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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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5,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,155
Reviews: 1,887
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 63
Gots: 529 | 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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3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Caramel colored pour with a thick, off white head. Light aroma carries toasty malt to the nose. The toasty sweet malt continues through the flavor with the first sip. Hops are subdued but balanced - the hop bitterness is firm. Spices don't show up till the end - it finishes with light spicing of citrus and a faint warmth from cinnamon. Medium thin body. Finishes with light malt sweetness paired against oily hop bitterness.

Spices are subdued, toasted malt flavor dominates. Lighter bodied than I would expect from a bock but the firm hop bitterness and medium-thin body make this easy drinking and you could easily reach for another one.

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3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Deep copper with a thick creamy white head. Lingers on and leaves some lacing. Aroma is winter-esque spices, but nothing really stands out. It all just sort of blends. The taste is about the same. There is definitely some winter spice action here, but at the end, there isn't really anything distinct and it sort of tastes muddled. It's certainly not bad, but I just feel like focusing on one or two of the seasonal spices would make this beer more distinct.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12inch bottle ->World Market tulip

This beer pours up a deep clear amber with a one finger foamy white head, a little bit of retention and a moderate amount of lacing. The nose is pretty mild. I basically only get a nebulous hard to describe freshness. Taste is good,but sort of one dimensional. There is a dry taste upfront followed by a dry bitter metallic finish. Mouthfeel is undistinctive,but inoffensive. Okay, but I don't feel the need to have more.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass

A: Poured a clear copper with a fingers worth of creamy head that settles to a nice thin layer with spotty lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting cinnamon, toffee, a little nutmeg and a little bread.

T: Taste follows the smells... strong toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and bread mixed in.. I'm also getting a slight metallic taste in the finish.

M: Mid bodied with a light carbonation. Starts creamy but ends a little sharp.

O: Again not a bad little beer from Sam Adams, nice spice characters with good malty body, good ABV so you could put down 2 or 3 with no problem.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,155 ratings.