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

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5,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,274
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 64
Gots: 659 | 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 kew
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DaveBlack
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Amber color with a finger's width worth of off-white head. Bubbles cling to the sides of the glass at first, but the head has little retention or lacing.

S: Lightly toasted malts bring a fair amount of sweetness. It's a fairly grainy smell.

T: Taste is exactly what you would expect from the aroma, only slightly stronger. Lots of toasted malts up front, which bring a fair amount of sweetness and finish with a cereal grain taste. Some hops balance out at the end and leave the beer tasting pretty dry.

M: Medium/light body with a hefty amount of carbonation.

O: Nothing special to this beer, but it is pleasant. It's a everyday beer, one I could happily drink but wouldn't seek out.

Photo of bryehn
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice colour on this one. Pours a clear, amber-ruby colour with a small tan-coloured head that hangs on as a small collar without leaving much lacing at all.

Smells of bready, caramel malts with a familiar soapy and floral hop character and a bit of a lemony acidity. A hint of cherry or blackberry is in there too.

The taste is crisp at first, with a bread or biscuit-like malt backing. A slight citrus tartness and dry spiciness accent this lager, along with a toasted grassy note and an ever-so-slight diacetyl tone. The finish is quite dry.

Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation that pops on the front of the tongue. Takes on a creamy and bready feel on the tongue. The aftertaste is thick with toasted grain and caramel qualities.

Very drinkable lager that drinks like an amber ale and pairs well with pizza, pasta, deli meats and crackers. I'd drink this year-round if it was available.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head on a clear brown with amber hues body. Some lacing and little head retention.

S: Mostly roast malt and hints of spice and hops.

T: very nice malt and spice profile. Better than other bocks I have head. Nice sweet finish and not too bad of an aftertaste.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp finish

O: Very drinkable and nicely complex bock. One of the better seasonal offerings by both Sam Adams and winter beers in general.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of doctorknockers
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of tsauce2
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is deep brown with red hues. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is cream, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light/medium lacing.

S: Medium roast malt with a bit of sweetness and hop.

T: Malty, with spices and a creamy characteristic. Some hops. Maybe a little much carbonation. Aftertaste is mild malt and spice.

M: Medium body. Carbonation and malt/spice give a slightly creamy quality to the feel. Crisp lager feel is noticable. Semi-wet finish.

O: A good lager. Nice spice additions. Flavors are overall mild, but work well together. It is an easy beer to drink, but I like my palate to be challanged a bit more. I would probably not buy this beer again.

Photo of JRHope
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Slimpo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of nmeiborg
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of angrybabboon
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 1/17/12

Appearance: Extremely clear, dark copper - small, white head - some lacing

Smell: Cooked malts, lager yeast, and spices - like, a ton of spices - ground, dry spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg? - some citrus - out of place with the other aromas - overall, pretty mild, but pretty unappealing

Taste: I just don't get it - cooked, caramel malts, a little syrupy - sweet, but in a cooked way - a lot of bitterness without any hop flavor - just an unpleasant orange peel flavor - too much cinnamon, ginger, and an overall , generic "spice" - seems more appropriate for a pumpkin ale, not a bock - grainy, leafy, earthy, unpleasant

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat dry, with a lingering spiciness

Overall: For me, this just doesn't work

In late 2006, I received a few bottles of this from someone who didn't like it. This was one of the first craft beers I ever had, and I thought it was terrible. At some point in 2008, I tried it again, and I didn't like it. In 2012, I still don't like it. The difference now is that I have a better idea of why I do not like this.

Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper with a finger of head that had some retention and left light lacing behind. The nose is bready and a bit spicy (as in Christmas spices). The taste is malty and bready - a very full-bodied lager. There is a terrific malt bitter finish which may be the highlight of this offering.

I had this offering on-tap earlier in the season and I definitely prefer the bottled version for this year. That is unusual as I tend to prefer tapped versions of a beer over the bottled sampling.

I paired this with a spicy (as in hot sauce) cheese kielbasa sandwich and it held up very well.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Lang44
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Dave128
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A - A moderate pour yields a decent 1 finger head that sticks around well. Clear amber body with a bone white head. The head leaves a few traces of lace and maintains a disc on top.

S - Nothing special on the nose. Smells of sweet grain.

T - As with the nose, nothing really stands out. Very sweet up front with caramel notes in the middle with mild hop bitterness in the finish. Not sure if there are spices in this beer but I can't pick up any if there is.

M - Light to medium bodied and thankfully not overcarbonated.

O - Tastes a lot like Boston Lager. Pretty good but nothing to write home about.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rayj212
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,274 ratings.