Review - Boston Beer Company's Sam Adams Winter Lager
"The first thing one notices in a Samuel Adams® Winter Lager is its color: the deep brown of winter. Then comes the magical aroma which promises something special on the tongue. The warm aroma of cinnamon and ginger which blends with the roasty sweetness of the malted barley and hint of citrus from the orange peel. And after that first sip the promise is fulfilled. 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 this season." -- Boston Beer Company
Pours a light to medium amber color with wonderful clarity and active carbonation. Off-white, thin wispy head that quickly dissipates, leaving small bubbles as the lacing. The aroma is moderately malty with some light caramel hints with some light bread notes and some doughy yeast. Initial taste is bittersweet, with a very delicate amount of hop bitterness accompanied by some mild caramel sweetness. The finish is more to the sweet side with some lingering caramel maltiness. Light to medium bodied, there are very tiny bubbles making up the carbonation that coat the tongue. Malty like a pretzel, no notable hop bitterness.
Reviewed on November 22nd, 2008.