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RATINGS: 2593   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Sam sucked me in again. Every time I have a Sam Adams beer, I end up sorely disappointed. Usually I like winter/spicy beers. So after reading the label I thought maybe this will be the good Sam.... Nope. Orange-brown color looks like what comes out of the water tap after the F.D. has flushed the hydrants. I have a sneaking suspicion that the flavor is pretty close, too. No hint of spice. Just a quick metallic taste and then its all gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
This is a big beefy beer! Definitely something you would want to drink while eating a huge steak at Outback or something like that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 This stuff pours a bland and headless orange. The nose is nice w/ a touch of spice but the flavor is sort of thin and metallic. It’s not off-putting but neither is it appealing. Carbonation is a bit overbearing and overall this is decent enough but just not that well thought out. It works neither as a spiced winter warmer nor as a drinkable lager.

Jan 2003: Beautiful in appearance, but I could care less once tasting it. The orange brown looks more autumn than winter to me. Malts prevail throughout. I always hope for some spices in a winter brew but there’s not a hint here. 3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
The best normal beer from Sam Dams that you can get on tap at a chain resturant, pretty dark in color, has a nice dry taste and a little bite. Better than regular Sam Adams Lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Now I tried this last night, and was sober at the time...but I don't really remember much except that it smelled cider-y and wasn't strong enough to be a "warming drink". It was fruity but not overly so and stained my shower mat quite adequately (don't ask).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
very pretty amber pour. not as spicy as i had been led to believe, more bitter and hoppy really. not a bad offering from the folks in boston.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2003
OK, now this is something to begin to turn novices onto, because the sweet, bitter, minty, floral components are all separable. I don't know a lot about weizenbocks, and I haven't had a whole lot of Sam Adams, but this is the best I've had (and I'm not even a big fan of the style!). Aroma is nice, flavor has a bit more sour bits than necessary?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Nothing wrong with this. It's a nice Winter considering it's from Sam Adams. Had worse had better. Nothing wrong with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Pours in dark amber in color with strong malty aroma. Slight bitter this one sticks out for its malts. This truly is a nice winter warmer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Another pretty decent selection from Sam Adams. . .doesn't have the great weizen bock flavours of sweet nuts, cloves and bananas, but it quite a bit more interesting that othe macro swills. . .light red brown, some floral hops in the nose. . .slightly interesting malty flavour, I would drink another.

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