Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Winter LagerSamuel Adams Winter Lager
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Style:
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #63
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,637
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 9.97%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
66
From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
84
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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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PeterBA from District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Riff from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -10%
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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biteme398 from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nov 01, 2021
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blissfulNemo from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 16, 2021
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hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nov 06, 2021
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 27, 2021
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doctorgary from New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nov 19, 2021
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Jeez from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had both the new version of the Winter Lager with the gold label and the old version with the green label. I'll just consider the gold label for this review/rating. It pours clear red amber with a lasting white head. I get some bread and a bit of orange on the nose. Nothing too enticing. The taste is also mild: bread (not dark or rich) and caramel malt. The only orange and ginger I get is on the burp. The hops come through more than I was expecting, especially in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth with a slightly dry finish.

It's fine, but Sam Adams has better winter offerings.

Yesterday at 03:53 AM
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robebo44 from Virginia

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

Feb 13, 2021
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me of a winter warmer. Definitely a cross between a Bock and a warmer. Really refreshing without being too heavy. Good seasonal beer.

Nov 26, 2021
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norinco from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 18, 2021
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Tiernan from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 08, 2021
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Beer_Economicus from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tonight is a new to me beer

Sam Adams – Winter Lager

5.6% ABV

The beer is listed as a “winter lager” on the bottle, and “Bock – traditional” on BA.

The beer was removed from a 45ish degree temp fridge after having been refrigerated for approximately 1 month. Beer poured into nonic pint.

First Impression: Perhaps thin, and opaque. 3.75

Appearance: Light brown/amber; light for a bock. Nice head at start, but recedes quickly. 3.5

Smell: Not a lot of anything, but I am getting some cola with a twist of lemon. 3.5

Taste: Thankfully taste does not follow the nose. Taste is full of typical bock flavors, just a ‘light’ version, so to speak. Lots of roasted malt, chocolatey and (weak) caramel flavors. Not very bready. Not very malty, surprisingly. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Thin; thinner than an Oktoberfest, but not watery-thin. 3.5

Overall: This isn’t an unenjoyable beer. If I was given this, I’d gladly drink it and have another. It’s enjoyable. Is it a good beer? Don’t know I’d go that far. Would I buy a 6 pack? Not a chance. Would I buy 1-3 in a 4 month time span? Maybe. 1 for sure. 2-3? Maybe. 3.75

BA Review Score: 3.65

Yesterday at 04:47 AM
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officerbill from New York

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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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OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 25, 2021
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Kiiz

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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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foundersasap from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nov 20, 2021
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 03, 2021
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Old Chicago.

Pours a clear amber with a good head of foam, good lacing.

Smell is light caramel, light spice, some bread.

The taste is very crisp. Caramel, some bread and light spices, low level of bitterness. Very easy drinking and it has a good mouthfeel.

I'll drink this again.

Thursday at 10:23 PM
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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
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heerboth from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 13, 2021
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Curt3 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wednesday at 11:46 PM
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mpenske from California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 16, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle, from the Holiday 12pk.

Clear deep amber, with slight reddish tint. About one finger of tan head, that leaves a thin ring and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is toffee, light toasted nuts, some bready malt, and a bit of spiciness after the head dies down.

Taste is molasses, a vague nuttiness, some brown bread crust , a hint of clove and allspice, finishing with some noble hop-type spiciness (coriander+black pepper[& ginger?]). Light bitterness, that lingers. I don't get any orange peel, but there is a light tang as it warms, as from rye bread crust, so that's probably the orange peel.

Feel is medium, with moderate, fine carbonation, that has a sharp bite, without being "prickly" , or burning. Drying finish that lingers after.

Overall , pleasant, and easy-drinking. Might have to get a 6pk or two. Best thing I've had from SA in a long time. Glad they revised this one.

Friday at 11:46 PM
Samuel Adams Winter Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 66 ratings