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RATINGS: 2627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Bottle at the Alehouse in Ft. Myers, FL. This beer when poured had a large sized creamy and smooth ivory head with fine-small sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was transparent and softly carbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was malty and also caramel. The flavor was malty and caramel with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with average amounts of lacing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Meets standard Sam Adams requirements for flavor, appearance and aroma. No sign of spices either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Beautiful dark red color with a difficult to discern aroma (weak maltiness?). Nice balance of malts and wheatiness in the flavor. One of Sam Adams' better beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Bottle: Retained it’s head pretty well, not watery like old fizzywig. Malty with notes of ginger or is it mint? Interesting but not spectacular. 3.3 Rerate Nov 2004: On tap very malty almost to the point of being syrupy. Maple notes and no hint of ginger this time.Tasted like an old ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Excellent, Earthy malty beer. Delicious, chewy character. I enjoyed this beer. Still made by a "big American brewery", but not bad at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
The best part of this beer is you can get it at many restraunts (in my area) that don't have a big variety. Sweet malt aroma, some fruit and spice, and just a hint of floral hop. Good initial malt flavors blended with spices that add to the sweetness. Fairly balanced with a slight bittering hop finish. I'll drink this beer again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 130. This bottled brew was sampled at the Ale House resturant in Fort Myers Florida. This brew poured a large head of fizzy foamy finely sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent softly carbonated brown colored body. The aroma was that of a mild malt and the mouthfeel was acidic metallic yet smooth with a mild hop bite. It had a medium strength brown malt flavor that I did not care for. There was something skunky about it that lingered in the finish and bothered me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2003
It's got a really great deep red color to it, but not much discernable in the aroma. Average flavor, decent palate. Not too dry. Served ice cold, which didn't hurt at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Nice dark red color. A little bit of caramel flavor and slightly floral aroma. Nothing extraordinary, but still fairly good. About as good as Sam Adams gets.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2003
12 oz bottle, weizen glass, 50 degrees F. Large, frothy, off-white head is slowly diminishing. The body is a deep ruby with light carbonation. Toasted hay, caramel malt (M); flowery hops (L); banana, apple, clove aromas. Lightly sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, sour finish. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: thin, limp, and lifeless for a weizenbock.

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