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sam adams winter seasonal

Style – Seasonal Lager

ABV – 5.5%

Appearance – A little deeper than copper with a bubbly, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a delicate lace on the glass. (I couldn’t help myself and continually swirled the glass to pull the lace back down into the beer.)

Aroma – A deep inhale will showcase the malt first and foremost; a slight citrus scent is mixed with clear signs of ginger and cinnamon. It was a worthwhile experience to breath in through my nose with every sip.

Taste – This is a fine example of what is possible with lager yeast. (Some of the larger breweries should take note.)  At the forefront malt sweetness dominates but doesn’t linger.  The bitterness of the hops and a biting acidity counter the malt to balance this fine craft beer nicely.  Hints of spice were noticeable but not powerful.  I noticed an increase in the power of the cinnamon and ginger when the beer was served a bit warmer.

Overall – Whenever a beer’s packaging mentions spice I trick myself into thinking that the spice mentioned, whatever it may be, will serve as a unique, powerful part of the beer’s persona.  This beer, as so many do, showcases traditional beer making with just a hint of something that could be more enticing.  On a cold afternoon outside, working like Clark Griswold on Christmas decorations, this beer would be a welcome treat.  However, I can’t help but think that someone should have thrown in another handful or two of spice.

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