Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
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Style:
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #115
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,688
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 13.61%
Reviews:
2,082
Ratings:
6,302
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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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RyanK252 from California

3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy light khaki head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little light lacing.

S: Toasty, bready, solid hit of spice, dark fruit, slightly earthy, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Follows the nose, leads with big toasty bready malt, spice comes right out, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, orange peel is more subtle, dark fruit, plum and fig, a bit earthy, rounded out with toffee sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, slight creaminess. More body than you'd expect for a 5.6% lager.

O: It's been quite a while since I've had this one. I can understand some people not being super into how heavily spiced it is, but on a cold festive night it hits the spot.

Feb 22, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

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

So they say they brewed this one with cinnamon, ginger and orange peel... I'm not getting any of that in the smell. Just bready malts and that's it.

It tastes like it smells. It's so much like their Boston Lager but maybe a little brighter. So really really malty with a little hops coming in late.

It's not too thin and it's smooth with sudsy carbonation. There is a small bight of bitterness on the finish but it's gone quickly.

Pretty basic, it definitely doesn't live up to the complex flavors the label promises. I'll give it a 3.5 out of 6.

Jan 08, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've been reading Jim Koch's book lately, so I was craving a good ol' Sam Adams and found this in my fridge. They claim this is a newer/improved version of the classic brew, but honestly still just as satisfied with it as I was last Winter. It pours into a nice amber/caramel like color with a foamy white head. The beer gives off malty and toasted aromas as you lift to your nose. The taste that follows gives hints of caramel, maltiness, and slight cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Very nice traditional Christmas holiday tastes. A very smooth beer, not overly carbonated. A wonderful treat for the holiday season!

Dec 06, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle:

Pours a clear, semi-dark amber color. Head is off white and bubbly but the bubbles are small and quite dense. Starts about 3/4 inch thick and retains well. No lacing.

Smell is probably my favorite part of this beer (that’s rare). Instant waves of toasty malts, freshly baked bread, cinnamon, and a sharpness from the ginger. I get just enough orange peel to balance, but not til the end.

Taste more or less follows the nose. Finish is toasty and medium length.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, but not watery. Carbonation is fairly low, but it still manages to be a bit crisp. Very clean throughout. It’s like eating perfectly baked wheat bread that’s just out of the oven. I could probably drink it in warm weather too but it’s exactly what I need to combat the bitter Oklahoma cold.

Overall - my favorite Sam Adams brew and, for me, a good representation of the style.

Dec 01, 2020
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Shelbs90 from Montana

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells toasty. very amber looking. it tastes very good. i really love this beer. smooth and nutty taste. not very carbonated which is nice. can’t taste ginger but can taste the citrus. could be a summer beer as well

Nov 20, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Nearly clear amber in color with a dense off-white head that settles to a lid, leaving great lacing as it recedes
Aroma: Warm bread, orange peel, ginger root, a little toffee, wafts of cinnamon, and some dried dark fruits
Taste: Rich and deep bready malt, toffee, and dark fruits come on first and joined shortly after by orange, ginger, and cinnamon. The spices along with bready malt are prominent in the middle and closes soft and clean with orange peel notes showing up again
Mouthfeel: Full, clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a soft and clean finish
Overall: Tasty stuff here. A delicious and well-made spiced bock and one of my favorite winter seasonal beers throughout the years. I didn’t realize until I saw the bottle that its recipe had been tweaked and I’d love to do a blind side-by-side between the old and new one but no biggie, this is very good regardless

Nov 18, 2020
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Iamaskier from Idaho

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

Pours with good carbonation but surprisingly poor head. Smell is light and sweet, hints of orange. Taste begins with a mild caramel malt and turns to a slight hoppy orange peel that lingers. Overall a decent dinner beer that I’d put above a blue moon and below a fat tire.

Nov 17, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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

12oz bottle. Label is notched for best by APR (2021). This is the 2020 release.
Deep amber colored body. Clear. Half a finger of off white head just stays there. Strings and spots of lacing stay on the sipping side after each sip.
Aroma of light roasted malt, with an accent from the orange peel. Spices are not expressive.
Taste is of a rich lager malt, with orange. The cinnamon and ginger make a brief appearance at the end of each sip.
Slightly heavy mouth feel, with a smooth, creamy touch. Very good carbonation.
A comfortable beer to drink, and reminds one of the spices of the holidays. Less expressive than some of the other holiday beer releases. Beautiful look in the glass.

Nov 14, 2020
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odannyob from Colorado

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

Pretty flavorful on a quiet, sunny, mid-November, late morning taste test, from a cold glass bottle to a 12 oz. clear glass tumbler to my curious taste buds. Yup. Not bad, a'tall. Not 100% sure, so think I'll have another, just so I can be accurate w/my assessment.
Has a very smooth warmth to it, too. Kinda comforting.

Nov 12, 2020
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aBosslyElephant from Florida

2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L- Warm amber coloring with a hint of a beige tinted foam
S- Smells like hops, not much winter
T- Not much unique tastes, but just a small generic spice aftertaste
M- like water
O- It's aight, I would drink again but I wouldn't buy again

Nov 05, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reformulated 2020 version

Appearance: Clear amber, off white head with good retention. Slow rising bubbles

Aroma: Caramel and toasted malt.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Caramel and toasted malt notes. Cinnamon spices noticeable. Orange peel a little hidden.
Sweet malt backbone. Restrained bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied, smooth and well rounded. Low carbonation. Nice long finish with spiciness lingering.

Overall: I loved the 2019 version, so I was afraid they might screw this up. It's just as good. Drinks nice & smooth. spices compliment the malt & hops. Not bitter. I really like the crisp finish with the spiciness lingering well after the malt & hops. It a solid choice if you are not sure what to take to a Holiday party or just want something to enjoy that has low alcohol on cold winter nights. A big, bold Imperial Stout is not always preferred.

Nov 03, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

They claimed to have improved the recipe so let's give it a try. I remember it was already good previously.

It's deep reddish amber, fizzy, decent head. Smells of roasted malt with a hint of citrus. Tastes predominantly of sweet spices followed by a huge malty backbone. Delicious. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side. Overall, a good beer.

Nov 02, 2020
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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

Oct 24, 2020
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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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