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

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Ratings: 5,281
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 64
Gots: 662 | 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 n00tz
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Transparent red-amber body with an active carbonation. 4.5

S - Sweet malts and light spices, everything else hides depressingly behind itself at all temperatures. 3.5

T - Light cinnamon after a sweet malty period and hints of nuts. 3.5

M - Creamy medium body that sticks to the tongue. Finishes soft and sticky like cotton candy. 3.5

D - Not the best offering I've had from Sam Adams, but not a bad brew. Definitely doesn't fit a winter warmer style. 3.5

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red, orangey color with a big head that settles on top and sticks to the side of the glass. Plumes of bubbles spring from the bottom.

Smells of nutmeg and similiar wintry spices with some sweet roast malts.

Tastes of sweet roast malts with some brown sugar up front then has an orange citrus kick then back to the previous. Frothy mouthfeel.

Makes a please everyone winter party beer.

Had one at Bruins game recently (B's beat the Pens 3-0) and Sam Adams seems to have upped the spice. Eew.

Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/orange with sudsy eggshell head and spotty lacing. Smell: mostly caramel with some wheat in the background, vague spice, herbal hops. Taste: toasted, caramel malt, sweet, some notes of cinnamon, orange juice/ginger/leafy hops. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slick, sticky finish. Pretty good, could be a bit heftier.

Photo of Atlas1
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It may be November, but winter is far from arriving in San Antonio, TX. Still, I thought I'd at least try to get in the season with a keg of Sam's Winter Lager. I do love my kegerator.

Pours a pretty, clear, brick-red color, with nice autumnal hues of orange and brown as well. Decent head settles to a thin film, leaving bits of lace as it recedes with each sip. The nose is nice. Sweet malts with a bit of faint spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg maybe, with a faint trace of clove. The taste is nice and seasonal. But where other breweries go overboard with the spices, Sam Adams gets it right. This is not the best winter brew out there, but they achieve a very nice balance of sweet and spicy here. Good roasted, bready feel to it too. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not overly so.

The Sam Winter Lager is a nice, highly drinkable beer. Nothing fancy, but they do a very good job here by keeping it simple and not trying to overdo it. I am not a fan of the Sam's Summer Ale, but the Winter Lager is one that I return to every season when I get tired of the over-spiced christmas beers out there. A reliable brew, this one.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear amber, extremely effervescent and a cream colored head that persists well after the pour. A definitive lace is evident after each tip of the glass.

Smell: subtle spices-cinnamon and nutmeg are most noticeable.

Taste: slight spicyness that is over shadowed by the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: This brew is extremely smooth and crisp. Carbonation awakens your taste buds and soothes the back of your throat during every swallow.

Drinkability: This had been my favorite winter brew for years, mainly because it never disappoints and is widely available during the winter months. I have enjoyed this beer from bottles and straight from the tap.

Photo of MP72
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this from the mixed winter sampler case.

A- Dark copper color in an english tulip pint glass . Nice head.
S- Caramel
T-Caramel and spice mostly some bisquity quality
M- Smooth not overly carbonated which I like
D- Very good for a seemingly heavy brew

I would drink this again anytime

Photo of PatronWizard
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12er from grocery store to pour....

Nice brown with an orange tint. Big frothy head. One of the most impressive looking lagers I've ever seen. It's even got some lacing. A lot of lager heads are a flash in the pan.

Some dark malt flavor. Yes I said flavor. Prominent malts. The bottle says spices but I don't really notice any. Sort of a bitter tea leave experience, very slight; maybe that's the spices.

I've been really losing faith in lagers so it's nice to see a decent one, thanks Sammy.

Carbonation is soft enough to not offend. Drinkability is high.

Overall: "Always a good decision."

Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= a nice brown color with a one finger head and a little lacing
S= floral with holiday spices like ginger and nitmeg stuck out
T= a little hoppy with some citrus malts and the holiday spice. Very much like the old fezziwig ale but its got more hops and less holiday spice
M= good same mouthfeel as most SA which is great
D= good veryy nice for a winter night

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

A dark amber body with a small tan head. No retention or lacing here.

Smell comes with mostly a caramel-like malt character.

Taste is definitely more pronounced than then smell. Caramel and bready malts definitely dominate, but spices are noticeable too. Cinnamon is one I think I can pick out, but that's about it.

Medium bodied, nothing interesting in the mouthfeel.

Mild, balanced flavors make this one a pretty drinkable winter beer.

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

Purchased as part of this year's Winter Classics mix pack.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash tulip glass, this beer pours a clear copper color with a tan head that quickly settles to a thin layer and a thick ring of foam along the inside of the glass. Each sip leaves a few patches of lacing behind.

S- A large amount of malty sweetness and sticky, sugary dark fruits with some indiscernible spices and a faint smell of spicy hops in the background.

T- Flavors of figs, dates, molasses, brown sugar and sweet caramel malts quickly fade to a rather bland and slightly metallic finish. I would have liked the initial taste to stick around longer.

M- Surprisingly aggressive carbonation and a slightly watery feel. I expected a more thick, rich texture with mild carbonation bubbles.

D- This is one of the less substantial winter beers that I had this year, but that sort of works in favor of its drinkability. I felt like I could enjoy several of these in a sitting. It's not overly spiced like some of these seasonal beers can be. There's no ABV indicated on the bottle, but I'm certain that it's pretty low.

Winter Lager is a decent beer, though there are many better seasonal offerings that I'd choose to enjoy on a "cold" southern California night.

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

A great darkish tan pour, with a fluffy off white head. Tastes malty sweet with low hop bitterness. Id have liked if it had a bit more ABV, but all in all a decent representation of style. Full bodied and smooth, it goes down easy, and as we all know, Sam Adams makes some devilishly drinkable beer.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange/red/brown, nice off white head about half an inch thick that faded to nothing after a few minutes. Ok lacing on the side of the glass, but really nothing spectacular.

S: Toffee, smells very sweet, can pick up a lot of malty smells, there are some definite spices as well, kinda hard to place, somewhat nutty, in there too. Very few hops are in the nose.

T: Initially I pick up some honey flavors, some roasted malt characteristics, an almost soda/sugary sweetness, a faint hint of alcohol in there as well, although not too far to the front. Really finishes clean, almost no lingering flavors. The hops are a little faint, but somewhat peppery in the flavor to me.

M: Fairly thick, but still nicely carbonated, nice clean finish. Pretty slick, and goes down well. A faint hint of alcohol warming in there as well.

D: Even though being quite the mouthful, this is a really easy drinker, I could have a session with this beer, simply because it isn't bursting with flavor and doesn't overwhelm the senses. Nice beer all around. But kinda bland in the nose and that translates to the taste as well.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a true pint glass at Pub 71 (Atlanta, GA):

A: The beer appeared to be a clear copper-red color with a thin slightly off-white head.

S: The beer gave off a mostly malty aroma with some mild hops, nothing else of real note.

T: The taste pretty well followed the aroma, it had a nice malt/hop mix. I expected it to be a little more malty that it was.

M/D: The beer had a light-to-medium body, a little light in the level of carbonation, and maybe a little watered down. The beer was smooth and crisp and easy to drink. Overall an average beer, kind of par for the course with Sam Adams.

Photo of Natural510
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-red color with quickly dissipating head, leaving a decent lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smells of malts, raw molasses and cinnamon.
Dark Bavarian malt balanced by a mild hop note and a noticeable yeast factor. Sweet with notes of cinnamon & ginger.
Full-bodied lager, crisp and refreshing going down.
All in all quite drinkable lager, nice interpretation of the style, though it does play things a bit safe.

Photo of Cunningham26
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks just like sam adams boston lager. copper color, quickly dissipating head.
S- citrus, some spice, and malts
T- citrus, a touch of spice with caramel malts dominating
M- great lager mouthfeel for something that looks like its going to be a sticky ale. some slight sugars remain on the tongue, but that's what the next sip is for, isn't it?
D- could drink it for days. Light and crisp in body but great flavor.

well balanced and great for the non-beer drinker's seasonal

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

A: A redish copper coloring with a slightly off-white head. The head quickly disappated.

S: Not too much going on with the smell. An abundance of malt with a faint scent of spicy.

T: The tastes are more predominant then the scent would suggest. A good combination of caramel and bready malts and spice.

M: A decent medium body beer. Leaves a little slick/creamy feel on the mouth and tongue.

D: Not real heavy of a beer with a relatively low ABV.

Photo of DeepSix
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, decent head, bout half an inch. Some lacing and a head can be retained.

A hint of cinnamon smell and some other assorted spices. Mainly malt and a bit of hop detected.

The spices are noted, but it is mostly malt, like the smell. Without the hops though, and I couldn't really tell cinnamon from the others. A medium to dark body, with a bit of carbonation.

Not a bad fall back beer during winter since this is pretty much everywhere, with a modest ABV you can drink a bit of this and not worry too much.

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

Appearance: Clear, copper/red/ruby color with an off white little head. Retention is okay. Disappeared quickly

Aroma: Spices and mild hops and sweet malts. The spices were mostly cinnamon it seemed. Overall this smelled pretty good

Taste: Spices came through some, and the malts too of course. It followed the aroma fairly well with some bitterness. Spices are used well, not overdone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but barely so. I felt like it was a little light for a bock. Felt nice though, and went down fairly well

Drinkability: Easy to drink, it tastes good and it goes down well. Low ABV for a bock though. One of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams.

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

Appearance - Dark ruby in color with a off-white/tannish head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - Caramel malt with some spices and hint of hops.

Taste - The spices come a little more to the front in the taste, and the caramel malt is still present in the flavor. Lacking is the hops I thought I smelled, but its not much of a detriment to the flavor.

Mouthfeel - About average for a Sam Adams beer. Medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation.

Drinkability - I was kind of expecting a let down on this one, but it turned out alright. Rather enjoyable while not too heavy overall.

Photo of schellsbeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello Winter Lager 2008....How are you after a 10 month vacation? Well, lets see how the long sleep has treated you.

A - OK. Looks like your average Bock Beer. Medium Brown with 1/4 inch head that says "see ya" within 2 minutes. But who really cares?

S - Nice. Your long sleep has treated you well. Fresh and Crisp with a little...what is that....citrus...lemon, maybe orange? A few spices here and there.

T - Very good. Several layers are present with the entire mouth firing and having something to say. I like you Winter Lager 2008 but you are always good to me....aren't you. Taste is like a new beer just being made. FRESH and we all like fresh. Has the classic Sam Adams signature "taste" to it which is ok in my book. If it wasn't why would I purchase you from the local establishment? Sweeter than most Bocks but what is expected for this time of the year.

M - Good. A little heavy but good. The tongue sure likes you.

D - Since it is the holiday season, and there are sooo many wonderful beers to try, I will have to see you next year...unless I purchase another Winter Classic Sampler that is. Your stout and porter brothers are the reason that I purchase the Sampler though. Sorry.

Photo of gpogo
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear dark reddish amber with small off-white head that quickly dissipates into a small foamy covering.

A- Malty sweetness, definite notes of holiday spices such as cinnamon. Some faint dark fruits aroma.

T- Very similar to the aroma. Nice toasty malt. Sweetness that lasts into the finish, not too sweet(cloying). The cinnamon aroma is not as present in the flavor as it was in the aroma.

M- Medium-full bodied with low carbonation.

D- A rather great winter beer. The spices aren't overpowering as featured in many other winter brews. Decent amount of alcohol to warm up with, but perhaps too much to make a session winter beer out of this.

Photo of larsee01
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass...only one clean!

A--Lovely pour. Assertively poured, which produced a nice tight creamy head. Burnt red...clear with lots of carbonation. Decent lacing as I go.

S--Nice carmel maltiness. Wheaty--subtle banana and holiday spice. Sweet, with mild yeasty sour.

T--Smooth, mild malt chased by a roasted malt taste and crisp hop balancing bitter. Spices not as pronounced in taste as in scent. Definitely more malt than anything.

M--Warm and smooth, but crisp and easygoing as well.

D--Not too bad at all!

Photo of Clydesdale
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange-copper color with a sizable off-white head with good retention and above average lacing.

S: Herbal, with some malt and spice. Clean and subdued overall.

T: Nice toasty caramel malt flavor, with a nice sweetness. Some earthy/herbal hop character provides a drying balance and a touch of bitterness. Some vague spice notes, perhaps cinnamon or ginger. Some grainy and somewhat metallic undertones are detectable.

M: Medium body with active carbonation. Somewhat slick and smooth overall.

D: Unsurprisingly, this is a nice, above average across the board brew from SA. I'd have liked to see a more aggressive hop and spice presence, but there's nothing wrong with what they've done here.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into my sam adams summer ale pint glass.

Pours a dark amber/red color very active carbonation nice two finger white head. smells sweet and a little chocolatey, taste of some ginger, I dont know if I taste that just becuase it says it on the box but it also says cinnamon and but I dont taste that. Mouthfeel is good, fairly fizzy in the mouth but nothign special. I will finish this 6 pack but probably won't seek this out again, nothing special.

Photo of eagles22
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This winter lager has some great characteristics like cinnamon, malt and hints of chocolate

Smell: got alot of malt and tiny bits of dark fruits

taste: very pleasing alot of malt and cinnamon in the after taste and also little bit of coffee on the after taste

mouthfeel: was pleasing but not over whelming ...little bit too much carbonation but other than that my mouth didnt feel thin at all and after taste was very pleasing went down smooth

another great beer by SAs

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,281 ratings.