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RATINGS: 2534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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
jgb9348 (4853) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Nice dark golden brown colour...some spiceyness. A great lingering aftertaste that pairs well with a cold day. A good choice for a ’findable’ seasonal beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2003
like a dark burnt amber color with an almost yellow tinted tan line of froth...the aroma was subtly nutty..the flavor was extremely creamy..the mouthfeel thick..notes of candied walnuts & cherries..it actually tastes like winter..sweet yet not too sticky..creamy and full bodied, and some bitterness shines through too..quite impressive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 Call me crazy, but I like this way better than Aventinus. Heavier on the bock qualities than the wheat. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2003
A middling effort at best...have a Fezziwig instead.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
VTIrishman99 (64) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Why do so many people like this beer? I tried one in a bar one day after a few preferred beers, cleansed my palate with some snacks beforehand, and still didn’t think much of it. Expensive to boot... Incidentally, are we supposed to think that Sam Adams was some raging alcoholic or the like? Look at the label.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Rerate-12oz bottle at BW2: poured brown with a medium sized beige head. Light spice aroma, maybe a bit of ginger. Mild spice in the taste, again of ginger. Not as malty as I remember. Decent beer even if it has a short somewhat watery finish. Old rating: Decent malt flavor and a little spice coming through. Not bad at an airport. 5-3-6-3-12

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - JAN 5, 2003
nice color small roasted malt flavor no finnish just a beer nothing special

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - JAN 5, 2003
This was okay... I can’t really think of anything to say about it. Worth trying once. And only once.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Hmm, I seem to be in the minority here, but you can color me unimpressed. Why is it called a lager? I thought lagers had alcohol content of under 5%? This one you can taste the alcohol slightly. This beer MUST be served freezing cold to be enjoyed at all. Once the beer starts warming up, it becomes a challenge to finish. It becomes more bitter and flavorless. I recommend you take this beer out of the fridge and throw it in the freezer for about an hour before you consume. Or perhaps avoid buying it altogether. This beer is too bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2301) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 I really enjoyed this. Nice amber color, decent head. Not enough of an aroma about the only complaint. Nice palate and smooth clean finish. One of my favorite and the best Sam Adams I’ve had. On rerate, draft, this was enjoyable but just a bit above average

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