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

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5,920 Ratings
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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:
5,920
Reviews:
1,986
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
1,315
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,920 |  Reviews: 1,986
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

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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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.64 out of 5 based on 5,920 ratings.
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