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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Photo of marksto
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big fan of Sam Adams beers, but I must say that this one has been a dissapointment since they messed with the recipe a number of years ago. Back in the 90's when it first became available in my area this beer was a beautiful weissbock. Now it's a marginal "winter warmer."

The spices are what ruin it for me. Although they are not dominant, they are noticible in the nose and palate. To me, spices should either be front-and-center or not there at all. The body and maltiness are also not what they used to be. It's is a perfectly drinkable beer, but not as special as it used to be. There are plenty of other Sam Adams beers worth seeking out, but this is not one of them.

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Photo of snocntry
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Mardukk
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red amber with some good lacing and a small off white head.

Smells of cinnamon and holiday spices.

Quite the mix of cinnamon and nutmeg with maltiness more dominant than the hops. Slight touch of floral hops amongst the abundant malt. Medium bodied with a somewhat dry spicy finish...yummmm.

This is very drinkable as the flavors are all subtle and it is medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

My favorite of the Sam Adams catalog of beers(Octoberfest close second). Finally, a winter beer that is more interested in being medium and drinkable rather than overpowering.

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Photo of dakid618
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into pint glass. Poured a deep dark mahogany with a half finger of tan head. Smell is almost non-existent, slight chocolate smell. Taste is light cocoa with some light malty taste in the undertones. Light mouthfeel. Could drink several of these for sure.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-darker brownish red color with tan head about two finger worth and very good lacing to the glass

s-spices are not over powering in this seasonal brew just hints of them over the traditional Sam Adams lager smells

t-just slightly bitter, mostly tastes of malt, no strong tastes of the seasonal spices, smooth overall not a bad winter lager

m-clean smooth mouthfeel

d- overall this is a pretty good beer it has clean tastes and is a good change of pace for the season

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Photo of Chopman50
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of NIURicky
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of prokopt2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Timotheus1
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of citruscane
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of berkeleymaw
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as hefty in malt or mouth as a bock should be, but good for its price. I guess that's why they call it a "winter lager" instead, so perhaps I'm being unfair.

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Photo of bjm2133
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of wuthrichj15
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was just average. Kind of like old Fez but not quite as flavorful. Pours pretty similar to Old Fez but just is lacking something. Couldn't quite put my finger on it. Anyways, it is worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of akajimmyd
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice red copper color. Thin head, no lacing.

Smell – Smells of sweet malts and spice.

Taste – Starts with sweet malts. Nice mild spice in the middle. Could use a bit more hop in the backbone. Smallest hints of the booze.

Mouthfeel – Tingles on the tounge (a bit overcarbonated?) A bit thin for the style.

Drinkability – A very good starter winter warmer. Incredibly drinkable. The score might not reflect it but I really enjoy this beer. I’m sure I will pick up another sixer next year.

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Photo of 40451
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of MichaelBurns
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of OscarO67
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of pma7779
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of 20holmbrew
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwarsenal9
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Xadoor
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber colour in the glass with a good head that left little lacing. Aroma was very slight, but fruity and slightly sweet. Taste is slightly sweet with some caramel malts and spicy hop flavours coming through. Finish is dry with a lingering citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, not overly carbonated. Although, since it is a Winter Warmer, I would have perfered a slightly higher ABV so that it actually provides a slight warming affect. However, its an excellent beer and I've drank a lot of them this season.

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Photo of twi1609372
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good beer to drink around the holidays, nice sweet taste, something to look forward to around christmas, very filling and full bodied, wouldent reccomend drinking with a full course meal, but better as somethign to enjoy talking with friends and family, making fun of louis for breaking the christmas train ect...

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Photo of hylton44
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Promising dark, bitter aroma. Deep, dark copper color with a head of gentle fizz that hangs around for awhile. Rich; smokey, almost burnt taste with some mild spices and an alcoholic character of which I'm not overly fond. Fine beer, but not super. Never really delivers anything extra special or complex after the initial sniff. I'd definitely choose a Winter Ale over this; in particular, I'm thinking of the Summit Winter Ale.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a clear amber, somewhat transparent color. White foamy head that dissipates after a few minutes to a long lasting thin white cover. Nice lacing.

Smells of hops, and spice, perhaps a hint of cinnamon, but smell is week.

Taste is crisp, malts, and spicy. Finishes dry with a little cinnamon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, some carbonation, and mild spiciness.

A solid winter beer, and very drinkable during the holiday season.

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Photo of crhensel
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottle into pint glass - sampled 4/5/10) Picture perfect pour with a dark brown color and creamy off white head. Took a while for the head to fall and a nice lacing was left behind as it did. the nose was strong with a molasses malt complimented by the strong flowery hops one would expect from Sam Adams. Notes of clove and some fruit also sneak in there. The flavor pulls all these aromas together, with the initial sweetness being cut by the bitter crisp hop finish at the end. A nice warming brew, which would benefit a little more with a little less hop, but I know that would never happen with this brewer!

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 6,031 ratings
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