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

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5,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,328
Reviews: 1,925
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 65
Gots: 725 | 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 BamaBeerBuff
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very elegant amber color with an impressive off-white head that settles very slowly and leaves some really nice patterns of lace on the way down. Retention is excellent, with a solid quarter-inch of head remaining atop the beer all the way down.

S: The aroma is rather simple, but still strong enough to satisfy. A clean malty aroma (grainy, like Munich malt was used), just a hint of hops, and some notes of spice.

T&M: Caramel and grainy sweet malt flavor, balanced nicely with some hop flavor. Spices enter somewhat on the finish, which is sweet. Nothing earth-shattering, but not bad. The body is slightly heavier than medium with just the right amount of carbonation. I think it would be improved if they could squeeze a little more flavor out of it, but that's my only real complaint.

D: It goes down fairly easily. A good winter-time gulper, for sure.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice amber with no head, but does leave a little lacing on glass.

Can smell a hint of malts, ginger, cinnamon.

Has a maltiness up front with some spices cinnamon and ginger and also a kiss of some hops.

Has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking, but nothung special.

Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty amber, nice and clear. Head leaves a little to be desired, but does leave a little lace trim around the edges.

S: Soft malts, though the spices are quite muted. A little orange peel and ginger?

T: A little more of the spices in the flavour. More ginger and a bit of cinnamon are noted. A little touch of hops add a bit of balance

M + D: A rather straight forward feel... medium bodied, carbonation is about right. Inoffensive, easy drinking.

Photo of beernut
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a nice white head that disappears rather quickly. Aroma is that of cinnamon and ginger along with a malty sweetness and some citrus. Taste is rich and full bodied, nice malt flavor good balance in the spice department. The orange zest is a nice touch, not too heavy, blends in well with the cinnamon and ginger. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. A good beer for a cold winters' nite.

Photo of robbyc1
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark chocolate color, nice little white head.

Nose is not much couldn't really tell it has cinnamon, ginger or orange peel in the recipe. Can tell it's a bock, good strong malt.

Drinks like a dark lager, or a lite bock, very nice.

Thinish as most Sam Adams are, this could use more body. But it drinks well, and is satisfying. I would say to them, save the additions, they don't really come through, just up the malt a bit. If you want a beer with good cinnamon/ginger see Great Lakes' Christmas Ale, are really good one.

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

The color is a dark reddish amber a finger foamy off-white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is a little cinnamon and nutmeg at first. There is a dark malt flavor that imparts a slight maple flavor as well.

The taste is sweet at first, the malt is there to greet your taste buds as is turns over your tongue and gives off a slight cinnamon flavor toward the end with a touch of bitterness from the hops.

The feel of this beer is medium and is pretty drinkable. It goes down well and has a nice smooth feel.

Photo of hops4me
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with an off-white head with tight bubbles. Lacing is minimal with very little sticking to the glass.
S - Malty and toasted. There is also a slight cinnamon aroma in there. Just a hint of nutmeg.
T - Not as impressive as the aroma. Again the same apices make a brief appearance with some brown sugar in there as well. Some bitterness in the aftertaste to balance the spice.
M - A little lighter then I expected but not too light. Adds to the drinkability of this. Not a heavy beer but not too light either.

Photo of horshack7
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearnace: This tasty bock pours dark copper color with red hues around the edges. With a light frothy head that does not stick around too long.

Aroma: Light ginger notes cinnamon notes float around so gracefully. Subtle hints of all spice. The aroma from the malts is nicely abundant.

Taste: With a crisp mouthfeel right out of the gate the sweetness of this bock shows up nicely. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg are very subtle yet still there.

Notes: Well this one is still tasty and will more than likely continue to be. Although it is not pack a punch like it used to it can hold it's own rather well. Cheers

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

Pours a deep copper color with a 2 finger thick, tan colored head, that creams up to a nice layer floating on top of the beer. Some very nice lacing.

Smells mostly a sweet/spiced maltiness on the front reminiscent of candied dates. Definitely brings images of the holidays to mind.

The taste, not unlike the smell, has a nice spice malt up front, and you can pick up a little nutmeg or something in the background. Pretty mild bitterness on the end.

I'd consider this a medium to light bodied beer. It has a nice texture, and pretty tame carbonation. Very nice beer for this time of year. I could see myself picking up a sixer of these for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at a local establishment

Appears a bright orange with red highlights thrughout the body. Tight, slightly off-white head was gone quickly and left little to no lacing.

Sweet malt with a dash of spice and orange peel. Cinnamon and nutmeg I can make out for sure.

Nothing fancy here, very simple. The balance between the spices, malt and hops is pretty good. Definitely siding on drinkability. The taste mimics the nose, with more of a bright citrus hop presence that leaves a mild bitterness.

Medium bodied, adequately carbonated.

Pretty easy to drink. Good balance of spice vs. malt and hops. Probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 3-finger off-white head. Beautiful deep red/brown in color. Absolutely gorgeous.

S - Spiced fruits, sweet and pleasant.

T - A crisp bite for the first second, balanced by sweet, smooth malt. Light hint of cinnamon, apples and orange zest on the aftertaste. A very well balanced flavor, full of character, but not too strong.

M - Crisp, but creamy at the same time. Doesn't linger too long. Smooth. Almost silky

D - I want to take it slow so I can appreciate all the complexity in the flavor. It wouldn't be a beer I'd necessarily offer to just anyone, as it needs to be appreciated as a whole. It's a great beer to sit back and relax with, and it goes down easy. I wish I had another in my fridge!

This beer is a favorite. My highest review so far.

Photo of pasdachuri
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper-red color with a thin slightly off-white head.

Floral aroma with holiday spices like ginger and nutmeg stuck out.

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

My first experience with a winter brew; not too heavy but just right.

Photo of bonkers
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. The brew pours a dark red color with a long lasting white head. The smell is unremarkable. There is a slight malt sweetness, but nothing else sticks out. The taste is pleasnt malt with a dry finish. I do not taste any of the spices. The beer is full bodied and quite drinkable. An enjoyable part of the mixed pack, but I think it used to be better.

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

I poured this 12 ounce beer into a pilsner glass. It pours a copper/amber color with a 1 and a half finger beige head. The smell is a bit of a vegetable like malt, not too different from a typical amber. The taste is fairly well balanced with slightly muddy caramel flavors. Could use a bit more of a hop bite. There is a light to medium mouth feel, slightly sticky. This is a sessionable beer for when the mercury starts to drop. I would probably like to break it up with a stout or a slightly more hoppy PA if I was tossing down several.

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

I had three pints in chilled glasses from the tap at the Brickhouse in West Richland, Washington.

A: It poured a clear brown body with a robust two finger head that laced evenly as it receded.

S: It had a nice sweet toasted malt base with a lively mix of spices (cinnamon and clove) complemented by floral hops.

T: It had a sweet malty front that was well integrated with bold winter flavors (cinnamon, cloves and allspice). It was very floral with a tangy bitter hop backside.

M: It was light bodied with modest carbonation and a tangy and lively spicy finish. It had a floral and sweet aftertaste.

D: I had a nice mini session that could have gone on long into the night. It was balanced, tasty, light-bodied and had a modest ABV.

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

This beer pours an extreme copper color. It is rather deep and glows slightly. There is a thin ivory head that fades fast, lace minimal but sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is more sweet then spicy. There are slightly muted hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, malty sweetness subdued overall with a burned caramel. Taste is all over the place, spice, sweet, malts all hit the taste buds. It's not a stand out beer - but one that you can easily go back to. Feel is lighter then expected in a winter lager. Overall, I am not a big fan of Sams brews...however, the winter lager is more palatable than other brews. I wouldn't purposely go buy a six pack of this, but certainly would not turn it down!

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

Pours dark amber with almost white head.

Nose is caramel sweet, with a suggestion of black tea aromas.

Palate is caramelly sweet but not heavily sweet, and light in flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and overall malty sweetness.

This is a very light version of a winter beer, as far as winter beers go, normally. However, I think this wheat lager was clearly intended to be this way. Easy drinking.

Photo of jwinship83
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep amber color body with a large creamy white colored head. leaves some lacing behind.

S- sweet caramel malts upfront. lightly hoppy at the end.

T- lots of sweet malt. some caramel, some toffee, and some bready notes. small bit of floral hops finish this one off.

M- medium bodied and fizzy with carbonation.

D- easy enough to put back a few. one of the better lagers from boston beer. 2-3 in a sitting would be plenty

Photo of Biscuit033
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange with a two finger off-white head and nice retention and OK lacing.

S: Sweet malts and earthy German hop notes. This is hints of caramel as well.

T: Malty, strong earthy hop flavors to balance the malt with some spices at the end (clove and ginger with some pepper).

M: Medium to full body with anice carbination and crisp finish.

D: This is not the Winter Lager of a few years ago but the lower ABV makes it much easier to consume a few.

Photo of Beerislife652854
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Winter Lager (seasonal)

A - Crystal clear deep amber/ dark red with a compact foamy head that laces the inside of the glass slightly.

S - Not much going on here. Some woody hops maybe.

T - Lots of hops, some burnt wood, slightly bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is near perfect.

D - Great with a hearty meal.

Photo of Livelaughlovep
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This reminds me a lot of the Octoberfest one. Not that this is a bad thing.

Very gulpable, drinkable. I could easily have a few of these!

Rich golden-brown color, like dark toast... about finger or so head, which left pretty fast. Lacing didn't hang around either.

Malty. Roasty. Wheaty. Just a little sweet. I smell spices & caramel, which I don't particularly taste, but the mouthfeel is wonderful and full.

This is very nice, a good start to my trying of winter brews!

Photo of Deus1138
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my third beer out of the winter sampler I bought yesterday. So far, everything has been better than I remember, even the Cranberry Lambic.

I poured into a standard pint glass. The color is a dark ruby red. There is quite a bit of frothy head that lasted for a good bit.

The smell is mostly of bready, toasted malts and some spice.

Taste is better than I remember from years past. Bread like and toasted malts dominate, a bit of caramel sweetness with some cinnamon and nutmeg. You'll also notice a little bit of orange citrus in the finish.

Drinkability is excellent. I always remember this as a good beer, but I am amazed at how much I am enjoying it this year! Like I said earlier, everything I have had from this year's winter sampler is better than I remember. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended.

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.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,328 ratings.