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

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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

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).

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Photo of breakingbland
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle as a beautiful red-brown hue. There was a thin layer of foam consisting of fine bubbles.

The aroma, fairly faint, was of slight malt and sweetness and very slight funk. The taste was roasty, balanced with sweetness and hops. Overall, a fairly straightforward flavor profile.

The mouthfeel and body were good.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I'd have it again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of donspublic
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into chalice, yielded 1 finger light tan head. Pools down to a ring with little lacing. Hazy caramel color to look at with nice carbonation. Smells of malt, caramel, cinnamon and other spices. Taste of malt and caramel on the front end, then the spices take over to smooth things out. Finishes up a tad on the sweet side, bit spices come back around to bring everything back in check. Nice beer, can't believe this is my first time to try it.

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Photo of RIMH
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Winter Lager is usually a beer I'll grab if it's on hand, but like Oktoberfest, it also borders on my bitter tolerance, but its nutty, chocolatey tones is nice to sip on a cold night.

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Photo of jw4free
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: Head fades quick. Clear medium brown. S: decent malt notes. Toasty caramel malts. T: malt and crisp lager yeast. F: good carbonation. O: pretty good bock.

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Photo of dar482
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The flavor offers ginger, allspice, nutmeg with a surrounding malty breadlines with hints of sweetness and a medium hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to medium minus. An gentle drinking brew with a decent combination of spice and malty sweetness.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a twelver of this brew and it even came with a tulip lip can which is nice. Of course, I poured it into a worthy glass and admired what it has to offer. This one is 5.7% ABV.

Look-It pours a mildly clear walnut copper color with a nice whitish head. The lacing is persistent and fluffy.

Smell-It smells of dark fruits like plums and raisins as well as hearty rich sweet breads like pound cake, bread pudding, and cinnamon cakes. There is plenty of malts and abundant spices to be smelled and tasted.

Taste-It tastes like it smells, but with mild caramel flavors and some mild orange peel citrus.

Mouthfeel-It is medium bodied, smooth, rich, and creamy.

Overall-I love this beer, but it isn’t like earth shattering or anything. Definitely try it though.

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

Poured from bottle to shaker pint. Brew is copper in color with a collar of cream colored head. Aroma is spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, some zesty citrus notes come through as well. Taste follows with a nice wheat flavor holding it all together. Boston Brewing produces another solid brew in their lineup.

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Photo of Myotus
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (best by May 2015) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 11Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with 3 fingers of khaki foam that dissipates into 2 fingers worth within 3 and a half minutes. Copper in color. There is a plethora of small rising bubbles that explains why the foam head refuses to die all the way. Lacing is thick and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Mild aromas of cinnamon, ginger, caramel, sweet bread, figs, and plums entangle with subtle aromas of orange peel, spicy hops, and earthy hops along with hints of pale malts.
TASTE: Mild wheat (suddenly appear!), pale malt, and caramel flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild cinnamon and ginger flavors. Mild orange peel flavors arrive next onto the palate as pale malt flavors grow stronger. Mild sweet bread flavors, subtle spicy and earthy hop flavors, and hints of figs and plums enter lastly as all previous flavors push on.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes very crisp.
NOTE: A good beer by the Boston Beer Company. This was nothing mind-blowing, but it is easily likable. I bet if you took out the pale malts, this would be even better. I would buy this again of I was attending a party or planning to have friends over. Probably wouldn't drink this by myself again, though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. This beer's head really leaves behind a ton of lacing on the glass, though its retention isn't amazing.

Almost immediately, cinnamon and ginger invade my nostrils. You know, as much as people say Hardywood GBS invokes gingerbread - this does that very same thing nearly as well. Also adding to the experience are touches of wheat and apricot (though I don't get much orange peel here). This offers a very intriguing aroma, spiced in all the right ways.

As it washes over the palate, I initially pick up flavors of ginger, molasses, and wheat. Orange peel rounds out the mid-taste, with a nice kick of cinnamon finishing things off. It's not a particularly deep beer, but it balances all its elements extremely well.

Creamy and soft textured, this just feels rich - not just for a 5.6% lager, but in general. The finish is dry, keeping it an easy drinker. Carbonation is gentle, and this seemingly aids this beer's substantial body.

I've always felt Sam Adams do lagers better than ales. The standard Boston Lager is still quite tasty, Double Agent is probably their best hoppy offering, and Noble Pils is tragically missed (or is it - hi Spring pack!) This reaffirms that belief. It's not comically cinnamon-heavy like so many Winter warmer-cum-pumpkin ale offerings, nor is it some dinky, watery weakling in terms of mouthfeel. This is a perfect "please the masses" kind of beer that works great for parties or guzzling by the pitcher.

3.53/5: A worthy offering that I overlook too often in the winter

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Photo of theskjoung
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color but appears red with lights. It has a creamy top.
Malty sweetness and has a hint of flowery or citric smell and taste.
I would say the body is light and dry, but less than Sam Adams Sparkling Ale which i had before this one.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into cylinder glass. It pours a dark amber with a thick, fluffy bright white head and extensive lacing. It doesn't have much of a smell: bready malt with spice and a whiff of citrus. It has a nice flavor: roasted malt, nuts, some subtle orange, spice, and a slightly bitter finish. This lager is medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, and easy to drink at 5.6% ABV. Overall, this is a pleasant bock beer; it has a nice flavor blend and is very drinkable.

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

Perfectly fine "go to" beer if there is nothing more exciting on the menu. Part of a winter seasonal pack. Pours a jewel-tone dark amber, minimal lacing. Smells of malt, tastes of malt, spice, a tiny bit of citrus and sugar. Medium carbonation. I buy this in six-packs for family Christmas. Readily available and far superior to the 3.2 grocery store they usually buy.

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Photo of willic
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Dark amber color with a beautiful light creamy head
S- Malty, rich with whisps of citrus
T- The flavor mimics the smell! The citrus is definitely orange withsome ginger
F- Typical Sam Adams, typically very good!
O-This is a very fun beer. I look forward to the next one!

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Photo of weaselface89
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- dark copper in color and an off white head.
S- bready malts and a lemony hint and possibly spices
T- follows the bready and spicey nose with some roasted flavor and slightly sweet
F- medium and smooth. medium carbonation mouthfeel
O- I enjoyed this one a lot. maybe its because I just finished the sparkling ale right before this and this one is more to my liking. a good addition to a variety and maybe even its own sixer.

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Photo of Steev-o
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper-colored with a thin head that goes away quickly. Initially I detected a plum-like fragrance but as the beer warmed it became a spice odor with a bit of ginger. A very drinkable beer for me, well-balanced, smooth.

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

Got in a mixed 12. Dark amber, brownish color. Smell is a little malt, spice. light caramel with malt, some spice, sweetness in the taste. Ok. Wouldn't buy on it's own.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color is a beautiful amber pour with a quickly dissipating slightly off white rocky head.

The smell is like freshly roasted bread with some hidden spice notes.

The taste I get is cinnamon and spice with that roasted bready malt notes.

Overall on this one I have to say for a winter "gimmick" beer I liked it. It really hit a lot of those sweet Christmas notes for me. A roasty sweet beer to sip on Christmas eve whilst the children continue to come out and bother papa bear while he tries to write beer reviews.

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

Part of a variety 12 pack. Amber color, malty smell, very flavorful of different spices, medium mouthfeel, overall a good beer that's perfect for winter months.

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Photo of hman43
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours amber with ruby highlights. The head is off white and leaves some lacing.

Smell: There are aromas of cinnamon, bread, dark fruits, cherries, hints of roast, and herbs.

Taste: The initial flavors of cinnamon, ginger, herb, and dark fruits highlighted by cherries is the first impression. Bread and some roast are also present flavors as well.

Feel: It has a light medium bodied texture, with low moderate bitterness on the palate.

Overall: It is a fairly easy drinking beer with a little bit of spark provided by the herbs, and dark fruits.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really drinkable beer. I like this better than the regular Sam Adams. Very dark Amber color. Not much of a smell at all and relatively milf taste; balanced slightly more malt than hops. Not as complex or bold as I usually prefer, but this is a beer I could easily all night long.

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Photo of akolb
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours clear copper red into a pint glass. The head is thin and white. 3/5
Smell: Mostly malt and bread with a hidden spice. Cheerful and enticing. 4/5
Taste: Some bitterness at the finish, along with some spices. 3.25/5
Feel: Average on the carbonation side. Body is medium-light. Nothing exciting here. 3.25/5
A drinkable, refreshing beer that would go be great washing down some sausages, but rather falls flat on its own. 3.25/5

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Photo of AndrewCalebRay
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a winter lager from a large scale brewery that puts out a ton of product this isn't bad. It is definitely a beer for the season. Spicy notes with a warm kick, yet very smooth going down. Great choice from your local grocery store for a beer on a cold night.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Usually not a fan of the lager style of beer, but for some reason this beer has always had a sweet spot for me. Good variety of citrus flavors mixed in with a small amount wintery spice. This beer is not anything crazy or overly innovative. Just a straightforward winter stand by.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- light brown, slight orange tint
S- orange & cinnamon
T- a little bitter citrus flavor
F- medium body & carbonation

Not bad overall. Better than most Sam Adams beers.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a 1/2" thick head. Tasted a hint of citrus and wheat, but no cinnamon or ginger as advertised on the bottle. Medium body, pretty avebrage brew.

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