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RATINGS: 2624   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2003
good dark bock and it was strong and smoothj with a great colour and flovur that was strong yes soft nicve head ans such

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6478) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2003
Bottled. Dark amber with a yellow-ish head. Aroma from toffee and hop. Rather dry palate and some alcohol-feel. A fine, bitter flavour with hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Amber beer with a bubbly off white head. Smells like malt, hops, banana peel. The bitterness is quite evident in both the smell and the flavor. Has a dirtiness to the flavor & a bite that gets you in the nostrils. OK, but nothing really spectaculat here. Slightest citrus spice flavor as it warms. Leaves the mouth tasting like apple peel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
2003 release. Dark reddish brown color, with a decreasing head. Faint aroma of malts and hops. Dissapointed this beer has been much better in the past. Lacks in full-bodied flavor and texture. Seems to me it's just a step above a regular lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1104) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Orange, citrusy aroma.. perhaps a bit of lemon. Pours dark brown with a decent head, which recedes quickly. Mouthfeel average I guess. More wheaty than fruity/spicy. I could easily detect a pretty decent alcohol content. Overall I think this beer is actually well suited towards winter. A bit heavy on the malty side, but overall a pretty good blend of flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2003
Dark red-brown colour, nice fluffy head. Hoppy aroma with some maltiness. Weak notes of gingerbread. Malty and lightly spicy flavour. Mot much hops in here. Finishes a bit watery and malty. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Hop and malt aroma with a mild hint of spice. Red amber color with a nice off white head and light lacing. Malt, spice, and mild bitterness. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Draft, Dec 04 This seasonal is a bit more widely available in Chicago this year; I had this at the Cheeseburger in Paradise, Downers Grove, where, WARNING: they serve drafts in an inced-over mug. Still, the cold brings out a bit of spiceniess, probably from the hop bill. Good doughy, deep, dark roast malts amid the floating chunks of ice. My impression of this is much improved from last year.
Draft, Nov 03 Good half-inch head over a coppery body. But not a lot of smell. Maltiness is pleasant without having too much actual taste, though, just a little bit crystal. I had not pegged this for a wheat. Couldn't peg any kind of hop profile. Leaves a decent enough malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Sparkling clear, copper-colored beer. Very small, creamy, off-white head. Unlike every other facet of this brew, the aroma is fairly nondememo and weak. Malty flavor. Well-balanced. Medium to full-bodied with a nice, oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Crisp, clean, dry finish with some final notes of caramel. Great beer for die-hard maltheads!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 This one used to be called winter brew or somthin'.It had a unique and spicy character and I swore it used to be bottle conditioned.Or was I dreaming of another beer?I do enjoy this very much.Kinda spicy.Nice signature Sam adams taste which I do enjoy.I just wish this wasn't considered a weizen bock.

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