raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really enjoyed this one. On the sweet side with a great flavor and nice after taste. I had it on tap though, which I normally enjoy much more than bottled. Next to Sam Adams Oktoberfest, this is probably the best Sam Adams that I've tried so far.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear brown, off white head. aroma of malt, burnt sugar and subdued spice. toffee, bready malt, and mild banana flavours. not bad.
ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very enjoyable winter brew with a beautiful clear reddish brown color. Flavor abounds this beer. NOt overly bitter, with jus the right balance of malt. I like this beer. Try with a nice large plate of spicy nachos.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich deep brown color. Small head. Slightly hoppy, with hints of nutmeg. Mildly sweet, some bite.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has been my favorite beer all winter. Every bottle makes me love it more...nice overall taste with the hints of spices that warm you through the winter...Perfect on a cold day or night or really anytime. One of my favorites!!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very sweet and full bodied. About as drinkable as SA Lager. Not too bad for being mass produced and widely available. I doubt I'll try it again though.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruit, with a hint of spice in the nose, reddish, with a small toffee head. Malt, caramel flavours, touch of cinnamon, and very mild pepper. Smooth body, dry spicey finish. A tasty lager, but not a Weizen Bock.
Ron (2312) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 This dark full bodied brew poured a decent head with staying power. The malt and spices gave it a decent flavor, but overly hoppy finish. 11/25/06 Had again at the Distillery and enjoyed it more and I’m upping the rating a few points. On tap the finish was less hoppy and smoother.
GregClow (2805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish amber with a nice white head. Aroma holds light malt and a touch of peppery spice, but not as much as I'd expected. Flavour is also blander than I'd expected, holding little of the spices that are promised as ingredients, with only a hint of the orange peel combining with the mild malt body. A hint of hoppiness comes on in the finish, but disappears before making a strong appearance.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber w/ decent head. Some spice in the nose (ginger, cinnamon) though not overly aromatic. Medium feel but became a little cloying. Spices didn't really come through in the flavour except for perhaps the orange peel. They seemed, however, to mute the bitterness of the hops.