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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,907
Reviews:
1,982
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
1,301
For Trade:
0
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Photo of SebD
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber color to it. It has a thin white head (came like that) but I swirled it after drinking a bit and got a decent head and it leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet bready malts, caramel, spices and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet malt character, nice spices, a bit of caramel and light hops giving it a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a sweet overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are relatively high.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, but bad retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Spice, caramel, amber hops, brown sugar, and a hint of molasses. A moderate strength aroma.

T: All the notes from the nose coalesce quite nicely in a balanced manner to produce the flavour. It's a bit dependent on its tingly sugar tone - which doesn't really work. The spice is quite nice. Slightly complex. The build is nice.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some tingly business from the candy-ish brown sugar. Suits the flavour generally.

Dr: Quite drinkable and nice for the style. I enjoyed it on tap and I enjoy it now out of the bottle. I won't pursue this in future, but I do enjoy it. It's not exactly special, but it's enjoyable.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rinhaak
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly, clear copper color with a fine off white head.

S: Light orange, cinnamon, honey and a sweet toffee presence. Light molasses and brown bread from the roasted barley malt. Slight fruit esters and again notes of spice.

T: Assertive roasted malt backbone with notes of molasses, toffee and light chicory. A pleasant orange zest comes through the malt and behind that a hint of spice from cinnamon, and ginger. Some bitterness from hops is added for a touch of balance but leans toward the sweet malty side.

M: Crisp medium body, slightly chewy and a dry finish.

D: All the ingredients in this beer are in the right balance and the flavors meld together so well. It is easy drinking all the way through this beer and quite satisfying.

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Photo of nsschwab
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of swooshjtb
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jpro
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Costco winter mixed case... into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass -

A: Reddish copper; one finger of cream head forms, but doesn’t manage much retention and leaves no lace... maybe a few dots.

S: Malt; sweet; figs, perhaps - not a whole lot.

T: Sweet, bready malts; some spice in there; not much bitterness on the end.

M: Medium body; moderate-low carbonation; smeh.

O: Not the most interesting brew; but not like I couldn’t have a few, either.

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Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Malt and alcohol. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and light hop bitterness. Spices including cinnamon. Toasted caramel malt in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: I had this on tap before I formally reviewed it, and I think I liked it better then. Appearance and nose were disappointing. Taste was good. Nothing spectacular here, but it's better on-tap.

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Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of LiquidDegenerate
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of pogoowner
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bhamsteelerfan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Microbrewtaster
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of beerslushy
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bwiechmann
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber two finger head

S-Some malt with a little bit of spices

T-Roasted malt and some spices, kinda bland and boring. Nothing bad just nothing great.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-Could be the worst beer of the Winter Mix, there is nothing bad about this beer, just nothing great about either.

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Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of CS1971
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Sam Adams. This is great lager, and it is this type of beer that has got me seeking out lagers now and not just witbiers or reds. Thanks Sam! The flavor is rich, and even though it's filling i still find myself wanting more. Very good brew, I look forward to it every winter.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super clear ruby/orange with white head.

The smell is malt with a slight earthiness.

The taste is pretty much all malt with a slight spice although nothing really jumps out. A good taste but very one dimensional even with the spices.

Decent beer that's easy to drink, but nothing really jumps out as "Winter" to me.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.64 out of 5 based on 5,907 ratings.
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