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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1665) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Very good winter brew.. It had some sweet hints like thier double. LIght on the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 Weizen bock? Didn't seem like it. A little Bock-ish, but it's filtered, making it crystal clear. I had no idea this was a weizenbock when I drank it. Overall not bad, but as with other Sam Adams I've had, nothing stands out, so it's unimpressive. Very clean and malty though, like a bock. Smells better than it tastes. Re-rate 1/7/04: Initially sweet and wheat, no yeast notes, very weak finish. Beautiful to look at though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Slight fruit nose with plenty of spice. Goes down well on a cool evening. The hops is there but hardly overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Copper body, creamy head. pleasant cranberry nose with spices and malts. Lots of stuff going on there. Plenty of barley & decent malt backup. A remarkable aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
This is my favorite from the winter sampler. It is the kind of quality that I would hope to get the Boston Beer Company. Good flavor, not too hoppy, but they are noticed, and the aroma is pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Quite dark in color, aroma is malty, pleasant hints of spice/fruit. Flavor is also pleasant and fairly well balanced, however does not inspire or approach Victory’s effort.

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