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Beer Profile

  • Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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  • Country: United States
  • State: Massachusetts
  • Style: Bock
  • Malts: Two-row Harrington, Metcalf, and Copeland pale malts, Caramel 60, malted wheat, Weyermann Carafa Malt, and Munich 10
  • Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble
  • ABV: 5.6%
  • IBUs:
  • Tasting Notes: orange, ginger, cinnamon
  • Preferred Glass: Pint
  • Food Pairing: Thai Food
  • PHM Grade: B+

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

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Brett: What to swig after lunch on a 7 degree winter day? Ahh…a seasonal brew of course! Like the brew master Jim Koch explains “This rich and hearty lager is one of the finer pleasures of a winter evening.” Well said Jim! I have always been fond of the consistent quality Samuel Adams offers to its many samplers. In fact, I’m gonna throw snowballs at the next person I see without a six pack of this stuff…

This dark wheat lager is a caramel colored brew that is clear and inviting. It smells of caramel, orange/citrus, possibly ginger along with other spices. It tastes nutty with hints of citrus which impressively meets the demands of my taste preference in the winter months. There is a nice balance of flavors in this brew which allows it to slide right down with a smooth finish. The beer seemed a bit flat, however, this did not distract me from fully enjoying this winter beer! After the first one was gone I had to have another…I think most of you will too!

Good brew, good price and perfect on a cold winter night! Grade: B+

Michael: Winter is here. Officially. No, there’s no snow on the ground and its not because a certain date has past or a specific temperature has been reached. Its because The Boston Beer Company has released their Winter Sampler Pack. For $20.99 at Costco. Now that is a reason to love winter.

My first pick from the litter was the Winter Lager. The body of the beer was a rich mahogany, the way mahogany is supposed to be, not too brown, not too red. The head was a single finger, somewhere between eggshell and tan. The scent was rich in spices, cinnamon and yeast. The taste was slightly disappointing. While it was meaty and rich, it was basic, a no-frills, straight-and-narrow-type vibe with no variation or surprise. The center of my sip was bubbling with carbonation and orange peel, melting into a grainy, malty mix. There was a metallic flavor at times and an unpleasantly alcoholic finish. It had a caramel aftertaste which was rich, sticky and lingering. Grade: B

ABV: 5.6%

Overall Grade: B

Samuel Adams Winter Lager, 4.0 out of 5 based on 3 ratings
  1. Big fan. Especially for the usual $11.99 for 12 at Jewel.

    Matt — December 16th, 2009, 1:43 PM
  2. A wheat for the winter? What could be better?!

    Michael — December 16th, 2009, 8:12 PM
  3. I had a big 22 oz draft of this last night at dinner that I slowly nursed over the course of the meal. As it warmed up the flavors of the malt really came out- so much I started to wonder if maybe they had served me a leftover Sam’s Octoberfest. I looked at the website today and sure enough, Octoberfest and Winter Lager share similar malt profiles (munich) and hops (Tettnanger / Hallertaur.) Both awesome beers-

    Matt — December 17th, 2009, 8:48 AM
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