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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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4,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,561
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 37
Gots: 228 | 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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New York

5/5  rDev +39.3%

08-21-2013 00:53:46 | More by Halo31
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-09-2013 06:01:44 | More by Matt_C
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-30-2013 00:44:37 | More by eadkins
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

01-09-2014 05:31:20 | More by Genec74
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-06-2014 15:05:17 | More by langisland
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-16-2014 20:05:25 | More by lowkey313
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

The winter lager is a nice changeup from the heavily spiced pumpkin et al beers of fall. The flavor begins with the cinnamon note with actually effects the mouthfeel, giving a textured and warm feeling. However, the flavor quickly transitions to a nice lagery flavor supported but just a hint of hops. The beer is remarkably drinkable for a spiced beer, and does less damage to the palate than expected. The winter lager is a great way to transition from fall to winter.

11-14-2006 13:32:35 | More by kboett77
Photo of shamrock7

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

An excellent beer by Sam Adams that will warm you up on a cold winter’s night. It has a nice copper color coming out of the bottle with a small, but adequate, off white colored head. The taste is a nice blend of malt and hops. The mouthfeel is a nice heavy feeling – you know you’re drinking a darker beer. It goes down well, but has a little bite at the finish that is typical in most Sam Adams brews. Nothing that would deter you from having another one…very drinkable.

03-08-2007 00:59:53 | More by shamrock7
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-16-2012 23:05:21 | More by vado
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz. poured into pint glass. Expecting a good seasonal from Sammy.

A: Coppery golden to darker brown color, almost tan colored half finger head that disapates to almost nothing very quickly. Ok lacing. very clear when held to the light.

S: Not really picking up on much as far as smell is concerned. Some spices, some hops thats really about it. When I think of winter seasonals I think of a large spicy holiday aroma.

T: Spicy, malty, and sweet. Just how it ought to be. Taste as if there is some allspice, and caramel or somthing like caramel there. I like the bitter hoppy aftertaste. Pleased with the taste and flavors.

M: Very clean and crisp. Just the right amount of carbonation. Great mouthfeel

O: Overall I think this is a great beer. S.A. never lets me down especially when it comes to seasonal brews. Its not the best winter seasonal out there but a good one nonetheless.

12-14-2011 22:40:08 | More by CEversole
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-27-2011 11:18:40 | More by tmillhone
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

11-18-2012 22:43:47 | More by benmafia17
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-14-2013 02:58:56 | More by Jlm158
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-19-2014 03:06:11 | More by vincentheo
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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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4.4/5  rDev +22.6%

A - 3-finger off-white head. Beautiful deep red/brown in color. Absolutely gorgeous.

S - Spiced fruits, sweet and pleasant.

T - A crisp bite for the first second, balanced by sweet, smooth malt. Light hint of cinnamon, apples and orange zest on the aftertaste. A very well balanced flavor, full of character, but not too strong.

M - Crisp, but creamy at the same time. Doesn't linger too long. Smooth. Almost silky

D - I want to take it slow so I can appreciate all the complexity in the flavor. It wouldn't be a beer I'd necessarily offer to just anyone, as it needs to be appreciated as a whole. It's a great beer to sit back and relax with, and it goes down easy. I wish I had another in my fridge!

This beer is a favorite. My highest review so far.

11-21-2008 03:27:41 | More by TylerAddisonJ13
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

A - Pours a deep, golden red color with fair visibility - almost deep auburn. A light head.

S - A malty smell with a bit of spice. Pleasant, yet I can't quite pick up the exact spice though it seems like nutmeg or cinnamon.

T - Definitely a rich, malty lager like in the smell. The spices give it a discernible, but pleasant bite. In addition to the spice, there is a sweetness on finishing a sip.

M - Smooth with light carbonation. Not a dry beer.

D - This is definitely, in my opinion, a very drinkable lager. While it may not be the most exciting or flavorful winter lager, its smoothness and maltiness make it an easy, pleasant drink. Definitely a good beer to have on hand for day to day drinking or with a meal.

01-02-2008 06:12:21 | More by americanaqualung
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-19-2012 06:20:22 | More by doctorknockers
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Nice looking dark amber color. Off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, and leaves a nice lace.

S - Smells pretty nice. Malty, not really hoppy, almost kind of a pleasant burnt smell in there

T - Similar to the smell, malty. It starts off very flavorful and then ends with a nice bitterness.

M - Kind of grainy, but overall pretty smooth. I think its just the right amount of carbonation with this brew.

D - Very easy to drink. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting another sip pretty soon thereafter.

Poured into a regular pint glass.
I had one of these cold, and one that was just cool. Obviously the one that was cold didn't match up to the cool one at all. The cool one really brought out the flavors and drinkability. This was one of the first "good" beers I had and I must say, after learning how to appreciate beer properly, this brew is so much better.

02-01-2010 21:53:27 | More by L337ish
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

06-22-2014 07:37:48 | More by Alacranlmc
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

I was dissapointed with this beer. It poured an amber color with a tan head that went away very quicly. At first taste I get the hops bitterness and then I taste the ginger. I think the bitterness also comes from the orange peel. I bought a six pack and I think that's all I really need of this beer. This beer was very average in every way and nothing stood out.

12-12-2010 20:38:24 | More by msfoster77
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3.95/5  rDev +10%

A: Dark copper, orange, bright color, with off white head that does not stay as long as I would have liked, minimal lacing

Smell: Complex aromas of a geat lager combined with some cinnamon and ginger spice notes.

Taste: Malt up front combined with the spices, gives the beer a warm ending that sneaks up on you. Finishes mainly with the spice notes and just a ever so slight hop bitterness. Complex again.

M: Good medium body and leaving a smooth feel on your
tongue and on the roof of your mouth.

O: I thought I would be offended by the spices in this one but it is very well done, adding a complexity to the beer rather than over powering it. Well done and would drink again for a winter warmer.

11-24-2011 01:16:39 | More by ctfixer
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-02-2012 14:44:55 | More by mchorvath
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-10-2012 06:28:43 | More by Parker
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-20-2012 16:12:17 | More by Brennen
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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