RATINGS: 2658   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Pours a nice clear mahogany with a thick off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar and wheat. Taste has notes of caramel, toasty malts, molasses, dark fruits and toffee. Pretty sweet but not too sweet. I didnt detect any spiciness as mentioned in other reviews. Some light bitterness on the back end Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with lively carbonation. Good head retention. Overall, a solid brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Solid appearance,with a nice dark brown color, aroma was pretty average, nothing stood out. Taste was nice, a very sweet start that ended with a bit of bitterness, but nothing too negative. Thought I tasted a little bit of cherry in there. A little lighter on the body side than I expected from a Winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
Brown amber colour with rich, creamy head. Flowery toffee aroma. Sweet, medium boided. Fruity with notes of plums. Some bitterness. A nice tasty brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4397) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2004
A flavorful beer that could easily pass as an ale rather than a lager. This is because of the texture of the beer and for the dark color. I dont think I have tasted many lagers with this much body and such thick mouth feel. Its bitter with a hint of spiciness. Long malty finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Good taste, yet missing something on the full lager feel. Pretty bland start, intresting in the mouth, and a afterthought that lasts a little too long. Found my self grabbing snacks off the trays in order to get it off my palate. Okay, but i would stick with SAs other holiday specials, namely the porter!

   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 (2112) - 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 (25806) - 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.

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