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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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4,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,561
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 37
Gots: 228 | 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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Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.2/5  rDev +17%

In the winter sampler pack.

A: Dark clear amber-brown topped by an off-white, mostly fading small head that leaves only a small ring, but a surprising amount of lacing.

S: Malty-biscuity with a bit of coffee in the background, toasted white bread with apple-butter(?) on it.

T: More malt depth and sweetness, but not cloying. Nice dry hoppiness without too much bitterness. A bit of sourness is there too -- nice surprise: reminds me a little of a Belgian Dubbel. There's a spiciness that is quite notable -- pepper, cloves stuck into whole oranges. Really nice.

M: Nice round thickness. Much fuller feel than you might think from the small head.

D: Goes down nice and smooth. May I have another, please?

Overall, surprisingly delightful and rich beer. A macro with a craft touch. Gotta go get some more. Sad there are only two in the twelve-pack.

12-04-2005 04:46:58 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of nathanho


2.78/5  rDev -22.6%

Stong pour, ample head, moderate lacing, bland amber - slight haziness?

Light wheat and spice smell; strong metal & some citrus.

Malt, spice, metal - metal ruins taste as well as good aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good except ruined by pervasive metal.

Metal ruins decent drinkability, also.

Tastes like it came out of a dirty tap. I like this beer minus the metal - did I mention the metal? Perhaps a re-review is in order at a later point in time.

12-03-2005 04:08:48 | More by nathanho
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

This beer came an orange gold with a creamy head that fell a bit but was sustained for the duration. Smells like a little cranberry sourness, an apple sweetness, a slight dry hop and a bit of grain. Tastes like blueberries, currants a touch of grapefruit with nice molasses sweetness. A few spices seem to be hiding in here as well. Mouth feel is full with a light carbonation. This is a tasty sipping beer. Lively enough to get your attention, but not overpowering.

12-02-2005 14:22:11 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of SacoDeToro


3.95/5  rDev +10%

Let's give credit where credit is due. Despite the relative size and popularity of Sam Adams beers, they still make a very worthy effort to please the afficionado with a large selection of tasty full-time, limited edition and seasonal beers. Okay, I'm still trying to forgive them for Sam Adams Light, but whatever...

The Winter Lager is a very balanced and flavorful bock-type beer. It's color is a dark amber with a light tan head that disipates quickly. The aroma is heavy on sweet caramel maltiness. No hop aroma is present and the hops in this beer due their job in just balancing out the intense Munich maltiness. There is an addition of wheat malt which adds some creaminess to the brew as well. Alcohol is present on the nose with slight banana undertones. Considering the intense maltiness of this beer, the mouthfeel is not too thick or chewy, which makes it easy to quaff.

Grab a bottle and let it prepare you for the Sam Adams Double Bock this Winter.

12-02-2005 04:44:26 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of Shovelbum


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Arrived with a thin white head over a translucent brown-body. Light aroma of caramel malt. More caramel malt in the flavor with a noticeable hop bitterness and tea-like grain notes. Lean to medium in body. Slightly crisp in the mouth, finishes smooth with a mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

A bit more hop character than the standard SA Boston lager. Darker and more body too, but not as well balanced as its non-seasonal counterpart. Although, the warming alcohol presence does help it out.

12-01-2005 14:57:41 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of stof0048


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

A: Poured this into a beer mug. Poured an amber color with a thin head that quickly disipated. Moderately sticky lacing.

S: Malts, dark candies, hint of spice and some floral aromas.

T: Dark malts, slightly hoppy flavor, dark sugars/fruits (plums...). Actually rather imressed with this beer (this is actually my first sampling of Sam Adams).

M: Nice mouthfeel, smooth, medium body, carbonation become apparent as it goes over the tongue.

D: Pretty easy to drink, will definitely have to acquire a little more of this stuff as I could easily enjoy a few of these in a night.

Overall, I'm very impressed with this. I haven't actually tried any Sam Adams before this but must admit that it's better than I was expecting. Can't wait to try again.

12-01-2005 04:03:41 | More by stof0048
Photo of rowew


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Presentation: Purchased as part of the Holiday sampler. 12 oz longneck with Samuel Adams embossed on the neck. Best by date notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a very frothy, large head. Head leaves quite a bit of lacing as it slowly fades. Very good retention.

Smell: Sweet malt, and as it warms up you can detect some pumpkin pie spice aromas in there. Just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Sweet malt start and then a little bit of floral hop flavor. The spice comes mainly in the aftertaste.

Overall impression: Nice winter warmer - not overly complex but well made. Nice for the cold winter evenings to come.

11-30-2005 21:38:49 | More by rowew
Photo of metallistout


4.45/5  rDev +24%

I could have swore that this beer tasted different a couple of years ago. Still a good brew, but I thought that it had more hop presence in it.

Pours a reddish copper color, with a large foamy head that stuck around for a pretty long while.

Smells of orange, cinnamon, ginger, pine?, and malty tones.

Tastes mostly of malt, a decent amount hops, but mostly spices of the aromas nature.

Deffinately taste the spices and malt, a good beer, but I would prefer maybe a little more hops. I had to review this beer over because I drank it a different temperature(let it warm up a little)and it had much more flavor. I was thinking that it needed to be really cold like most lagers, but you can pretty much drink it at ale temperatures.

11-30-2005 02:23:21 | More by metallistout
Photo of danielharper


4/5  rDev +11.4%

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

I poured this into a clean pint glass -- it formed a dark amber body with a tiny off-white foamy head that stuck around for the length of the beer, despite being thin. Looks a bit like soap suds at the end of the brew.

Aroma is strong with fruit and quite a bit of winter spices. Very nice, floral bouquet here -- I'm enjoying the nose quite a bit and find it very inviting for the beer as a whole, despite not being incredibly complex.

Grainy and granulated spice presence up front on the taste, with a fruity finish and a slight astringent aftertaste. No real hop presence noted, but the yeast gives this a pleasant flavor overall. Nice.

Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, coating the throat and palate admirably and leaving me wanting more. Mild carbonation helps to keep this one smooth but interesting.

I guess it's a four straight down. This is far from a perfect beer, but it's very pleasant, doesn't get in the way of itself, and makes me happy to be drinking it. Nothing really amazing, but for what it is it is relatively flawless. High marks for style.

11-29-2005 03:42:44 | More by danielharper
Photo of Tim460


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a dark amber with an off white, slightly tan head. Smells malty, cinnamon, with a slight hint of caramel and citris. Taste is caramel with malt sweetness, though slightly bitter in the back end. Medium bodied, goes down smooth but carbonation is apparent. Highly drinkable with its low alcohol and mild taste, not too sweet. I enjoy the Winter Lager more than their other seasonal offerings, but there are several better available in this years holiday 12 pack.

11-29-2005 01:36:27 | More by Tim460
Photo of jakester


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

This is from the Sam Adams Winter sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Expiry date clearly notched on the label.

Pours a hazy copper/brown with a 1/2 finger head of off-white foam. The head eventually falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation looks medium.

Aroma is spicy cinnamon, citrusy, (from wheat?), sweet caramel, with no real fruit smells. Almost smells like a wheat bock.

Flavor is smooth citrusy wheat, sweet caramel, cinnamon, and vanilla. Not fruity at all, but clean and slightly sweet. Aftertaste is sweet and spicy from cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation across the tongue. Finish is lip-smacking sweet.

This is a pretty straightforward holiday beer, but the wheat certainly adds a nice complexity. There is the usual cinnamon flavor, with the added citrus/tartness from wheat. Dark malts make this caramel sweet and rich. Recommended.

11-28-2005 20:57:29 | More by jakester
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours out a slightly-cloudy light-brown color with a fairly large off-white head of big bubbles and streaming carbonation.

Smell is fruity, with some lemon and orange citrus notes coming through, with lots of caramel, baked-bread, and a little bit of alcohol.

Flavor is similarly doughy, with biscuit and caramel flavors coming to the front, and the little citric fruitiness blending well with some spices, cinnamon and nutmeg maybe, underneath. The alcohol is not present like it is in the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium.

Overall: Solid, drinkable winter warmer, but not as good as Old Fezziwig.

11-28-2005 01:18:35 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of kmcnair


3.05/5  rDev -15%

Another bottle from Sam's mixed winter brew collection.

Pours a nice dark copper color and makes a nice fluffy eggshell colored head that lingers around for a bit, makes some nice lacing as well. Aroma is strong of malt and winter spices, particularly cinnamon. Rich malty flavor, very little bittering or hop character, very slight spice in the background, a bit bready, some caramel sweetness. Light to medium body, peppery carbonation, finishes a bit sticky. Not bad, but not my favorite offering from Boston Beer Co.

11-26-2005 05:30:11 | More by kmcnair
Photo of OStrungT


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

This beer pours a golden brown color with a light brown, fluffy head. The head fades slowly, leaving mediocre laces. This beer has a malty biscut like aroma. I detect a slight spicy aroma as well. It has a very slightly fruity aroma also. I detect a very subtle, mild hop aroma. This beer tastes biscut like. It is malty sweet. I taste a decent spice flavor. Cinnamon flavors are noticable. It has a very slight hop flavor, but it is almost not detectable. This beer goes down smooth leaving a spicy, biscut like aftertaste. This beer is maybe just a little over carbonated. I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the mild flavor is quite appealing. This is always one of the beers I look forward to at Christmas time.

11-26-2005 03:18:26 | More by OStrungT
Photo of SteveO1231


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Grabbed the Sam Adams Winter Pack, my yearly holiday ritual.

The winter lager poures a reddish brwon with bright orange hilights.Nice bubbly tan head that fades to a bubbly lacing.

Big malt aroma, smells of winter spices and fruit.

Thick on the palate. Breadlike tatse. light Very malty giving it a fruity raisin flavor. A little winelike. Nice light bitter finish. Crisp and clean.

Enjoyed the winter lager with some Thanksgiving leftovers and it complimented it perfectly.

11-26-2005 02:28:30 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of bahumutx


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant copper in color. Very nice looking beer. Had a 2 finger head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: Smells of malt and a slight cinnamon smell. A slight wheat smell is also present.

Taste: Starts off sweet with a malt presence. There are hints of cinnamon and ends with a wheat taste and slight hop bitterness. There is also a slight alcohol warming which is appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel: Good Mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could have a few of these in a sitting.

This is my first beer of this style and look forward to trying others. Once again a good offering from the Boston Brewing Company. Keep up the good work!!

11-23-2005 02:47:15 | More by bahumutx
Photo of Naes

New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%

This is a dark brown lager with hues of amber/red showing through. The head is a two finger off white froth that leaves behind decent lacing.
The aroma is of cinnamon and malt.
The flavor is dominated by the malt, with a slight hop presence and the cinnamon and spice in the finish.
Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated.
Although the malt is the dominant flavor in this brew, it is not overpowering.
This is not a stand out beer, but is still a quality one. It’s not a bad addition to the winter mix pack.

11-22-2005 02:32:05 | More by Naes
Photo of fromage


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Probably my favorite of the winter mix pack.

Poured slightly warmed into a pilsner glass. Dark amber color, with a great deal of bubbling. Small white head that quickly faded.

Smell wasn't so good coming out of the bottle--got a lot of ethanol. Once poured, I caught whiffs of brown sugar and cinnamon, maybe best described as cinnamon raisin bread. Some caramel. Not terribly complex.

Good bite, somewhat gingery. Moist sweet bread again. Fades into a spicey finish, cinnamon and ginger.

Good medium mouthfeel. A bit too much carbonation at first, but satisfying later.

I could definitely drink a few of these. A beer you can keep tasting and that doesn't really fade away. Definitely good with a wide array of food too.

11-22-2005 00:42:03 | More by fromage
Photo of jmz62565


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Another Sam beer with a nice two finger head and a dark amber color.You can say what you want,their beers always look good.The smell is a little disappointing,average at best,with some spices and a little cooked veggie smell.This does taste pretty good however.A nice mix of malt and holiday spices make me look forward to this beer each year.It's not Sam's best beer,but it's still pretty good.

11-21-2005 23:11:45 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Mitchel


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Definitely a great color, a dark red/copper. An off-white, head with smooth lace and strong carbonation. Smells of delicate cinnamon and orange with bolder aroma of toasty malt.

A little too much carbonation for my taste; it seems to kick you right in the teeth as soon as it touches the tongue. This beer has the classic bitterness of Sam Adams products but is nicely hopped. This is an especially toasty and very malty beer, but this is exactly what one should be looking for in a winter brew. Really well rounded beer with a great warming feeling for those chilly winter nights; enjoy in front of the fire.

11-21-2005 21:30:55 | More by Mitchel
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Deep brown color. Aroma of cinnamon and ginger which blends with the roasty sweetness of the malted barley and hint of citrus from the orange peel. This winter lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming.

Another solid seasonal offering from Samuel Adams.

11-21-2005 01:00:16 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of mattcrill


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%

Part of the Beers of Winter sampler pack.

Appearance: A clear ruby pour with a dirty white head develops. No visible carbonation noted in the body.

Smell: A touch of carmel, maple syrup, and some light yeasty notes on the aroma.

Taste: Maple, honey, carmel, and a vague nuttiness all jump off the palate. Very delicate and nicely balanced. A touch toward the sweet end but never cloying or over the top. Malt is assertive but not over done.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and enjoyable carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable. Another fine example from Sam Adams. Winter warmers don't generally impress me but this one is well done. I like it and I could even see warming this up and adding some mulling spices. Definitely recommended.

11-20-2005 19:07:18 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

A- browish amber with a decent offwhite head.

S- not a real strong smelling beer. only things i can detect are hints of malt and grain

T- big malt flavor leading to some hop spice and bitterness at the finish. little alcohol presence.

M- medium body with decent carbonation. a little creamy

D- the flavor is well balance with no harsh domination flavors. pretty easy drinker.

overall- this was the first "craft" beer ive had back a couple years ago. it taste absolutely nothing like i remember. for me its a nice, easy to find seasonal beer. nothing spectacular but just solid and easy to drink.

11-20-2005 18:44:55 | More by Gritsak
Photo of shererjt


2.7/5  rDev -24.8%

Poured a dark red-copper clear. Light carbonation and a small head. Full aroma; raisins and cherries(?) but not much in the way of hops or malt.

Medium-to-full body and very fruity for a lager. Lots of cherry flavor. Some malt, but the fruit/spice dominates. I wouldn't describe the flavor as bad, though I wouldn't say it's particularly good either. Has a little sourness that's balanced by a malty finish. Definitely intended for sipping.

This is a hard beer for me to describe. The spice/flavoring is too overpowering to get a feel for the underlying beer. While I generally enjoy winter beers tremendously, this one just didn't do it for me. I think toning down the other stuff and ramping up the beer itself would improve it, but then again there's no accounting for taste.

11-20-2005 02:47:43 | More by shererjt
Photo of ryantupy


4.28/5  rDev +19.2%

I picked this one up at Old Chicago for their winter beer fest and found it to be much more enjoyable that I expected it to be. It poured a very nice reddish copper color with a small head. It smelled mostly of toasted hops and spices. It ahs a nice level of carbonation and tastes great. It has a nice kick to it making it a very enjoyable beer. It tastes of spices, toasted hops, and a hint of caramel.

11-19-2005 20:02:18 | More by ryantupy
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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