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

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5,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,279
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 63
Gots: 662 | 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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Photo of chickenflea
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep copper red with a thin head. It looks very inviting with a rich red color. The smell is malty with a hint of caramel and alcohol. Subtle floral hop aroma present, but the smell is predominantly malt. It isn’t super fragrant. The spices show up in the flavor. There is a small dicetyl taste here as well. Overall it tastes very much like a pumpkin beer. The cinnamon is pretty noticeable. The finish has a nice spicy bite, but there is a little metallic aftertaste that did not sit well with me. It is an interesting brew. It tastes more like a pumpkin beer than a bock. It's OK once of twice a year.

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of chcfan
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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

A: A nice medium brown and offwhite head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Wheat with some decent christmas spice.

T: Nutmeg, cinnamon and a nice dark wheat taste. Surprisingly light given the dark color.

M: Light and smooth.

O: Not a bad winter beer, a little lighter than I would like though.

Photo of Hedonismbott
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber colors with an off white head. All im picking up on the nose is some cinnamon and a slight maltiness. Big spicy maltiness up front with flavors including cinnamon, nutmeg, and buttered toasted. Finishes clean with a slight metallic taste leftover in the mouth (very moderate though). The finish also leaves a nice buttery flavor on the bag of the tongue. Definitely makes for a decent winter session beer. Better than expected.

Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite tasty. Poured clear, copper color with a bit of light, foamy head and minimal lacing. Smells very malty. With biscuit notes and slight caramel tones. Quite balanced, but leans to the malt side. Tastes of biscuit malt and hints of toffee. Starts out sweet and dries out in the end.

Impressed by this brew. Still not set as a favorite, but quite tasty. I get a hankering for it on cold Kansas nights.

Photo of miket163
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had two of these on tap in a standard American Pint glass. Poured a nice dark mahogany with fluffy tan head and had some nice lacing. The nose was that of a typical bock: dark bread (rye in particular), faint autumn spices, and a touch of wood.

The taste was actually very nice...almost identical to the nose: rye, oak, clove, dark malts, and a very nice hop bite. This was a very balanced beer from BBC. I enjoyed it.

Photo of AceMan
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Agold
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Flight delayed so airport barhopping is the activity du jour. Last bar had hop devil. Not super happy I left. Brown liquid is topped with a very thin film of head. No lacing. Aroma is minimal can pick up on some spice, but it is pretty neutral. Flavor has some breathless along with some clovey cinnamon spice. I also think of banana bread with this one. Nice, but not great. Minimal hop presence at best. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Good carb. Light and refreshing. What I expected, wanted, and got from BBC. Overall, "meh" is a good description of this beer. It's good enough, but nothing I would get if I could find an average alternative.

Photo of GregBlatz
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep copper. Very clear. Fluffy off-white head.

S - Sweet grains. Alcohol. Slight spiciness. Nothing is very dominant.

T - Smooth and full similar to Boston Lager. At the finish the spice is very clear on the front of the tongue. Sweetness from the grain. Alcohol bite at the finish. This tastes less-complex than I remember it tasting in the past.

M - Somewhat thick and chewy. Alcohol bite is clear. Carbonation is moderate.

O - I look forward to this every winter. Say what you will about Sam Adams products but I look forward to knowing that any bar/restaurant will have a quality beer on tap.

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bark
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours smoothly, building an airy two finger head. The clear liquid is pale brown (16 EBC). Very little lacing occurs.

The smell is a bit metallic, some roasted notes, rye bread and a fruity bitterness.

The taste is quite bitter. Bread, roasted nuts, flowers and butter. Some citric hints. Quite a lot of sweetness. The aftertaste is malty and semi-sweet with some flowers, bread and some hay-like hoppy bitterness. The finish is a bit sticky.

The carbonation is mild to medium; the small bubbles are medium strong. The liquid is a bit sticky.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,279 ratings.