RATINGS: 2607   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - DEC 7, 2010
I’m shocked I haven’t rated this yet! Having it on tap at Jimmy the Greeks in Old Orchard Beach, ME. Aroma is indistinguishable from most beers. Not bad or off-putting, just not the sweet malty smell you want with a winter ale. Apperance is dark copper, thanslucent haze, pours with a thick head that dissapates quickly with nice lacing. Unfortunately, Jim Koch only uses one kind of hop so all of his beers have a similar flavor. This beer bis sweet, mild malts with light hops and a hint of spices in the background. Nicely balanced. Palate is slightly sticky sweet but not cloyingly so. Overall, it still has that Sam Adams flavor and feel that keeps it from being a superb beer. For a winter beer, it is enjoyable and drinkable.

thebeerbandit (36) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2017
12/19/17 Had with Mark and Sarah on an improvised beer night. Look: almost opaque with a tan head. Look: clear copper without much head. I like the Christmas tree label. Nose: malty/lager smell with slight hops Taste: follows the smell + some cinnamon/warm spices Palate: medium/ mouthfeel and goes down easy Overall: Good flavor but not as assertive as it could be. Definitely not my favorite from Sam Adams.

Ktwse (5667) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2017
Pours clear amber with low off-white head. Aroma of malt, bread and citrus. Taste is sweet, toffee and caramel through to the finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

laand78 (138) - Tibro, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle 5,5% color is amber with a medium white head. Aroma was not easy but taste was fruity and fresh with a nice and sweet aftertaste and well balanced ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jobe977 (205) - Töreboda, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle (5,6%). Amber with medium head. Aroma is malty with some sweetness. Taste is great with orange, malt and slight notes of chocolate sweetness. Nice finish. Pleasant beer!

BarelyCynical (25) - - DEC 9, 2017
Basic winter lager. Smooth but unoriginal lager provides a basic but unoffensive brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

markas101 (2529) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2017
33 cl bottle, Ann Arbor, MI. Caramel colour and aroma. Sweet, slightly metallic flavour. Not overly complex.

thejackpacker (728) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget, Östersund. Not so sure about this one and leads off the Nils Oscar other winter lager hanging about. It has some spices added (cinnamon etc) which sure gives it a hint of festivity but it feels disjointed. Overall a bit soapy.

Rex_Remes (283) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - DEC 4, 2017
(12oz bottle from winter mix pack) AROMA: light malt nose, biscuit, some spice APPEARANCE: nice reddish amber color, clear, touch off-white oily foam TASTE: bran, slight roasted grain, dried fruit, ginger, touch of other spices and fall/leaves PALATE: crisp, a tad biting upfront, medium-light body, a little earthiness OVERALL: a slightly lighter version of their boston lager with a bit of fall spiciness. Good looking beer, not too strong or flavorful .... so an easy drink with a bit of body and robustness.

Goddrinksbeer () - Northport, Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2017
I generally stay away from mass production beers, but look forward to this affordable, consistent holiday release from Sam Adams. The 12 oz. Bottle pours brown-gold with fragrant and respectful head that hangs around through first few swallows. Typical holiday nose with toasty caramel-clove overtones and a rather neutral palate. Finish has warm holiday notes that you expect but at a well balanced 5.6 ABV it is very drinkable on winter nights. One of the few dark beers my girlfriend likes.

BeerBenji (22) - - DEC 2, 2017
I was not a huge fan of this, I could see why it's a winter ale, like many Samuel Adams brews it has a heavy body and makes it automatically a swig beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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