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

12oz bottle to stange. Sampled on 11/16/11 with a best before date of April [2012] notched on the label.

A: On the pour, 2 1/2 fingers of foamy/fluffy light brown head is produced. Well retained, fading into a thick everlasting film. The color of the body is a medium-light mix of copper and amber. Clarity is good. Lacing is none existent.

S: A malt forward lager with bread and grain on the front of the nose. Light backing of orange citrus and an herbal hop note. The yeast is clean and neutral - perhaps a bit leafy.

T: Bitter orange peel comes through on the palate and, just a few degrees in, the cinnamon becomes noticeable as well.

M: Medium full body, thick texture and lively carbonation. I wouldn't have guessed that ginger was an ingredient, but a slightly spicy bite on the finish suggests otherwise.

O: Not a bad brew but I wouldn't pay to have another.

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A: A beautiful golden amber color but the head retention could be better.

S: Caramel malts mixed with soggy bread.

T: Not great but is drinkable. There are malt and subtle hops but the distinct bread flavor is there.

M: A little on the light side and has sub-par retention.

O: This beer would be okay to miss.

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

In a pint glass, straight from the bottle, etc. I've had a number of these over the winter, though the one I had in front of me while typing was in a glass.

A: Heavy glug on the pour resulted in nearly two inches of light tan head. Beer is amber with ruby highlights. Rings of lacing coat the glass.

S: Musty malt and a little bit of dank hops.

T: Toasty caramel malt, a little woody with hints of cinnamon and orange, makes up the backbone of this brew. Light hop spice and a tiny bit of sourness on the backend.

M: Medium and a touch prickly.

O: A great everyday beer for those winter (and fall!) months. Put another log on the fire and grab one of these out of the fridge. Don't do it the other way around, because people get mad.

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Look ~ a deep coppery brown. decent head: rose to about a finger or two; fell at usual rate with relatively little lacing. Clarity is excellent.

Smell ~ munich/vienna malt is really dominant with, which has very nice levels of caramel and melanoidin (I often find the former too high in bocks); some breadcrust in there; no burnt/roasted notes. spicing gives a bit of sharpness to the softer malt notes and plays really well. Any yeast aromatics play into the overall melanoidin fruit or spicing and aren't strong at all. no hops, no alcohol.

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Mouthfeel ~ a bit of a lighter body and higher carbonation than most bocks: medium body and medium-high carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish really supports spicier end.

I really like all bock varieties and this is a solid offering by SA. Not as complex as some continental varieties; it is very tasty and more balanced than many others. Spicing is a nice addition to the style!

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