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

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

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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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%

Photo of json83
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of scratch69
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber color with a light tan head.

S- Malt mostly with a hint of spices. Some ginger notes.

T- Malty lager taste some spice flavors coming through. The ginger seems to be the most promonant in both taste and smell.

M- Pretty well carbonated, smooth and easier to drink.

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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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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with no head at all. Aroma of sweet Caramel malts and spices, cinnamon and a slight note of nutmeg are present. The taste is a bit too sweet, not much of a hop bitterness to balance. It's fairly easy to drink but there is nothing special here. Not something I would ever seek out.

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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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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2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 5,988 ratings
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