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

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5,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,281
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 64
Gots: 663 | 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 Meik
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent scent and appearance. Seems to be heavy on the cinnamon and ginger but that didn't throw it off to much for me.
Goes down nice and smooth with a little warming action while still staying light and tasty.
The only real downfall is the fact that only 2 came inside the Winter variety pack.

Photo of Tee76
4.84/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark amber color with a thick tannish white head.

S: Very malty and spicy, cinnamon and ginger are present.

T: DAMN good!! the taste is full of spices... molasses, ginger and cinnamon being the most present.

M: Full bodied and smooth, very rich and warming on the palate

D: Very High, one of the best tasting Winter beers i have ever had the pleasure of drinking.This beer is full flavored and goes down nicely. Only downfall is.... it's a seasonal beer

Photo of Darkhorse09
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber without any noticable head. I think this is the fault of the bartender. Little to no lacing. Good color though, really great amber rays when held to the light.

Aroma is one of malts, with some sprucy undertones. Wintery yes, but not really spicey or warm-smelling (if there is such a thing). Kind of a subtle aroma, I could have used more.

Taste is clearly malt and grain driven. Semi sweet, but also some bitter hops to balance. I find some caramel and what seems like charred chocolate. Almost a burnt, carbon flavor. Strange. Very dry finish.

M: Quite smooth, good carbonation. Nothing too notable here though.

D: Pretty good. It isn't really a show-stopper, but it's widely available and not bad at all.

Photo of MrStark
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a dark amber/copper with a nice two-finger off white head. Pretty good retention and a decent amount of sticky lacing.

Smell is mostly malts and spices and a hint of caramel as well. But overall not to potent an aroma.

Taste is quite good! A nice sweet malt upfront with caramel and spices, molasses and ciinnamon making a presence towards the end. A minuscule amount of hop bitterness to give it a nice balance.

Mouhfeel is medium bodied with a good mount of carbonation. Fairly rich and smooth.

Drinakblity is great! This would make a very nice session beer as it is quite flavorful and goes down smooth. I look forward to having many more of these in the coming cold winter months.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark orange/copper color with about one finger of off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing after each sip.

S: Pretty clean: Some basic hop and malt scents, along with ginger, cinnamon, and a little citrus.

T: Toasted malt up front and a fair amount of spice, similar to the nose. I taste cinnamon and ginger mostly, some caramel, and mild hops at the finish. Lots of good flavors here that are in decent balance. The sharpness of the spices overwhelmed my taste buds just a little.

M: A nice crisp beer with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: I really like this beer. As I noted above, the flavors could use just a little more balance, but overall it's tasty and very drinkable. When I go out to restaurants this time of year that don't have anything special on tap this is almost always what I get. This would be good to session as well.

Photo of rhollman
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark amber

Smell - Hints of spices

Taste - Slight taste of cinnamon and ginger with some hop bitterness

Mouth Feel - Starts crisp, slight burst of flavor, ends nicely with hop bitterness

Drinkability - Pleasant to drink. As the beer warms up, the slight spice is no longer noticeable and the hops finish very well - Cheers!

Photo of natelocc787
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An old friend of mine. One of the beers that got me started years ago. Mediocre example of the style, malty and spicy with little hop presence. The thing I did appreciate about this beer was the alcohol bite which warms you on those cold winter nights and also the spice character. Nutmeg, vanilla extract and cinnamon were all present. Still not very tasty, close to a cola feel and a bitterness from spice in the finish that is mildly unpleasant.

Photo of steveh
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have never reviewed this long-time favorite, here goes.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a very persistent, dense, off-white head.

S -- Pretty weak aroma, not much coming from the beer but some vague spiciness -- maybe some light cinnamon and bready malt.

T -- Flavor trumps whatever is missing from the aroma. Sweet, dark bread-crust, toasty malts and nuttiness with some slightly vinous character back, finishes with a hint of molasses that heightens the dark bread character. Spicy hop character blends with sweet malts in the aftertaste. No fruit character to my palate, but for the vaguely tart vinous character -- I suppose that could be orange peel, but I'd be reaching.

M -- Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D -- Very nice drinker for cooler to colder days and nights.

Photo of bsp77
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, somewhat dark copper with reddish highlights. Thin off-white head. Not much lacing but the color simply looks hearty.

Smell: Faint fruity malts and faint winter spices. Key word "faint". But what's there seems good.

Taste: Mostly malt driven, highlighted by bread, toast, cherry and a slight wheat taste. The winter spices (particularly the nutmeg) are more noticeable on the finish. Besides for the spices and slight wheat taste, it is Bock-like.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice, hearty winter lager with just a touch of spice so you can't forget the upcoming festivities. Of course, this isn't really a Bock. A Bock with wheat and spices? Nein!

Photo of jsh420
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours clear carmel redish brown with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells a bit watery and thin - carmel malts tiny bit of spice

taste - much better then the nose - lots of spices nutmeg & cinnamon - a decent body of sweet carmel malts with a bit of hops

mouthfeel is nice and light/medium - well carbonated to giive it life

drinkabiltiy is good - one of the better seasonal SA beers

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, saw these in stock at my local Bev Mo today and despite it being mid October and almost 90 today I couldn't resist picking up a sixer of these.

Appearance - Pours a dark red/amber color with over a finger of fluffy white head that dissipates relatively fast but is leaving some decent lacing on the sides.

Smell - Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps some clove. There is a definite sweet/malty scent to this also, after the initial spices wane away. Overall smells extremely inviting and I can't wait to dive into one of my favorite beers (one of my first craft brews that led me into the great land of good craft beer).

Taste - Yes! I missed this so much. I was hoping it would taste just like it did last year (for some reason SA's Octoberfest this year did NOT remind me of what I had last year so I was worried my tastes had changed so much my old favorites would never taste good to me again). This is for sure how I remember the brew from last year and it definitely has more of a cinnamon note to it as others have said. After the initial spice kick you get a toffee/malty taste at the end. Extremely well balanced for the amount of spices in it.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation that ever so slightly prickles the tongue at the end of the sip.

Drinkability - Very much so. I can't wait for it to get a bit cooler outside so I can sit out in the cool autumn air with a jacket and enjoy a few of these on the porch. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this today and couldn't help myself to having one tonight. I can't wait for the other SA Winter Seasonals to come out! My god I'm going to stock up on those!

Photo of OverToad
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Winter classics I picked up at Kroger.

First off I'm glad they dropped last years label "Winter Brew" and put back the label "Winter Lager" on it.

This years brew I noticed more Cinnamon that last years which was a nice welcome. I look forward to this bad boy every year from SA.

I love this brew, but of course it takes a back seat to old Fezzie.

Photo of smibroncos
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a rich caramel, with a one finger diminishing light brown head. Light lacing clung to the glass.

S. Carmel, malt, allspice, nutmeg, leaves.

T. Sweet malt, fall and winter spices. Nice bitter finish.

M. Great balance, great carbonation. Rich flavor.

D. I will buy a few more of these this season. A good session beer with, alot of flavor.

Photo of Anthony1
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

has a nice brownish/amber appearance, filtered. had a nice head that stuck around for most of the beer. smell i found hints of the spices they claim to have, but mainly strong malty presence. taste more of the same as with the smell. mouthfeel is what you would expect as well as the drinkability. certainly a beer made for average beer drinkers, or drinking of high quantities; nothing too stand out here.

Photo of psujesus
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow what a great beer

pours a nice golden copper color with a foamy white head, an awesome wintery smell to this beer, just like the bottle says it goes great with apple pie as i can taste the malty sweetness and cinnamon spice, as far as drinkability goes i finished this one too quick and need to get a six pack of this

whenever i get a chance to head to the Sam Adam's Brewpub im def getting a few of these

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a rich amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells malty with some spices. Taste starts of malty and finishes bitter. Medium bodied in the mouth. A little heavy on the stomach to drink to many of these. Overall a fairly decent beer.

Photo of goblue3509
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper color with a one finger off white head. The smell of of roasted malts, caramel, and some bread. The taste is of roasted malt up front with a slight hop bitterness on the back end to balance out the flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly more carbonated than what i expected for a bock. Overall the drinkability on this is above average, solid selection.

Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Amber and copper hues, not much head but thin lacing

S-Light malts and breads, faint spicing

T-Light raosted malts and toasted bread with good hop charachter, spices a little lacking

M- medium body with slighlt sticky finish.. mild bubbly carbonation, but works with the style and flavor

D- decent but lacking a little in all departments

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a best before date printed on it.

Appearance: The body has a very dark coppery color with a thick off white head on top. The head is thick, creamy, has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Its aroma is light with just a hint of spices coming though a modest, sweet dark malt.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a good layer of dark sweet malt with notes of sugar, caramel and lightly roasted grain mixed with just hint of spices. The spices don't really jump out at you but they add just enough subtle complexity. The hops adds another level of leafy/spice and some bitterness for balance as well. The hops come out a little more in the finish and leave a slight mineral note behind. The palate is smooth and slick with light carbonation and a solid medium body.

Notes: This is a great winter beer with a good balance of flavor, complexity and drinkability.

Photo of biggred1
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 pack of this cheap,and still fresh (for another week anyway!)

Dark scarlet orange with a whipped tan head that leaves some fine lace on the glass. The smell is biscuit malty and spicy with cinnamon and orange zest. It tastes much like the smell, spicy and clovey with sweet maltiness and a dry faint hop bite in the finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. A good winter brew for the money.

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2 finger off white head that dissipated at a medium rate. Good retention on the head that leaves thick lacing. Beer color is clear dark copper color. It looks to have some decent carbonation.

Smells of malts, spices, and some caramels.

Tastes of roasted malts and spices. A small amount of bitterness towards the end adds a nice touch. The alcohol is barely apparent in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinks easily. Good beer for a cold winter day.

Photo of wspscott
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Dark copper color with thin, creamy white head. Makes me think of an octoberfest for some reason, probably the color.
S: A hint of spice, not obvious what kind. No hops at all.
T: Muted wheat, expected a little more malt character given the color. The spices become more apparent as it warms, still not obvious what type of spices.
M: Crisp, tingly carbonation
D: Goes down easy, very smooth and easy to reach for another, at the same time not very memorable. Perhaps this would have been better a couple of months ago. Worth trying for something different. I won't complain about this being in the mix next winter when I want Old Fezziwig (unlike Cranberry lambic).

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color with a white head and good lacing.

S: Spicy with some citrus hints.

T: Sweet with spcied notes. Plenty of spices going on here--perhaps a little too much.

M: Medium bodied and fairly chewy.

D: Good winter beer. Another solid seasonal from the BBC.

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

A deep, clear, copper amber with a large fluffy head. Good retention and lacing. Gentle and constant streams of carbonation.

Smell is sweet and roasted malt with a large bready yeastiness. A light floral hoppiness and faint spicy melange. Hints of scotch like alcohol.

Taste is butterscotch and malt sweetness. Holiday spices mix with a yeasty fruitiness. Hops are mild and gentle, cleanig the tastebuds. Feel is medium weight mildly effervescent.

An easy drinking enjoyable beer, you quickly look for another when the glass is empty.

Thanks for this one Jim! You do good work.

Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the bar, now trying it from a bottle at home.

Categorized as a bock and on clearance made me pick this up, knowing I could still enjoy a few of these during the season.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Color is a dark amber/copper. Clear. Pours about a 1/2 finger slightly off-white head. Fizzles down to a thin layer, more foam built up on the edge of the glass. Leaves some thick splattered lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty. Definitely has the winter spices in it, but also has the 'bock-ness" to it. A tad of licorice comes of the end and also some brown sugar. It has a very inviting smell. Really tempts you to drink it.

Taste: right of the bat spices hit me. Enough ginger to remind me of a ginger-bread cookie. Very malty with spices. Leaves a lager-like aftertaste (yes bock is a lager).

Mouthfeel comes off a tad crisp, but then gets very smooth, almost creamy. The alcohol makes its appearance here. Leaves a bitterly dry aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. My grades for this beer on tap and bottle seem fairly accurate which is a good thing. This one will definitely be in my fridge next winter.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,281 ratings.