Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Bock
Ranked #60
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,935
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 10.71%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
92
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 12:54 AM
Added:
Nov 29, 2020
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  12
SCORE
83
Good
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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Rated by Zopiac from Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A bit nutty, a bit 'off'. Fairly weak in most aspects.
Today at 12:54 AM
 
Rated: 3.14 by chris826 from Mississippi

Yesterday at 03:52 AM
 
Rated: 3.68 by Beersilio from Massachusetts

Sunday at 01:18 AM
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Reviewed by ImCDomi

3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very malty with rich caramel. Was labeled a winter "Lager" on the bottle, but seems more like the Bock that it is. It's a bock style, but shouldn't say "Lager" IMHO. Reminded me of eating a box of Cracker Jacks - corn and molasses.
Saturday at 01:24 AM
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance:
Light clear mahogany, thin but lasting head, minimal lace

Aroma:
Caramelize or Munich malt, low key spices and orange peel.

Flavor:
Clean, semi-dry bock base, moderate spices and orange peel

Mouthfeel:
light-medium, nominal CO2

Overall:
A very good Winter beer.
Thursday at 11:46 PM
 
Rated: 3.46 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Thursday at 01:22 AM
 
Rated: 3.6 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Wednesday at 11:57 PM
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
From a 12oz bottle, best by Apr of whenever. From the Beers for Cheers variety pack, purchased at Price Chopper 11/22/22. Served in a willi becher.

Pours a crystalline burnt caramel with a scant half-finger of fizzy head. Squat for retention, zippo lacing. Looks fairly lifeless in the glass.

Odorless. There is no nose.

Taste is vaguely detergent-like but with a tacky, malt syrupy aftertaste.

Feel is rubbery with seltzer-like carbonation.

Overall: not entirely unpleasant. The label promises ‘rich malt notes and accents of cinnamon, ginger and orange peel’ but it tastes like watered down malt syrup.
Wednesday at 10:41 PM
 
Rated: 3.81 by PvtSnowball from Florida

Nov 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts

Nov 21, 2022
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
At Washington Square
Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by evostudios12 from Florida

Nov 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Nov 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.42 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark reddish copper. Medium cream colored head.
Very faint aroma. Nothing bad, just not much of anything.
Definitely tastes the aspects of a Bock, excellent malt profile. The cinnamon and orange peel are noticeable but, in just the right proportion. The ginger got lost somewhere in between but, perhaps without it, it would be missed. Never a big fan of Sam Adams beers but this is a winner.
Nov 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by KT3418 from Colorado

Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark copper color with an off white foam head that diminished after a few minutes. Kind of resembles a mellower Octoberfest, a more shallow aroma and taste. Enjoyable beer; 6 pk bottles was $11.99 + tax
Nov 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.28 by MacStinson from Michigan

Nov 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.2 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Look: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark brownish pour almost looks like a very condensed iced tea with carbonation rising. About a finger and a half's length of foam risen to the surface. A bit of lacing appearing as the foam dissolves to the bottom.
Smell: Getting malts, a lot of malts followed by some hops, spices. Maybe a hint of caramel in the end. To be honest the smell isn't very strong on this one.
Taste: Definitely don't taste the alcohol on this, You get more of the spices, hops and malts over everything. Hints of bread also in the end for the after taste.
Feel: Not too carbonated, medium bodied.
Overall: This seems like they didn't go above and beyond to make this the best winter lager. I like it, but I couldn't love it because the flavor seems a bit simple and dies off quick. It's an interesting experience if you haven't tried it before but don't expect this to be a knock out of the park beer.
Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
Look: Dark brown, 1 finger head

Smell: Malt and hops. Not a lot from the smell.

Taste: Malt. Malt. And then nothing. Not that great to be honest

Feel: Lingers a bit too long

Overall: Not great. Maybe I don’t like the style, I don’t know. Was expecting more
Nov 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Nov 06, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
From the neck of the bottle: "APR 2023 P 290 2 6902 66W"

Appearance: The body is a beautiful mahogany and dark brown tea color. The beer has excellent clarity which is like looking through dark glass. The head is somewhat rocky and somewhat creamy textured, with an off-white tobacco stained color. It has pretty good retention and fades out to a creamy short cap. It leaves thin tapered sheets of bubbles on the glass which look nice.

Aroma: There are wonderful notes of black tea on the aroma with a pleasant and light caramel scent. It has a slightly earthy quality. The aroma as a whole is pretty soft but what is present is good enough that it surpasses the importance of aromatic strength in the beer.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of a juniper berry flavor, mixed with toasted bread and a touch of caramel. Towards the middle of the mouth it has notes of honey and almonds. The beer continues the nutty character to the back of the mouth and into the aftertaste. There is this odd juniper berry character that keeps popping up, especially in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lower edge of medium. The beer has a light bitterness which tastes a bit like the bitterness that would come from spices in a mulled wine where the spices were burnt on the bottom of the pan. The body of the beer feels fine but the bitterness feels a bit off.

Overall: This is a really strange beer. The base beer tastes excellent; there are plenty of nutty flavors with wonderful notes of caramel and toasted bread. The honey character also is very nice. The beer smells excellent as well. Where the beer takes a bit of an odd turn is that it also has some strange flavors and bitterness. The label on the back of the bottle says "CINNAMON, GINGER, AND ORANGE PEEL" although none of these ever come through in the beer at all. It never tastes or smells like a spiced beer. Still, the beer as a whole tastes good enough that I would buy a six-pack of it. I would recommend it to those looking for a quality malty lager, but not to those looking for a spiced holiday beer.
Oct 30, 2022
 
 
 
Rated: 2 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.36 by McAfee85 from Kansas

Jun 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.65 by gardner254 from Ohio

May 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Apr 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Mar 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Mar 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Squire from Mississippi

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear, bright, deep amber gold color with good off white cap and lacing .

Aroma of sweet malt with some hop sharpness.

Taste on entry is an even balance between malt richness and hop bitterness. I suppose some roasted or caramel malts were used to produce the deep rich color but I don't detect an edge of bitterness that I sometimes get with roasted malt. just good tasting stuff here and lots of it.

A Medium full texture with balancing carbonation

A will balanced beer that manages to be rich without being sweet, I could drink these all day without suffering any palate weariness.
Feb 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by jft944 from Tennessee

Jan 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by cmsfish from Minnesota

Jan 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.91 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana

Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.64 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Like a milder version of their Boston Lager with a much more appealing look to it. It was actually quite welcomed. I’m glad I still have another one to partake.
Jan 23, 2022
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 140 ratings