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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

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1,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,845
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 23
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

s4s, Friday at 01:59 AM
Photo of Jimisyourdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

My first winter warmer and really the beer that got me into craft beers 10 years ago. This malty delicious treat is something I look forward to every winter. It never gets old.

Jimisyourdaddy, Friday at 01:42 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

cmak316, Friday at 01:34 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

maltlikker, Wednesday at 04:22 PM
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Techichi, Tuesday at 04:34 PM
Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

550 ml bottle, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Clear coppery-amber with minimal head and lacing, continuously bubbly.

S: A mild aroma, mostly a gingerbready mix of spice and malt with an earthy undertone.

T: Primarily sweet caramel malt with a mild spice presence, just enough to convey that gingerbread feeling. The earthiness from the nose was also present, enough to be noticeable, without overpowering the sweetness.

M: Relatively thin, but decidedly lively.

O: A decent winter warmer, though I don't know that I'll repeat it. At least, unless the 550 ml bottle is on sale at Jungle Jim's for less than $3 again.

UrbanCaveman, Monday at 02:55 PM
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4/5  rDev +9%

bernat1971, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

I've enjoyed this beer for 20 years and hope to do so for another 20. Perfect in it's own way. Malt and yeast with a hint of Euro hops. Cheers

valdieu2, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

WillAndSarah, Nov 15, 2014
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.12/5  rDev -15%

robbybaconstrips, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper at the edges with a medium amber hue overall poured to a tulip. A massive head to three plus fingers with a foamy puffy texture. Good retention and lacing is thick but only in a few a patches.

S- Fruity English yeast with some pale caramel maltiness. Certainly some apple and raisin from the English yeast atop hints of sweetness and pear. Spicy and grassy hops.

T- Again a decent amount of spiced dried fruits, apple and pear notes reminiscent of an English Pale. A fair amount of herbal, spicy and fruity hop notes. Crystal grains provide some caramel sugar and sweetness.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a slightly frothy and foamy body. The bubbles come in at a medium level perhaps a shade below that. Lightly bitter.

Welcoming winter with a beer like this wouldn't be my strategy but overall this is a decent English brew. Perhaps a bit too much apple and pear feel but nice malts and Euro hops.

cbutova, Nov 13, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 550mL bottle into a snifter.

Heavy carbonation of the fizzy variety produces a lively beer when poured. A finger and a half of creamy white head forms and bubbles for a short time before dissipating. The body is caramel and amber and highly transparent. 4.25

It looks like caramel and it sure smells like some caramel. There are also bready malts, toffee, and a subtle spice with a sweetness to it. Nothing overpowering here, just an overall pleasant and enticing smell. 4

All of the aromatics work their way onto the palate, continuing the caramel-heavy approach with this beer. Caramel, maybe even caramel apple, earthy hops, and bread and biscuits all coincide about mid-palate, coaxed on by the well-carbonated mouthfeel. Still, there's plenty of smoothness and creaminess to make this the winter warmer one would want and expect. Surprisingly, the hops seem to add a bit of spice, both in the feel and in the flavor.

Unfortunately, the further I get into the beer, the more I'm bothered by the level of carbonation and the caramel apple taste, which almost feels an offtaste.
T-3.5 M- 3.25

I like the generous hop presence in this, even if it's not the piney, resinous, aggressive hops we're used to here in the United States. This brew is certainly a good way to welcome winter, at least as far as the caramel sweetness and the creaminess, but I feel it may be overcarbed to quite be the slow sipper I envision for winter.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 12, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

nodder, Nov 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Lee_Hancock, Nov 11, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to cbutova for bringing over this random pickup. Always nice to remind myself that subtle English beers still exist in the midst of coffee bourbon barrel maple 13% stout madness.

This poured a translucent amber color, had decent head retention and left some lace behind. Smelled of biscuity malts, some toasted bread, and light caramel apple. Taste is similar, very straight-up English pale/ESB-reminiscent. Pretty malty with buttered toast and caramel with good balancing herbal and light fruity hops. There is some apple and dark fruit presence going on as well. The mouthfeel is decent, kinda on the watery side though, high carbonation.

This is kinda average-seeming these days, but drinks fine. I give it extra props because it kinda seems like an old-school classic. I do wish it had a more 'winter warmer' feel though (spice, deeper malts), this could pass as an English pale to me.

Chico1985, Nov 11, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Bf_89, Nov 10, 2014
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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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