Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) Samuel Adams Winter Lager – Bock at 5.6% ABV

Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) Samuel Adams Winter Lager Bock at 5.6% ABV ($2.50 at NLC Kelsey Drive, 355ml, best before 1-Mar-2015)

Pours medium amber with a short off-white head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is muted: wheat, cinnamon, faith orange peel. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter, very mild sour. (6/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, quick if not abrupt finish. (3/5)

Not a terrible mass-market winter lager, but not great either. There’s a very little warming going on, and the spices are kind of stale and wilted. It’s better than a standard adjunct lager, but it’s a long shot from the best Sam Adams I’ve ever had. It’s kind of like a craft…-ish beer for people who have never tried craft beer… and aren’t entirely sure they want to. (12/20)

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