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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%
Wants: 65
Gots: 726 | 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 JTahoe
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber brown with a half finger off white head. Aroma is slight with caramel maltiness and faint hops. Flavor follows suit with malty sweetness, bread, and just the slightest detection of brewing spices. Light to medium bodied. Not a lot of depth or interest, but decent for sure.

Photo of beer256
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer, I buy cases whenever I can.Also like the slight cinnamon flavor that the beer has,must say its really nice. I find the beer to be smooth with nice lacing and a great smell.its a really nice all around beer for the cold season.

Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice reddish brown with good clarity and a thin and sticky white head

S: orange peel and cinnamon are prevalent in the front followed by some caramel malts. The fruit and spices overwhelm the aroma

T: very spice forward with the cinnamon and ginger characteristics and again a lot of citrus. Reminds me more of a dunkelweizen than a spiced bock, I much prefer the Old Fezziwiq to this. There doesn't seem to be much of a malt backbone that I would expect in a bock.

MF: medium to high carbonation with a medium body

D: pretty easy drinking winter style beer. A little too heavy on the orange flavors for my liking. Definitely not your typical bock.

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

Poured into Boston lager perfect pint

A: pours light brown, with two finger off white two finger head. Laces with each sip
S: smells like a bock, with light spice and sweet malt and hop aroma hidden in the background.
T: bready malt, spicy, roasted malt, good hop slight bitterness on the aftertaste.
M: medium carbonation, sort of thick in its own way.
D: simple to pick up and drink a few.

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

Poured into a stein this brew has a nice reddish-brown color with a slight off white head that is about 2 fingers and settles into a nice cap. The aroma is of slightly toasted malts, hints of some seasonal spices of clove and prunes. There is also a mild doughy smell. The taste is of faint spices and chocolate and caramel malts. More on the stout side of a winter ale (with much less spice to my liking). This is an all around solid brew. Not much I don't like. It is not over the top great, but wonderful to bring to a holiday party to pass and not offend anyone.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this and brought it home. Poured them into a stein.

A: Good looking brew. Its a deep-red beer with an off-white, finger-width head that retained for a good while. Leaves good lacing on the glass and has great carbonation.

S: Pleasant malty scent. Nothing really stands out, but the combination of caramel and nutmeg mad me want to taste it. Not bad at all.

T: Tastes real good. There's cinnamon up front, and nutmeg. The more it warmed, the more dominant the cinnamon became. I wish I was back in Missouri for the cold weather, in a way. Almost no hop character.

M: Thin bodied with decent carbonation. No real aftertaste to speak of, and it goes down the throat smooth and warms the gut.

D: Good for sure. I'm going for another after this one, and then another. Keeps me warm!

Overall/notes: Good beer from Boston Brewing Co. and being my first bock, makes me want to find some more! The sweetness is a major plus. Cheers!

Photo of BrewDoc12
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Boston boys have hooked it up yet again.
A - pours a dark caramel color with a dense 2 finger tan head. Fades slowly leaving behind some nice sticky lacing(still on my glass the next morning).
S - Nice and malty with some cinnamon and spiced dark fruits. Subtle hops sneak through as well.
T - Rich malt and caramel up front followed by slight hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Very little hop presence. Very delicious.
M - Rich and almost velvety. Wouldn't mind it being a lil more full bodied for the winter, but still exceptional.
D - I could get f*#@ed up on this bad daddy. These go down me just way too easily. Epitomy of a session beer.

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

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a dark amber with a finger of off white head. Not much in the aroma department, a little caramel sweetness and some noble hops. Light to medium bodied. Wheaty with some malt sweetness, a little bit of spice in the finish. Not a whole lot going on here, but it's fairly drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another above average Sam Adams effort. Pours like a brownyish beer. No smell noticeable. Taste appears to be driven by some good fruity yeast strain, no noticeable hop presence, like most Sam Adams (apologies to Imperial Pilsner).

Anyhoo, finishes decent, a little unusual flavors in there. . . similar at times to Anchor's Christmas, you start to think there is like nutmeg or celery in there along with a dash of cinnamon and other holiday type "adjuncts" that are lively. Wheat body gives it a lighter liveliness than a lot of winter seasonals.

Photo of bob5958
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good winter beer. It goes with many seasonal foods, and is a pleasant, drinkable lager. Not too heavy or deep, but still a beer with it's own distinctive character.
I enjoy this beer while it's available, I'm not sure I'd drink it year-round or during the warmer weather. However, it's a treat when it begins appearing in late October.
Pours with a good, thick head and has a pleasant and slightly sweet aftertaste.

Photo of MIbeerfan
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Sam Adam's Lager glass.

A: Dark brown with copper hue. Light brown head dissipates momentarily.

S: Light boubon smell with spice.

T: Citrus, spice, buttery, then malt followed by hops

M: Light carbonation gives way to smooth richness that finishes suprisingly light.

D: Good beer for a cold day.

Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Pro Palo Alto.

Clear amber-brown color with a one-finger frothy off-white head.

Aroma is caramel and winter spices, maybe some ginger.

Flavor is caramel malt, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. Definitely enjoyable if not too exciting.

Medium body with average carbonation and some spiciness on the palate.

Drinkability is above average. This is a reasonable winter beer overall.

Photo of Brettster
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap many times, and in bottle. But this review is for on tap. Has a thick foamy slightly off white head that hangs around for quite a bit. Faintly smells sweet and spicy. Has a sweet, but not too sweet aftertaste. This is a very drinkable bock style beer. I like it.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. Red-brown clear hue with good head. Smells like Christmas: cinnamon, nutmeg, mild citrus mingle with sweetness in the nose. Taste follows as expected. Not much hop presence; however, that may suit this beer well. The malts are carmelly and sweet (perhaps too sweet).

The feel is good, syrupy as it goes down. Drinkability is excellent because this was is tasty and not too strong. Highly recommended.

Photo of bob3701
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Big off-white head with a dark amber body. Laced pretty good. Roasted malt and the slightest hint of orange in the finish. Very mild flavored taste. This beer seems weaker to me than in prior years. Overall not a bad tasting brew.

Photo of maleman
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. freshness dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a slightly darker than tea color. a very thin head that receded into a thin cap very quickly. thin, sticky lacing

S - roasted malts, chocolates

T - nice blend of the malts and hops, with neither overbearing. slight hint of alcohol.

M - medium-bodied, not too much carbonation. smooth finish with little aftertaste.

D - good brew, wish it was available longer in the season. gets me in the Christmas spirit!

Photo of roblowther
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish copper with no head. Smells appropriately seasonal...cherries, cinnamon, cloves. Taste is cherry, wood, a bit of cinnamon in the aftertaste. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is well carbonated but a bit thin. Drinkability is very good. Not a challenging beer at all, it passes mostly unnoticed. Maybe a good trainer beer, but I like the Boston Lager much better.

Photo of californiakulak
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple pints of this beer at dinner an thoroughly enjoyed it.

A. Dark, reddish brown color. Kind of bright looking. Not much head or lacing.

S. Roasted malt aroma and a little clove. Some slight hop scents as well. Kind of nutty.

T. Spiced up and malty. Roasted malt and cinnamon. Maybe nutmeg, caramel and maple flavors. Very good beer.

M. Kind of a heavy brew. There is a long aftertaste that is very pleasant. Pretty dry as well.

D. This beer tastes like Christmas. It is really good and goes down easily. I think that I will get it in my kegerator next year.

Photo of BigBry
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint, on tap at the Yard House in Glendale.
Dark amber in color, thin ring of eggshell foam. No real head or retention. The smell is maily malt with some faint, indistinguishable spices. I am guessing nutmeg or other 'Christmas' flavors, but pretty tough to tell. No real overpowering flavors, good balance between malty sweetness and some earthy hops in the finish. Low carbonation keep it smooth, slightly creamy, and easy to drink. Good but not great, nothing really helps it to stand out. Lighter body, as expected from a lager.

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that diminished very quickly to a thin film. Body is a beautiful dark-amber, almost ruby color, and completely clear.

S: Nice aroma that is quite malty, with a light presence of different spices.

T: Sweet malt in the beginning, and it ends pretty much sweet as well. The spices in the aroma are present, and the finish has a light bitter bite to it.

M: Light-bodied, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink; not heavy at all, and the 5.8% ABV keeps it to sessionable levels.

Photo of rarbring
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber, orange clear liquid, nice firm foam.

Small and well balanced smell, a hint of "Christmas orange".

Rather small, but noticeable bubbles,

Well balanced taste, a hint of hops, a pleasant bitterness that is lingering a bit - that's positive.

In general e very well balanced beer, and rather ale-ish for a lager (which for me is a good thing).

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

Dark amber pour hinting of ruby. The malt dominated the spices. There was an earthy hops aroma, but it was fairly weak. Cinnamon and nutmeg are there in weak amounts. It's malty sweet and the spices are hinting...it's tough to pick out a single one. This is actually a good thing. No single flavor overpowering another. Nice and balanced. I've always enjoyed this, but I was more fond of it this year than previous years...maybe it's my fancy pants Sam Adams glass I just got!

Photo of WWWade
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam does it again. The change of seasons brings new weather and new beer. For the past few winters I have been excited to try all of Jim's new brews almost as much as a child getting giddy about opening christmas presents.
I have to admit that I prefer dark full-bodied beers. This is surprisingly a very drinkable and smooth beer. Making a smooth drinkable full-bodied beer is not easy, but Sam Adams does this better than most.
A- perfect head and dark

S- not strong, but not weak. Honestly I don't have a great nose. It is usually stuffed up, so I'm sorry.

T- Smooth with perfect carbonation.

M- rich

D- Amazingly drinkable. I had to slow myself down as I could hardly contain myself.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An awesome brown rusty amber. With a perfect 3 or 4 mm light cream head. Nice bubbles around edges of glass. Looks great.

S - Sweet flowery. Hints of rust smell. Bread. Fruit. Sugary.

T - Creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation. Rusty taste almost. Alcohol ting. Sour aftertaste. Only downside.

M - Feels right. Carbonation is not over powering. And neither is the balance. Slippery and easy to drink. The after taste is something I could get rid of though.

D - I only drank one but the drinkability is fairly high.

Cant say very much negative about this one. Except that the after taste is kind of sour and lingering. But you would expect that from any brew in this type. Its just preference and nothing more. I did not dock points in any area that wasnt totally deserving and not a trait that cant really be helped.

Good beer.


Photo of projectflam86
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy maroon color with a thin white foam head that leaves some spotty lace.

S- Some spice and earthy hops are present in the nose. Some slight fruity aromas as well.

T- Some light bitterness initially with a sweet caramel malt flavor in the finish. Dark candied cherries and spice show themselves throughout.

M- Light/medium bodied with ok carbonation. A bit thin.

D- Overall a nice drinkable brew.

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