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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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5,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,118
Reviews: 1,881
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 63
Gots: 491 | 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).

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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottled into a pint glass. Color was amber with hints of brown and red in there. Minimal head. No lacing on the top. No film on the sides.

First smell was spicy malts, cinnamon first? Also some roasty caramel malts in there as well.

Tasted a lot more roasty than the smell. Also toasty nuts and light spices.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Long finish.

I have to say it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, but this will probably be the only time I try it.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz, best before April 2011.

Pours an attractive, crystal-clear dark amber, with a small head. Good bits of lacing, though the retention could be better.

Aroma is malty, with hints of yeasty spice.

The spice flavors are very subtle; however, this begs the question, why even brew with ginger and cinnamon if you can't really detect any in the finished beer? Toasted malt notes complement a tangy hop flavor. Not too sweet, which I appreciate. The carbonation is medium-low, and the finish is smooth.

This is a balanced, drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had disappointed me two years running. It was once a bold flavorful drink that i got excited for. This years seems to lack effort. Subtle spice notes hardly separate it from being any other lager.

Its still a tasty brew, just not a tasty seasonal.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a crystal mug.
This was part of the Sam Adams Winter Variety Pack, but not the best beer in the pack. Is says Lager, but it is really a Bock with some ginger and cinnamon added for extra flavor. It appeared a little paler than most bocks with about a finger of tan head that left some god lacing. The mouthfeel was light to medium with maderate carbonation. Even with the extra, there was not as much aroma and flavore as expected. Overall it is a pretty good Christmas beer but there are better ones in the Winter Variety Pack.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 5,118 ratings.