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

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
BA SCORE
3.59/5
5,925 Ratings
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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,007
Reviews:
1,986
Ratings:
5,925
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
1,325
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,925 |  Reviews: 1,986
Photo of letsgopens
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This seasonal Bock from SA pours a pure, slightly rusty, amber with some bright orange highlights. The frothy, light tan head recedes rather quickly and leaves some spotty lace behind.

Primarily there is sweet crystal malt in the nose along with a nice sprinkle of wintry spice (cinnamon, nutmeg). A faint fruit character is present as well as a decent dose of hops. Some light toffee and sweet caramel round out a very nice smelling brew.

Bright and sweet with tons of caramel malt and some nutty toffee. More hops than the nose implies but still not enough to quite balance out the dominant maltiness. Some more light citrus fruit and plenty more spice in the finish. Festive and tasty.

Crisp and clean with a moderate body and mostly slick texture. Higher in carbonation but about average for the style. Primarily malty but still nicely balanced and slightly dry in the finish. A well rounded and very suitable winter brew. A nice change from all the other syrupy, uber-roasty winter brews.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a plastic glass, like a champ.

Appearance: Deep amber color, thin but lasting head.

Smell: Malt and European hops. I understand this beer is spiced, but it's hidden.

Taste: Toasty malt with mild resiny hops. It reminds me of a strong English bitter, in a way. It finishes a little boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty delicious, but substatial enough to encourage savoring.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a small/medium head. The smell had aromas of malt, caramel, hops, and a little spice. The taste had a full body of malt taste with a caramel sweetness to it. The hop flavor was also medium and well-balanced. I also detected a bit of cinnamon flavor as well. The mouthfeel was light/medium with a medium carbonation. The drinkability was above average, but since it was a little bit sweeter than I prefer, I can't see myself drinking too many of them. Nonetheless, this was a smooth lager brewed with great care and was very enjoyable as a seasonal. I would definately reccommend it if it's in stock.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark medium clear amber with a light tan head that quickly fades

S-Malts with a tinge of spice. Very light nose

T-Malt with a "hint" of cinnamon and light spice. (Hello...spice...I'd like to see a bit more of you) A bit of hop backbone for balance and a clean finish. A bit of citrus on the aftertaste. Refreshing overall

M-Well balanced carbonation and feel

D-Good overall effort. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Won't wow you, but will not disappoint either. Well done. I would have liked to see a bit more head retention, and some more robust nose, but I very much like it notwithstanding.

Re-review...drank a lot of this over the winter, bottled and on tap, and it was solid all around. Like most of Jim's beers, I'd like to see it taken up a notch, but kudos to him for what he is doing, and I must remember he is brewing for the masses. SA seasonal is usually the only viable choice in the sea of macros available at such places as Fridays. I definately prefer Winter over the standard SA Boston.

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Photo of mikey711
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby amber in color, thick retaining head about an inch thick thar is slightly off white. Loads of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass

S: Slight toasted aroma. Spice, cloves cinnamon. A Caramel sweet finishing smell

T: A nice amount of sweetness of front that is balance by some nice winter spices(clove, cinnamon, nutmeg). The spices don't over power at all which is nice.

M: Medium body, and the carbonation has a bit of a stinging quality.

D: A very nice winter beer that I could have quite a few of easily

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this and brought it home. Poured them into a stein.

A: Good looking brew. Its a deep-red beer with an off-white, finger-width head that retained for a good while. Leaves good lacing on the glass and has great carbonation.

S: Pleasant malty scent. Nothing really stands out, but the combination of caramel and nutmeg mad me want to taste it. Not bad at all.

T: Tastes real good. There's cinnamon up front, and nutmeg. The more it warmed, the more dominant the cinnamon became. I wish I was back in Missouri for the cold weather, in a way. Almost no hop character.

M: Thin bodied with decent carbonation. No real aftertaste to speak of, and it goes down the throat smooth and warms the gut.

D: Good for sure. I'm going for another after this one, and then another. Keeps me warm!

Overall/notes: Good beer from Boston Brewing Co. and being my first bock, makes me want to find some more! The sweetness is a major plus. Cheers!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pt glass. The head comes up very thick, rich & creamy like the fluffy foam on a Starbucks Cap. A light tan color maybe off white. The liquid is a nice amber color muck like a good Marzen. Quite impressive looks all around

Smell is of faint Spice with a soft fruity yeast.

Taste is of pure creamy malt lightly spiced with a smooth & mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice good body smooth and creamy with a faint bite.

Drinkability is good. This is quite an enjoyable beer. I knew I liked it right from the first gulp.

Prost! MK

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Photo of GilaMinumBeer
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into an oversized weizen glass.

A: Deep clear amber, almost pumkin colored. Poorly formed lacing clings desperately to the glass.

S: Malty and bread like with a slight hop aroma.

T: Malt, Creamy Butter, very mellow bitterness on a sweet High note.

M: Mixed. This one starts thin and quickly builds in depth to an almost savory melts in your mouth. Aftertaste leaves that same buttery almost candied flavor to linger.

D: This one was Okay, a good experience, but nothing that stood out to me as exemplery. I will drink this one again if it comes across my table, but is not something I would stock up on if available.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with 1 cm off white head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is light, only able to get a hint of gingerbread. Initial taste of ginger, spice, and citrus. Hint of hops balanced with sweetness at the end. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slight lacing. Alcohol is hidden well. Very drinkable beer and look forward to it every year.

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Photo of Skillet
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Asgeirr
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Samuel Adams Winter Lager pours a copper colour along with small amounts of carbonation and a medium-sized yellow-brown crown which resides rather quickly and leaves barely no lacing.

Smell: First and foremost a caramelly, and to some extent citrus fruit/ginger, freshness.

Taste: Sweet and full maltiness, the caramel makes a reappearence -- and whadda ya know, it brought some friends! Namely a tad of sourness (the citrus fruit in the smell), the hops in form of a slight, but still farily distinct, bitterness and they all stay for the palate-party (even though some of them did make a late arrival) with great results!

Mouthfeel: Almost as creamy as they come, full and adequately medium-to-low in carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh how I wish this wasn't my last one (I have been saving it for almost a year now)! And I do wish so primarily due to the fact that it holds a balance between the -- almost -- equally satisfying smell and taste experiences, wich qualifies Sam' Adams Winter Lager as a definite "let's have another one, eh?!"-er!

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Photo of Vogey77
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joe_recker
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of meredith24
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sublime89
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wiscokid920
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Deep dark copper with compact creamy 2 finger head with nice retention and lacing.

S- Clean and crisp. Bready/biscuity notes up frong with some lingering cinnamon, orange zest and ginger

T- Smooth and malt forward. Ends with a crisped spiced character. Burn sugary molasses, toasted buiscuit malts, cinnamon. Slight hop balancing act which gives life to the orange zestiness.

M- Thick, chewy, up front and ends smooth, crisp with slight grainy carbonated feel.

O- Fairly complex brew in regards to all the flavors and ingredients that seem to be highlighted but it's very well balanced considering. I have had SA brews that seem to be overwhelmed by artificial flavorings...Chocolate Bock, Cherry Wheat to name a few...but this one seems to be the real deal.

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Photo of ZAP
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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 tasty...an 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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjd112
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 next...it 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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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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