Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a German-style Bock by the Boston Beer Company that mixes noble hops, baked bread, orange peel, spices.

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Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a German-style Bock that’s brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Samuel Adams Winter Lager by Boston Beer Company

Packaging art for the Samuel Adams Winter Lager by Boston Beer Company

What You Need to Know

The Samuel Adams Winter Lager takes a traditional German Bock and adds ingredients including orange peel, cinnamon, and ginger to give it a wintry flavor and feel. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.


The Bock pours a brilliantly clear deep copper hue — nearly amber — and is topped by a thick cap of puffy, cream-colored foam. The head shows good retention and leaves behind patches of sticky residue on the glass.

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The aroma is strong with a scent of baked bread, caramel, a hint of cinnamon, and there’s an air of floral Noble hops as well.


The palate is led with a malty flavor of baked bread that transitions through mildly-sweet caramel. Floral hops and a squeeze of orange citrus are gently spiced with cinnamon and ginger at the top. And then the tasting bottoms out with caramel, a hint of juicy orange, and more baked bread.

Label art for the Samuel Adams Winter Lager by Boston Beer Company

Label art for the Samuel Adams Winter Lager by Boston Beer Company


The feel has a smooth draw with a relatively dry finish. The body is a shade over medium with moderate carbonation. The spice and alcohol lend a slight warmth.


The Samuel Adams Winter Lager looks beautiful in the glass. Its aroma is strong and quite enticing. The hint of cinnamon does give it that wintry quality. The palate follows suit with its spiced orange additions that are well-suited for the colder months of the year. The feel is spot on and nicely supports the palate.

Overall, not only does the Samuel Adams Winter Lager represent the Bock style nicely but it also does quite well as a winter seasonal. It’s another fine offering from the Boston Beer Company.

Recommended Pairings

The Boston Beer Company recommends the following food pairings with their Samuel Adams Winter Lager: Small Plates of Satay, Baked Brie, Brussel Sprouts & Bacon; Entrees of Roasted Duck or Turkey, Thai food, Beef Stew; Desserts of Carrot Cake, Gingerbread, and Apple Pie.


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