1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,612 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,612
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 40
Gots: 254 | 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).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Winter Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,612 | Reviews: 1,850 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager poured dark copper with no head and no lace.

The smell and taste were exceedingly sweet with a slightly metallic after-taste. There was virtually no feel to this beer; however it was refreshing.

Due to the sweetness, Samuel Adams Winter Lager went very well with Christmas cookies; however, when it was gone, there was no evidence left behind on glass or palate, and not much to remember.

MetalHopHead6, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

This beer pours a clear brownish amber body with a thin white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. The aromas are bready and some hints of dark fruit. The flavor is sweet crystal malt up front up front with enough spice and character to balance. The spices of cinnamon and ginger are a nice added touch as well. The body is a bit thin, but warmth does it some good. Not a typical bock, but a good beer nonetheless.

rtratzlaff, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of mullenite
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a translucent red-brown color with a two-finger cream colored head and nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is bready (fresh baked white bread), earthy (think portabello mushrooms) and slightly spicy (fresh herbs, like you would have in a meat sauce).

Taste is very similar to the smell with a strong bready and earthy flavor with a little bit of savory spices in the background. A very nice winter warmer style beer for this cool night.

Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation for a Bock though I think I would love it if there was a little bit less.

Very easy to drink but probably not for everyone.

mullenite, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

when i poured into my glass it had about a 1/2 inch head that disappeared into a nice thin white lace. It smells la little strong of hops but not to overpowering. has a nice balance of hops and malts, l little bitter but nice(that's my thought). a very nice mouth feel. i think it is very drinkable and would recommend it to anybody who likes a hearty lager. I also think this beer fits this time of year, its cold and it will warm you up.

chefhatt, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Had on tap at the LineBacker. Review from phone notes.

A- Pours clear amber copper color. One finger light tannish color. This stuck around for a short second before leaving nice light lacing all over the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet bready malts. Muted smell overall though which I was not a fan of to be honest. Light sweet alcohol smell in the tail end as well.

T- Very bready and sweet caramel malts right upfront. Light almost bitter hop in the tail end of this beer. Light hints of darker fruit (raisin or prune) throughout the whole beer. Not bad tasting until it warms up.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Clean tasting the whole way through. Sweet malts left on the tongue and aftertaste after each sip. Kind of watery in the mouth a little.

D- This was a pretty drinkable beer which I enjoyed for the most part. This was until the beer got a little warmer. The alcohol jumped out a little more making the beer harder to swallow. Overall though I would drink this again but as something more than just a sipper.

alleykatking, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Nice bright amber. Small head that disappears quickly and little to no lacing.

S: A little malty, with a hint of spice.

T: Slight malt flavor. A bitter hoppy kick at the end. Some cinnamon in there too.

M: Pretty good, kind of creamy, but quite thin.

D: Has a nice taste, low abv, can drink plenty of these.

mostpoetsdo, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: Has a bit of a copperish/brown color. It's semi-transparent, but not cloudy; and had a small head.

Smell: While this has a light aroma of sweet malt, it's somewhat bland on the whole. A little disappointing.

Taste: Has a solid malt backbone that is very smooth and balanced with a bit of a bitter kick at the end. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Has a mild body that isn't quite thick or creamy, but more than thin and watery.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoy this seasonal offering from Sam Adams. It's been on my radar for a while now, and it will continue to be on my radar.

civilizedpsycho, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of JTahoe
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a dark amber brown with a half finger off white head. Aroma is slight with caramel maltiness and faint hops. Flavor follows suit with malty sweetness, bread, and just the slightest detection of brewing spices. Light to medium bodied. Not a lot of depth or interest, but decent for sure.

JTahoe, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of beer256
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%

I really like this beer, I buy cases whenever I can.Also like the slight cinnamon flavor that the beer has,must say its really nice. I find the beer to be smooth with nice lacing and a great smell.its a really nice all around beer for the cold season.

beer256, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%

A: Pours a nice reddish brown with good clarity and a thin and sticky white head

S: orange peel and cinnamon are prevalent in the front followed by some caramel malts. The fruit and spices overwhelm the aroma

T: very spice forward with the cinnamon and ginger characteristics and again a lot of citrus. Reminds me more of a dunkelweizen than a spiced bock, I much prefer the Old Fezziwiq to this. There doesn't seem to be much of a malt backbone that I would expect in a bock.

MF: medium to high carbonation with a medium body

D: pretty easy drinking winter style beer. A little too heavy on the orange flavors for my liking. Definitely not your typical bock.

homebrew311, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured into Boston lager perfect pint

A: pours light brown, with two finger off white two finger head. Laces with each sip
S: smells like a bock, with light spice and sweet malt and hop aroma hidden in the background.
T: bready malt, spicy, roasted malt, good hop slight bitterness on the aftertaste.
M: medium carbonation, sort of thick in its own way.
D: simple to pick up and drink a few.

rootbeerman, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of WJVII
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into a stein this brew has a nice reddish-brown color with a slight off white head that is about 2 fingers and settles into a nice cap. The aroma is of slightly toasted malts, hints of some seasonal spices of clove and prunes. There is also a mild doughy smell. The taste is of faint spices and chocolate and caramel malts. More on the stout side of a winter ale (with much less spice to my liking). This is an all around solid brew. Not much I don't like. It is not over the top great, but wonderful to bring to a holiday party to pass and not offend anyone.

WJVII, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of bbkd3b
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Bought a six pack of this and brought it home. Poured them into a stein.

A: Good looking brew. Its a deep-red beer with an off-white, finger-width head that retained for a good while. Leaves good lacing on the glass and has great carbonation.

S: Pleasant malty scent. Nothing really stands out, but the combination of caramel and nutmeg mad me want to taste it. Not bad at all.

T: Tastes real good. There's cinnamon up front, and nutmeg. The more it warmed, the more dominant the cinnamon became. I wish I was back in Missouri for the cold weather, in a way. Almost no hop character.

M: Thin bodied with decent carbonation. No real aftertaste to speak of, and it goes down the throat smooth and warms the gut.

D: Good for sure. I'm going for another after this one, and then another. Keeps me warm!

Overall/notes: Good beer from Boston Brewing Co. and being my first bock, makes me want to find some more! The sweetness is a major plus. Cheers!

bbkd3b, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of BrewDoc12
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%

The Boston boys have hooked it up yet again.
A - pours a dark caramel color with a dense 2 finger tan head. Fades slowly leaving behind some nice sticky lacing(still on my glass the next morning).
S - Nice and malty with some cinnamon and spiced dark fruits. Subtle hops sneak through as well.
T - Rich malt and caramel up front followed by slight hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Very little hop presence. Very delicious.
M - Rich and almost velvety. Wouldn't mind it being a lil more full bodied for the winter, but still exceptional.
D - I could get f*#@ed up on this bad daddy. These go down me just way too easily. Epitomy of a session beer.

BrewDoc12, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a dark amber with a finger of off white head. Not much in the aroma department, a little caramel sweetness and some noble hops. Light to medium bodied. Wheaty with some malt sweetness, a little bit of spice in the finish. Not a whole lot going on here, but it's fairly drinkable.

homebrewhawk, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%

Another above average Sam Adams effort. Pours like a brownyish beer. No smell noticeable. Taste appears to be driven by some good fruity yeast strain, no noticeable hop presence, like most Sam Adams (apologies to Imperial Pilsner).

Anyhoo, finishes decent, a little unusual flavors in there. . . similar at times to Anchor's Christmas, you start to think there is like nutmeg or celery in there along with a dash of cinnamon and other holiday type "adjuncts" that are lively. Wheat body gives it a lighter liveliness than a lot of winter seasonals.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of bob5958
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

A good winter beer. It goes with many seasonal foods, and is a pleasant, drinkable lager. Not too heavy or deep, but still a beer with it's own distinctive character.
I enjoy this beer while it's available, I'm not sure I'd drink it year-round or during the warmer weather. However, it's a treat when it begins appearing in late October.
Pours with a good, thick head and has a pleasant and slightly sweet aftertaste.

bob5958, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of MIbeerfan
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Sam Adam's Lager glass.

A: Dark brown with copper hue. Light brown head dissipates momentarily.

S: Light boubon smell with spice.

T: Citrus, spice, buttery, then malt followed by hops

M: Light carbonation gives way to smooth richness that finishes suprisingly light.

D: Good beer for a cold day.

MIbeerfan, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

On tap at Old Pro Palo Alto.

Clear amber-brown color with a one-finger frothy off-white head.

Aroma is caramel and winter spices, maybe some ginger.

Flavor is caramel malt, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. Definitely enjoyable if not too exciting.

Medium body with average carbonation and some spiciness on the palate.

Drinkability is above average. This is a reasonable winter beer overall.

nickd717, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Brettster
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Had this on tap many times, and in bottle. But this review is for on tap. Has a thick foamy slightly off white head that hangs around for quite a bit. Faintly smells sweet and spicy. Has a sweet, but not too sweet aftertaste. This is a very drinkable bock style beer. I like it.

Brettster, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of NatetheGreat
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

This was a great beer. Red-brown clear hue with good head. Smells like Christmas: cinnamon, nutmeg, mild citrus mingle with sweetness in the nose. Taste follows as expected. Not much hop presence; however, that may suit this beer well. The malts are carmelly and sweet (perhaps too sweet).

The feel is good, syrupy as it goes down. Drinkability is excellent because this was is tasty and not too strong. Highly recommended.

NatetheGreat, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of bob3701
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Big off-white head with a dark amber body. Laced pretty good. Roasted malt and the slightest hint of orange in the finish. Very mild flavored taste. This beer seems weaker to me than in prior years. Overall not a bad tasting brew.

bob3701, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of maleman
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. freshness dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a slightly darker than tea color. a very thin head that receded into a thin cap very quickly. thin, sticky lacing

S - roasted malts, chocolates

T - nice blend of the malts and hops, with neither overbearing. slight hint of alcohol.

M - medium-bodied, not too much carbonation. smooth finish with little aftertaste.

D - good brew, wish it was available longer in the season. gets me in the Christmas spirit!

maleman, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of roblowther
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Clear reddish copper with no head. Smells appropriately seasonal...cherries, cinnamon, cloves. Taste is cherry, wood, a bit of cinnamon in the aftertaste. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is well carbonated but a bit thin. Drinkability is very good. Not a challenging beer at all, it passes mostly unnoticed. Maybe a good trainer beer, but I like the Boston Lager much better.

roblowther, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of californiakulak
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Had a couple pints of this beer at dinner an thoroughly enjoyed it.

A. Dark, reddish brown color. Kind of bright looking. Not much head or lacing.

S. Roasted malt aroma and a little clove. Some slight hop scents as well. Kind of nutty.

T. Spiced up and malty. Roasted malt and cinnamon. Maybe nutmeg, caramel and maple flavors. Very good beer.

M. Kind of a heavy brew. There is a long aftertaste that is very pleasant. Pretty dry as well.

D. This beer tastes like Christmas. It is really good and goes down easily. I think that I will get it in my kegerator next year.

californiakulak, Dec 15, 2009
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,612 ratings.