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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
81
good

4,507 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,507
Reviews: 1,850
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 35
Gots: 202 | 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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bceaglejoe

Massachusetts

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

I had tried this beer on-tap before, and I had it again from what appears to be a fresher keg at a restaurant. My review has changed accordingly.

This beer poured a dark copper hue with about an inch-thick tan head. It smelled somewhat similar to Sam Adams Boston Lager, which is to say decent - not earth shattering.

The taste was so much richer when I let it warm up for a few minutes before drinking it. There was the slighest hint of hop bitterness coupled with an almost sweet taste on the front of my tongue. The spices this beer is supposedly brewed with are not as detectable as you might expect, but it's still quite a good beer.

I could certainly drink more than one of these in a sitting, particularly if I'm just hanging out with friends or enjoying a nice big multi-course meal. Beware the slightly higher alcohol content if you choose to drink more than one. It was definitely a nice winter seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2005 23:31:23 | More by bceaglejoe
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation a deep copper brown with a thin layer of foam, no lacing due to non beer clean glass.

Very floral smell with some malt and spice.

Taste was very metallic and citrusy with some sweet malt appearing the being replaced by a dry finish with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with some carbonation.

Quite drinkable if you like IPA's as this reminded me more of an IPA than anything else.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2005 23:17:08 | More by Citadel82
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very beautiful beer. Big frothy creme-colored head stays around for a long time and laces too, looking almost like a nitrogen-pour. Body is a crystal clear auburn/chestnut with small bubbles slowly rising to the surface. Smells of caramel and gingerbread, spicy, tart, and alive. Metallic from some continental hops. A hint of butter and some eathiness makes it smell like an English ale. Flavor is nondescript smooth caramel that is quickly joined by the metallic bitterness. A cinnamon-sugar taste is present throughout, but in just the right amount. Finish has some chocolate-covered lemon. Feel is thick and very smooth and lightly sweet - like a great candy. This is another good one.

I think that it is rediculous when BBC gets any crap on BA - their beers are solid and we owe them a ton for the role they serve in the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 18:28:56 | More by waughbrew
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KoG

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice brown hue with a decent head that leaves good lacing. Smell is inviting with a hint of caramel and spice, more subdued than other winter warmers I've sampled.

Taste is also lighter than expected but nice nonetheless. No real trace of alcohol but a good amount of hop is used to complement the spice and darker malt.

Mouth was smooth and retained good carbonation.

Not such a bad winter warmer but definately less complex than most. Doesn't have that "piney" or "sprucy" character that some may like, but i find this more drinkable than most as I'm not a big tree taste fan... unless its maple.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 09:26:40 | More by KoG
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GClarkage

California

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/29/04- Purchased at the local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz gray-blue bottle with a drink by April 2005 notch. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Nice foamy head, a reddish pour and above average lacing.

Smell- Slightly pungent. A bit of floral hops. A bit sweet also.

Taste- Very metallic tasting. Bitter hops abound, but they are subtle. Maybe some caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Can't get over this metallic taste. It pretty much ruins the whole experience for me. Wonder if I just got a bad batch. Truthfully, I wasn't expecting much anyway. No big loss here.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 20:58:31 | More by GClarkage
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maltedmilk

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with an off white head that leaves plenty of lacing. It smells sweet. However , it’s sweetness is pleasantly in the background. There is a mixture of tastes in there…a bit of spice ..some citrus. The carbonation is on the high side.

Not bad at all in my opinion, a nice beer for the night.

I noticed the sam adams website says 5.8 % abv while BA says 6.94%. Judging by the way it tastes and the way I feel after drinking a couple, I would go with the 5.8%.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 01:46:25 | More by maltedmilk
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anders36

Sweden

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber colour into the glass, the head disappears quickly. Malty aroma and some hints of caramel. Has a warming roasted malty taste, also a bit spicy taste. Spicy from orange peel i think. It has a bready aftertaste. A nice beer for the winter sessions.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 17:31:20 | More by anders36
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beertaster13

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great winter time beverage. Pours a nice oaked cherry with mohagany notes, the head is creamy/off white with good head retention. The smell is of dark roasted malts and nice syrup tones, hints of caramel tickle the nose. The taste has oaked rasins dipped in caramel, very nice but light enough to have more than enough. Light bodied and very nice, drink these and you won't want winter to end.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 02:38:15 | More by beertaster13
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Bones54

Ohio

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

Appearence: copper, however rather transparent. Pours a thick head, but does not last to long, eventually becoming a lasting thin cover over the brew. Lacing is minimal.
Smell: As far as winter/christmas brews go, none whats so ever. Faint smell of ginger and spice.
Taste: pepper and spice is definately present, however not as powerful as I was expecting.
Mouthfeel: Definately leaves a sticky taste.
Drinkability: much like many winter/christmas brews, the spice only allows me to have a few. I can stomach quite a few more of these than I can of GLB Chirstmas Ale, yet I don't think that's a good thing. There's something to be said for the overwhelming spice that accompanies this style of beer, and I believe Sam Adams is slightly off the mark.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 01:42:12 | More by Bones54
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear, deep amber color. Medium bodied. Floral nose. Light-medium carbonation. Starts prickly and malty with a little hops, mellow finish. More flavor as it warms. Much better than their regular lager. 83¢ for a 12oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 23:29:45 | More by jdhilt
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Truh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Met all three ghosts with this one on 12/11/2004. 16-oz. pint pour at Toad in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA.

Stuck, pea coat covering of seemingly creamy head. Deep, ruby red hue to an almost luminescent mahogany hue that is frozen like an icy pond cracking with temperature drops on a still night. Kind of a dewy, pre-pubescent malt character on nose with some nutmeg and just a touch of allspice thrown in for talking points. Washed up on the beach, driftwood malt fire-in-the-hole splash to start, with a me-love-you-long-time promise of some holiday spices, but there simply is no delivery. Malt is weak; simply unimpressed overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2004 13:42:32 | More by Truh
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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

Nice deep amber red pour with a tan head on top. Leaves some lacing in its wake as well. Caramel, cinammon, hints of citrus peel and spice. An odd grainy smell finds its way in there too...

A nice sweet caramel nut malt swirls with a nice blend of spiciness, cinammon and hints of cherries. Hints of wheat grains pop out as the brew goes down.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side but it smooth and easy to drink. I could have a few of these and it's nice on a cold night. Almost reminds me of a spiced up oktoberfest brew. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 03:01:20 | More by orbitalr0x
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freed

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New label this year, but I love this beer.

Pours a mahogany brown with a nice topping of brownish foam. Body has nice clarity and medium carbonation.

The aroma is of wheat and nutty malt with a sweet tarnish to it.

The taste is bready and sweet and has nice malt highlights. The starchiness is a bit much after a while as it makes it necessary to brush one's teeth after a beer or two. Still, the rich, warm, and almost fruity flavor is quite nice, and a winter treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 06:50:13 | More by freed
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surfmeister

California

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just don't like spiced beer...
great copper tone, full, sturdy head with great staying power, the spices in the smell and flavor were not overpowering by any means, I just didn't like em, I guess I just like hops and malt, I don't want my beer tasting at all like a pumpkin pie, also there was a sour note in the aftertaste that really bugged me

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 01:28:48 | More by surfmeister
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brewQ

Missouri

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

A respectable look, bronze color and fine bubbles forming a biscuit atop the brew.

The bottle says dark wheat with spice. I liked the malty caramel but my overworked taste buds can't pick out a particular spice.

A very balanced, drinkable beer. Makes me think well of the brewer in spite of their dorky commercials and tendency avoid distinctive brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 07:12:39 | More by brewQ
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misterscooter

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a very tall, very narrow pilsner glass at California Pizza Kitchen. The beer came out with a great looking head that gave off a great aroma and first taste. The beer was red with a hint of amber and smelled of raspberry and maybe cherry as well as some mild spices like nutmeg. That first taste with some head and beer gave me much of the same. Once I was strictly into the beer, it was smooth, although maybe a little too much carbonation for this type of beer. It did well with my pizza and it is definitely an annual beer that I would have again, although probably only one of these per sitting because of the sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2004 05:03:35 | More by misterscooter
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Higravity

Michigan

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

This is a slightly better than most middle of the road WW. It has complexity is the smell and the taste of roasted malt and perhaps a prolonged boil. There is some light spicing that must be going on perhaps some oragne zest and nutmeg, but very light touch as the malt prevails and the hops are present only as an after thought. It is a very nice beer that I would drink over SS WW any day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2004 13:58:12 | More by Higravity
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dgfair

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first beer from my 2004 Sam Adams Wimter Classics 12 pack. As a fan of the Boston Lager, I was looking forward to sampling the winter brews from BBC. The Winter Lager is a great start and did not disappoint. It pours a beautiful bright amber color with a slight off-white head about 1/4 inch thick. Not a great deal of aroma here, but I pick up small scents of nutmeg or cinammon that you may expect from a winter selection, plus some light hops and malt. The taste is nice with a good balance of hops and malt, and I also pick up a slight bitter fruity taste, almost reminding of the after-taste of a fresh sour apple. Carbonation is excellent and the lager fills your mouth and body with a jolt of wamth that you would hope for in a winter warmer. Drinkability is above average, as I could see myself drinking a number of these at a holiday gathering. Overall, a great start to my Winter Classics pack...although I am not looking forward to the Cranberry "lambic" based on the reviews I have read so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 04:59:07 | More by dgfair
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Sweet, malty aroma. The flavor is malty with a decent amount of hops. I find this beer to be overly sweet. There is a nice spiciness, but not too spicy like so many winter beers. Medium mouthfeel. Like most beers from Sam Adams, this beer is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 23:59:42 | More by beveragecaptain
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent choice to start the holidays, I could not get enough of this at a Christmas party last night. The hints of cinnamon made my mouth sparkle, along with its refreshing taste. Sam Adams continues to impress me. Everyone else around me, even those stubborn to drink anything besides BMC agreed this time. Aroma and appearance were not the highlights for this winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 01:10:49 | More by Backer2004
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babydoc

Kansas

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

Poured form a 12 ounce bottle notched "May". Pours clear, dark amber, with 1finger light caramel head that persisted until about half the pour was gone. Gorgeous curtains of fine bubbles- Perhaps this looked so good because I had just driven 240 miles...Nose is malt and gingerbread.

It tastes of sweet malts and spices, crackers and fruits, just enough hops to offset the sweetness. Some spiciness in the mix. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation up front, then creamy, with nice finish. Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 05:22:46 | More by babydoc
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Gagnonsux

Texas

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

Elements of the flavor of this beer remind of of Dixie Blackened Voodoo, I think that is because this beer has a molasses-like flavor. Appearance is amber-brown with average-sized, creamy head. Smell is treachy, nice and full. Taste is totally malty, with some taste of spices in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little creamy, which fits this beer nicely. This is an enjoyable beer, I like this more than the similar Blackened Voodoo, because this doesn't cloy.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 04:15:01 | More by Gagnonsux
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Stingray5

New York

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

2004 release. Been a while since I've had this. Label has changed, but the beer is as I remember it. Pours reddish brown with an impressive off white head that falls to a sustantial ring, large bubbles. Sweet fruit aroma with some spices, a little peppery. Creamy mouthful. Sweet malt in the taste with that slight metallic twang I notice in a lot of Sammys. Finishes with a nice hop kick. Warming alcohol notes, a very nice winter lager. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 02:31:20 | More by Stingray5
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skybluewater

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color. Head disappears quickly, no lace. Very standard lager smell, nothing special here. Taste isn't all that bad, although I'm not crazy about that special Sam Adams flavor.

Overall, this is an average brew. I'd return to it again, but only if I had to.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 05:02:48 | More by skybluewater
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soper2000

Texas

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

From the Winter Sampler pack. Poured aggressively, it offers a 1 finger white head with ok staying power. Body is a burnt amber. Aroma is of sweet malt and spice (corriander?). Taste offers up more spiciness. A surprising fruity apple finish is present. A decent beer which I seem to enjoy every winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 01:07:16 | More by soper2000
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,507 ratings.