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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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5,268 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,268
Reviews: 1,914
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 64
Gots: 654 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of beagle75
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of persistent cinnamon-tinted foam head. Heavy homogenous lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hay and sharp raw malt are present, almost to the exclusion of

T: Begins dry, with earth and moderate carbonic acidity. Flavors deepen into the middle, becoming sweeter in conjunction with a fairly heavy presence of caramel and bready malt. Spices are also well represented and particularly fresh-tasting, with a bouquet suggesting of baked treats and juniper. The palate is left with a lingering herbaceous energy as spices persist but sweetness fades once more.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and fairly creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This amber-colored bock more approachable that it seems to be appealing, at least when it is deconstructed during careful analysis. However, when the layers are all allowed to unite and slip by without overly careful scrutiny, it comes across as interesting and very food-friendly.

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

From the look of this beer it looks like they might be trying to recreate the type of beers that show up in Norway in the Xmas season. It is a Vienna lager in style and actually tasted a little like Negro Modelo in its caramel notes in the nose and the also the malty finish. Easy drinking yet with enough complexity to make it interesting. With all the winter ales out there it is nice to see a winter lager.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass; you know, the one with the etching on the bottom, the lip on the top, the curvy figure, the one that costs like $10? Emerges crystal clear and amber in color with a decent white head. That revolutionary etching on the bottom is keeping the head taut and firm.

Aroma was a bit lackluster. Certainly malty in body with a little bit of chalky astringency in the nose. Slightly bready with a touch of burnt cracker.

Fairly tasty brew. Really bready and cracker-like in the finish. Really lingers in the finish. Slightly sweet with a nice hop balance that keeps this one in check and away from the sweet side of things. Again, slightly chalky with a touch of fruits. I am guessing there are some noble hops in this one because there is an underlying taste similar to their Noble Hop pale ale.

A pretty good beer. SA has always put out stellar beer and for the price, I think they are the best in the business. I could certainly drink some of these over the winter months.

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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Counter

A: Clear deep brown color with an almost nonexistent tan head.

S: Sweet and malty with some breadiness. A bit of faint spices as well, but really not much shines through.

T: Light and malty flavor with some bready malts and a touch of ginger and maybe some other spices I couldn't quite pick out. It's by no means bad, but none of the flavors really jump out at you.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of thecheapies
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Garnet body. Little head. Not much lacing.

Stale hop and doughy malt in the nose. Mild sweet spice, hard to pinpoint. Smells of dark wheat. Candy-like sweetness. I get some cinnamon and maybe roast apples. Not appalling, but not my cup of tea.

Whew! There's the cinnamon, almost powdery in feel. Touch of allspice and a little caraway seed. Flatline flavors. The cinnamon is burping back up.

Medium body with pretty weak carbonation. I hope it's the tap system's fault.

Not a recommended Sam Adams seasonal in my book. It's cloying, one-sided, and difficult to keep drinking. Got this one by mistake after ordering a Boston Lager. Not a fan.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Pleasant but somewhat metallic spiced up hoppier Bock

A: Deep and slightly dulled clear red/orange body with a somewhat persistent one finger yellowed white head.

S: Light and dry euro hops, some lightly buttered biscuit malt, and just tiny hints of spices, though I really can't identify any individuals. A bit of metallic zing is present as well.

T: Spices come out much stronger on the palate. I can say orange zest for sure, maybe ginger, but I'm really not getting cinnamon as a distinct entity. The spices sit on top of and balance well with the regular dusty hop and dry malt flavors. A bit of an adunct/metallic vibe takes away from an otherwise pleasant experience.

M: A hair thin, but fine textured and appropriately carbonated (not too much).

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

Poured cold into a Sam Adams lager glass.

I really liked the color - reddish/brown, clear. Decent head, lasted a while, a little lacing on the glass.

The nose - just a hint of the spices - ginger and cinnamon right away and something else I couldn't figure out. Nutmeg or cardamom maybe? Nice hit of orange aroma as well.

Thought the taste was pretty bold. I have had this every year they have made it and maybe my CRS syndrome is kicking in, but seemed a lot more flavorful - maybe just thinking critically about it. The spices are not overwhelming, just a touch of orange/citrus taste, but kind of acidic with a little bitter on the end. I liked it less the warmer it got - to me the mouth feel changed and it started leaving more aftertaste and coated the tongue.

Like it, will buy it again next year.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,268 ratings.