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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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3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at a large chain restaurant because it was the only craft beer selection they offered that I hadn't tried.

A-Pours a transparent,dark amber with a fleeting,two inch crown that left moderately pleasing ribbons of lacing as it departed.

S-Not much here.I let my glass get to room temp before I poured but the nose was still lacking.Some caramel malt,faint seasonal(ginger,cinnamon)spice,some dull earthy hops
and stale wheat bread.

T-Drinks like an American Red Ale.Toasted,slightly sweetened grains,generic spice blend,slight herbal hop bitterness and mild caramel sweetness.Also a slight metallic note on the finish.

M-Thin,watery and lackluster.What's there isn't horrible but overall the minuses far outway any positive traits.

O-Pretty uninspired.

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the winter mix pack.

Appearance: Good looking, tea colored beer with excellent clarity, thin white head, and a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Big time spicing with cinnamon and ginger, almost pumpkin-pie like. Caramel and some toasty malt.

Taste: It seems overspiced at first, but it has a nice malt backbone with toast and caramel. The finish has the bitter orange peel which I'm not a fan of.

Mouthfeel: Medium, very lively carbonation. Very good.

Overall: This is decent, seems like it used to be a lot better.

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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

A: Dark amber that pours a full finger of foam which quickly melts down.

S: Spicy with citrus. Something else that is sweet smelling.

T: Tastes rich, spicy, and sweet. The cinnamon really comes out in this seasonal brew.

MF: Fulfilling and thick. Perfect carbonation level.

Overall: Very good beer. A little to spicy for outdoors. But an excellent indoor beer or with homemade soup.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark copper with a thin head, dissipating to a thin cap and lacing.

S - Browned caramel from the roasted malts and spices, mostly clove and ginger.

T - Lightly sweet toffee, turning to a heavy breadiness to cloves and other spices.

M - Medium body and medium/light carbonation. Goes well with the flavors.

O - A decent winter beer, nice malt flavors and spice medley. Good to have on a cool night with dinner, though there are better options for the season.

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4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark brown, almost amber color.

S-Smells of spices cinnamon, maybe some citrus

T-Up front is a sort of bitter spicyness with a little citrus, and then finishes with a nice warm dryness of wheat

M-Not to carbonated, has a very warm feeling as you drink it

O-A decent offering from SA, one of my first darker beers and I have to say I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: poured vigorously into a tulip glass at a 40 to 45 degree temperature.

A: hazy red, dark amber. Slowly dissipating but small off white head.

S: Good amount of malt character. Chocolate and cinnamon notes with small amounts of noble hop.

T: Complex malt profile, with notes of chocolate and plum. Blend of bavarian and american hops creating an uniquely flavored spicy lager. Aftertaste is dry and citrusy.

M: medium body and light carbonation.

O: Wow, I really enjoyed this holiday winter lager. Good example of the winter lager style.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

A- Poured into a pilsner glass. a copper amber lager with 1 1/2 finger head on it. Not the greatest head retention as it quickly dissipated to almost nothing.

S- Has some roasted aroma to it probably stemming from the spices. That gives way to the malty characters and bready yeast notes. As it warms up I can pick out a touch of cinnamon floating in there. Also getting what smells like a hint of vanilla as well.

T- This one tastes almost just like it smells. Some malty flavors and subtle spices. I would say it has a caramel flavor in there but because of the spices it makes the caramel taste like it's burnt. The finish has a touch of bitterness to it left over from the hops.

M- little heavy on the carbonation but not by much. Has a good body to it. Creamy finish.

O- Not a huge lager fan but this one was nice. Not really the best of the SA holiday pack but still keeps ya nice and toasty on those cold winter nights.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The final beer in the Sam Adams winter pack! Poured into a Kostritzer pilsener glass.

A: Pours an intense, somewhat murky dark copper color. And there's no other way to put it, but the head on this sucks. It's an off-white color that starts wimpy and somehow retains itself even worse than that. Lacing is minimal. The Kostritzer pilsener glass seems to hate beer heads, for some reason...

S: The Hallertau hops on this are quite easy to smell, even with my nose being quite a few inches away. The spices are less noticeable, but make a nice complement to the hop note.

T: Has a prominent malt note, while the cinnamon subtly enters the picture near the end of the sip. Generally, I'm not a fan of spiced beers (especially cinnamon-spiced beer), but the malt profile has no trouble keeping the beer pleasant sipping.

M: Finishes very smoothly on the palate, with strong carbonation and medium thickness.

O: Not bad at all. I won't be getting six-packs of this anytime soon, but I would have no problem putting a few of these away if they were given to me. A decent session beer if you can look past the 5.5% ABV.

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