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

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3.59/5
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5,994 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,691
Reviews:
2,001
Ratings:
5,994
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
1,364
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.77/5  rDev +5%
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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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | 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.

[2017 note: I lost whatever my true rating for this was because BeerAdvocate changed the weights of each category relative to the overall score with no advance notice whatsoever. I have no way to know what I intended to give this - probably a B- / WORTHY score]

***
10/22/17 bottle impression:

The spices and orange peel are reticent but effective, elevating this otherwise malt-forward lager. Caramel and some vaguely Whoppers-redolent flavours bounce around in this drinkable brew, but it won't dazzle discerning drinkers.

Approachable but far from unique or special.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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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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3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 5,994 ratings
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