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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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5,340 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,340
Reviews: 1,928
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 68
Gots: 751 | 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 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 2011 winter 12 pack. Pours a dark, copper brown color with a small tan head, that shrinks to a thin layer on top. Good lacing.

Smell- ginger and cinnamon, with traces of citrus, almost lemon-lime like. Can't smell much of a presence of malt.

Taste- ginger and citrus at the front end, very spicy. You can taste the presence of cinnamon with a backbone of malts. Hops are noticeable on the back end.

Overall a pretty good bock. Suitable for the winter with it's spicy notes.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a solid brown color with a finger of white lead. Pretty good retention here and some soapy lace.

Cracker aromas with some grassy hops in the background. Seems to have a little bit of a cinnamon aroma in the background. Dark German bread on the pallet with a big malt backbone. Seems to have a bit of rich spices in the background like nutmeg or cinnamon. A little bit of grassy hops round this out.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty solid. Lots of good flavors going on here.

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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Cherry/brown in color with an ecru, 1-finger head. Crystal-clear without any lacing.

S: Bready, with a tinny sedimentary hint. Malted barley and yeast with a touch of spiciness, though not as much as one would expect from a "Malt beverage brewed with spices."

T: Malt-forward with a nice, mild spice in the mouth and a smooth, crisp finish. Flavors of oat bread, cinnamon and ginger dominate, with brandy notes and some tinny malts. The finish has a nice flavor, but the aftertaste leaves a somewhat hollow flavor in your mouth.

M: "Macro"-feeling, in that it has a generic feel I mostly associate with mass-produced beers. It's smooth and crisp, and the spiciness adds a dance to the feel, but the overall texture is fairly bland and a touch watery in places.

O: A better choice than most things offered at your average bar, but for winter ales, better ones can certainly be found in your local craft beer store for not much more of a dent in your Christmas budget. Also, not a great session beer.

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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. poured into pint glass. Expecting a good seasonal from Sammy.

A: Coppery golden to darker brown color, almost tan colored half finger head that disapates to almost nothing very quickly. Ok lacing. very clear when held to the light.

S: Not really picking up on much as far as smell is concerned. Some spices, some hops thats really about it. When I think of winter seasonals I think of a large spicy holiday aroma.

T: Spicy, malty, and sweet. Just how it ought to be. Taste as if there is some allspice, and caramel or somthing like caramel there. I like the bitter hoppy aftertaste. Pleased with the taste and flavors.

M: Very clean and crisp. Just the right amount of carbonation. Great mouthfeel

O: Overall I think this is a great beer. S.A. never lets me down especially when it comes to seasonal brews. Its not the best winter seasonal out there but a good one nonetheless.

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

16 oz tap into a pint glass.

A: Little lace, virtually no head (I blame this on an overzealous bartender). Gorgeous auburn brown color with red and orange hues.

S: Caramel, slight milk chocolate, and nice barley aroma.

T: Caramel maltiness. Soft pretzel and slight dark spice. A little cloying at the finish but slight hop bitter takes that mostly away. Good.

M: Nice level of carbonation. Slight oiliness.

D: Good. Not necessarily a go-to or one worth searching high and low for but a nice choice when offered.

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2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into pint glass

A-pours a red/brown color with some 1.5 fingers of head and laces a little

S-spices all the way. cant smell much anything else

T/M-tastes like a winter beer should. not much else to say. pretty average

O-pretty ok beer from SA

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

Out with the wife and kids to see Santa at the local mall. Enjoyed this on tap at Red Robin. Arrived at my booth in a 22 oz glass stein.

A) Nice looking dark amber, with a good amount of carbonation noted. There was a full finger of head, which settled to a dusting. Nice retention and lacing.

S) Roasted malt and caramel sweetness. There is a touch of hops and some spice aroma as well.

T) This has a nice earthy flavor. A good malt/hops balance. The spice that you expect from a winter offering is present, but does not dominate the other flavors.

M) Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. This was served well chilled. I found it smooth, but also crisp and refreshing. I enjoyed the finish and aftertaste.

O) I paired this beer with a double bacon cheeseburger, bottomless fries, and an overpriced mall Santa photo package. I must say, it was a nice evening, and this is a very fine winter lager.

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