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RATINGS: 2651   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Slightly spicy and light, this one is just pretty good. It fails to become spectacular, but it will do.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Served on tap. Clear, deep amber color. Medium bodied. Light malty sweetness. Light alcohol notes. Light bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2573) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear, deep amber color. Medium bodied. Floral nose. Light-medium carbonation. Starts prickly and malty with a little hops, mellow finish. More flavor as it warms. Much better than their regular lager. 83 for a 12oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
bark (255) - Linkping, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle. 5.6% abv The colour is clear medium-dark brown-red. The finger thick pale brown foam got quite large bubbles.

The smell is sweet with lots of aroma and bitter hops. I found notes of carrots, diacetyl, white bread and a touch of gravy. Fresh!

The carbonation is very strong with lots of big bubbles. It is almost too strong.

The taste is powerful with a complex blend of sweetness/bread from the malt and an evolving bitterness from the hops. It all starts with a gentle note of cream toffee that is replaced by a complex bitterness combined with a generous body from the malt. It al finishes with a dry, severe bitterness with hints of spices (cinnamon? cloves?) and some alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter with an almost flowery palette from all that hops.

A really well crafted dark lager beer with a perfect taste for those grim winter days. I approve!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbk, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2004
Chestnut color with a beige head. The taste is sweet light wheaty malts. Light alcohol notes. Light bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Mahogany with a creamy long lasting head. Aroma of malt and vague spices. Flavor of sweet malt with a metallic finish. Light bodied for a bock of any kind. Not a bad beer,great appearance, but far short of any of the classic German weizen bocks such as Aventinus. I just picked up a Hopf weizen bock and am interested in the how they compare.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2004
"a dark wheat lager"?..?.. doesnt seem to fit either of those three descriptions. still not bad. its somewhat unique with muted bitterness and a subtle spiciness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Dark amber color with a half inch continous head. Highly carbonated and very clear. Sweet toffee malt aroma with a slight flowery background. Really not very strong in the aroma department. Moderate mouthfeel. Toffee malt flavors with subdued spices in the distant background. Has a little fruitiness that I dont quite know where it comes from in a lager. Carbonation wanes quickly and beer drinks easily. I dont know if its to "style", but I like this beer and have no problem with buying it again. BBC deserves a little more credit, IMO.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSully316 (5) - West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2004 does not count
one of the best sam adams beers, real good for a few on a winters night, overall very solid like sams octoberfest

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 I had this a couple of years ago. Not bad at all. Aventinus is in the same category and simply blows this beer out of the water. What is up with this beer anyway? It tastes more like an IPA to me then a Weizenbock. Try the Aventinus against this. If this were an IPA I would like it better.


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