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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Rantingfury
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from the bottle into my usual truncated conical glass. The head was a finger width of tan foam that faded to light lacing. A ruby amber hue in color, much like American iced tea, was evident when the glass was held to the light. the aroma starts off with a sweet caramel malt note, and then fades to a faint of spice and hops. The taste hit in two waves... The first was the malty bready taste, and faded to a nice spice/hop note. The after taste the ginger made a subtle but clear presence that was nice as well. Mouth feel was light to medium with a good bit of carbonation tickling my tongue. Over all I like this seasonal. The spices were a little on the light side in aroma and taste, but this beats over doing it by a wide margin. It's a good seasonal lager overall, but it's not outstanding to where I would go out of my way to buy it again.... Fortunately for this beer my regular store stocks it, so a few more six packs will be consumed.

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Photo of jb413
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of this style.

A - Poured an attractive dark mocha-ish/amber hue with a small light khaki head and little lacing.

S - Dark wheat with some spice notes. I remember some ginger in the nose. Good strength, smelled good.

T - Nice mix of roasty flavor with the spice profile. Neither one outweighs the other. The spices are not overdone.

MF - This is a medium-bodied beer, good amount of carbonation and and a nice finish.

O - Very nice on cold nights, I have nothing to compare it to yet in the style, but I liked this beer for sure. Looking forward to trying others.

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3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers smooth offwhite head. Body is a gradient of ruby-amber.

Nose is not great, some metallic cereal along with the usual lager character.

Hops come faintly at the beginning, full of malt and spice in the middle. At the end, there's some metallic character, but it definitely tastes better than it smells.

Mouthfeel is a bit scratchy, coarse.

Not bad, but the most 'winter'-y part of this is the spice, and even for the price point, most other winter seasonals are better. Might be worth a look if you want some of that seasonal spice but desire the lager flavor profile.

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

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

A: Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of pale cream/orange head. Good retention and lace.

S: A little caramel with some straw overtones.

T: Light caramel, some peppery spice, straw on the finish. Caramel lingers on the aftertaste. Towards the end of the glass, some leather joins the finish.

M: Medium light body, good creamy feel.

O: Nothing exceptional, but quite solid. Picked it up yesterday on a whim for an 11-11 party (eleven letters in Winter Lager). I can see this being a good change of pace from stronger beers during the cold months. Will likely buy it again.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, dark copper or garnet color. There is no head and the thin film that was produced fades quickly. There appears to be a very small amount of carbonation.

S: Toasted malts are the backbone for the aroma. They are complemented by a sort of earthy/grassy smell along with a touch of sweet caramel and a light hop profile.

T: As in the aroma, the taste is mostly comprised of the toasted malts. The grassy aspect again makes its presence known, though only slightly.

M: Pretty much what you'd expect from a dark lager. It has a medium body along with a feel that isn't overly lively and is relatively smooth.

O: I wasn't overly impressed with this one. I'd rather have a good winter warmer on a cold day than revisit this one again.

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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Blvd. Smokestack tulip. Best by April 2012.

Appearance: Rich copper color to light with a tan head. Good retention and lacing, with lively, tight carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Slightly sweet and malty. Not a necessarily robust smell.

Taste: Malty with a nip of cinnamon and ginger at the back end. Plum and caramel fills the middle and blends well with the malt and spice.

Mouthfeel: Dexterous in a very Sam Adams kind of way. Well carbonated finish pairs with the spices to give a nice tang without lasting dryness.

Overall: A re-review of my first review on BA. This was one of the first seasonals that I was drawn to, and one of the first beers that pulled me away from the boredom of adjunct lagers.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: clear, dark amber. Pours 1 inch of thick cream colored head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: cinnamon, ginger, citrus, orange peel, malty, subtle hops, toffee, caramel, nutty.

Taste: ginger, cinnamon, nutty, malty, caramel, toffee, hint of orange peel, hint of piney hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth/creamy.

Overall: A good holiday lager. The falvors are complex but subtle. Very drinkable.

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2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightly toasted skunk with a hint of generic hopping and a nip of spicing. Very weak nose though.

Super bready/toasty, adjuncty, skunky (it's fresh though). Just a hint of spiciness, at least partly from the hops. Watery. Very flimsy body, I wouldn't even call it "light". No kudos for this one, Samuel Adams. And yes, I like the bock style in general and I am very pro-lager, this just falls short.

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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a clear amber color with a creamy, off white head that is very pretty.

It smells bready, with a bit of spice. Cinnamon?

This beer has a pretty big flavor. It's very biscuity. It's got a mild spiciness, but I can't figure out what it is. It also has an alcohol flavor, but it's ABV doesn't seem like it should.

It's medium bodied with a very creamy carbonation.

This beers ok. It's certainly not in the top twenty of winter seasonals I'd drink.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 6,051 ratings