Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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German Bock
Ranked #102
Ranked #42,212
3.6 | pDev: 13.61%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Reviews: 2,041 | Ratings: 6,196
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From old, undated notes. Had this on draft.

Reddish-orange see-through liquid.

Decent off-white head; strong lacing.

Banana bread nose; inviting.

Medium mouthfeel.

Taste splits the difference between banana bread & macro lager. 4

Drinkable but very disappointing after the nice nose.

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Photo of hottenot
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I remember when Sam Adams Boston swill was the only alternative to BMC. Now, it does not seem like much, winter lager.
Boston lager with nutmeg, meh,,

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Photo of LocalBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another beer by Sam Adams I do not like there is more foam then beer in the glass also I find it a bit on the sweet side I don't think or will buy this one again.

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Photo of DaveyCream
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice seasonal selection from Samuel Adams. This one had some nice hops to it, which I liked. Very nice to drink on a gloomy or incredibly snowy day when you have nothing to do and just want to stay inside all day. Love the German taste in it as well. Always will try and buy at least 2 six packs of this throughout the winter. Not tough to find around that time of year either, which is nice for convenience sake.

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Photo of timon
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm diggin this right now. The flavor + mouthfeel makes it real syrupy and soothing on this rainy day. This is basically like a syrupy well done red ale in taste and look, with some added "winter spices". A solid beer and pretty unique. I can't say I have had one like it before.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, medium chestnut brown with two finger off white head. Leaves lots of lacing. Smells of sweet malt with chocolatey roasted malt and a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is similar, with the cinnamon and ginger subtly rounding out the lightly roasted flavor. It works pretty well. Medium light body. Faint lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent cold weather brew. Maybe not truly a bock beer, but I pick up at least a 12 of this every winter, and am always glad I did. By looking around at BA reviews of SA products, I see that my ratings are consistently higher, but I like their stuff and I cannot lie.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium brown beer. Creamy white head not super thick. Poured out of a bottle. Smells of some baking spices and roast. Tate follows. Mouthfeel is fairly thin. Overall pretty good beer but I’d probably rather just have the regular lager. Or on winter just something standard without the spices.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Winter Lager | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the the bottle into a pint glass, this has a three finger thick light tan head, webbed lacing. and a deep reddish amber body.

Smells like masterfully roasted, full bodied malts. Also picking up the cinnamon and ginger mentioned on the labeling.

I taste hearty grains with not very much of a spice flavor, just a mild sweetness from the malts.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Samuel Adams Winter Lager | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) with a 4.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Winter Lager brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 5.60% This German Bock pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a a pint beer glass. A super nice mid brownish almost copper color with a nice small off white head. Decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. Really digging the copper color of this brew. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts. Then a nice mix of citrus with spices. You mostly pick up on cinnamon an ginger. The smells of the holidays. So far Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up the light roasted grains and malts, then a mild amount of spices. The spices are a nice touch to this brew. This brew has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This brew would go nice with dinner or on a cold winter day. The body of this German Bock is a solid medium. The mouth feel is Bold, Spices, Rich , Clean Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Samuel Adams Winter Lager a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a super nice job with German Bock.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Poured a deep amber with a nice white head. Dominant malts with a hint of spice in the aroma. Taste followed the nose, malts with a hint of cinnamon? Medium bodied with a spicy or faint sour finish. A good brew but I didn't get much of the flavor promised on the label.

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Photo of lastmango
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper brown with a skin thin tan head. Aroma of malt and, unfortunately, soap. And no, this pour was not into a glass that was just washed so there is no soap residue. Malt taste with a bit of spice. No complexity. Moderate body and carbonation.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber color that invites you in. Thick white head and minimal smell. Tastes smooth but is better if you brush your glass rim with cinnamon and sugar. This is the perfect fix for the beer, won’t drink it without the dressed up glass.

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Photo of MNAle
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of spice, bread, malt, caramel. Short tan head; short but thick and creamy; receding fairly quickly, but it leaves nice-looking lacing on the opposite side of the glass. Color is reddish amber; lots of carbonation bubbles. Attractive. Taste is spicy - cinnamon, with a touch of citrus (orange?); finish is mildly bitter and malty. The totality is definitely holiday & winter focused.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by April 2019, so plenty fresh.

Nice deep red amber coloring. Initially there is a good thick off white head, but this dissipates to a thick ring & covering. light lacing

Clean malty aroma. nothing else

Malty, tingly, a little sweet. Claims to be brewed with orange peel, cinnamon & ginger, but I'm not getting any of those flavors.

Mouth is around medium. Finish seems a little off, faintly sour and a little unpleasant.

Overall, apart form the finish, not a bad tasting beer. It just doesn't deliver what the bottle states.

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

Pours a reddish amber with a thin off-white head. Mild caramel and spice aroma starts the beer off. Earthy notes are the first to come into play, with a dash of spices. Moderate body, with a bit of thickness to it. Very short finish of earthy notes and spice. Not too complex, but a decent winter drink.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color and clear with a tall tan head in a dimpled mug... I get the cinnamon and ginger, maybe some citrus and pine... Doesn't taste or smell particularly appealing though... Thin-bodied, mild... I guess it's alright, but i don't see the point when there are so many better and more flavorful beers out there...

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark amber, relatively clear, with a finger of white head.

Smell: Pale malt and a bit of citrus. Hard to smell much.

Taste: Slightly bitter malt, orange zest, and a biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but highly carbonated.

Overall: A pretty nice lager, though not too special.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very dark amber with about medium carbonation as well as body.
Aroma is roasted malt, caramel,sort of fruity, with what I assume is hop bitterness.
Taste is almost identical to aroma, somewhat sweet. There's some bitterness which is either hops,indescribable spice or both .
It's ok but it seemed like a bit of a mess to me

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Photo of PigeonEater
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought buy mistake. Expected Christmas Ale and all I got was this weird tasting fruity, teaser of orange, a littile bitterness, that leaves a lot to desire and gives noting in return. Is that Pine that Boston Lager where trying to hint at? Who knows but they missed the mark....

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Photo of Maestro0708
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with an off white head that hangs around and leaves lacing along the glass. The aroma is holiday spice and rich, toasty malt. There is not a lot of hop character. The flavor hints at sweetness with caramel and toasty malt but there is sufficient bitterness to balance the beer and keep it from being cloying. Spices are present here as well but not too strong. The body is medium-full with moderate carbonation. The beer tastes stronger than the listed abv of 5.6%.

This makes for a nice cold weather beer.

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Photo of Smurfman584
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at local pizza shop. Poured into a conical pint glass with a nice layer of head. Color nicely resembles the style, not much smell to speak of, which may also resemble the style-don’t know. Good bit of carbonation with a nice malty backbone. Would order another.

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Photo of Milktoast75
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into English pint glass. Aggressive pour with a finger of foam that disappears real quick. Darker shade of amber color.
Sweet malt, spice, a bit of fruit. Aroma seemed to evaporate quickly.
Taste equals smell. Sweet malt fallows by a mix of non descriptive spices. Strange but not bad after taste.
Sweet taste makes it somewhat filling but a drinkable beer. A light holiday beer, I guess.

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

12-oz. bottle needed a heavy pour for a finger sized foamy, light tan head with very short retention and minimal stringy lace.
Clear amber-brown with ruby highlights, brownish orange in front of light.
Rising Bread dough, sweet malt and spice greet the nose.
Taste begins semi-dry and tangy from the orange peel and ginger, the middle becomes semi-sweet from caramel malt with roasted malt and cinnamon in the background. An astringent mineral twinge occurs, faint hops replace it. The finish bitters and drys as the spice and orange peel return and linger.
Light body, a little above average carbonation. Nice flavor profile; tang, semi-sweet, bitter.
The spiciness of a Winter Warmer Ale (label says "orange peel, cinnamon and ginger"), a little lower than average ABV for a Bock. Winter Lager, Festive Bock beer on the label.
I'm callin' this one a Session Bock with Octoberfest tendencies.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - Copper Brown color, small medium foam head, minimal glass lacing.
Smell - Malt, nuts, little bit of toffee and chocolate. Nothing in the way of hops. Fairly sweet. Maybe a touch of spices.
Taste - Very sweet and sugary. Not really much in the way of flavor. Caramel lager basically. Malty but not roasted. I can pick up a bit of ginger and orange peel but it's not pronounced. Medium bodied but has a filling taste. Medium carbonation.

Overall, not really sure what they were going for here. It's not a bad beer but not light enough to drink more than one or two and not enough flavor to make me want to buy more...Grade is a B

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