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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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5,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,167
Reviews: 1,889
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 64
Gots: 536 | 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).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a winter mix case. Thanks macnak. In a mini tulip cuz I'm just that classy.

A: The bockbier is a dark color, deep cuprous amber but just barely translucent. Situated atop the bock is a crème-hued head that provides a moderate start and adequate lacing afterwards.

S: Toasted malts, caramel and fresh bread, start the nose off right. The spices quickly follow with the cinnamon and ginger coming through nicely (and complimenting the malts). Mild hoppiness brings the citrus.

T: The spiciness, evident in the aromas, comes through even stronger in the first sip. A mulled bock, the cinnamon and orange zest come through very nicely. The ginger adds an Eastern sensibility, tangy and sweet. Toasted malts, bready and caramelly, are a perfect accompaniment, chewy enough to stand out but not so strong as to crowd out the spices. Served at, or close to, room temperature, the beer fires nicely.

M: I'm wondering about how this beer would taste if warmed up, maybe mulled with some additional spices. Funny how certain beers can continue to surprise me...

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a 4oz sample glass. Served cool. Pours an off white head and a nice reddish brown amber body. Very clear. Yeast is strong in the nose. A bit course in the malt department. Not smooth and almost candy-like most bocks. As it warms you get a little more depth to the malt. Hops is there in the background but you don't think about it. Not a bad beer but not what it use to be. The nose is too yeasty. I remember when this beer was very spicy and holiday like.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottled stored in my chilly cellar is poured into a pint glass.

The beer is clear, colored caramel brown and has an average amount of rising carbonation. The thick brown foam head settles down to a small, but even layer of foam. Patchy lacing is left behind.

I can smell a lot of cinnamon coming off of this beer, as well as a good mixture of malts, but mostly gingerbread.

The beer has a good malt flavor, with its spicier elements being more prominent near the finish. Cinnamon and ginger are both tasted. The malt base has a candy like flavor, close to caramel or toffee, but neither is an exact description. THe spices leave a lingering pepperiness.

The beer is a touch stickier than I expected. My lips are left slightly sticky and the coating in my mouth is thicker than I thought it would be. It does contain some of the malty sweetness I tasted.

This is a fine winter lager. It's not one I would go out of my way for—in fact, I don't enjoy it as much as some of the other Sam winter seasonals—but I'm glad I have a few bottles to enjoy.

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