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

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Ratings: 5,343
Reviews: 1,928
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 68
Gots: 756 | 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 RJLarse
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Applebee's. Served in a 22 oz glass.

Appearance a light nut brown color and clear. Foamy off-white head, not very resilient.

Smell is sweet and floral. Perfume-like.

Taste is a sharp sweetness over a malted grain flavor. Mild bitterness and a distilled bourbon flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth ad a little thin. Slightly cloying.

Very drinkable brew. A nice easy drinking amber lager.

Photo of righlander
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a crystal clear amber with a decent big bubbled head that dissipates rapidly. Smells slightly sweet some what metallic. Cant detect any spices or much hops. Taste is nice, toasty malt, ginger, honey, maybe nutmeg or something i cant quite place. Very nice taste. It has a warming feel to it. Carbed just right. It has a very soft feel to it, very enjoyable. It's almost cottony toasty sweet. Wonderful brew, probably my favorite sam adams beer. A must have on a cold night like tonight. I'm so glad I bought a 6 pack! Yummy Yummy Yummy!

Photo of colts9016
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper hue with a thin white head. The nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, toasted malt, wheat, hints of honey and citrus. The taste is peppery, really citrus and acidic. There where hints of spices. This wasn't a bad lager is was rather nice and warming for those cold nights.

Photo of MillySox
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a Christmas party where I think it is intended to be had.

Poured dark although I did not know what to expect. The description read like a Dunkelweizen with some spices. This beer had a very faint smell. Upon tasting a found very little hops or spice and nothing that felt like a wheat beer.

Smooth like all Sam Adams products but not much else.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass. . .

A: Medium-dark amber, lightly colored head hangs around for a little while, doesn't break up easily and lacing remains. Fair amount of carbonation, continues to make its presence known for the entire quaff.

S: Nothing special in terms of smell. Light malt-citrus-spice.

T: A little bitter, but also a little sweet and a slight hint of spice. Real roasted malty-ness. Nice combination of flavor attributes.

M: Wakes up the taste buds, sits "heavy" in the mouth, and pleasant aftertaste that hangs around.

D: Good drinkability. Goes down easy, refreshing, good flavor.

Better than average atmosphere, good flavor and drinkability. Really good balance.

Photo of jlb307
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pleasant burnt orange color. Nice rolling head.

S: Nicely aromatic. Smacks of spice.

T: Kind of light in body, but sweet malt really comes through.

M: Very smooth. Not a very heavy beer either.

D: Goes down very well, an excellent cold weather drink!

Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub In Carlisle

A- a nice frothy head after the pour is very aromatic. Spiderweb lacing as well. a nice amber orange color with red highlites.

S- some damp ginger and cinnamon. faint on the malts but somewhat roasted.

T- bitter tangy citrus hops. a malt toasted caramel and musty cinnamon character. Ginger does come out in full force after a few put backs.

M- dry and bitter put back. Not as smooth as one would think but it is the flavors do contradict each other sublime.

D- A nice dinner beer when out. A great beer to have on draft and if you are a BMC person and want to get into something different, this is it.


Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Winter Brew

A- Mahogany red/brown color. Transparent. Nice big spotty head leaves pretty lacing

S- Smell is like figs, caramel malts, mild hops, and mineral water

T- Taste is good, but I would like some more hopping too cover up some off flavors.

M- Medium-body with a very good watery characteristic that makes it easy to pound

D- Drinks damn well for a hearty brew

Photo of djeffbee
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer... Thoughts of Thanksgiving football and snow when this is released.

A - Amber 2 fingered head with sticky lacing.

S - Malty and sweet with spices. No real hop presence.

T - Malty and sweet, spicy, warming.

M - Delectable, low carbonation, smooth.

D - Low ABV, excellent flavor that screams winter is here..

Photo of Jedimaster1
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Outback Steakhouse.

A: Nice, mostly clear amber color. Head stays throughout the life of the beer. Lacing throughout.

S: Smell of spices.

T: Nice malty, spicy taste. What you expect from this class. Good overall, satisfying flavor.

M: Just need to say, SMOOTH. Just a smooth beer.

D: Goes down easy. I had a few of these just because it is just so darn smooth.

Overall: A great beer and a wonderful one to have during the holidays. So much so that my wife initially drank most of my first beer and then ordered one for herself -- and she is not a beer drinker. You can't go wrong with this one. Recommended.

Photo of xhcadamx
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a pint glass a murky copper color with little to no head. Tons of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Smells of malt and spice but not overwhelmingly so. Tastes pretty much the way it smells. Sweet malt and spices with enough bitterness to balance it all. I have and will drink a few more of these.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep red, with and impressive cascading head. Head is off white, a bit lumpy, and retains only a thin layer which leave a moderate amount of lace.

Smells spicy, as you would expect, and a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste is somewhat mild. Sweet malts, and a bit spicy. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter.

Good beer, overall. Easy to drink enough to drink, though there are some barely noticable odd notes in the taste and mouthfee.

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

Well I had expectations of a traditional lager when I capped this one. Defiantely darker than I was expecting before I saw it was classified as abock.

It was an attractive dark amber. Head was great although for its size faded quickly. Lacing was minimal but present, moreas the beer developed.

Smell was mainly malts, weakest part of the beer but still not bad. Ithought there was a slight fruity smell.

Taste was extremely pleasant. Very smooth. Malts were mainly dominant, maybe a few hops it in there. It was defiantely sweet malts. There was a light bitterness at first butavery sweet finish although not unpleasantly so.

I was very surprised with this one, an all around good beer. Very drinkable, a lot of people who are new to beer may appreciate this. Very refreshing.

After reading the description of a bock this was really true to style, more like a review of this beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish/brown color. Poured a 2 finger off-white that disipated fairly quickly. Broken, light lacing.

S: Sweet, malty smell. Mellow roasted malts and faint spices. A litllem cloves, cinnamon or rye maybe?

T: Taste not as predominant as smell. Malt and bitter hops to balance. Some dark fruits in the background. A bit of a dry, lingering bitter chocolate finish.

M: Medium body. Good carbonation to balance. Smooth and creamy ahead of the dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. Good choice depending on what may be available. More flavor would helb this beer.

Photo of eporter66
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had two Sam Adams WInter Lagers on tap for dinner last night with Fish & Chips.

A - Creamy tan 2 fingered head with nice amber coloring. Good lacing around glass

S - Malty aroma, I did not get much else in terms of spice

T - Beer came out very cold, and as it warmed it mellowed. Really enjoyable flavor, a mild beer, but very good

M - Good solid medium body

D - I could have had two more of these without thinking about it. A great flavor, and good drinking beer.

Photo of magictrokini
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Auburn pour, minimal head. Weak aroma of malt, spice, and some citrus. Flat flavor. More malt than anything else. Not really what I expected from a bock. Thinner than it should be, and lacking in substance. Didn't quite get the spiciness everyone else raves about. Decent, but a lot weaker than I hoped for.

Photo of linnet
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy tan head, ruby colour. Aroma of spices, ginger, cinnamon, malt sweet. flavour is malty, sweet, caramel, christmasy spices. very smooth mouthfeel. This is not a spectacular beer in that it is not aggressive in any way, but looking att the beautiful lacing, smelling the aroma of christmas and feeling it's warming soft quality puts you in the christmas spirit like no other beer!

Photo of Jablonski
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really know much about this beer when I bought it, but I was pleasantly surprised from not expecting much.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: small head that dissapates quickly with some retention on the sides that lasted for a while; deep amber appearance

Smell: not really a big fan of lagers or their smell, but this one had some sweet caramel overtones

Taste: The spices come through during the taste; it's more of a malty beer, and some metallic flavors are apparent

Drinkability: easy to haver several in one sitting; spices not too overpowering like they are in some holiday beers

Would get again.

Photo of hoplover82
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really didn't like this one. It's just weired .

There is no direction it seems. I don't know what they were going for with this beer.

It's so confusing. I know it's supposed to be a winter style beer, but it's not a good one.

This beer is a mess. They say it's a bock but it's not like any other bock I've had.

Not going to have this one again.

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

Pours a clear dark copper with a white two-finger head that reduces quickly to a film. Nice lacing.

Smells of sweet, grassy malt primarily with some caramel notes. Light spices and hops at the end. Sweet malt coming on strong again on the palate. Grassy herbal notes are there, along with stronger hop bitterness. All of this is backed up by a nice bit of spice.

Overall, a very nice lager; one of Sam Adams' better offerings.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear, amber/red. Quarter inch of off-white head with fairly short retention. Falls to a thick collar, minimal lacing.

S - Toasted and caramel malt, a buttery aroma, and mild wheat sourness provide the backbone. Figs, raisins, and prunes create an almost porter-esque aroma.

T - Caramel and butter are obvious at first with a slight sourness and brown sugar flavor. Figs and raisins pull through mid to late palate, with a lingering metallic/earthy flavor. Ample sweetness backs this brew throughout; finishes with a mild bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation. Good vehicle for the flavors.

D - A sweet beer without being overdone, and an excellent combination of malt and spice. Not as heavy and overpowering as I remember it on tap from the night before. I'll definitely be picking up more of this before the season is up.

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

A - This beer poured a dark amber color that produced a white fluffy head that had good retention and a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas on this beer were only cinnamon and ginger, but it was exactly what I expected from a Christmas beer

T - The taste of this beer had a good bready malt introduction, and with enough cinnamon and ginger to make it stand out as a seasonal beer, but not enough to overwhelm

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This a great example of a Christmas beer with enough of a Bock characteristic to let both crowds enjoy, a wonderful seasonal

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

Beer pours a solid amber color with a strong, slightly sticky head. Husky malt aroma with a spice character. A medium bodied, smooth lager. The maltiness indicates the bock influence of this beer but the husky grain could be a little more bold. The beer finishes quick with some pleasant spice and a little hop bitterness. An earthiness pervades the entire experience. Not overwhelming and a good drinking beer.

Photo of matt062286
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Sam Adams Winter Classics Sampler, poured into a glass tankard that had been sitting in my freezer.


Appearance - pours a translucent reddish copper with a thick, foamy, off-white head that slowly dissipates. Retains a slight head, decent amount of lacing as well.

Smell - I can pick up on the smell of oranges, granny smith apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Also picked up on green grapes as I worked my way through this one. A pretty good aroma overall.

Taste - Tastes like stale apples, a little bit of orange peel, and malt. As hard as I try, I cannot pick up on the ginger that the bottle boasts as having in it. I can also taste a hint of cinnamon. Aftertaste of spices and green grapes. Overall, this beer tastes rather bland and almost stale to a degree.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and watery. Not much of a heavy aftertaste which is nice.

Drinkability - This is a light enough beer to be able to down a couple at a time. However, due to the taste, I'm not sure that I would want to.


I've had this beer at least once that past few years, and keep Overall, I feel that this beer lacks a true sense of what it wants to be. The list of ingredients in this beer sounds convincing, however they are imbalanced and seem to clash with one another. I think with a proper cohesion in flavor (perhaps more malt would work?), this could be a winner.

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

Copper in color with a nice tan head. A little lacing, but the classic shaker pint isn't the best way.

Aroma and flavors of spicy, earthy malts with a touch of sweetness. Hops kick in toward the end with a light pine touch, although nothing is too overbearing here. A little weak overall. A dry finish.

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