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

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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 33
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Photo of JDK
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a clear honey amber with a 1/2" head
light lacing that stuck around for most of the drink
light carbonation that gave it a nice, but almost flat, taste
very light citus smell with a hint of spice
Pretty good flavor but nothing really stood out. I guess I would expect a lot more for the price ($3.50 pint) and I think there are better winter ales out there but I don't think you would be too disappointed at least trying one.

Photo of pajeff
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of acp21178
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of KSather
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Thullin187
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JimmyTango
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ecoastman
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason I enjoyed the second one (a couple of weeks later) much more than the first time I tried this beer. I'm glad I bought two bottles and I'll look for it again next season. Very drinkable.

This winter warmer has a nice clear copper hue. The head starts thick but recedes quickly to a small patch and no lacing.

It has a clean mild malty aroma with some caramel, nutty and bread characters and doesn't seem to be obvious in spiced characters. The flavour is much the same and isn't too sweet on the malt. It's nicely balanced by the hops and the dry finish has noticeable, but low, bitterness. There's also some buttery diacetyl but not so much butterscotch and slickness.

The mouthful is rather refreshing and smooth with some mild courseness from the fine carbonation.

Photo of backfat
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a gorgeous amber with one finger off white head with decent lacing and average dissipating. smells of mild fruit esters and a lovely hint of floral hop and grapefruit aromas with a beautiful toasty malt backround as it warms. tastes hits you with a nice, zesty tartness, with ample, crisp grapefruit hops and toasty, caramel malts with subtle chocolate, grain, and gram crackers. a very crisp beer that is very dry and enjoyable.

Photo of danielocean03
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a warm, clear, reddish amber with a white foamy head that fell to moderate lacing. Smells richly of caramel and malt, a hint of hop freshness present. Tastes sweet, caramel, malt heavier than expected, hint of butterschnapps, butterscotch also present. Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is balanced, a little heavier than expected, carries it's ABV nicely. Overall a pleasing brew, somewhat pricey, but would purchase again. Very drinkable, goes down nice and smooth from start to finish.

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of kuestegg
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JackStraw22
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004-2005 Love the Samuel Smith bottles, cool shape. Too bad they're clear. Somebody has to be able to develop a glass that's cheap and doesn't let in UV light. Hmm..off to make my fortune :-) Light amber beer, about an inch of white head. Lots of bubbles. Wasn't crazy about the smell at first, but it grew on me as I drank it, I guess it needed to air out, very floral. The hops really come through on this, but they aren't offensive at all, just very dry, not very sweet. Feels thin in the mouth, not a whole lot of substance. Ok beer, if you can get it fresh, nothing really exciting, though.

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful golden amber color that is crystal clear. The head is off-white and velvety smooth. It pours at about two fingers and settles at a single finger cap of some of the silkiest head I've ever seen. Little lacing is left on the glass as you drink it.

Smell - I'm catching the distinct smell of hemp right on the nose. Some sweet medium fruits along with a lightly toasted and earthy malt character in the background. There are some slightly citrus and bitter hops also hidden in the background.

Taste - The taste is what you would expect from the smell discription above, although the hemp aroma has not translated into the flavor. Toasted malt and some earthiness make up the foundation, and this is balanced by some fruity flavors and a very slight note of hop bitterness. The flavors are well-balanced in this brew and freakishly so in the finish, and unfortunately quite tamed.

Mouthfeel - A bit more carbonation than I would prefer with this fairly light-bodied brew. There is some smoothness to the brew, but overall its mouthfeel isn't its strongest point. Decent, all things considered, though.

Drinkability - With incredible balance (especially in the finish) and quite tame flavors overall, I would have no problem emptying probably four of these.

Overall, the best quality of this brew is definitely its balance. It's a bit lacking still in its overall flavor, though. A decent seasonal ale that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delicious brew. High alcohol with fruity sweetness goes together so wonderfully; almost sherry type in both taste and smell. Nice redish tan hue and decent head adds to the overall experience. A good amount of bitterness is present, but not overpowering, great balance act. Very smooth. Shame I only got one 550 ml bottle tonight.

This is a true warmer.

I wish SS would stop using clear bottles. I was worrying this would be skunked.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'06/'07 550 ml brown bottle poured into oversized wine glass

A: Crystal clear orange/amber, with 2 finger off-white head, with good retention and adequate lacing.

S: Mild malt, maybe some sweetness. Not much going on here.

T: No hops, no alcohol, not much flavor at all. I can't get any spice, neither. I guess that's because its English. Mild, sweet malt.

M: Thin, flat, little carbonation.

D: Easy to pound, but too expensive for that. Not bad, just not that good. Beats BMC any day. Sam Smith has better offerings IMO.

Not what I expected in a Winter Warmer. Someone told me it's because it's an English Warmer. They don't spice like others. I will not seek this out again. Too much money for so little flavor.

Photo of barknee
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Smith Winter welcome Ale pours a crystal clear medium amber with a subtle creamy head and a nose akin to a Pilsner. Actually the nose reminds me of Pilsner Urquell; moderately bitter, much more than the nose suggests. Having an able sufficiency of hops as revealed by the bitter taste but definitely not a very aromatic variety as the hops are quite flat on the nose. Nicely malty and without any of the typical winter spices, this brew bridges the gap between a good bitter ale and a winter seasonal brew.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Domaine DuPage tulip it pours a clear red amber with a high froth of white that settles slowly leaving an impressive lacing.

The nose comprises black cherry and rum soaked raisin with sweet malt notes.

The tastes brings a sweet malty flavor but balanced. Some dark fruit and fig and black cherry with some alcohol and some earthy hop in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium with low/moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice winter warmer and it is just as tasty as I remember it from back in the day.

Photo of numenor1
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light orangish with a modest head and good lacing. Not a strong nose, but has diacetyl, caramel and toast. A mild fruitiness is pronounced on the tongue but quickly fades as toasted malt, caramel and toffee take over. Bitterness balances and dries out nicely through the finish, with a solid touch of diacetyl throughout (not at all out of place). Moderate body with medium low carbonation. I think it'd be better with a touch less. Quite drinkable.

A solid beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JScoot
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Procrastinator
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006-2007 vintage
550ml brown bottle poured into Sam Adams Pint Glass. Bought this one around January 2007 and cellared it for about 9 months.

Appearance: copper and orange body with beige fluffy head. Decent lacing and vigorous carbonation.

Smell: mild alcohol and sweet raisins, sticky molasses and scents of hard mineral water.

Taste: upfront alcohol and hop bitterness. Slight metallic flavor.
English mineral hard water. Sweet pitted fruit like plums sweetened with buttery caramel.

Mouthfeel: well balanced and full bodied with slick texture and gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: unlike many winter beers which are overpowered with spices, this beer relied on well balanced hops and malty sweetness. I'd drink several at just about anytime, not just in chilly weather.

Photo of s4s
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper color of a pale ale, nose is fruity, vegetal, corn husk, herbal botanical. Tastes of mild grain, masa, fruity yeast, ending on a soft hop bite. Fully carbonated, slightly boozy at the finish. Easy and reminiscent of an ESB, I don't get the Winter Warmer aspect of it. Enjoyable non-the-less.

Photo of DaliQualiti
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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