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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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Ratings: 5,343
Reviews: 1,928
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 68
Gots: 755 | 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 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.

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.

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