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

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BA SCORE
78
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1,318 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,318
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 184 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-01-2014

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Photo of mblakesley
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BuddyZ
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antc2382
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a nearby bowling alley. Nice Witbier.. Does not feel like it is your typical wide release beer. Looks like your average witbier with some nice lacing throughout. Smells ok, no distinction, your typical citrus for style. I like the taste. It's not too citrusy at all, which I like. I may not seek it out, but will be a go to at this particular spot moving forward.

Photo of RyanPoff
4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A sunny gold with about a finger of white head. Kind of hazy. Perfect for a wheat.

S: Honey, oranges, a grainy, spicy zest. Again, excellent.

T: A sweet orange taste. Lots of grain and some lemon as well. Tastes like sunshine in a can.

M: A bit full bodied for a wheat. Well carbonated.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Publix with hopes that it might one day supplant Blue Moon as the staple American macro wit. Nothing against Blue Moon, but I'm just tired of it. I know this is just a seasonal, but if MillerCoors can brew it all year round, so can Sam!

Poured in to a pint glass, a marshmallow-like crown of finely carbonated foam graces the hazy, honey-golden ale before briskly receding to a one finger head. Thin lacing remains as the only sign of that remarkable white cap. Excellent retention. The aroma promises sweet citrus orange, and ripe purple plum. The first sip brings a bready sweet malt backbone with a balanced orange peel zest. The moderate spicing accentuates the citrus notes and gives it a peppery punch. There's a nice grassy wheat flavor that permeates the whole experience. Fairly clean finish, as the balance of flavors restrain any one of the elements from becoming too dominant. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, with tame carbonation, making it extremely easy to gulp. Refreshing and satisfying. A touch basic, but delicious nonetheless. For a mass-marketed seasonal American witbier it stands above it's contemporaries. It lacks the near-cloying sweetness of Blue Moon and the off aftertaste. It steers clear of the adjunct flavors that creep in to Shocktop, and has more nuance than the fruity pebbles flavors of Sunset Wheat. I enjoy all of the aforementioned beers to one degree or another, but Cold Snap is definitely a step above in my mind. It's no Allagash White, but it's pretty damn tasty.

Photo of Columbus37
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with little head and shows cloudy pale Amber in the glass. Nose has some very light spice notes. Lightly carbonated, and tastes a bit thin but with light orange and spice flavor, like a slightly watered down creamcicle with a bit of a yeast kicker. Wouldn't drink a bunch of these, but refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of TylerKitchens
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B-Land
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickSMpls
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rjp217
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drews240
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FitgerFanatic
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spedprof
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillCheck
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HattedClassic
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours some nice white and foamy head that takes quite a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a cloudy and orangish straw color. The beer leaves some pretty nice lacing.

The beer smell has an orange cream note that is pretty good. The smell notes are orange with other fruits such plum and coriander and other spices. The smell aalso has a nice peppery note but doesn't work as well because it dominates the other notes with a little bit of burning. The only issue is the spices are fairly muted compared to the fruit notes.

The beer taste is very similar to the smell. Overall, the beer has an orange ice cream note to it that is delicious. The spice notes include coriander but are just as muted when compared to the fruit notes. The taste also has a slight and very small pepper taste. The fruit notes are the same with orange and plum.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The beer has very little carbonation but you don't really feel it. The beer is light bodied but feels heavier than a white ale should.

Overall, a pretty decent white ale and worth getting at least once. It most certainly isn't Allagash but it does offer an interesting variation.

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tjquality
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dental
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of timbocf
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I didn't hate it, but I wasn't crazy about it either. I guess I'm not much of a hefe fan. It was a little too fruity. Kinda reminded me of watered down Mt Dew with some orange juice mixed in?

Photo of justintcoons
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wheaty, lemony, orangey, and uninspired.

Photo of Lavonnq
4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 1,318 ratings.