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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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BA SCORE
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4,455 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,455
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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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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mbrown26

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty solid 4 out of 5 offering from Samuel Adams. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A nice amber hue and a dirty looking head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left a nice lace through the end of the beer.

S: Nothing to write home about for a seasonal bock beer. Smelled caramel, toffee and coffee notes.

T: A great tasting beer that had a nice balance between alcohol and flavor. Neither overpowered the other. Best characteristic of the beer was the taste.

M: Didn't make my cheeks pucker and got me to think about what flavors I was tasting. It drink like a beer should drink.

D: Easy to drink. Every sip made me look forward to the next.

Recommendable and will hopefully buy more.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 21:47:46 | More by mbrown26
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Vixie

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red color with about a half inch of tan head.

Smell is malt, coffee, toffee. It almost reminds me of the smell of spiced cider.

Taste starts nice and sweet, a bit like apple, a bit like apricot. There is some spice there, can't quite put my finger on exactly what, does leave a bit of a peppery taste in the finish. I can detect just a hint of hops at the back end as well.

Not bad, a bit watery, but the carbonation and spices helped make it a bit more solid.

I found this one easy to drink and to like. Just a nice pleasant beer, nothing outstanding, but very much worth trying if you want a nice easy to drink beer. I'd happily have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:52:57 | More by Vixie
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MirImage

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beer pours a dark reddish with a white head, okay lacing.

Smell: Smells a little biscuity with some nutmeg and orange peel notes.

Taste: A slight orange at the beginning. A little bit of the orange bitterness proceeds with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: has a bit of a carbonation bite. Medium body.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:28:36 | More by MirImage
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle with a date of April clipped off the label. The pour is a nice looking amber-red with about a finger of cream colored sliky head. I like the label on this year's edition better than the snow white one from 2009. The aroma is well-spiced with nutmeg and malts. The taste also has an enjoyable nutmeg, toasted maltiness to it. A very likeable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:04:57 | More by puboflyons
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wmtxbb

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber, very clear. Head dissipates into nothingness. Not very impressive.

Smell: Almost non-existant, maybe a little malt smell... that is about it.

Taste: Amber malts with some spice. Sort of an interesting zing flavor from the yeast. Maybe a little ginger. I'm having trouble finding the "cinnamon, orange zest and ginger for a rich, satisfying brew...". I like the aftertaste, but this beer isn't a quality brew. There needs to be more of a malt presence.

Drinkability: Overall, this brew is drinkable, but not above average. I haven't been impressed by Sam Adams yet. They make better beer than some of the other big brewers, but most of their beers lack malt character and aroma. A sure sign they are cutting corners to make a subpar product for the masses.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:18:30 | More by wmtxbb
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bohemiandonut

California

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All of these beers are pouring marvelously. Fluctuating inches of creamy head atop a darkly cherry body. The scent is everywhere, tart spicy drafts that just beckon a cool November breeze. Very tart. Amazing.

Taste almost supports the smell but not to the degree I'd hoped. Still, a good length away from Boston Lager and a much more drinkable affair in my book. If this veered away from the spicy sweetness it offers in the mouth toward the cherry vagueness of the smell I could see this being an absolutely impeccable ale. If Sam Adams ever does a Wild we are in for one helluva treat.

A nice dessert for Santa.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 07:36:07 | More by bohemiandonut
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle my buddy brought over.

A- Nice copper amber with a sudsy foam.

S- Either its weak or my sense of smell is. Slight orange peel. I smell the hopps a little bit.

T- This is supposed to be brewed with cinnamon, orange zest and ginger. I really don't taste any of those. Not complex. I sense hints of the orange zest and maybe a bit of ginger, but it isn't much different than the regular lager. They water down the taste. I sense no cinamon at all. It seems like I almost taste wheat?

M- this is ok. Its smooth. Watery.

D- Easy to drink, but nothing impressive. Watered down for the masses. I won't buy again, and I love Sam Adams. Its redeeming factor is that it has that signature Sam Adams taste, and thats a winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:59:39 | More by JayS2629
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells like a really nice sweet malt with some cinnamon and some orange on the back. The taste is a very nice malty full bodied beer. Its like a wheat beer but with a bunch of rich malts thrown in to mix with the wheat. The malt tastes like a hint of chocolate with bready and toffee/carmael like malt. Like I said this blends very well with that cereal malt wheat taste that Samuel Adams uses in some of their beers. The cinnamon blends in so well as well. The hops are very mild but mix in with the orange corriander like finish. There is also some very slight ginger in there as well to mix in with the cinnamon and malts used which reminds you of Christmas in a way. I guess that's why they call it Winter Lager and now give it it's new more festive label. This is a very good beer and my favorite seasonal from Samuel Adams besides the Noble Pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:36:21 | More by thebrood1987
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BeerPhan86

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear toffee brown with a two finger tan head. Great retention and lacing on the head.

S - Slight malt and wheat but not much else.

T - Surprisingly sweet at first with tons of wheat flavor, and hints of brown sugar and spices. Finishes dry and hoppy and overly boozy.

M - Light bodied and slightly overcarbonated.

D - Definitely drinkable on a cold winter night, as I can attest to.

Overall, this is a decent dark wheat lager, but nothing overly special. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 01:26:48 | More by BeerPhan86
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Andrew644

Idaho

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Nice amber color but the head starts average and then disappears quickly

S- Nice malt smell but the spices overwhelm the hops.

T- The maltiness is perfect but having three spices in the beer really overpowers the hops, I get almost no hop flavor and the ginger overpowers not only the hops but also the other two spices.

M- There is little carbonation for a lager which leaves the mouth looking for more.

D- The drinkability is average, it is a nice beer for the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 00:15:46 | More by Andrew644
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thebeerdoctor

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, this copper colored holiday annual has a subtler nose this year, with less emphasis on immediate aromatics, although there is plenty of malty depth. The palate has lost a bit of its chocolate profile, but there is a cherry note here. The Saigon cinnamon that once almost sent this lager into the land of wassail, has been properly applied again this year. Other so-called craft breweries could learn from this careful recipe. It is festively tasty and bright, and very well matched for the winter season.
Being analytical towards this brew is all fine and dandy, but in the long run, it is probably best to just sit back and enjoy. Your beer taste buds are smarter than you think.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 07:17:46 | More by thebeerdoctor
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RichieS2

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Medium ruby with light carbonation and a quickly dissipating head.

S - Pleasantly malty promising sweetness.

T - Pleasingly sweet to the tongue while still retaining the trade mark twang of wheat beer followed by satisfying hops finish.

M - Pleasingly thick.

D - High, SA's best seasonal beer IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 18:36:03 | More by RichieS2
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dwilson01

California

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a dark caramel red color to the body is topped with reddish brown off white head which dissipates moderately leaving a nice film on the top.

The scent is very malt forward, a thick maple syrup type smell emanates from the brew. It's very smooth and mellow with a slight spiciness to it reminding me of the winter holidays.

The flavor profile is pretty impressive on this one, I get a honey wheat bread type flavor in the beginning fading into the sweeter maple and brown sugar body of the brew which is the bulk of it. The end finishes with a slightly nutty aftertaste, like candied walnuts in my mind.

The mouthfeel is great, full bodied malty and smooth as crystal clear water. This is the first of the winter pack this year and so far I am impressed, this is a very good American take on a classic German style.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 06:37:06 | More by dwilson01
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fourplayed

California

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Holidau 12pk. 12 oz bottle into 12oz SA glass. 2 finger head, lite brown head breaks up fast with very little lacing, Clear Red Amber, small and medium bubbles rising.

Smells are very mild Bready Wheat and some mild spices.

Tastes are again, mild, Citrus and spice, lite sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel is Lite to med body, medium carbonation zip, some dryness, very little alcohol warmth.

A fair brew that's subtly flavored, goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 17:17:59 | More by fourplayed
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HotHands

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Lager brewed with cinnamon, orange zest, and ginger."

A - pours a translucent amber into my glass stein with a fluffy white head. The beer leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - bready, slightly sweet malt, spicy hops, and orange zest. Smells like Boston Lager with orange zest.

T - a malt-forward beer, with somewhat sweet, biscuity malt up front. Herbal flavors are present, and some orange zest as well. Some ginger in the finish with a bit of spicy hops. Cinnamon is a bit hard to detect.

M - slightly thin body, nothing major, with average carbonation. A bit of a slick coating effect.

D - definitely drinkable. A nice easy beer for lazy winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:50:48 | More by HotHands
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JerseyPaul

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper color with orange highlights around the edges; good carbonation; thin tan head dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel malt; light spiciness; light hop scent

Taste: Sweet malt with some caramel & spices; no hop bitterness; slight alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: Medium body; smooth; carbonation good

Drinkability: Easy drinking; goes down smooth; 6pk consumable in one sitting

Overall, Winter Lager is one of my favorite seasonals from Sam Adams. Although the smell is average at best, the beer has a warming taste to it that makes it a good pick for the colder months. It's not overpowering, which allows you to have as many as you want ... or can handle.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 18:43:38 | More by JerseyPaul
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wvu9787

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from the Sam Adams 2010 Winter Clasics mix pack. Poured into my 22oz. basic beer mug. Clocks in at 5.8% ABV.

Apperence- Dark Red/ Light Brown color, Head has a tan bubble like tone, bubbles rise from the bottom and look very carby.

Smell- Spicy, little bit carmel, malt

Taste- Malts, Little carmel, spices such as cinnamon and ginger. Its somewhat yeasty and there is a good bit of hoppy citrus that i didnt smell comming, bottle says orange zest but i taste more lemon then orange. Its a nice mix of malt then hops at the end taste.

Mouthfeel- Good, its a refreshing drink to me, not too watery and not too heavy.

Drinkabilty- Very good drinkabilty, i enjoy this beer and could down a sixer of it with pleasure.

Overall I would say this is one of the better Sam Adams beers i have had yet, its the 2nd of the Winter Classic I have tried and the 2nd best by the company overall i have had, only behind the Pumpkin Harvest Ale(by the way they really need 6-packs or 12-packs of it next year) Very surprised with this one, I will for sure be drinking this a few more times this winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 08:36:22 | More by wvu9787
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lovindahops

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oh yeah! Sam winter and the leaves are just starting to fall.... strange how sam works

A- pours a light amber look with a good head of foam. Clearly darker than the usual brew

S- the classic sam spiciness is present as well as a mild hop presence.

T- the warming bock taste with some caramel flavor. A tad bit of brown sugar is at the end which is a treat

M- surprisingly light bodied and carbonated

D- not bad. Goes down pretty easy. Hopefully not the best brew of the package

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 23:25:05 | More by lovindahops
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by March, 2011

A - Pours a light amber-brown with about an inch of off-white head; retention settles quickly to a thin skim, nice lacing

S - Malty smelling with a bit of caramelized malt, a hint of cinnamon as well.

T&M - Medium bodied and smooth feeling. Malty, with a hint of hop bitterness not present for me in the nose. More spice in the taste then I got in the nose too; more cinnamon for sure, and maybe some nutmeg or ginger? I get a bit of yeasty breadiness in the finish.

D - Smooth and malty; a great winter warmer with a very reasonable ABV, with a good flavor punch.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 03:08:36 | More by ZeroSignal
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earthboundagain

Colorado

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

From Notes:

copper with orange highlights topped by a tan head that lasts a while.

The nose is earthy hops and spice mixed with a malty background.

The flavor is all malt and the hops are no where o be found. There is some nice Christmas time spices and a slight sweetness to the brew.

The mouthfeel is about right for a winter lager.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 15:50:09 | More by earthboundagain
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karait95

Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very nice pale amber - reddish light brown color, not cloudy but nos clear against light, a small 1 finger head with faded beige color

S: Some caramel aroma a fain but delicious cinnamon smell that makes the combination really pleasant.

T: Very balanced flavor with a sweet start with the cinnamon and caramel flavors also involved and lasting in the mouth all the way.

M: Good refreshing feeling not matter the sweetness, a very little bitter ending that last just good enough.

Really an excellent season lager

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:57:21 | More by karait95
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treque

Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark reddish hue, has a light creamy foam has little retentio and waste are few. Constant small bubble carbonation.

Slightly sweet aroma with a touch of cinnamon, cloves and caramel

Malty flavor, with a final carmelo that becomes a little bitter, and slightly sticky

light body

Nice Bock, no the best but could be a first one of this style

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 23:19:01 | More by treque
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crusty123

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a creamy tan cap.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and spicy clove and cinnamon.

Munich malty flavors with holiday spice and noble hop bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and easy drinking. I wouldn't turn this beer down but wouldn't seek it out either.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 22:31:36 | More by crusty123
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Thiestru

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass. I should mention that this is my last bottle of this, and this is the last month it's supposed to be good.

Appearance: Dark copper color, about half a finger of tan head. Not much retention or lacing.

Smell: Spicy and malty. No hops to speak of.

Taste: Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin flavors. Nice and spicy. There's a mild bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, even for a beer as old as this particular one. Feels crisp.

Drinkability: I don't normally crave beers like this, and I don't think I'll buy this much when winter comes back around, but I do enjoy it. Having one every once in a while would suit me fine.

Another good offering from the Boston Brewing Company. Not my favorite, but hey, I can't enjoy every style equally, can I? Still, I think they nailed what they were going for.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 22:06:26 | More by Thiestru
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sluggermatt15

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A-Orangish in appearance with white lacing. About a 1-2 finger head.

S- Smells a little spicy, nothing too catchy or outrageous.

T- Definitely spices, some cinnamon and pumpkin spices. A nice change up from Samuel Adams, very good on a cold winter night.

M- Not bad, not too strong, above average in my opinion.

D- I had one, but I feel this is a drinkable beer. Maybe 2 or 3 in a night. Not as drinkable as light beer, but I could definitely pound a few down in one night.

Overall I liked this beer. It's definitely meant for the winter season and is an appropriate seasonal by Sam Adams. If you are like me and want to try all of the Sam Adams varieties, give this one a shot, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 23:47:48 | More by sluggermatt15
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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