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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
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#38,979
Reviews:
2,007
Ratings:
6,032
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
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Photo of bhancock4
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of pdoggin2000
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigMike
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdFed
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flopnasty
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Prospero
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with label notched at best before March 2014. A new winter seasonal to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety twelve pack. Expectations are about average given the brewery and the style, but I don't really know what to expect.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours just over a finger of soft fluffy tan head on top of a dark copper colored body. Looks alright, but fairly unimpressive.

S - Smell is pretty light and subdued. Dark grains, some cola / cherry sweetness, a hint of the cinnamon & spicy ginger, and some citrus zest, probably from the orange peel. Not terribly powerful smelling, but you can pull distinct aromas from it if you try.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark toasted wheat, chocolate maltiness, some medicinal cherry which could possibly be the cinnamon, a hint of the ginger, and a light citrus tartness on the finish from the orange peel.

M - Feel is smooth and clean. Light bodied with crisp carbonation.

Overall, a fairly tame and uninteresting, yet safe and approachable take on the style from Samuel Adams. A nice winter offering for the mixed twelve pack, that's for sure, because I couldn't see myself wanting too much of this one. Worth a try.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager ---3.5/5

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was drawn by the name Samuel Adams, self proclaimed brewer of the finest brews. To date not disappointed. So I see this Winter Brew and its a must try. In a pilsner glass the head is powerful to say the least. The beer pours a robust copper color. A fine lacing is left on the sides of the glass as the head recedes like a tide down east. The smell is pungent and apple-like spicy reminds me of autumn and the changing of the colors. The taste is also spicy apple like with hints of cinnamon and allspice. Good weight, more than a characteristic lager. A pleasure to drink, a great companion to a hearty meat and potatoes meal. Not necessarily just a winter beer but should be out just before Thanksgiving. A bit hearty for a session beer but for any meal is excellent.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time for a seasonal I’ve always had the urge to try: Sam Adams Winter Lager. Here’s hoping it’s better than the last beer “brewed with spices” I had from these guys: their pumpkin ale.

Enjoy by April, five months after the date of this tasting.

A: Shining red color with an absolute torrent of bubbles in the body – the space above the nucleation site looks like a jet in a Jacuzzi. Despite that foray of fizz, there’s only a short, creamy white head and minimal lacing. A bump of retention appears in the direct middle of the glass, churning with the rising bubbles.

S: Very Sam Adams-like; that is, very average for this brewer and in general. Grainy, red malts appear with a touch of vegetable to it before cascading its mild caramel and cinnamon-sugar tones. Some roasted barley, orange zest, coriander, and ginger peek through to give this an edge of shandy, nearly, and a profile quite reminiscent of their Harvest Pumpkin.

T: Instantly recognizable as something that was mass-produced, as light, grainy wheat overpowers all that more complex malt presence; indeed, some chocolate, cinnamon bread, and raisin are evident underneath, but nowhere near the fullness of the duller grains. Spice notes of lemon, ginger, and white pepper dot the edges of the palate, picked up by a little herbal hop kick; biscuity and thick on the ends. Finishes with a fortunate taste of earthen bread, leaving the BMC malts as a mere memory, though with a hop dryness that seems a little artificial – like an extract was used.

M: This isn’t a beer that seems like sub-6% ABV, with smooth chewiness and a medium body. No noticeable carbonation disturbing the body on this one.

O: This was a better-than-average Sam Adams beer, but not by much. A respectable, cheap dark lager if that’s your thing (and you can’t find any Boston Lager).

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Photo of samie85
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a coppery brown color with a white head.

S- Light toasty and caramel malt with faint hop spiciness. I'm not getting the spices mentioned on the label at all.

T- Like the nose, caramel malt is present but I think I'm getting the spices here but I'm getting almost a roasty character near the finish.

M- Pretty well carbonated. Medium bodied.

D- I anticipated the taste being a little richer/heartier than it actually is. The spices kind of give this beer a weird aftertaste that makes it a little difficult to put down easily.

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Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color. A small head that left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of grain and spices.

T - Tasted of grain and malt. The spices tasted like cinnamon.

M - It was crisp and dry. Light to medium-bodied.

D - It was pretty good. I liked the hint of cinnamon. It was understated.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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 ncstateplaya
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear amber, extremely effervescent and a cream colored head that persists well after the pour. A definitive lace is evident after each tip of the glass.

Smell: subtle spices-cinnamon and nutmeg are most noticeable.

Taste: slight spicyness that is over shadowed by the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: This brew is extremely smooth and crisp. Carbonation awakens your taste buds and soothes the back of your throat during every swallow.

Drinkability: This had been my favorite winter brew for years, mainly because it never disappoints and is widely available during the winter months. I have enjoyed this beer from bottles and straight from the tap.

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Photo of BigPapaLager
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a brew I usually look forward too every year, as it was one of my first winter beers. Pours a crystal copper color with a medium head. Lacing was not significant. A sweet one with some hop bitterness as well. Drinkabilility is good but not one of Sammy's best IMO. Though it did get easier to drink as the night progressed.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ruger
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark ruby color with a one finger off-white head.

S - Malts are whats most presence along with a slight caramel.

T - Caramel, some spice, very malt forward didn't get really any hops at all although there is a slight citrus taste in there somewhere but not much at all.

M - Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of baseball636
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mlazzaro
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sam Adam has consistent visually appealing beer. The clarity is impressive. Burgundy color, over a white head. decent carbonation. Head retention is below average. Has a clean lager smell. nice malt character to the aroma as well. Flavor is similar to the nose. Spiced clean flavor. Sooo much better than the double bock from S.A. Brewing Co. Decent viscosity to the beer, suiting mouthfeel. Very similar to pumpkin beers of the fall, with out pumpkin and with lager yeast. I am surprised how much I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle Poured into a Pint Glass.

An off white color head that seems to evaporate quite quickly. A lot of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. The beer is a light reddish brown color. A decent amount of lacing throughout the glass.

A slight spicy malt with a hop smell alongside a hint of metallic aroma.

A decent amount of carbonation. A nice body, not too thick or heavy.

Definitely a spice kick to it; its very well balanced, not annoying in any way. There is a hint of citrus fruit with maybe caramel. Very tasty and seems smooth enough to have more than just one.

I've had this about two years ago on tap; I remember enjoying it. I never was a big fan of Samuel Adams, this is one of their first brews I enjoyed. Since my visit to the Brewery I learned to appreciate and wanting try more of their beers; I'm glad I did.

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Photo of Folderol
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was just... okay. It's supposed to be spiced, but I didn't catch anything spicy or interesting at all. I guess I'll do the breakdown:

A: Dark amber, pretty good looking but nothing special. Two-finger head that left a nice cap the rest of the way down.

S: Nothing special here, just malty.

T: Again, malty but no interesting roasted/toasted/caramel or chocolate notes that I like in a good bock.

M/D: Pretty smooth and drinkable.

I'll bet this is better fresh on tap. I'll have to look for it next winter.

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Photo of LencerSpewis
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drseamus
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice ruby body with a good slightly off white head. Super clear, as it should be. Some visible carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma. Some toasted biscuit.

T: Sweet and malty with a touch of spice or bitterness. Again, some toasted character.

M: Medium to light bodied, pretty smooth.

D: Nothing stands out good or bad. It's fairly drinkable but it might be hard to get all the way through this keg.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of brownish, off-white foam that settles down quite quickly. The body is amber-brown with perfect clarity.

S - Malt, slight roast with caramel.

T - Malt with cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight roast character from malt. Hops are minimal if detectable at all. The roast character increases somewhat in the finish.

M - Heavy, slightly syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

D - Despite the somewhat heavy mouthfeel this beer is reasonably drinkable. It finishes quite clean and has just enough carbonation to lift the taste off the palate.

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Photo of monkeytoe
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz brown bottle with freshness date on the bottle.

Pours a reddish-amber with a finger and a half whipped-honey colored head.

Sweet caramel, and light spice and tangerine in the nose.

Plenty of caramel sweetness with spice and bit of mustiness. Each sip brings more complexity: orange, spice, burnt sugar, very mild hop bitterness, some roasted barley flavor.

Mouthfeel is full and slick, but finishes clean, not cloying.

Darn tasty, but I only want a glass or two. Really delicious with a couple of squares of a Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 6,032 ratings
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