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

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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4,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 4327
Reviews: 1849
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%

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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Photo of Andrew041180


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Arrived a deep amber/ruby color. Very clear. I like the color a lot. Not much as far as lacing or visible carbonation go. Very little head which did not appear to be an issue with the glass, but may have been due to the pour.

S: Not much is noticeable here, a vague sweetness is all.

T: Sweet malts dominate, but not in an overbearing way. Caramels and toffee type flavors, with very little apparent contribution from the hops. There is also a very mild spice flavor that actually adds to the beer. This is rare for me, as usually all I can taste is the spice.

M: Very little above average by way of mouthfeel. On the light side of medium bodied. Just a touch of texture.

O - Nice crowd pleaser for the winter months. Not a lot to get excited about here, but certainly nothing to complain about. May pick up a 12-pack for the wife and guests, and the occasional bottle for myself.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 14:03:27 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of arc3636


3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - very clear light brown with a little less than 1 finger of white head that fades completely away

S - light aroma, I get some malt and cinnamon and ginger spice notes

T - fairly balanced between malt and spices

M - medium body, the spice flavor leaves a nice aftertaste

O - more full bodied and flavorful than I expected, very drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:00:50 | More by arc3636
Photo of Retroman40


3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really impressed with this beer which I got as part of a mixed case of six "Beers of Winter" at Sam's Club (for 25.98 so it's a great value too).

A - Outstanding clear, copper color with a lasting one finger head.

S - Malt with orange and cinnamon infused.

T - Citrus-like early with a nice orange/cinnamon finish.

M - Not a "thick" as I would have liked, but pretty good for a lager.

O - A great holiday beer. I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 11:25:08 | More by Retroman40
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color, with a light brown head.

Smell: Nice, but light aromas. Can detect both the hops and roasted malts, but they are a bit subtle. Can smell some spices too.

Taste: Good balance between the hops and malt flavors. The mouth feel is smooth and crisp, but a little thin. The taste is complex and full of multiple flavors. A nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts with some spice flavors, makes this an enjoyable beer to drink. A nice long aftertaste that doesn't turn bitter.

This is a nice lager from Sam Adams. This is a beer I would enjoy drinking all year round.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 18:55:44 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Winter Lager is one of my winter favourites. Its a very full bodied and bold beer by any standards. Rather complex and filling but more willing to let you have another after another. I've had Sam Adams Winter Lager in a bottle, can, and on tap. Honestly there's no difference in taste other than the can is a wee bit more foamy like other Sam Adams cans available. The appearance is more of a dark brownish black like most bock beers and dark lagers. Looks imitating at first to most light beer drinkers but its easy to get used to. Smellwise its more of a full bodied smell with a bit of ginger in there. Tastewise its a rather complex beer without being too pretentious in itself. Very full and bold with some ginger and spices that aren't easily obvious. In the mouth Sam Adams Winter Lager is very tame and smooth. Very odd for a full Bock Lager like as such really. Overall Samuel Adams Winter Lager is probably the best winter beer available in my opinion. I mean I do like Harpoon's, Narragensetts, or Long Trails offerings but Sams Winter Lager will always be a winter favourite. Even though I prefer Octoberfest but Winter is a close second.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:51:04 | More by bullseyestrat
Photo of Goosehunter75


3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a dark ruby with one finger light tan head. Very good retention. Nice looking beer

S - Smells slightly spicy. There is also a yeasty and malty aroma in the back. Very light aroma

T - Mainly malts up front with a slight bitterness on the finish

M - Much lighter than it looks but not watery. Definitely a light beer. It is slick feeling in the mouth

O - Really not half bad. It does have s good flavor especially if you are in to malty beers. Its not overpowering. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 21:38:13 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of Twobeards


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a half finger head that dissipates quickly. Color is quite nice, a clear dark amber/light ruby Not too much of a nose to it, malt with a touch of spice and a slight citrus hop aroma. Beer itself tastes about the same. Malty, get a touch of cinnamon and residue bite from the ginger, then hops which aren't very heavy. Feels a little thin in the mouth, like something the should be for thirst quenching in the summer. Pretty good overall, one of the better Sam seasonals I've had, wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 06:49:21 | More by Twobeards
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. May notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear dark amber brown with a slightly tanned head on top. Some visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some lacing behind on the sides of the glass.

S: Spiciness is the first thing I pickup. A mix of cinnamon, clove, allspice and orange peel. A touch of dark fruitiness from the malts.

T: As with the aroma, there is a spice laden flavor to this one. All the same spices that you get in the aroma. Fairly powerful spice but doesnt overwhelm and make it seem like its no longer a beer.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A bit of stickiness but still quite drinkable.

Overall this lager fits well into the winter scene with its pleasant dose of spice. Always pick this one up in the winter as its well priced for its flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:39:42 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of hopsputin


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: burnt caramel orange with a nice 2 finger frothy white head - looks very nice

s: aroma is dominated by caramel malt. there is some sweet berry and toffee in here as well. last scent im detecting is a pretty big bready malt presence

t: dough and caramel initially. there is a small, but noticeable hop presence in here that follows and lends a small amount of tea-leaf bitterness. finishes sweet: a mixture of caramel and some generic berry flavor

m: heavier side of medium, with a syrup-y stickiness.

o: nothing too complex here, but its smooth and drinks nice. i like the heavier mouthfeel presented here combined with the caramel. its nice for drinking when you want something descent but don't want to concentrate too hard on picking out all the flavors

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 18:57:29 | More by hopsputin
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Funny how divergent are the scores of Winter Warmers/ lagers including those of Alstroms'. I myself found Boston to be up there w Sierra Celebration and Widmer Brrr, leaving most the others way behind in the 3's.

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with freshness on the label.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper beer, topped with an off-white, tight, creamy, lasting lace. Carbonation is tight. Amen.

Smell: Crisp and clean: Malt, ginger, orange, cinnamon. But mostly a solid hoppy / malty balance.

Taste:As should be, for winter, muscular, smooth and malty upfront, with, crisp, spiced character of caramel, burnt sugar, zesty ginger, malts, orange, earthy and dates. Flash of hop bitterness peaks. This is totally enjoyable. First rate.

Feel: Creamy and weighty as it should be, surprising from a mass- house. Well done. Buy a case for Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:05:36 | More by Act25
Photo of archyquaffer


3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. A moderate pour produces 1/2 inch of frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some wispy lacing. The beer is a fairly pale yellowish brown with a reddish tinge, and is crystal clear. Carbonation is light. A very nice looking beer.

I get mostly clean malt in the nose with a hint of spice. The taste is of slightly sweet malt, a bit of caramel, maybe a very slight fruitiness akin to cantaloup, and just a kiss of earthy hops. The spice is there but I can't quite discern what it might consist of- a little nutmeg maybe. The spice is definitely not overbearing. The overall flavor is quite clean and lager-like. The mouthfeel is tingly with a pleasant burpiness leading to a bittersweet aftertaste, and with just a touch of a soapy feel from the spice.

This is a decent bock and well worth the 7.50 a six pack purchase price.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 06:20:05 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of MarkQ617


3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 7th Sam I've had. Pretty strong medicine. Big flavor, a smoky wheat bock. Nice spicy flavor to it, but you can taste the booze too. Nice dark brownish color with a potent nose. Relatively little head. One of Sams better seasonals, always like to grab some in their winter mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:04:18 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of Richardbeerlover


2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very minimal head upon pouring. Nice dark slightly reddish appearance. Like most SA brews, this one is easy to drink. Not too heavy and actually very light for a bock. Can't really get any kind of specific aroma so I guess they were able to achieve a nice balance of all the spices. Nothing to special for me but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:54:42 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of Hammer35


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep reddish brown color, light tan head and small beading. Good carbonation, but almost no head retention and little lacing.

Smell: Malty and sweet with a pronounced note of orange peel and subtler hints of cinnamon.

Taste: Very malty and rich at first with a dominating bitterness toward the finish that seems to come more from orange peel than hops. There is some spice, but it's extremely subtle in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for the style, though a bit highly carbonated. Light, but not thin.

Overall: A solid lager but not much more than that. I personally feel it could have been better balanced or even leaned more heavily on the spices to create something a little more "winterish". The orange peel seemed the dominant addition and I thought cinnamon and ginger would have made better stars for a winter lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:28:42 | More by Hammer35
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with label notched at best before March 2014. A new winter seasonal to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety twelve pack. Expectations are about average given the brewery and the style, but I don't really know what to expect.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours just over a finger of soft fluffy tan head on top of a dark copper colored body. Looks alright, but fairly unimpressive.

S - Smell is pretty light and subdued. Dark grains, some cola / cherry sweetness, a hint of the cinnamon & spicy ginger, and some citrus zest, probably from the orange peel. Not terribly powerful smelling, but you can pull distinct aromas from it if you try.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark toasted wheat, chocolate maltiness, some medicinal cherry which could possibly be the cinnamon, a hint of the ginger, and a light citrus tartness on the finish from the orange peel.

M - Feel is smooth and clean. Light bodied with crisp carbonation.

Overall, a fairly tame and uninteresting, yet safe and approachable take on the style from Samuel Adams. A nice winter offering for the mixed twelve pack, that's for sure, because I couldn't see myself wanting too much of this one. Worth a try.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 05:02:29 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of SonictheBeerhog

New York

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell was very dark and was expecting just that. However, there was very little taste. There is a hint of orange and cinnamon but besides from that: nothing. it is like the description says: very good for a cold winters night.

Overall: I liked the taste so don't get turned off by the smell.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:15:42 | More by SonictheBeerhog
Photo of TullyBlanchard


3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

JERRY LAWLER, BOY I AM CALLIN' YOU OUT. You have been too busy prancin' around Hollywood, trying to fight movie stars or hiding behind the announcer's table. You ain't the King of Memphis and you wouldn't know a bbq sammich if it slapped you upside your crown. You come on down to Meridian, Mississippi. Me & Ole will be there waitin' for you, and whatever else you got to bring!

The beer:
This is an average lager, had my hopes a bit higher. Nice, robust amber color. Cinnamon nose, sweet flavor with some cinnamon/spice aftertaste. Muted, under flavored lager, overall.

80s/90s wrestler most likely to drink this beer:
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhardt

Diamonds are forever.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:04:59 | More by TullyBlanchard
Photo of Nagol

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice color. Dark brown with a reddish tint. Less than a finger of head. Not a very significant scent, light orange peel. Taste is great. Extremely smooth, again the orange peel comes through. Mouthfeel is also great, perfectly carbonated. Overall: definitely something I could drink more of.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:04:06 | More by Nagol
Photo of figgyfigg5218


3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that strikes me about this beer is the deep reddish brown color it has when you pour it into a glass. You can taste noble hops which is the hops sam adams puts in a lot of their beers. I love how you can taste the orange and cinnamon with every sip that you take. Delicious beer, perfect for a nice cold day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 20:18:05 | More by figgyfigg5218
Photo of nickapalooza86


3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of cream colored head

smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, malt

Taste is cinnamon, light earthy and citrus hop, caramel malt, toffee, roasty malts

Mouthfeel is medium bodies, adequate carbonation, slightly drying on the finish.

Good beer here, may grab a 12 of cans, or might just take a couple more from my brother, either way give it a shot!

Serving type: can

12-06-2013 22:13:29 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of mtboozeaddict41


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A clear caramel color with a poor retention to boost.

S: Mild bread malt mixed with a wealth of spics. Spices of cinnamon, ginger, and traceable amounts of orange zest/rind. Leafy herbal hops in the background.

T: Nicely light in body and beautiful in light biscuit malt. Sweet and not bitter at all. Spices, yes, are prevalent. A zingy sensation of cinnamon and the quiet and sneaking stimulation of ginger come through mid palate. Finishes with bready malt and caramel malt finish. Not bad at all

M: medium bodied with a zingy carbonation. a little oily.

O: I don't know if its worth the 1 minute commercial Samuel Adam's give this beer, but hey, its really not a bad beer at all. Its a little thin in aroma and lacking complexity but its quite drinkable by anyone's standers. this could hardly offend a valley girl who's palate is used to nothing but White fn Zin. psych I went way too far. Props Sam

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:25:50 | More by mtboozeaddict41
Photo of Weston19


3.24/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 06:54:05 | More by Weston19
Photo of screamking


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass.

Look: dark amber, very thick khaki head, lots of lacing.
Aroma notes: wheat bread, corn, orange, ginger.
Tasting notes: caramel, wheat bread, cinnamon, citrus.
Feel: light bodied, very sessionable.

You know, this is probably my least favorite of the Sam Adams seasonals. I would drink it if it's the only craft option, but beyond that, there are much better options. Price like most SA beers is really good, so that's a plus.

Serving type: can

12-03-2013 03:05:25 | More by screamking
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A good ruby-brown color, with a creamy head.

Smell - It is the caramel malts, with the winter spices.

Taste - A nice mix of winter spices hit the tongue first, with the burnt toffee/caramel coming in as more of a aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This is a good-fullbodied bock.

Overall - This is a good bock, but I was expecting it to be a bit heavier since it is a winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:48:02 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of Varzo


2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First bottle of this season.

A: clear reddish tea, one finger head that dissipates fast with very small lacing.

S: slight cinnamon, some orange and not much else

T: first taste is alcohol, followed by subdued favors that I can't quite pinpoint

M: lighter feel than most winter lagers

O: this is better than your basic store bought beer but somewhat lacking in flavor against other winter lagers. I personally think that this beer is lacking compared to the last few season's lots. Almost seems like Sam Adams faked this one a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:24:24 | More by Varzo
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