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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On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain and a variety of winter spices. Not much going on in the smell department. Taste is of malt/grain, some citrus flavors, and a lot of different spices (cinnamon, clove, etc.). There is a slight bitterness from the spices with each sip but it quickly fades. This beer has a bubbly level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is pretty good Winter beer but nothing too special really.

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I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear reddish-brown with a fingers worth of head. Thin amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of malt and bread.

Taste- Sweet malt with ginger notes. Hints of cinnamon and nuts.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied and a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A good winter brew. Not spectacular, but not too bad either.

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I've always enjoyed the SA winter collections. This one has long been one of the fun highlights. A nice, dark lager. It's very malty but has a nice aroma too (but mild, as per the style).

It's pretty in the glass and you don't get tired of it. I've bought these separately as well as in the collections and will continue to.

I miss some of the beers they've removed, like the fruity lambic. That was my favorite.

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O- I find this one to be very similar to the Boston Lager, but with a little more of the spice notes.

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