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RATINGS: 2527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adamlau (76) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2001
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - NOV 25, 2001
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
plummdumb99 (34) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
My favorite of winter brews

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IL IPA Lover99 (69) - Monroe City, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2001
Really enjoyed this beer one of Sam Adams best brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2001
Rich caramel sweetness, but not too sweet (which I liked); nice amount of bitterness to complement. Glad to find this beer not overly spiced; just enough to satisfy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4370) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Wow, good beer. Garnet/tea color with light head. Nose reminds me of barleywine. Flavor is malty, slightly tart. Wide flavor profile for a ’commercial’ beer. Palate is just right, with some trailing tart aftertaste. I got 2 of these in the Winter Sampler, but I’m going back for more while they’re in season. 10/21/2010 - Nine years after I originally rated this beer, I think that my aggregate score would remain about the same. This is a good brew. Maybe the best generally-available winter seasonal in the US.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2001
A Dunkel style dark wheat lager with some spices in the finish. A good smooth malty beer, just like the style would suggest. A bit more copper in color than a regular Dunkel, but still very good - if a bit remisniscent of their regular lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2001
Ho-hum stuff. Has a metallic kind of malt body to it, and leaves a cloying, sweet/bitter taste on the palate that I didn’t care for at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2001
Simultaneously crisp and malty with a full body and spicy alcohol bite. Nice German hop bite amid some notes of orange. Nice tight head with creamy bubbles on a semi-clear body. A good weizenbock it’s not but it’s a solid winter seasonal, albeit mainstream.

   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.

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