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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper, orange, bright color, with off white head that does not stay as long as I would have liked, minimal lacing

Smell: Complex aromas of a geat lager combined with some cinnamon and ginger spice notes.

Taste: Malt up front combined with the spices, gives the beer a warm ending that sneaks up on you. Finishes mainly with the spice notes and just a ever so slight hop bitterness. Complex again.

M: Good medium body and leaving a smooth feel on your
tongue and on the roof of your mouth.

O: I thought I would be offended by the spices in this one but it is very well done, adding a complexity to the beer rather than over powering it. Well done and would drink again for a winter warmer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a beautiful dark amber, two finger off-white head, nice lacing.
S- Sweet orange, grassy, bread, sweet malts.
T- More malty sweetness, citrus, cinnamon, light ginger, light bitter hops on the finish.
M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, slight dry finish.


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Best by: Apr, 2012

A: orange brown with a transient finger of light tan foam which falls to a central cap and no lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Cinnamon, sweet zest? Some decent dry tones of toast.
T: Sweet and cloying. Too sweet. Some more orange zest tones. Almost wish this was dry and with saison yeast. Finish has a hint of metal.
M: Thin with lower carb and a wet finish.
O: Well, not the worst winter I've had, but not the best either. I will likely not revisit.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark brown, surprisingly reddish when held to light. Good head, quick dissipation, nice off-white froth sits on top. Strong carbonation coming up from etching in bottom of snifter.

S- Nearly nothing. A light fruitiness and little bit of malt.

T- Surprisingly strong flabor for the lack of smell. starts bitter, then the malts hit with some sweetness and finishing with some cloves and a light orange flavor (navel I'd venture).

M- Very light body, perhaps too much so. Some bitter feeling in mouth after swallowing.

O- Strong in appearance and flavor, weak in mouthfeel and smell. Overall, just alright but since I've got four more varieities in this sampler to try, I'm happy.

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Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden brown/tan amber, with some light red tint. Creamy 1 inch head with plenty of lacing.

Smell - Malts, some grassy yeast, spices, bready, some light hops.

Taste - Classic lager flavor at first, then the spices like cinnamon and nutmeg sneaks in to add some sugary flavor. Does have a malt backbone along with the bread-like yeasty flavor. Hops are there but not as present as the yeast and malts. Slight alcohol warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel - Its pretty light and smooth, easy on mouth. Tounge gets yeast, malts, and spices. Palette is left intact, nothing here going to challenge it. Aftertaste is malty and dry.

Overall - Decent, easy to drink and low alcohol make this a good beer. Not overly flavorful or anything out of this world, but worth a chance if your a boston lager fan, maybe looking for a spin on the classic lager.

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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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