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

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3.59/5
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5,994 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,691
Reviews:
2,001
Ratings:
5,994
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
1,364
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,994 |  Reviews: 2,001
Photo of ledouge
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nick_perry
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Red brown color, lot of rising bubbles, no head. Generic beer aroma. Flavor is of an average lager, with an added note of orange peel.

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Photo of Jackjaffar
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a white head. Smells of caramel, malts, and spices. Tastes of sweet caramel malt, sweet spices, bread, and light non-bitter hops. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall a decent bock.

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Photo of mando31
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimpyle48
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of Shaymus
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JSirko
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davedog_7
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the most drinkable winter beers around. It's unique because it's not unique. This is a wintry bock in terms of subtle spices, but doesn't try to overdo it.

Stands apart because it knows what it is, and doesn't try to be anything more. An absolute winter classic. I try all the other winter warmers, bocks, etc around this time of year, and think to myself, "That was pretty good. Now give me another Winter Lager."

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Photo of brocktune
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MisledTitan
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rmarquardt17
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Riff
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, reddish-brown color with about a half finger of white head that slowly fades. Smell is licorice, grain, cinnamon, and malts. Taste is malty backbone, a little ginger spice, cinnamon, and orange. Medium light body, low carbonation. It's tasty, nothing special but goes down easily and is kind of a nice change of pace from the heavier season brews.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pilsener Glass. Enjoy by April 2018.

L: Clear ruby amber, finger width khaki head has poor retention.

S: Smells of well roasted malts, mostly a caramel toffee like presence, with faint ginger, and cinnamon.

T: Very much like a pumpkin beer, it is well spiced and decently tasty yet not a knockout beer. Good malts, ginger and cinnamon are not overpowering.

F: Slightly dry with lingering spice, crisp carbonation in a medium body.

O: Pretty tasty and a decent cheap option for a winter beer.

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Photo of sicilian
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ihill58
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thampel09
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbehlar
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Khaack
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BergBeer
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Nace4
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 5,994 ratings
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