RATINGS: 2653   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Draft. Clear brown amber body. Malty caramel flavor with nutmeg/cinnamon spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit too tingly for me. A tastey and well-done bock.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2095) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Tried this from the bottle at Smokey Bones resturant outside of Albany NY. It was the only beer on the menu that I hadnt already tried. I was pretty dissapointed. It wasnt nearly as good as a regular Sam Adams Lager. For a winter beer, I definitly expected more alcohol and a whole lot more flavor. I will stick to winter ALE from now on, thanks.

RERATE: Dark amber color with a creamy white film on top with some nice lacing. Aroma is malty and a little smokey. Flavor is a little smokey with a long lasting finish. Better than I remember.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
riot8088 (3) - USA - DEC 26, 2004 does not count
One of my favorites. Compared to Yeungling on tap it comes out on top with a good margin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (24689) - Malm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2004
Bottle. Amber colour, the head disappears quickly. Malty aroma. Has a warming roasted malty taste. A nice beer for the winter sessions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2004
A cloudy pour with the colors of an acorn. The aroma hints boldly that winter is coming, with nutmeg and pumpkin. Medium-bodied and clearly wheaty, with some nice pear and peach flavors. Finish is abrupt and balanced between sweet and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Rating update, on tap. Clear amber in color with a creamy, milky tan head. Chocolate, caramel and copper pennies meet allspice and clover to spice the aroma, but theres a distinct corn adjunct characteristic protruding through the nose. Hints of gently crushed white pepper and white chocolate toffee nougats do little to segway into the flavor. Weak, watered down and astringent. Touch of liquid caramel and diluted brown sugar. Some aspects are akin to flavor sucked Tollhouse caramel cookie tubes. Aluminum reverence and pepper extract, if thats possible for the brewer, patriot. Nutmeg and golden raisins are enforced in the yeasty brown bread finish, though diluted with almond intonations. Without a doubt, the red headed stepchild of weizenbocks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Red in color with hints of brown and a well-sustained, off-white head. Aroma of subtle clove, a nice chocolate, and chicken bullion cubes. Flavor is sweet, carmelized, toasty, and subtle chocolate with a solid, medium body. Very pedestrian.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Sam Adams makes good reliable beers. This one is no exception. Its got a thin nose, a nice bitter mouth, and not much aftertaste. Sam Adams is, I believe, the gold standard for mass marketed beers in North America.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6124) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 Bottle. Pours deep bronze with a small tan head. Nose is nicely malted with some light spices and caramel. Also a hint cookies. Taste is malty and spicy with light fruit notes and whole grain breadiness. Body is medium with mild carbonation feel. Finish is spiced and malty but with some sweeter notes. Good beer!

****RE-RATE**** Bottle. Copper pour with a short tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, big caramel notes, soft spice and pleasant nutty notes. Taste is caramel, soft ginger, light cinnamon, sweet malt and nutty notes. Faint cocoa as well. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation and is slightly chewy. Ends with more caramel, sweet malt, soft spice, light ginger and nutty notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Nice cherry wood in color with a quickly diminishing head. Malted yeast in the nose and similar in taste. Mild. In offensive, but not outstanding.

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