Lager drinkers will barely recognize this sprightly seasonal as a member of the clan, though it delivers characteristic lager refreshment.
Samuel Adams Winter Lager is highly unusual—a brown, spiced wheat lager. While it may not embrace tradition, the innovative recipe is oddly apropos for celebrating the season. Muscular yet lithe, this beer is highly carbonated and judiciously spiced, triggering subconscious cravings for gingerbread men and egg nog. Walnut-like malt flavors are accented with subtle notes of cinnamon and orange peel as ephemeral as ghosts of Christmases past. Very much the exception to the "winter beer" rule, few seasonal brews fit as seamlessly into the beer drinker's routine as this inspired Boston brew.