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

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215 Reviews
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Reviews: 215
Hads: 1,793
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 534 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-01-2014

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.
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Reviews: 215 | Hads: 1,793
Photo of IanOsea
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is personally my favorite beer I've had so far. It's a delicious wheat beer so it's very easy to drink. Semi-sweet with a hint of a citrus to it. Other than one other brand of beer, I pretty much stock-up on Cold Snap every Spring. It just goes well with just about every meal (even breakfast). For me, Cold Snap and Spring just go hand-in-hand. I wish they made this beer year-round. (389 characters)

Photo of lordofthemark
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - coriander, maybe clove, more than citrus. Taste - a soft fruit that makes me think of banana, less spice. Altogether not unpleasant, but nothing special, much like Blue Moon (181 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold Snap reminded me much of their seasonal White Ale that would be released for spring, but this was years ago. Cold Snap takes a different route with the spices, bringing softer spice flavors to the mix. (206 characters)

Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks a bit golden brown, smells like bread and spices, and tastes like it, too! Longlasting taste but sometimes the tastes clash together. They're a mixture of some interesting flavors but it's pretty good overall. (217 characters)

Photo of EmGM
1.6/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Look: hazy golden brown color
Smell: bread, spice, light citrus aroma
Taste: heavy spice taste, deeper not sugary fruit, bready
Aftertaste: the bready taste lingers for quite a while
Overall: REALLY not a fan of this beer at all. It tasted off when I had it and the flavors just clashed with each other (302 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome cloudy amber brew with plenty of long-lasting foam in the Bacchus tumbler. Fairly substantial mouthfeel. Lemon peel aroma.

Mellow and wheat with a sweet taste. Orange citrusy flavors followed by a touch of the pencil shavings taste. Pleasant and highly drinkable beer. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market in San Diego. (341 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the local Applebee's. They gave me a sample taste, and decided that it was interesting enough to order a 20 ouncer.
Pours a very cloudy and hazy yellow with a full white head that quickly fades.
Had a lemon rind aroma with some sweet bread malts as a base. a little aromatic hops are in the background.
Taste follows aroma. Sweet and bready malts lead with a lemon peel flavor with a little spice hops.
Not bad at all, will have to try a 6 pack to see how it goes in a bottle/can. (502 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, coriander, light orange citrus. Flavor of light wheat with strong coriander, mild citrus a hint of butteriness. Nice medium body with light creaminess and active carbonation. A mild witbier that is not quite able to support the level of coriander spicing. The light flavors of wheat and citrus are nice, but a bit underwhelming. A hint of the diacetyl that seems common in Boston Beer offerings, but at a level that add a pleasant mellowing component to this as is usually the case. I'd probably go for a more traditional witbier in the future, but this was easy and light and worked well for a warm afternoon. (759 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a dense collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of plums are present in the nose along with hints of orange peels.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of plums and orange peel along with notes of wheat and hints of spices.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This witbier feels a bit heavier in body compared to other beers in the style, so it can be considered appropriate for a winter beer. The plum flavors are definitely unique.

Serving type: bottle (754 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks hazy awe unless with a thin, creamy head. Smells of spice and vanilla...cinnamon? Taste...oh no, not too bad! Actually pretty good. Tastes of a lager with a warmer vanilla finish. I like! I could drink many of these. Very smooth. (242 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy golden color. Foamy white 2 finger head lasting around 5 minutes. Good legs and some powerful activity.

Aromas and taste of citrus, fruits, clove, floral and herbal spices, slightly grainy. Powerful flavors of orange, too much in fact. Rich sweet taste with a slightly vinous feel.

Creamy medium body with prickly carbonation. Well intensified finish ending with a pleasant smoky coriander and clove like spicy bitter mouth coat.

Overall : Acceptable freshness and interesting craft. Very flavorful, but unbalanced, having overwhelming citrus. Could easily be called an orange beer, making this a bit hard to drink while eating for a white beer. (660 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft.

Hazy orange-ish witbier with a fair white head. Dissipates quickly.

Oddly sweet, individual citrus and spices evident. Overall effect oddly like caramel. Not caramel malts. Caramel.

Slightly sweet generally average and inoffensive wit.

Medium bodied ale, slightly above average carbonation.

Definitely a very very average, maybe even below average beer. (368 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap into a standard pint glass.

A: A murky hazy medium golden color with a one finger fluffy head.

S: Smells of yeast mix with spices, coriander, orange, lemon and some spicey notes.

T: The citrus comes out first with flavors of orange, tangerine and some lemon. The fruit then takes the back seat to the heavy spicy flavors with coriander, wheat flavors and some brown sugar and gingerbread sweetness. For me, the gingerbread flavor was fairly prevalent. Finish stays wheaty with some citrus returning and a lingering sweetness.

M: Yeasty, sweet, lighter mouthfeel.

O: I don't really get it but I hear this beer sells really well. For me, it was just another average wheat beer not worth seeking out again. (735 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An ok attempt, but now wow factor and not one to seek out. Its what you would expect from Sam Adams...an above average brew that just can not compete with the quality of the micro brewers it likely inspired. (208 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, goes in hazy yellow with an unfiltered look. No visible sediment. One finger pale white head quickly fades to a thin cap with virtually no lacing. On the nose, strong malt and spices evident. In the mouth malty backbone balanced against moderate hops; hints of lemon. Mouth is a bit fizzy but quenching and decent overall. Really this tastes like a spiced Sam Adams Boston Lager to me. Nothing remarkable. (451 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
1.44/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On draft. Not sure if it was a bad batch but this was a huge diacetyl bomb. A huge amount of butter in both the aroma and flavor. Couldn't take more than one sip. (162 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Pours a slightly opaque Light Amber topped by an "off-white" head that has great retention. Fair amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Barley, coriander, and slightly yeasty. Nice and sweet.

T- Barley, citrus (orangey), and A LOT of coriander. Maybe too much. Good taste overall though.

M- Light-Medium Body and fairly low carbonation.

O- After a few years of only having Boston Lager, Winter Lager, and Latitude 48 available, two additional Sam Adams beers became available in New Brunswick: Cold Snap and Rebel IPA. So far, I've only had this one (Cold Snap) and I have to stay that I'm fairly happy it's now available in my area. It offers a refreshing taste that has a good spiciness to it (although maybe too much coriander), and if oyu're looking for a good Witbier, this is much better than Hoegaarden. (851 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at a seafood restaurant. Pours a clear gold amber, left a frothy off white head that stuck around for awhile, left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smelled very generic, yeast, barley notes.

Taste was very unbalanced, much over spiced the coriander came through rather strongly with no notes coming anywhere near to balancing. Definitely not a spiced beer I would revisit at all.

Medium light bodied, crisp, was refreshing atleast. (439 characters)

Photo of FrancisM12
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not a big Sam Adams fan usually, but I like this beer. Has a great look, with good head that unfortunately doesn't last long enough. Flavors are nice and balanced. Smell is sweet. Been a cold winter in jersey. This beer feels and taste like the spring I'm longing for. I recommend it for sure. (293 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a medium/light amber with a fluffy white head and has notes of a musty yeast, corriander, a light dark fruit presence and a bit of citrus. The taste has a nice light fruitiness along with a bold citrus presence and a slight spiciness at the end. This is a refreshing, easy to drink brew...
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass straight from the tap.

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold....heavy bubbles on the body, white head isn't as thick as you would like, maybe 1/4" at best from the top of the frame.

Smell: Citrus scent makes you think of lemons and oranges.

Taste: Like it smells, it tastes better...little citrus sweet taste. Not really complex, light hops with a slight sligt sour mesh to it.

Mouth: Medium bodied but heavy carbonation. This might be because it was poured from the tap.

Overall: Good go to beer, tasty and finished off bar food very well. This brew will remind you a bit of the Sam Adams Summer Ale, might be a tweaked version of it, just this one is less sweet. Salud. (697 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Oh the woe to the paucity of choices at Hooters.

Pale orange with a slightly citrus aroma, but I might be reaching. Figured I would at least get some coriander somewhere in this one, but no go. Goes down easily though, if that's saying anything. (250 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle
For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched MAY
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for hooking me up with a few different beers from the Sam Adams Winter Favorites Craft Beer Variety Pack.

Cloudy yellow ochre appearance. The liquid turned turbid after the yeast was stirred up in the bottle and poured into the glass. An inch tall, tight, frothy, off white crown topped the liquid. The head slowly fell to a thin, transparent film. Streaky lacing trickled along the glass.

Spices came through in the nose. Coriander, ginger and clove were most noticeable. There was a powdery and dry yeasty quality as well. A bit of soapiness appeared as the beer warmed. Touch of bubblegum-like sweetness. Overall, quite subtle but pleasant. The spice notes decreased as the beer sat and the odd soapiness intensified.

Spicy notes came through strong in the flavor. Hefty dose of coriander and clove. Loads of ginger. Super lemony. Crisp and fairly tart. Somewhat hay-like. Orange peel was quite noticeable. The dry, slightly bitter finish contained herbal hop notes and was a bit skunky initially. The skunkiness deceased however with time. Tart, lemony notes lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most impressive thing about this beer. Creamy, fluffy and smooth on the palate with a fine, sprightly effervescence. Pillowy soft. Perhaps a bit over carbonated initially, but the carbonation settled as the beer sat.

Cold Snap is a decent attempt at a witbier. Although this beer reminds me of the warmer weather to come (and that most certainly is a good thing), I think I might enjoy it more when the temperature stays above freezing. (1,688 characters)

Photo of golf_sierra
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Because of Applebee's poor selection of beer on tap.

Hazy, Sweet. Seems overly carbed. No real depth of flavor, no hoppyness. Not my favorite wheat beer. (155 characters)

Photo of MVG7113
2.11/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I was online the other night, like every night, and came across some site claiming to have the top 100 craft-brews to give a taste. To my surprise, Sam Adams Boston Lager was mid-pack, claimed to the OG craft-brew. The next night, I was at dinner and gave the OG Boston Lager a go and was refreshed and surprised by how much I enjoyed it compared to prior tastings. My brother, however, got the Cold Snap... Said it was good, so... I picked it up the other day and here I am

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden honey colour with a nice, fluffy, off white head. Good on looks.

S: A slighty spicy peppery wiff with a secondary honey vanilla sniff across the nose. A faint citrus of the orange variety comes across last of all. Overall, you really have to search your senses to pick up any strong notes on the nose, pepper hits you first--in an indifferent kind of way.

T: Feels a bit watered down. The flavour profiles come across after the initial hit of a rather soapy watered down effect. Not much spiciness on the tongue. Nothing remarkable really.

F: It has that watered down soapy feel, which for me, is never a good thing. Overall the feel is okay. Just nothing to make me wanting another. Mild heat in the chest after it all goes down, which is always a nice winter warming feeling.

O: I'd stick with the Boston Lager before I picked this one out again. There are plenty of Witbiers and plenty of winter ales to try, this is just another notch on the belt. (1,495 characters)

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