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RATINGS: 2567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice. The first thing one notices about a Samuel Adams® Winter Lager is the deep ruby color. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The cinnamon, ginger, and hint of citrus from the orange peel blend with the roasty sweetness of the malts to deliver a warming, spicy flavor. On the palate Samuel Adams Winter Lager is rich and full bodied, robust and warming, a wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that come with the season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5311) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 I used to look forward to this one every year back in the 90’s. Now days I find it pleasant but no longer one I will seek out. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a medium brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is sweet, malty, and vaguely spicy. The flavor is sweet, minty and malty. Medium palate. Slightly sour on the aftertaste. Not a bad winter lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Let me say just what a treat it has been to find a Sam Adams Winter Sampler pack in May and it not be skunky. Dark brown brew with a foamy tan head. Malted wheat and fruit aromas. Bitter and wheat flavor. Full and warming palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Poured red/orange auburn color, malty aroma. Light on palate. Some fruit /sweetness in the taste almsot like cherries with a little hops near the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Hazy reddish brown color with a medium off white head. Honey and malt aroma. Nice sweet honey, malt, and floral flavors with a little hops bite in the finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 30, 2004
On Tap. Aroma was hard to pick up in the bar, not much there anyways. Looked good, amber, white head some lacing. Flavor was, in my opinion, kind of gross. Sweet malts and mild hops, but not much of either. The flavor that stuck out to me was like very old rubber that’s obtained that sickly sweet smell. Well designed, not a flavor I can tolerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
5.6% ABV
Beautiful amber color. Quite good, mainly characterized by the caramel, with a more clear hoppy note in the aroma and a bold final, but a bit too metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 24, 2004
This beer is very filling and has a good amount of alcohol in it. There's nothing to special about it, but nothing really that bad either. It's a decent beer with a smooth taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
Sam Adams trademark is making "safe" beers. This beer is just that, nothing that would knock you off your feet but good. Pours heavy with rich looking body to match. Strong aroma of rich malts (carmel like taste) hops finish this above avg beer off with a nice bold taste. Only able to drink 2 becomes somewhat rich.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bassy15 (60) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 I look forward to winter time because of this beer. Nice holding head, dark copper look. Milk caramel palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3459) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 This beer used to be a favorite of mine, but that was 12 years ago. The crispness it used to have has been replaced by an almost cloying sweetness, and it lacks the almost roasted note of so many years ago. In any case, present day version, medium reddish copper, OK head. Little aroma, vaguely sweetish. Flavor is toffee and molasses oriented. I simply can’t pick out the wheat in this weizen, and it has no apparent esters. This beer now just makes me sort of sad. RERATE - no change in December of 2013.

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