redish-amber capped off with an off-white top, which settles disappointingly quickly, though it did leave a bit of lace clinging to the sides. Quite clear with signs of light carbonation

Smell - Slightly weak nose (I am sick, this might change on my next drink), I could pick out the toasty malt as it warmed. Hops are quite hard to detect, as fits for a bock. The nose is pleasant and clean, it could just be a bit more powerful...or I a bit less sick.

Taste - Smooth and clean taste. The toasted malt character comes through more in the taste than the smell, and is balanced out by a bittering that was all but absent in smell. Slight sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, light on the carbonation. Quite smooth, as seems to fit Sam Adams offerings.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and a nice winter session beer. Very smooth and good flavor. The smell is weak, but it could be my fault for being sick.

Photo of johnecjr
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Banxx
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of draftpunk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JaxBen_20J
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,330 ratings.