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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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5,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,321
Reviews: 1,923
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 65
Gots: 718 | 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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Part of the same 12 pack that provided last night's Black and Brewed and Chocolate Bock: I feel like Falloutsnow and I are following each other around lately....

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Three Heads Brewing pint glass:

A-Ruby hued, little or no head and no lace

S-Malt, pretty typical lager/bock nose a bit of spice in there somewhere...

T-Decent, has some clove, cinnamon and a touch of ginger, it has a pleasant overall flavor

O-I've had this for years but never thought to review it until this sampler, this is a decent seasonal offering...

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Purchased as part of the seasonal pack from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.
Best by April 2012 notched on the bottle's label.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

The Sam Adams' winter lager is a malt-forward seasonal beer that just misses the appropriate balance between its sweetness and hop or spice complexity. The malt component is on the borderline of cloying, not allowing the additional pieces of this beer to appropriately shine through. At times, I was reminded of Great Lakes' Christmas Ale with the use of ginger and cinnamon and a malt-forward beer, but the Sam Adams seemed to be missing a clarity of taste in relationship to that. Its aroma is satisfying, while the appearance and mouthfeel are only about average. The result is a slightly muddied, though still tasty and better than anything I could pull off, winter bock.

Pours a tall, dirty-white head that's made up of small and medium-sized bubbles. Head declines in a minute or two to a fairly thin ring around the glass with some small foam islands in the center. No lacing to speak of. Body is a dark brown-orange in color when in a secluded area, copper-orange when held to a light. Transparent in body, with a few streams of quite active, visible carbonation.

Aromas of fairly sweet, dark maltiness, and some noticeable orange zest. Less apparent, but present, are cinnamon and ginger scents.

Taste opens with a strong malt component, somewhat dark sweetness, with slight citrus rind, transitioning to some obvious spiciness from hops and added ginger, cinnamon. Begins to fade out with a return of sweetness and some very mild cinnamon, ending with some strong grain and milder biscuit components. Aftertaste is well-balanced between malt sweetness and mild bitterness from hops, with a citrus flavor edge, perhaps from the added orange rind or hops. In general, tastes a bit too sweet for me, could use some more balance from hops or additional spices.

Body is about medium in heaviness with adequate, but slightly less carbonation than I think would be optimal. The result is a fairly smooth lager, whereas I would like a bit more crispness with the body and lower alcohol content. Finish is fairy dry, a bit wet around the edges.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,321 ratings.