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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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1,905 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,905
Hads: 5,484
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 80
Gots: 953 | 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:
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 BoulderBarrovecchio
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear cooper rose and garnet color, alive with 1/4 inch head.
S: Medium biscuity malt scent, tiny citrus hints.
T: Medium bready malt on front end with a middle pop that provides a slightly sweet taste on the back end that lingers.
M: Light-medium smooth body with normal carbonation.
O: A solid winter bock.

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Photo of karabearaesquire
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear, darkish amber; moderate head
Smell - highly aromatic - smokey, sweet cinnamon; (smells like "winter"!)
Taste - tastes like it smells; alot of flavors swirling around; not a light or watered-down tasting beer; bold, spicy sweet
Mouthfeel - light with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth

Just like the name implies, this is a tasty beer for cooler weather. Brings to mind winter holidays, sitting in front of a fireplace. Easy drinking, strong taste and aroma - cinnamon and spice, mostly.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this one a few times at various restaurants, now I have a bottle.
Poured into a stange; dark amber, clear with a nice big creamy-yellow head that descends very slowly, leaving lots of lacing.
Smells of caramel malt, light sweetness. Bready, with a hint of spice.
Taste is clean, bready and lightly sweet. Nice and malty, not much hint of spice in the flavor. Slight metallic finish.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and smooth, nice body for the style. Slightly more robust than a lager, but less than a doppelbock.
Overall, it's about what I'd expect from a standard beer from SA; to-style, well-made, but relatively boring. But, it's a fine tasty beer that would be great with a meal, for cooking, or alone. I think I might actually save this one as an idea to help bridge macro drinkers into craft (isn't that so often the domain of Sam Adams...).

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

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear amber with a finger of off white head, little on the lacing.
S - Spices of coriander, a little pepper, cinnamon, dark fruits of fig, cherry, some apricot, lots of bread and biscuit malt.
T - Wheaty and yeasty, slight pepper, raw cinnamon underneath, a little sweet and tart cherry pops in the middle.
M - Kinda dry and floury feeling.
O - Decent, I used to like this a lot but it just isnt my kinda beer these days, still I like the cherry in it though.

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Photo of SteveB24
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance clear. Reddish brown, slightly evident carbonation, thin off white lacing.

Smell: not much there, slight yeast, some watered down maltiness, and the faintest bit of cinnamon.

Taste: tastes like a pretty basic, unrefined american lager with a bit of extra malt and some lingering Christmas flavors.slightly metalic

Mouthful: thin body Medium carbonation. Slightly watery.

Overall. Even with low expectations, this Beer dissapointed.

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

12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep amber body, with an inch of off-white head. This quickly fades to a spotty cap.

S: Dark fruit, orange peel, spice--this is a winter warmer crossed with a weizenbock, and smells just like I would expect.

T: A splash of cinnamon across the tongue, followed by orange peel, sweet malt, and a little malt bitterness to close things out. Quite nice, really.

M: Prickly carbonation--too much. Otherwise, this is a nice, medium-bodied lager that supports the flavors nicely.

O: This is a good, easy drinking winter brew. It's like a cute little nephew to the German weizenbocks.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EBD 6/14. Pours a medium amber with a nice ruby hue. Solid head with a well formed lacing. Nose is of sweet malt with a bit of spice. Light medium bodied, normal carbonation and mouthfeel. The taste is quite interesting and well balanced. It has a slight sweetness over a soft spice background. Crisp finish with a carbonation burst of slight bitterness and spice. A very well done lager.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big fan of this one. Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg with hits of citrus. The taste is a pleasant mixture of the spices and citrus with a slightly bitter after taste. I really enjoyed this one although doesn't really remind me that much of winter more of a fall beer.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, clean, amber with a 2 finger off white head that hangs around for about 20 secs before leaving a soft, thin layer.

S- Cinnamon and nutmeg blend with citrus fruit notes. It is an interesting combination, but it has peaked my interest. Reminds me some of a fall/pumpkin style lager to this point.

T- Sweet notes come before same tangy flavors, and then finishing with a common lager bitterness. Once again, more fall than winter character, but they come on pretty strong for the style, so it hits the spot nonetheless. Spices flow quite nicely with some of the juicy, acidic citrus. Love the complexity

M- A bit light for the style, but overall well done here. Thin on the tongue, but goes down rather easy. A nice touch of warmth in the back of the throat.

O- Maybe my favorite offering from Boston Beer Co. Yeah, so I feel that it is more of a fall beer than that of winter. So what. Still a damn fine brew that gets the job done in January.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at one of the bars in Denver International Airport. Dark amber color, almost brown. Aroma is malty, not much hint of spice. Flavor is a nice malty lager with just a touch of spice. Overall not a bad beer at all, I need to start giving more Sam Adams beers a chance.

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Photo of lzepplin01
3.75/5  rDev +3%

One of Sam's better offerings.
Lots of malty depth that lingers pleasantly after each gulp and a berry flavor that somehow reminds me of fruity pebbles, but not in a bad way. Dry finish. Coppery red color.
Easy to drink, refreshing, and tasty.

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Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a medium copper with a half finger of beige head.

Smell - Sweet malts, dark fruits, light winter spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), caramel.

Taste - Strong flavour of sweet malts along with the dark fruits. Spices not as prominent as expected by the aroma. Caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An average winter offering from Samuel Adams. Aromas fell a little flat for the category and I was hoping for depth in the flavours.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Arrived a deep amber/ruby color. Very clear. I like the color a lot. Not much as far as lacing or visible carbonation go. Very little head which did not appear to be an issue with the glass, but may have been due to the pour.

S: Not much is noticeable here, a vague sweetness is all.

T: Sweet malts dominate, but not in an overbearing way. Caramels and toffee type flavors, with very little apparent contribution from the hops. There is also a very mild spice flavor that actually adds to the beer. This is rare for me, as usually all I can taste is the spice.

M: Very little above average by way of mouthfeel. On the light side of medium bodied. Just a touch of texture.

O - Nice crowd pleaser for the winter months. Not a lot to get excited about here, but certainly nothing to complain about. May pick up a 12-pack for the wife and guests, and the occasional bottle for myself.

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Photo of arc3636
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - very clear light brown with a little less than 1 finger of white head that fades completely away

S - light aroma, I get some malt and cinnamon and ginger spice notes

T - fairly balanced between malt and spices

M - medium body, the spice flavor leaves a nice aftertaste

O - more full bodied and flavorful than I expected, very drinkable beer

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Photo of Retroman40
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really impressed with this beer which I got as part of a mixed case of six "Beers of Winter" at Sam's Club (for 25.98 so it's a great value too).

A - Outstanding clear, copper color with a lasting one finger head.

S - Malt with orange and cinnamon infused.

T - Citrus-like early with a nice orange/cinnamon finish.

M - Not a "thick" as I would have liked, but pretty good for a lager.

O - A great holiday beer. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color, with a light brown head.

Smell: Nice, but light aromas. Can detect both the hops and roasted malts, but they are a bit subtle. Can smell some spices too.

Taste: Good balance between the hops and malt flavors. The mouth feel is smooth and crisp, but a little thin. The taste is complex and full of multiple flavors. A nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts with some spice flavors, makes this an enjoyable beer to drink. A nice long aftertaste that doesn't turn bitter.

This is a nice lager from Sam Adams. This is a beer I would enjoy drinking all year round.

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Photo of bullseyestrat
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Winter Lager is one of my winter favourites. Its a very full bodied and bold beer by any standards. Rather complex and filling but more willing to let you have another after another. I've had Sam Adams Winter Lager in a bottle, can, and on tap. Honestly there's no difference in taste other than the can is a wee bit more foamy like other Sam Adams cans available. The appearance is more of a dark brownish black like most bock beers and dark lagers. Looks imitating at first to most light beer drinkers but its easy to get used to. Smellwise its more of a full bodied smell with a bit of ginger in there. Tastewise its a rather complex beer without being too pretentious in itself. Very full and bold with some ginger and spices that aren't easily obvious. In the mouth Sam Adams Winter Lager is very tame and smooth. Very odd for a full Bock Lager like as such really. Overall Samuel Adams Winter Lager is probably the best winter beer available in my opinion. I mean I do like Harpoon's, Narragensetts, or Long Trails offerings but Sams Winter Lager will always be a winter favourite. Even though I prefer Octoberfest but Winter is a close second.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a dark ruby with one finger light tan head. Very good retention. Nice looking beer

S - Smells slightly spicy. There is also a yeasty and malty aroma in the back. Very light aroma

T - Mainly malts up front with a slight bitterness on the finish

M - Much lighter than it looks but not watery. Definitely a light beer. It is slick feeling in the mouth

O - Really not half bad. It does have s good flavor especially if you are in to malty beers. Its not overpowering. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Twobeards
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a half finger head that dissipates quickly. Color is quite nice, a clear dark amber/light ruby Not too much of a nose to it, malt with a touch of spice and a slight citrus hop aroma. Beer itself tastes about the same. Malty, get a touch of cinnamon and residue bite from the ginger, then hops which aren't very heavy. Feels a little thin in the mouth, like something the should be for thirst quenching in the summer. Pretty good overall, one of the better Sam seasonals I've had, wouldn't turn one down.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. May notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear dark amber brown with a slightly tanned head on top. Some visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some lacing behind on the sides of the glass.

S: Spiciness is the first thing I pickup. A mix of cinnamon, clove, allspice and orange peel. A touch of dark fruitiness from the malts.

T: As with the aroma, there is a spice laden flavor to this one. All the same spices that you get in the aroma. Fairly powerful spice but doesnt overwhelm and make it seem like its no longer a beer.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A bit of stickiness but still quite drinkable.

Overall this lager fits well into the winter scene with its pleasant dose of spice. Always pick this one up in the winter as its well priced for its flavor.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: burnt caramel orange with a nice 2 finger frothy white head - looks very nice

s: aroma is dominated by caramel malt. there is some sweet berry and toffee in here as well. last scent im detecting is a pretty big bready malt presence

t: dough and caramel initially. there is a small, but noticeable hop presence in here that follows and lends a small amount of tea-leaf bitterness. finishes sweet: a mixture of caramel and some generic berry flavor

m: heavier side of medium, with a syrup-y stickiness.

o: nothing too complex here, but its smooth and drinks nice. i like the heavier mouthfeel presented here combined with the caramel. its nice for drinking when you want something descent but don't want to concentrate too hard on picking out all the flavors

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Funny how divergent are the scores of Winter Warmers/ lagers including those of Alstroms'. I myself found Boston to be up there w Sierra Celebration and Widmer Brrr, leaving most the others way behind in the 3's.

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with freshness on the label.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper beer, topped with an off-white, tight, creamy, lasting lace. Carbonation is tight. Amen.

Smell: Crisp and clean: Malt, ginger, orange, cinnamon. But mostly a solid hoppy / malty balance.

Taste:As should be, for winter, muscular, smooth and malty upfront, with, crisp, spiced character of caramel, burnt sugar, zesty ginger, malts, orange, earthy and dates. Flash of hop bitterness peaks. This is totally enjoyable. First rate.

Feel: Creamy and weighty as it should be, surprising from a mass- house. Well done. Buy a case for Christmas.

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

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. A moderate pour produces 1/2 inch of frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some wispy lacing. The beer is a fairly pale yellowish brown with a reddish tinge, and is crystal clear. Carbonation is light. A very nice looking beer.

I get mostly clean malt in the nose with a hint of spice. The taste is of slightly sweet malt, a bit of caramel, maybe a very slight fruitiness akin to cantaloup, and just a kiss of earthy hops. The spice is there but I can't quite discern what it might consist of- a little nutmeg maybe. The spice is definitely not overbearing. The overall flavor is quite clean and lager-like. The mouthfeel is tingly with a pleasant burpiness leading to a bittersweet aftertaste, and with just a touch of a soapy feel from the spice.

This is a decent bock and well worth the 7.50 a six pack purchase price.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 7th Sam I've had. Pretty strong medicine. Big flavor, a smoky wheat bock. Nice spicy flavor to it, but you can taste the booze too. Nice dark brownish color with a potent nose. Relatively little head. One of Sams better seasonals, always like to grab some in their winter mix pack.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very minimal head upon pouring. Nice dark slightly reddish appearance. Like most SA brews, this one is easy to drink. Not too heavy and actually very light for a bock. Can't really get any kind of specific aroma so I guess they were able to achieve a nice balance of all the spices. Nothing to special for me but easy to drink.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,905 ratings.