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 BeerKangaroo
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: nice brown body with an off-white two finger head with some decent spider web lacing

S: wheat, Christmas spices such as ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon

T: takes the previously mentioned flavors and combines with some undertones of chocolate

M: light; sessionable; ginger aftertaste, quick sharp finish

O: good for the style and good for me, have it any time during the winter

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Photo of jstewart1130
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of engagechad
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a mixer case from Costco - Pint

Pours a very nice mahogany red/brown with uniform bubble head.

Smells nice, not much going on but there is a faint spice nose there.

Tastes nice, nothing great but solid. A little adjuncty at first but it smooths out. good.

Overall this is a nice brew, nice change from the regular lager.

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Photo of jski
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of RockinRob925
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jheberle
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz draft
Pours a hazy pale color and is capped with a foamy ivory colored head. Aroma is pale malt, ginger, and a bit of citrus. Flavor is wheaty, honey, ginger, yeast, and a bit of bubblegum. Feel is very creamy and airy. Light hop finish, but is sweet overall. Decent to try, but nothing special.

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Photo of beergynt
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

opened it and a little smoke came out. poured it into a glass. this is a seasonal beer for after the fall changes have occurred and its cold as balls outside. it even says on the neck label that is supposed to make winter seem "just a little warmer." Pouring this beer lead to a one finger head which took awhile to dissipate. some of the head clinging to the side of the glass. its kind of a white-ish head; maybe less than white. the color of the body is dark orange-ish. some of the bubbles leftover from the head pool into the middle.

the smell is definitely of wheat (not necessarily in the Kansas City, MO brewed Boulevard wheat sense). a bit malty smell but I kind of pick up cinnamon as well but maybe Im confused into smelling cinnamon as malt. The malt and wheat smell come together for a very nice smell.

The taste confirms my smell of cinnamon as with the malty and wheat smell you can taste hints of cinnamon. The wheat smell is pretty subtle but still tastable with the malt. it after tasting and re-recognizing the smell its faintly Christmasy. These tastes other than wheat and malt are very faint keep in mind. the mouthfeel is very nice as its smooth and you can get it down pretty well (its not harsh like any steel reserve). mouthfeel is almost silky (or maybe Im overexaggerating). and...the song silver bells has returned to haunt my brain.

overally I really like this beer because its cold outside (at least in Nebraska it is) and this beer really does seem to go well with this kind of weather and the coming Christmas season (and Thanksgiving which has since passed). You can find it in stores now but only until spring comes which is awhile off right now. Give this one a try especially if you live in a cold area during winter. compare it to Blue Moon winter, Winter Tilt by Empyrean in Lincoln, NE, and Goose Island winter.

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Photo of jmponder
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jmdrpi
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, with label notched "Enjoy by April"

the beer is clear amber brown color, with thin head that fades very fast. aroma of malt with mild spice - herbal ginger.

taste is fairly standard bock or amber lager, with just a touch of winter spices - cinnamon, clove. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

Overall- not bad, I just wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of chickenflea
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep copper red with a thin head. It looks very inviting with a rich red color. The smell is malty with a hint of caramel and alcohol. Subtle floral hop aroma present, but the smell is predominantly malt. It isn’t super fragrant. The spices show up in the flavor. There is a small dicetyl taste here as well. Overall it tastes very much like a pumpkin beer. The cinnamon is pretty noticeable. The finish has a nice spicy bite, but there is a little metallic aftertaste that did not sit well with me. It is an interesting brew. It tastes more like a pumpkin beer than a bock. It's OK once of twice a year.

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Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of chcfan
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

A: A nice medium brown and offwhite head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Wheat with some decent christmas spice.

T: Nutmeg, cinnamon and a nice dark wheat taste. Surprisingly light given the dark color.

M: Light and smooth.

O: Not a bad winter beer, a little lighter than I would like though.

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Photo of Hedonismbott
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of CP20
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber colors with an off white head. All im picking up on the nose is some cinnamon and a slight maltiness. Big spicy maltiness up front with flavors including cinnamon, nutmeg, and buttered toasted. Finishes clean with a slight metallic taste leftover in the mouth (very moderate though). The finish also leaves a nice buttery flavor on the bag of the tongue. Definitely makes for a decent winter session beer. Better than expected.

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Photo of EmergingZymurgy
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite tasty. Poured clear, copper color with a bit of light, foamy head and minimal lacing. Smells very malty. With biscuit notes and slight caramel tones. Quite balanced, but leans to the malt side. Tastes of biscuit malt and hints of toffee. Starts out sweet and dries out in the end.

Impressed by this brew. Still not set as a favorite, but quite tasty. I get a hankering for it on cold Kansas nights.

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Photo of miket163
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had two of these on tap in a standard American Pint glass. Poured a nice dark mahogany with fluffy tan head and had some nice lacing. The nose was that of a typical bock: dark bread (rye in particular), faint autumn spices, and a touch of wood.

The taste was actually very nice...almost identical to the nose: rye, oak, clove, dark malts, and a very nice hop bite. This was a very balanced beer from BBC. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of AceMan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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