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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jpro
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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Photo of IlPostino
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of beerslushy
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber two finger head

S-Some malt with a little bit of spices

T-Roasted malt and some spices, kinda bland and boring. Nothing bad just nothing great.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-Could be the worst beer of the Winter Mix, there is nothing bad about this beer, just nothing great about either.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CS1971
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Sam Adams. This is great lager, and it is this type of beer that has got me seeking out lagers now and not just witbiers or reds. Thanks Sam! The flavor is rich, and even though it's filling i still find myself wanting more. Very good brew, I look forward to it every winter.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super clear ruby/orange with white head.

The smell is malt with a slight earthiness.

The taste is pretty much all malt with a slight spice although nothing really jumps out. A good taste but very one dimensional even with the spices.

Decent beer that's easy to drink, but nothing really jumps out as "Winter" to me.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Dark brown beer has a quickly receding one and a half finger head. Little lacing.

Smell: Orange zest, cinnamon, malt, and alcohol.

Taste: Above mentioned

Mouthfeel: watery

I had this prior on tap, it was better. This is a beer worth having.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a clear, rich mahogany color. An off-white head sits on top, and dissipates to a thin layer. Some sticky lacing.

Smells of malts, caramel and spices. A brighter cranberry and/or citrus note emerges.

The beer tastes faintly sweet, with a bright citrus body. Faint malts and caramel in there as well. There are some subtle spice notes -- nutmeg, ginger.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, goes down smooth.

Overall, an almost slammable winter beer, as far as I can tell. It goes down like a canned macro.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #90
Served On: 12/02/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: May 2011

This was in the 2011 Winter Classics mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a deep clear ruby copper color. Carbonation bubbles were steady. Head was a two finger creamy tan cap that formed a tin coating after a few moments.

Smell: I detected some ginger and a rich malts and a slight sour hoppiness. I got the feeling that Boston Beer may have used the base from their Boston Lager to make this. Regardless it had a very inviting nose.

Taste: Up front was a robust ginger and possibly cinnamon. Middle was of a Boston Lager sourness with a faint hop bite at the end. The finish was somewhat harsh with the spices reappearing. The Boston Lager quality dominated most of the palate. Aftertaste coated my mouth with a bitterness with hops drying out the mouth. Towards the end I noticed some booziness after the beer warmed up.

This is a nice winter offering. It offered a little more complexity than the Boston Lager. I also think the ABV is a little higher. Not a bad brew.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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