jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A little too sweet for a winter brew but the initial taste is pleasing.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin head. Dark amber colored--with light hop aroma.
I would not call this a weizenbock by any strecth of the
imagination. However, compared to a couple of recent
winter beers that I have had, this is pretty decent. I
think that it is above average but nothing more.
Scooby (50) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A great beer to drink in the cold months. It doesn’t compare to some of the best beers out there but I would drink it over most common beers.
joet (2042) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A dark amber liquid bubbles up long armed arabesques, fresh malt aromas blend with soft herbal hops. Fizzing, damp malt, thin, detectable hopping (more mud than earthy) and alcohol. Not a bad delivery medium for alcohol, but my compliments will cease there. This is neither robust nor full flavored.
Nonians99 (8) - hingham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2002 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really a good winter beer
I look forward to one after being out in the cold
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
No aroma really.
A bit of maltiness that quickly disappears.
Decent creamy, white head.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have not had a Sam Adams brew since Fall of ’97. As a matter of fact, the winter lager was the last Sam’s brew I had, and I remember it as being my favorite Sam’s brew. I bought a single to rate, so here goes. It pours a nice deep amber color with a small head that rapidly dissipates. Not much aroma, but what is there is malty. Nice and malty sweet, with no hint of hops. It says it is brewed with holiday spices, but I do not detect any. Even so, the beer is smooth and highly drinkable with a nice, long malty finish. Very good.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quickly disappearing head. Dark amber color. Malty (caramel) aroma with a twang of hops. Sweet start bitter aftertaste, notes of licorice, roasted malt and alcohol. Nutmeg (or whatever the holiday spice is (need to learn my damn spices)) really starts to come out as beer warms. Decent stuff
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red copper color, spicy malty taste, finish lingers.
madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Colour is amber/cobber. Decent head. Aroma is caramel and some other sweet spices. Flavour is well balanced. NOtes of caramel/chocolate, slightly alcaholic and a very good bitterness in the end. I like this beer.