chickenflea (309) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. It pours a deep copper red with a thin head. It looks very inviting with a rich red color. The smell is malty with a hint of caramel and alcohol. Subtle floral hop aroma present, but the smell is predominantly malt. It isn’t super fragrant. The spices show up in the flavor. There is a small dicetyl taste here as well. Overall it tastes very much like a pumpkin beer. The cinnamon is pretty noticeable. The finish has a nice spicy bite, but there is a little metallic aftertaste that did not sit well with me. It is an interesting brew. I see why it is labelled as a vegetable beer due to its affinity ot pumpkin beer. It OK once of twice a year.
DavidWoodruff (382) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a light brown head. Aroma of malt, spice and vanilla. Malty sweet flavor with warm spice notes and lingering vanilla finish. Medium to full bodied. Well balanced. A nice but rather tame holiday beer.
Bricks (517) - Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of citrus, ginger... Tastes very spicy... good. Creamy, neutral mouthfeel. A great winter beer.
ESPh (8) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nicely, dark but not too thick with a good head. Slightly sweet and pleasant aroma. Good malt flavor with little bitterness. Carbonation is a little much. Overall very drinkable and a nice beer. For long this has been a favorite and I look forward to it every year.
TheBear11D (100) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Winter Lager pours a clear copperish amber color with an off-white head that lasted a bit and leaves little lacing. The aroma is fairly sweet, although I cannot distinguish, but there is also some spices present. The flavor leads with a hint of spice with ginger and cinnamon with toffee and orange also present. Overall this is a decent brew although it won’t blow you away.
orlando15767 (5) - - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great on tap, just ok in bottle
Nice color in the glass, good aroma, good general December draft beer to enjoy with friends
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Zarkam (200) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle, clear slightly reddish brown colour, small frothy mostly diminishing off-white head, average lacing. Heavily malty and somewhat spicy aroma of caramel, chocolate and nuts, moderate herbal hops. Taste is initially slightly sweet and acidic turning into a moderately bitter finish with a slightly alcoholic feel. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Fairly pleasant amber lager, not very distinctly spicy though. Not sure if that’s a bad thing necessarily.
torontojay (23) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok on tap, but nothing special for the style. Nicely balanced flavour bur not exceptional. Another good Sam Adams but not their best.
jcnielsen (1312) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours a brown color with white head. Malty sweet aromas with hints of spices. Cinnamon, spices, malty sweet flavors. Not very much going on with this beer. I won’t bother getting this one again.
klaing (66) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavier body than the regular Sam. Little sweeter. Little bit of vanilla on the aftertaste. Not much going on though.
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Vighals (406) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Klar rødbrun med høyt beige skum. Malt karamell. Medium bitter, medium kullsyre. Kort bitter ettersmak