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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Photo of CincyScot
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am always kind of disappointed in this beer from Sam Adams. Indeed I like MOST of their beers...but this one always seems to have a bitter aftertaste and just doesn't quite get it for me.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle B and M stores, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a large creamy head. Strong carbonation. Nice amount of lacing. Smell - caramel overtones. Taste - fruit, malty, caramel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So you have a dark amber body and a slightly off white head that does mostly stick
not huge flavours but both pleasantly toffee without being sickly
a better than average brew Not a tribute
but an acknowledgement

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Photo of berkeleymaw
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as hefty in malt or mouth as a bock should be, but good for its price. I guess that's why they call it a "winter lager" instead, so perhaps I'm being unfair.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams do these nice beers, but their Boston Lager will always be king.

Drinking through a case of this (as nice as it is) just makes me want the original lager.

Basically what I'm saying is: if you want a nice warming winter lager, go revisit their original Boston Lager. It's delicious.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - amber/copper color with off white head

Smell - caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon

Taste - much the same as the aroma - caramel at the forefront and some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, a bit of bitterness from the carbonation on the back end

Overall - an inoffensive lager that is a good change of pace from some of the heavy hitters that craft has to offer

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this out of a bottle a few days ago. It's a bit bitter, but balanced by nice malt sweetness and a fair bit of spice (cinammon maybe?) and it tastes absolutely fantastic. Pairs well with seafood, for what it's worth.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep caramel brown (BEER BOTTLE) color with mild spiced malt smell. The taste is a mild malty sweetness, some ginger and other spices. A good winter beer with a light-med. body and very drinkable!

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

you can definitely taste the spices, which were pleasant but overall the flavors are a little too strong in my opinion. this is definitely a bold brew. not my favorite holiday beer but it's alright

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this for some reason maybe because im cold taste fruity not like orange though has little spice ginger and very little cinnamon
Half finger head leaves in a hurry poured into a wide mouth goblet blood orange in color overall this is a good brew

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Photo of Cjstoutlover
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rust copper color on pour ! More of a wheat taste than a hops taste! Drank out of a bottle. Poured into a glass head lasted about 30 sec. Bubbles semi present on pour! A good lager not all world but not every beer is

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, deep, amber color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that slowly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malt and notes of freshly baked bread. Notes of brown sugar, some nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and orange peel. Very inviting.

Taste: Lots of toasted malt up front, giving off strong notes of freshly baked pretzels, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and some slight citrus flavors of lemon and orange. I’m not getting much in the way of savory spices, but the beer finishes with some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good winter beer. Good balance between malt and sweet and hops. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, date on bottom of can is "JUN 2015".

APPEARANCE: pours a clear amber color with one-finger off-white head that dissipated slowly until a thin, almost unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation and some lacing was present on the glass.

SMELL: molasses, bread, spice, subtle to the nose.

TASTE: the taste is initially sweet molasses, this is a malt forward beer, next there is a mild hop bite with some spice, the last note is the orange citrus, there was a slight metallic taste that was not appealing to me.

PALATE: this beer has a smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: this beer looked better than it tasted, it was good but not great, I would probably not seek this one out again as there are better options available, Sam Adams makes a lot of beers but many are underwhelming.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Pours a deep reddish amber colour that is quite good looking. This is topped by about a finger width of dirty white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer that lasts throughout the session. The head retention just plain sucks but other than that, Winter Lager is a great looking beer.

S- The aroma of this lager is fairly complex and I really dig it. Deep maltiness and a slight hop character that is finished off by cinnamon spice. Pleasant and inviting.

T- Identical to the smell but with the hops less pronounced. Well balanced and easily palatable.

M- Light to Medium body. Medium carbonation. Finish is fairly dry. Slightly astringent.

O- After only having access to Boston Lager and Latitude 48 IPA for the longest time, I have to say that I was a little excited when I saw Winter Lager on the shelf.
Overall, Winter Lager is a beautiful beer that sports a strong malt backbone that is well complimented by a cinnamon-like spiciness. Easy to drink and quite tasteful. I recommend.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not particularly unique or memorable -- just a good, solid beer for a winter evening.

Scent of caramel with a little hay. Clean, crisp with decent amount of carbonation. Not as heavy or filling as a double bock but still some of the same rich taste with the malt dominating.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big Samuel Adams fan. Years ago when Coors was the best beer available, the addition of Samuel Adams Lager was like heaven, but now compared to IPAs and porters and microbreweries, Samuel Adams is just boring and unexciting.

My neighbor is a beer fanatic, and he has a keg in his man cave so when he invited us over for x-mas dinner, it was a no-brainer. The only problem is that he had just finished off a keg, and he hadn't replaced it so the only thing he had was this.

And I was pleasantly surprised.

This is good stuff. It's got a reddish hue to it with a head on top that you have to respect. It's a strong lager taste but with a cinnamon/ginger spice with it making it a pleasantly interesting taste.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big head, with an amber dark body.

The taste is mostly of malt, with some ginger and caramel embedded. It's a approachable and enjoyable taste, without being complex. If you are looking for a deep winter warmer, this is not it. But it is a solid drinkable beer for the winter months.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hazel color with an eggshell white head that trails the glass. The smell has bits of sweetness from the malt with some spice like nutmeg and clove coming through as well. The taste was a bit heavy with the spice and heavy characters from the malt coming through. A mainstay for the season and a very decent one at that.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red cooper color with a thing head and lace.. A/T ginger and cinnamon spice, wheat and crystal malt, earthy bitterness.. Thin with low carbonation.. It is decent and I like drinking it in the samuel adams variety packs.

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Photo of Beric
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 31 December 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with amber notes- definitely darker than your average bock. Creamy off-white head sticks around for a while before collapsing and leaving minimal to no lacing.

Smell: Grainy and farmy with some perceptible malt sweetness.

Taste: Much like the nose, the sweet notes from this bock are dominated by a weird farmy astringency. The bottle says there's spices in this but I can't pick up on any.

Feel: Good carbonation makes this one go down easy.

Overall: A typical Sam Adams brew.

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Photo of VTR
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased the variety pack and poured into a Harpoon Pint Glass. Ok the carbonation is light but makes it enjoyable. The nose was average and nothing special. The taste pretty much followed suit but added a little extra with some nice spiciness. This was not overpowering it was just enough to keep it lively. Nothing to really hold my attention or make me yearn for another one. Overall it is a Sam Adams and usually they are all just average drinkable beers. I hate to say that because I have just moved from Vermont and love the New England Area beers but Sam Adams just seems to produce more average brews than strong ones and this beer, Winter Lager, just happens to be one of the average ones.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: reddish brown and very clear with a voluminous head of off white foam. Very rocky head.

Nose: very malty and clean, no hops aroma, smells almost too clean, classic pilsner malt

Taste: clean lager taste, no hops, slightly spicy, very malt heavy without being too rich

Overall: Classic holiday spiced lager, very drinkable, great color and a nice change to the usual ales I consume.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper color with bright amber highlights. Accentuated by a rocky, antique white head that dissipates quickly, leaving ample lacing on the glass. Nice clarity for such an amber beer. The aroma is fruity, mildly tart with a familiar lager scent, but does little to conjure the spirit of winter. The flavor follows the nose, finishing with some mellow spice and faint toasted grains. Without the hints of ginger and cinnamon, this would be quite pedestrian. Sam lists orange peel as a special ingredient, and might help explain the fruity tang that the beer conveys. The caramel malts and spices do mesh well with the Noble Hops, delivering a harmonious brew. Rather inoffensive and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is medium-thin, with effervescent carbonation that awakens the gentle flavors. Not as rich as my ideal bock, but tasty nonetheless. Like many Sam offerings, it's a nice gateway in to bigger, bolder things. I would certainly not turn my nose up at this beer if offered, but I'm unlikely to ever seek it out. Especially with so many other superior seasonal offerings widely distributed. Stock this at a holiday party and it's sure to be a hit with some casual beer drinkers.

Edit: I actually had a holiday party, and found that I ended up drinking a lot of these myself. I kept coming back to it for the smooth, easy drinkabiIity and pleasant flavors. I've revised the score up a little to reflect the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed it and have developed an appreciation for for this subtle spiced lager. Perhaps I will seek it out again after all!

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Photo of TheGrunt
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best winter lager in my opinion! In fact, my favorite winter beer and something I just need to have during the christmas time. Dark copper color, very fruity almost lemon smell and something resembling Hefe wheat beers. Average carbonaton, light foam. Taste is very fruity with mild hops, very ale'ish in fact and not lager. Bit sweet, a hint of Hefe here too. Just terrific product in my opinion!

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid seasonal offering by Sam Adams. Look is nice - an amber brown with clarity. Smells lagery with a hint of wheat. Taste is like an amber ale with a little hint if winter flavor. You get a tad of the wheat on the tongue. Feels like a good refreshing lager that isn't watered down. Overall I prefer some of Sam's other offerings but this is good.

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