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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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BA SCORE
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4,570 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,570
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 38
Gots: 235 | 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:
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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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, BBD of June notched on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep reddish-brown color, as transparent as something this dark can be. The head formed decent-sized, then faded quickly into thin film on top of the beer with the accompanying lace.

Aroma: Sweet malty smell with a hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Caramel malts up front, the mouthfeel is almost chewy. There is a bitter hoppy undertone as well that rounds it out nicely. There are some spices in there as well but I can't identify them. The finish is bitter, with both caramel malts and hops combining exquisistely.

Overall: This is easily my favorite of the Sam Adams brews. I didn't realize this was a wheat lager until seeing Jason's review, and lo and behold there it is on the label. Definitely worth a try.

01-27-2006 01:55:14 | More by FenwaySquid
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

I prefer this out of the bottle as opposed to on-tap. Amber in appearance, leaving a good-ok lacing. The aroma is sweet and the taste has traces of fruit & nutmeg. The mouthfeel is very good, & could happily spend the night drinking only these. A slightly better Winter Warmer for my money, however, is Sam Adams Old Fezziwig (sp?).

01-24-2006 19:09:40 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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Hagbard

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

After an aggressive pour, a huge off-white head forms on top of a deep amber beer. A lacing is left down the sides of the glass. The aroma is on the weak side, a malty sweetness dominates with not much else to speak of. The taste is delightfully nuanced. A malty sweetness presides, leaving a slight stickiness in the mouth. There is a bit of a nutmeg and cinnamon taste in the beginning and a slight bit of fruitiness in the background. The malt is king here though. As I already mentioned, it has a fair amount of sweetness, but this is cut by a nice toasted malt element that provides a biscuity taste, which keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. The mouthfeel is fairly chewy for a lager, adding a nice amount of sturdiness. It is fairly drinkable, though it becomes a bit less appealing when it warms up. This is a tasty and harty winter-time lager. A nice choice when out and about and faced with the same old offerings.

01-24-2006 15:36:57 | More by Hagbard
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Wasatch

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a clear dark reddish/copper color, very small head, some carbonation, some lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, sweet toffee/caramel, and some spices. The taste is sweet malty and a slight roasty, with a dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, not a Winter Warmer in my book, but nice. Another great beer from Samuel Adams, Would definitely recommend to others.

01-22-2006 19:33:01 | More by Wasatch
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akahn

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a dark copper color with a sizeable off-white head that lasts and leaves a good amount of lace.

Earthy, malty sweet aroma. Sweet malt flavor, with caramel and brown sugar notes. Very clean for how sweet it is -- could this cleaness come from this beer's use of wheat? Almost no hop flavor, but that's not what this beer is about. As it warms, the cinammon spice emerges as a spicy hot bite in the finish, very nice. Flavorful for a pretty light body.

This is a tasty beer and I commend BBC for using spice subtly. And it actually does taste like higher quality cinammon than the supermarket variety as the label touts. This beer is a deal at $6 per sixer. Definitely worth a try.

01-22-2006 00:43:34 | More by akahn
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MattBrooks

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Had on tap at Shaker's in Plainville, MA. Great place for lunch, haven't tried dinner there yet. This beer is copper/brown in color with good clarity and has an aroma of freshly picked flowers and hops. The body is strong and the weight is just right for the style, not too heavy but not watered down, either. This is a rich, strong brew that is smooth and yummy, certainly a beer one can put down a lot of.

01-21-2006 15:10:27 | More by MattBrooks
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sammy44

Alabama

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Had this on-tap at Hooter's of Marietta, GA in a "Big Boy" stein. They always serve the beer far too cold which results in no aroma whatsoever.

Appearance: Was a dark copper to crimson color with a creamy 1/2" head. The head fell down to a thin white foam on the top of the beer. It started to lace the glass after the mug warmed up.

Smell: See notes above.

Taste: Tasted of Christmas spices (cinnamon, ginger, clove, and allspice). Reminds me a lot of ginger snaps. The on-tap seemed to have a little more bitterness on the back end than the bottled.

Mouthfeel: Biggest difference between the bottle and the tapped is the mouthfeel. The bottle is more like a typical ale in the mouthfeel while this seemed to be nearly as creamy as a stout until the head fell. It still seemed to have more body than normal. Excellent.

Drinkability: Always good. You might not want to knock back 2 or 3 while on your lunch break but very smooth and easy to put back.

01-20-2006 17:41:50 | More by sammy44
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a dark copper color with a thin tan head that doesnt retain. The aroma is intensely malty with chocolate and toasted bread in the forefront, some floral hops, muted spices and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is nicely balanced with a chocolate and earthy malt character, and floral and grassy hops to balance, slight winter spices and a smidge of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation and drinkability is good. Descent beer, not grea but tasty and drinkable.

01-19-2006 05:22:57 | More by silver0rlead
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -27.6%

Served in a standard pint. Deep brown body with a slim creamy head, moderate laceing.

Scent is malty and a tad spicy, with possibly some caramel hints.

Flavor is not all there in my opinion. Some malts, and a touch of something sweet like gingerbread, but it just seems lacking. No hop character. A very thin flavor.

01-17-2006 11:22:03 | More by HugoGrim
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Bit of head, bit of hops. Some spice in taste, chocolate malt and caramel for sweetness.nutmeg, cinammon Drop of fruit. Mild spice aroma. SLightly astringent finish. Not a bad one. An average craft beer. Medium body, suitably carbonated at Pizza Plant Transit.

01-16-2006 05:31:23 | More by Sammy
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SurgeonGeneral

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Serving temp: 45F Serving glass: Pint Glass

Aroma: Big maltiness like a toned down dopplebock, and a bit cleaner. Sweetness is very present in the aroma, very little hops to play with here, if any detected.

Appearance: Very dark amber, almost red. Creamy, off white head with good retention and good lacing. A very attractive beer.

Taste: Obviously malt dominated, but still very clean, not cloying or overpowering. Only a bit of bitterness to balance, and a slight alcohol spice near the end. Solid, but not earth shaking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied & a bit creamy. Low carbonation. Fits this beer well.

Drinkability: A solid brew, a bit lacking in complexities but still pretty good, and one that I would be happy to put back all night long.

01-15-2006 17:04:59 | More by SurgeonGeneral
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Ricochet

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Another very good Sammy beer. Poured a darker amber color with nice balance of carbonation and little head. Smells just like any other winter warmer, malt, hops, the usual, this one had a little sweeter twinge to it.

Mouth was very nice, a little creamy, a bit bitter, no sour edge, washed well. Taste was a notch aboue winter warmers I've had. The slight licorace is there, not as heavy on the malt used, hops bitter a bit and little if any alcoholic taste. Very balanced, a little unexciting.

Drinkability is very good. For someone that is not a big fan of winter beers, I'm trying a lot and appreciating the style. This would be one of the better I've tried.

01-15-2006 03:50:34 | More by Ricochet
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Bcant

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

2005 vintage.

The Sam Winter poured a deep brown, resembled stained cherry wood. Mostly sweet aroma bread and butter pudding. The taste is inviting and complex, gingerbread, some cream custard, and notes of clove and orange. Finishes with a small hop bite to balance things out. Mouthfeel and drink ability are good but not excellent.

01-15-2006 00:07:26 | More by Bcant
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Went to my local dive and decided to try some winter brews, 'cause I hadn't had them for a while. The first one I had (which will remain nameless) wasn't very good. This Sam's was much better. It was a nice red color with a good head to it. It had a fruity smell to it and a pleasant fruity flavor, with a hint of hops. A very smooth, drinkable beer.

01-14-2006 19:45:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Great looking dark amber with decent 1/2'' head and good lacing.

Smell = Malty with scents of sugar and molasses. Slightly above average.

Taste = Pretty solid tasting winter warmer. Good malt presence, not overbearingly sweet. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Aftertaste is a little lacking in flavor and leaves kind of a bitter/sour note that isn't well received, a decent tasting beer though.

Overall = A solid Winter warmer. Recommended.

01-14-2006 05:49:42 | More by LPorter33
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BrewMan13

New York

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

I know Sam Adams is somewhat of a love/hate brewery on this site and I fall more into the 'love' camp. I think they make some damn fine beers, for the most part, especially considering how big they are. I'm a big fan of winter beers, especially spiced ones. Thank goodness for the wide availability of this one, so when I go to places that have mediocre at best selections, this can still usually be found; in the winter that is, of course.
Appearance is a clear dark orange, with a small head and a little lacing. Smell is almost non-existant to me. Taste is something else: quite tasty, obviously on the malty side, with some cinnamon coming through. Seems better then I recall it being in the past. Very smooth on the palate; seems to be going down faster then most beers I drink. Like most good beers, it tastes best as it warms a little. Could stand to be heartier in body and alcohol for a WW, but the way it stands, its quite tasty and drinkable. I'd never refuse one...unless there was something better of course ;)

01-13-2006 03:53:37 | More by BrewMan13
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -29%

A - Pours a decent one finger head that dissipates in about two minutes leaving a delicate ring of lacing behind. Color is a clear ruby amber.

S - Rice lager odor and then a caramel sweetness with a bit of dates in the mix. It is faint and not that good.

T - Strong grain presence, seems part rice, part barley, it is a little unpleasant, others might not mind it, but it isn't quite the flavor I hope for in a beer like this. There isn't any real spices decernable, maybe a touch of fruit cake syrup . . . is that a spice? There is a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste with just a touch of bitterness underneath it.

M - Froths in you mouth to a nice level. Without the frothing, the viscosity is a little thin. A fairly refreshing brew though.

D - This is drinkable, although I would certainly prefer other beers to it. Would work well with some foods (Christmas goose perhaps?). I don't want another really, I don't know what it is, but I don't like this beer much at all.

01-12-2006 21:22:03 | More by mrasskicktastic
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beerfox

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

Coppery-red body with a thin, off-white head that sat like a veil on the body beneath. Lacing sheeted the glass initially, but did not endure.

Aromas are of sweet malt, nuts and light winter spices - perhaps cinnamon and ground nutmeg.

Flavors of sweet malt paralleled the aromas, with spiciness lingering in the background. Surprisingly well balanced with firm hops that were not as apparent in the aromatic profile. Very nice!
Alcoholic warmth tiptoed in the back-door, a welcome guest and an unexpected treat.

Mouthfeel was medium and silky.

Very drinkable session beer for a winter evening. Great balance and lingering warmth make this highly satisfying.

01-11-2006 02:55:58 | More by beerfox
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woemad

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

12oz bottle picked up at Huckleberry's in Spokane. According to the label, this is "a dark wheat malt liquor brewed with winter spices." It is noteworthy that hops are not mentioned at all. According to the notch on the side of the label, this is good until May, presumably of '06.


Poured a clear dark amber color, with a small off-white head. Spotty lace.

I got sweet malts, faint spiciness, and very faint earthy wheatiness from the nose of this beer - in that order.

The spiciness is what hits the taste buds first, followed by the almost anemic wheat taste. The swet malts are a strong supporting player throughout. This could use a little hoppiness, or maybe a stronger wheat taste. This is a beer without oomph, and it needs whatever can provide that. After the spices first hit, the remainder of the taste is pretty boring.

Mouthfeel of this beer could benefit by a little bit more carbonation. This is a somewhat lifeless beer, and feels like an all-malt lager in the mouth, and I think it was meant to be a little more than that.

An enormously average beer, and not a memorable winter beer at all. I won't feel the need to try this again.

01-10-2006 21:52:22 | More by woemad
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cracgor

Texas

2.08/5  rDev -42.1%

So I drank this beer a couple times this year before I decided to review it. In years past I don't remember being quite as disappointed as this year, thus the delay. It poured out like any other dark amber beer with an average head. It smells pretty good. Like a sweet spiced lager might. No overwhelming hops. Just good clean fun.

Taste was where I was severely lost. This years attempt is too spicy and not beery enough. Every sip reminded me of oyster crackers more than beer. Just stale oyster crackers. The spiciness was not so overwhelming, just poorly balanced. The mouthfeel was also quite disappointed, leaving a lingering bad astringent feeling in my mouth. Just disappointing all around and not recommended this year. All in all, it was barely drinkable, even when my palate was worn out severely the first time I had it this season.

01-10-2006 06:57:52 | More by cracgor
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.05/5  rDev -15%

Pours out a nice dark amber color with a tan head..

Smell is a little down hill... i keep smelling a cooked vegetable with this beer that goes with the malts. so far i am not impressed.

Taste is quite malty. To me quite sweet. little tastes of roasted malts. some alcohol trickles out right as i swallow. not complex at all. just a malty sweetness. i taste no hop presence.

Mouthfeel is ok. good carbonation, but i think unbalanced.... i need more hops.

Overall not a bad beer, but not a 6-pack i will pick up again.... at least not this year. i would say avoid unless your selection sucks. i would much rather the normal lager or ale to this one.

01-10-2006 02:34:16 | More by acrawf6
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marksto

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%

I'm a big fan of Sam Adams beers, but I must say that this one has been a dissapointment since they messed with the recipe a number of years ago. Back in the 90's when it first became available in my area this beer was a beautiful weissbock. Now it's a marginal "winter warmer."

The spices are what ruin it for me. Although they are not dominant, they are noticible in the nose and palate. To me, spices should either be front-and-center or not there at all. The body and maltiness are also not what they used to be. It's is a perfectly drinkable beer, but not as special as it used to be. There are plenty of other Sam Adams beers worth seeking out, but this is not one of them.

01-08-2006 04:12:33 | More by marksto
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

I was drawn by the name Samuel Adams, self proclaimed brewer of the finest brews. To date not disappointed. So I see this Winter Brew and its a must try. In a pilsner glass the head is powerful to say the least. The beer pours a robust copper color. A fine lacing is left on the sides of the glass as the head recedes like a tide up east. The smell is pungent and apple-like spicy reminds me of autumn and the changing of the colors. The taste is also spicy apple like with hints of cinnamon and allspice. Good weight, more than a characteristic lager. A pleasure to drink, a great companion to a hearty meat and potatoes meal. Not necessarily just a winter beer but should be out just before Thanksgiving. A bit hearty for a session beer but for any meal is excellent.

01-08-2006 02:00:28 | More by mooseisloose
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Appears a deep red brown with a slight red tone to it and a light tan head that slowly fades into a a small collar. Streaky lacing.
Smell is of dark wheat malt, caramel, mild cloves, cinnamon,and touch of apple, orange peel, and cocoa.
Taste is of the same mixed aromas with a decent sweetness that isn't cloying.
Mouthfeel is smooth, caramely sweet, slightly pickery with a medium bodied feel and a mild apple and light hop finish.
This is a nice beer. It's basically a Dunkelweizen brewed with a lager yeast instead of a Bavarian strain. Kind of a weird hybrid but a good idea that turned out rather nicely. I wish more American brewers would think of inventive hybrid styles like this.

01-06-2006 02:13:04 | More by weeare138
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MSchae1017

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

This was tasted in a mug from teh bottle.

The beer pours a amber color with a nice head that holds a little and laces a little. It smells and tastes like sweet malts and spices - probably cinnamon. There is almost no presence of hops. There is good thickness, but it is a little overcarbonated which seems to be pretty common for a Sam Adams product. But it is one of the better winter seasonals. Sure beats their cranberry lambic and Harpoon's Winter Warmer.

01-05-2006 17:53:07 | More by MSchae1017
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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