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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Apellonious
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brownish amber, two finger head and that settles into a thin lace

S- Bread, malt, an air of bitterness

T - Much of the same as the smell. Malt and some bitterness are the main features, with some grass and some bready chewiness. If I delve into the past crevices of my beverage mind, I recollect this being a much more flavorful and interesting beer. The taste is still good, though not quite as memorable.

M - Slightly watery, carbonation level is good,finished clean

O - As I mentioned earlier, this is a good beer, though removing the spices of the past recipe ( I am thinking back quite a few years) lower some of its uniqueness. Good session beer, and worth a try.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of Swim424
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my hoegaarden pint glass.

pours a clear amber. decent head that slowly falls into a small layer. smells of spices, definitly a little cinnamon, and citrus as it says. very smooth beer. hits with some malty cinnamon spice up front, finishing with some citrusy bite at the end. leaves a flavorful creamy feeling in my mouth. good after taste. At first sip i wasnt sure if i was gonna like it but its really pretty good. nothing incredible but overall a pretty good buy for a winter lager.

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3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; clear reddish hue not much of a head but some off white film leaving some lacing.

smell; some sweet grainy malts with some spicey nots. Hop profile is unusually present with very herbal characteristics, kind of different for the style but a nice surprise.

taste; upfront sugury cereals blended nicely with some gentle hops. Finishes with a quick bitter hint, then some warm spicey malts. Possible cinnamon and nutneg.

mouthfeel; very loose for the style, lacks the depth that other bocks have. That said, some really nice carbonation gives it a powdery smoothness and a crisp, inviting finish.

overall; not a bad drink and an interesting turn on the style. Worth a try but nothing to go crazy over.

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.64 out of 5 based on 5,916 ratings.
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