Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Samuel Adams Winter Lager (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

BBD: 4/2018

2015 BJCP Category: 30C Winter Seasonal Beer (base style: 6C Dunkles Bock)

AROMA: Nose can best be described as citrusy and spicy due to the orange peel and ginger. Moderately rich bready malt with slight crusty notes. Cinnamon combines with this malt well. No apparent hops (none needed). Clean lager fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Dark ruby/copper/brown (22-27 SRM). Clear, bubbly body. Large tan froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bock base has a moderately-rich bready malt character, though not especially sweet. Spices are evident throughout; ginger is fairly strong up front with orange peel citrusy flavor on the finish. Cinnamon lurks in the background throughout and transitions the flavor from spicy to citrusy. Wheat is mostly undetectable (probably only used for head retention). Hops are very low; adding subtle spiciness and bitterness. Overall, palette is complex and well-balanced. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Soft, smooth texture. Aftertaste is malty/spicy but far from cloying. Very efficient at 5.6% ABV; this could be mistaken for a much stronger brew. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A surprisingly enjoyable beer that exemplifies the specs for both the base and specialty styles. Even more impressive considering it's a lager. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50

NOTE:
See my 2008 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2008/12/samuel-adams-winter-lager-chadz-beer.html

See my 2011 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/01/samuel-adams-winter-classics-variety.html