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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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4,833 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,833
Reviews: 1,863
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 57
Gots: 355 | 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 ChiSox05
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper brown. Quickly fading 1/2" head left a lasting, floating ring of foam.

Aroma of sweet cherry preserves, raisins, cinnamon and pecan malt.

Taste of orange rindy hops, touch of cinnamon, nutty malt aftertaste, but the flavors are all doing their own thing without any transition from one to the next. Also some harshness that wasn't exactly bitter, just not pleasant.

Medium carbonation goes with medium body. Could be more smooth, maybe that isn't what they were going for, who knows with a warmer.

An average winter offering with kudos on the varied, season oriented smell. Maybe letting one rest for a year would bring the flavors together.

ChiSox05, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown-orange in color with not much of a head. Almost flat. Nose was caramel and cut apples that were left out too long.

Flavor was delectably spicy with not-so-subtle caramel, molasses and syrup tones. The spices were more of a burst on the palate (dominated by nutmeg and cinnamon) that quickly vanished. Just a slight hop presence at the end. Medium body with a slight syrupy feel. Definitely one of the most drinkable Sam Adams beers.

MuddyFeet, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bold, brick red-orange with just barely off-white head; compliments the Christmas tree well.

Smell: Caramel malts, diacetyl, apple jelly, sugar, and citric hops.

Taste: A smooth caramel malt base balanced with woody/resiny hops. The bottle claims that this beer has been brewed with "winter spices," but I honestly cannot taste them at all, except perhaps for an EXTREMELY understated nutmeg character. Tangy yeast adds an interesting edge, but otherwise this is more or less just an average red lager.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean; flavorful without being aggressive or overpowering. I think this will go well with my Christmas dinner.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but I long for something with a bit more presence.

soulgrowl, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of Enola
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a small head. It is tea-like in color. The smell is a sweet smell. It has a nice lightly spiced taste. Not over the top like many winter warmers. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. No bad aftertastes here. The drinkability is pretty good. I could drink more of these. This beer is higher end within the style.

Enola, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, amber orange pour with a sustained head of light beige froth.

Aromas are malty and sweet with hints of caramel, dark bread, and golden fruits.

Flavor is primarily malty with a good deal of toffee sweetness and a citrus and pine hop finish that is unexpected for a Sam Adams brew.

Body is almost medium with vigorous carbonation and a slick texture.

AlexJ, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium/light brown amber hints decent cream colored head that falls to ringed scum and laces well.

Aroma is malty fruit wheat lots of spice nutmeg, clove vanilla hints maybe touches of cinnamon.

Taste is good nice fruit malt presence along with wheat malts moving into a good spicey finish that lingers, with hop hints. A good brew from Samuel Adams one of the better ones and one I enjoy every year now, was suprised I never reviewed it yet. So this is on the fly after another review and no clean pallet but if it wasn't good wouldn't buy it year after year after year, hell you get the idea.

Mouthfeel is about medium with a medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good see above remarks, Sam Adams has been know to make good beers occasionally, this and there Oktoberfest plus their Schwarzbier.

mntlover, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of jslot38
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 05-06 Winter Season. Freshness Date Clearly Marked.

Appearance: Clear amber, touches of cherry oaked wood. White sticky head that covered the top of the brew throughout.

Smell: Floral notes surrounded by citrus (orange, faint lemon peel). Touch of coriander and ginger spices. A hint of pine towards the end.

Taste: Slightly dried hops, floral esters pervade the tongue upon impact. Background of orange peel with ending spices of ginger and cinnamon. A slightly sweet malt base brings up the rear.

Mouthfeel: Traditional lager feel with an extra spice kick to add to complexities on the tongue. Perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkability: As a lager, could drink many of these to spice up the winter months. And would enjoy drinking many of them.

Notes: "A dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices" adorns the bottle. And thats very true, but not much more than this. A good winter brew nevertheless.

jslot38, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of maddamish
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and amber in color. Nice sized head that did not dissipate quickly. Very impressive

Smell: Hop notes but not hoppy. A bit of sweet fruit.

Taste: Nice hop and malt taste going on here. The spices linger in the aftertaste. Smooth and creamy going down. I was very pleased with this beer.

Notes/Drinkability: Much better than their regular lager in my opinion. Pick this up if you see it in the store.

maddamish, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of UberWasser
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber color, with a fizzy head that develops to about one and half fingers thick. It dissipates in about a minute, leaving a thin lace on the top of the beer, which is fed by a small but steady flow of bubbles from the bottom and sides of the glass.

Smell is pleasent, mainly a malt scent with hints of gingerbread cookies, brown sugar and some spiciness faintly reminiscent of ground pepper.

Taste is really quite nice. Sweet and malty at first, with hints of a molasses flavor with touches of ginger and spices in the background. Caramel flavors linger in the middle. Ends with a slight bitterness and a definite flavor of alcohol. Very warm on the way down. The finish lingers for several seconds, leaving a grassy metallic flavor in the mouth. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, coating the mouth, while a bit of carbonation fizzles on the back of the tounge.

Definitely a nice winter warmer. The spices remind one of the season and the warm alcohol flavor that is allowed to creep in at the end feels nice going down. I would certainly drink it again and could have in a row on a particularly cold winter night (yes it gets cold in Arizona!)

UberWasser, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce longneck into pint glass.

Appearance: light brown/ dark amber with off-white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell: spices and I think I'm catching banana in there, which makes sense, given the wheat malt.

Taste: Sweet, spicy, mildly fruity (bananas again). The wheat definitely comes through a bit, as do the added cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: The wheat malt and carbonation keep it fairly light.

Drinkability: This is a "where'd my beer go?" experience.

MurphyMacManus, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the company Christmas party. Nice event, sit down dinner and band. The main beer choices were Coors Lite on tap and bottled Budweiser. As soon as they got the Sam Adams tap working, I was on it!!!! Appearance was good. I didn'[t notice a great head but it left some lacing and had a nice coppery/caramel color. Could definitely smell the spices, I'm figuring cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor was nicely balanced between the spices and malt flavor. Nothing too overpowering. The spices were noticible first and then smooth, rich malt and spice flavor. This beer is heavier and has a stronger mouthfeel than what I am used to (lagers, marzens and Pale Ales). It was very drinkable. I would have enjoyed something else to wash down dinner and then switch to this afterwards and just enjoy the rich flavor for it's own sake. I would drink this again.

JayQue, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle(rom temp) a medium gold with a fairly large head that dissipated slowly...good lacing.

The smell is of sweet spices and malt though I had to work to sense them.

The taste is quite nice. I taste roasted malt with a dash of spice, mainly the cinnamon mentioned on the label;^) And...it has a nice lingering aftertaste of said spices with just a bit of bitterness.

Overall, this is a good example of the style and I recommend it.

PS: The Sam Adams holiday pack in general is pleasing; only the Cranberry "Lambic" disappointed me.

Bitterbill, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of LordChesterfield
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just tried this for again without tasting anything prior to skew the flavor and I can honestly say that this is entirely too insipid for my taste. It really does taste like a weird waffle syrup of some kind without the sugar. It needs som e hops quick. Jeez, more often then not I'm finding I'm not a big fan of Sam Adams' offerings.

LordChesterfield, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of MetroOhio
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm it's so buttery. I forget that Sam Adams isn't afraid to bring the true drunky assbeat. I got the 12 tonight for 12 bux and it's quite the bargain. Very smooth lager taste and the end- THE CLIMAX- is like hot love in a cold world- YES! your hands are cold but your lips are warm. Truly the finest slightly high maintenance girlfriend ever. mmm. It's good. It packs the 5.8% which is a plenty.

This isn't one I could drink all night and get tanked off of, but I wouldn't suspect many Witner warmers to be suitable to that end. However, the drinkablity is enough to keep you coming back. You could have several rounds of the stuff.

The smell is quite nice, with hints of ginger and orangespice. You can tell that there's a slightly higher than average alcohol in this, or at least, that's what the smell might indicate.

The punch to this beer can tend to hide for a while, so watch your intake, because it will definitely come back.

And I also got a 12 of Milwaukee's Best Ice. And it sucks shit in comparison. There you go.

MetroOhio, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a dark amber, with a small light tan head wit a small amount of lacing. aroma malts, caramel got a little pumpkin pie spices and just a small amount of hops. flavor caramel, spices, got some berries. not to bad of a beer good session beer

walleye, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of clemtig76
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from Jim Koch and the gang. Pours a beautiful deep copper color with a nice fluffy tan head that stays around. I noticed a moderate amount of lacing. The smell is rich and malty with hints of cinammon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie. Taste is very complex and perfectly balanced between the toasted malt, noble hops and winter spices. The warming effect from the alcohol is just noticable for a relatively high ABV (5.9%). A new winter favorite of mine. Hope Santa brings me more.

clemtig76, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of WanderingFool
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Winter Lager pours a clear copper color with a frothy tan head on top. When the foam dissolves to a thick ring around the surface of the beer it leaves quite a bit of netted lace on the side of the glass.

The sweet malty aroma has some hints of yeast and nutmeg mixed in. It seemed a bit odd to me. Each sip of this smooth medium bodied beer is full of crisp caramel malt. Some subtle spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg are also present. It finishes with a bit of floral hops leaving hints of the caramel malt behind when it's gone.

I thought this was an easy drinking well balanced beer. But there was something in the aroma and flavor I couldn't quite place. Kind of reminded me of wheat bread.

WanderingFool, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty, easily available Winter Warmer. Sam Adams usually doesn't disappoint me. It's a pretty enough beer, ruby colored with white head that disappears a tich too quickly. Smells sweet, a bit hoppy, Hennepinish? Nice light spice aroma coming through.

Taste is intricate and interesting. It's like laced coffee. A mild coffee flavor with bitter, roastedness going on, with spices all throughout it. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg? Caramel, toasted maltyness... it's interesting. Mouthfeel is also quite nice, warming, with a lightly dry finish. A very drinkable brew- warming, tasty, lovely.

scooter231, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of this seasonal beer - more complex and interesting than the standard Boston Lager. Lots of typical winter spice (nutmeg and allspice are definetely present), with some underlying tones of wood and banana. A most enjoyable beer and highly reccomended for this time of the year.

FuzzyGuy84, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of skynxnex
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notched best by March, 2006. Pours a fluffy off white head. Color is dark amber. Smells sweet, with some slight sour notes. A hint of bannana and spices. Definately by Sam Adams.

Tastes of toasted malt with medium sweetness. Good level, low, level of hops balacing the malt. The spices show up as well, maybe allspice. Hint of tanginess. Nothing super exciting, but comes together fairly well. Good mouthfeel and I could easily drink a second.

skynxnex, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of dmowen
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this at my local beer store and just had to try it. pours a nice dark amber color with a nice light tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Very first thought I had as I first smelled it was WOW, pumpkin pie, fresh from the oven! Taste is very much like other dark lagers I have had before but with very slight
hint of spice in the background; a very nice combo. (hang on; off to pour another one!) MMM, second one better than the first!
I would definitly recommend this brew to warm You up on those long cold winter nights(it does have a kick to it so be carefull!!)
A must try!!

dmowen, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a dark amber/brown with a one inch head that fade to a decent cap that leaves only moderate lacing behind.

Smell; sweet roasted malts dominate, with a little nutmeg, cinammon and a some caramel.

Taste; I get nutmeg upfront, then some biscuity malts and caramel, and some other spices I can't put my finger on. Mouthfeel was a litlle thin for what I like a winter warmer, but the carbonation was nice and smooth. I don't usually go for the Sam Adams beers anymore as I tend to be a bit disapointed in them nowadays, but I was surprised how good this was.

RedHaze, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the winter sampler pack.

A: Dark clear amber-brown topped by an off-white, mostly fading small head that leaves only a small ring, but a surprising amount of lacing.

S: Malty-biscuity with a bit of coffee in the background, toasted white bread with apple-butter(?) on it.

T: More malt depth and sweetness, but not cloying. Nice dry hoppiness without too much bitterness. A bit of sourness is there too -- nice surprise: reminds me a little of a Belgian Dubbel. There's a spiciness that is quite notable -- pepper, cloves stuck into whole oranges. Really nice.

M: Nice round thickness. Much fuller feel than you might think from the small head.

D: Goes down nice and smooth. May I have another, please?

Overall, surprisingly delightful and rich beer. A macro with a craft touch. Gotta go get some more. Sad there are only two in the twelve-pack.

ColoradoBobs, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of nathanho
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stong pour, ample head, moderate lacing, bland amber - slight haziness?

Light wheat and spice smell; strong metal & some citrus.

Malt, spice, metal - metal ruins taste as well as good aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good except ruined by pervasive metal.

Metal ruins decent drinkability, also.

Tastes like it came out of a dirty tap. I like this beer minus the metal - did I mention the metal? Perhaps a re-review is in order at a later point in time.

nathanho, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came an orange gold with a creamy head that fell a bit but was sustained for the duration. Smells like a little cranberry sourness, an apple sweetness, a slight dry hop and a bit of grain. Tastes like blueberries, currants a touch of grapefruit with nice molasses sweetness. A few spices seem to be hiding in here as well. Mouth feel is full with a light carbonation. This is a tasty sipping beer. Lively enough to get your attention, but not overpowering.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 02, 2005
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 4,833 ratings.