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

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219 Reviews

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,811
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 37
Gots: 559 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 219 | Hads: 1,811
Photo of Libeertarian
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque and hazy yellow to orange amber, with uniform, filmy, off-white head of weaker retention. Smells like angel food cake with a lemon drizzle icing! Sugary-sweet, light citrus, minimal spices, and a note somewhere between vanilla and banana. Palate is not too far off from aroma, with citrus stronger and definitely favoring orange peel and to a certain extent even orange fruit over lemon, and spices more pronounced, namely coriander, almost peppery, going well with citrus notes. Light to medium in body, kind of spritzy and watery, semi-smooth, crisp. Compare it first to macro faux-craft takes on the witbier, and you won't be disappointed. I enjoyed it. Wish I had another on me right now.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Start off by saying, nice to see that's still my buddy's pic on those steps, funny thing is I heard he met Jim Koch last month, neat, anyways.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a soft hazy white color with a subtle transparency about it allowing some carbonation to be seen rising at a nice pace. Fizzy to foamy soft white head immediately dissipates with no lacing left in the wake.
The smell had some sweet Belgian sugars, light spice (couldn't really tell what the spice was, but something is there), and a light little bit of clementime.
The taste was moderately sweet with the clementime being a nice force to balance. Spice was pretty subdued.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a good crisp sweet sessionable feel hitting my tongue in a sticky manner, not cloying, just light sticky in a gentle sort of way.
Overall, it's a decent Americanized witbier, I just don't see anything above and beyond to indicate this is a top notch witbier. If anything, goes great with a bleu' cheese crumbled New York strip steak.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strange mixture of flavors. Faint summer peach, a hint of vanilla, a pinch of spice all mingle with the wheat base. Dare I say this reminds me of a Belgian wheat? Interesting. Decent.

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Photo of Nyg
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very crisp. Not heavy at all. Very spring like smell and taste spices and florals. This is a seasonal by Sam's I definitely enjoy ice cold. Not bitter at all. An all around good beer

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Photo of IanOsea
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthemark
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of EmGM
1.6/5  rDev -54%
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

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of jettjon
3.27/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of jbertsch
1.44/5  rDev -58.6%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of predikit
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of KajII
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
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 +9.2%
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.

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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.