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

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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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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring much darker than their regular Lager, shades of red, brown, and amber blend to create a beautiful color palette. Notes of pine, cardamom, and orange drift of the very thick head, and when you discover that the brewery used ginger, cinnamon, and orange zest to make their winter seasonal the melange of aromas makes sense. On the tongue, just what you'd expect form a great snow seasonal; mild hop presence, a slight ginger bite mixed a fuller sweetness from the cinnamon and orange, thick and creamy (reminiscent of cream sodas), with a warm lingering finish. A perfect beer for sipping near the fireplace, enjoying conversation with good friends in a cozy room, or snuggling up with that special someone. Bypass food with this pint, it shines all on it's own, and strongly echoes the flavors of the season. Open one up, and find some mistletoe...cheers!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Best before April 2013.

A: A finger of fluffy head tops a gorgeously translucent red-amber beer.

S: Icky lager yeast and sickly sweet malts. Hint of fruit.

T: Eh. Malty banana, smooth apple, and a carbonated hint of spice. Understated, well-balanced, over-sweet.

M: Robust, firm, and substantial. Lightly dry aftertaste.

O: Drinkable, but not particularly tasty. Wouldn't recommend or purchase. Could be compelled to drink again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time for a seasonal I’ve always had the urge to try: Sam Adams Winter Lager. Here’s hoping it’s better than the last beer “brewed with spices” I had from these guys: their pumpkin ale.

Enjoy by April, five months after the date of this tasting.

A: Shining red color with an absolute torrent of bubbles in the body – the space above the nucleation site looks like a jet in a Jacuzzi. Despite that foray of fizz, there’s only a short, creamy white head and minimal lacing. A bump of retention appears in the direct middle of the glass, churning with the rising bubbles.

S: Very Sam Adams-like; that is, very average for this brewer and in general. Grainy, red malts appear with a touch of vegetable to it before cascading its mild caramel and cinnamon-sugar tones. Some roasted barley, orange zest, coriander, and ginger peek through to give this an edge of shandy, nearly, and a profile quite reminiscent of their Harvest Pumpkin.

T: Instantly recognizable as something that was mass-produced, as light, grainy wheat overpowers all that more complex malt presence; indeed, some chocolate, cinnamon bread, and raisin are evident underneath, but nowhere near the fullness of the duller grains. Spice notes of lemon, ginger, and white pepper dot the edges of the palate, picked up by a little herbal hop kick; biscuity and thick on the ends. Finishes with a fortunate taste of earthen bread, leaving the BMC malts as a mere memory, though with a hop dryness that seems a little artificial – like an extract was used.

M: This isn’t a beer that seems like sub-6% ABV, with smooth chewiness and a medium body. No noticeable carbonation disturbing the body on this one.

O: This was a better-than-average Sam Adams beer, but not by much. A respectable, cheap dark lager if that’s your thing (and you can’t find any Boston Lager).

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Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a soapy, quickly dissipating white head. The carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma is of bready malt with some caramel sweetness. The spices are pretty subtle. I get some of the orange zest and the cinnamon and ginger. There's a nice malt backbone here with some cinnamon and ginger bite that builds up as you drink it. I get the orange zest as well. There's the caramel sweetness that adds to the backbone pretty well. There is also some hop bitterness in the back. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is pretty high. This is a very good beer that I enjoy drinking when it comes into season.

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Smells like honey and spice.
Taste: a soft, malt sweetness with a layer of moderate bitterness and a spicy finish. Not too bad.
Medium body, moderate carbonation, a little stickiness to the texture.
A descent full bodied lager with some spice to it.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 5,993 ratings
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