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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Photo of RossCain
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated best by April 2012 into a becker pint glass

A: Pours a rustic, auburn brown with a large and foamy cappuccino colored head. The pillowy head lingers for a bit and clings desperately to the sides of the glass upon the initial pour.

S: Malt forward with dominant notes of rye bread kissed by spices. A pang of citrus from the orange zest can be picked up in the aroma, too.

T: Big and chewy malt flavors hit the palate upfront with some evident sweetness. The spices of ginger and lemon zest complement the taste profile in well-blended form. Finishes with nice, biscuity notes that fade slowly off of the palate. Satisfying.

M: Lighter bodied and somewhat thin for a bock with slightly prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth as it tapers off into the finish but the spices add just the slightest of a drying touch. Overall refreshing but the mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired.

O: A pretty solid beer and one that I would not pass up on draft in light of lesser options. This beer is a great value and something that could easily be shared among friends of varying degree of beer savvy. Not spectacular but certainly solid and easy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep saturated copper color, jewel tone clarity, lasting foam and fine lacing crowning the edges. Retention is good, the skim doesn't break after the first few sips.

Sweet and malty smell, nuts, brown sugar, grains of paradise. Later it smells a bit bland and lagery.

First sip is a little vegetal and gross. Later sips aren't as off putting, but there's something there that just doesn't work. Some astringency in the mouthfeel, though light bodied and fairly smooth otherwise. Earthy vegetal flavor that reminds me of pumpkin or squash oddly enough. Some nutty malt character in there too, maybe some nutmeg? Overall the flavors don't coalesce well. Not too sure what to make of this, not really looking forward to finishing the glass either. edit: drank a 2nd one straight from the fridge a few weeks later, didn't seem as bad. Still a bit astringent with discordant flavors though.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Alldayson734
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper with a tight, compact off-white head.

S: Grassy hops, Christmas spices, and dark malts are very much in evidence on the nose. Not nearly as complex as I remember.

T: Notes of orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, dark bread, heavy cream, caramel, roasted nuts, and grassy, lemony hops wash across the palate. The finish is spicy and oddly prickly with notes of nuts, grassy hops, and spices.

M: Full bodied, dry, and bubbly. Has a ponderous, cumbersome feel to it that renders it less than drinkable.

O: The concept behind this beer is novel, but as a product, it doesn't come together (at least not this year). In years past, this beer was a winter staple for me, but this year I think I'll find something else.

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Photo of jlordi12
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of sobeleg
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of thearsenal
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of TicoCali
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Came to me with a 3 finger fizzy head. The head was slightly tan. The overall appearance was a deep, translucent amber.

S- There was a nutty aroma to this on the whole. A little malt in there, but nor hops scent.

T- Was fairly disappointed with the taste. Some grassy flavors and a slight nutty flavor. No hops bitterness in there, but some malt tastes.

M- Lots of carbonation. Really light for the style. It was almost watery and went down fairly easy.

Overall, I was not impressed with this beer. It was very light in the mouthfeel category and the taste was just lacking. I was surprised to learn this is a bock, because it is one of my more favored styles, but I was sorely disappointed.

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Photo of MemphisKev
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of KGarrett
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of coz
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jman892
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Perfectly clear amber brew with a sudsy off white head with good retention.

S - Bready smell with some spice. Peppery, ginger aroma.

T - Nice malty backbone stands up well to the spices. Creates a nicely balanced beer. Spices are ginger and cinnamon mostly.

M - Nice feel, just the right amount of carbonation. Medium body, easy to put back a few of these at a sitting.

O - Overall a good winter beer. I pick this up every year, and it is a staple at a lot of local places. Not overwhelming but solid

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Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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