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

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.

Added by tbryan5 on 01-01-2014

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not really much going on here at first. A relatively bland initial flavor, followed by a sweet and sort of cinnamony aftertaste. Pretty underwhelming.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: highly cloudy light-orange hue with a finger of creamy ivory foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell: bready malt with a lightly spiced character; there's a fairly big dose of orange zest as well, it would seem. Not bad, but a little heavy for a witbier.

Taste: a little more wheaty than the aroma, but still with a sweet breadiness. Spices are a little less pronounced here, but the orange zest remains a prominent feature. Again, not bad, but it lacks the lightness of a really good witbier.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: OK, but a little heavy for me. I think it's the sweet breadiness of the malt that is pulling it down.

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Photo of HILKERT009
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard it wasn't that great then I tried it, bam! Good stuff. Has a clean but homey flavor like citrus and banana bread together I could be mistaken though I'm no expert.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite sam adams beers. I love the hazy look, it has a really good flavor and it's very smooth. You can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours hazy "dirty" orange under a dense white head which looks pretty legit.

The aroma reminds me of a souped up Blue Moon, with an undefined but very nice fruitiness (the plum maybe?) and some sweet wheatish sort of grain aroma. Very inviting.

The flavor immediately seems a bit sweet, which would be nice if there was even a tiny kick of hop bitterness on the back end. There isn't, which makes this feel sort of limp in the mouth. Not nice. I do taste a bit of fruit juice, and there is an oranges and cream note as well. There isn't even a bite of yeasty spice to offset the sweetness. Unbalanced.

Conclusion: When I smelled this I thought "Now BA is too harsh on this beer, it is going to be pretty good!" When I tasted it I thought "Oh, they were right. This isn't even as 'good' as Blue Moon, which is certainly not a compliment."

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Photo of jasadewi
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a cloudy and light orange color. It's mildy carbonated with a surprisingly decent sized fluffy white head after the pour. It has a very blunt and powerful wheaty aroma. It's a very pleasant smell and much more wheaty than spicy. It's a beer that goes down the throat easily with a very average mouthfeel. It's flavor is considerably more wheat driven than the only over Witbier I've had (Blue Moon, no surprise). The aftertaste stayed with me, and while I think it is a good example of an American Witbier, the wheaty side of the taste spectrum might not be for me. It does have a smell and a flavor that seem fitting for it's seasonal release - early spring.

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Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks great and smells alright, but odd fruity esters along with overdone plum notes really turn this one too sweet and thus into an average at best beer.

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Photo of hman43
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look: loudy golden orange in appearance.

Smell: Aromas of fruit including orange.

Taste: Flavors of wheat, fruity esters , orange and toast.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it and it is smooth drinking with most of the flavors dominated by orange.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keg just blew. Lol. Drinking on draught at the Keg & Cork.

Pours a hazy orange yellow with an inch of billowy foam.

Smells of some light spices that include coriander and clove. Yeasty with an earthy maltiness to it.

Earthy malt, light spicing, mild mix of lemon and orange citrus. Being actually from the bottom of the keg, as they did not have another one to put on, the malt is both earthy and sweet much resembling caramel.

On the lower side of medium bodied. .nice level of carbonation.

Not too shabby.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Safeway
Golden orange cloudy color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tangy citrus spicy taste
Smells of spicy orange
Overall a refreshing beer with a lot of taste to keep it interesting. I would drink it again.

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Photo of MACrist
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: A murky orange/amber. Can just make out some small quickly rising bubbles. About a finger of white head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. No real lacing to speak of.
AROMA: Coriander, yeasty and bready, citrus.
TASTE: First thought is orange juice. A little pepper like quality on the finish. A little bit lemony.
FEEL: Medium thin body. Above average carbonation. Pretty dry all the way through the sip.
OVERALL: Super mild, non offensive, just not much going on. Definitely drinkable, hell, chug-able. Which I did for the last half of it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

Hazy golden color

Spicy aroma notes

Taste is peppery, cinnamon, coriander, spicy notes over a malt base

Good, smooth mouthfeel

Good beer

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Photo of jhartley
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. There was a nice amount of lemony flavor to it but not anything that great. A decent offering from Sam Adams, not a Witbier I would really seek out in the future, but was well worth the try.

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Photo of CNoj012
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a hazy golden orange with small bright white head. Smell is very bland. Pretty much run of the mill Sam Adams maltiness with some spices. Taste is actually gross. The sweetness combines with the artificial orange taste to somewhat remind me of orange soda with some spice flavors as well. Feel is light and the finish is dry. Overall, pass.

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Photo of JimKal
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've got to admit that I liked this more than I expected I would. Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice head. Leaves some nice lacing on the drink down. The spices are really quite mild and provide a subtle background flavor. I had it in a sampler and then went out and bought some more.

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Photo of drtth
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy golden color with a touch of orange blended in. The 1" white head soon begins to reced to a thin layer of foam on the liquid leaving some foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some sheets of foam that become lots of scattered patches and legs of foam. By about midway through there's a small thin island of foam and a ring that persist to create smaller numbers of patches of lacing on the glass.

The aromas include orange peel, some coriander and wheat with what seems a bit of lemon in the mix.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the orange and coriander up front, but with some sweetness and grainy bread like flavors playing a big role.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy with the gentle persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins a bit before midway through and fairly suddenly as the orange and coriander drop off and the grainy bread emerges to dominate and then gradually fade into some earthy bitterness and dryness at the end

Thought this was an interesting beer to try since it is unfiltered and that seems to contribute to the aromas and flavors in a very subtle way. That said I'll probably not seek this beer out again since I long ago discovered that Allagash makes my favorite Witbier and this one hasn't changed my mind.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: March 12, 2016... GLASSWARE: Rare Vos shaker.. OCCASION: as the clock springs ahead, it's time to break out the Cold Snap... APPEARANCE: cloudy, sediment-riffled light amber body... head is white as snow and creamy, leaving streaks akin to frosting... AROMA: coriander and orange peel, front and center... the peppery elements are alluring, with some bubblegum and banana... PALATE: slightly textured, with a smooth movement to the throat... medium aftertaste pairs with a light body... easy drinking and quick to drain... TASTE: the aroma profile plays pretty true to form in its taste, with pepper and orange pleasantly, softly stirring the light bubblegum and banana over an equally soft malt base... the flavor is a pleasant balance of the wheat and ale genres.... nothing really outstanding... OVERALL: a timely offering that presents varied elements and produces a mellow, slammable... reminiscent of Victory's classic Whirlwind...

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy shade of gold, with a foamy white head. A bit of lacing left behind. Notes of spice, pepper, and citrus congregate to form a warming aroma. Smooth, yeast, banana, and clover open up with a little bit of a spice and pepper tinge at the end. Mouth feel is smooth. Easy to go down, with a good, medium-thin consistency. Overall, a solid beer. It leaves a bit of a spicy sting on my tongue for a while afterwards. The aroma and the aftertaste match, with the intermediate taste being a bit of a clash.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque gold producing 1 finger of off-white, tight head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is wheat, yeast, lemon, coriander & spice. Taste is similar with pepper & grass. Finishes with candy like undertones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, incredibly creamy & smooth.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a bottle of this from a Trader Joe's in St. Paul, MN. Cold Snap pours a hazy golden hue with a small head and just a bit of lacing. The scent is mainly of wheat with hints of coriander. The taste has a lot of wheat going on with hints of spices as well. Overall this is a decent witbier.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a neutral hazy orange body with a slight sudsy head. The scent is very fruity with lots of apricot. The taste follows with additional fruity sweet notes, and a nice grain element as well. It finishes with a fairly heavy follow-up and a nice moderate carbonation. Overall a nice witbier, though a bit too sweet for me. Perhaps that's just witbier though.

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Photo of dwillie733
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a nice witbier from Samuel Adams. Good overall taste and very drinkable especially on draft and not bottles. Much better than Sam's standard Boston Lager.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Common Man in Windham, NH. The beer had a bright but cloudy orange appearance and a decently thick white head with good lacing. Aromas definitely included a rich amount of orangepeel mixed with other citrus flavors and bready hops. Taste followed the nose with an orange flavor with a decent sweetness to the drink. Pretty good carbonation that helped crisp the drink up, especially with its citrus taste. Overall, some decent balance of flavors, smells, and mouthfeel with this one.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this was a very surprising treat. Crisp and refreshing. The flavor is dominated by wheat, orange, coriander, and a little fruity sweetness I can only assume is from the plum. This addition of plum give this one a nice surprise note that you don't find in this style of beer. It is enough to make it stand out from the rest and really make me ready for Spring. Worth a revisit.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.59/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger large head, with quite a full texture. The body is golden and murky

Smells of bananas, Belgian yeast, and moderate caramel.

Taste is subtle, and honestly quite boring. Tart and semi-sweet citrus makes an appearance. But generally, quite boring. Mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation.

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