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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 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2001
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2001
Nice dark amber color - slightly malty & sweet with some mild spicyness. Not a bad offering on a cold night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
canary dog (649) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 18, 2001
Dark amber body supports decent head. Manageable maltiness is good, but not overdone. Cannot detect any specific spices as label claims.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2001
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2001
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2001
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2001
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimmylib (169) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2001

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tourette (207) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2001
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!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2001
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.

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