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RATINGS: 2627   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2002
It’s very cold on this May day in Northern Michigan, to the point that the thought of this beer sounded good. But. Alternating busy, garish tones of vanilla, licorice and spices in a muddied, sweetish malty body. Nothing much to suggest that it is a wheat beer; unlike Moonglow or Aventinus this one just seems like a spiced, artifice driven bock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2003 Not so bad, not too complex, and its hard to belive that its a weizenbock. Not really a good example of the style i suppose, but not too bad a beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4769) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2003 Bottled, 2001-2. Quite possible I had a stale bottle of this, as the whole thing seemed rather flat and old. I got some interesting spiciness: maybe a hint of currants, cardamom and nutmeg; and an ok level of maltiness; but little hop presence and a stale old leftover feel all the way through. Not one of Sammy's best.

Rerate: my 2nd bottle is significantly better, though still not great. I don't get a lot of spice here, but the bocky malt is pretty decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2002
Pretty good bock. Typical winter beer. Too weak for me though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2002
I don’t really care for this beer. It’s supposedly a weizenbock, but it tastes more like a dunkel lager. Nothing in it really appeals to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2002
No aroma really. A bit of maltiness that quickly disappears. Decent creamy, white head. Typical.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Tap. Dark amber color with a fair head. How could they ruin a style I like. Rather weak and not flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
Amber with lasting creamy off white head.Small intense bead.Good malt nose.Taste starts ok but turns slightly antiseptic at the end.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2002
A decent American lager with a surprisingly high alcohol content. This was served WAY too cold at Wise Fools Pub in Chicago. It’s rich nutty flavor and hints of wheat showed their faces at the end of the pint (as it warmed).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Another pretty decent selection from Sam Adams. . .doesn't have the great weizen bock flavours of sweet nuts, cloves and bananas, but it quite a bit more interesting that othe macro swills. . .light red brown, some floral hops in the nose. . .slightly interesting malty flavour, I would drink another.

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