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

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5,281 Ratings

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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 vicg12
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second best Sam Adams you can get. The flavor is very rich, and delicious. Highly recomend this beer. Has nice head and is good with a nice dinner of lets say steak and potatoes. It warms the heart when you drink it, even if the beer is ice cold. When winter rolls around, def. pick some up.

Photo of changeup45
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color with the spices that make it a good seasonal beer. I still prefer the Sam Adams Lager or the Boston Ale over this one, even in the winter. Spicy, malty aroma, medium tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing. This is a little more hearty than their standard lager. Malty and spicy with some sugar notes in the taste. A sour finish and aftertaste. A decent seasonal selection from Sam Adams.

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

A-Clear, bright copper with a medium, creamy, light tan head. Reduces to a thin film leaving spotty lace.

S-Fresh apples,light cinnamon and sweet,bready malt.
Almost apple pie like. Nice, bright and very fresh aroma.

T-Sweet caramel apples, light cinnamon and a bit of nuttiness. Very light hop bite in the finish. The flavours are all there but light....flavours seem muted...age?

M-Medium-light body with a good smooth feeling. Slightly lacking in body for me.

D-Nothing crazy, more or less a bready, fruitier, spiced version of Boston Lager. This is fine non-offensive, tasty with a nice nose. I wouldn't turn it down but, if given a choice, there are better holiday offerings available.

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

Enjoyed a couple of these on tap at a pub the other night, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Although it was served up in a plastic cup It was still a very good experience. Poured a dark amber color with a thick creamy tan head. The aroma was spicy and malty, very appealing. The flavor was fantastic very malty and sweet with a well balanced mix of spices and citrus notes. Thick mouthfeel and the beer finishes creamy and smoooth. I would order this one again in a heartbeat.

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

Pours out of the bottle a caramel Color, with smell of sweet fruits. Nice creamy head and very creamy and flavorfull. It is very nice in your mouth Refreshing. It has a sweet Finish to it at the end The only thing about Sam Adams I don't like they price all their beers to high! I will most likely Get a case again next winter, As this beer is a great product!

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

A: Poured a dark ruby-amber with a thin creamy off white head.

S: On the nose was warm caramel, dried apples and spicings (cinnamon).

T: The flavor was dark rich caramel with dried apples and some nuttiness. This is actually a wheat bock with some holiday spicings (cinnamon, nutmeg) followed by a faint dried frutiness and earthy bitterness.

M: smooth and creamy with some warm caramel and dried apple fruitiness.

D: Decent drinkability with a good hearty wheat bock body and subtle spicings makes this a decent brew that along with a fairly low abv could be easily drunk in multiples.

Photo of papaglide
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks- nice dark bronze with a nice 1 finger head

smell- sweet malt hits the nose first followed by a tiny hop presence.

taste- malty sweetness is definitely front most with a tiny bit of smokiness and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is slightly watery but not offensive. Not overly carbonated.

drinkability- not the best Bock that I've had and not the worst, Its just alright.

Photo of joshwlt
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Months ago I had this on tap when it was still a little "chilly" out here in FL and I remember it as being my favorite Sam Adam's seasonal (Can't wait to try the oktoberfest [at least that's what I think they produce in the fall, correct me if I'm wrong]). But just had it last night bottled (out of season it's late May); got it from the ABC liqour near me, so I'm guessing it was either sitting around warm or maybe went through some temp differentials that may have affected it.

Anyway, it poured a clear amber brown with a slight head that stuck around just lightly. At first it was a little roasty and included some spice flavor matched with some hops with a good balance; but as I drank more of it it became more and more yeasty, the yeast seemed to dominate the flavor for me and the mouthfeel. I was really expecting some roasted malts in this but was a little let down. The flavor made sense though because the label says "a dark WHEAT lager brewed with winter spices." SA seems to really like including wheat in all their seasonals. And again Sam Adams meets expectations, can't say I've ever been WOW'd but they always meet your expectations well.

Photo of rye726
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber beer with an average tan head. The nose and taste are a little light for my idea of a good bock. There are toasty grains, subtle hops and some caramel sweetness. Good start, but needs more. The body is clean and light with marginal carbonation. Another session brew from Sam Adams.

Photo of jayrod20
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is matched up very well with its season. It's best served in a cold glass in the low 40's F. The head is fairly frothy and the appearance is a dark golden color. The taste is strong and refreshing, with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg. It's one of my favorite winter seasonals. Easily a beer you could drink in heavy succession.

Photo of 1099
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wish this was available year-round, so I've taken to keeping a few extra bottle around to have during the summer time.

I sampled this for the first time this past Holiday season. I poured it from a bottle into a pilsner glass. It poured a very nice, very dark caramel color. While pouring it, I took time to sniff at it- and I was IMPRESSED to say the least. Smelled of winter spices and malt.

The taste was very impressive like the smell. It basically tastes like regular Sam with the extra spice. The spice definitley does the job of warming you up; I was feeling nice and warm and cheery after a couple of bottles.

Both mouthfeel and drinkability are quite good.

Another very nice offering from the Boston Beer Company.

Keep it coming!


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

Appearance is fantastic with a tan-orange-ruby red hue and a huge 1" tan head off of a strong pour. Laces very well and is a very appealing look.

Smell is of malts, caramel, and holiday spices. Mixes very well and entices you to expect a lot from this brew.

Taste is an amalgam of different things. Orange, coriander, holiday spices, touches of wheat and grain alcohol all combine to create a very light and ethereal flavor that pleases.

Mouthfeel is creamy from the head and then crisp and clear when there's no more head to lend it some creaminess. Finishes clean and is a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability is rather excellent, it's hard to stop drinking this brew and I'm able to savor every last drop and look forward to this beer being re-released every winter.

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

Pours a rich amber color with an even head and lacing. Smells like cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes smooth, just as it smells, with little-to-mid carbonation and a nice flavor on the palette. High drinkability. One of my favorite Sam Adams and a very good winter brew.

For additional Massachusetts winter beers I'd also suggest Wachusetts Winter Lager.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan head that quickly reduces to surface skim, yet there is some good lacing to be had. Body is a reddish amber.

Smell - apples and butterscotch fill the nose, and seem to me to be indicators of diacetyl. Under that, and mildly, there is some caramel, as well as some toasty malt biscuits, and some herbal hops.

Taste - much like the smell, with the apples and butterscotch flooding the tongue, along with herbal hops, as well as some spices. There is weakly, some caramel and malt biscuits in the middle. The finish has yet more herbal Euro hops, and it reminds me of the sort of "skunked" Euro lager taste, which I do not find to be too good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a merely good lager. As for sessionability, I could drink a few of these at a sitting only occassionally.

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

Dark amber color with a 3/4 inch tan head that fell to nice consistent, thickish coat and tallish collar.

Smells of caramel malt and stone fruit with mild earthy hop bite

Similar to the nose with a very lagerish/yeasty finish

medium body, nice fizzy carbonation.

I could have a few of these

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a deep amber colour. White head with orange tinge poured very tight and thick with a meringue like topping then faded to nice thickish coating... light carbonation drifts to the surface... some good rings of lacing...

Aroma - Spicy dark fruits (raisins, dates, also some orange notes), some chocolate, good spiciness - traces of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg... toasted bready malts (malt loaf ?), some tea hints, roasted nuts, some peppery hops, faint liquorice...

Taste - Nice rich dark spicy fruits (raisins, dates, plums) mixed with treacle sweetness, roasted maltiness, nutmeg and light cinnamon spices, some light coffee notes, faint bitter chocolate, peppery hop bitterness...

Feel - Smooth and creamy with some stickiness... medium bodied... very very quaffable - i could happily knock this back all evening...

Overall - A very good example of a bock.. very drinkable... recommended...

Photo of JDV
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper pour with a big offwhite head. Smell is tart malt with spices, and I got no wheat from it. Taste is spiced like an english strong ale. Perhaps some biscuity notes. I didn't see this as a weizen bock at all, but still enjoyed the beer. To me this was a classic example of a good Christmas beer. Worth trying and I seemed to have enjoyed it more than my rating indicates.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange brown look with small head. A smell of prunes,vanilla and caramel. The taste is rich,malts with a hint of cinnamon and herbs. It has a bit of hops but not too much. The overall feel is that of a lighter version of their Double bock. The finish is smooth,sweet and dry. I like the sweetness, but unlike the Double bock there is no tingly sensation of alcohol. I like having a few of these as a warm up to Sam Adams Double bock or another Maibock.

Note: Why do they not give this beer some more muscle ?
I think I would like this beer much more if it was a bit more
aggressive. Still, a decent brew and readily available.

Photo of lastnightintown2
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is like a beautiful winter's sunset as snow flakes fall from the sky and come to rest on your lover's eyelashes and bring a shimmer to her amazing eyes. The cold wind bringing the two of you closer together, embraced, admiring the orange glow that was once the blue and white ceiling.

Yes this beer is great.

Appearance, good.
Smell was awesome, smells of cinnamon, much like the label claims.
Taste was a classic Sam Adams taste. All their beers have a similar taste with just a little tweaking, this beer is no exception. It was a Boston Lager with a hint of cinnamon and a bit of a Blue Moon like flavor.
Mouthfeel was decent, smooth, with a lightly carbonated feel.
I could drink this everyday, especially when a 12 pack is on sale for FIVE BUCKS! WHOA!

Photo of stinoski
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass

A- Pours a nice orange, amber color with foamy head. Dissipates after a minute or so. Carbonation seems active throughout drinking.

S- Warm, spicy smell kinda reminiscent of baking over the holidays.

T- Smooth malt taste, with a distinct citrus and spice aftertaste lingering

M- Incredibly smooth, light feel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- A very easy drinking beer. It has easily become my go-to beer this winter. It's one of the few things I look forward to when the weather gets cold

This beer is to the winter what S.A. Summer Ale is to the Summer: A very refreshing, drinkable beer

Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass on 2/26/08.

A - Deep amber/caramel-colored body with almost two full fingers of creamy alabaster head that quickly receded into a ring of retention and left some nice lacing around the glass. Plenty of active carbonation livens up the body.

S - Strong caramel malt presence with a hint of brown sugar and molasses. Some faint winter spices in the back reminiscent of cinnamon and perhaps ginger. Not much of a hop presence in the aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt and a distinct bready/cookie dough quality, especially in the finish. Hints of molasses, brown sugar and spices meander on the tastebuds. Only the slightest inkling of light, earthy hops are present.

M - Medium body with quite a smooth, round texture that's just a bit chewy for a lager. Carbonation is quite soft, which allows the creaminess to shine through.

D - This is one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams and a great addition to the Winter Classics variety case. Very smooth, well-balanced and easy to drink. I could drink these all winter long.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much head as is the custom at most bars nowadays. Clear dark copper with some carbonation rising.

Smell is faint but of wheat and slight citrus... either lemon or orange.

Taste is pretty much the same. Really didn't taste like a Sam Adams to me. Where were the hops in this beer? Taste was smooth with minimal hop bitterness. Slightly metallic and somewhat watered down. I tried to let this beer warm up as it was served very cold. Does get better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and wet. Carbonation is nice.

Overall this is a pretty average beer for me. I really like wheat beers but I think it just tasted too processed.

Photo of maddogruss
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of the Sam Adams Winter Sampler.

A: Pours an amber body with a small white head with ok head retention. head dissipates after a little bit, but left a nice lacing along the top of the beer and along the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of sweet malts with hints of ginger and nutmeg.

T: A nice, light, malty taste with a sweet, malty aftertaste. Ginger and nutmeg were evident in the aftertaste.

M: A nice, full-bodied mouthfeel that was fairly smooth and well-carbonated.

D: Definitely a very drinkable beer. Great combination of mouthfeel and taste. Recommended.

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

Best By Date June 2008; Sampled February 2008
A vigorous pour yields a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a clear, rich cherry color, but shows a deeply cranberry stained, brilliantly clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice maltiness to it that is not quite rich (like a bock would be for instance), but it does smell a bit sweet with light toffee notes and it has a nice backdrop of toasty grain notes that accent a biscuit aroma as well as notes of lightly browned, crushed soda crackers. A light herbal hop character is here in the nose as well and there is also a berry aromatic that seems to be from the hop and malt interplay.

Well carbonated the bubble cause this to froth a bit as it hits my tongue. It picks up a sweetness pretty quickly that helps accent a light berry note, hints of sweet plums and even a touch of something like candied tangelo zest. This has a nice, though soft bitterness that mixes with a herbal hop note, both of which linger on a bit in the finish. The sweetness tends to hide a the toasty malt character that was noticed in the nose, but you still get more than suggestions of it at times; caramelized bread crust and biscuit malt flavors are also joined by caramelized malt sugars and a touch of toffee.

I definitely like the mix of berry notes, light herbal hop character, toasty malt and drinkability that this beer provides. It is rich enough for the colder months, but kept quite quaffable so that you could have a couple. This beer definitely hits the spot and I have always enjoyed it when I happen to find it in my glass.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of bisoubisou
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thought this would be a good first Ba entry considering that Sam Adams was the beer to get me started down this dusty road about 15 years ago. It's also winter - kind of.

Anyhow - I thought this was going to be a spicy "lite" lager so I was surprised at the first sniff that revealed bockness (along with some sort of rubbery something or other)... Nice and malty-sweet but the spices are barely there for me - which is just fine cause I prefer pie or mulled cider when I want the latter. Very prickly on the tongue and sneaky at 5.8%.

Would -like- totally go for another if someone offered it for free and there was nothing else better.

N.B.: the "freshest by" month was not notched and this was neither fresh or foul.

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