RATINGS: 2657   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 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 (6167) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Bottle. Malt aroma with nutmeg and orange rind. A very nice amber color with small head. Malt flavor with orange peel/cranberry - very mild hops. A decent enough beer - just not a great example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
On tap. Poured a medium to dark mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of light spices and sweet malts. Caramel. Lightly sweet. Creamy if somewhat of a thinner/watery body.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2595) - 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.

   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!

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