This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Samuel Adams Winter Lager.
As mentioned in the November 27, 2011 edition of Sunday Night Suds (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2011/11/sunday-night-suds-samuel-adams-black.html), this year's Samuel Adams Winter Collection box included two relative newcomers to the Sam Adams stable of beers (Black and Brew Coffee Stout and the dairy Chocolate Bock) along with some of their usual winter limited editions - Old Fezziwig, Holiday Porter and Winter Lager. As I have been drinking this beer for many years, but inexplicably never reviewed it, the time has come for a review.
The Winter Lager is truly a spiced beer as the bottle label (and the radio commercials flooding the airwaves in the NY area) proclaims that the beer is spiced with ground cinnamon, ginger and orange zest. When drinking the beer, I don't pick up any of the individual flavors, but it does make for an interesting brew. The beer pours a very dark orange with little to no lacing. The first taste is a bit dry, but the beer grows on you quickly and the malt starts to come through. After a few sips, the flavors start to hit and even the hops come through. I could drink a few of these and thankfully, SA has cooperated and releases these in six and twelve packs. Now if they could only do the same with some of the other winter classics like Old Fezziwg and Black and Brew...
Samuel Adams Winter Lager is under the Kosher Supervision of the Star-K. Like many other Samuel Adams brews, this bottle does not have the Star-K certification mark on the label. The kashruth can be confirmed by clicking on the link to the Star-K LOC here -- http://www.star-k.org/loc/kosher_letter_6635_bostonbeercompany.pdf.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the Winter Lager, please follow this link - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/101.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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