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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
This is one of the better winter beers I've had. Aromas of fruits and nuts; flavorwise, spices are very apparent, but balance out nicely to leave a nice not-too-bitter and crisp finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AnotherRound (1) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2004 does not count
This beer totally blew me away! I have drank Sam Adams for many years and don't usually like it when they try changing things up, but this was sensational! An excellent tasting beer that goes down very smooth with a very enriching quality.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Nice foamy tan head on a clear amber reddish body. Nose is weak, I only sense a litte malt. Is is quite flavorfull with notes of roasted malt, nutmeg, pepper and caramel with a nice alcohol bite to the finish. Smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 This has a nice palate with festive spices. It was enjoyable but I probably would not buy it but like maybe once a year if that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Sam Adams Holiday Sampler case is a wonderful variety! Enjoyable, with a malty tone that accompanies an impressive golden color and smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Nice looking beer. Good head and lacing. A decent offering from this "macro micro." Relatively high ABV, especially for a lager, and well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 20, 2004
This hearty beer was burgundy in color and had hints of caramel and vanilla. This beer leaves a warm feeling when finished.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Patik (11) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Great beer. Wonderful aroma, great taste with a bit of hops and a good aftertaste. The color is a somewhat dark reddish brown. Overall this is a great tasting beer, always leaving you wanting another,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Dark red color with an off-white craggy head that soon disappears. The nose is sweet with bananas, caramel, malt, possibly some vanilla scents. Sugary flavors are immediate but they quickly disipate. Malt and caramel take over to dominate. The finish is a subtle sting of bitterness. I could of had a few more of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
(draught) Tannish/caramel color under NO head. I thought this was a fluke so I sent it back and got it the next night at a different place, still the same. I'm sure this is a distributor problem, not the beer. Anyway, lots of subtle aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, spiced orange candy. Tastes quite sweet and malty, but bland otherwise and just okay. Not offensive or exciting, the Sam Adams trademark. Finishes warm with good alcohol kick that I liked.

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