Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2001
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I am still impressed that this brand is actually an American macrobrew. I dont usually buy their stuff, but it is a bit more distinctive than the rest of the crap this country puts out. It had a weird malt flavor to it and a bitter aftertaste that got on my nerves...nice head though...real creamy.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmmm... a fair attempt at a weizenbock, but this thing pales in comparison to Aventinus. This is more like a run of the mill dopplebock. A good malt punch evident in the nose with caramel, chocolate and a bit of roasted malt character in the flavor. Minimal earthy hop aromas and flavors to back up the fairly large malt profile. A darn good offering for the quintissential American ’macro craft’ brewer, but there are plenty better brews out there.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear,amber.Nice head. Earthy,hoppy aroma. Nice malt and caramel profile, good balance and smooth as hell.Orange like spices come out as beer warms a bit. Hoppy bitternes in the end to keep you interested in a not very ’interesting brew’ Sam Adams does make a damn good beer as compared to all the other wide distributed swill out there.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2001
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reminded me of the regular Boston Lager but a little more fuller flavored.
jpm8920 (152) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very very smooth lager and unique tasting.
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 This was really the first Winter Lager that I had ever had, and still ranks as one of my favorite. Rich, but not overwhelming. Malty, caramel, not very hopsy. My opinion is that Sam Adams brews are holding their own when compared with higher priced brews. A few years back I ran into a batch of this that I didn’t like. It had never happened before, nor has it happened since.
adamlau (76) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2001
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure why this ale rates so high. I thought the bittering was rough but noted the spiciness that others have commented on. Not good, but not bad.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - NOV 25, 2001
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with a thin, bone-white head. Zesty hops and (unfortunately) yeast nose. Slightly tangy and yeasty, with faint orange and caramel flavors with a nice balance between malt and hops. Mediocre, bitter finish leaves this better than most macro crap, but boring nonetheless.
plummdumb99 (34) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite of winter brews
IL IPA Lover99 (69) - Monroe City, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really enjoyed this beer one of Sam Adams best brews.