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RATINGS: 2628   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 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 (3009) - 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 (10645) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2003
A winter beer that was brewed to be easily drinkable, if you ask me. Smell was a little disappointing (almost non-existant), but the flavor was good. Could have been a little more assertive, but good malty sweetness, and light spiciness (not overdone). Decent hop presence too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Medium amber color with a decent head. Aroma is fair and taste is good. A great option for when you don't want to drop $3.50 on a premium beer but can't face Miller or Bud

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Brownish, good head n' lace; aroma is cinnamon and oranges. Slightly spicy flavor, with traces of coffee and roasted grain, earthy malt and sweet, finishing dry. As you near the bottom of the glass a hint of diacetyl appears. Nice and satiating, but drink fresh as possible, I see this stuff as being fairly fragile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Pours a nice dark amber color with nice head and excellent lacing. Aroma is lighty spicy but moderately hoppy with a fruity end. The flavor is very balanced with a light spicy end. This wasn't a bad beer, sam adams has some pretty good offerings for macro.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2003
deep amber with a small off-white head which disappears rather quickly, mild sweet malt aroma. medium bodied and fairly malty with slight amount of fruit in the finish, but no spiciness was detected. A very average beer, that's better than the masses, but no really worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Super coppery color thats pretty deep and glowing, thin ivory head that fades fast, lace minimal but sticking in thin ink blot patches. Smell is more sweet then spicy, the spice seems citric like cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with pepper and orange peels, malty sweetness subdued overall with a burnt-like caramel. Not all that strong but interesting. Taste is all over the place, layers of different spicyness, including dried peppers, cinnamon, curried apples, orange peels, did someone mix the fruit salad with the salsa? Some malty sweetness of caramel lingers in the back trying desparately to keep things in check but lets go in quite a few areas. A mild but wild ride, nothing really stands out or is overwhelming. Feel is lighter then medium with a texture that didn't fit in the carbonation for me. Seems creamy, but the smoothness is all but lost due to the carb bite it tends to have mixed with the spices. Not something I'd have again really, but wouldn't turn it down if offered. Subtle but complex, but maybe trying a little to hard to stand out.

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