Today was one of the first cold days of the year. To celebrate this (late) coming of winter, I decided to crack open a "winter lager". It comes in a 355mL brown bottle, with the standard "Sam Adams" embossing above the label. It has 5.5% alcohol/vol, and a best-before date of October 2012. I was originally hoping that "winter lager" meant an eisbock, but the alcohol content is far too low.
When opened, I was surprised by the spices. It reminded me a lot of the Santa Swillie. It poured a dark red colour, with lots of bubbles and a thin dark head. Very visually appealing. I had to look very hard to see the floaties. The spicy aroma was almost all gone after the pour, replaced with a slight maltiness.
This beer was rich. The flavour was almost all malt. The beer was very smooth. There was almost no hoppiness to it at all. There was a slight spiciness to it, but not overpowering. Overall, I wouldn't think of this as a winter beer. However, this beer was pretty damn good.