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

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Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,906
Reviews:
1,982
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
1,300
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,906 |  Reviews: 1,982
Photo of 413
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Sam Winter Lager is pretty close to my idea of a classic winter seasonal. It seems to be an agreeable dark variation on the classic Boston Lager theme, swapping out hoppy tones with welcoming spices. Better out of the bottle than on tap in my experience, it's nothing to write home about necessarily, but a solid brew to keep around for cold-weather sessions. It is a shame that this one isn't around a little later before it gets replaced by Cold Snap, the taste of which does not seem quite as appropriate for the depths of winter.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark appearance with tan head and just the right amount of carbonation. Very mild fruity aroma. Taste is very smooth grain with some hoppy and slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was just average. Kind of like old Fez but not quite as flavorful. Pours pretty similar to Old Fez but just is lacking something. Couldn't quite put my finger on it. Anyways, it is worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of anteater
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with thin lasting cap of beige. Aromas are pleasantly malty bread, caramel, and very light winter spices. All of the smells are amplified in the taste - very full-bodied for such low abv. Tasty, malty, but never overly sweet, if finishes clean and neat. One of Sam's best recipes.

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Photo of SABERG
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on draft at Parker Pie.
A - Really nice amber color, clear and well carbonated, a lovely cap with long rings of proof.
S - clove, nutmeg, winter wheat, hint of cinnamon.
T - Follows the aromatics. Nicely balanced.
M - Here is where the offering excels, excellent lager fels, semi swet finish.
O - A really well put together winter lager.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was more of a winter warmer than Old Fezziwig, which I had earlier in the same evening. It was an interesting contrast, and I didn't know it was a bock per se until I saw the classification on this website. I'd say it was closer to a traditional Christmas beer, which is fine with me.

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Photo of Pete9094
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Go to holiday beer. Nothing fancy but its always a nice, standard option for the holidays. Not your typical over-spiced winter ale.

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Photo of monk2021
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jjmj51
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sublime89
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mshanecrowe
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber. Not much head or lacing. Medium to full bodied. Nice balance of hops and spice. One of my favorite winter seasonals.

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Photo of Ctb6582
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah87
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of flgimp
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of haines710
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great seasonal beer that rolls around when the weather is cold and the palate looks for something more malty and spicy. Caramel brown pour with a light head. Aroma of roasted malt, toasted bread, faint nutmeg and citrus. Taste is roasted malt, burnt toast, caramel, ginger, orange zest, charred grains. Thick, chewy mouthfeel which feels appropriate. Finishes heavy on the palate with a slight sweetness.

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Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gregf51
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.64 out of 5 based on 5,906 ratings.
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