dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2001
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smelled decent, caramel malt odors and looked pretty nice. Then i drank it and just didnt taste good at all. Kinda weird taste, like dirt, and i have eaten dirt as a kid. Some caramel flavor. Just didnt care for it at all.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark amber color - slightly malty & sweet with some mild spicyness. Not a bad offering on a cold night.
canary dog (649) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 18, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber body supports decent head. Manageable maltiness is good, but not overdone. Cannot detect any specific spices as label claims.
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 Funny for a weizenbock: no phenols, no banana, no melanoidin, crystal clear. Lager or weizen yeast? Nevertheless, this ain't bad stuff. Moderate malt flavors and aromas greet you up front with a hint of caramel, plum, maybe bubblegum in trace amounts. Light spices trickle through, nutmeg or ginger. Balanced, with a medium finish. Residuals of spice and light hop bitterness. Acceptable amber color, but lacking a wheat beer head, instead rather thin fizzy and dissipating.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice warming beer with lots of malt, spice, and hops (in that order). Nice dark amber hue in the glass. Its a bit to strong for my palate, but other than that, its an excellent brew. On a side note...the 6-pack box I bought had Winter Lager on it with snowflakes (unlike the image shown) but the bottles had Winter Brew written on them...not Winter Lager. I just found that quite strange.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refreshing and pleasant, although it doesn’t offer the unique profile of a truly distinguished beer. Still nice to have in the refrigerator, and a perfect beer to offer or recommend to friends who are hesitant about stronger-flavored brews.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A really nice surprise, comfirming my opinion that Sam Adams is one of our National bests. A warming brew, Winter Lager has an inviting fagrance and wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Heavy maltiness and sustained flavor tinted with a near hidden spicyness.
Jimmylib (169) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
tourette (207) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2001
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fairly good beer. A bit more spicy and warm than their lager. If you want a real Holiday beer, go for the Anchor Christmas Ale though!
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2001
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
i’m not getting a sense of this beer being any different than this brewer’s normal lager offering. maybe less hoppy?
then again, i don’t have a sample of each in front of me...but still.
not bad, but fairly unremarkable.