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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2340) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle from the 12 pack Pours a slightly hazy brown amber color with a decent off white head that persists for a while leaving spotty lace on the sides. Aromas of cinnamon and citrus with a caramel brown sugary malt to back it up. The flavor is rich and dark sugary malts with a spicy citrusy bite to counter. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I’ve had this many times in the past and its never been my favorite, but today with a grilled cheese and some cracked pepper chips it just worked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuskirk (453) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2014
For a beer that uses Holiday spices, Winter Lager actually pulls it off pretty well. I’d usually pass off the use of ginger and cinnamon in a lager as a gimmick. In this case, though, it’s done with some skill. This lager is spicy and sweet, yet not so much that it becomes irritating. Not my thing, but overall, it works.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 6, 2014
The pour is into a pilsener glass and the appearance is somewhat a golden color yielding a somewhat rocky looking white foamy head that dies within a minute; lacing clings well; the smell has the bitter hops up front yet a dry muted sort of fruitiness comes through; light winter spices; the taste is sweet yet also kinda spicy; decent bitter yet spicy yet sweet aftertaste; dry bitter spicy finish; pretty good on the palate, sessionable enough to have with food and throughout my life has paired extremely well with any wintery food overall, no hate from me on Sam Adams Winter Lager, great stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shot (154) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Pours reddish brown with a rocky head that dissipates to a thin head. Aroma is malty brown sugar. No discernible hop presence. Flavors are brown sugar up front, muted tones of dried fruit, and a bit of apple and raisin in the finish with a slight hop bite. Light mouthfeel. This is a beer that offers smooth maltiness with very subtle flavors. Only slightly better than average. Not terribly exceptional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (310) - - JAN 5, 2014
Dark amber, clear, coarse, tall head. Medium -full body, very rich and flavorful, lively mouthfeel due to the carbonation, all comes together perfectly. Avg length, dry, clean, lager/like finish. Moderate bitterness, dry but this is somewhat disguised by the rich malty background. Delicious synthesis of lager and ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sinfull (852) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Brown/amber color with mid-sized off-white head, which quickly disappear. Aroma of malt and spices. Malty , caramel taste with spices and moderate hoppy bitterness in finish. Decent lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChiGuy68 (416) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Tasted from a 12oz bottle. It poured a dark amber with a quickly disapating head. Aroma of malt and spice. Taste of malt caramel and spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2014
A: medium brown, light tan head S: nutmeg, cinnamon T: bitter, spices M: light, slick, medium carbonation O: another decent Sam brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BryanOBryan (6) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2014 does not count
This beer is okay. It doesn’t really have a strong flavor or character. I expected more from this winter lager. I’d drink it again if it was given to me, but I wouldn’t buy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
woodychevy (384) - - JAN 2, 2014
The good folks at ratebeer have it about right with a 64 for this one. Sort of a strange brew- doesn’t really have that inner warming effect of a good smooth stout or even a porter for me. Pours a ruby/ amber color with almost no head retention. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Cinnamon and ginger come through as well as the malt. Decently balanced, pretty smooth. Just not my favorite combination of flavors. Had on tap at Rita’s in Folly Beach.

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