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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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4,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,503
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 195 | 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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Photo of ngeunit1


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber-orange color with a finger of fluffy tan head. The head had decent retention and left behind a bit of lacing.

S - Smells of sweet toasted carmel dominates. Just a touch of citrus fruit aroma. Overall, not overly strong.

T - Stars out as a combination of sweet and spicy. The sweet coming from the carmel malts. The spiciness is of cinnamon and ginger. A touch of citrus starts the finish for the beer and is followed by a touch of bitterness from the hops and a dry aftertaste. Overall, the flavor is just slightly dull.

M - Medium bodied with a medium to medium-low amount of carbonation. Starts of a bit thick, but the carbonation kicks in to lighten it up and bit and keep it crisp.

D - Very drinkable beer. The flavors are all fairly balanced, but just a little dull. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp which makes it a refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:31:47 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of mdaschaf


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the 2010 Winter Pack. Review from notes (11/27)

A: Pours a dark copper color, with a one finger off white head with good retention. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Pick up some of the spices, mostly nutmeg and some cinnamon. Get some malt and caramel on the end.

T: The spices from the aroma come through, as well as a little bit of hops. There is also a ginger flavor as well.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, but has a thick mouthfeel. Overall, its fine. Nothing too special imo.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:05:55 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of LacquerHead


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a 6pck. It poured a dark brown with a bubbly head of white foam.

The aroma was about average. It had a malty smell along with a faint holiday spiciness in the background.

The flavors had a good balance. The malt profile was good, not to sugary. For the most part it tasted like a regular Sam Adams Boston Lager with spices built on top. I couldn't taste any of the spices advertised on the commercials. The spice aspect was very subtle and not very distinctive - sort of generic tasting. It also had a sour hoppy taste that cropped up now and again.

Drinkability was decent. I was expecting something more. I got board with this one after the third beer.

Overall, I was not too impressed with this beer. It had a taste that could easily get lost in the shuffle of holiday beers. There was nothing that made this beer stand out. I cannot see myself purchasing another 6pck. If this was on-tap at a bar with limited options I would probably order it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 17:43:07 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of OregonPaul


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First sip... You know it's a Sam Adams. It possesses that familiar Sammy A taste. It pours a great thick head that you expect from the Boston Beer Company. Smell is average with a hint of something found in a maier bock. However the taste is very different. A warm fruity collection of spices hits your palette at the perfect moment. Very enjoyable and not over done like in past years. A full flavored and certainly drinkable winter brew. Bravo Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 05:43:34 | More by OregonPaul
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Red-amber, ok head.

Smell: Bread, mild citrus.

Taste: Not too exciting, typical "amber"--bready, mild citrus.

Drinkability: Could have a few in a sitting, not too heavy or flavorful.

Picked up the Sam Adams winter sampler mostly to review beers I've had before. Winter Lager is a straight-forward amber lager, not a whole lot going on. Want something more than a pale lager but not too heavy? This could workl

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 23:46:39 | More by Mdog
Photo of kingcrowing


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a small light brown head that gets thin quick. The nose is quite malty and almost woody. There is some cinnamon but not too much.

Well it's more of a spiced bock than anything else, there's lots of holiday spices, it's right in your face but not overpowering which makes it easy drinking and quite tasty. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy with a nice sharp carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 23:41:14 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Chadpaq

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber; Enjoy before April.

Vampire Weekend.

I don't know what compelled me to pick this up tonight. Maybe the cold. Maybe the five dollars in my bank account.

At any rate, Sam Adams Winter Lager. Here we go.

Color's of a deep mahogany shade. fairly large head.

Very grainy smell. No hops to speak of. I guess that's a staple of the Bock.

Sweet. Very malty. But not OVERLY sweet. I'm (sort of surprisingly) really enjoying this beer.

Substantial amount of residue left on the glass as I quickly take this one down. Yes, she's drinkable as hell.

I will say this: The more I drink, the more I think this beer's a little too sweet for me. I definitely couldn't handle more than this bomber. And yes, I realize this completely contradicts what I said above. Hey, I change my mind a lot!

I'm almost afraid to type this as I drink it...but this beer, in a VERY roundabout way, reminds me of...Olde English. Granted, it's a CONSIDERABLE amount better than that garbage. But I still get a sense of that maltiness.

Decent brew, but entirely too malty for me. I'd like it to be a little more balanced with hops, as my favorite Bocks are. But good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 23:23:56 | More by Chadpaq
Photo of DJED69

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok, I can't get with this brew. Looks great in the glass, but the flavor was off-putting to me. I found an odd sourness to the taste, especially the finish. Maybe it's the added flavors I wasn't digging. I'm obviously in the minority, but this beer just didn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:03:12 | More by DJED69
Photo of aficionado224


4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is simply delicious, and rates very high on my list of favorite brews. Almost all of the Samuel Adams brand is good to excellent, and this is no exception. I consider this to be a great beer worthy of your time and money. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 20:45:37 | More by aficionado224
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

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

This beer pours a really nice dark amber color, with a small head. It smells like the regular lager with a bunch of spices. Has a full body flavor, lots of spices, a nice strong lager taste. Easy to drink, but low with the carbondation. Overall a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 05:04:24 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of zhanson88


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A really nice-looking deep copper color with ruby highlights. About a finger of off-white head, decent retention and fairly minimal lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malts dominate. Some cherry-like smells and spices as well.

Taste: Biscuity malts and spices up front, followed by a bit of citrus and unripe cherries, with mild hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty light bodied, the carbonation is moderate and pretty smooth overall. This is a pretty easy drinking beer. A good offering from SA.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:31:14 | More by zhanson88
Photo of A380

Manitoba (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very nice brown with a head thats gone pretty quick, and lacks a bit of might, but it looks pretty good.
Initial smell of sweet grains and slight spices, tastes the same with a hoppy aftertaste. the cinammon as advertised by sam adams is nowhere to be found... :( kinda was looking forward to it. i guess i was expecting something more but its still a great beer, drinkability good and enjoyable on a cold night for sure!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:25:04 | More by A380
Photo of KidsDoc


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Unibroue tulip

Great pouring brew. Amber with tan head that builds to 2 fingers then slowly dissipates. Leaves a top lacing throughout the tasting. Minimal to no lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet malt and roasted grain. This stays strong throughout, the sweetness builds as the beer warms a bit.

Taste is malt all the way. Only in the very first sip did I get any faint hint of citrus hops followed by malt, caramel, and some roasted nuttiness? The beer finishes with a cinnamon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is surprising medium-full bodied for most of this beer. Thins some as it warms. Carbonation is light. There is a sticky aftertaste that forces the next sip.

D: an enjoyable winter bock. Not filling at all and truly leaves you wanting more - maybe that aftertaste is what does it. I would certainly have this as a sipping beer for an evening

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 00:08:02 | More by KidsDoc
Photo of bagpiper2005


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

Pour: Deep, clear reddish-brown color with a thick 2-fingered off-white head that retains decently. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweetness radiating from the caramel malts. Some hints of syrup/molasses, some spice notes, and some floral and spicy hops. Maybe even a bit of cinnamon coming through?

Taste: The palate is greeted with a delicate malty sweetness, giving way to some caramel and toffee flavors. Faint cinnamon spice comes through as you move to the middle of the palate. It's somewhat yeasty/bready, and has some nutty tastes in there as well. The back in hop bitterness is mild to moderate, and has hints of floral/earthy and spicy bitterness, and even a hint of ginger. No strong aftertaste to speak of. A very small hint of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, absolutely silky smooth, and a fair bit of carbonation without being excessive.

Drinkability: This beer is very easy drinking, and not overly filling. Gets top marks in this category.

Final Notes: Definitely on the somewhat lighter side when it comes to winter beers. A great session beer and one to pair with either a big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, drank after dinner as a dessert beer, or paired with either a caramel or chocolate dessert. The ABV is not overkill (5.8%) and the flavors are very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 22:59:25 | More by bagpiper2005
Photo of Spica66


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown/red color. Nice head formation, minimal retention.
Good carbonation level.

S: Smells like a good brown ale more than a lager. Hints of the spices that were used are definitely present, but I can't make out one specific aroma- which is good. I hate you open a seasonal beer and it screams "nutmeg!" or "cinnamon!".

T: Good brown malt base with some spice and hops on the finish. Not great, but well balanced.

M: A little watery, good carbonation level.

D: Clean, balanced taste. Smooth, light mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 15:07:54 | More by Spica66
Photo of huxcrunner

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-darker brownish red color with tan head about two finger worth and very good lacing to the glass

s-spices are not over powering in this seasonal brew just hints of them over the traditional Sam Adams lager smells

t-just slightly bitter, mostly tastes of malt, no strong tastes of the seasonal spices, smooth overall not a bad winter lager

m-clean smooth mouthfeel

d- overall this is a pretty good beer it has clean tastes and is a good change of pace for the season

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 19:45:58 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of Schmittymack


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into shaker glass. Poured a darker copper color with decent head and lots of bubbles. Aroma of spices and malt. Taste of malt, caramel, sweetness, and a touch of cinnamin. Definitely one of SA's better brews that I look forward to getting a taste of every winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 10:44:32 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of Wetpaperbag


2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got out of the winter mixed pack 2010.

A- Very dark cherry read in color, with a thin pool of head on the top.

S- The smell is slightly hoppy with a touch of fruityness mixed in. To top it off someone decided to pour in some American Macro Lager into my beer, or at least the smell of one.

T- The taste is malty, a bit of dried fruits a touch of caramel which is all thrown down the drain when the taste of American Macro Lager comes into the mix.

M- Feels like a typical American lager, not so much a Bock though. Most Bocks I've had are lower in carbonation.

D- Would be a good cross over beer for the die hard American Macro Lager types.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 05:16:11 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of Misfit138


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite seasonals, I can't believe I never reviewed it.

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice copper color with tan bubbly head

S- Malts, cinnamon and citrus.

T- Rich spicy flavor. Cinnamon comes through nicely and has hints of citrus with a hop bitter ending

M- Fairly heavy with mild carbonation

D- I for some reason think this may be Sam Adams best beer. I used to think it could be sold year round, but perhaps with all the spice it is best that it is a winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 05:10:36 | More by Misfit138
Photo of jonB

New York

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This lager pours a red-tinged amber with little foam. There also appears to be very little carbonation. The taste is very light and void of taste for a beer of this color. A biscutty maltiness dominates the taste with faint spices in the finish. Every year I try it and every year I walk away mildly disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 23:43:45 | More by jonB
Photo of alli4051


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a clear mahogany with an average sized off white head. Head recedes pretty quickly and leaves little to no lacing behind. Smell is malt with a subtle spiciness to it. Taste is again lots of malts with some dark fruits and a hint of spice as well, not sure exactly what though. A good beer but overall just kind of average, which certainly isn't a bad thing. Definitely a drinkable brew though, could easily knock back a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:06:08 | More by alli4051
Photo of Dohdaman


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz btl into a New Glarus Pint Glass.

Clear deep amber color, off white head that dissapears quick. Lots of carbonation. Smells of spices and malt, good smell. Tastes of malts, spices and hops, good taste. Slight bitter aftertaste, not bad. Can drink 2 or 3 of these in a row. Noticed on the label this year that its in color and states that it is a "malt beverage". Has it always said that? I dont remember.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 19:39:56 | More by Dohdaman
Photo of aasher


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This one pours a dark hickory in color with a light off white head. It's pretty thin in consistency. The smell is just so-so. It smells of light malt, slight wheat, and light spices. The taste is better. It's pretty sweet and a little dry. It has moderate maltiness and has a maple like sweetness. It drinks pretty light and crisp. It's ok, nothing special and is easy to drink, although I don't think I'd want to have another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 22:16:45 | More by aasher
Photo of Alatorre


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very nice looking beer. Its amber in color moderately carbonated. Definitely smell the spices coming through with a hint of pumpkin. Not overwhelming on the hops. The spices and pumpkin aroma continue to the palate. Has a medium thickness. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 22:03:28 | More by Alatorre
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent reddish amber color with two inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cinnamon, bready malts, spices, sweet fruity malts, and hops. A little sweet but pretty good.

t - Tastes of hops, cinnamon, and bready malts. Hints of spices, but a bit of a drop off from the smell; not really getting the fruit in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy body.

d - A decent bock that is widely available and easy to drink. Can definitely drink a few of these and while not my favorite, something I can drink at Thanksgiving with non BA's and we can all enjoy. I enjoyed the smell and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 19:06:37 | More by mdfb79
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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