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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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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,009 | Reviews: 1,113
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Copper in color with a hard pour yielding a 1 inch fizzy head that doesn't stay around as long as it probably should have

Smell: Lots of caramel on the nose with hints of cinnamon and all spice with just a touch of bitter hops

Taste: Almost identical to the nose. The flavor is a bit more complex with lots of caramel and toffee backed up by a mild amount of baking spices including nutmeg and all spice

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall After years of drinking this I still look forward to it each and every year. There might be some winter welcomes out there with more flavor but this is one that I use as the bar for judging winter welcomes

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five fingers of off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Bready caramel and toffee malts giving a biscuit like aroma. Some nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Hints of orange peel and vanilla. Also a little butterscotch and some earthy hops in the background. Mostly malt forward.

Taste: A strong biscuity taste of caramel and toffee malts with a much more noticeable presence of fruits than in the smell. Some orange citrus and dark raisin and plums. Some hints of spices including nutmeg and cinnamon. Also a little vanilla. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Malty, creamy, and smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A solid winter warmer. Nice mix of malts and fruit flavors.

Photo of Steedee
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, but a little light for a winter warmer.
Really, it reminds me of a strong red or amber ale.
Pours with no head, but bubbles rise up from the bottom.
Nice evenly balanced flavor, nothing to malty or hoppy.
What I really liked about this beer was the flavor of the alcohol.
I know that sounds weird, but it's hard to explain... the alcohol in this beer tastes good, probably from the type of yeast strain used. I wish it had just a little more kick, and a little more holiday spice. But overall a very good, reasonably priced, highly drinkable beer, that goes well with food.
I will probably get this again.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jcanddr
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a thick mountain of white head that has decent retention. The nose has some caramel and red apple notes and there are some yeasty tones as well. The taste is caramel, sweet, and fruity (mostly red apples) as well as some earthy, woody notes. The hop bitterness is a nice contradiction to the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and pretty smooth.

This is a decent beer, but it's hardly complex. Honestly, this is a typical beer. It's not intricate or special as one would expect from a seasonal. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Photo of rjacobs6
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bbb099
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Nice bubbly orange amber with thin and wispy white head.

S - Almost all malt with a little bit of vanilla and other spices (though very small amount).

T - Caramel malt up front, finishes with some grainy taste and maybe a minute amount of hops.

M - Almost a little too watery and light for a winter warmer. Good amount of carbonation however.

O - Tasted ok, but really light for a winter beer. I was expecting more of a roasted malt flavor and spices.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Little bubbles of carbonation are clearly visible once the beer is poured.

S: Smooth and malty on the nose with a combination of heavy cream, vanilla bean, and toffee scents. A hint of peppery hop bitterness is just barely detectable.

T: Gentle notes of caramel, cream, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, leather, tobacco, and earthy, peppery hops are clearly defined on the palate. The finish is dry and delicate with notes of leather, tobacco, and earthy hops.

M: Full bodied and dry, but with a gentle, smooth character in the mouth. Carbonation is gentle, expressive, and unobtrusive. Very drinkable for such a full bodied beer.

O: I think this is a great winter warmer and love the fact that no holiday spices are added. Though it isn't the most complex beer in the world, Winter Welcome is a real cold weather treat, a malty, sustaining ale that will definitely keep you nourished. If you're a fan of English ales and/or beers that tend to be more malt-driven, you'll love this one.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Snow white head aloft a crystal clear pumpkin colored brew.

S - Wheat, Rice and slightly earthy smell.

T - Bold caramel and grains, very rich and rewarding, quite dry throughout. Slightly bitter finish. Smooth yet complex.

M - Malty, creamy, smooth

Malt is center stage. Lacks the spice of some other winter ales, but the flavors here are welcomed nonetheless.

Photo of DaveHS
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear amber with over an inch of fluffy light tan head, strong retention, sticky lacing.

S-Pale malt sweetness, grassy hops. Fairly nondescript.

T/M-Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of pale malt. Some dry, grassy hoppiness on the back end. Gets breadier and softer as it warms up. Tastes like a slightly stronger than average English bitter.

O-Pleasant enough. Not very interesting.

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: For some reason, I was expecting this to be dark. Instead, pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 finger off white head.

S: Toasted malt, slightly nutty, some slight hop resin and a bit of wet blanket.

T: Lots of toasted malts with a slight caramel/toffee note in the background that's tempered by some prickly hops. Slightly peppery and dry finish. Not bad, but also not something I could drink a ton of.

Photo of rundocrun
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A - Color is of dark, amber honey. Has approximately a 1/2 finger of coarse white head that fizzles down to nothing quickly.

S - Not much aroma to be had here. What little I do smell is an off-putting mix of artficial-smelling fruitiness, citrus, and rust (yes, rust).

T - Sweet up front with an acidic tang. It rolls over the back of the tongue and takes on more hop bitterness. A background of candy sweetness pervades through the entirety of each sip. Finish is slightly dry with a little caramel or burnt sugar character mixed in, but otherwise quite bland.

M - Thin body. Tingling, effervescent carbonation hits the tongue with every sip. Finishes dry, but with some residual sugars.

Overall - Definitely not up to snuff with the other Sam Smith beers I have sampled. Quite disappointed actually. Needless to say I'll be avoiding this for my future holiday beer purchases.

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Irish pint glass. The beer is a solid copper color with a frothy clean off-white head. The head dissipates to a thin even layer with sticky lacing.

The beer smells of fruity bread and malts with a caramel note.

A nice complex taste, this one. It's malty answer with notes of cinnamon , toffee, and a cherry tang in the finish.

The mouthfeel is nice, just a tad sticky.

Overall, this is simply a must-have every year for me. It's very drinkable and really, Samuel Smith's is good in everything they do.

Photo of TheBishopco
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of stercomm
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great label, poured from a 550 ML bottle

A - Very clear amber/orange in color, nice thick frothy slightly off white head, great head retention.

S - Get some butterscotch, biscuity malts, slight citrus.

T - Very nice, get caramel, some bread like malts, slight hint of hops on the back end. Very crisp taste, hint of citrus.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Nicely balanced brew, while malty in flavor is nice and dry with a crisp refreshing finish.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because I had never seen it before, and when I looked closer at the label (after I got home) I realized it was the 2009-2010 version, and after checking the date code this beer turns out to be a little over 2 years old. It is frustrating to me that the store would keep this for 3 winter seasons hoping someone like me would assume they were being responsible and not examine the label closely to see if they weren't (usually Sam smith's doesn't have readable date codes anyway). Since it turned out to be drinkable and even a bit tasty I decided to review it anyway (I wouldn't count a review against Sam Smith's if it tasted bad on account of the store's irresponsibility).

Pours with a light orange body under a finger of white head that fairly quickly diminishes to a thin layer.

Smell of long since passed hops, light caramel, the typical "aged" notes of dried fruits and dark sugar candy, and some fruity malts.

The flavor seems to have taken a hit, but it is interesting in an aged way and in the end I don't think the score will be very affected. A bit of oxidation pairs with the malts that are left nicely, and isn't over the top. There is a hint of something that might have once been spices, but now there is just a hint. A subtle note of chocolate is barely detectable as well.

The mouthfeel is smooth with lower carbonation. Very drinkable.

Conclusion: Don't age this beer :) But if if happen to by accident, it won't be all that bad.

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