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

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

Nice brown color with a respectable light tan head. Faint spicy, clean aroma. Nice, slightly sweet malty taste, with just a hint of spice. Trace alcohol finish. I prefer a bit heavier brew in the winter, but on those occasions when I want something a bit lighter, this will do just fine.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty average beer in my opinion. I definately like their other winter offering a lot better. Old Fezziwig. This beer just doesn't have anything that really stands out to me. Wheat malt taste present with very slight hop bitterness.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber, almost cranberry color. Sweet/Spice nose with hints of alcohol. Average head retention. Spicy with a slightly bitter finish. Overall, an above average dark lager.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best winter brews available IMHO. It pours a clear tea color with a nice off-white head. The smell of malt, light wheat, and spices smell delicious! The spiciness is just right with flavors of a light roasted malt, faint wheat, and a hint of spices.Very smooth, very balanced with the right amount of hops, and very drinkable! I will have this beer in my refrigerator every season.

Note: It is not called Winter Lager here in Texas. Texas Law says that beer over 5% is an ale, but since this is a lagered beer, BBC labels the Texas version Winter Brew on the bottle even though the six pack holder still says "Winter Lager". Some more of Texas' own wacky beer laws!

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Photo of jackndan
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sammy Winter 2002: I used to be a summer guy, never skied or liked shoveling snow. But I’m coming around to the fall and winter, and great beers have helped that transition. It always helps to ease the pain to look forward to great O-fest and festival beers. One beer, in fact the first beer I looked forward to, was Sam’s Winter lager.

I’ve heard people say that Sam’s seasonals have been slightly off, but I think Sam’s getting back into their stride with the 2002/03 Winter (not that you’ll see much of it after January 1). Its got a deep ruby amber color, with an off white sticky head. Huge thick lace. The aroma is heavily malted, with spices and rich coffees. The taste, in this fresh batch is a little raw, with assertive malts, well balanced with spices and hops. This is a big/fast seller, and hard to get in Winter. I’ve got to buy an extra twelve and forget about it because it should cellar very well. Wonderful!

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Photo of rastaman
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i really liked this beer, had a really well rounded flavour, tasty to boot aswell, shame we don't get it round here.

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Photo of ZAP
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another good one from "Sammy"...I like "Old fezz" better but this is good in its own right..Light reddish copper appearance with a decent head...aroma is sweetish, but not as strong as "Old Fezz"...tastes a bit like a Bock..but it says it is a wheat lager on the bottle...very easy drinking and tasty...an excellent winter beer.Not a real hoppy beer..definitely more on the malty side, and it really doesn't taste much like wheat to me..

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Photo of Jordan
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spice and sweet caramel aromas. Head is sticky and endures. Beautiful red copper color, clear. Great malty sweetness offset by a unmistakable hops presense, also a hint of spice. Absolute delightful mouthfeel, silky smooth. Also very highly drinkable and worthy being termed a 'Winter' brew. Almost 7%abv this one makes a cold night toasty warm.

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Photo of proc
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reminds me alot of Boston Lager with a little more oomph. A nice winter offering, slightly spicy, but just slightly with a nice taste of malt througout. Good stuff.

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Photo of Brent
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark wheat? Really didn't strike me as having a lot of wheat characteristics. I also didn't detect much spicing in the brew. It has a nice, sturdy malt body with a mildly fruity undercurrent. Pleasant, but not a lot of zip for a seasonal.

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Photo of xXTequila
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This years Winter Lager is practically another style of beer compared to last years batch.
Deep dark red/brown. The head sits thin but height wise but its thick like a chunk of heavy cream.
Thick sweet malt, rum, caramel, and raisins.
The perfect beer for a snowy night.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A full lager. Smelled like a winter brew with all the spices wafting out of the glass. Very malty with a touch hops at the end. It took me a while to drink this beer, not because I did not like it, but because of it's rich flavor.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark amber color with decent head and lace. Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, spicy aroma and taste with a dry hoppy finish. I stock up on it when it becomes available for the holiday since it is a seasonal beer. Happy Holidays... Cheers

11/2002 – I am not changing my review but rather to say... it’s the season again; Sam Adams’ Winter Classics 12 pack is on the shelves again. It does my soul good to enjoy SA Winter Lager. This year's SA Winter Lager seems better than last year, which is a very good thing, or I'm more capable to appreciate this “classic” winter brew. Which ever the case may be, SA Winter Lager is one great beer.

Happy Holidays

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Photo of John
4.66/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A favorite of the SA brews. Excellent.

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Photo of douglisbeck
4.9/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent beer with some slight fruity overtones.

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