RATINGS: 2653   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 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
thedm (5976) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 130. This bottled brew was sampled at the Ale House resturant in Fort Myers Florida. This brew poured a large head of fizzy foamy finely sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent softly carbonated brown colored body. The aroma was that of a mild malt and the mouthfeel was acidic metallic yet smooth with a mild hop bite. It had a medium strength brown malt flavor that I did not care for. There was something skunky about it that lingered in the finish and bothered me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2003
It's got a really great deep red color to it, but not much discernable in the aroma. Average flavor, decent palate. Not too dry. Served ice cold, which didn't hurt at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5327) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Nice dark red color. A little bit of caramel flavor and slightly floral aroma. Nothing extraordinary, but still fairly good. About as good as Sam Adams gets.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2003
12 oz bottle, weizen glass, 50 degrees F. Large, frothy, off-white head is slowly diminishing. The body is a deep ruby with light carbonation. Toasted hay, caramel malt (M); flowery hops (L); banana, apple, clove aromas. Lightly sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, sour finish. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: thin, limp, and lifeless for a weizenbock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Mahogany with a robust tan head. Spicy aroma. Sweet/spicy taste. Nothing remarkable about this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Dark amber color. Fruity, malt aroma. Malty, cereal flavors. Nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bhindbluis (17) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2003
I really enjoyed this beer. it had a dark rich color. Good flavor and easy going down. No lingering aftertastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3668) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Pours a transparent wine-mahogany color with a tiny white lace. Aroma is slightly fruity of cherries. Start has some bite and hops. Mellows out big time at the end only to leave a bitter aftertaste. Cherry flavor. Expected more from the finish. Had on tap. (4/3/5/4/10)********RE-RATE**********From a 12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased at Nugget in Woodland. Served in the Sam Adams Glass. The aroma is somewhat metallic, which is classic of a lager, but it also has some detectable spiciness with hints of ginger and cinnamon present. Lightly floral, not much else. Transparent amber body with a fairly quickly dissipating off-white head. Scant lacing. Starts a little metallic, and it becomes very mildly herbal with some cinnamon spiciness. Some caramel malts are also present, before there is a little piney bitterness late. A very drinkable beer, which is not overly spiced. This is something I could drink a couple of, unlike Anchor Our Special Ale.

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