RATINGS: 2638   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Ruby red, beige head. Sweetish complex aroma and flavour. Red fruits. Cinnamon? Some kind of underlying sourness. Overall pretty average stuff, sorry folks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WileCoyote (9) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2004 does not count
A very nice session beer for winter. Ive tasted this beer every year, but have not yet tasted it for 2004. I did note on Sam Adams website that the abv has been brought down to 5.8%. I hope that this will not lighten up on its flavor this year. I will just have to wait and see. For the best tasting weizenbocks, I would strongly suggest Schneider Aventinus or the Victory Moonglow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 One of a sampler pack that had been aged about 4 years. Complex flavor enhanced by aging. ...... 12/8/2004 rerate. I got a fresh Holiday Classics sampler 12-pack at the local bottle shop and had a second go at this with a lot less to cheer about than the first time. Evidently the aging made all the difference. Nowhere near as pleasant or interesting fresh. Now Im remembering why I dont care for bocks. The bottle shop now has 6-packs of this, but Im not buying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Forgot about this one, an old favorite. Tastes rich, and warms your breath on a frozen Northern night. Dark and slightly smoky, if I recall. The hops represent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2004
This is a nice winter beer. A dark beer with a spicy, malty flavor. Some might find the faintest hint of smoke at the end. A good beer on a cold evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottled. Dark wheat beer with winter spices (cinnamon, ginger and orange peel) - sounds delicious. The beer itself is full-bodied with long coffee aftertaste. I couldnt "catch" any traces of spices or wheat in the palate, unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1195) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 26, 2004
Rich, warm beer. This will keep you warm in the winter -- a nice offering, if not terribly noteworthy -- from sam adams. Another fine drinkable beer from them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2004
nice aroma. good beer for sam adams. i thought i tasted some hops. nice flavoring, not fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoosierDadday (13) - USA - JUL 14, 2004
A very tasty beer, full of flavor. Beer is a reddish-brown and smells almost as good as it tastes. Overall this lager is a good decision.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Pours out a lovely ruby red color, with a nice, lasting tannish head. Aroma is delightful, with loads of spices, very sweet, and dark, lush with dark fruits, plums, grapes. A rich cornucopia of fruits and spice. On the palate, we feel a warm rush of hops, and the thick, luscious malt shows up immediately. Very pleasant recurring finish, notes of fruit, spice, and nuts return again and again. A little thin in body, but then, its plenty full for a lager.

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