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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Ratings: 6,044 |  Reviews: 2,009
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BigCheese
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter than i would have thought. Similar to newcastle, a tad lighter. Small head dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing

S: Sweet maltyness up front, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate come to mind. Touch of pehaps lemons and pine hops.

T: Different from smell, a lot of orange peel taste up front. Some cinnamon/nutmeg spice in there too. Some cleansng piney hops at the end (noble?) similar hop profile to Boston lager.

M: Very clean finisher and quit sessionable. A bit undercarbonated but not thin or watery.

O: One of SA best brews, and probably one of their best 6 pack option out there. A great session beer and a good intro beer for non BA.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 2011 winter 12 pack. Pours a dark, copper brown color with a small tan head, that shrinks to a thin layer on top. Good lacing.

Smell- ginger and cinnamon, with traces of citrus, almost lemon-lime like. Can't smell much of a presence of malt.

Taste- ginger and citrus at the front end, very spicy. You can taste the presence of cinnamon with a backbone of malts. Hops are noticeable on the back end.

Overall a pretty good bock. Suitable for the winter with it's spicy notes.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a solid brown color with a finger of white lead. Pretty good retention here and some soapy lace.

Cracker aromas with some grassy hops in the background. Seems to have a little bit of a cinnamon aroma in the background. Dark German bread on the pallet with a big malt backbone. Seems to have a bit of rich spices in the background like nutmeg or cinnamon. A little bit of grassy hops round this out.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty solid. Lots of good flavors going on here.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Cherry/brown in color with an ecru, 1-finger head. Crystal-clear without any lacing.

S: Bready, with a tinny sedimentary hint. Malted barley and yeast with a touch of spiciness, though not as much as one would expect from a "Malt beverage brewed with spices."

T: Malt-forward with a nice, mild spice in the mouth and a smooth, crisp finish. Flavors of oat bread, cinnamon and ginger dominate, with brandy notes and some tinny malts. The finish has a nice flavor, but the aftertaste leaves a somewhat hollow flavor in your mouth.

M: "Macro"-feeling, in that it has a generic feel I mostly associate with mass-produced beers. It's smooth and crisp, and the spiciness adds a dance to the feel, but the overall texture is fairly bland and a touch watery in places.

O: A better choice than most things offered at your average bar, but for winter ales, better ones can certainly be found in your local craft beer store for not much more of a dent in your Christmas budget. Also, not a great session beer.

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3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. poured into pint glass. Expecting a good seasonal from Sammy.

A: Coppery golden to darker brown color, almost tan colored half finger head that disapates to almost nothing very quickly. Ok lacing. very clear when held to the light.

S: Not really picking up on much as far as smell is concerned. Some spices, some hops thats really about it. When I think of winter seasonals I think of a large spicy holiday aroma.

T: Spicy, malty, and sweet. Just how it ought to be. Taste as if there is some allspice, and caramel or somthing like caramel there. I like the bitter hoppy aftertaste. Pleased with the taste and flavors.

M: Very clean and crisp. Just the right amount of carbonation. Great mouthfeel

O: Overall I think this is a great beer. S.A. never lets me down especially when it comes to seasonal brews. Its not the best winter seasonal out there but a good one nonetheless.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 6,044 ratings