How quickly time moves towards the holidays. Just beginning to register the Oktoberfest/Pumpkin beers when the winter brews begin to arrive. No brighter example of this can be found than the appearance of the Samuel Adams winter collection.
Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic is the one I am always most baffled about. Using the Belgian term lambic implies the use of open air, spontaneous fermentation, which this is not. But putting aside technical definitions, what we have here is a delicious dessert bier, that would go well with a crisp, buttered waffle. The use of maple syrup combined with cranberry juice, gives this brew a taste that is simultaneously sweet and tart.
Samuel Adams Cream Stout is a big generous recipe, with plenty of malted complexity that ends deliciously long. Well suited for colder weather, although the strength is somewhat moderate, the body is rich and full.
What needs to be said about the Boston Lager included in this sampler? It is just a gentle reminder that the Samuel Adams flagship brand is also an American classic.
No greater example of recipe refinement is the Samuel Adams Winter Lager. A spiced dunkel weizenbock, this has become a Beer Doctor favorite. An essential part of the upcoming season.
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale, their Christmas wassail, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first time I tried it, many years ago, when it came out in a 25.4 ounce bottle. In fact,  I complain about the fact that this marvelous brew is no longer a stand alone offering.
The same can be said of Samuel Adams Holiday Porter. This year’s edition is one of the finest porters I have ever tasted, and I mean that, Synebrychoff included.
Winter will soon beckon and the blessings of great brew will warm the season.
Thank you.



  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! thebeerdoctor! HA! wasn’t able to find a way to post for today at your site so this will have to do! I will have an O’Doul’s this evening.

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