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 Meerkey
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper, with a bit of off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus, spices, malts. Maybe a little brown sugar. Very faint aroma.

T: Cinnamon, ginger, orange, malts, grain, little hoppy bitterness. brown sugar. Alcohol gives a light kick.

M: Smooth, carbonated and clean.

D: Quite enjoyed it. My favorite of the Sam Adams Winter Pack.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

the beer pours a nice clear red color with a thick head that recedes fairly quickly leaving just a bubble cover over the beer

the smell is subtle sweet malts, no detectable hop aroma. very clean

the taste is pretty similar to the smell light sweet malts no hops and very clean

mouthfeel is light and slightly under carbonated, overall a fairly drinkable very strict to the style representation.

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Photo of plusorminus
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
A: Poured a nice copper color with thick head and nice fine carbonation. Nice looking beer.
S: Nothing really stands out maybe a slight cinnamon smell.
T: Strange tang that I really can not explain. Not bad, not great just different.
M: nice carbonation with very light feel.
D: goes down smooth but really can't get over the strange tangy taste.

Overall, this was just an average beer from Samuel Adams for me. Not sure if they change the reciepe from year to year but I enjoyed 2009 version much better.


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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark copper color with about an inch of off white head. Head is quick to reside.

S- Not the most impressive smell, especially considering the ingredients used, I expected a much more powerful smell. A little malt, and a hint of orange.

T- The taste is a little more complex, but still not the knockout I was looking for. Sweet maltiness, a slight hint of a spice. There is just a whisper of citrus contributed by the orange zest.

M- Not as full bodied as I expected. The mouthfeel is a bit light.

D- Decent taste, not too heavy, this is a pretty drinkable beer.

This beer seemed to not be quite what I was expecting in almost all categories. The smell was weaker than I expected, and the beer was not as much of a "warm you up" winter beer as I had expected. Although it wasn't what I expected, the taste was still good, and it is a easy drinker. All-in-all, it is a solid beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 355-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark amber colour with an off-white head. Head thins rapidly to a 1/8-inch with a little extra foam here and there. Slight lace around the edge.

Smell - bright caramel-toffee aromas over a nice roasted barley base, with a little cream and butterscotch to boot. Very good.

Taste - outstanding balance and smooth, even flavour throughout. Very good barley flavour with just a touch of hop bitterness at the end although slight.

Mouthfeel - smooth as silk and one would not expect the extra 5.5% alcohol. A great malty finish to follow up the smoothness.

Drinkability - not hard to put more than a few of these away, a very high quality brew for a reasonable price.

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Photo of Dodt
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

decide to review another beer tonight. yet another from the Sam Adams winter variety pack.
poured from the bottle into a strange glass.
appearance a dark amber sort of cola colored
smell a bit of ginger notes with other spices
taste a bit of orange zest and breadie malts that is slightly sweet
this is a wonderful beer for a chilly night.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into crystal mug the color is a amber brown with off white head. The head dissipates rather quick.
The described spices are not easy to detect smelling the beer except the Ginger.
The taste reveals orange and Ginger at the front, a little bready malt taste in the middle and than again Ginger at the back. Tha beer is actually light bodied for a winter beer. I would prefer a little more taste.
It is easy to drink a few of those, but as a seasonal brew, I would hope, that next year the Boston Brewing Company would take a look at some of our micro breweries.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper in color with substantial head retention.
Smell: Aroma is malty with a bit of spice in the bachground.
Taste: Bready and dark malts build quickly with the above-mentioned spices going along for the ride. A liitle hop bite also crests mid-taste, though they tend to be a little astringent. Aftertaste is a little bready.
Mouthfeel: This beer actually feels a little thin for the style.
Drinkability: Not oppressive in nature and manageable in ABV.

Overall: Not the best winter lager out there, quite average in nature and obviously geared more for frequent imbibement.

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Photo of rand
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle to pilsner glass

Pours an amber-brown, clear in complexion, forming a small, 1/2 inch head. Looks to be quite moderate in carbonation. On first whiff, notes of lightly roasted malts and sweetbread can be detected. Some holiday spice lingers in the background, suggesting orange zest and maybe a splash of nutmeg. The nose is fairly subdued - had to take several deep inhales to describe the aroma.

I suppose the taste follows the smell, but man, with all the ads claiming travel to other countries, 'looking out for exotic ingredients', there's not much going on here. Some sweetbread malts along with a note of slightly astringent bread crust. Just a faint touch of candied ginger, some orange, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Spices are very faint and barely detectable, I'm more than halfway done before I've described the palate. Nothing offensive by any means, ingredients are balanced and smooth, but unremarkable.

Hmmm...was underwhelmed here, but I should know better than to let my expectations rise due to a national advertising campaign. I just don't put the Boston Beer Co in the same camp as other macros (I suppose they really are at this point) and was expecting a bit more. Flavor? Yes, more please.

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Photo of nukem5
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Trying for the first time out of my Sam Pler case. Color is of a dark iced tea and sad little wisps of foam on the top.

S: Some chocolate notes , sweet malts, caramel,and a touch of citrusy hops.

T: Sweet malty,with rasins .Some hops present but not much more in the nose than any tastes.Light touches of caramel and chocolates.

M: Rich and slightly chewy is a great substitute for dessert or a good compliment to a nice warm chocolaty dessert.

D: Very drinkable and warming great for a cold winters evening.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes, part of the big sam adams tasting on xams day. we plowed through everyone we could find in the damn state! served cold and poured into a pint glass.

the pour was a nice and even dark brown color with a nice head of light tan that seemed to hang around for a good long while before settling back down into a thin film around the edges. aroma is light, lots of caramel and hints of brown sugar and light roasted malts, nothing crazy or above normal here at all. smooth texture and a nice sweet flavor, it did its job for sure. though i dont know if it comes across as malty as i would have liked for the style.

overall it was alright, again i have had better but it worked. no real complaints.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few bottles at the airport waiting for a flight. Poured into a pint glass. Deep amber but clear with a thin head. Smelled mostly of malt if anything at all and taste was the same. Solid easy to drink winter brew. Easy to have a few and the standout option at the mini pub in the airport.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stubby's in Lancaster.
Amber in color with sharp clarity. Big head with decent retention, leaving spotted lacing. Smell is malty and spicy. Toasted and caramel malts, ginger and a little cinnamon. Flavor profile follows the nose but the spices are a little less prominent. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Unlike many spiced up brews, this one goes down easy. Solid winter option from BBC.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Starts off with a nice poor, not too much head, but that's ok from a winter beer. Lots of flavors going on with this beer, very festive and spicy. Drinkability is also very high which is impressive considering it's a darker beer. In the end the wheat adds a nice subtle touch that finishes this beer off nicely.

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

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle to Imperial Pint glass. Drink before May 2011. "Malt beverage brewed with spices". Part of the Sam Adams Winter Pack, 12 bottles for $15.99.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel almost amber color. Two finger off-white frothy head dies down rather quickly and leaves a thin layer on top. Good lacing.

Smell: Smells of caramel malt, ginger, earthy hops, spices.

Taste: Grassy hops and malt sweetness. Citrus and ginger. Lingering roasted malt flavor. Spicy. What's here is pretty mild, to be honest.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is a little too high, it's a little coarse on the tongue. Spiciness is pretty overpowering at times, and combined with the carbonation, brings down the drinkability a notch.

Drinkability: Medium

I remember when this beer was bigger. I brought it to a party once and nobody liked it, they thought it was too strong. I don't think they would complain today since this beer still has the same flavor profile it once had, but the intensity of those flavors have been dialed down. It's still a decent beer, though.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber red color with okay clarity. Head is thick and foamy from a straight pour.

The most prominent aroma is ginger spices, which is behind a full, toasty, malt body. Smells like a gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon is definitely there too, with a touch of citrus. There is enough malt in the nose to balance the spices so that it doesn't smell like a "spiced" beer.

Flavor is spicy and full with caramel flavors, a touch of citrus, and some puckering cinnamon. The body is full, maybe too full, with moderate carbonation. The finish is a bit cloying which knocks a few points off, but otherwise this is a decent seasonal that I don't mind in the mixed pack.

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Photo of MetalandBeer
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

A-Pours a rich brown color, 2 fingers of beige/tan head that diminshed after a minute or so. Nice lacing on theglass.

S- slight sweetness up front, malt, citrusy fruits, a bit of hops, slight holiday spice aroma (cinnamon, nutmeg-ish)

T-Citrus, cinnamon, ginger, hops

M -Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, dry finish

D -Very high! All the flavors worked well together along with the right amount of carbonation. I enjoyed the first 22 oz. bottle by the fireplace, it's a cold & snowy evening, the perfect night for a winter brew.

Note: I enjoyed a second bottle a bit later with a peppercorn spiced pork tenderloin, baked potato and steamed green paired well with the pork and all of the sides! Looking forward to more...

Serving type: bottle

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

A two finger dark beige head tops this clear, amber/red beer. Nice sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell is full of bready sweet and spice with some tart yeast in there too.

Taste is the expected spicy, sweet, and bready. Not much going on here, but it ends pleasantly with a spice and herbal hop zing.

Mouthfeel is a bit too carb.'ed, but a nice finish. Easy drinking, but resins soon build on palate.

Drinkability is average for style. It's somewhat refreshing and tasty, but nothing to write home about.

Impression: Like most of SA beers it is not outstanding and has no major flaws. For the price it's okay. Recommended only if you're crazy for this style.

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Photo of leedorham
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chestnut with a thin white head that lingers.

S - slightly bready, earthy, not very strong and hard to pick up much aroma.

T - Some hops perhaps noble. Good amount of caramel character. Not picking up very much in the way of spices. Perhaps nutmeg & a little coriander.

M - Full bodied enough. Slightly more viscous than I would have expected.

D - An enjoyable offering. I've had 4 of 6 and looking forward to to the other two.

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Photo of paxkey
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wintery blue color scheme on label.

pours ruby red with a one finger white head that is gone quickly.

bready sweet malt is prominent in the nose. i also pick up grape juice. boiled macaroni. gym socks. sourness. berries.

lots of tea like flavors throughout. finishes like a raspberry tea.

a little thin in the mouthfeel but silky and nice low carbonation.

very unusual beer flavors. a definite change of taste. quite decent.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a weizen glass as this is apparently a weizenbock.

3.0 A: If this is a weizenbock, I don't know why it's filtered. Clear orange amber color. Half a finger of frothy beige head with poor retention and just a touch of lacing.

2.5 S: Not really too appetizing. A weird mixture of caramel, clove yeastiness, wintry spiciness, and a touch of garbage. Some toasted malts, grassy hops. Can't say I like this a whole lot.

3.0 T: Toasty malts, wheaty, some hints of spiciness. Again, grassy hops and maybe a bit earthy as well. Fairly boring and a bit lacking in flavor. Not the worst option in a pinch (from personal experience), but not something I'd like to drink often.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Aggressive weizenbock level carbonation. Could be creamier and a bit smoother, but okay.

2.5 D: Having had several of these in a night, I can say it's not the most drinkable. After a while, it gets a bit cloying without keeping my tastebuds too excited. Pretty mediocre overall.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

beautiful darkish-red/amber color, tap fill formed nice head.

slight malt smell with a spice i wasn't sure of

taste surprised me, the bitterness/spice and slight sweetness mixed well

decent mouth feel, no huge pop on the tongue but quick after taste that asks for more.

Good winter beer as the name suggest, towards the end had a slight warming feeling, very enjoyable.

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Photo of DDCMember
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-12 oz. bottle poured into mug.

A: Reddish Brown. Thick head.

S: Spices, a little grapefruit. Made my mouth water.

T: Very flavorful. Rich taste. Spicy with just a hint of grapefruit bitterness at the end.

M: Medium Body. Well carbonated.

D: Exceptional. I could drink this all day. Very clean, crisp taste. Entices the nose & makes the taste buds want more. Very good Winter beer.

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Photo of afksports
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I whip my hair back and forth I whip my hair... Whups.

I had this on tap at a random Mexican food restaurant in Noho after boot shopping all day in Soho. Reason being we had to catch the end of the wild card game where Marshawn Lynch went into beast mode to beat the Saints. Context is important for beers, so this one hit at perfectly the right time.

It's smooth, filtered amber body sits underneath a tiny head that retains with great lacing. I'm sure the barkeep could have given me more head on it - the appearance is certainly a strong point. There's not much more than malts by way of smell, but those malts come out strongly in the taste. Brilliantly sweet and subdued at the same time, this brew is just strong enough in flavor and alcohol to warm up a winter afternoon.

It's an easy taste with a balance of hops that favors the malts and lets them shine, Sam Adams Winter Lager is a bock for the cold weather. And a highly drinkable one at that.

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Photo of renniksdb
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, clear amber with a little head.

A spicy and sweeter smell.

Crisp fizz and medium mouthfeel. Can taste the tangy flavor of brewed ginger throughout. Not powerful, but present. It's moderately hopped with a bittering hop. The malt doesn't seem to have as much of an effect on the flavor, but I would put it as on the sweeter side.

The lasting flavor is a mix of bitter hops and ginger, followed by sweet, probably from the malt.

I liked this beer. A solid, but not too powerful flavor. This could definitely be a session beer. And it went perfect with my pork roast!

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