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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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5,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,382
Reviews: 1,938
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 72
Gots: 838 | 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 DrewsBrews450
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Bestinyourgirl
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my top five favorites.

Photo of shefs_brewhauss
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer, I really appreciate the taste, aroma, and drinkability of this brew. Great balance

Photo of Beric
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of OlyBob
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Good seasonal lager, but seems a little light compared to a good winter ale.

Photo of jcubz
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

great winter beer. delicious bock

Photo of GPackers12
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good seasonal beer. Wish it was around longer.

Photo of nikhilshetty007
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice Amber colour. Superb taste.

Photo of rwhitmore
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft in a frosted mug (ugh). Clean and crisp, spices are subtle and well balanced. A good easy drinking winter beer.

Photo of mazo
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks great! Smells so so. Very average tasting beer. Just OK. Below average i think.

Photo of VTR
3.05/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of TheGrunt
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
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!

Photo of rjs246
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Meh. Meh meh meh meh.

Photo of CIBoy10
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of CraigP83
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly dark red, smells of pleasant Christmas spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth drinking. Yum

Photo of smitbo7
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good stuff, can'r wait until next winter.

Photo of Bunman3
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice beer, overall. It pours nicely and behaves like I would expect a Sam Adams beer to behave. The head hangs around, the carbonation is steady, and it smells of biscuity caramel malt. There are hints of nutmeg and orange that wrap around the caramel and cola to produce a very pleasant combination.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper brown in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of beige colored foam covers the majority of the top. Light aromas of caramel and dark malt are in the aroma. The flavor is subtle caramel and dark malt. The body is smooth and gentle.

Photo of dodge408
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad seasional brew. A lil bit of orange with a pinch of spice. Not hateful at all.

Photo of relynnjr
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brown color with a redish tint about two fingers of foam and leaves no lace. Aroma is coriander, orange, and maybe a hint of nutmeg but is not overwhelming with aroma very subtle. Taste is very much like the nose, but bread, some orange and spices. However flavor is subtle as well.

Photo of scottspencer
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this is my favorite of the Samuel Adams

Photo of SlapPalsPodcast
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

An acceptable Winter bock with a steep price tag.

Photo of leantom
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's been a while since I had a Bock. Here goes:

A: Good. Clear brown with a very large white head; also leaves plenty of lacing. Somewhat pale for a bock, though - expected the beer to be somewhat darker.

S: OK, I guess. Very toasty, which is good, but the beer also has some bready and grainy notes that I do not like. Albeit, the caramel malt is very good, but it's rather faint relative to the grainy notes. Some German hops as well.

On a side note, there's this sourdough yeast smell that's somewhat off-putting. Almost like a homebrew gone wrong.

T: Very mediocre for a bock. Grainy and somewhat sour (I hated the sourness of this beer), giving it the feel of a bad homebrew. Some caramel malt, which is good, but this is totally overtaken by the grainy and sour notes.

M: Very light and watery - not filling at all.

O: A very mediocre beer. Some good notes, but I will not be having it again.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 5,382 ratings.