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RATINGS: 2573   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Sam Adams Holiday Sampler case is a wonderful variety! Enjoyable, with a malty tone that accompanies an impressive golden color and smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Nice looking beer. Good head and lacing. A decent offering from this "macro micro." Relatively high ABV, especially for a lager, and well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 20, 2004
This hearty beer was burgundy in color and had hints of caramel and vanilla. This beer leaves a warm feeling when finished.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Patik (11) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Great beer. Wonderful aroma, great taste with a bit of hops and a good aftertaste. The color is a somewhat dark reddish brown. Overall this is a great tasting beer, always leaving you wanting another,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Dark red color with an off-white craggy head that soon disappears. The nose is sweet with bananas, caramel, malt, possibly some vanilla scents. Sugary flavors are immediate but they quickly disipate. Malt and caramel take over to dominate. The finish is a subtle sting of bitterness. I could of had a few more of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
(draught) Tannish/caramel color under NO head. I thought this was a fluke so I sent it back and got it the next night at a different place, still the same. I'm sure this is a distributor problem, not the beer. Anyway, lots of subtle aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, spiced orange candy. Tastes quite sweet and malty, but bland otherwise and just okay. Not offensive or exciting, the Sam Adams trademark. Finishes warm with good alcohol kick that I liked.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
light brown looking brew with thin head. unusual malty, caramel, sugary flavor that tasted strong. unusual not so good aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Rich brown with a craggy head. Malt nose with a small amount of hops. Brown sugar dominates the flavor with vanilla but they are nicely balanced with hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Wheat shows up in the dense, lasting head and lace. Deep copper-brown color, slightly spicy aroma, a little stale. Doesn't have the complexities of a good weizenbock, hardly any wheaty spiciness, banana or clove character. Not overspiced. Sweetish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 On tap at Pickled Parrot on the last weekend they were open. The beer was deep amber red with a decent cream colored head and little lace. The aroma is a bit malty and lightly Weizen like. The flavor is nice and malty, but finishes very clean and refreshing with nice body. Overall, this is pretty good and a nice surprise.

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