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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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4,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,611
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 40
Gots: 253 | 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).

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

I picked up the winter lager at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH. The label says it will be fresh until April.

Appearance: amber-brown with a thin white head off the pour
Smell: mild hoppiness, maybe a pine-like smell (some type of wood smell); those are the most dominant
Taste: impressive; very balanced; theres a slight hoppiness in the aftertaste; some malty sweetness through most of the sip; a hint of spiciness too; almost like a steak seasoning spiciness (sounds kinda weird, but thats what im picking up here)
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: good; i wish i had another in my fridge for later

Applesauce1, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper color with a good sized white head. Lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma isn't strong at all, but what I can smell is some sweet malt, spices and a bit of hops. It tastes like spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), caramel and malt, with a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. The drinkability is OK. Overall the beer is good. I'd drink it again, it's a decent seasonal beer.

bluejacket74, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of treedoctor5002
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

From the Sam Adams Winter Classics pack: Pours a nice copper color with a smallish head. Appears to be pretty full bodied for a lager. Smell is awfully mild I thought there would be more spice to it, oh well. Taste is pretty typical for a Sam Adams. This one is heavy on the malts, nice and sweet with just a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than the average SA brew. Overall a fine brew to take to the in-laws on a boring winters night.

treedoctor5002, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

12oz. bottle

Crystal clear, dark gold to amber in color. Large, rocky, light tan head. A truly beautiful beer.

Aroma included molasses and honey. Maybe coriander. Some floral notes, and pine/spruce.

Taste was a bit bland. Sweet, a biscuit with a little bit of honey. Touch of spice at finish and some hop bitterness.

Medium in body, with low carbonation. Quite smooth and refreshing.

OK, but not the best warmer out there by a long shot. Easy to drink, but a little bland.

, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Bought a case of these today, after throughly enjoying last years offering.

Pours a ruby color with a solid fluffy head. The head is quite sticky, and leaves a good amount of lace. Carbonation is streaming, and exactly what I expect from a Winter Warmer. Now onto the smell. The smell has a nice maltiness to it. Earthy in nature, with that bread crust scentalation. Once again, spot on for the style. A strong dose of wheat and even more malt earthiness.

Now for the taste. Damn this beer tastes good after working 10 hours. Strong malt and wheat once again, just as the smell. Spices and hops are balanced and do not overwhelm the palate. It produces a snappy Winter Warming edge. Brown sugar and caramel are also present. Mouthfeel is right on for the style, and drinkability is excellent.

An incredible offering from Boston Brewing Company. This beer is definitely on the upper echelon of their beers, and one to keep an eye out for each coming winter.

HoustonTX, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

Nice head that stays for a long time

Smell's of caramel and chocolate malts.

Balance of caramel and chocolate malts, with a nice hop kick and a good amount of alcohol to balance.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing.

This is one hell of a beer. Easy to drink and a definete must when it gets cold outside.

jasonjlewis, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

On tap at a local pizza joint. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Medium brown with a little bit of orange to it. About 1/2" of head, fades quickly to nothing.

Smell: Slightly sweet, with an orangey-malt character to it.

Taste: Smooth with hints of spice and orange. Not sure if the beer is spiced or if this is a byproduct from the yeast strain.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Nothing special, but not bad.

Drinkability: Like all of Sam Adams brews, this one if a good quality beer that is always a safe bet. Nothing too spectacular here, but nice and refreshing.

beveritt, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

This was poured into a pint glass. It has a nice big head that is fairly well retained. The color is deep amber and it's slightly cloudy. There is a slight hint of malt in aroma, not much else, but it smells like a bock. It has a sweet malt flavor that is characteristic of a bock beer with some subtle spiciness that is mostly noted on the finish. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a decent bock with some spiciness. Overall, it's closer to a German-style 'winter' or 'Christmas' bier than an English style that typically highlight the spices more. With the exception of the spices, it reminds me of the bock biers that I had when I visited the Austrian Alpine area last January.

scoobybrew, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of Rennpferd
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Pours a rich amber color with a half in head that quickly settles to a slight slick of foam over the top of the glass. Very little carbination or activity can be seen in the beverage.

A slight touch of hops and malt that blends for a light smell of wet wood wafts off the beverage.

The Lager tastes of bitter hops. It is smooth and leaves a slight alcohol aftertaste, it is quite brisk on the palate.

A good brew that tastes strong. This is a good beer that could be an every day beverage if not for that fact that it is seasonal.

Rennpferd, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of beeragent
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz. bottle, with a freshness date of Apr. 2007. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a dark copper, almost brown shade. 1/4 inch head that quickly faded, leaving slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is weak, mainly the spices being detectable. The mouthfeel is just right for a lager. The taste to me, is like a weaker version of Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale. The spices arent as strong, and the beer not as thick, but still very enjoyable. Easily a session beer, and worth sharing with family and friends on the cold winter evenings.

beeragent, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of kernalklink
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

This winter warmer poured dark amber with a copper head and generous lacing throughout. Th aromas were not impressive- somewhat sour malt with some spice. The taste saved the brew as the slight citrus peel and cinnamon flavors balanced well with the toasted malts and became refreshing. Good carbonation, no real hint of alcohol. A more distinct flavor combination would help, but the mild flavors add to its drinkability.

kernalklink, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured a deep amber with light, thick tan head. Color was much like an Alt or Marzen. Head disappeared within minutes leaving a light lace. Spices, pepper, ginger and sweet caramel dominated the aroma. The front end began sweet (taffey), but a tart, acidic spiceiness took over. This lager had a subdued middle, and the finish fell to a dull sweetness. The body, however remained full. A bit of an aftertaste remained. I thought the strong tartness took the beer a bit out of balance.

This is a nice wheat lager. The rich body and spiceienss is a nice surprise. My only complaint is the balance, and how the beer finished. Took off for drinkability points accordingly.

jpkoch1962, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of adpietsc
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

This beer is a staple of mine in the winter time. It is highly drinkable with a good warming feeling. It is a good beer in the winter evenings. It is a dark lager that has a seasonal flavor. I buy this beer in the Sam Adams winter pack. I would recommend this beer to all my friends

adpietsc, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of ewurm
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

I found the aroma to be acceptable, the first taste lended a spice which pleased me. The taste after a few sips degraded to your average winter brew. I enjoyed this brew as I do every year, but I feel it's a once a year experience. Not worthy of stocking.

ewurm, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of GilaMinumBeer
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Served from a bottle into an oversized weizen glass.

A: Deep clear amber, almost pumkin colored. Poorly formed lacing clings desperately to the glass.

S: Malty and bread like with a slight hop aroma.

T: Malt, Creamy Butter, very mellow bitterness on a sweet High note.

M: Mixed. This one starts thin and quickly builds in depth to an almost savory melts in your mouth. Aftertaste leaves that same buttery almost candied flavor to linger.

D: This one was Okay, a good experience, but nothing that stood out to me as exemplery. I will drink this one again if it comes across my table, but is not something I would stock up on if available.

GilaMinumBeer, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of billybob
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

pours one finger head with some lacing and copper color. smell was slightly fruity and spice. taste reminded me of devils food cake or spice cake, clean finish with no after taste. mouthfeel is light nice carbonation which adds to the spice taste. nice enjoyable beer.

billybob, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%

This is just the type of beer you need for winter. It goes right along with any food youll have begining wiht turkey at Thanksgiving and everything else down the line. The beer appears as a dark amber almost brown color. It reminds me of the ocktoberfest style except its alot more bitter. I can only have two of these without feeling full but like i said before its a great beer for the winter months.

JoEBoBpr, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Nesued
4.2/5  rDev +17%

For the 2006 version, a new label picture is present as opposed to what is shown here. Freshness date present via a vertical month indicator with a notch on the "for brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched" month. I purchased this in mid-November and the "notch" is on April 2007.

Appearance - Clear dark amber color, nice carbonation. Nothing really noteworthy. The carbonation is a healthy amount and providing a nice head. Not much of a lacing.

Smell - Nice roasted malt aroma. A faint spice, but nothing overly "spicy".

Taste - Nicely balanced. Lightly-flavored with a hint of something more. That "something more" would be a bit of cinnamon but nothing over-bearing. A nice "warm" feel to the beer that grows as the beer warms. Nice finish that isn't tainted with a hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly this beer has a body to it. Nice feel with a slick finish that makes you remember that you just had a sip. I would see this as a good point, given the style.

Drinkability - This beer I would rank much higher than the Harpoon Winter Warmer. This is how a balanced warmer should be. They very much got this recipe correctly balanced. I would recommend this brew over any other Winter Warmer-class beer that is commonly available.

Nesued, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of ruleof72
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

A-Nice dark amber color with medium bodied head, decent lacing
S-Fairly neutral smell with hints of toasted malt
T-Toasted malt first followed by very slightly sweet
M-medium bodied, decent carbonation
D-Easy to drink

Decent beer, good overall. Looks good in the glass and goes down smooth. No overiding taste or smell however. I'd drink it again

ruleof72, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a darker reddish amber , with a smaller offwhite head. The aroma is of slightly caramelish , roasted malt , some spices and cinnamon , light bit of hop as well. The taste starts off with a pleasant gingerbread maltiness , some slight reddish fruit , some toasted character , hint of nutmeg , caramel , more spice and cinnamon in the end. The mouthfeel is average to slightly creamed from a decent carbonation. I love to grab a few of these every winter season. They have a very nice flavor , a decent kick , with some holiday feel from the spice , nutmeg and cinnamon. A must try if your into seasonal brews.

Byeast, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of semihobo
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Fresh out of a 12 pack, Feb 2007.

Crystal clear, amber hued, minimal bubbling and a beautiful head.

Complex malt base on the smell as well as some spicy, flavorful hops. Mild spicing. Charred fruit. Smell is subdued and allows a hint of alcohol to creep through.

Very well balanced -- equal parts malts, hops, spices. Hops are crisp and spicy, malts are sweet and figgy, definitely a base of amber malts that reminds me of some Saranac products. Hops are present in the beginning, middle, and end. Miscellaneous sweet seasonings on the finish and a grains of paradise type taste lingers (and not in a welcome way).

Mouthfeel is medium thickness with heavy carbonation, combined with the hops and spices it packs a tingle on the tongue. Doesn't go down without a fight, but that's a good thing here.

Not so remarkable that I'd make this the focus of a tasting, but easily sessionable, and well balanced for a winter seasonal. I'm always happy to see the blue bottles on the shelves and have many fond memories with this beer.

semihobo, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of fank2788
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured this one out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before April. The color is dark brown with red tints, this beer is very clear. It poured with a one finger head which had poor retention. The smell was a little bit of malt, cinammon and maybe some alcohol. The taste has notes of bread and cinnamon with other spices hop bitterness is also noticable. The body is very light with fairly high carbonation maybe too light for my taste I like a fuller bodied winter warmer. Because of the light body and mellow taste profile this is pretty drinkable it isn't great but it is a pretty solid beer.

fank2788, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A small head that left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of grain and spices.

T - Tasted of grain and malt. The spices tasted like cinnamon.

M - It was crisp and dry. Light to medium-bodied.

D - It was pretty good. I liked the hint of cinnamon. It was understated.

zeff80, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of adammills
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

Orange body with a small white head. Very malty with a small hint of hops in the back. A bit citrusy. Easy drinking with not a lot of alcohol warming at all. Not a real winter warmer in that respect. It is fairly drinkable, but not teriffic flavor overall. I would not go out of my way to have it in the future.

adammills, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

Served on-tap at Bube's Brewery - while sitting next to my new friend Akorsak and my friend phnphilly.

Appearance: Served a clear color with a back-lit amber glow and a decent ivory head.

Smell: The aroma is malty and has a few suggestions of cinnamon and nutmeg along with the malted milk balls.

Taste & Mouthfeel: What you see [smell] is what you get. The flavor is the same thing. Light body - malted lager with a hint of fruity and subtle suggestions of cinnamon and nutmeg. It is crisp and a bit dry on the edges, which is nice. (Unfortunately, served too cold)

Drinkability: This is nothing spectacular but certainly an easy drinking simple winter lager, which sometimes suits the occasion.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Nov 22, 2006
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.