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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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4,636 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,636
Reviews: 1,851
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 41
Gots: 268 | 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 Gagnonsux
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.

Gagnonsux, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of Stingray5
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.

Stingray5, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
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.

skybluewater, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of soper2000
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.

soper2000, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of cncbofh
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Sampled tested at 50F.

Poured a deep rust color with a decent bubbly lace head. Very clear and crisp looking.

Smelled of christmas around the house. Pumpkin and ginger and cinnamon and Red Hots candy.

Malty cookie-like flavor - very complex and chewy. The wheat is well balanced with the hops and spices. Light on the palate and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Dry Smooth finish.

Keeping me warm during a cold Colorado winter.

cncbofh, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid only $10.99 for the "Winter Classics Holiday 12 pack"

The beer poured exactly like the original Boston Lager, dark amber-brown base with a medium white head with good retention and a few signs of lacing. The aroma was a little faint but hints some malt, caramel and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is solid; light malt, light hop, light caramel, light alcohol, and a spicy touch. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth on the palette and no harshness at all. The drinkability is pretty high for a 7% lager so splitting a 6er for $6 with a friend around holiday time makes a great night.

Final Thought: It's a much stronger version of their Boston Lager in short, a solid seasonal...

mobyfann, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of lackenhauser
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice,deep copper color. A slight head that leaves a trace of lacing on down. Not much aroma-slightly toasted malt,maybe a hint of caramel. Malt flavor dominates. Quite crisp on the palate actually. Some residual sweetness. Dont get any of the "winter spices" the label speaks of. Decent body. A very drinkable beer but I dont think it would be the first thing I reach for in the way of "winter beers". I honestly think this and some of the other SA seasonals have been toned down over the years. This seems to become more lackluster with every year.

lackenhauser, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served it in a British imperial pint glass. Freshness date marked for March 2005.

Copper colored brew with a nice, fluffy head on top. The head quickly into a lace.

Pretty neutral aroma. Slightly metallic. I thought there would be some strong whiffs with a winter warmer. I smell some caramel and cookie scents.

A sweet flavored darker style lager. Caramel juices provide a sweeter taste, but the palate becomes dry and clean on the finish. Strong malt-centered backbone.

When I was younger this was one winter seasonal that I looked foward to seeing on the shelves. This is a solid choice and a great pick when in the boston area selection is rather limited.

Hibernator, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better Sam Adam's seasonal I think.

Poured out a deep amber/ruby red color with a nice light tan head that stays with you the for whole ride.

Smell consisted of malts mostly with a good dose of fruits and some slight spices hang around in the background.

Taste was good. Hops and malts hit the palate softly with some wheat background. Then the fruit comes into play with some spices going towards the end. Good character in this brew.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium-ish body considering it's 7% almost. A nice option during the winter months. But I would of liked to see a little more spices. I remember last year's had a little bit more of a kick with the spices. But nevertheless, a good brew.

necoadam, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Pizzeria Uno's, Sturbridge, MA, presented in a 20oz hefe-type glass.

1/2" light beige head over a coppery brew, and lacing was good. Aroma was very light, what was present was yeasty. Sedate caramel malts flavor, with slight hops character. Mouthfeel somewhat neutral, and drinkability good. Another more homogenized brew from Sam Adams to try and meet everyone's expectations, most likely overly impressing no one. Still not a bad brew, however, and a good choice from a limited tap menu...

ppoitras, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of dren
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild reddish brown color with a foamy head that doesn't last long. Full of carbonation but little smell and flavor for what I have come to expect for a winter brew. There is a little taste of hopps along with lingering spice in the background but it is not overpowering. An easy beer to drink but not what I look for in a winter beer. It is easy to put away a few of these unlike other beers of the type which are more filling and strong tasting. Still not a bad beer, nothing really stands out and nothing really falters. Not bad to try but if you want that spicy harty winter beer look elsewhere.

dren, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color and has little or no head and leaves no lace. The caramel malts dominate the aroma and mix in a interesting fashion with the wheat malts. The wheat lightens this lager up a lot, but it still has a nice body with a nice malty backbone. Definitely a drinkable winter beer.

RushLimbmalt, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, the pour was a dark copper red but the head was lacking a bit in size and seemed a little fizzy. The smell has some nice spice to it but was a little strong on the alcohol. That's about all the bad that I have to say about this beer. The taste had an amazing complexity. Caramel malty sweetness upfront followed by a roasted barley flavor that holds for the duration of the drink. The spices are perfect in amount and flavor. There seems to be a good amount of cinnamon, which I love, and ginger but they never get too strong and mix beautifully with the malts and hops, just perfect. Hops are spicy and have a European flavor to them. They seem to come with the spices but pick up towards the finish. Slightly belly warming on the way down, which is the intent of this beer right. Body is medium thick and holds the flavors really well. Very drinkable, but maybe after a few I might grow a little tired but I'm not sure, i guess i gotta try sometime soon to see.

granger10, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams has made another decent-quality beer with this one...

Pours translucent dark reddish-brown with moderate foamy head. I was expecting more spice in the nose, mostly was malts, a little hops, and alcohol. Taste was surprisingly unspiced, mainly malt and some fruity notes. However, despite its taste shortcomings, it is still a solid, consistent brew from Sam. I'd drink it again.

aquatonex, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of claytri
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was presented with a translucent amber pour that was topped with a fine rocky tan head. It had light malt aroma. The taste was a fine malty brew with quite a bit of fruitiness to it, and even a strong apricot and hop finish. The beer is medium bodied and oily. This is a nice beer and pleasantly sweet and fruity. I will definately be sampling more of this as it seems to be widely available at bars that normally don't have a decent beer on tap.

claytri, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 12-ounce bottle, just arrived in the store this week.

Appearance: Clear mahogany color; frothy foam with good head retention.

Aroma: Sweet malt, with some crisp wheat notes.

Flavor/Body: Toasty malt, with developing sweetness in the middle. Wheat taste is small but still there. Hop bitterness is restrained, but enough to keep the beer from being cloying. Malty finish. Alcohol warms after the end. Carbonation is medium, body is a little more than medium.

One of the better of the Sam Adams main line of beers, this is a product I look forward to every year. They seem to have fixed the label, which used to read "Winter Lager" and underneath it "A Dark Wheat Ale". It's now simply "Winter Brew" [and underneath: "A dark wheat malt liquor"], with no hint of whether it's an ale or lager.

allengarvin, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of Tang07
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


SA Winter Lager pours a nice ruby brown with a nice thick tan head that sticks around for a while and laces the glass quite nicely.

The nose is very subdued. I had to really sniff to get a faint smell of malt and an even fainter smell of yeast.

It has a nice malty flavor with a hint of nutmeg and hop.

It has some nice body to it and it is very enjoyable now that the weather has cooled down.

Tang07, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of DFN
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark orange/red color, with a light tan head that dissipates in a minute or two. Faint odor of spices; nothing really stands out. Taste is a bit on the hoppy side, with a slightly bitter/sour aftertaste. Pleasant but undistinguised, overall. Falls somewhere near the middle of the curve in the Great Beer Lineup.

DFN, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reddish/auburn color, with minimal head, which dissipates quickly. Aroma is of cloves and mild almond & malt. Good hop flavor, with no initial bitterness. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste, which is pleasant. Heavy feel on the palate, but not overly malty. Well balanced, with just enough mixture of hops an dmalt to make a pleasing, non-session beer.

BobLuvBeer, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark coppery color with a small head that reduced to a film.
Smell was malty, with just a hint of some inditinct spice.
Taste was better, light hoppiness, malt, faint spices - mostly in the aftertaste.
A medium body, more like a wheat or thin brown ale than a lager, even a seasonal one. Quite drinkable, but would have liked the spices to have been more noticeable.

PorterLambic, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This "dark wheat lager" pours a clear, deep amber body with a ruby cast. It's topped by a frothy head of ivory cream that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The nose is malty and clean with a hint of hops and just a suggestion of the winter spices that are used. They do come out in the flavor, however, once the rich, wheaty and caramel-glazed maltiness subsides a little bit; and they stick around to linger in the aftertaste. A bit of cinnamon is discernable, and perhaps some nutmeg, but overall the spices are nicely restrained, lending more to balance than flavor. And it's really well-balanced with the spices working in tandem with the low-key bitterness to balance the malt and dry the finish. A slap of delicately spicy noble hop ties everything together throughout; and it's alternating sweet malt - spicy finish keeps it really drinkable. Nicely done! A very enjoyable "winter" ale that's quite welcome on my table at any time during the year.

NeroFiddled, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of twi1609372
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good beer to drink around the holidays, nice sweet taste, something to look forward to around christmas, very filling and full bodied, wouldent reccomend drinking with a full course meal, but better as somethign to enjoy talking with friends and family, making fun of louis for breaking the christmas train ect...

twi1609372, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of cptnjck101
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another gem of a seasonal from our boys at the BBC. Dark and rich, very complex. Got it in the Winter variety pack, next year I'll be looking for 12 packs of this. Drinkability was only hindered by the higher than average ABV. A great brew for a cold Winter's night.

cptnjck101, May 29, 2004
Photo of FFudnam
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A terrific offering from the BBC which, IMHO, should be done year round, and given a proper name. How about "Wicked Good Weizenbock?"

Lots of delicious sweet wheat malt. Dark and ripe fruits dominate the taste profile. Perfect spicy hops in the background. Deceptively strong. Oh, I just love this beer. Amazed I found it in early May. I will go back to this same store and buy more because I just can't get enough of it.

FFudnam, May 09, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 oz. 2004 sample. One month left on the "best by" date.

Sam Adams Winter Lager pours out a near maroon with a cascading head that meringued over the glass and onto my Bell's coaster. There lays an ivory 1/16" froth visually akin to a true British ale (ironically). Impressive presentation. The lacing is truly impressive; one of the best i've seen in a while.

The nose is slightly stale. The yeast tones are overpowering as with most of BBC's products. The biscuitiness is strong with a whiff of alcohol and a smooth finish of pear. I always have felt that BBC's Sam Adams imagery has tricked my nose into smelling parchment "Constitution" aromas. The ghost of the patriot.

Talk about a rich mouthfeel! Amazingly chewy. The spicing is done perfectly; you taste it without tasting it. The spices themselves are unseen but the cloak of the alcohol is downright deceptive! I wasn't huge on its drinkability, i'd have one or two but no more.

Surprisingly damned good! I wish I would've bought more of this when it was still around. One of the first BBC brews i've really liked!

GreenWBush, Apr 18, 2004
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 4,636 ratings.