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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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4,881 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,881
Reviews: 1,866
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 58
Gots: 382 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of jar2574
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark ruby color, biege head which is not as thick as I'd like. It smells of honey, hops & spices.

The taste is sweet upfront, with a malty aftertaste. Not enough kick here for me, especially for a lager.

I'm not into the mouthfeel -- too flat and boring.

Average drinkability. Nothing special.

jar2574, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hell yeah for a sam adams holiday sampler pack

A- clear brownish copper amber with rising bubbles. 2 huge inches of puffy beige foam has great retention and chunks of spit-bubble lace.

S- cinnamon toffee, tobacco like toasted malt, dried grass

T- mild cinnamon up front, a bit watery, but opens up into a tart malty caramel with a woodsy hop finish that is quickly chased away by more barley.

MF- thin crisp and refreshing, sits medium bodied though. clean semi dry and medium carbonation

D- a bit less than what i expected from the boston sam and from a so-called bock, but still flavorful enough to drink in succession without gettin bored.

hustlesworth, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish copper color with visible carbonation. Half inch head dissipates to thin layer and leaves lacing all the way down. Not a strong aroma. Taste is not overly sweet the malt is nicley balanced with the hops. Sometimes there is a slight taste of pepper. Feels just a bit thin but a very drinkable beer. I've been drinking this regularily since it came out (here) a few weeks ago. I am not at all tired of it.

CDBeerDisappear, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up their winter sampler today, this was #1 ; pours a clear, med. copper-brown w/ a thin tan head which dissaptes quickly leaving little lacing ; not a strong aroma, a faint caramel/ munich malt smell w/ some nuts and hop in there as well ; a little thin on the flavor as well, for a bock, a malty caramelish flavor, a faint nutty undertone too, a slightly alcoholic finish ; a good med. bodied brew, sweet, yet dry, good carbonation as well ; a drinkable brew, for sure, i could drink this one anytime, even in the summer...

animal69, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"For Brewery-Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched: APR"
Part of an 07/08 SA Winter Classics 12-pack I picked up from the Columbia Schnuck's for $14.39.

a: Translucent dark amber with a frothy white head that slowly settles leaving lace behind.

s: Caramel, gingerbread, and dark malt.

t: Well mixed, sweet caramel malt, then some spices, then comes the hop finish. A farely complex flavor with everything in balance.

m: Smooth, medium body, nice finish.

d: My main complaint with bocks is excessive sweetness, but that's not a problem with this one. I'd be happy to have several in one sitting.
One of my favorite bocks, an excellent winter seasonal, good warming effect.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of barleyman
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the brown glass 12 oz. bottle into my straight sided beer tumbler. A very attractive mahogany color below the ample dark white head. Aromas of bread, raisins and clove. Taste is of very nicely balanced malt and orange peel. A little light on the hop. The recipe varies from year to year and this one is a little on the light side, but not to light for the style. Drinkability is very nice, light and quite sessionable.

barleyman, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of spiffysamurai
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pat's Orono ME

A: The beer came in a darker amber color with a little head.

S: The beer smelled of typical winter flavors, cinnamon, nutmeg and spices.

T: The beer was a nice tasting bringing in the winter flavor.

M: Very soft and easy on the mouth

D: Easy to drink and smooth.

spiffysamurai, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a amber color with golden highlights, with a moderately thick, off white head that lingers, leaving some lace on the glass.

S - Hints of citrus with some roasted malts in the background.

T - Spice flavor combined with some hop bitterness, very light grainy finish

M - Feels a bit thin

D - Not too spicy, easy to drink.

hiikeeba, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured (from chilled bottle into pint glass) bright amber with touch of mandarin head with respectable head and average legs.

Smell: Mild sweetness with cinnamon, carmel and perhaps citris accents. The boys did a spiffy job of mixing them together.

Taste: No wheat taste but more of initial caramel with ending dryness and mild hoppyness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and tight with low ABV noticeable and dash of spiced character.

Drinkabiliy: easy and does justice to the Winter label.

Brianmerrilyn, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always enjoy this brew from their Winter Seasonal pack, a definite highlight this time of year. This brew pours a very clear red with a thicker head than some bocks I have had in the past. Chocolate, caramel and some other sweet spices flow through the aroma of this brew. Some faint chocolate in the taste a touch of orange, cinnamon and nutmeg.

A tad thin, but overall a very solid brew.

saintwarrick, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 3W & the Blue Bar, Litchfield, Conn.

A: Poured a rich, dark amber with a thin layer of foam which fled rather quickly, leaving me staring straight down through the brew.

S: Smells sweet, earthy and a little spicy.

T: Definitely sweet and malty, with very light hops. Doesn't scream "winter," but it's toasty to some degree.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and smooth. Clean hopping takes some of the sticky sweetness out of the malt.

D: A great session brew and one of Sam's better seasonal brews. Sometimes those Fezziwigs and porters get a little craxy around the holidays.

Overall, a pretty nice standard for the winter months, waiting for the White Ale to come out. It seems to stick around for too long, however, as does the Summer Ale. Not so much a complaint about the beer, which is solid, so much as SA's seasonal greed. Ba-humbug.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a crystal clear amber/brown ale with a huge fluffly white head that stuck to the glasses on top that left pretty decent glasses.

S- sweet malty flavors waft through the thick head. solid for a bock

T- a smooth malty flavor that builds up, giving a nice balanced bock flavor

M- was a smooth bodied medium carbonation ale that flowed quite well over the tongue

D- a solid bock, pretty good session beer too

Atron67, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of KCoemgen
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I would agree with most of what has been said here about the Winter Lager. The only thing I would ad is that the flavours come out much more once the beer warmed up a little. I would recommend leaving this one out on the counter for about ten minutes before drinking.

KCoemgen, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A very clear amber with two fingers of creamy off-white head that settles to a ring and a thin layer in a matter of moments. Bubbles constantly, and the bubbles form little colonies on top of the beer.

S- Sweet, wonderful caramelly malt, a bit of (cascade?) hops to balance, and just a hint of spice... nutmeg? yummy.

T- Caramel malt, lots of grain flavor, a hint of maple, and a slight tinge of metal. A bit weak for a bock, but tasty nonetheless.

M- Smooth, medium-full, medium carbonation, but the finish is a bit dry and not particularly enjoyable.

D- Quite drinkable. I could have several of these in a night. It has just the right balance to make it a very easy-drinking lager, but also that extra flavor that makes it sooo much better than a typical macro lager.

khiasmus, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugghh, another Nebraska winter. At least there's a nice selection of winter brews to pass the time.

Nice, deep dark reddish brown with slight lacing on the glass. Smell is ok: sweet and malty, with a hint of cinnamon and spices. Taste varied: my first bottle featured a nice, complex flavor of sweet malts, orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg. But since that first bottle, all subsequent bottles have just been that sweet, bready malty taste similar to an Octoberfest, which is OK by me, because I like SA's O-fest. However, that first bottle with those different flavors was delicious.

All in all, nother nice SA seasonal offering.

WaveRebel51, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good winter beer. It pours a beautiful amber color with a nice thick copper head that sticks to the sides of the glass really well. It has a rich malty aroma with hints of spices that I couldn't really make out in the aroma. The taste brought them out though. It has a really nice rich roasted malty taste with hints of hops and some cinnamon. It has a sweet aftertaste and really good mouthfeel. This is one excellent winter beer. I definately recommend it.

erosier, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of jdg204
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed quite a few of these brews during a weekend trip to PSU for the big game against Purdue (a win!). A great cold weather brew and another in a line of good lagers I've had lately.

Appearance - Rich auburn color with a plump white head that stayed very nicely.

Smell - Decent malt odor with a hint of chocolate and cinnamon.

Taste - Well balanced malt flavor with chocolates and other spices coming through quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - Thick, satisfying texture with a clean finish and a very nice aftertaste leaving you wanting more.

Drinkability - One of the better Sam Adam's seasonals and a good choice for my first Bock (I've had Doubles, but my first single). Definetly on a Lager kick now and I'm looking forward to more to come, specficially Sam's Double Bock. Definetly starting to see the potential everyone see's in better Lagers and I'm on a quest to find the best.

jdg204, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of crazybrody06
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Amber color nice 2 finger offwhite head. some lacing in the glass. Smell is spicy, nutty, some hops. Taste is some spices, oranges, hops, some sweet caramel.
Mouthfeel is good for a lager. Drinkablity is high. Cant wait to get a sixer. Overall very nice winter brew, look forward to this one every year.

crazybrody06, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light/clear mahogany color with a thin fuzzy light tan head and good lace. The aroma is clean toffee but very thin, hard to detect the complexities that are to come in the flavor. The taste first announces raisin and nutmeg and more toffee malt. It's a little nutty and mildly carbonated. Fairly thin bodied, not unlike many bocks. Kind of winelike and even a bit grassy at moments. Pretty drinkable none-the-less. Definitely interesting, a fair amount going on and recommended for a taste. Not your average bock.

Durge, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites from Sam Adams, Winter Lager is a very nice accompaniment to the onset of Winter, a good bock that can go with the season's hearty dinners or with dessert. A terrific amber color, Winter Lager pours a great head--really a beer with a terrific presentation. The taste brings out multiple flavors, with mild citrus, good spices such as ginger and cinnamon, and a strong malty flavor. It finishes well, and is easy to have a few of. An excellent creation from Sam Adams.

Gehrig, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head that dissipated into a light cap. The smell is of wine grapes, has some woody characteristics. The taste is of brown bread malt, raisins, sweet with hints of caramel, a bit buttery. I don't pick up much in spiciness. The feel is moderate and very crisp, finishes smooth and balanced, though perhaps a touch on the sweet side. A very easy drinking brew, no off-putting flavors though nothing fantastic.

Gmann, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, Pa.
Served cool in an Imperial pint glass.

A - A deep copper/caramel brown w/ a sliver of a light tan head. Sporadic lace is strewn as the lager is sipped.

S - A nutty woody malt aroma is dominant. A light caramel note is found in the bready aroma and a faint smell of spiced hops.

M - Medium, slick and fully carbonated w/ sweet malt and a clean finish. The effervescence is a bit aggressive for my taste. At least for the style, anyway.

T - There is a gentle caramel note w/ sweet and lactic malt flavors that are rather mild. The carbonation kind of overwhelms the chance to taste the malt and a light hop spice is barely detected. Pretty average flavors nowhere near the complexity of some other notables. Not as interesting as the Longshot or other seasonal products that SA has produced recently.

D - Barely passable, but may go well with greasy onion rings or cheddar skins to cut through. Just ok for me. It seems like it may be more drinkable when compared to the lineup at TGI Fridays.

had recently so decided to re review
A-dark brown with haze and thick cream, smell is slight toasted grain with mild yeast ester and light spice/nuts. The feel is pretty light somewhat dry with moderately high carbonation
Taste is good with moderately high malt impact with mellow toasted grain and mostly clean yeast flavor. Overall a pretty average beer, but is pretty drinkable

Slatetank, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark wheat lager brewed with spices is best enjoyed by April.

The bock pours a dark amber with a voluminous very light colored amber, almost off white head. Solid head retention and some spotted lacing.

Has that classic Sam Adams scent. Hint of orange and very little spices. Mostly a malty sweeter smelling lager. Somewhat medicinal or metallic at times.

Tastes of hints of caramel and spiced hops. I imagine that this is intended to be a sweeter spiced beer, but the spices are lacking. Often the problem with winter brews is too much spice, but here they are lacking. Unfortunately this lacks anything notable in smell or taste.

This said the mouthfeel and caramel notes are enjoyable. Very drinkable winter brew. Typically I look for heartier winter brews, but while not necessarily bad this is just okay.

Jmamay22, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of BDIMike
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Winter Lager is a nice American take on a German bock. The color is a perfect amber with just the right amount of head. The smell is much like a nice double bock from Germany. The taste is full taste with a lingering spiciness which is very nice. The mouthfeel is strong and thick. The drinkibility is great for the winter. Warms you up when you need it!

BDIMike, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/08 Winter. 12 oz. bottle. Enjoy before April. Ok.

Rich, clear auburn, it was a nice albeit brief head.

A malt dominated nose, laced with sweet caramel hints.

Lovely pallet though. A Light caramel followed by vanilla, cinnamon flavor and spice is present the whole way through. A complementary hop kick on the end. Very good.

Medium body, you'd probably feel a bit full after a session. But the flavor is habit forming.

joeskirkie, Nov 08, 2007
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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