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Samuel Adams Cold Snap - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Cold SnapSamuel Adams Cold Snap

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960 Ratings

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-01-2014)
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Photo of Bookseeb


3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance holds a cloudy yellow orange color supporting a dissipating head. Smell of the citrus, wheat, mild malt, hop and spice. Taste follows the aroma having a citrus spiciness to it. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Seem to make for a nice seasonal session.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 00:30:54 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of Zorro


3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly of spice and cloves with a slight orange aroma. Nice hint of Cinnamon.

Starts out mildly sweet with a toasted pie crust flavor. Mildly sweet and mildly spicy but not quite a Pumpkin Pie.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK holiday Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 01:20:03 | More by Zorro
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From twelve ounce bottle dated to May 2014.

Scent is a citrus , soapy lemon. Appearance is hazy yellow orange with a decent white head. Head dissipates quickly, no lacing. Taste is of lemons and clove. Nothing very stimulating, neither good nor bad. Soapy aftertaste. Meh!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:59:07 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of TMoney2591


3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tulip pint glass at Beelow's.

Another day of free movies, another half-hour break, another chance to grab a pint at Beelow's. This time it's a seasonal wit from Sam Adams, which pours a hazy tawny-orange topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose is your usual wit base, comprising orange peel, light coriander, cracked wheat, and a twist of lemon; added on is a decently strong sense of straight grain, leaving things to take on a white bread sort of aroma, luckily mostly throughout the background. The taste brings in more of the same, that same white bread bit now a bit louder, but still second tier. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda crisp finish. Overall, an okay wit, but that breadiness really holds it back. If nothing else, it's better than the Cubs' performance in St. Louis...

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 18:28:03 | More by TMoney2591
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Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $14/6-pack

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, cloves and lemons. There is also a fair amount of banana.

Overall - Tastes a little like their Summer ale or maybe even a less sweet Blue Moon. Quite drinkable and somewhat refreshing but definitely nothing exciting. I wouldn't bother with this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 14:47:29 | More by spinrsx
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4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy body burnt-orange in color. The orange blushes giving the color of peach skin. One finger maybe a little more of carbonated misty head. Thin and "poppy" head depletes rather quick. But the body hues keep myself eyeballing the beer like I'm appraising a jewel.

S-Peach. Nectarine. Plum. Juicy. Honey-like sweet malts. Sour grape skins. Lilac. Floral. Perfumes your glass with time.

T-Smooth wheat. Wheat bread. I love the smooth almost flavorless wheat akin to straw and yet it's grainy enough to taste. Restrained orange. Dark dusty grapes/must. Hop is there, swish around you'll find it. Low level bitter hop primarily resides on the finish. And the obvious dominating plum is a refreshing take on witbier.

M-Low-high to medium-low body. Medium carbonation. Low tartness and sweetness like a plum starts the sip. Malty middle. Smooth sizzling medium bitter finish. Medium drying.

O-Nothing out of tune. The body color is the highlight of the beer, the plum addition as well.
Refreshing. A seasonal Sam Adams you'll look forward to every winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:39:22 | More by shacawgo24
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cold Snap has a pale, warm tone but the same frosty complexion as a winter window. This blurriness partly tarnishes its golden, honey-ish colour but the beer retains a good amount of shine. Its head is bleach-white and considerably frothy but also, as it turns out, short-lived.

Cold Snap is brewed with coriander, orange peel and plum but if you were to pull a Toucan Sam and follow your nose, you'd swear there was a lot more to this recipe than just that. The fruitiness extends to other tropical fruits (pineapple, lemon) and its fragrance contains impressions of ginger and lemongrass even if the beer itself does not.

According to its producer, the idea of Cold Snap is to offer "a transition away from the hearty brews of winter to the bright, lighter-bodied beers of summer". We normally think of Witbiers as summer offerings because of their inherently quenching and citrusy qualities, but the use of spices is quite typical of winter warmers and Christmas offerings...

That fact notwithstanding, this sure drinks like a warm weather beer. The first sip is immensely refreshing, but it doesn't end there; subsequent ones reveal tangy citrusy notes, zestful cracked coriander, more and more summer-ripe fruits, and delightful orange blossom florals. The impression of ginger is enforced by a faint little sting in the back of the throat.

I apparently enjoyed Samuel Adams Cold Snap a lot more than most other reviewers; it could just be that I really like the style (although this isn't the first time, it seems to be a trend). Hesitant at first, I was glad to have bought an entire six-pack. In fact, I'll probably buy another next spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:48:10 | More by biegaman
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3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Draft pour into a Sam Adams curved lager glass:

A - pours golden to pale orange with a very tightly bubbled head and almost no lacing throughout sipping. Looks thick and fully opaque with little to no effervescence.

S - lemon, orange peel, tangerine, bright berries and wild grass fields, like.... wheat! There are undertones of burnt sugar and honey.

T - fruity, initially tastes like Froot Loops cereal with berry and lemon notes. Additionally, there are orange and other citrus fruit elements that open to more grassy and floral flavors, but these are pretty subtle.

M - initially viscous and a little chewy, the beer finishes slightly dry and leaves the top of the mouth and sides of tongue dry, wanting another sip especially. Overall, pleasant per the style with a little chalkiness.

O - a fairly standard witbier offering as far as mouthfeel and appearance go, but perhaps a little too fruity in a boxed cereal kind of way for the witbier affiocionado. Good, not awesome. Pair it with wheat beer foods.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2014 04:41:02 | More by MinisterCurry
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3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, it has a murky orange color body with small creamy head. The aroma has a peppery and coriander smell to it. The taste has spicy characters to it, pepper and coriander are the ones I pick up. I also get a little citrus on the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and overall a really tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:24:42 | More by chefhatt
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New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, dense, harvest gold-orange coloring with a strong inner presence of visible carbonation. Chalky white, creamy, head sits atop with a average size and average retention rate.

S: Nose of sweet spices of cinnamon, ginger, with some grahm crackers and lemony hints. LIght dry cypress with a dry dusting leave of nutmeg.

T: Flavor was spicy, lemony-orange, nutmeg and ginger spicing with some dry wheat backing. Hints of cypress and pine, creamy curaco oranges, sweet malts and a show of yeasty attributes of cloves and light tartness.

M: creamy, lush wheat, nice crackling of carbonation, medium bodied, lightly tart and spicy hold.

O: Overall a fairly easy drinking spring beer for the breaking of seasons. Not to bold, but an easy drinking, relaxing beer with just the right amount of sweet and spicy nature to spring into the new season with. Light, crisp, easy drinking multiple.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:18:33 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Ohiolager


3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adam's Cold Snap 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a hazy golden color, has a very orange tint to it. a two finger peach white head that gives way to decent lacing. head dissipates to a thin layer that sits on top.

the smell is inviting. oranges, plums, breads, wheat's, and some spices in the background.

the taste mirrors the smell. crisp oranges, spices, a hint of plums maybe some cinnamon too.

the mouth feel is crisp, clean and refreshing. not watery, more close to a medium body. i have no complaints.

overall not a bad witbier. however much better on tap. i only rate brews at the time i drink them. since i don't have a keg at home this review is from bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 05:49:40 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of Brenden


3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer, seemingly best for the transition from bitterly cold to hopefully warm, reflects that with a bright, shining deep gold color. On top is a bone-white head that develops to a full fluffy finger. Retention is pretty good, and the foam that's left once the head has settles deposits spotting and light patching in like kind.
It offers an interesting sweet/dry contrast, pretty complex but not verging too far past moderate in its balance. It has an interestingly high sweetness, considering, as lots of caramel and honey-glazed pale and tropical fruits come out strongly along with tart lemon and orange and/or grapefruit rind. Dry kitchen spices linger underneath the whole way, above which comes some earth that's likely part yeast and part light hops. It's got a little mustiness to it, and malts offer bread and dark fruits from middle to finish.
The feel starts off bright but never reaches that light fluffiness and creamy texture the style strives for. In the middle, after the smoothness drops off, comes an almost pithy, chalky dryness that's a little too hard rather than lightly acidic.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 18:21:44 | More by Brenden
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2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is quite fragrant: orange zest, coriander and ground black pepper.
The taste is a little shocking. There's a lot going on: black pepper and orange loaded in the beginning, grainy in the middle and finishes a little soapy and mild bitter note.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
The flavor profile is convoluted, like riding on a rickety rollercoaster. Not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 08:49:29 | More by Fatehunter
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3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, straw colored, a bit amber
Pure white foamy head. Nice small bubbles, tightly packed head that lingers well for a bargain beer.

Oranges? It smells like new belgium’s Trippel.

VERY mild in flavor. But, so pleasant. A small taste of hops. Not sweet at all. A perfect beer for having six on a hot day. I’d like to find more to describe it, but it’s so simple. Very mildly bitter, soft in flavor all over.

Remarkable. Likely because it’s unfiltered… but it lingers, it feels thick like Ovila Abbey Saisson. That said, the bitterness doesn’t grow. It just pleasantly fades.

Drank two 12 ounce bottles in a tulip glass
There are two things I usually don’t prefer in beer… Yellow, and Cheap. This beer is both, but it does them so well it makes me want to change my mind.
This beer tastes like the perfect drink after mowing the lawn. It’s very similar to New Belgium’s Trippel, but a bit more watery, and much less alcohol.
It’s one of the best bargain beers I’ve had in several months.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 21:57:57 | More by burntoutphilosopher
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4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crips, juicy, and spicy wheat driven aroma with good hints of citrus and pepper. Upfront wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, yeast, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Big spice hints of coriander and white pepper. Fruit hints of orange, lemon, and light plum. Subtle background hints of Noble hops. A pretty solid crisp aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a crisp and clean wheat driven taste with good notes of citrus and pepper. Upfront taste of wheat and pale malt with notes of grains, straw, yeast, cracker, and biscuit. Spice notes of coriander and white pepper. Citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon along with a light note of plum. Background notes of Noble hops add a little drying bitterness. A pretty solid light wheat beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Witbier. Good mix of citrus fruit esters and coriander spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 06:25:28 | More by MattyG85
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3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy, peach color. Good enough head retention, good enough lacing. Nice color.

Smell: Creamy wheat, slight citrus and spices. A little bread in the middle.

Taste: Plum and spices with a wheat overtone.

Notes: It does taste like every other Sam I've ever had, just different. I mean that in the best and worst ways. I love and hate Sam.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 01:41:23 | More by travolta
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2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Lemon zest, orange rind, and citrus aromatics up front. Doughy wheat bread notes in the background. No hop aroma-- ok considering the style

Appearance: Turbid river water amber pour with a low white cap that retains reasonably well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Doughy wheat bread sweetness up front. Slight orange juice-like notes as it warms on the back of the tongue. Balance is even handed with wheat bread maltiness and earthy, citrus-like bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat, astringency, or oiliness noted.

Overall impression: Meh. A pretty forgettable Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 18:24:07 | More by mattcrill
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3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Cold Snap is a seasonal witbier brewed for late winter and spring. Poured from the bottle into a glass stein, its got a decent antique white that goes away quick. The lacing is great. The body is your average witbier hazy, pale gold. Nothing bad, but not exceptional either

I can faintly smell the plums. That aside, average witbier hint of citrus.

As with the scent, the fruit taste is passive on taste. Again, besides the tiny bit of plum, this is an average witbier taste to me.

3.5 for the moutfeel, as it is slightly more crisp than other witbiers I've tried.

Overall, a 3.5 . I enjoyed this brew and the kiss of plum put in with the average witbier components. I would drink this on a cool, rainy April or May evening. I may buy this berw again

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 20:33:01 | More by Caveworm
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3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cold Snap Brew by Boston Beer Company. Pours out of the bottle with a small white head. The color is a cloudy amber color. It has the appearance of apple cider but lighter. This beer is not filtered so it is cloudy. The smell of this brew is sweet with citrus , also smell rich. This brew has smell and look of other wheat beers on the market. The taste is ok nothing fancy but you can taste the citrus. I not picking up on the plum in this brew. Cold Snap goes down smooth and crisp, not a bad brew at all. There is nothing bad about the taste or smell of this brew. This would be a nice beer to drink on spring night after a long day. Over all I giving Samuel Adams Cold Snap a 4 out 5 one of the better Samuel Adams brews I had .

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 03:53:18 | More by nicholas2121
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United Kingdom (England)

3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass, good sized white head.

Mild sweet grassy scent.

Taste is not for hop heads, very floral, slightly bitter finish. Very smooth mouthfeel. As I said, not the most hoppy beer but would be great for a summer evening. Refreshing but not a lot of depth to the flavor.

Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 21:42:12 | More by Sam-VW
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3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-light amber color with a decent white head and little lacing

S-light wheat, citrus, hint of floral, grass

T-wheat bread, light citrus, little floral, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-not much depth to the flavor here, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 10:42:21 | More by MDDMD
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3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fell in love with this one recently. Should of drank it more during the earlier part of the winter. Hoping it will go on sale for the spring. One of the few wheats that come in a can. Never really been a huge fan of Sammy Adams, but this one is really good. good enough to take time out to review. Pours out of the can into a glass nicely. Kind of a hazy dirty blonde color. Bit of foam on top. Kind of has a citrusy twang to it, but I really can't pin down that specific orange or grapefruit note like in some others. Also lacking that classic hoppy Sam Adams bite or taste or whatever that makes me know I'm drinking a Boston Sammy.

I see alot of Illinoisans and Hoosiers have tasted this one recently. We know what we are talking about when it comes to beer and Pizza. This is definitely a good pizza pub drinker.

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 00:24:42 | More by 12packnight
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3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a murky yellow color. There was a bit of a white foam head that left some lacing. The aroma is OK. Some wheat, touch of orange and some coriander. The taste is OK. Some wheat, touch of the coriander and faint orange. Not the best Witbier, but not bad either.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 01:20:42 | More by Boto
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured out a cloudy amber color. Two fingers of frothy off white head. A thin layer remains throughout.

S: Slight orange and banana scents. Bready malt and yeast.

T: Very similar to the smell.

M: Medium body and medium carb.

O: An easy drinker but kind of boring. Not the best representation of the style either. It was like they decided to mix the darker maltiness of most of their other beers and mix it into this witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 21:42:09 | More by mpedara429
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3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy orange/yellow with a decent white head. The head leaves like it's scared. Real scared. No lacing due to the scared head.

Smell: lemony, weird spices, citrus. Something seems a little off.

Taste: Like the smell but nothing seemed off. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, astringent

This beer is okay, and I could enjoy a couple, but I don't want to settle for this because there are so many better beers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 06:34:30 | More by donmonkey1
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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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