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

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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 31
Gots: 513 | 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 by Zorro:
Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Given that it's not just been we up here in the Great White North who've had to deal with the eponymous weather conditions these past few months, this is a pithy reminder of hopefully bygone days, at least for another year.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves some nice random exploding snow bank lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of that particular blend of semi-sweet fruity orange flesh and muted coriander spice, lightly bready wheat malt, and further lemon and grassy hop notes. The taste is quite in line with the aroma - the spice and fruit lead things off, as the orange gets a bit musty, and the coriander holds firm - with a visit from some faintly spicy white ginger - a nicely even, lightly toasted caramel and wheat malt, fading lemon pie esters, and mild leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is genuinely soft and innocuous, the body a decent medium weight for the style, and unaffectedly smooth, with some ethereal hints of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the muddled citrus fruitiness and dulled spiciness blending well enough with the lingering bready, wheat grain sweetness.

A decent enough version of a witbier, sort of faded around the edges, but the meat of the matter is still intact. Which is all fine and good, but this is certainly a warm(er) weather offering, so I'm thinking there's something lost in translation here - up here, a 'cold snap' is a prolonged period of sub-zero temps - I'm guessing that BBC assumes a different stress, as in 'a snap to the existing cold' i.e. springtime, y'all.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aaah, before the grip of cold weather, winter has its grip-its bracing bone chilling rigidness is broken up by the common richness of porters, stouts and barleywines. These beers warm those bones well during the hibernating sense of winter. But then a Cold Snap happens and teases us with the notion that warmer weather is just around the corner.

As the snow starts to melt, Samuel Adams delivers a beer that pours with a golden-amber hue. Bright in its appearance, the ale pours with a vibrantly carbonated demeanor which fuels a stark-white head of arid structure. Long in its retention, the ale laces with certain randomness.

Its aromas are sweet with supple caramel, honey and fruit- its melange is herbal and somewhat of fresh-hung tobacco. Plumb, dates, marmalade, and figs are light in the backdrop, but with the light nutty and steely caramel playing behind, the ale offers as much of an earthy scent as it is zesty.

To taste, the beer's brightness shines. There's just enough sweetness and graininess to give the beer a malty grit to allow its beginnings to jump right out. Yet what follows its the citrusy and spicy underpinnings which breath life into the ale. Finishing with a bready aftetaste, those fruit, floral and spice flavors trail in echoes.

Its light and grainy body is creamy to start but quickly fall apart because of its scrubbing mineral and grain qualities. Crystal-clean in its delivery, that also becomes the beer's problem. It's so clean that it reveals the grain flavor and texture to limit its enjoyment. It also highlights is plaster-like taste and texture to much the same malaise.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours an orange-tinted gold so cloudy that one cannot even see the shadow of their fingers on the other side of the glass. Forms a thin, short-lived pale head which becomes a ring rather quickly.

S: The aroma is reminiscent of a spiced, mulled orange juice, with heavy citrus notes shot through with coriander and herbal spiciness. There's a very faint touch of funk as well, as though that orange juice were a bit past its expiration date.

T: Sour, tart citrus rolls through the palate with this beer, a mix of orange and grapefruit, both more sour than sweet as if a shade underripe. There's a heavy dose of coriander as well, staying solidly level from opening to finish, and a faint aura of funk drifting by in the background. As the beer warms, the taste profile remains the same, oddly enough.

M: Light, lively, and inviting to drink quickly, this is a refreshing wheat beer.

O: Not a bad take on a witbier, if a bit less complex than I'd prefer.

Photo of cabelgabel
2.11/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love Sam Adams, but this is marketed toward Blue Mooners. Alpine Spring needs to make a return.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a hazy orange color with a small white head. There was a bit of lace.

A peppery, spicy nose. Maybe a little citrus?

Taste of pepper and coriander. And yes, some orange.

This beer didn't really do anything for me. Thin, not much to it.

At $2.99 for a bomber, I thought it was a good price. It just isn't a very good beer.

Photo of Jason
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Hazed out golden peach hue, haze from the sediment poured into the glass. Decent head. Some faint spicing, perfume-like, honey malt, & yeast in the nose. Good crispness, odd sweetness ... perhaps from the malt and spicing, almost soapy. Not digging this latest creation so much.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The notches on the label tell me this 12 ounce bottle will be filled with "brewery fresh beer" until April of this year.

Pours heavily clouded, dull darker apricot. Sturdy and lasting off white head. Lace left behind is thicker and mostly slippery.

Floral nose with some light pepper, oranges and cream-sicle notes.

Pretty flavorful white brew, with a distinct mineral note. Also more orange, more lite pepper and in general showing a zesty and crisp character and mouth feel.

Not bad, quite easy drinking and gong nicely with salad, nuts and goat cheese. Respectable seasonal from SA

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color

Smell: tangerine and peach

Taste: tangerine, apricot, wheat, and peach

Mouthfeel: sweet with light bitterness, light body, high carbonation

Overall: Not usually a fan of Sam Adams witbiers, but I found this one to be very drinkable and better than most. Refreshing and clean, it may be my favorite in this year's spring variety pack.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell: Hops, wheat and grassy notes, mild cloves.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and earthy notes.

Overall: Not really on my favorites list. It was ok, but nothing special.

Photo of Ursula1007
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As another reviewer on here I ordered this at Foccia Luna not knowing it was a Witbier. After I adjusted to the surprise I attempted to keep an open mind and enjoy it and examine it.
I still have trouble wraping my mind around a Wheat Beer named Cold Snap offered as a Winter Beer.
I am dismissing this beer as bad marketing.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light brown to amber in color. A quarter inch white foam entirely covers the top of this beer. I get a bit of coriander and pale wheat in the nose. The mouth is brisk and sharp. I get a faint hint of orange peel,but mainly restrained usage of coriander(which is oh so easy to overdo). This Belgian wit is restrained,but well balanced.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pour was hazy with a durable head.

Aroma: more complex than expected. Orange juice is prominent in the citrusy aroma.

Flavor: Lightly sweet. Excellent balance. Mild but lasting flavor with a hint of ginger.

Feel: light body; medium+ crisp carbonation.

O: refreshing and highly drinkable.

Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this beer is getting tagged as such a low quality sud. As a connoisseur of wheat beer this is a better than average brau. Forget that a mass marketer (or at least a large scale microbrew) makes it. It pours a hazy unfiltered golden color with moderate carbonation. Leaves slight lacing around the glass when sipping it. Gives the wheat taste with a large amount of citrus, mainly orange and if I'm not mistaken has the coriander vibe going as well. Great session beer weighing in at 5.3 abv and I'd give it the edge on Blue Moon. Worth checking out and grabbing as a party pleaser beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy sunset orange with an off-white finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a barren surface, minus the nigh invisibly thin line of suds around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing is left behind.

Smell - Corriander spice and fair orange aroma. Light wheat.

Taste - Follows the nose. Corriander spice backed by a light citrus sweetness. Wheat hits mid-taste and rides into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - The 'brewed with spice with spice added' line on the bottle scared me, as I was expecting a nasty spice bomb, but this is actually very close to your traditional wit. In all, it's okay. Pretty run of the mill craft wit. Nothing I'd necessarily buy again, but if it finds it's way into next spring's mix pack, I won't avoid it.

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
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 above average brew that just can not compete with the quality of the micro brewers it likely inspired.

Photo of ramonjkk
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Citrusy grapefruit taste. Not my favorite winter beer but will do in a pinch. Got from draft.

Photo of Retroman40
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this as part of a "Spring Brews" mixed case. Drank lightly chilled (around 60F).

A - Poured out a very hazy yellow with a big initial head that quickly retreated to some thin lacing.

S - Definite apricot with other fruits and coriander.

T - Fruity with apricot dominating along with some malt sweetness.

M - Fairly low carbonation level but it seem right for this beer. Very smooth feel on the tongue.

O - Like just about all Sam Adam's beers, this one was very drinkable as well as very interesting. I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from my local - font makes it look like "Gold Snap" almost. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Orange peel/amber body with gold highlights and a thin but lasting cap of magnolia foam. Fast running, even, sandy lacing; no legs. Average retention.

Candy like aroma with the orange peel and plum working well together, though dominating the nose.

Starts off sweet but turns bright and lightly malty rather quickly (balanced by wheat. Faintly spicy finish, with the coriander and orange lingering for quite some time. The plum adds a juicy note suggesting peach. Hibiscus peaks through as well. Low hops throughout.

Creamy, medium-light body.

A refreshing ale, though the fruit/spice additions, while well balanced and welcome are not at all restrained, so this is almost a specialty beer rather than a true wit-bier.

Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden, with average carbonation and very light lacing. Nothing memorable here.

Aroma is spicy and peppery with a touch of citrus. Pleasant enough, and already seems refreshing.

Taste is more of the spice up front, with a mild touch of citrus and fruit. Cold Snap is a lively, easy-to-drink session brew, and an enjoyable one at that. No problems here.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Bright yellow with a slight orange tint. Carbonation is just ok and lacing is pretty poor; very little of it overall.

Smell: Sour banana and a fair amount of yeast. Ok smell, but not high on freshness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good combination of banana, lemon, and cinnamon. Some clove and nutmeg as well. The spices create nice wintery flavors, while the banana and lemon transition well for the spring. Mouthfeel started nice and yeasty with a light-medium body, but this becomes very flat and watery quickly.

Overall: Good potential in the flavor, the rest is meh.

Photo of Roguer
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thick and cloudy orange appearance. Decent white head, good retention, and OK lacing.

Nose brings spice, wheat, and light banana and orange. Not much there, but it could be overpowered by the bar's detergent.

Flavor is OK, tasting like a better but simpler Blue Moon. Heavy on the wheat, overly sweet. Little spice or citrus.

Feel is thick and chewy, a little dry on the finish. Sufficiently lively with little sting.

This is thoroughly OK. Slightly better than Blue Moon, perhaps, but well below a good Wit or Weizen. Not sure which they were shooting for, but it comes across more like the former.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Cold Snap is very similar to all the other White Ales that Samuel Adams has produced. The beer pours a hazy yellow with sparse white head that is not lacing. The scent carries spice. The taste is a nice blend of spice and hops and there is a nice sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer....but nothing spectacular.

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