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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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5,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,330
Reviews: 1,925
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 65
Gots: 728 | FT: 0
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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 CraftBeerTastic
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #90
Served On: 12/02/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: May 2011

This was in the 2011 Winter Classics mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a deep clear ruby copper color. Carbonation bubbles were steady. Head was a two finger creamy tan cap that formed a tin coating after a few moments.

Smell: I detected some ginger and a rich malts and a slight sour hoppiness. I got the feeling that Boston Beer may have used the base from their Boston Lager to make this. Regardless it had a very inviting nose.

Taste: Up front was a robust ginger and possibly cinnamon. Middle was of a Boston Lager sourness with a faint hop bite at the end. The finish was somewhat harsh with the spices reappearing. The Boston Lager quality dominated most of the palate. Aftertaste coated my mouth with a bitterness with hops drying out the mouth. Towards the end I noticed some booziness after the beer warmed up.

This is a nice winter offering. It offered a little more complexity than the Boston Lager. I also think the ABV is a little higher. Not a bad brew.

Photo of SmokeyJoesCafe
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not crisp and cold and refreshing like most lagers, and not even fully seasonally applicable due to its average abv and dumbed down flavor. sam makes some epic beers, but this ones just average. pours a light indian brown color into that funny sam adams glassware, good head. smells like a malt bomb, but tastes a bit cinnamon and clove spice, thick mouthfeel drags it down and sits in the gut. not a good session lager. of the winter brews the cream stout and the scotch murder this one. id say pass it by but its so damn common in the northeast...

Photo of airforbes1
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm doing a side-by-side comparison between this beer and Old Fezziwig.

This beer is lighter, being red-orange. The head is thin. To be honest, I can't make out the spices I'm smelling. All spice? It reminds me of a pumpkin ale...maybe a less aromatic version of DFH Punkin. The beer actually smells a bit boozy, which surprises me for a 5.5% beer.

All the other spiced winter beers I've tried are ales, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised with how....clean this beer tastes. It has a clean, malty beginning and middle and a mild generic spicy finish. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like.

This beer is OK. I prefer Old Fezziwig to it, however. Can we get six packs of Old Fezzi instead of this?

Photo of ckollias
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a red-amber hue with a huge, off-white, 3-finger head, that lasts for awhile and ends in a solid lace

S: Spicy malt aroma with faint herbal hops in the background.

T: Sweet smooth lager with a hefty malt flavor. Toasted caramel malts followed by some bitter hops finish it off.

M: Medium body and high carbonation

O: Just an ok winter lager. Nothing really special – it was easy to drink but nothing I would grab again.

Photo of 69davis
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

All around good winter beer. The beer pours to an amber-brown color and rich, patchy permanent head. Aroma is malty and spicy (are there spices in this beer?). Flavor is smooth caramel malt and tangy spiciness that suggests ginger and/or Saaz hops. Finishes pleasingly bitter/spicy. A good beer for the holiday season!

Photo of HeavyCsOptician
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great holiday beer. I am not that fluent on the darker lagers and I know that this does not qualify. However the darkish red color that is emitted provides a smooth taste and feel.

I had a couple last night with my meal, which is sometimes hard for me to find.

Not really noticing the spice taste or smell that others have noticed. Real typical of a Sam Adams line. Would not stock my fridge as it is a seasonal but always look forward to the holidays cause I know it will be available.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bdeast1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Aberration
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle

Well..this looks just like a Boston Lager.

Smells like one too. Slight hop notes, a little malt in the scent. Not much in the way of spicing.

Slight spice notes on the taste, but it honestly reminds me of a slightly altered Boston Lager...

Nothing special. I'm not a fan of this years batch really...it doesn't really justify me buying any more.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: nice brown body with an off-white two finger head with some decent spider web lacing

S: wheat, Christmas spices such as ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon

T: takes the previously mentioned flavors and combines with some undertones of chocolate

M: light; sessionable; ginger aftertaste, quick sharp finish

O: good for the style and good for me, have it any time during the winter

Photo of jstewart1130
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of engagechad
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a mixer case from Costco - Pint

Pours a very nice mahogany red/brown with uniform bubble head.

Smells nice, not much going on but there is a faint spice nose there.

Tastes nice, nothing great but solid. A little adjuncty at first but it smooths out. good.

Overall this is a nice brew, nice change from the regular lager.

Photo of jski
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of RockinRob925
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of beergynt
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of phenomenologian
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

opened it and a little smoke came out. poured it into a glass. this is a seasonal beer for after the fall changes have occurred and its cold as balls outside. it even says on the neck label that is supposed to make winter seem "just a little warmer." Pouring this beer lead to a one finger head which took awhile to dissipate. some of the head clinging to the side of the glass. its kind of a white-ish head; maybe less than white. the color of the body is dark orange-ish. some of the bubbles leftover from the head pool into the middle.

the smell is definitely of wheat (not necessarily in the Kansas City, MO brewed Boulevard wheat sense). a bit malty smell but I kind of pick up cinnamon as well but maybe Im confused into smelling cinnamon as malt. The malt and wheat smell come together for a very nice smell.

The taste confirms my smell of cinnamon as with the malty and wheat smell you can taste hints of cinnamon. The wheat smell is pretty subtle but still tastable with the malt. it after tasting and re-recognizing the smell its faintly Christmasy. These tastes other than wheat and malt are very faint keep in mind. the mouthfeel is very nice as its smooth and you can get it down pretty well (its not harsh like any steel reserve). mouthfeel is almost silky (or maybe Im overexaggerating). and...the song silver bells has returned to haunt my brain.

overally I really like this beer because its cold outside (at least in Nebraska it is) and this beer really does seem to go well with this kind of weather and the coming Christmas season (and Thanksgiving which has since passed). You can find it in stores now but only until spring comes which is awhile off right now. Give this one a try especially if you live in a cold area during winter. compare it to Blue Moon winter, Winter Tilt by Empyrean in Lincoln, NE, and Goose Island winter.

Photo of jmponder
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, with label notched "Enjoy by April"

the beer is clear amber brown color, with thin head that fades very fast. aroma of malt with mild spice - herbal ginger.

taste is fairly standard bock or amber lager, with just a touch of winter spices - cinnamon, clove. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

Overall- not bad, I just wouldn't seek out again.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,330 ratings.