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

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

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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Ratings: 5,924 |  Reviews: 1,986
Photo of Dope
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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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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 jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -0.8%
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 +5.8%
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Agold
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Flight delayed so airport barhopping is the activity du jour. Last bar had hop devil. Not super happy I left. Brown liquid is topped with a very thin film of head. No lacing. Aroma is minimal can pick up on some spice, but it is pretty neutral. Flavor has some breathless along with some clovey cinnamon spice. I also think of banana bread with this one. Nice, but not great. Minimal hop presence at best. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Good carb. Light and refreshing. What I expected, wanted, and got from BBC. Overall, "meh" is a good description of this beer. It's good enough, but nothing I would get if I could find an average alternative.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep copper. Very clear. Fluffy off-white head.

S - Sweet grains. Alcohol. Slight spiciness. Nothing is very dominant.

T - Smooth and full similar to Boston Lager. At the finish the spice is very clear on the front of the tongue. Sweetness from the grain. Alcohol bite at the finish. This tastes less-complex than I remember it tasting in the past.

M - Somewhat thick and chewy. Alcohol bite is clear. Carbonation is moderate.

O - I look forward to this every winter. Say what you will about Sam Adams products but I look forward to knowing that any bar/restaurant will have a quality beer on tap.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of codynevels
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bark
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours smoothly, building an airy two finger head. The clear liquid is pale brown (16 EBC). Very little lacing occurs.

The smell is a bit metallic, some roasted notes, rye bread and a fruity bitterness.

The taste is quite bitter. Bread, roasted nuts, flowers and butter. Some citric hints. Quite a lot of sweetness. The aftertaste is malty and semi-sweet with some flowers, bread and some hay-like hoppy bitterness. The finish is a bit sticky.

The carbonation is mild to medium; the small bubbles are medium strong. The liquid is a bit sticky.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kdawg105
4.88/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect brew for the season! TIZ the season for these winter ales. Anyway the beer looks kinda of a caramel color and very inviting the smell is kinda light you can surely pick out the hops mixed with sweet malts for its finish. The mouthfeel is nice very balanced and it is an overall great beer for the season. Grab one while you can!

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 42.3% out of 100 with 5,924 ratings
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