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

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
5,925 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a dark wheat bock. Bock beers are traditionally strong dark lagers.

This beer is a lager, and hence not a Weizenbock (an ale).

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Photo of nukem5
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Trying for the first time out of my Sam Pler case. Color is of a dark iced tea and sad little wisps of foam on the top.

S: Some chocolate notes , sweet malts, caramel,and a touch of citrusy hops.

T: Sweet malty,with rasins .Some hops present but not much more in the nose than any tastes.Light touches of caramel and chocolates.

M: Rich and slightly chewy is a great substitute for dessert or a good compliment to a nice warm chocolaty dessert.

D: Very drinkable and warming great for a cold winters evening.

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Photo of ghostdog
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsalz21
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Risenhower
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rabbitguy
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of raindog814
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint shaker...

A: Clear dark amber/gold body...head is light and so is the consistency of the lacing...

S: Big toasted grain and bready malt aroma...didn't think this was a bock but its definitely got that nose...hints of caramel and a discernable layer of earthy hop bitterness...searching for the spices and orange peel but I'm not finding...

T: Again, upfront with the bready malt component, flavors of toasted grains, earthy nuttiness, lightly roasted malt, even caramel sweetness...finish levels out with the faintest suggestion of spice...

MF: Thinner mouthfeel, probably medium bodied but it feels a bit lighter...

O: Not special really. Not particularly flavorful and I really didn't pick up and spices/clove/ginger/orange peel...

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Photo of LAND_MINE
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Willvoll
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer a lone in my room. As I sipped it I was overtaken by this warmth. It comforted me. I turned around and realized it was shrek. What came after was numbed by the warm alcohol in this beer, and it went well with Shreks pungent onion love. Decent winter lager

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McMatt7
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Powers30
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of saradad
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Olive Garden (not what I expected) in a 220z pilsner glass (again, unexpected) and found it quite tasty (as expected) the beer was a medium amber with orange-ish color under a 1" off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly leaving some decent if not overly impressive lacing on the glass. The smell was hard to quantify perhaps due to the restaurant surroundings but light malt and even a lighter spice were present. The taste was first sweet malt (caramel?) and spice (nutmeg, allspice?) with a very light hop finish overshadowed by the spice. The beer was a bit thin but with decent carbonation so the mouthfeel was rather nice. The drinkability was good and I'd have had a couple of more if I hadn't been driving. Ciao Bella

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Photo of twelvsies
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just wasn't so pumped about this one. Looks pretty good though. Pours a darkish red amber color with a tiny bit of tan off-white head. The smell seems really off to me. Almost smells like warm yogurt or something as unappealing as that. I can detect some maltiness under that strange scent though. Taste is passable, but not as direct as I might like. The nutty malts come through, though there's a lot of other flavors that sort of seem to take a back seat. Nothing really meshes well with this beer, it's just sort of a hodge-podge of grains and water. Not a thrilling mouthfeel either, a tad watery. Decently drinkable, but I think Sam Adams makes better brew than this one. Maybe it's better in the bottle, but I haven't tried that this year.

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Photo of beagle75
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of persistent cinnamon-tinted foam head. Heavy homogenous lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hay and sharp raw malt are present, almost to the exclusion of

T: Begins dry, with earth and moderate carbonic acidity. Flavors deepen into the middle, becoming sweeter in conjunction with a fairly heavy presence of caramel and bready malt. Spices are also well represented and particularly fresh-tasting, with a bouquet suggesting of baked treats and juniper. The palate is left with a lingering herbaceous energy as spices persist but sweetness fades once more.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and fairly creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This amber-colored bock more approachable that it seems to be appealing, at least when it is deconstructed during careful analysis. However, when the layers are all allowed to unite and slip by without overly careful scrutiny, it comes across as interesting and very food-friendly.

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Photo of Gnilwod
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz draft
Pours a hazy pale color and is capped with a foamy ivory colored head. Aroma is pale malt, ginger, and a bit of citrus. Flavor is wheaty, honey, ginger, yeast, and a bit of bubblegum. Feel is very creamy and airy. Light hop finish, but is sweet overall. Decent to try, but nothing special.

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orangey color, good clarity with a quick to froth carbonation and a decent head retention that leaves some lace behind. Wet spicy aroma, a tad malty with some herbal hop in the nose. Creamy medium body with an ample sweetness from the toasted and caramel malt flavors. Spicing and hops keep it balanced with some cininimon and ginger undetones and a spicy herbal hop bitterness. Finishes a bit sweet with warming spices.

I remember when this beer used to be a little bit bigger, badder and ... well better. It used to be closer to 7% abv and with a lot more brawn you would expect from a bock. Todays version is decent, a good pick if you are going to a house or dinner party and don't want to rock the boat.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish copper color with a fizzy tan head that quickly dissapears. Smell is sweet and malty with some winter spices, alcohol and a wierd metallic twang in the aroma as well. Semi-thick and slightly chewy mouthfeel make way for a nice malty base with some holiday spices. Overall, this is a decent brew but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Sam Adams thus far. A little citrus, a very little spice. The least appealing aspect of the beer was the smell. It hinted at being no better than the average cheap six pack. From here, it gets much better. As I mentioned, the taste, on top of the typical lager style, are appealing. The beer feels nice on the palate, the alcohol is not overwhelming, and certainly an appropriate winter brew.

Certainly not top shelf, but a noble effort from Sam Adams. Not a bad pick-up.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a 6pck. It poured a dark brown with a bubbly head of white foam.

The aroma was about average. It had a malty smell along with a faint holiday spiciness in the background.

The flavors had a good balance. The malt profile was good, not to sugary. For the most part it tasted like a regular Sam Adams Boston Lager with spices built on top. I couldn't taste any of the spices advertised on the commercials. The spice aspect was very subtle and not very distinctive - sort of generic tasting. It also had a sour hoppy taste that cropped up now and again.

Drinkability was decent. I was expecting something more. I got board with this one after the third beer.

Overall, I was not too impressed with this beer. It had a taste that could easily get lost in the shuffle of holiday beers. There was nothing that made this beer stand out. I cannot see myself purchasing another 6pck. If this was on-tap at a bar with limited options I would probably order it.

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Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light tan head. Clear coppery dark orange/brown body. Head drops a little too fast.

Smell: Not much of the spice stands out in the smell. Faint wheat and molasses.

Taste: Definitely some cinnamon. Little bit of ginger as well? Pretty tasty but it's nothing to go too crazy over.

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Photo of Docer
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. from a holiday pack..

- Pours a clear dark red... white fizzy head... leaves a bit of a dusting and a small ring.

- Lightly sweet, subtle grains, oats... light grassy and earthy hop... slight spicy zest....

- Sweet grains, light sugars, molasses.. slight spicey touch... earthy grassy hop... subtle... little zing of ginger to the finish.

- Overall light to medium bodied, plenty carbonated.. slightly cloying..

- Overall not too bad, but doesn't stand out much among the others in the holiday pack....

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Photo of theopholis
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- The beer is a nice, clear amber. The head is a thick, fluffy, creamy, white affair with good staying power and significant lacing. Quite nice.

Aroma- Not much aroma, but what there is is quite nice. Some malt sweetness, with just a hint of toffee. Quite clean and crisp smelling.

Taste- Nice, semi-complex malt sweetness with some carmalized sugar. As it slides towards the back of your mouth, you get a very nice bittering hop dryness. It's hard to explain.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good CO2 level, leaving just a hint of bite on the tip of the tongue. Has a nice, dry puckering effect.

Drinkability- Not a great brew, but well worth trying.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 5,925 ratings
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