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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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5,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 1,928
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 68
Gots: 754 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice lager. I would love to see them take it to a double and make it a little more deep. Pours very nice with a god head... true Sam Adams taste and spice, they have taken a lot of time making this bock very spicy and tasty. Makes cold winter nights more fun and tasty.

Love it!

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

Clear amber brown appearance with a small amount of brown head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of orange, malt, various spices and a hint of caramel sweetness.
Taste consists of malt, spices and grain with a hint of orange, bread and some hops. Good blend of flavored and the spices add a kick to it. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a creamy malty taste.

Overall, not a bad Bock; It has character and refreshing. Nothing to crazy in terms of tastes, but still a decent Christmas beer. Worth a try.

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

Thanks to the bartender at Sam's for the rec

Pours a brownish orange color, a darkened brown hue dressing the inside of the glass. Nice formation of the head, but had weak retention, and very poor lacing.

I detected faint hops and a fresh ginger spices. Took another waft and caught more spices with my nose: cinnamon and a sweetness resembling oranges.

Slick mouthfeel with a medium body and level of carbonation. Quite malty/sweet with some nice hoppiness. Good mix of spices, some of the spicy notes in the background.

Overall enjoyable beer, not quite to the standards of winter warmers, but I think this represents a bock fairly well. Not a bad choice for a draught beer at a sports bar and it complemented my fish n chips very well.

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

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: clear amber with a half finger head that lingers down to bubbles. Great lacing

Smell: Ginger pops through with oranges, cinnamon and malty goodness.

Taste: Ginger gives this one a nice kick. Malts coat the tongue. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg bring on the holidays. Malty finish. Let it warm; even more flavors come forth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with medium carbonation. Let this sit on the tongue for a few seconds before swallowing for the perfect taste effect.

Overall: Like the ski chick said in the commercial: "It's good!" This is what a Christmas beer should taste like.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Rich copper amber, thin beige head, decent lacing.

Aroma faint whiff of ginger and some spices, maybe nutmeg and or clove.

mouthfeel: soft but full

taste: malty with a touch of spices. Just the right touch of bitterness for balance.

Notes: looks just like an English Pale Ale. Spices are discernible but subtle. This is very nice beer.

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This beer pours a deep amber color. A small white head appears upon pouring and quickly disappears.

I don't have the most discriminate taste or smell, but the smell has an obvious aroma of spices. This blend of spices reminds me of winter. The spices do have a somewhat sour and nutty smell to them.

The taste of this beer reminds me even more of winter. To me, the taste is similar to that of an octoberfest, but the spices are much more noticeable. Once again, I can't put my finger on the exact spices in this, since I don't go around tasting random spices all day. But, I know the spices they use in this beer go very well in it, and that it gives it that winter flavor that makes this the perfect winter beer.

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