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 beyah
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - 12oz brown bottle

Appearance - Deep Copper color almost a brown beer, topped with an tanish white head, excelent lacing.

Smell: a light smell of spices in the background.

Taste: Malty, spicy with a bit of wheat in the mix, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light carbonation adds to the excelent mouthfeel.

A nice winter beer, well ballanced between malty, spicy and hops. Very drinkable.

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Photo of TIMMA87698
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DanU
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of hoppyboy69
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of Patsnsoxfan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of woggydoggy
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of movieclockstar
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hops4me
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber with an off-white head with tight bubbles. Lacing is minimal with very little sticking to the glass.
S - Malty and toasted. There is also a slight cinnamon aroma in there. Just a hint of nutmeg.
T - Not as impressive as the aroma. Again the same apices make a brief appearance with some brown sugar in there as well. Some bitterness in the aftertaste to balance the spice.
M - A little lighter then I expected but not too light. Adds to the drinkability of this. Not a heavy beer but not too light either.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hard pour yields a clear amber-brown brew with a small one-finger head with almost no retention and no lacing.

Smells malty and toasty with a hint of spices.

Taste starts out with a slightly sweet toasted malt, light coffee and dark fruit, with a mild hop bitterness through the middle and finish. Spices are noticable but pretty mild. Very little aftertaste. Reminds me of a märzen. Overall just a little too tame.

Okay mouthfeel... good carbonation but maybe a tad on the thin side.

Good drinkability, and the slightly higher ABV is well-masked. Seems to be getting better the warmer they get and the more I drink!

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice amber with no head, but does leave a little lacing on glass.

Can smell a hint of malts, ginger, cinnamon.

Has a maltiness up front with some spices cinnamon and ginger and also a kiss of some hops.

Has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking, but nothung special.

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Photo of gregb13
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking reddish amber. Very thin head and light lacing. Smells a little sweet, malty, some pie spices and what I could swear is pumpkin (this smells very similar to their Pumpkin Ale). Taste follows the nose. I definitely get some pumpkin. Pleasant, easy drinking, not spectacular but solid and sessionable. About what I expected.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm doing a side-by-side comparison between this beer and Old Fezziwig.

This beer is lighter, being red-orange. The head is thin. To be honest, I can't make out the spices I'm smelling. All spice? It reminds me of a pumpkin ale...maybe a less aromatic version of DFH Punkin. The beer actually smells a bit boozy, which surprises me for a 5.5% beer.

All the other spiced winter beers I've tried are ales, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised with how....clean this beer tastes. It has a clean, malty beginning and middle and a mild generic spicy finish. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like.

This beer is OK. I prefer Old Fezziwig to it, however. Can we get six packs of Old Fezzi instead of this?

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Photo of Wattsox
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Amber / orange body with a tight bubbled head that hangs around for a while, leaving good lacing.

S - Spicy aromas lead with some malt undertones.

T - Sweet caramel malts lead, good balance with hops and spices though not quite as much as the nose suggested.

M - Smooth and slightly warming, medium body.

D - Very drinkable, particularly for the season.

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Photo of BCash
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ronbo5421
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of MikeyC37
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This maple syrup colored brew hits the nose with an ample malty aroma of warm bread. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. There is a spicy flavor there but it rightly is too subtle for me to guess the spice. The wheat yields a nice bready flavor to go along with the substantial maltiness, Just enough hops for a little length om the tongue. I'd like another.

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Photo of atrus138
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz brown bottle with freshness date clearly marked. Poured a deep copper color with a thin white head that left a bit of lacing here and there. Smell was of faint spices and the taste delivered what was promised. Lots of holiday spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Also, wheat is very present. Very malty, though the hops make themselves known. Energizing carbonation helps against the dreary winter days. Another fine offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.Poured a dark caramel color with a thick off-white head.It smells kind of like cinnamon and nutmeg,With a touch of malt characteristics.Has a buiscuit taste,but you can definatley taste the malt in it.This beer has a very light mouthfeel and is very drinkable.Drinking this on a cold winter's night will definatly take off some of the bite of winter.

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Photo of likethetaste
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is wonderful. It pours a beautiful cooper color and has a foam that lingers. Low carbonation. This beer is just wonderful with just the right amount of winter time spice. I was really surprised by how good this beer really was and I must say it is one of the best that Sam Adams puts out. I like Sam Adams but this is absolutely one of their better brews! Highly recommended and one I will be buying all winter!!

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Photo of mattjp03
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gaffm
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jmarklan
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: I love that dark amber color! Quickly dissipating head with not much lacing.

S: Smells of orange peel and caramel malt.

T: Subtle spices (orange) and a touch of hops up front, followed by toasty malts and wheat in the back. The wheat lingers in the aftertaste and is very pleasant.

M: Very drinkable, light body and smooth. perfect carbonation.

Overall: This is way better than i remember it being. I'd def have it again.

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Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of dmheinz57
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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