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Winter Lager by Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)
5.80 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 09/03/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 15 3 7 2010
Super coppery color thats pretty deep and glowing, thin ivory head that fades fast, lace minimal but sticking in thin ink blot patches.
Smell is more sweet then spicy, the spice seems citric like cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with pepper and orange peels, malty sweetness subdued overall with a burnt-like caramel. Not all that strong but interesting.
Taste is all over the place, layers of different spicyness, including dried peppers, cinnamon, curried apples, orange peels, did someone mix the fruit salad with the salsa? Some malty sweetness of caramel lingers in the back trying desparately to keep things in check but lets go in quite a few areas. A mild but wild ride, nothing really stands out or is overwhelming.
Feel is lighter then medium with a texture that didn't fit in the carbonation for me. Seems creamy, but the smoothness is all but lost due to the carb bite it tends to have mixed with the spices. Not something I'd have again really, but wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 7 13 3 6 0
Old Review
12 oz bottle from the Sam Adams mixed holiday case. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice, amber/brown. When held to the light a nice orange/red color comes through. A vigorous pour yielded about a finger of head but it disappeared quickly. No lacing to talk about at all. This brew is pretty mediocre and a bit boring in the appearance area.

S: Smell is mostly of some ince caramel malt and undefined spices. There is a slight bit of hops citrus coming out as well, but most of the scent is of a basic bock.

T: Taste is a bit better. Tastes like supped up boston lager. A lot more caramel malt coming out with just a touch of grapefruit hops flavor. Soices change things up. A decent amount of nutmeg and ginger. There is also a buttery, nuttiness toit as well. Damned tasty.

M: Medium in body an a bit of wateriness to it. ABV is not noticable at all. Carbonation is a bit lower than I expected. The brew does have a crispness to it and goes down pretty clean with little aftertaste at all.

D: Pretty drinkable, I guess. Really nice session winter brew that goes down easy with decent flavors. Sure the look and smell isn't that great but this is a brew you have several of in a session and pound. Still ok.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-31-2008 05:04:38

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
44 2 5 8 3 4 2010
12oz Bottle

Poured Sam Adam's Winter Lager into a pint glass. Poured a crystal clear amber. There was about a quarter inch head up top but it disappeared so quickly that I cant even tell you what color it was. All that's left is a couple of tiny bibbles swirling around. Small amount of carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is of sweet malt, wet cardboard, brown sugar, and there's even some dark cherries in there. The cardboard doesn't take away from the smell, it's faint, but it is there. There is also a little alcohol toward the end. No hops present.

Taste is a disappointment. I really dont get a whole lot of anything. The biggest flavor is solvent alcohol in the finish. Before the alcohol it's hard to pick up certain flavors cause they are weak and muddy. There's a touch of sweetness and that's followed by I don't know what. I can't pick out any flavors here...It's tasting better as it warms and I'm getting to the bottom of my glass. There is some sugary sweet dark fruits and toasted malts. The alcohol isn't as evident either. Strange but true. I'd reccomend letting this one sit out awhile before drinking.

Mouthfeel is average. Medium bodied. Coating.

I gave the drinkability as high as I did because for some reason it reminds me of a macro. Not much flavor but easy going down.

I hate to have to give such a vague review but that's how it had to be for the Winter Lager. There just wasn't anything there. I was hoping to enjoy this one too. It was a disappointment.

Reviewed: 10/27/06

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 11/30/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
56 3 6 10 3 6 0
A - Pours a deep amber colored body that is clean and clear. Bubble streams coming from the sides of the glass. Thick, light tan head that loosely resembles mashed potatoes.

S - Light odors here. Very light caramel malt sweetness. Bit of a spiciness to it with winter style spices.

T - Starts of with sweet winter flavors of gingerbread, cinnamon and nutmeg. Odd pairing of earthy hops accompanying this.

M - Medium bodied. Decent smooth carbonation. Slightly fizzy feel.

O - Decent beer, but just doesn't seem to mesh the flavors together well. Give me the Old Fezziwig or Holiday Porter over this any day.

Price: $1.25 Served In: Pint Glass

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