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:
5,923
Reviews:
1,986
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
1,320
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 5,923 |  Reviews: 1,986
Photo of jvnsks
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ewelvaert
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jfeyes
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice taste, feel and finish!

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Photo of bwood06
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While watching a game at a local pub in Grand Rapids recently I ordered this one up since I like a good bock every once in a while, and this one was the most enticing beer on the menu at the moment. Plus, it was a good lighter abv option to go with watching the game.

This beer pours a reddish brown hue and is clear with light carbonation visible. The head is off white and creamy, dissipating very slowly to a rocky layer with a neck. 4.25/5 The aroma is very sweet and fruity with notes of plums, ages, red wine grapes, and dark cherries. It comes across a bit syrupy and almost like cough medicine. 3.5/5 The flavor has that same sweetness and fruitiness, but luckily does not come off as cough syrup. Notes of plums, red wine grapes, dark cherries, and dates kick things off before transitioning to wheat bread and then finally to floral hops that feature very little in the way of bitterness. The bitterness is light enough that it does not linger after swallowing. 3.75/5 This beer is quite wet but not coating and it is medium bodied. There is very little carbonation and no dryness or lingering dryness. It is smooth and syrupy, but also thirst quenching at the same time (generally not two terms that go together). 4/5 This is a very good beer, although it is quite unbalanced in favor of fruity sweetness. I did not expect such a wealth of sweetness and fruity notes out of a bock, but oh well. If everything lived up to expectations I would get bored very quickly. 3.75/5

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hephaestos
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timtac
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adam1993
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hackattack
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L-dark copper...the color of a good roux
S-nothing particular stands out
T- slightly sweet, malty/chocolate notes here ....my favorite type
F- smooth/warm

I love this beer! Not too pricey at $8.51 a warm six. If you are a fan of hopped up brew you may not like this. But I have never had a bad experience with Sam Adams' offerings.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of syzygy0
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jg24rules
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.64 out of 5 based on 5,923 ratings.
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