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

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1,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 116 | 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 OWSLEY069
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish yellow color with a light head. In the aroma, sweet malt, with hints of gingerbread. In the taste, sweet maltiness, hints of gingerbread and a nice cinnamon presence in the end. A spicey and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cinnamon aftertaste. Standard English style warmer, nice cinnamon, ok, but light.

Photo of rhinos00
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007-2008 Vintage poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear, musty looking amber. Nice, three fingers width of white head formed.

S- Heavy notes of malts and spices. Also distinct aromas of fruits come into play.

T- Spices, malt and bread type yeasts are the first to hit the palate. The beer finishes with a slight bitterness of hops and fruit.

M- Light bodied with some carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable at 6%. Goes down smooth.

Overall, a very nice session-like beer. First thing that comes to my mind is "ole' reliable." Just one of those beers you can always count on to give you a good experience.

Photo of ToddT
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden copper color with a thick white head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a light lacing pattern on the top two thirds of the glass.

S- Mild nose of malt and fruit. Sweet honey and apple notes as well.

T- Malt upfront with then the sweetness of the fruit pops up in the middle. Hop bitterness kicks in at the end but doesn't linger. Clean dry slightly sweet finish.

M- Medium to light bodied maybe a little thin for the style. Just the right amount of carbonation . A slow warming alcohol presence makes an appearance about halfway through.

D- Not one that is complex enough to make me want to drink it all night. A good night cap if I was in the mood for just one. Other than the slow warming feeling none of the 6.0% ABV shows through.

Review is for the 2008-2009 version. A decent seasonal beer from Samuel Smith's, not one I will seek out again this year, but I'll try it next year to see how it compares. Wish there was a little more complexity to this one.

Photo of Tilley4
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008-2009 edition...

Poured much lighter than I was expecting.. Very beautiful golden color, very clear with an ample vibrant head.

Big malt aroma here with the slightest of fruits and spices. Lots of English style roasted malts present...

Again, big roasted malt flavors upfront that give way to a hint of sweetness from the fruit. Very Marzen like with all the malts...not much in the way of spiciness..

Not sure if I'd want more than one. Its good but I think the monotony of this brew would get me after one.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice orangish color with a soft white head. Not a lot of spicyness in the nose as I expected and a slight malt aroma was detected. The carbonation was good and mouthfeel was great. Lots of Englishmalts. Just enough body but not overwhelming. This beer was not as spicy and complex as I expected from a "winter" beer.

Photo of Onenote81
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear orange with a decent head on it. Pretty good retention with little spotty lacing. Smells of sweet maltiness, some floral, and just a touch of metallic scent.

This is really watery. Goes down really easily. This seriously tastes and feels like a slightly alcoholic apple juice. I'm tasting apples, apricots, little citrus, and absolutely no hops. No bite or crispness to this at all. Not the best winter warmer out there by far.

Photo of joecast
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bright clear copper color with a thin lightly tanned head. quite a lot lighter than what i was expecting and that goes for the beer overall. more towards sn celebration than anchor christmas.

malty sweet and slightly earthy aroma. no considerable hop presence.

clean malt background wiht firm hop bitterness. a stale almost cardboard character seems to dull the taste. missing lots of malt hop characted i would have expected.

i would guess this is the current release and if it is, it already seems past its best. disappointing.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle served in a sam adams glass. 08/09 vintage.

A: pours copper/deep orange, very clear, with a tan 1-finger head with good retention.

S: bouquet of English hops right away, providing an earthy floral aroma, with some sweet malt behind it.

T: a very nice malt flavor, fairly clean at first, with a bitter hop finish that doesn't linger too long. As the beer warms, character is less clean with more estery fruit flavors pushing the malt more to the background, although it is still noticeable. Bitterness is snappy and earthy.

M: medium weight, somewhat viscous, low carbonation.

D: a very nice winter beer, a good slow sipper and enjoyable to the end. The warmth and transition of flavors throughout the experience also make it interesting. I look for this one every year.

Photo of Hokies
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass with nice white head that and lasts, while a decent lace sits on the glass. The beer pours a copper-reddish colour.

The sweet smell of malt dominates with a light hop aroma.

A sweet malt taste of honey with spice followed up by the English hops.

Not a traditional winter warmer a little thin on the feel but still a nice beer and easy drinking.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is malty with an undertone of spice - mainly cloves - and a hint of yeast. It pours a light coppery golden-red with a thick off-white head. Lively, malty flavor has a strong undertone of spice and hints of yeast, caramel and honey. Texture is crisp and syrupy smooth.

Photo of spointon
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from an 550ml brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a crystal clear orange color with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. Minor lace down the glass.

S= Aromas of caramel, malt, fruity esters and an earthy, grassy hop character. All very muted but in balance.

T= Short malt presence up front sporting caramel and honey sweetness, followed quickly by a shot of earthy hops. Long dry finish with just a hint of alcohol.

MF= Thin bodied with a low to moderate carbonation release.

D= This is a very drinkable and sessionable beer. I simply found it a bit boring and a little too thin in the mouth.

Photo of Durge
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear rosey amber color with a giant off-white pile of head and chunky lacing. The aroma is a dry citrus hops and rye malt. The flavor is nothing like what I expect from a "winter warmer". Although there is an
immediately notable alcohol presence, this brew seems thin and weak with a dry whimpy bitter hop. The cheaper dry quality mellows out a bit as you go and it becomes more of an OK pale ale. Not bad as a basic brew, but disappointing as a winter brew. Not up to expectations from old Sam.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a light amber/gold color with a billowing, three finger head of beige foam. The retention was quite good as it soon formed a tight cap and the lacing pretty good too. The aroma was a mix of grains, toasted malt, biscuity-malt with an underlying mustiness. The flavors were sweeter than the aroma suggested, caramel malt coming up front along with the biscuity malt, a slight alcohol heat before it became bitter and herbal for the hoppy finish. The body was medium, the mouthfeel average and the carbonation good. Not bad, but nowhere near as good as some of this brewery's other offerings.

Photo of albern
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Smith is a delightful brewery making top quality beers. I have uniformly given them very high marks. Their winter ale is my least favorite, but that doesn't mean it is a bad beer by any stretch, just not as interesting or as nourishing as most of their other offerings. The beer pours a clear amber color with a pretty good slightly foamy, slightly creamy head that does retain. Not much lacing going on. The nose on the beer is leafy hop, traditional English maltiness, and maybe a bit of a musty aroma as well.

The taste is a bit metallic, but there is a hoppy presence on the backend, and a sprightly maltiness and an earthy and bready quality to the beer. The beer is a bit sharp, although reasonably well balanced. There is a slight floral note or two in the beer that does interact with the metallic tinge as well but the two together make the beer seem a little flatter than is probably warranted. This beer is good, but not brilliant. The ABV is well hidden and overall not a strong winter warmer, but neither is it nourishing or warming. There is a definite tartness in the mouth, and the beer is fairly modest carbonation. Not a bad winter warmers but there are lots of them that are better.

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

It's freezing outside, but instead of learning how to ice scate, I'm pouring out a bottle of 2008-2009 Sam Smith WWA.

Copper-like orange to amber in colour, with an off-white head and some lace.

A grainy and slightly toasted, salty nose, with plenty of juicy fruitiness and a slightly sharp twist from the yeast. Hops are quite powerful, blended in perfectly and rather herbal-like.

The taste is very good and intriguing. It starts of sweet and then gets dryer and dryer and brings together hopbitter and salty flavours, creating a suggestion of spices. Once again, a beautiful interplay of malt and hops, with a refreshing orangey twist.

Plenty of tingling carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

This one suits the season perfectly indeed, but isn't as warming or alcohol-fuelled as I expected it to be.

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

This review is for the '08-'09 Vintage...

A staple amongst all winter seasonal ales. Aromas of caramel malts, fruit, and citrusy hops permeate through the nose. The almost creamy texture gives this ale a slight warming sensation. This winter seasonal has a nice hazelnut malt base, balanced out by floral hops and holiday spices, resulting in a clean crisp finish.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007/2008 .Pours a clear copper with an off-white head that slowly dissipates; very slight lacing.Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, molasses, and green apples.Flavor of caramel,brown sugar spice and some sourish fruit,apple maybe,a hint of hops.Lightly carbonated.Drinkable but nothing special.

Photo of HalfFull
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange into a pint glass from a 550ml. bottle. A half inch head recedes slowly to a thin film which yields moderate lacing.

Smell is of classic and smoky caramel malts, just slightly rich. Taste follows suit and adds a touch of cinnamon spice, though any winter spices are rather subdued given the malt structure. Drinks much like their English Pale Ales but a bit more pleasant on the finish as the spice balances with what would otherwise be a mostly malty close. Carbonation is befittiing to the style and the beer.

This beer offers a better feel and drink for me than the Old Brewery Pale Ale, though they seem to be brothers in arms in many ways. A bit higher in alcohol, this brew offers a drier balance with some spice and a bit more carbonation. Fans of the more viscous English Pales will surely disagree, however I would find this more refreshing be it Winter or Summer.

Photo of aforbes10
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the local Nugget Market. Pours a deep amber with a nice white head. Head falls off rather quickly. Malty, slightly tart odor, hints of allspice, cherry, though only very slight hints. Flavor is richly malty, with a bit of buttery tang. Malt mixes with a bit of alcohol towards the end and a mild hop bitterness. Not aggressive in any way, but well crafted and clean. Medium bodied. Drinks well, nice post-holiday beer for me.

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

I sampled the 2008-2009 version of this brew, from a 550 ml bottle poured into a goblet. It poured a nice amber color, with a decent sized white frothy head. The beer had an aroma of malts and floral components, with a little bit of nutmeg. The taste was rather malty, with floral tones and spice.

Photo of ectomorph
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with gold foil neck into a pint glass.

A - Clear sparkling amber with small white head that fades. Lots of active carbonation.

S - Sweet and fruity. Almost champagne in the nose.

T - Honey and bread with a nice bite on the back. Very dry finish and clean. Lighter and hop loaded for this style.

M - Light bodied and crisp. Again deviating from my expectations.

D - Pretty high. Not a meal in a bottle like a lot of WW's.

Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice golden amber with a touch of orange. Head was 2 finger white foam that left a ring lasting the whole glass. Smell was slightly sweet, a touch of honey with a bit of white bread smell. Taste was sweet at times, slightly bitter at others, with a very small touch of hops. Felt ok in the mouch, coated nicely, but a bit over carbonated in the mouth. Easy to drink, but the carbonation made me wait between sips.

Photo of GordonQuid
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper with a one inch white head and ample lacing.

Smells of fruity esters and light honey biscuit. Perhaps a piney hop note as well.

Taste is clean and crisp buttery biscuit with an extremely dry finish. Moderate carbonation along with the fruity esters gives this beer a light body that is unique for a "winter warmer". I could enjoy this beer on a hot day as equally as I did this very cold New Years day in Michigan.

Very drinkable. Would recommend buying and saving some for your Spring fishing trip.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into standard pint glass

a: copper color, small off white head with little retention

s: Apple domintaes the nose, also notes of buiscuit and spice.

t: similar to the smell, an apple sweetness dominates the palate immediatly. Not much bitter flavor.

m&d: medium bodied, slightly chewy and dry


Photo of kaseydad
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my fav snifter and it has a nice finger and a half white creamy head..which disappears but leaves a nice lace. Malty beer with nothing special sticking out and making it "different" from other malty beers. There is a dry finish with a mild aftertaste.

Not a bad beer, just not for me.

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