Samuel Adams Winter Lager

Reviewed by on January 21, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Boston Beer Company

  • Origin: Boston, MA, USA

  • Rated On: December 16, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Bock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Samuel Adams’ annual winter lager offering is a bock, brewed with orange peel. Here in Canada, for some continuing reason, we get the Swedish and English label info. Not sure why that is, but it certainly a welcome sight to see these 6-packs at this time of year.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, medium burnt amber colour, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which leaves a nice Swiss cheese spectrum of lace around the glass as it recedes.

It smells of mild toasted caramel malt, ginger spice, a bit of orange citrus, and an underlying layer of earthy noble hops. The taste is ginger and clove inflected bready caramel malt, some other black pepper-esque spice, and more nondescript earthy hops. Any carbonation is quite mild, the body a sure medium-light in weight, and yet a tad astringent – the heretofore understated hops and emboldened alcohol equally responsible. It finishes mostly sweet, and with that persistent edgy, simmering spice bitterness.

A decent, moderately spiced lager, evoking memories holiday seasons past, and worthy of some love when you don’t want to drink something all that heavy in your craft beer pursuits in this one.

Brady White



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