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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Ratings: 6,064 |  Reviews: 2,013
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber body with a small tan head. No retention or lacing here.

Smell comes with mostly a caramel-like malt character.

Taste is definitely more pronounced than then smell. Caramel and bready malts definitely dominate, but spices are noticeable too. Cinnamon is one I think I can pick out, but that's about it.

Medium bodied, nothing interesting in the mouthfeel.

Mild, balanced flavors make this one a pretty drinkable winter beer.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be enjoyed by April

A - Medium red-amber body with a nice light tan head. Pretty color, nice looking beer.

S - dry fruits, spices, caramel, toffee, vanilla malts.

T - Malty first and foremost. The other things from the nose are quite muted. A lot of neutral malt flavor. I remember this having more going on. Oh well.

M - medium-thin bodied, smooth, every so slightly drying.

O - this is fine, not great. The nose is quite good and would be much appreciated also on the tongue, but it's not there.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a dark copper with a 1 finger cream head. Nice thick leopard spotting of lacing remains on the glass.

S- cinnamon, toffee, bread, and maybe a slight nutmeg aroma.

T- sour dough bread, toffee, cinnamon and spices, slight metallic taste and some walnut/pecans.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Slick start with a creamy finish.

O- ok beer with some nice spice characteristics and malty body.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a mug.

pour reveals an clear amber body; light beige head builds to about a finger and a half but dissipates fairly quickly. patchy lacing evident.

nose is fairly tame but there are noticeable tones of caramel malt with some citrusy hops in the background. some spices are perceivable.

for the most part the aroma is substantiated by the flavor profile. no big surprises: caramel malts, subdued hops, and spices. all and all a decent, quaffable beer. nothing more, nothing less.

low to medium bodied moutfeel with average carbonation. the first couple drink well, then boredom starts to set in.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this Sam Adams offering pours a dark reddish brown color, with a thin tan head and lots of apparent

S - the spiciness is reminiscient of a christmas morning, a rather evocative aroma for a brewer as large as Sammy A, its very inviting and warm, a great musty spiciniess (nutmeg maybe?) with a slight citrine twang

T - the citrus taste persists nicely to the taste, the spiciness is far more subdued than i would have guessed from the aroma

M&D - a nice flavor, warm for a winters night, a very nice offering from Sam Adams, with a higher-ish drinkability

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of colts9016
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper hue with a thin white head. The nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, toasted malt, wheat, hints of honey and citrus. The taste is peppery, really citrus and acidic. There where hints of spices. This wasn't a bad lager is was rather nice and warming for those cold nights.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Came to me with a 3 finger fizzy head. The head was slightly tan. The overall appearance was a deep, translucent amber.

S- There was a nutty aroma to this on the whole. A little malt in there, but nor hops scent.

T- Was fairly disappointed with the taste. Some grassy flavors and a slight nutty flavor. No hops bitterness in there, but some malt tastes.

M- Lots of carbonation. Really light for the style. It was almost watery and went down fairly easy.

Overall, I was not impressed with this beer. It was very light in the mouthfeel category and the taste was just lacking. I was surprised to learn this is a bock, because it is one of my more favored styles, but I was sorely disappointed.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, brilliant red amber with an off-white, near 2 finger head. Great retention. The resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell: Faint aroma; hints at caramel and a touch of spice.

Taste: Thankfully, the flavors are more pronounced than the aroma. Predominant caramel flavor backed by notes of cinnamon and a hint of citrus. Finishes with a bit of spice that touches on ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with fair carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall: Decent winter brew offering. Straight out of the bottle I thought it was one of the better brews in the bunch, but a day later and poured into a glass, I don't find it nearly as interesting. Nonetheless, it's nothing I'd go out of my way for, but it's not a deal breaker in the Sam Adams Winter pack.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10-13-2008

Pours a clear light amber with a thin and fleeting head. Minimal retention and extreme clarity. Almost zero lacing.

Smell reminds me a bit of an amber with slightly roasted malts dominating the nose, and a bit of spice in the background, cinnamon and allspice. Surprisingly decent hop presence when agitated mid-pint, earthy but fleeting.

Offers a slightly dry and bitter amber-bock flavor on the palate. Lager notes are subtle given the bready texture on the tongue. This is both a blessing and a curse as the malt flavors hide behind it as well, with caramel revealing itself only after notable exposure and warming. Tastes like a supercharged Boston Lager with a sprinkle of hops and a more balanced malt presence, not all Vienna but it's surely there.

Pretty firmly carbonated yet the reduced bitterness makes this beer a bit more drinkable. Nonetheless the comparisons to Boston Lager are undeniable. And this is slightly better, and in fact a bit reminiscent of the BL of yore, but not quite....

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Photo of rdgreenberg85
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Shanty76
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BierRunner
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No nose to speak off. Taste reveals toasted wheat flavors tempered by subtle winter spices. For a holiday beer it is very drinkable.

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Photo of Kris450
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%

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

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at both fridge cold and room temperature. Of the two choices, I have found that it tastes better when cold. When it pours into the glass, the head climbs up high to the rim with small to medium bubbles. In fact, I'd say the head was uncharacteristic of a typical lager. I really enjoyed the rich, bold color of this lager and could hardly wait to dive into it after a long night at work. The taste is very clean. There isn't a lot of extra spices in there, which is something I've come to expect from winter brews. In fact, I was looking for more of a holiday beer. What I got was a very drinkable lager. After taste fades quickly even with massive swishing. This sealed the deal: if you buy a Samuel Adams holiday beer, buy the Uncle Fezziwig.

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Photo of Greels
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%

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

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

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 6,064 ratings