RATINGS: 2651   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Pours a crystal clear deep red color, with a tan head that lasts quite a while with good lacing. Aroma is a barely noticable sweet malty slightly nutty flavor. The taste is quite similar, very brief, not bad but I can barely taste it before it's gone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pike (6) - DL, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003 does not count
If this beer can't put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing can. It pours a nice nutty amber color with a rich, lasting head, and gives your nose a tangy, malty, somewhat spicy kick. Then it does the same thing to your taste buds with a bit more verve! The aftertaste is spicy-sweet with a tasteful touch of hop-dry that lasts just long enough to leave you wanting more! If you like beer (if you don't and you're on this website...just why are you here anyway!?) this should become a regular winter holiday treat!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2003
A decent beer. Aroma is of sweet malt and is quite plesant if a little light. Appearance is good as the dark amber clear beer is topped by a creamy sizable head. Flavor is mild and slightly sweet with a medium body. Some of the spiciness comes through but does not dominate the beer. Simply an accent and is additive in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Like many of th BBC offerings, I have noticed a decline in the flavor of this brew over the past three years. But its still pretty good -- very caramel sweet with a nice ruby red appearance and thick head. Aroma is spiced and sweet, and boy does this have a kick and half to it. Probably the best of the Seasonals, since Octoberfest fell off in my book. A beer to try every winter. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4921) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Bottle at the Alehouse in Ft. Myers, FL. This beer when poured had a large sized creamy and smooth ivory head with fine-small sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was transparent and softly carbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was malty and also caramel. The flavor was malty and caramel with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with average amounts of lacing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (2019) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Meets standard Sam Adams requirements for flavor, appearance and aroma. No sign of spices either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Beautiful dark red color with a difficult to discern aroma (weak maltiness?). Nice balance of malts and wheatiness in the flavor. One of Sam Adams' better beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Bottle: Retained its head pretty well, not watery like old fizzywig. Malty with notes of ginger or is it mint? Interesting but not spectacular. 3.3 Rerate Nov 2004: On tap very malty almost to the point of being syrupy. Maple notes and no hint of ginger this time.Tasted like an old ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Excellent, Earthy malty beer. Delicious, chewy character. I enjoyed this beer. Still made by a "big American brewery", but not bad at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
The best part of this beer is you can get it at many restraunts (in my area) that don't have a big variety. Sweet malt aroma, some fruit and spice, and just a hint of floral hop. Good initial malt flavors blended with spices that add to the sweetness. Fairly balanced with a slight bittering hop finish. I'll drink this beer again.

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