GregClow (2849) - 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.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Plain and ordinary hops/malt balance, nothing notable. Amber red with lacing but thin off-white head. Medium watery body and medium carb. Good hoppiness and hit of caramel malts. Light sweet after and some sourness. Decent lager but hardly what I'd call a Weizen Bock.
ThomW (35) - USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better winter beers for the price. Good flavor and aroma.................
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Rich copper color with medium sized head. Malty aroma with other notes of pepper, malt and coriander. Winter spices are mellow and blend nicely with the maltiness. Not a bad X-mas brew.
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Hearty and the high alcohol was concealed very well. Expected more hops, but it was quite good; liked the wheaty maltiness.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sam sucked me in again. Every time I have a Sam Adams beer, I end up sorely disappointed. Usually I like winter/spicy beers. So after reading the label I thought maybe this will be the good Sam.... Nope.
Orange-brown color looks like what comes out of the water tap after the F.D. has flushed the hydrants. I have a sneaking suspicion that the flavor is pretty close, too. No hint of spice. Just a quick metallic taste and then its all gone.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a big beefy beer! Definitely something you would want to drink while eating a huge steak at Outback or something like that.
Frank (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 This stuff pours a bland and headless orange. The nose is nice w/ a touch of spice but the flavor is sort of thin and metallic. It’s not off-putting but neither is it appealing. Carbonation is a bit overbearing and overall this is decent enough but just not that well thought out. It works neither as a spiced winter warmer nor as a drinkable lager.
Jan 2003: Beautiful in appearance, but I could care less once tasting it. The orange brown looks more autumn than winter to me. Malts prevail throughout. I always hope for some spices in a winter brew but there’s not a hint here. 3.1
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The best normal beer from Sam Dams that you can get on tap at a chain resturant, pretty dark in color, has a nice dry taste and a little bite. Better than regular Sam Adams Lager.