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RATINGS: 2628   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 Weizen bock? Didn't seem like it. A little Bock-ish, but it's filtered, making it crystal clear. I had no idea this was a weizenbock when I drank it. Overall not bad, but as with other Sam Adams I've had, nothing stands out, so it's unimpressive. Very clean and malty though, like a bock. Smells better than it tastes. Re-rate 1/7/04: Initially sweet and wheat, no yeast notes, very weak finish. Beautiful to look at though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Slight fruit nose with plenty of spice. Goes down well on a cool evening. The hops is there but hardly overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Copper body, creamy head. pleasant cranberry nose with spices and malts. Lots of stuff going on there. Plenty of barley & decent malt backup. A remarkable aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
This is my favorite from the winter sampler. It is the kind of quality that I would hope to get the Boston Beer Company. Good flavor, not too hoppy, but they are noticed, and the aroma is pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Quite dark in color, aroma is malty, pleasant hints of spice/fruit. Flavor is also pleasant and fairly well balanced, however does not inspire or approach Victory’s effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Good beer. Nice spicy aroma, disapponintingly small head though. Nice balance of bitter with the sweet, not much wheat flavor, could use more to my taste. Nice winter brew, one of the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2002
One of Sammy’s best beers. Malty, spucey aroma. Sweet without being syruppy, as may beers of this style can be. Well balanced. Must be a very small percentage of wheat, to be nearly impercievable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Re-rate, draught, poured a nice amber color with a thin white head aroma was malty and sweet with nutmeg and hops. Inital taste was good hitting the nutmeg and malt notes from the aroma. Aftertaste was kind of sour/ranicd. Very disappointing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Malty and sweet, but could be thicker. This is still a macrobrewed beer. Decent flavor, but can’t compete with its microbrewed cousins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Beautiful warm, roasty brown color with light airy head. Enticing nutty aroma. Excellent spicy, roast-malt flavorings.

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