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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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1,766 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,766
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 52 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Tried out the Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome tonight, it turned out to be a decent beer

The appearance was a light Amber color with a off white head that seemed to last quite a long time.

When I first smelled it, I noticed it was very sweet, followed by a aray of different smells such as carmel

The taste was very smooth with a slight aftertaste. Being that it's supposenly a winter beer, I thought the taste would be more bold than what it is

The mouthfeel was not that much, just smooth

I'd say drinkability it wasn't bad. It's something that I would drink again, but wouldn't run to the store directly for it.

01-23-2010 06:29:48 | More by beerguru15
Photo of Spineypanda


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Has a nice amber golden color. Nice head that lasts... not large though.
Smells of malts and some caramalized malts.
Tastes like malts. Nice malty English beer with a bit of sweetness not much though which makes it nice.

I think that seriously I would probably drink this again, not as a winter beer though as a normal beer.

01-22-2010 02:43:56 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

I enjoy a scatter Samuel Smith beer. Their nut brown is a staple of mine and I enjoy their imperial stout when it's available. The winter warmer was a new one for me so I picked it up.

It looked a little light. It's heavily carbonated and the head receded very quickly to nothing but the faintest ring. Sad really. And the color is just an unremarkable pale brown. Poo.

The smell is sweet.. notes of bubblegum and dominate. The taste is fairly sweet as well. Lots of malt up front with some hops in the back but not a great deal. Some light spiciness has been added to make the beer a bit more interesting but it's about all that's really going on here.

Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is just ok. This beer neither pleases or displeases.

01-19-2010 22:59:37 | More by Ralphus
Photo of damndirtyape


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Single bottle (assume brewed in this season, but no date to prove that) poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Poured a thick head that died down to a 1/8" off-white head all the way across. Some lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it down. The beer is a amber color, right between yellow and orange. Small amount of bubbles coming up through the beer.

Smell: A sweet malt smell, with some hint of white grapes towards the end.

Taste: A malt start, followed by a bitter middle and end. The aftertaste is similar to a buttery cracker. Appealing and as it warms up, the balance tips towards the bitter, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Just a little carbonation on the tongue, otherwise a bit thick and a hint of something oily in there (lingers on the tongue and teeth).

Drinkability: I think this has to be done with a meal. By itself it's interesting, but I think it would be better over a long meal where you have this interesting flavor combination highlight things between bites. What's weird is that when I had this earlier in the season at a beer tasting with holiday goodies I thought it was great, but I only had a small glass. Now at the end of the 550ml bottle all by myself my opinion has changed.

01-16-2010 23:30:09 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -6%

Pours a clear amber, a thin white head and lots of carbonation.

Smells biscuity, citrusy, some butterscotch, caramel cinnamon and spice.

Tastes like it smells, buttery, doughy and spicey with a lingering bitter hop finish that is somewhat unpleasant.

Pretty carbonated mouthfeel and somewhat smooth. But not very drinkable, I would never try this again, not very good compared to their other offerings.

01-16-2010 02:45:01 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome, poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. A muddled copper in color with ok head retention.

Aroma is of biscuity malt and toffee.

Flavor has some caramel, buttery diacetyl, and faint spices on the back end. Hop bitterness is low and the beer finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly smooth.

Solid drinkability, a nice beer but much unlike many of the darker, roasted winter warmers produced in the states.

01-14-2010 00:34:00 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of qazelisc


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale 2009-2010

500ml bottle into pint glass

a - amber, copper to reddish brown, medium white head, fair lacing

s- sweet malts, caramel, apple cider, citrus, floral

t - sweet caramel malts, some spice, floral/herbal finish

m - light to medium bodied and slightly warming

d - less malt and spice profile than a typical winter ale, so it's easy drinking, maybe a little lacking in character and not terribly exciting but won't disappoint.

01-13-2010 17:13:40 | More by qazelisc
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

A year ago we did a three year vertical of 06, 07 and 08:

All three pour impeccably, revealing a light mahogany liquid with an exceptionally sticky cream coloured head that laces well. Only a slight difference in hue between each version. Caramel and cinnamon aromas, of which the older versions have some diacetyl, which adds a bit more depth. Caramel and bready malts, with cinnamon spicing. As the aroma hints, the older versions have a bit more diacetyl, and the depth this adds makes me prefer the 06. The newer version has more floral notes that have died in the other bottles. All three have a satisfying mouthfeel.

An interesting comparison of a classic winter warmer. O6 was the winner for me, followed by the 08 and then the 07.

This past weekend we repeated the vertical, but now dropping out the 06 and bringing the 09 to the fold. In general, I'd say my comments hold, though I did notice a more pronounced hoppiness in the most recent beer which didn't seem to be presence in past brews even when fresh. I think the Sam Smith's is a decent take on the style, but its not the sort of beer I'd usually go for, and I think the quality is not what it once was.

01-11-2010 14:22:21 | More by bobsy
Photo of GreenCard


3/5  rDev -18.3%

Appearance: deep-orange to copper, lots of bubbles, off-white froth that collapses on itself leaving specks on the glass

Aroma: subtle scent of unripe apples and malt but a bit one-dimensional

Flavor: dry malt balance with a crisp, woody hop bitterness; peach-pit flavor and a dry finish with lingering hoppiness on the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, some warmth in the throat

Other comments: A decent beer but a bit mundane.

01-11-2010 01:59:24 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Riccymon


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours from the bottle an orangey-amber color with one finger of head; a good-looking beer, but this is the first indication that Winter Welcome isn't quite the winter warmer that I expected. Smell is very light--a little fruity and floral. Notes of apple cider and lemon, but they're subtle enough as to get lost in the pint glass now and then. My only real complaint is about the weak nose on this beer.

Tasting Winter Welcome confirmed the lead-in from the aroma; this is a nice English pale ale/bitter. Notes of apple, orange juice, lemon, and a slight zip of pepper make up Winter Welcome. It's no spicy malt-bomb like other winter warmers, and I'd feel more at home drinking it in the summer. Nevertheless, I'm going to rate it for what it is-- a crisp, well-crafted English beer with the flavors to keep me drinking.

Mouthfeel is light in body with a slight mineral bitterness I associate with English pales. Terribly easy to drink, and I would have enjoyed drinking it when the weather is warmer rather than on one of the cooler days of the year.

01-10-2010 18:58:44 | More by Riccymon
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

3 year vertical of 500ml bottles, from this years going back to 2007-2008 version, courtesy of Derek! The score is a composite from all three.

Pours a light golden caramel, perhaps like an oktoberfest, lighter than I would peg a winter warmer as. They all get a finger or so of head rising up and a little lacing left.

Light caramel and fruits in the nose, clean and almost lagerish. In the 09-10 a hint of grassy hops comes out. Light spicing, hard to pick out which ones they are.

They were actually all quite different though I found it hard to really like any of them. The hopping in the fresh version was completely absent in the other 2, fruits more pronounced as it aged, the 08-09 had a bit of a toffee/caramel note that was more pronounced. All with light spicing (more coming out in the 09-10), edgy carbonation, a herbal dryness in the finish which was more pronounced in the fresh version. Slight metallic note there as well. Older versions more caramel, sweet - but not much else going on.

Not really my thing, pretty uninspiring. Pretty sure 2 years is this one's max, I wouldn't let it sit in the cellar any longer than that.

01-09-2010 16:27:36 | More by ritzkiss
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4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

pours a bright vivid copper with a light fluffy head. basically no retention

light scents of apple, pear, caramel, and floral hops

light apple and light pear up front with a light floral hop kick. a bit of sweet malts through out and in the finish

light to moderate carbonation, medium body

a very easy drinking ale. lots of flavor that compliment the cold winter months.

01-07-2010 01:34:33 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of beerwolf77


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into my pint glass the beer is red tinted golden color. The beige head reaches three fingers and nearly escapes my glass. Gobs of sticky lace remain around the glass after a brief rest. A nice cap rest gently on top of the beer.

The aroma is lightly hopped with a strong malt presence. Very sweet with hints of apple and lemons.

The flavor is very malty. It's actually more malt then I was ready for. Hints of hops but you really gotta search for them. It has a sort of apple juice feeling to it.

Medium body with lots of carbonation.

Overall nowhere near my expectations. A nice beer but I think I will pass on it next christmas.

01-07-2010 00:54:40 | More by beerwolf77
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

I wouldv'e bought this beer anyways, but I've got to say I was really drawn to the bottle design. Looks like an old Christmas fair poster.

Pours a very clear amber, with a bit of visible carbonation. About an inch of thick, white head, recedes into a thin layer. Some flecks of lacing.

The nose isn't too prominent; I only pick up slight notes of apple, light malts, maybe a bit of orange peel.

This brew grew on me as it warmed up a bit. Starts off with lighter malts, with a bit of spiciness near the middle (nutmeg, cinnamon), but it's only slight. Every so often I get a touch of clove as well. Finishes tart and slightly dry, a bit of hop bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is right on the mark; medium carbonation, body is a bit on the thinner side.

Not a bad little brew, but it didn't really wow me. Highly drinkable, though; the light entry and the tart finish were quite refreshing, but not exactly what I was looking for.

01-06-2010 22:23:34 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

550 ml bottle purchased at Capone's Restaurant, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass.

A - Poured translucent amber with a 1/2 inch white head. Recedes to a collar with a small amount of lacing.

S - Spicy possibly nutmeg and hints of ginger. Definitely some dark fruits present, raisin and figs. Little hop presence. An odd metallic, iron scent

T - Malts stay sweet and spicy (nutmeg and ginger). Hints of sweet caramel and molasses. I expected something roastier but light malt profile is complex and refreshing. Accentuated by raisins and figs. Seemed tannic but halfway through the glass the hop finish became evident. Slightly piny and bitter to balance the sweet malts. A few swirls of the glass presented a light smoky wood character.

M - Thin/medium bodied with low carbonation which works for the style. Bitter hops lingers on the palate.

D - True to form, Sam Smith Winter Warmer has high drinkability. Abv is on the lower side and hidden completely. Flavors are all pleasant and no off flavors present.

01-05-2010 04:58:07 | More by strictly4DK
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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

My fiance picked this up for me.

Appearance- amber color, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- fruit, malts

Taste- malts, fruits

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I enjoyed it. A little differen than most winter warmers I have had but I still liked it.

01-04-2010 04:05:29 | More by jeffjeff1
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New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

sam smith's winter welcome ale

P/A= pours a true amber color with a two and a half finger head, which is white in color.

S= smells like most beers theirs noting that really stands out.

MF= tiny tingling bubbles everywhere.

average good beer will buy again, but i was expecting something unique and different but it dose have good lacing.


01-03-2010 00:54:26 | More by mrcarterxxl
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 550 ml bottle into by Petrus flute.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger foamy white head. Slowly settles. Leaves a nice blanket of bubbles on the surface. More spotty lacing remains as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, almonds, and chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, nuts, and a little bitter butterscotch tone.

M: Full and robust. Bitter aftertaste. Kinda' dry finish.

D: Great body and flavor. I like to go ahead and drink this one down.

Atmosphere is really nice. Better than average appearance, and a pleasing but pretty basic nose. Flavor is also not so complex, but full and robust. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

01-02-2010 06:28:15 | More by bmwats
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

550ml bottle. Pretty involved English culture and brewing history-heavy label on this bottle - what with the traveling circus-style information layout.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden amber hue (it reflects the Christmas tree lights very nicely), with two fingers of weakly puffy, generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves a curtain of sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.

It smells of mild bready caramel malt, brown sugar, simmering applesauce, and a few warming spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger. The taste is consistent with the aroma - caramel and subdued toffee malt, dark sugar, and soft muddled holiday spices, with only a smidgen of booze warming.

The carbonation is fairly inert, the body a decent medium weight, awkwardly smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes on the bittersweet side, genuinely malty, lightly spiced, and replete with a residual noble hop essence.

An adequately comforting winter ale, reminiscent of holiday seasons past, spice and malt-wise, if not altogether warming. Still worthy as an New Year's offering, as I root for the Canucks versus the dreaded Yanks in their Junior hockey showdown.

01-01-2010 08:15:23 | More by biboergosum
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Pours a clear bubbly amber with a foamy eggshell white head. A thin layer retains, but it's enough to leave pretty good lacing.

S: Apples, with light yeast and a hint of alcohol.

T: Relatively mild, starting sweet and leading into a surprisingly hoppy finish. Finishes dry.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: Drinks reasonably well, though the finish is fairly bitter.

12-30-2009 21:52:46 | More by seand
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz bottle drank out of a standard pint glass. 2009 edition.

A- this one pours out a clear amber colored body. a small white head sits on top and lasts most of the glass. tiny rings of lacing are left behind.

S- sweet caramel malts. pretty fruity as well. raisins, cherries, and grapes mostly. not much in the way of hops, except for a small dose of earthy hops.

T-the taste goes along with the smell. lots of sweet caramel malts and fruits. raisins, grapes, and cherries. earthy hops at the end with no trace of alcohol.

M- medium to full bodied. palate coating. a nice soft level of carbonation.

D- not my favorite style, but this is something that i wouldnt mind sampling one or two times a year. not in quantities greater than one in a session though.

12-30-2009 14:44:10 | More by jwinship83
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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

From bottle, poured into a 20oz English Pint glass
Serving Temp: 47degrees

A - Poured a clear, golden color with a slight head. No initial lacing on the glass.

S - Smells decent. Earthy resonance, slightly malty scent. Nothing stands out terribly.

T - Has a fair balance between its malt and hops, but is certainly lacking something special. Almost tastes like an everyday, malt backed beer, not so much a seasonal special. Not a bad beer, but not remarkable.

M - Carb is good for the style, not too much.nor too little. Has a good stick about it after you swallow.

D - This is a really drinkable beer, as it doesn't really bite you like some Winter Seasonals do. I would like it to have the extra umph that we see in others, but this is their way, so be it. Overall a nice beer, but there are better Winters out there.

12-30-2009 00:22:35 | More by FreeTibet
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3.78/5  rDev +3%

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale poured light amber with a short-lived two-finger head. It left nothing on the glass.

The smell and taste were syrupy sweet caramel. It was dominated by malt. The feel was flat--there was very little carbonation and no bitterness.

I left the bottle out of the refrigerator after pouring the first glass, making the second glass much warmer, which vastly improved the experience. By-and-large, Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale is a non-descript malty ale, the likes of which can be found any time of the year; however it was a sweet tasty pleasure as it warmed.

12-29-2009 20:47:36 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of KI9A


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Beautiful crystal clear amber. Nice head, good retention. Cool lace chunks.

S: Dank, brown sugar, earthy.

T: Earthy, bisquity as hell. Some slight skunkness, dank like the nose. Finishes with some slight hop bite.

M: Very dry. Some residual bitterness.

D: 6% ABV, nice taste, nice drinking beer. Decent quaffer.

12-29-2009 00:57:44 | More by KI9A
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

I haven't had this beer in a few years. It is so palatable, sessionable and delicious.

A – Nice deep amber hue, crystal-clear, with moderate head and good retention.

S – Earthy, dank, spicy hop dominates the profile. Which is not to say that the smell is overpowering, it is just the main constituent.

T – Deliciously hoppy, with a very earthy and savory, biscuity taste and backed by a sturdy but dryer malt. This beer is tremendously rewarding in flavor, an accessible taste.

M – Well carbonated and with a dry finish.

D – Very drinkable, and likely to be appreciated by anyone who drinks beer.

12-26-2009 01:03:37 | More by ktrillionaire
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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