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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Pours a darker shade of copper with a light tan head, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma is carmel like malts and spices. Nice malty flavor with evident spices. I wish the flavor was a little more assertive, but its good. Drinkability is high, this is one of my favorite Sam Adam's seasonals.

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A: Pours a very clear reddish amber. The finger width off white head dissipates a little but doesn't completely disappear. Looks nice, at least.

S: Malts foremost, with some hints of spice and alcohol.

T: Malts are noticeably present and it's a very crisp taste, but it's also rather bland. I'm not detecting what I had expected. There is something a little metallic to it when first poured, but that disappears as the beer warms, bringing out more of the hops and definitely the spices. I may have to let this one sit a few minutes next time.

M: Pretty crisp and light as one might expect from a lager. A little heavier than most lagers, but still goes down clean. Dry finish.

D: Nothing would prevent easy drinking except for my dislike of the taste. I could have multiple, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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A- poured to a copper, slight reddish color. Head was brownish white and tasted a little bitter. Left some good rings with every swallow.
S- Smell reminded me of a weak dark beer. Not that it was a bad thing.
T- Had that wheat beer flavor. Slightly bitter but yet slightly sweet. Not much after taste like Ive seen with other wheat lagers. Could taste some caramel.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right. Not a heavy beer.
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First, much respect to Boston Beer Co, which has done more to put craft brewing on the map than all other breweries combined! Thanks Jim.

Served on tap at Rachel's Roadhouse with meal.

A--Orange with hints of red in the hue. Some lacing in the glass

S--spicy esters, cinnimon, nutmeg.

T--Not bad, get some caramel notes towards the end, spicy, but not a real big flavor profile.

M--A little thin but fine.

D--It is what it is. Would this be my choice if you gave me options for the style? No, but a solid seasonal that is often the "best" choice at some restaurants and bars who do not carry lots of choices.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.64 out of 5 based on 5,922 ratings.
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