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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white foam head with very good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and bready aroma of biscuit malts with caramel, toffee, and wheat grains. Subtle hints of spices including cinnamon and ginger. Also some hints of oranges and some earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Lots of caramel and toffee malts up front giving a very bready and sweet taste. Subtle hints of the spices blend in with some notes of cinnamon and ginger. Also some citrus orange and a fairly noticeable presence of earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the higher side of medium. Crisp and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid winter bock. Has a nice hop presence for the style. Very well balanced.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is crystal clear and copper / amber hued. The light beige head is an inch thick and leaves ample lacing on the pint glass. The primary scents are malt, holiday spices. Yams and/or pumpkin flavors along with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly sweet with minimal bitterness. Light bodied, but not thin. Overall, a decent seasonal brew.

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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%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +10%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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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%

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2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 6,045 ratings