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

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Ratings: 5,152
Reviews: 1,887
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 63
Gots: 526 | 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).

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a fizzy yellow like a is a macro!! Smell is sugary carmel and fruit like aromas. Taste is raisin and caramel with just a hint of hop bitterness.Really sweet and pretty good. Decent and typical Sam Adams. Still, SA could do a whole lot more than these weak efforts seem to offer.

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the greatest winter beer, but a nice beer to get on tap that I could session.
Has a copperish body with ruby tint with a small head that receded with no lacings. The smell is rather bland; picked up some spice with the malts and some hop sharpness, but nothing stood out. The taste was alright, I picked up some hops and hints of caramel malt that balanced out real good for a smooth, light to medium body that contained some spice. Nothing real standout, especially for a winter seasonal, but it gets the job done.

Photo of harpo111
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad combo. They take a Sam Adams recipie and add some holiday spices to it. Very nice blend, not too much, not too little.
nice amber color with two finger head
smells of malt and spices
tastes like a Boston Lager with a bit of cinnamon, spices, etc...a little bitter..but good.
mouthfeel...nice and filling
drinkability...nice...wish is was avaliable more often.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet grainy malts with piney hops and some spices with a touch of yeast. Pour yeilds a clear amber-tinged brown beer with a large off-white head that has good lacing. Flavor finishes bitter and salty but pleasent. Yeasty aftertaste. Watery body and fizzy carbonation, but doesn't go down exceptionally smoothly.

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark clear amber color with a thin layer of head. There is a slight bit of lacing as you go.

Smell: Malt up front with a bit of fruitiness and spices present as well.

Taste: Light malt taste to start and the spices and fruitiness follow, just like the nose. Not as strong as I would like the flavor to be, I remember this being a bit heavier all around.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a bit of carbonation present. Mouth is left with a nice flavor after the sip that lasts for quite a while.

Drinkability: Decent beer but seems like it could be so much more if things were just pumped up a bit. As with many Sam Adams, this is a decent beginners beer but doesn't do much after you have tried other spicy winter beers. This is the downside to the holiday mix pack in my opinion.

Photo of ntillemans
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. I've had it right out of the bottle and also out of my Duvel glass.

A - Clear amber-red with a thin layer of head that laces the glass with tiny bubbles

S - Very malty/fruity...mostly alcohol nose.

T - Nicely balanced. This one has a clean finish. The bitter battles the maltiness and neither offends.

M - There's a nice tingle on the tongue and a slight bitterness in the back of the throat.

D - This one's highly drinkable. I'm not a big Sam Adams fan; but this one will find me coming back for more.


Photo of youngleo
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured to a copper, slight reddish color. Head was brownish white and tasted a little bitter. Left some good rings with every swallow.
S- Smell reminded me of a weak dark beer. Not that it was a bad thing.
T- Had that wheat beer flavor. Slightly bitter but yet slightly sweet. Not much after taste like Ive seen with other wheat lagers. Could taste some caramel.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right. Not a heavy beer.
D- I think I could drink a few at this time of year when it comes out. I wouldnt want to drink a 12er of them, the slightly higher alcohol content was noticeable.

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

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Uber-glass.

Pours a clear amber with a nice looking finger width of light tan foam. Not a whole lot of retention was lacing was OK. The aroma is deep with sweet caramel malts, roast, and a little spice.

The taste has a nice thick feel of bready sweet malt that gives way to a livey spice character and some dark fruits. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a enjoyable smooth feel.

This is a very tasty Winter Bock and one of the more enjoyable ones from Sam Adams. With a good tate profile and easy drinkibility, it's one that I never hesitate to order up when I'm dining out somewhere.

Photo of BravoTwo
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Good dark orange copper coloration, with a low head that dissapated quickly.

S - Malty, slightly spicy smell. Overall very clean and crisp smell.

T - Tasty brew with good flavors. Malty sweetness up front, with sweet dark brown sugar / honey notes immediately after. Slight hop taste, but this is not a hop beer, spice comes from added spices. Clean tasting lager.

M - Cleanly carbonated.

D - Good drinkability, and an easily sessionable lager.

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

Pours a clear copper with a good amount of head, some lacing.

Smell is mostly malty, some hops, not too much spice but hast the presence of caramel.

Taste is very crisp, mostly controlled by the caramel malt, not much of else though, very little spice for a winter offering, decent bitterness to round it out and a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of Saunapoika
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice pour with a small head, creamy white. Nice lacing all around to the finish. Dark copper, clear. Pretty nice.

S: Very slight malty aroma with hardly any hop presence. Maybe even a little metallic scent? Not really a moving experience.

T: Pretty good. I was scared when I read there was "spices" in this one. Not a fan of cinnamon, cloves and whatnot in my beer. However, the spice effect on this one was so slight, I forgot it was there.

M: A bit flat. When I saw the head on it, I was suprised at the lack of carbonation. Not dry in the finish.

D: Pretty nice beer. I expect a winter brew to have more of a complex baseline and a little more excitement to it. Overall, not bad. I think this is a good brew for appealing to the masses.

Photo of cer40
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at my local Old Chicago. It was a caramel color with a finger and a half head that dissapated quickly. I noticed little to no lacing.

Smelled spicy and malty. Tasted the same but more understated. It was very light in the mouthfeel department.

I had this beer as part of a holiday mini tour of several seasonal holiday beers. While some were more flavorful this one seemed in line in the general taste department. It was much lighter and more watery though which makes it either more or less drinkable depending on your taste.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Rich amber color with off-white head which dissipates. No lacing. Aroma is of burnt caramel and ripe fruit. Flavor of toffee, pale malt, and burnt caramel. Finishes rich and slightly sweet. Light mouthfeel lends itself to high drinkability.

Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orangey color, good clarity with a quick to froth carbonation and a decent head retention that leaves some lace behind. Wet spicy aroma, a tad malty with some herbal hop in the nose. Creamy medium body with an ample sweetness from the toasted and caramel malt flavors. Spicing and hops keep it balanced with some cininimon and ginger undetones and a spicy herbal hop bitterness. Finishes a bit sweet with warming spices.

I remember when this beer used to be a little bit bigger, badder and ... well better. It used to be closer to 7% abv and with a lot more brawn you would expect from a bock. Todays version is decent, a good pick if you are going to a house or dinner party and don't want to rock the boat.

Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams glass it's a nicely clear copper color with some bubbles rising to the top and about a finger an inch of light tan head. Only retains a thin, patchy lace and doesn't leave a whole lot of stick.

Smell is caramel malt and a bit of a toasty aroma, and just a hint of hops and spice.

Taste is a lot like the smell but with a more pronounced toasted malt note. Good sweetness to it from the caramel malt, but a nice balanced flavor. Some spice there, too. Toasted malt combines with some earthy hops through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a nice creamy slickness to it. Overall this is a solid and tasty brew. I'd be very happy if this were my best option at a restaurant.

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

12oz bottle from Clarendon Wines in Boston. Pours a clear dark gold with decent head and nice lacing. Aroma is all malt. The flavour is pretty nice - and not all malt as I was fearing. It's well rounded with a decent amount of fruitiness. Spices do not stand out, but perhaps they contribute to what I'm tasting. I'm pretty happy with this one.

Photo of Tolann
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review copied from previous notes.

A - Very red in color. Clear. Foamed up good off the top. Leaves a light lacing.

S - I'm not finding a lot...

T - Some bitterness. Some malt. Not very powerful.

M - Smooth. Light body. Not too lively. Really doesn't linger.

D - Not bad, not very complex or impressive tho either. I wouldn't feel too bad wasting the night on this, but I could be drinking something better.

Photo of trentley87
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz. bottle into mug. Beautiful dark, but very clear amber with a slightly off-white 2 finger head. Dissipates rapidly but leaves generous lacing behind. A very attractive beer, the first I've had in this style.

S: Smells to me very much like the Boston Lager with just the slightest hint of spices present (I've got a slight cold). Fairly mild all around.

T: The flavor is excellent, plenty of malt sweetness and a slight breadiness balanced by the slightest touch of hops at the finish. The spices are especially present in the aftertaste -- sort of reminiscent of pumpkin pie IMO.

M: Creamy is the one word I would use to describe this beer. Is it right for the style? I have no idea! But it is very good.

D: This is one of my new favorites. I'll be drinking a lot more while Sam Adams is still brewing it this winter...and maybe putting it up for the fall.

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

12 oz pry-off brown bottle with freshness date on bottle.

Pours a dark red amber with a slightly off-white head about one finger thick that dissipates rather quickly into some decent lacing. I've had this style of beer before and it looks like it follows suit.

Smells of orange peel, maybe some light cinnamon and ginger if you're looking for it, some grains and hops. Pretty mellow on the aromatic side of things, but the aroma is there, which is nice. I was expecting more of the spices to come through, but for what it is, it smells nice.

On the first taste the malt comes in, but it doesn't have a very strong bite to it. Very mellow and doesn't last long. Then the spices come through pretty quick, but I picked up more orange peel than anything else. Good amount of spice. I didn't really taste as much cinnamon and ginger as I was hoping for. Don't take me wrong; I wasn't looking for it to be over spiced, nor did I want it to be. The spies are there though. There is a slight warming effect from tha alcohol, which complements the experience well.

This beer is pretty easy to drink even though it has an ABV of 5.8%. You could get by with drinking two or three if you could handle the effects of the alcohol, but hey're easy to drink.

Notes: A decent winter warmer that leaves you expecting more. The best way to describe this beer is "mild and spicy."

Photo of cbleary
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a delicious and complex brew. It had a great amber color and a study, white, 2-finger head. The smell was a bit muted but was pleasing with a fresh wheat smell. It tastes very good with a lot of intermingling, but balanced flavors. There is strong wheat, a bit of noble hops and a few spices I can't quite identify. Ginger? The beer featured a very pleasing and creamy mouthfeel. I could drink it again and again.

Photo of Symphonic
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled onto this beer this past winter (2007). I must say that I really enjoy it! I have always loved the Boston Lager and am very impressed with the Boston Brewing Company's winter offering. The wintery spices really make this brew, as well as the perfect balance, in my opinion, of hops.

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

Winter lager poured a dark copper, with a big, frothy head. It smelled sweet, with hops, gingerbread, cinnamon. The beer tasted like it smelled, malty and gingerbreadish with hops at the end. This is a very good brew to have after coming in from the cold.

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

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Attractive dark caramel, amber color, head formed on pour but quickly dissipated with very small amount of lacing.

S = Slightly metallic scent which is a little offputting. Otherwise, get very light malts, slight hops and some small amount of spices and citrus smells.

T = At front of tongue bitterness hits first then heavy malt flavors show up in the mid-palate, nice bitter finish which is good except it eventually shows slight notes to the metallic quality which was so strong in the smell.

M = Medium bodied, maybe just a little too much carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a very drinkable beer, overall good taste and mouthfeel, low enough alcohol to drink easily. I would recommend it.

Photo of ghostmech007
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours a beautiful deep, dark bronze. Nice off white head as well, with some staying power.

Smells faintly of citrus and cinnamon (?). But fairly good.

Taste buds rejoice. Slick and smooth, with a nice malt taste. Nice carbonation. Great holiday flavors to boot. Caramel, cinnamon, hell maybe some chocolates, and a great hop bitterness. A very balanced beer, with a nice kick in the pants from the -OH. Nice dry finish as per the hops.

Nicely balanced brew I just wish that they could come out with this all year round. Great taste and good warmth makes it good anyday of the year.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber color with an average head that laces quite well. smell is kinda unique, malty with an essence of belgian yeast, maybe i'm crazy. some fruity aroma as well. taste is pretty good, has some strong malt flavor, as well as some spiciness to it, not sure where it comes from, but it doesn't seem hop derived. another good brew from boston beer

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