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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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4,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,488
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 187 | 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 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
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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-17-2013 05:22:53 | More by williamsgodfrey
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-26-2014 17:14:19 | More by PulmonaryArchery
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-27-2014 02:13:44 | More by Kkbrowhatever
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

06-27-2014 23:07:57 | More by Majesty
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4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A good, golden color. Filtered. Appealing.

S: Hints of a creamy taste are suggested, and will be followed with delivery on this olfactory promise.

T: Light hints of cream. Drinks well. Perhaps the tiniest suggestion of winter fruits are detectable as well. Very well balanced.

M: Crisp. Delectable. Pretty much everything I could ask for in terms of mouthfeel for this style beer.

D: A definition session beer. Not something like a Chimay Blue Label which one would savor every drop; instead, this is a great beer you can share with friends, both beer advocates and illiterates alike.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 08:16:27 | More by mattdavis452
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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a dark amber with a light colored head. Light lacing that did not stick to the glass.

Smell: Kind of citrusy

Taste: The spices seemed to hit first, then a wheaty flavor came through. I wasn't really able to tell what the spices were though.

Moutfeel: Light and crispy.

Drinkability: This is something that I could easily drink 2 (or more) of at one sitting, in short order.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 20:42:36 | More by JKrout
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-21-2013 21:52:59 | More by HopsConley
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-12-2013 04:28:41 | More by HockeyPhil
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Sam Adams. This is great lager, and it is this type of beer that has got me seeking out lagers now and not just witbiers or reds. Thanks Sam! The flavor is rich, and even though it's filling i still find myself wanting more. Very good brew, I look forward to it every winter.

Serving type: growler

12-03-2011 04:28:15 | More by CS1971
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3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a great beer for those wanting to try something new but not too keen on the powerful, strong craft beers on the market these days. A friend of mine is always sampling the new stouts and IPAs I'm trying and we can never find one we agree on. He's a fan of the lightweight commoners (Bud Light, Keystone Light, etc.) and for once this one has enough flavor and class that I am a fan and he is also a fan which blew me away. This is a good bridge between the everyday run of the mill and the "good stuff" that you'll only discover if you start looking for the quality perfect beers and quit grabbing what's on the commercials and ads and plastered all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:26:58 | More by mgeraci
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite tasty. Poured clear, copper color with a bit of light, foamy head and minimal lacing. Smells very malty. With biscuit notes and slight caramel tones. Quite balanced, but leans to the malt side. Tastes of biscuit malt and hints of toffee. Starts out sweet and dries out in the end.

Impressed by this brew. Still not set as a favorite, but quite tasty. I get a hankering for it on cold Kansas nights.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 00:35:59 | More by EmergingZymurgy
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

03-24-2013 00:00:08 | More by redsox046
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-29-2013 00:39:25 | More by marv3mania
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Good head, fades to a scum on top. Healthy carbonation.
Amber hue. Smells malty and slightly hoppy.
Mouthfeel is unremarkable.
Tastes like it smells, clean. Almost no aftertaste.Very drinkable. Tastes like a lager.
I could put away a few of these and not get bored with the taste or bloated.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 05:46:06 | More by nitemarebrewer
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is like a beautiful winter's sunset as snow flakes fall from the sky and come to rest on your lover's eyelashes and bring a shimmer to her amazing eyes. The cold wind bringing the two of you closer together, embraced, admiring the orange glow that was once the blue and white ceiling.

Yes this beer is great.

Appearance, good.
Smell was awesome, smells of cinnamon, much like the label claims.
Taste was a classic Sam Adams taste. All their beers have a similar taste with just a little tweaking, this beer is no exception. It was a Boston Lager with a hint of cinnamon and a bit of a Blue Moon like flavor.
Mouthfeel was decent, smooth, with a lightly carbonated feel.
I could drink this everyday, especially when a 12 pack is on sale for FIVE BUCKS! WHOA!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 23:57:13 | More by lastnightintown2
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-14-2011 09:18:02 | More by Brian103
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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