For the Eighth Beer of Christmas, we picked a beer from another of our favorite brewers.
Their Winter Lager poured to a nice amber brown with a medium head
retention. Like Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale that we drank as the
First Beer of Christmas, this lager is spiced for the holidays.
Although it isn’t as strongly spiced as the Christmas Ale, the cinnamon
and ginger come through clearly along with a touch of hops.
The spices and hops are also predominant in the taste, along with the
sweetness of toasted caramel malt. The sweet, spice, bitter, and
carbonation are well balanced with none of them overpowering the others
in this Boston medley. As lagers are wont to be, the beer is smooth,
although a little sharp from the spices rather than creamy as most
lagers I’ve had tend to be.
Even though the weight is best described as medium, it’s still a
filling beer. I was three and out with this beer tonight, as I have
been with most of the heavier beers. This is opposed to the nine (yes,
9) Lawnmowers I drank for the Second Beer of Christmas. I’m telling
you, those Lawnmowers go down like Gatorade.
Before spring sneaks up, run out and grab yourself a 12-pack, curl up
on the couch with someone special, and if you get past three, plan on
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Location: Boston, MS
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Interesting Note: When Anheuser-Busch sold to InBev, a Belgian-Brazilian
brewer, in 2008, the Boston Beer Company became the largest American