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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Poured clear brown with gold highlights with a two finger off white head. It’s carbonation is lively. Nice touch of sweetness in the flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Not a bad beer, just not what I imagined a weizenbock to be. To me it tasted like a dry bock, not bad, just not as sweet as I would like. I think it would have been better to brew a guinine Bavarian Bock instead. A fine beer compared to most beers, but could be improved.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2002
I got absolutely no aroma at all from this beer, and the bar was not the least bit smoky. Dark with a touch of malt sweetness, but an adjucty charge halfway through the taste. I am not impressed in the least. Almost completely devoid of character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Decent colors, hints of yellow at the edge. Malt and mild spice flavors. Not great, with a bitter finish, but decent enough for a macro--if that’s what Sam Adams is regarded today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2003 Re-rate(8-2-03): Its been siting in the fridge for a while, I dont know if that has any effect but it tastes stornger of both malt and alcohol now and I like it even more. Originaly rated Dec 24, 2002: Dark brown color the aroma is malty with hints of spice, but quite weak. Not as spicy as most winters, somewhat sweet, but again not overdone like many winter brews. Slight malty flavor with a little bit of wheatieness. Nothing comes through too powerfully, but what it has it quite good. Has the usualy SA mild hoppy tinge and slightly creamy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 24, 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Dark chestnut color. Had a sweet, warm nutty taste throughout. Not really much bockness here, but a pleasant mildly sweet beer with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Orange-copper colour. Nice buttery malt aroma. After the aroma I expected a rich malty flavour, mais c’est tres sec. Medicinal, alcoholic flavour with a sweet candyish finish. Thinnish in body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Weizen bock? Man, these Sam Adams beers all taste the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beb5000 (23) - Avon, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Sam Adams should stop experimenting and just make their Boston Lager (well, maybe the IPA too). It seems every SA specialty is beer is a bit overboard. Too many spices, just too much going on with this beer for my senses.

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