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

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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

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 ZAP
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another good one from "Sammy"...I like "Old fezz" better but this is good in its own right..Light reddish copper appearance with a decent head...aroma is sweetish, but not as strong as "Old Fezz"...tastes a bit like a Bock..but it says it is a wheat lager on the bottle...very easy drinking and excellent winter beer.Not a real hoppy beer..definitely more on the malty side, and it really doesn't taste much like wheat to me..

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Photo of renniksdb
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, clear amber with a little head.

A spicy and sweeter smell.

Crisp fizz and medium mouthfeel. Can taste the tangy flavor of brewed ginger throughout. Not powerful, but present. It's moderately hopped with a bittering hop. The malt doesn't seem to have as much of an effect on the flavor, but I would put it as on the sweeter side.

The lasting flavor is a mix of bitter hops and ginger, followed by sweet, probably from the malt.

I liked this beer. A solid, but not too powerful flavor. This could definitely be a session beer. And it went perfect with my pork roast!

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Photo of kjyost
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle notched BB Nov/11 and poured into a beer mug. This year claims to be 5.5% ABV

A: Clear red-brown with a light bubbly head that dissipates quickly without leaving and lacing. Disheartening...

S: A bit of caramel sweetness gives way to earthy hops. Nice.

T: A bit of sweetness quickly gives way to the earthiness which lingers, yet the beer finishes crisply and cleanly for a beer of this depth.

M: Carbonation is a little low, would like it to be biting a bit more as it doesn't pop as I would expect. Nice finish

D: A solid beer with decently distinctive character.

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Photo of jimj21
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of Winter Classics twelve pack. Best by date notched on the side April 2010. Poured into a glass. Pours a reddish orange color. Very clear. Topped by about two fingers of cream colored head. Retention is so-so but eventually drops to a small cap. A few streams of bubbles rise in the glass. Minor lacing.

Aromas are faint and mostly nondescript. Malty and spicy, a good amount of cinnamon. Some hops in the background. Not too much going on.

Taste is pretty close to the nose. More flavors stick out. Malty sweetness with holiday spices. Cinnamon and some nutmeg stand out. Wheat bread. Slight hop bitterness on the finish.

Heavier side of medium bodied. Pretty smooth and creamy. Carbonation is on the lower side but it definitely works for this beer. Slightly dry on the finish.

This is a good seasonal beer. Quite good all around. Easy to drink. Right now, it's a nice way to say goodbye to the winter.

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Photo of dsreeves
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjd112
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up from the A&P in West Patterson, and poured into a Flying Fish pint glass.

A - A dark copper color with a thick white head that dissipates quickly
S - Molasses with a bit of nutmeg
T - Taste follows the smell, but I detect more wheat with a hint of cinnamon.
M - Moderate to heavy mouthfeel
D - A very drinkable beer

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color is a beautiful amber pour with a quickly dissipating slightly off white rocky head.

The smell is like freshly roasted bread with some hidden spice notes.

The taste I get is cinnamon and spice with that roasted bready malt notes.

Overall on this one I have to say for a winter "gimmick" beer I liked it. It really hit a lot of those sweet Christmas notes for me. A roasty sweet beer to sip on Christmas eve whilst the children continue to come out and bother papa bear while he tries to write beer reviews.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got my hands on a Sam Adams sampler pack. After downing the trust Boston Lager I decided to try the Winter Lager did not disappoint.

The bock pours out a dark-golden brown with a lightly tanned head. The head pours thick but disappears quickly as though it were wispy. The smell of the beer was incredible - my nose was pleasantly assaulted with the aroma of spice, cinnamon, and oranges - it was truly great. I was surprised at the rich taste of this lager - rivaling their Boston Lager in my opinion. I could distinctly taste everything I smelled from the bottle making it a great experience. Overall, I rated it a little lower since the beer did leave an aftertaste that didn't agree with me. Nonetheless, I still have one bottle left of this stuff and I think I might just crack it open tonight.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vonSchulze
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: nice brown body with an off-white two finger head with some decent spider web lacing

S: wheat, Christmas spices such as ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon

T: takes the previously mentioned flavors and combines with some undertones of chocolate

M: light; sessionable; ginger aftertaste, quick sharp finish

O: good for the style and good for me, have it any time during the winter

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Photo of McAfee85
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meganrosso
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the Samuel Adams brand. This one has many spices of like cinnamon and makes you get into the holiday spirit

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber brown producing 1.5 fingers of beige, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a wash & motes of lace. Aroma is caramel and dark bready malt, roasted nuts, notes of cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. Taste is sweet caramel & toasted malt, dark bread, roasted nuts, notes of orange, cinnamon & ginger with roasted malt & light herbal hops in the finish. A lightly roasted & bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy with average carbonation.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of cream colored head

smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, malt

Taste is cinnamon, light earthy and citrus hop, caramel malt, toffee, roasty malts

Mouthfeel is medium bodies, adequate carbonation, slightly drying on the finish.

Good beer here, may grab a 12 of cans, or might just take a couple more from my brother, either way give it a shot!

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Photo of Chris-1911
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boblog
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apperance: Dark redish amber.

Smell: Fairly complex. Roasted malt, orange peel, with a faint cinnoman scent

Taste: Nice hop bitterness, balanced roasted malt flavor. Hints of spices such as cinnoman and appropriate warm alcohol twang. Nice short blunt wheat flavor which I though was a bit weak.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation that tickels the tongue a bit.

Overall a very drinkable winter brew. Although I found it a bit odd for the folks at Sam Adams to use a lager for a winter beer, I am more used to an Ale for a winter beer. Still I would recommend it.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper, a bit cloudy, with a small off-white head.
S: Diacetyl, wheat, some caramel and malt.
T: Ends with more hoppy bitterness than would have expected from the smell. Begins with spices and some malty sweetness.
M: Really compact carbonation, but still smooth, great cold.
D: Definitely easy to drink for the flavor it has.

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Photo of chaz410
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is actually one of my favorite seasonals from Sam Adams. This is a winter beer that rides the spice and flavor road rather than the other winter ales and lagers that try to overly "stout" or "Chocolate-ify" themselves. The nose and overall smell is awesome. This baby hits you with lots of orange and spice zest. THe corriander is evident form the start and I am very pleased with this. There are more hoppy notes on the nose than malts but both are very present.
The taste brings cinnamon to the game along with the orange, light chocolate and corriander. It is smooth and hits mostly at the back of the tongue with a little bitterness that is welcome after all the spice. It is clean and refreshing!

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Photo of hopley
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewQ
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A respectable look, bronze color and fine bubbles forming a biscuit atop the brew.

The bottle says dark wheat with spice. I liked the malty caramel but my overworked taste buds can't pick out a particular spice.

A very balanced, drinkable beer. Makes me think well of the brewer in spite of their dorky commercials and tendency avoid distinctive brews.

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Photo of awesomo
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty like a bock should be.
Nicely spiced like a winter seasonal beer should be.
Medium bodied, tasty and satisfying.

Your typical Sam Adams beer. Very, very good but nothing that will blow you away.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, The slightly more substantial body and spices make it a perfect beer for the colder weather and holiday season.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite aesthetically pleasing, to say the least. The beer itself is a transulcent dark shade of red - almost like a ripening black cherry. The tan head (~1.5 fingers thick) has great formation, retention, and lacing.

The label describes it best. It's a very hoppy smell that's accented with mild citrus, cinnamon, and spice tones. As expected, the spice most closely resembles ginger. Overall, it's fairly strong.

The taste matches the nose well, but the balance seems to be skewed a bit. Hoppiness dominates (like many of the Sam Adams lagers) and then fades into the malt. The cinnamon flavor is stronger than the smell would indicate.

Someone below said the brew is "chunky" or "chewy." I'd say that it's quite thick, but not THAT thick. A tad creamy - apparently characteristic of the boch.

This is definately a sipper. The flavor is excellent, so you don't want to drink it too quickly. I don't know if I'd call it a "dessert beer," but drinkability isn't that bad for a thicker beer.

Just what I'd expect from the Boston Beer Company. I don't know how unique this brew is in terms of a winter seasonal, but it's put together very well. It's said that you must look at the whole picture to appreciate it; you would be wise to do the same with this one. It's quite hearty and will definately keep you warm during the cold months - a must-try.

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