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

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3.59/5
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5,996 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#38,708
Reviews:
2,001
Ratings:
5,996
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
1,364
Trade:
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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edward_boumil
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is criminally underrated. Must not be all the rage.
Beer itself has great lager qualities, drinkability, sweet honey malt presence, nice drying herbal hop presence on the finish. The aroma itself is very sweet and inviting. However, as a bock this malt sweetness is more toasty or caramel. Added spices make this beer reminiscent of gingerbread. Absolutely a winter beer. Spices are mild but present enough to make things interesting.
Overall will be killing a six of these on Christmas. Surprised I haven't had it before now.

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Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DavetotheB
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb April 2018 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 5.6% ABV 22 IBU. The beer pours bright amber with short lived light khaki head. The aroma is caramel malt and spice. The taste is about the same starting with caramel before the cinnamon and ginger show up for the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and finishes with a slightly sweet heat that is neither dry or cloying. Overall, good for what it is. Beer for holiday gatherings that's better than AAL but won't distract from conversation with its greatness.

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Photo of G-Style
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. It's nothing special. It is very smooth and easily drinkable. Has some great cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. Not strong though. Very easy on the palate.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GStone899
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fitting winter lager and a seasonable taste to this bock. Fairly well balanced for a mass produced beer. Very dark amber color.

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Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Old Brown Dog but not as good.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeyJellico
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T101603
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (best before April) poured into a pint glass shows a clear, dark copper colored body and briefly floats a 1/4in tan cap of soapy bubbles which diminish to an edge-hugging ring with legs leaving a clean glass.

Aroma is muted spiciness that I can't specifically identify with a cracker malt.

Flavor is spicy, could be cinnamon, and slight orange peel, but I don't quite get the ginger. The sweet caramel flavor dominates. The combination combines to remind me of winter, though.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with no aftertaste and a clean finish.

Overall a refreshing beer for all day consumption on a winter day.

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Photo of austinc94
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucnifter
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased a six pack of this at a local grocery store last week. I thought it would be a nice gateway beer from the Autumn seasonals to the Holiday/Winter beers.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager pours a dark amber/caramel hue with a decent head that leaves behind a pretty nice lacing.

The aroma is sweet and malty with some caramel thrown in. It definitely reminds me of a Bock. I can get some small hints of the orange peel and cinnamon listed on the bottle.

The flavor pretty much falls in line with the aroma. It starts out sweet and malty with some caramel and orange but I can detect the cinnamon and even a bit of the ginger in the finish.

I see in the style listing this is considered a Bock and I would have to agree. I enjoyed this beer and it does pair nicely with the colder temperatures this time of year.

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Photo of dnmyrick
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A solidly good winter lager. Not exceptional.

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Photo of DarthTexan
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy Bock beers. This one is just ok. Color is good. Distinct lack of smell. The spices weren’t anything special in this one either. Definitely ether than the name brand light beers, but not my favorite Bock.

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

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 5,996 ratings
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