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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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Ratings: 5,343
Reviews: 1,928
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 68
Gots: 755 | 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 saradad
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Olive Garden (not what I expected) in a 220z pilsner glass (again, unexpected) and found it quite tasty (as expected) the beer was a medium amber with orange-ish color under a 1" off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly leaving some decent if not overly impressive lacing on the glass. The smell was hard to quantify perhaps due to the restaurant surroundings but light malt and even a lighter spice were present. The taste was first sweet malt (caramel?) and spice (nutmeg, allspice?) with a very light hop finish overshadowed by the spice. The beer was a bit thin but with decent carbonation so the mouthfeel was rather nice. The drinkability was good and I'd have had a couple of more if I hadn't been driving. Ciao Bella

Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper in color with a slight orange hue... Fast carbonation that doesn't rise perfectly straight, it has an ever so slight diagonal trajectory to it... Thin tan head quickly fades leaving an nice lacing... Translucent with refractive qualities...

S - Very faint aroma... Wheat... Malt... Even fainter yet are hints of toffee and coriander...

T - Malty and spicy upfront... Biscuit... Nicely surprised the layer of piney hops that follow.... Simple, yet effective...

M - Hearty... Creamy... Rich... Coats mouth fully... Slightly warming feel which is a bit of a surprise given a relatively low ABV...

D - A seasonal winter brew that could be enjoyed year round... Easy to drink and highly sessionable... Not overly impressed by any specific characteristics, but it's just a solid and enjoyable brew...

Photo of Vengeance526
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with best by date of May 2009...

Pours to a copper amber color that leaves a decent tan head and laces the glass nicely.

Smells of light spices and a mild piney character.

Taste is similar to the smell, definitely a bit spicier than your average Sam with added notes of citrus and caramel.

I've started the Christmas meal off with one of these for the past couple years and it complements the heavier menu nicely which apparently is something they were aiming for with this brew. You could easily drink 2 or 3 with the course of the meal although I usually move on to something a bit heavier after the first glass. Nothing extraordinary but surprisingly good for something that is so common. In all likelihood, I'll be having this again at the next holiday gathering.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange-amber color with a full rocky head. Retention is very good with some nice rings of lacing.

Smells malty-sweet, but with a touch of mild spices and a bit of hops thrown in for good measure.

Aroma is reflected in the taste. Very malty with a toasted breadiness, caramel, a little clover honey and maybe some orange/citrus and a hint of cinnamon. Spices are very subtle though. Some balancing hops show up at the end. Overall its sweet and malty, yet ends up being pretty well balanced by the time you finish a sip.

Mouthfeel is good, typical of other Sam Adams products. Medium body. Not too filling.

Tasty and highly drinkable. My father had a six for me on Christmas eve and I had no problem killing it dead. I might've even kept going had there been more.

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

12oz to standard pint, pours a nice amber brown shade with a creamy tan head that eventually fades

smells of spice, zesty hops, yeastliness, caramel/biscuit/toffee malts

taste is of sweet malty goodness, burnt caramel/biscuity malts pop from the start, cinnamon hides but is still present and spices up things nicely, hops are zesty and complimenting, bock yeast ties things together and is a great backbone, carbonation is at a perfect level, dry aftertaste, an excellent winter seasonal from sam adams

mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and quite sweet. very easy to drink/session - yum

Photo of skeetermoses
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on Friday at a christmas party. Dark pour, wheat flavor, nice hoppy beer, nice spices as well, not bad I am warming up to Sam Adams beers. Overall this beer was a pretty good beer, my friend stuck with the Hoegaarden. He tends not to like hoppy beers.

Photo of smedley
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, brown-orange color. About 1/2 inch of creamy off-white head which disapaited quickly. Decent lacing. Looks delicious.

S - Was expecting more from the adverstisement of winter spices. Malty, caramelly (if that's even a word). Maybe some orange peel and cinnamon.

T - Malty, spicy and sweet beginning. Ends with a slight hop taste.

M - nice carbonation, medium body, crisp, very slight bitter ending. Something festive about this beer.

D - I could have a few of these. This is an enjoyable winter brew.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

Clear copper color, noticeable carbonation leading to a decent off-white head.

Aroma is of caramel malts, wheat and sort of a metallic smell.

Taste is of sweet malts and grains. Also some spices present. Great taste.

Medium to full body, light carbonation. Very smooth.

Compared to others in the style, this is very drinkable. I will definitely have this again, time after time. I love the winter seasonals!

Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very clear reddish mahogany with excellent depth of color. Good retention of light tan creamy head. Some minor lace and reddish glints from the low 4 PM sun on a 9°F winter day.

Medium malt aroma (lightly toasted bread. Low note of chocolate and some alcoholic presence. Initial bready notes are more wheat like but fade quickly after each pour. Very clean lager character. NO diacetyl, very low esters and no DMS expressed.

Flavor of malt is moderate and a bit similar to Klostritzer Swartzbier. Lightly sweet and bready with low German Noble hop flavor (spicey) Very evenly balance with only a little bitterness in finish - giving a nice crisp ending and adding to its excellent drinkability. Overall a bit of Munich like malt character that suggest some sweet (lower heterocylcics) melanoidins. Nice addition to its complexity.

Body is slightly more than medium (wheat) and carbonation is moderate. Alcoholic warmth is noted (and appreciated today!). Not astringent. Overall roundness on palate gives a slightly creamy Mouthfeel.

A great session beer. Heartier in body and flavor but a bit short of the "Dark wheat Bock" indicated on its lable. Wheat does add to the body of this very clean lager and the noticable alcohol is well supported. Elegant balance with a micro-burst of bitterness to clean away any residual sweetness (very low)

Spices are understated and difficult to characterize. This may be problematic for some drinkers but I found it refreshing.

Highly recomended for your winter enjoyment.

Photo of lhaqq
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper, a bit cloudy, with a small off-white head.
S: Diacetyl, wheat, some caramel and malt.
T: Ends with more hoppy bitterness than would have expected from the smell. Begins with spices and some malty sweetness.
M: Really compact carbonation, but still smooth, great cold.
D: Definitely easy to drink for the flavor it has.

Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper brown, great clarity, medium layer of tight-beaded foam, good head retention

Aroma: caramelly malt, wheat, light brown sugar, iron

Flavor: medium sweetness with a bready note; hints of cinnamon, ginger, and grains of paradise; finishes semisweet with not much bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: A good beer, but would be improved with just a touch more bitterness maybe approaching the level of bittering used in their Boston Lager. I used a bottle of this and a bottle of Old Fezziwig in batter for cod last night and that was damn good!

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

I tried this on tap last night while out for dinner. Overall an enjoyable beer. Appearance is a dark amber color, slightly darker than the normal sam adams. As I drank it down the beer left a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Mouthfeel was not outstanding but gave a 'full sensation' and went well with my steak. Certainly a beer that I would have again but not an all time favorite.

Photo of teamhex
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a frosty mug

A dark amberish color, the head disappears quickly.
Smells of spices, and syrup.
Taste is mostly the spice. The cinnamon in this beer isn't very pronounced but blends well with the other spices to give a unique taste.
Drinkability is a 5.
Cold or Warm its a great beer.
Prefect pair with chicken and spicy food.

Serving type: Bottle poured into mug

Reviewed on: 12-10-2008 16:24:57(My Birthday)

Photo of pseudo
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
Appears a nicely dark amber color, nice head quickly dissipates.
Smells of average mellow malts and grains, some spiciness. Very nice.
Taste is mostly of the grainy variety, with malty breadiness being very apparent and well done in this beer. There's supposedly cinnamon in this beer, however i just taste a miscellaneous spiced quality at the back end, nothing too harsh.
Mouthfeel is slightly watery. Carbonation is pretty high but works well for the style making it nice and refreshing.
Drinkability is definitely high. I can imagine being snowed in and drinking a six pack of this, nice balanced brew.

Photo of angelmonster
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1/2 inch off white head. Dark brown in appearance, medium carbonation

Smells of slightly roasted malts and faint metallic hops. Nothing much else

Taste is a creamy mix of malts and a coin like metallic after taste. Has a nice creamy finish

Nice creamy mouth feel. Medium good carbonation

Very drinkable , light refreshing. Is advertised as being brewed with winter spices but i really could not pick any up. Malts are very pronounced , would buy again

Photo of TLove
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light bock that acts more like a winter lager in substance. Having had this a number of times, this is determinably darker than the Boston Lager, but is more dry and less cohesive in flavor. On tap this beer is a lot smoother and a lot ashier. The ash component gives the beer a nice smoked caramel flavor.

The Winter Lager finishes well, with a slight bitterness and smokiness that lingers on the palate.

Photo of pb342
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Significant head on pour, nice dark bronze color to the beer, very clear beer, good carbonation throughout the tasting

S - smells sweet

T - not significantly hoppy. doesn't have a very strong taste to it but still enjoyable

M - very crisp on my toungue. Not a very heavy beer

D - It's smoothness gives it very good drinkability. It won't take me long to finish this beer. A very tasty winter lager and not too overwhelming. I wouldn't turn this beer down if offered.

Overall I wouldn't rank this beer as an elite beer but its as good as it gets for a beer made by a more advertised beer company then your typical micro brewery.

Photo of Hokies
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber hue with a decent head that leaves a light lace on the glass.

A rich caramel aroma with some roasted malt flavor with a light crisp hop aroma.

The flavor is nice sweet malt taste with caramel and a burnt almost smoky taste to it. Their is almost a slight grainy taste and a husky flavor.

A highly carbonated brew with a slight creaminess and a nice lager.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber with medium-high carbonation within. Initial 2-finger, fluffy, off-white head that disspates to a thin cap after a few minutes. Head clings to sides of glass and drags spotty lacing.

Smell: Lager yeast, cinnamon and other spices, bread, maple syrup.

Taste: Wow, this is really spicy. Cherry, lager yeast, and bready malts also present.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation and spices produce a pretty solid burn. Pretty chewy with a medium-light body.

Drinkability: Definitely thought this was an Herb/Spiced beer when I tred it. Spices are too overwhelming to make this an easy drink. Other than that it's not bad though.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off i enjoy most styles of Sam Adams. This is another good beer made by Sam Adams.

Pours out Redish/Brown in color. Head is 2 to 3 fingers tall and a light brown color.

Smells is sweet of ginger and cinimon.

Has a smooth taste and a little bit of complexity to it. Just the right amount of carbonation and mouthfeel. U can taste different spice previously mentioned. This has a malty taste to it as well as being refreshing.

Beer is drinkable and i enjoy this beer the most when it is paired with chicken wings.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A=pours a dark but transparent brown with a rapidly disappearing head. No lacing to speak of. Nothing special here.

S=very light sweet smell, otherwise nothing.

T=trademark Sam Adams taste. Little more going on here than the Boston Lager, and that is not necessarily a bad

M=thin and maybe a little too much carbonation.

D=easy to drink but unfulfilling. I probably wouldn't order it again.

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

A- Dark red with a brown tint. Head was 2 fingers of foamy off white color. No real lacing. Head retention good.

S- Malts and a few spices such as cinnamon.

T- Very malty, no real hop presence. Some very unidentifiable spices in the background.

M- Very easy on the mouth, not too thick, not too thin. Leaves no aftertaste.

D- Easy to drink, although the lack of hops makes it harder for me to drink this beer. May give it a shot again some day, but only as a last resort.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with hints of brown and mild carbonation. The head pours 2.5 fingers thick and remains for several minutes. The lacing is perfunctory at best.

S: Sweet malts dominate the smell, although there are some spices and hops.

T: The sweetness comes through first, with hints of the hops and spices (cinnamon I can detect, rest are unknown) following. Not a bad flavor.

M: Slightly thin, but good carbonation and rolls nicely on the tongue.

D: I'm very tempted to have another and will look forward to the rest of the bottles in my sampler case.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just tried this beer side by side with Samual Adam's Boston Lager and I hate to admit but there wasn't a whole lot of difference. The Winter Lager poured a couple shades darker and there is a presence of spices in the aroma. It has almost the same malty taste but, again, there are spices added...a little more peppery. It has more carbonation than the Boston Lager but same mouthfeel and drinkability. I have to admit my respect for Sam Adams went down a notch after trying this. I guess those 21 proclaimed beer styles will eventually bump into one another eventually.

Photo of beertunes
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into regular pint glass. A very lovely coppery-orange color. About 1 1/2-2 fingers of head that quickly dissapated. Nice lacing on the glass. Not much aroma, but what there is, is very pleasant. The spice aroma translate better into flavor when tasted. Not much body, very thin mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer. I could see this being a good companion to a long session. The flavor and spice aren't overpowering as is the case with many winter seasonals.

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