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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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4,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,561
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 37
Gots: 228 | 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 earthboundagain


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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

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


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

05-02-2010 23:47:48 | More by sluggermatt15
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: Sam Adams Winter Lager presents itself in a variety of colors and appearances. Great lacing and foam present. Not much carbonation. In the light this beer is a glowing amber-orange and changes into a dark amber-brown. Lots of complexity.

Smell: Spiced with ginger and cinnamon. Fairly strong and warming.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong lager taste. Some hops and a fair amount of malt. Tastes citrusy and spiced, almost like a traditional wheat beer. Tasty and filling, but not awfully thick. While it doesn't look carbonated, you can feel the bubbles. Makes it a bit less smooth.

Drinkability: The taste averagely smooth. No more drinkable than any other good beer.

Overall: I like this stuff. It goes well with roast beef or even a burger. Very warming feeling.

04-14-2010 19:24:22 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of crhensel

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

(Bottle into pint glass - sampled 4/5/10) Picture perfect pour with a dark brown color and creamy off white head. Took a while for the head to fall and a nice lacing was left behind as it did. the nose was strong with a molasses malt complimented by the strong flowery hops one would expect from Sam Adams. Notes of clove and some fruit also sneak in there. The flavor pulls all these aromas together, with the initial sweetness being cut by the bitter crisp hop finish at the end. A nice warming brew, which would benefit a little more with a little less hop, but I know that would never happen with this brewer!

04-10-2010 19:49:47 | More by crhensel
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Sam Adams Winter Lager into medium chalice

Pours a perfectly clear deep orange/ruby with a solid two finger creamy head of light sand color. Decent retention and nice lacing throughout.

Nose is caramel, spicy wheat, ginger is definitely there, very faint cinnamon, a touch of citrus.

Palette follows nose very closely. Light caramels, spicy wheat/cracker, ginger tea, ground cinnamon, lemon/citrus peel on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a brisk carbonation. I really wish it were a bit less carbonated as the bubbles seem to get in the way a bit.

Pretty easy to drink, but much better when served closer to room temp. Also matched well with lots of different foods, particularly a big bowl of beef stew and biscuits. Probably my favorite seasonal from them, and one that my wife enjoys quite a bit as well.

04-06-2010 16:13:49 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

I was first introduced to winter lagers last year, and I've yet to be disappointed. Sam Adams isn't my favorite, but it's still a good beer. The color has a nice dark amber tint, and flavor to match. I'll be trying out other winter lagers for my kegerator in the future, but I'll be keeping this one on a short list.

03-31-2010 22:18:16 | More by kneeland
Photo of tykees88


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

12 oz. bottle pours into a red orange color with 1 finger head. Little lacing as she goes down.

Malts are the upfront smell, and a bevy of spices hit the nose, most notably to me cinnamon.

The taste is relatively the same as smell. Mostly just the malts and so many spices going on my palate just wasn't able to distinguish many other than of course the cinnamon.

A little thicker/heavier of a beer. But when it's cold it has that sam adams carbonated feel to it.

I liked this one overall and will probably try it again next winter, not something I'll crave in the summer to reminisce about the winter beers.

03-23-2010 17:39:24 | More by tykees88
Photo of bishopdc0


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer is a beautiful red mahogany color, it has a good head retention with lacing. The aroma is full of malt and typical Christmas beer spices. The taste of of a light bodied malty sweetness and finishes with a spicy dryness. As a lager is suites well making this a easy to drink but full flavored beer.

03-18-2010 17:52:52 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of jimj21


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of Winter Classics twelve pack. Best by date notched on the side April 2010. Poured into a glass. Pours a reddish orange color. Very clear. Topped by about two fingers of cream colored head. Retention is so-so but eventually drops to a small cap. A few streams of bubbles rise in the glass. Minor lacing.

Aromas are faint and mostly nondescript. Malty and spicy, a good amount of cinnamon. Some hops in the background. Not too much going on.

Taste is pretty close to the nose. More flavors stick out. Malty sweetness with holiday spices. Cinnamon and some nutmeg stand out. Wheat bread. Slight hop bitterness on the finish.

Heavier side of medium bodied. Pretty smooth and creamy. Carbonation is on the lower side but it definitely works for this beer. Slightly dry on the finish.

This is a good seasonal beer. Quite good all around. Easy to drink. Right now, it's a nice way to say goodbye to the winter.

03-09-2010 17:18:11 | More by jimj21
Photo of brewcast6


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Aroma: rich malt aroma, with undertones of spiceness

Appearance: Copper colored with a slight tan head that has very little retention

Flavor: Well balanced flavor of sweet malt, molasses, and spices, undertones of plum

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a malty chewiness, low carbonation, slight alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: Great beer!! I had this beer in the cellar since the winter of 2008 and it has a best if used by date of may and I was very impressed with how good the beer is even after having it in the cellar for close to a year and a half!!

03-03-2010 05:40:08 | More by brewcast6
Photo of smithza9


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

This is one of the best beers I have had. It looks dark in the glass and smells wonderful. The spices brewed into it really add a lot to the flavor and smell. This is like Guinness in the way that you can't drink a lot at one time. Enjoy the winter months with a Winter Lager.

02-26-2010 16:37:46 | More by smithza9
Photo of TAPJMartin


4.38/5  rDev +22%

I am currently living on Okinawa on a military base and this is one of the very few good brews I can get here.

The pour is dark with a cream colored head that fades fast leaving minimal residue. The taste is mostly malt with a minimal about of hops. This is a very drinkable beer..

02-20-2010 10:34:02 | More by TAPJMartin
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle into a pint glass yields a darker amber colored brew with a hint of orange. One finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a light ring of lacing.

Smell is good, malty with some winter spices, cinnamon and nutmeg maybe?

Taste is also good, maybe not my favorite SA brew, but good nonetheless. Nothing overpowers here, I get the spices, but also a little bit of sweetness and a hop finish to balance.

I like the way this beer feels in my mouth. Nicely carbonated, not too thick, finishes crisply with a bit of sweet aftertaste.

A very drinkable brew. Maybe not as wintery as say Great Lakes Christmas Ale, but still a solid offering from SA.

02-19-2010 00:03:59 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of FreshHawk


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Dark copper brown with a medium off-white head.

S - Spicy with a slight malt smell as well.

T - Toasted caramel malt with a lot of herbal and spicy flavors to it. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, some orange peel amongst other wintery spices. Slight hop bitterness that probably also contributes a bit to the slight citrus flavor.

M - Medium bodied (maybe a touch on the light side), and mid carbonation.

D - Fine, but probably depends on your mood. The spices aren't overpowering but after a couple I think it would probably get to be a bit much.

Notes: Good winter ale that is warming. The spices combined the way they are, really do remind me of winter.

02-16-2010 10:21:00 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of showell


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

This was actually about what I was expecting. After trying several Sam Adams beers, I have grown to really enjoy their offerings. Their Boston lager just blew me away, but the Winter lager isn't quite as exceptional. Still good, but not as complex, and quite a bit weaker. Still a good beer though. It pours a little browner than the Boston lager, with a white head. Smell is malt, with a hint of spice. Taste is the same, but I think it's still a bit weak for a winter ale. Mouthfeel is fine, and I'd have more if I had them. If you like a decent lager, it's fine. I think I'd get the Boston lager first though.

02-16-2010 03:48:55 | More by showell
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear looking, but darker, chestnut brown, not really amber colors at all, a little orangeish around the edges, fluffy light head, off white and 1 finger tall

S: Has that characteristic Sam Adams smell, crisp lager aroma, slightly sweet and grainy malt, a hint of spice

T: Much more powerful than smell, very spicy and flavorful, starts like a mid-dark lager with just toasted malt, then comes in a burst of spice, maybe some coriander and bitter peel, then some sweetness to balance, mild hop flavor peeks out at the end, kind of earthy

M: Feels full, but just over medium

D: Good, pretty easy to drink, but spices could be a bit much after a while

Notes: A good Sam Adams beer. I would recommend trying this if you are already a fan of SA. It definitely has their characteristics. I wouldn't say it is a stand out bock beer, but it is a good seasonal offering to mix up your every day beers with.

02-15-2010 04:36:03 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of SickGnar


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Warm, yet dark copper. A sort of orangey-red, and crystal clear. Short head with minimal, spotty lacing.

S: Malts dominate - sweet and vaguely german - just leaning toward the robust and roasty. Holiday spices waft throughthe malt sweetness. There seems to be multiple spices, but nothing stands out - effect is on the reserved side. Some burnt sugar and a hint of alcohol. Not really much of any hops detected. Sweetness get a bit grainy as the brew warms.

T: Palate follows the nose, but is a tad more rounded out. Quite malt forward - toasty and caramel - with a sweetness that lingers. This is just slightly less than balanced more by spices than be hops. Cinnamon and nutmeg for sure, maybe some ginger and even orange peel. Hints of noble hops and possibly faint dark fruits. The spices hang around the aftertaste for a bit.

M: Creamy, medium body with average carbonation. Finish is both malty sweet and drying from the spices. Just a touch warming.

D: Pretty nice. The spices to a great job of balancing the malty sweetness without being cloying or intrusive. The alternating finish is quite attractive. I would like this beer to be just a bit bigger, a bit more bock - (even) maltier and more heft.

02-11-2010 05:42:54 | More by SickGnar
Photo of Stigs


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass

A - poured a brief flash of off white tight foam which very quickly fell to just a ring around the outside. the beer is crystal clear, strong amber color.

S - big whiff of cinnamon, ginger, and lightly roasted malt...cinnamon a bit dominating

T - malt dominates before our old friend cinnamon joins in, bringing along some buddies in the form of wheat, brown sugar, malted candy. very mild grassy hops finish. somewhat pleasing yet one dimensional.

M - spot on carbonating, bright and lively...thinnish body, refreshing.

D - seriously, enough cinnamon. dont recall it being this bold in the past. highly accessible "winterized" bock...might pair well with some carb-heavy German food.

02-11-2010 02:59:26 | More by Stigs
Photo of NicholasSchell


4/5  rDev +11.4%

A- Fairly clear dark amber color, minimal head, appears to be lightly carbonated.

S- Sweet malty scent, noticeable floral/spicy hop aroma but balanced well with sweet maltiness, cinnamon, lightest hint of sweet dried fruits.

T- Flavor of malt and hops are very well balanced though not as much complexity here as in the nose still quite good, clean finish.

M- Medium body, prickly carbonation.

D- Good beer, average ABV, I'd drink a few more.

02-11-2010 00:59:37 | More by NicholasSchell
Photo of HeroicDoses

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Perfect for a winter day. Has a nice blend of spices, with some great cinnamon and brown sugar hints. Actually has solid drinkability as opposed to the Sam Adams Summer, which to me becomes a little overbearing after a few. I personally prefer a little less spiceyness in my lagers (ala Brooklyn), but when it's in the right setting, there are few winter lagers I'd prefer to pour. Thumbs Up.

02-10-2010 21:41:33 | More by HeroicDoses
Photo of Arenbeer


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

From Notes- 12oz bottle into a glass

A- Poured a dark amber brown with a thin whitish tan head that quickly dissapeared leaving a small amount of lacing but not much.

S- Malts, and spices. Amost cinnamon or brown sugar.

T- Good solid malt with not to much spice. I can pick out cinnamon, brown sugar, real wintery spices with a hoppy backround and finish.

M- Medium body and pretty decently carbonated but not to bad.

Overall it's a solid bock, easy to drink and has a decent flavor to it. I wouldn't mind drinking one on a snowy day next to a fireplace.


02-10-2010 20:26:16 | More by Arenbeer
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