Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
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Style:
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #111
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,257
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 13.61%
Reviews:
2,069
Ratings:
6,271
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
Notes: Festive Bock with Spices.

Winter Lager's rich malt notes and accents of cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel are just the right companion for decking the halls, your holiday table, your fridge, your hand... You get the picture, no matter what or how you celebrate, do it with a Winter Lager.
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Davidstan from Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best holiday lager out there. Been drinking this one for over a decade and hasn’t changed but marginally thru the years

Spices are my fave part of this brew as the alcohol seem non existent so very drinkable

Saturday at 11:37 PM
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Peach63 from New York

3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours light copper with a 1/2 inch tan head. Moderate lacing.

Spicy, malty aroma. Little else.

Taste is malty, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, orange.

Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

More like a bock than a lager. A bit past the best by date but still a decent beer.

May 16, 2020
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mlepizzera

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Very solid beer. I am an amateur when it comes to the knowledge of a great beer, but regarding the limited range of my tastebuds, this is a hoppy and smooth drink. The more I drink this beer the more I enjoy it. I am about a quarter done with this 12 pack and after 3 of these I can honestly say I would recommend this beer. Very drinkable, not too heavy on the hops so not too bitter but just enough to make a novice like me impressed. Cheers

Mar 22, 2020
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kryansutton

4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The look of the beer at Christmas time, brings back some Holiday memories, all good, The smell is like a waterfall in Mexico, after a corna festival. a minty tone, after taste but before all that, a full-body beer with a bitter aftertaste, but it does not stay with you, its a great beer for munching on some nosh. a few crackers and some cheese. Not a great pair with turkey or ham. But something to drink while your waiting. When pairing it with fish, or chicken, it was not a great accompaniment. This is a beer you drink with nuts and pretzels. while talking with your friends or family.

Mar 08, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle: Pours a dark amber/copper color with about a 1-2 finger caramel head and has a good amount of lacing. This is a beer that definitely follows your nose. A Sweet malty/bready forward taste is followed by a bit of spice from the cinnamon, and a perfect amount of bitterness from the hops. Every sip yields a slight warming sensation inside. Overall a great beer, tasty and pleasing to the senses. Labeled as a Winter Lager, personally I think this beer is a great drink for any season, be it winter, spring, summer, or fall and it pairs well with many foods.

Feb 11, 2020
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plumberman63 from Indiana

3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent drinkable brew. Nice change from the normal ones that I usual drink. I would get again. Not a big fan of most Samuel Adams brews. This one is good

Jan 16, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this at a local tap house, from tap poured into a pint glass.
Looks clear amber with a two finger head and nice lacing.
Smells malty, cinnamon.
Tastes Malt forward, creamy, spices, Cinnamon.
Mouth feel is creamy, medium thin.
Overall, yes I would order again. A fine example of a Winter Beer.

Jan 08, 2020
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Usafveteran61 from North Carolina

4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great tasting beer, I wish it was available all year round. It has a smooth taste that goes down easily and goes well with just about any food. I would recommend this beer to anyone who loves a great tasting beer.

Dec 25, 2019
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Stampman from New York

4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has great taste and mouth feel . I abviously would recommend as the taste is fantastic and being a medium dark beer it has a great flavor and color. I highly recommend this beer.

Dec 24, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark copper/black tea color with a large caramel colored head that dissipated slowly. It has significant lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty, although somewhat mild. The taste is sweet and malty with significant undertones of cinnamon and other spices. A nice brew for the Holidays!

Dec 23, 2019
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Denisebell

3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice domestic that has some spiciness and plenty of aromatics without the overt perfuminess associated with imported Christmas beers. It has some very slight flavors of cinnamon and orange, but you really have to look to find them. Drinks easily, but isn't the most memorable beer. A great alternative when restaurants offer a Sam Adam's seasonal as their one risque "craft" pour.

Dec 23, 2019
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty beer, clear dark amber with a two-finger head with sticking lacing. Definite malt nose and the spice notes are pleasant. Taste is malt forward, with bready finish. Very clean taste, just enough bitterness to balance a bit of sweetness. We have not had this in a long time (5+ years at least) but thought to revisit it. We'll sek out a sixer or two every winter as we like a lager break from all those Holiday Ales.

Dec 23, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber with a finger of khaki foam on top that retains well. Aroma is caramely, toasty, bready, nutty malts with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Spices add a little more zest and pop to the flavor profile, which carries the same caramely, toasty, bready, nutty malts forward. Mouth feel is lightly creamy, with a bit of a sharp crispness on the back of the tongue. Thickness is medium-thin. Overall, smooth with some zest from the spices adding that slight 'warming' effect to each sip.

Served in a 12oz shaker glass from a 12oz bottle.

Dec 15, 2019
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Jsagur72 from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm having this as i speak . This time from the bottle into a nice quart jar . I've had this from the tap at my local pub and thoroughly enjoyed it . I know it's more on the commercial side i would guess , but Sam Adams hasn't disappointed at all in my 47 years. Not really too much of a difference in taste and or smell from bottle to keg , and with that , i know the product is consistent. Some beers seem to lose something in transition between the 2 , but this one doesn't. I'm a fan of amber to red colored lagers and this one satisfies me .

Dec 14, 2019
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Stevosps from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When pouring from a Tap this Lager has a 1/2 inch foamy head. It has a sweet malt aroma. Dark amber color. A full bold flavor with a soft sweetness and a hint of spice. There is a creamy texture that helps it flow just right. It is perfect for a cold winter evening. And keeps the spirt of the holidays when sharing with family and friends!

Dec 14, 2019
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JimJewell

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep amber with slight reddish tinge. Creamy off white to tansh head faded quickly to leave a light lacing. Not overly
carbonated.
S: Malty sweetness with a hint of spices and light hop aroma.
T: Maltiness up front with gentle spice notes. Clean finish. Well balanced. The malt, spices and hops play well together.
M: Full bodied without being too heavy. Noted a gentle creaminess.
O: Well balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Wish it was available all year long.

Dec 12, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark gold colour with a head that recedes slowly. Smell is of malt, grain and Ms hop. Taste is typical SA smoothness with wheat and foam mixing (head is still there). Finish is smooth.

Dec 10, 2019
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Imperatum15 from California

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown pour that is clear throughout. Lacing is nice
S: Spices with a hint of orange peel. Malts come through as well though the smell is not too prominent
T: Tastes like the nose. Moderately sweet with faint spices and orange peel upfront. Malts come through in the finish with no bitterness at all
F: Leaning on a light body, carbonation is moderate.

Overall, a good winter bock that isn't mind blowing but is solid and widely available.

Dec 07, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear mahogany copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Caramel and malts. Toasted sugars.

T.F: Bread and grains. Caramel, toasted sugars, and bread. Earthy/nutty... modest sweetness to start with herbal/medicinal hops for balance. A bit of spice. Medium to light bodied... well carbonated and with toasted grains/malts at the finish.

O: A solid bock. Not jaw dropping but well made and easy drinking. Could easily drink a few of these.

Dec 04, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by April 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, light copper color with a two finger, tan head decent retention but spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, toast, citrus, and spice (nutmeg, ?cinnamon).
T: Semisweet with flavors of caramel, biscuit, citrus, and spice. Bitterness very much in balance.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy.
O: This is really a nicely designed Bock beer. Spices are understated, as they should be. Simple, straightforward, but very enjoyable.

Dec 02, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep chocolate brown with a light tan head.

S: malty, work notes of caramel and dried fruits. Hints of dark bread as well.

T: Mild fruitiness, work toasted bread and raisin. Finish has some herbal bitterness.

M: medium light, with plenty of carbonation. Slight bitter cling in the finish.

O: overall a malty lager, tasty, but I'm not getting a ton from the spices, would probably be dandy with or without them.

Nov 30, 2019
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Subtle Spice, deep Maltiness. New 2019.
Starting With the looks. Poured into my favorite tulip glass, Results in a beautiful deep amber tone with reddish orange highlights. A few soda bubbles around the side and some very small champagne bubbles make there way to the top. The cap is nice, off colored white that sticks around for a while. lacing is there but doesn't stay around. Moving along to Smell. What can I say, It smells just like any ol' Dark Lager. the aroma is a fresh bold Malt that invites you to take a sip. Moving along the flavor. The one and only spice that hits me is the Cinnamon. The Cinnamon really hits you with its heat and a subtle aromatic quality. Ginger may be present, but its subdued. The flavor progresses into a deep , pleasant Maltiness. Much depth like any Oktoberfest or Bock, the flavor is welcoming and hugs your taste buds. The finish is simple and somewhat dry. Clean flavor throughout the beer. Now for feel. Very similar to any dark German Lager, It's a tad thin. It stays true to its style. Carbonation is medium. Not really creamy or silky, which is a let down for me. Overall A Festive enjoyable Beer, I would only buy on such a occasion.

Nov 26, 2019
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sseisele

3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight from the bottle. Spicy hop flavor comes through with a dry but tasty finish in the mouthfeel. No funky aftertaste. I can taste the orange zest but it's not overpowering.

Nov 24, 2019
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WilliamGustin from Nevada

3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Alright - this is one of those ‘it depends’ beers. Great deep copper, molasses color and pours with a brief head. Nice mouth feel with a good swallow. LET IT WARM UP A BIT is my best advice. Doesn’t do much when super cold, but a nice bread malt aroma...maybe a touch of spice is in there if you give it a chance. Not over the top and a reasonable bock buuuut a touch of hops may set some people off. I like this beer with dinner when I’m out eating warm, winter comfort food. Not a 4-5 range beer to buy to take home but a nice beverage on a cold night out.

Nov 20, 2019
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Historiker from Ohio

2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very pretty copper color with no head to speak of.
Smell was disappointing. Maybe toast if I use my imagination...maybe.
The first thing I tasted was hops. And if you like hops, that's great. But I don't love them, and Sam Adams said "complimented by hops," which was inaccurate in my opinion.
Taste was similar to the smell - burnt toast, and something reminiscent of banana bread. The "Cinnamon, ginger and orange peel" were 100% undetectable.
Mouthfeel was medium.
This wasn't a Christmas beer. It was just a beer, and not a very good one at that. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

Nov 19, 2019
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