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:
5,909
Reviews:
1,983
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
1,302
For Trade:
0
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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

Photo of mmorris15
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesLeung
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattjp03
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ABabbidge
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Ver clear dark amber/ burnt orange color. Off white fluffy head with pretty good retention.

S: Spicy aroma. Mild ginger and orange rind as well.

T: Caramel malt with spices. Hard to say what spices exactly. I get some ginger with a few other flavors thrown in. Bottle says orange peel and cinnamon. Not sure if I get that but that is apparently what was used.

F: Moderate body and carbonation. Dry and grainy finish.

O: Spicy and fairly complex. Not too bad.

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

Photo of OKdrummer87
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany/ruby body, clear with fine updrafts of bubbles. A small coarse head appears on the pour but immediately disappears; between that and the color this now looks like a Flanders red. Still beautiful. There's pungent toasty bread crust and caramel on the nose, a bit of raisin, and a hint of citrus and cinnamon in the background. If the malt wasn't so 'raw' smelling this would be awesome, but as is it seems a bit unrefined. The orange flavor gets more potent on the tongue, yet still melds nicely with the malts which now seem more like a beer's should, instead of bread crust. No sign of the spices here, however. Finish is actually bitter, like black tea. Body is light, nearly like water, with assertive but fine carbonation.
The orange peel was a star both aromatically and gustatorily, delicious in its own right and played well off the malts. The rest was just trying to keep up; the malt, which as I understand it is supposed to be the focal point and thus delicious in this style, were ho-hum, even seeming amateurish, as if it was untransformed from the raw grains. It wasn't warming like a winter beer should be (in my book), yet it wasn't refreshing either. This would be great for the occasional 60 degree Christmas.

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Photo of ajreds11
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walleybeer
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber with an average head. The aroma is if medium caramel, toffee, applejuice, and mint. The flavor is malt driven, with dry caramel, toffee, mint, some orange, no spiciness, and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light and foamy. Overall this beer is smooth and easy drinking, wit a nice body, and a slightly odd finish.

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Photo of Bthchris
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich malts and a hint of chocolate on the palate. Finishes nicely with a sweet finish.

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Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City lager pint glass.

Thin,off white / light khaki head,that dissolves quickly,turning into splotches,with a beautiful lacing.Dark copper in color,with nice clarity,and heavy carbonation.

On the nose I get breaded malts,some spices,and small hints of earthy,piney hops.Small cinnamon and ginger notes.The malt notes are pretty sweet.

On the palate I get heavy malts,and spices,with a small hint of hop bitterness on the back end.Ginger and cinnamon as advertised.The breaded malts are nice and sweet.

The body is medium with a nice fizzle from the carbonation.The finish is nice and smooth,definitely not too dry.

This was the first craft beer I ever tried,so maybe I am a bit partial.But out of all the lagers I have tried,this one is by far my favorite.Nice look,nice aroma,nice taste,nice mouth feel...Great beer for the holidays!!!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber in color with good foamy head and lacing. Has a malty smell with some minor hops and spice. Taste is pretty good, sweet malty mix with a sweet finish. Not a bad beer, could go further with flavors but ok.

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Photo of adip
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bito24
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Something to please both the lagar and the IPA guys/gals in all of us. Great lagar taste but a hint of something different. Great drink ability. Can have several in an evening. If you like dark lagars with a flavor that stays put, The SAWL is the choice for you. But of course, bring ur checkbook, cause this is no cheap date! Merry Christmas my friends!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz bottle freshness notched for April poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark red brown with a khaki two finger head. Good head retention.

Smell: Crisp, clean malts.

Taste: Kinda like a watered down Boston Lager.

Feel: Thinner side of medium, light carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall: Neither good nor bad. I wouldn't buy it on it's own, but it won't prevent me from buying the winter sampler either.

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Photo of Holderness
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L -- Translucent brown with a quickly dissipating white head. Minimal lacing
S -- Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, candied orange, malts
T -- Not the greatest. Bitter hops and malts, lemon, squash
F -- Fizzy. Very astringent. Sour finish
O -- Smells and looks like a pumpkin ale, tastes and feels quite strange.

63/100

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Photo of thebeers
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark bronze with finger of dense and creamy off-white head. Caramel malts in the aroma. These carry over to the taste with muted Christmas spices behind that leave a almost herbal impression. Mild hop bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium bodied. It's alright.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.64 out of 5 based on 5,909 ratings.
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