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

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5,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,330
Reviews: 1,925
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
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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 strictly4DK
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixer of 12 oz bottles bought from Montana West bottle shop. Poured into my Duck Rabbit pint glass.

A - Dark copper with ruby hues, translucent, pours a 1.5 finger fizzy off-white head. Recedes to a collar with no lacing.

S - Spices (cinnamon, ginger) are faint but definitely present. Sweet citrus from the orange peel compliments the winter spices and doughy malt backbone.

T - The same aspects from the nose are all present but the spices exude a greater influence while remaining balanced and complimented each other. Finishes with the traditional lager notes, slightly sulphuric and toasty. Solid backbone for the sweet spices upfront.

M - Slightly thin body which makes it very refreshing. Carbonation is slightly biting which I think fits well with the light spices. Toasty grains linger on the palate.

D - This is a tasty, refreshing lager that provides exactly what it advertises (cinnamon, ginger, orange peel). I think it could honestly do without the orange peel but either way it's very easy to drink a sixer. Will definitely anticipate this beer for next winter.

Photo of jwillcourt
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Bright, amber color. Very clear. Lots of rising bubbles. Two-inch, tight white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of sticky lacing left by the head. Not much lacing as I drink it. Head is easily resurrected with a swirl of the glass.

S/T - Yeasty, bread aroma. No trace of winter spices in the smell. Light flavor. Sweet caramel malt. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The winter spices are barely present in the flavor too, which is more refreshing and appreciated.

M/D - Light-bodied. Lively carbonation. No lingering effects. Very drinkable. Refreshing alternative to heavier winter ales.

Photo of obywan59
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber with raised designs of hop flowers and something else. Oranges???

Poured a thin reddish copper with an off white head of 3 1/2 fingers. Nice lacing. So transparent, you could almost read through it.

Light spice, malt and hops in the aroma.

Fairly dry, with a light sweetness of malt, and a more pronounced hop bitterness. Nothing over the top. Surprising burn of alcohol for then 5.8% ABV. Light spiciness at first that's overpowered later by the pleasant hoppy flavor.

Thin for a winter brew, but pleasant.

Way, way drinkable. It would be easy to overdo it. I could have finished a 6-pack in a snap if it didn't finish me first.

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

poured into my new belgium goblet - from the 22 oz bomber
during the NFC East game 2010

a generous almost 3 finger head
deep red and very clear
thick foam tastes a bit carmelly and has an amber tinge medium lacing at best

s light on the nose - a bit of maltiness cut by an off-frutiness

t heavy, great malty flavor, following the aroma: I get more of a fruitiness than a spiciness. Sotra wrecks the great malty taste.

m lots of carbonation, heavy body no alcohol bite

d: for me I really cant get past the taste of slight fruitness. wont go back for another but I recognize this as a quality beer (just one that I dont like)
next I'll reach for a really great homebrew!

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

First, much respect to Boston Beer Co, which has done more to put craft brewing on the map than all other breweries combined! Thanks Jim.

Served on tap at Rachel's Roadhouse with meal.

A--Orange with hints of red in the hue. Some lacing in the glass

S--spicy esters, cinnimon, nutmeg.

T--Not bad, get some caramel notes towards the end, spicy, but not a real big flavor profile.

M--A little thin but fine.

D--It is what it is. Would this be my choice if you gave me options for the style? No, but a solid seasonal that is often the "best" choice at some restaurants and bars who do not carry lots of choices.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Bock
ABV: 5.80 %

reviewed 12/5/09 @ Sangrias in St. Augustine

I did not take detailed notes for this one by I did record what I could mentally. I have had this several times this year and this brew is really starting to grow on me.

It's a nice amber/dark copper color with a respectable light tan head.

Aromas are lightly spiced on solid malt smells wafting out of the glass. Hops are back seat but present.

Tasts as it smells. Solid malt, hops, and spices present and very equally balanced. I typically do not like spcied brews, but this one is nice and mellow, equally malty, and very sessionable.

Mouthfell is medium+ for a lager, a bit light for abock, but works very well to make it sessionable. Carbonation is medium/appropriate as most SA products.

I will look fwd to this seasonal in years to come. One of the better seasonal offerings by BBC/Sa in my opinion. One of the only spiced brew I have really really enjoyed in a sessionable context.

Photo of elniko
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Bottle marked best by May 2010.

A: Rich amber coloring with fairly good size head that stuck around. Heavy lacing and very high carbonation apparent.

S: Fairly faint nose which I found surprising. A little breadiness which just a hint of spice to it. Pretty average.

T & M: Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. Taste just slightly on the thin side but definitely malt dominate, the slight spiciness from the nose comes through in the finish.

D: Drinkable, I think that the brewery went just a tad on the conservative side for a winter brew.

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

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a translucent and hybrid ruby red/dark caramel brown color, which forms a thick off-white foamed head. The carbonation is easily seen throughout the glass, as it's not too dark in appearance. Fairly translucent as well. The head's foam creates a nice amount of speckled lacing all around the glass too.

Smell is particularly heavy in roasted caramel malt like the Oktoberfest, but also has some hoppy scents to it and a nice nutmeg spice characteristic. Under all of these scents is a slight metallic undertone. Taste is quite pleasant surprisingly. I've had so many of these, but straight from a bottle, so poured into a glass created quite a difference. Upfront the palate is hit with a beautiful nutmeg, cinnamon and slight peppery essence and eases nicely into the bready malt. A very minute hop bitterness is discerned through the end as well as more bready flavors.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but just a bit substantially thicker than other traditional lagers. Good for the style. Coats the mouth very well and lingers for just a few seconds. The drinkability is decent - I honestly don't see myself having more than one or two of these for a night, but it's still very pleasing. Not a bad seasonal by the BBC.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear ruby red / brownish color with a full two fingers of fluffy foam. The smell reminds me of bready malts and lager yeast.

Some kind of spice hits my palate first... I can't pick out which one it is, though. It is followed by a kiss of malty sweetness, quickly overwhelmed by a bitter, dry finish. Mouthfeel is dry, with a lingering metallic aftertaste.

Overall, I am not very impressed with this offering from Sam Adams - I won't be seeking it out again.

Photo of TommyW
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark orange with a thin, sticky white head

S- Caramel malt with some orange peel and a whiff of hops

T- Caramel malts upfront with some orange peel and ginger. Orange zest, spices and some alcohol round nicely into some floral hops

M- Slick feel with a carbonation that livens up toward the middle and back of the tongue.

D- A nice beer that has some interesting stuff going on but isn't too over-the-top.

Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a bright deep orange-red...agian, being a whiskey drinker, i see Elijah Craig's ghost. incredible pancake-batter-just-thrown-into-the-skillet appearance that slowly settles into a tight film. thick slabs of 'lacing' make this beautiful in all senses.

simultaneous malty-hoppy(!?) scent knocks through, allowing the subtlety ofthe winter spices to hint around. nice. some hefty breadiness makes my mouth water.

taste is a complete bready-malty KO with a slight hoppiness keeping things from getting sweet. wonderful. i didn't get this before drinking this at a party out of the bottle...not getting the spicey punch i expected (did out of the bottle...), but this is really stellar. please stop slamming the lambic and the coastal wheat into the winter sampler....the perfect thick/chewy nature of this make this flow along at a steady, festive pace. a brew to completely raise to the season and holidays and count what blessings ya might actually have. i like now that the spices stay back and inch in in the finish...VERY drinkable...a true winter session beer that would be fine alone but i'd like to slalom between this and the Fezziwig from now until the Olympics are over...should still be fresh by then.

nothing cloying. a true SA lager with hops backed off slightly to let spices make merry. finishes dry.

man, if i could just find someone who love the coastal wheat and cranberry lambic but hates the winter lager...TRADE? ;)

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

we approach the end of the winter seasonal variety pack with great trepidation. i have ribs marinating in half of this bottle. i mean, not like the way i said it.
a translucent amber with a ring of white. cinnamon and nutmeg a little wheat aroma, all of it muted. this all blends together really nicely in the flavor, full bodied, nutritious, nice maltiness, finishes a bit astringent.
if i'm in the airport tomorrow in newark and this is the best thing they have available for $8, i'll probably get it - as long as it comes with a $1 shot.

Photo of capps24
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite Sam selections. Great lager with great color, and mouthfeel. I can sit down and drink a ton of these winters. Gives you that warm winter feeling, with a strong malt kick, and that classic Sam Adams taste.

Not too much to change about this one.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite Winter seasonal beer. It's very tasty on-tap and from the bottle. Winter Lager brings a fairly strong taste, but it isn't overwhelming or too bitter. As with most Sam Adams beers, this beer as a beautiful dark color. Give this beer a try, it's something different for the winter season.

Photo of Kelp
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours forth a darker amber color. Smells of caramel and cinnamon. Bit harder to discern the smells tonight with a clogged nose. taste of caramel in the tongue. Always an enjoyable drink on a cold day for me. Feels rather water no real bit to it. I could sit down on a cold winter day in front of a fire place and easily polish of a few without even noticing.

Photo of beer2day
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium redish gold pour. Frothy 2-finger head with very nice retention and lacing.

Weak caramel malt nose. It says spices on the label, but I'm not getting them.

Thin hit without much initial flavor. Grows slighty bolder mid mouth. Finishes with caramel, brown sugar, and slight molasses malt flavor. Decent, but I'm not terribly excited.

For as malty as the flavor profile is, I'm not getting the same correspondence in the feel. Too thin.

Decent, easy drinker when you are at an office party without better alternatives.

Photo of dude
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber and clear in appearance. Aroma is of malt, some caramel and a touch of all-spice. Taste is pleasantly sweet with some hops for balance. The spices are there but stay in the background which is a good thing I think. I'm not detecting any wheat goodness but that's okay. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and finishes clean. I think I'll have another. I bought a case to share with family/friends on Christmas Eve and its a very approachable "micro" brew for guests to try.

Photo of kegger22
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a dark amber/red in color with an off-white, half inch head that fades to a collar.

The aroma does not stand out for me; I get a slight lager smell and little else.

Winter Lager is the most frequently rated bock on this site, and consistently it is rated above average. Based on taste, I agree. The malty sweetness stands to the fore front, but taste relies heavily on the added spices cinnamon and ginger.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with little carbonation. That's OK, it doesn't need a lot of bubbles.

Drinkability is good. Low ABV and spiced, pleasant taste combine to make this one a welcome winter warmer.

Not the greatest, just tasty and reasonably priced.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mullenite
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chefhatt
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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