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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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5,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,164
Reviews: 1,889
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 64
Gots: 532 | 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 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

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright amber body with a full, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted wheat and caramel with notes of citrus peel, nuts, and freshly-grated spices.

Taste: Caramel and wheat with a medium sweetness and spice character. Light, lemony citrus. Faint hint of bubblegum. Mild bitterness sets in before the mineral water finish. Sweetish, grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent wintertime beer and one of the better offerings in the Sam Adams Box of Winter Delights.

Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a an amber color with a tannish orange head. Smells of wheat malt. Taste is dry, pretty hoppy, with some spices. Hints of caramel and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable, a little high in alcohol for a session beer, but smooth and refreshing.

Photo of n0315
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice amber color on to pour with a soft and kinda stickey head. Has a nice aroma of spices and what seems to be roasted hops. Maybe some maple taste on the drink with a kick of hops which goes down nice and smooth. Finish is a nice roastedness with a bit of a kick added to it. A nice brew some the winter months and something I look foward to often. Sam Adams once again proves to be the best american advertised beer brewer.

Photo of dacrza1
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the winter sampler served in a Celebrator Bock glass…bubbly, somewhat creamy pencil-point thin white head on a lively amber body, resembling a dunkel…a flattening malt with hints of wheat and clove…fluctuates in taste between an unsweetened tea and a heavier lager…subtle palate early with a zest as it finishes; esters produce an indistinct yet perceptible fruity finish …rather smooth overall…doesn’t rival the Boston lager in character or immediacy, but as a lager in a winter mix, appropriate…

Photo of letsgopens
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This seasonal Bock from SA pours a pure, slightly rusty, amber with some bright orange highlights. The frothy, light tan head recedes rather quickly and leaves some spotty lace behind.

Primarily there is sweet crystal malt in the nose along with a nice sprinkle of wintry spice (cinnamon, nutmeg). A faint fruit character is present as well as a decent dose of hops. Some light toffee and sweet caramel round out a very nice smelling brew.

Bright and sweet with tons of caramel malt and some nutty toffee. More hops than the nose implies but still not enough to quite balance out the dominant maltiness. Some more light citrus fruit and plenty more spice in the finish. Festive and tasty.

Crisp and clean with a moderate body and mostly slick texture. Higher in carbonation but about average for the style. Primarily malty but still nicely balanced and slightly dry in the finish. A well rounded and very suitable winter brew. A nice change from all the other syrupy, uber-roasty winter brews.

Photo of jerseyjoe
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance- Brown amber color with little head that hung around for awhile. Dark colored typical of a winter beer.

Smell- Malt smell with a hint of cinnamon that lasts throughout the pint.

taste- Nice semi heavy lager taste with the cinnamon spice taste and slight taste of sugar that is just right. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with little aftertaste in comparison with other winter beers.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable beer for those cold winter months. Good session beer for a cold winter night. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance- The beer is a nice, clear amber. The head is a thick, fluffy, creamy, white affair with good staying power and significant lacing. Quite nice.

Aroma- Not much aroma, but what there is is quite nice. Some malt sweetness, with just a hint of toffee. Quite clean and crisp smelling.

Taste- Nice, semi-complex malt sweetness with some carmalized sugar. As it slides towards the back of your mouth, you get a very nice bittering hop dryness. It's hard to explain.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good CO2 level, leaving just a hint of bite on the tip of the tongue. Has a nice, dry puckering effect.

Drinkability- Not a great brew, but well worth trying.

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass. PJW's.

Very nice clear, deep copper, amber with a thick tan head, about 2 fingers. Head remains for much of the drink, with lots of lace along the glass. Very inviting appearance. Slightly malty and fruity and the nose. Hint of cinnamon and caramel. Taste is represented well by the aroma. Some brown sugar, cinnamon, and gingerbread. Bready, but has a holiday spice bite. Hops are subdued, but hints of citrus flavor come through. Finishes dry with alcohol tones. Slick and clean mouthfeel. Enjoyable, but with so much flavor and complexity it would be tough to drink this for a whole session due to palate fatigue.

Very good seasonal brew.

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

Dark amber color with a goodly sized off-white head and nice lacing. The smell is sweet and lightly toasted malts with a bit of earthiness to it. Tastes of sweet malts up front with toasted and earthy flavors following. Finishes dry. Not bad, not bad. I could definitely knock back a few of these on a cold winter evening and have a good time, but not a great beer..

Photo of TexIndy
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle, with a best by month notch in the front label, into a pint glass. It was a clear ruby color with slight carbonation and lots of lacing. It had a good sized beige head that settled into a thin foam. The aroma was malty with cinnamon - slightly weak in strength. The taste was good but not overwhelming. Followed the taste with malt bite and slight spiciness. Mouthfeel was solid. Overall, it's not a bad beer but doesn't really have you thinking of the next one. Don't see mysefl buying another at a store but might get at a bar if craft selection is weak. (One and done; tap change-up)

Photo of americanaqualung
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, golden red color with fair visibility - almost deep auburn. A light head.

S - A malty smell with a bit of spice. Pleasant, yet I can't quite pick up the exact spice though it seems like nutmeg or cinnamon.

T - Definitely a rich, malty lager like in the smell. The spices give it a discernible, but pleasant bite. In addition to the spice, there is a sweetness on finishing a sip.

M - Smooth with light carbonation. Not a dry beer.

D - This is definitely, in my opinion, a very drinkable lager. While it may not be the most exciting or flavorful winter lager, its smoothness and maltiness make it an easy, pleasant drink. Definitely a good beer to have on hand for day to day drinking or with a meal.

Photo of huck1081
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Amber in color. Good head due in part to proper pour, but
faded quickly.

S- Cinnamon and nutmeg

T- Malty, not overly spicy

M- Smooth light body, not much carbonation

D- Overall a good beer, there are no off flavors that distract from the overall quality. I continue to drink this at the bar and at home.

Photo of hwwty4
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint Glass. Poured a clear amber red with a thin head that melted away quickly. Aroma is malty, caramel and toffee with hints of cinnamon. Taste is malty up front with just hint of spices. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Another good offering from Sam Adams.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,164 ratings.