Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
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Bock - Traditional
Ranked #67
Ranked #37,657
3.7 | pDev: 10.54%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
Notes: For the first time in 31 years, we’re updating the classic Winter Lager recipe to make it crisper and brighter. It’s the same iconic beer, with a wintery remix. Crisp Bock with citrus and spices, lager brewed with orange peel, cinnamon, and ginger.
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barknee from New York

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really stressed about whether to purchase this 12-pack not having tried it before and anticipating an overly seasoned holiday type beverage. I was wrong. This is actually an impressive and delightful combination of flavors some of which would include subtle elements of fruitcake, marshmallow, roasted nuts and having the perfect bitterness to offset any inclination towards being sweet. Moderate carbonation is consistent with the somewhat lighter-weight mouthfeel but the elements all line up perfectly to produce what I would say is an outstanding Brew. My favorite brew from this producer, I'll be doing this again en masse.

Saturday at 09:59 PM
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L-Deep amber with a heavy head that eventually dissipates to a glass lacer.
S-Some oak, sweet malt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Maybe some apple too? A bit bread-y.
T-Malt forward. Sweet with a bitter bite. Some nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger is there as well. I also get some apple and oak. Pretty earthy to my surprise.
F-A bit sticky. Medium carbonation keeps it fresh enough.
O-Not too bad at all. A refreshing and festive flavored beer that I wouldn't mind having again around the holidays.

Wednesday at 05:50 AM
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caseymconley from Maine

2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don’t like the new recipe. The old one was a solid cold weather standby. This one is overly flavored and tastes artificial. Some things should just be left alone and this is one of them.

Nov 23, 2021
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

It would be a lot better sans spices.
Pours a beautiful color.
Can't they just brew a good regular Bock/Dopplebock?
I know they made a half decent DB years ago with their overpriced Brewers Reserve or whatever they called their "upscale" selections at the time.
I'll drink it if the rest of the tap selections are shite.

Nov 23, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of winter spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla with a malty, bready aroma. Sweet roasted malt with a nice spiced taste.

Nov 21, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 4/22.

Looks quite nice in the glass. Clear reddish amber body with a small off white head. This shrinks to a ring, faint lacing.

Sweet toffee and caramel aroma.

On tasting, malt strong, caramel, fairly smooth.

Mouth medium, finish a little dry with faint spice notes laying on the tongue.

Overall, okay malt beverage, nothing unpleasant about it, but nothing special either.

Nov 21, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2021 vintage. Enjoy before May 2022. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours an amber/copper with great clarity and transparency; fluffy tan head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. Great color.

The aromas are malt forward. Some caramel and toast leading the way. Hints of citrus.

The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More caramel along with some toffee. More toast. Breads and grains are there. There's a decent amount of orange zest and orange peel. Mild hints of cinnamon in the finish. Decent malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's extremely fluffy while remaining sharp.

This is a solid brew. It started off kind of forgettable, but it becomes pretty enjoyable as it warms a bit. This one really grew on me. It does have a decent winter/holiday vibe as well. It's fitting for the colder weather. I like it.

Nov 18, 2021
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Riff from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, amber color with a decent head leaving a little ring about the glass. Certainly looks nice. Smell is malty, a little hint of citrus, not much else. Taste is decent malty flavor with a bit of citrus and spice. Primarily malt, the citrus and spice are there to round the malty flavor but not very forward and are mostly present towards the finish. Feel is a little thinner than I expected, lightly carbonated.

Overall, not a bad beer but not exactly what I was expecting from a holiday beer. That said, it does help breakup all of the heavier stouts at this time of the year and wouldn't be a bad thing to have for gatherings.

Nov 15, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snulip glass. Bottle says enjoy by March, but it doesn't mention what year. I can only assume it's fresh and the year is 2022.

L---Crystal clear, burnt Amber color. Medium khaki head faded quickly to a ring and left nice lacing. A real looker.

S---Malty. Advertised orange peel, cinnamon and ginger are VERY light.

T---Spices and orange peel are stronger in the taste. Strong maltiness without noticeable hops.

F---Medium/full bodied. Minimal carbonation.

O---Doesn't really seem like a winter/christmas beer. It's ok, but I wouldn't get it again.

Nov 09, 2021
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3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: dark burnt amber, short lasting off white head, no lacing.

S: slight clove, sassafras, and a bit watery.

T: clove, sassafras, lightly toasted malts. Also a bit watery.

F: medium heavy body that finishes light and refreshing, good throat hit, but doesn’t linger on the palate.

O: very good for a domestic beer, I would put this a touch under yuengling but it definitely delivers for what it is. Like someone else said that it’s more of a social beer than an unwind beer. Not opposed to trying again but I won’t be in a hurry either.

Nov 09, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Label is notched for best by date of April, 2022.
Medium amber colored body. One finger of off white head, settles back to a tiny bubble cap. Partial lacing sheet on the non-drinking side.
Aroma of roasted malts and faint spices of cinnamon and ginger. Maybe the orange peel makes an appearance.
Taste is fortified roasted malts. Orange peel is definitely there, along with minor cinnamon and ginger notes. The spices mellow out the malts in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Good spiced dark lager beer, and better for the appropriate social occasions, rather than trying to do an extensive solo brew analysis (which will pick at its real lack of personality).

Nov 09, 2021
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officerbill from New York

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: a very nice clear old copper with a quickly dissolving light tan head
S: sweet malts, burnt sugar, a little orange
T: follows the smell with rich sweet malts, caramel, and dried orange peel. No noticable cinnamon, but there is a ginger like heat at the end
F: smooth and rich. Full bodied with very little carbonation. Sightly sticky on the tongue with pleasantly bitter sweet aftertaste that reminds me of caramel with a dash of orange pith & a hint of ginger
O: not too bad, this is a pretty good base Bock beer, unfortunately the holiday seasonings didn't quite work. The dried/candied orange peel is present, but the ginger is confined to just a hint at the back of the swallow and in the aftertaste, you might not notice that it's there if the bottle didn't tell you, and the cinnamon never appears at all, even after the beer reaches room temperature.
A good effort and a pretty good beer, but just disappointing.

Oct 30, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty attractive dark copper color and uneven toasted marshmallow head. Smell is a bit toasty, caramel and brown sugar, some hops, and bread dough. Taste is very caramel, nice toasted malt and bread dough, hints of spice and a bit of hops on the finish. Feel is wet and smooth. Overall, I would describe as pleasant. It’s not some knock your socks off bock, it’s an easy drinking evening beer that’s perfect if you want something other than an adjunct or session ipa. I wish it was available year round. Really pleasant.

Oct 25, 2021
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PeterBA from District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 seasonal in dark bottle with tan label with white/blue lettering. A good evening drinking beer. Spiced but not too spiced, medium alcohol level, strong but not too strong.

Jan 15, 2021
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Pint glass.

L: Poured a dark amber/brown color with a 1 finger beige color head that quickly faded, decent amount of carbonation, and no lacing.

S: Bready/malty aroma with a bit of spice ginger/cinnamon on the back.

T: The taste follows the nose with a bit more roasted flavor and a slight tast of orange peel, but mostly malt/roast/spice character.

F: Smooth, full body, mildly dry finish.

O: Overall a delicious beer. Different from the traditional green label Winter Lager that is Bock. Just as someone else stated, not what I was expecting from a "lager" and would agree it to be more of an ale, but none the less another tasty beer from Samuel Adams. Cheers!

Dec 28, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 24-pack Costco $26.99
Smell of oranges, spices
Amber color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Roasted malt flavors, spices
Overall a nice beer. Not what I had expected being called a lager. More like an Ale with the roasted malts.

Dec 08, 2020
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Zorro from California

3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber or light brown colored ale. Small off-white head, doesn't last long.

Smells malty with a touch of spice. Distinct wood scent.

Starts out mildly sweet and malty. Taste of allspice and mace. There is ginger in this I can tell I am allergic to ginger. No real bitterness. No particular hop tasted but it is not a C-hop. Essentially we have a mildly spiced Bock beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it isn't Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale but it isn't bad

Dec 06, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brilliantly clear dark amber. Fluffy off-white head with good retention.

Aroma: Toasted malt, caramel & spicy.

Flavor & aftertaste: Toasted malt, caramel & spices. Restrained bitterness. Semi-dry. Medium carbonation.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied, smooth. Moderate length finish.

Overall: I know some will disagree simply because this beer is from one of the large "craft" beer breweries, but I think this is outstanding. Unlike many ale winter beers, the fruity esters don't interfere with the malt flavors & spices. Clean lager profile. Nice smooth mouth-feel. Medium length finish with bitterness and spiciness lingering. I always look forward to this winter beer and I was concerned when Samuel Adams changed it a bit, but it's still delightful.

Nov 30, 2020
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 55 ratings