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

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 1,911
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 40.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 629 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.89/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my trusty Stella Artois pint glass. Clean crisp and very clear with minimal head. Went down really smooth. The taste is above average and one of the best white beers i have had in a long time. It really hit the spot on a very cold Indiana day when we were colder than the other 49 states

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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 joe12pk
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Hazy light peach. Two finger head settles to a film that never leaves. Nice lacing.

S - Tangerine and coriander. Plum comes through after sitting a few minutes.

T - Malts, citrus, and coriander blend blissfully. Finishes with light hops.

M - Medium

O - Delicious and very refreshing! If you find one, grab it. Excellent session brew. Cheers!

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.53/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I hate almost all winter brews but this; this is great. It's almost like a Belgian with coriander only with some caramel, pepper, and cinnamon so it's not to dark but not light either.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.46/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty beer, Sam Adams seems to have had an identity crises the past several years on sticking with a spring seasonal, but this time, I think they got it right. I was very happy with the "White Ale" they had from 2004-2010, but then they went all over the place with Noble Pils, and Alpine Spring. This time, they brought back the White Ale, with a little extra.. very well done, really hope they stick with this one this time!

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Photo of beergoot
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Semi-hazy, golden yellow body with a thick, white head. Strong orange and coriander aroma; lemon drops. Warm malt flavor; lemon sweet bread; tart and juicy citrus tones. Medium bodied; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A very tasty witbier. The citrus flavors are very prominent yet meld well with the malt and wheat grains. Outstanding depth and complexity and very well-balanced throughout. It's been a while since I've been fire-up about a witbier or even a Sam Adam's product, but this particular brew excels across the board for this style.

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Photo of nismo_2005
4.34/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had one of these with my steak at outback steak house.
Got from draft on standard pint glass.
Thin white head about half a finger
Gold color that was extremely hazy great unfiltered look.
The smell was good had a ipa like hop aroma. With a good hint of being grainy.
The flavor was not as strong as I expected but was very good. Hoppy with a grainy kind of fruity taste.
Overall I would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy body burnt-orange in color. The orange blushes giving the color of peach skin. One finger maybe a little more of carbonated misty head. Thin and "poppy" head depletes rather quick. But the body hues keep myself eyeballing the beer like I'm appraising a jewel.

S-Peach. Nectarine. Plum. Juicy. Honey-like sweet malts. Sour grape skins. Lilac. Floral. Perfumes your glass with time.

T-Smooth wheat. Wheat bread. I love the smooth almost flavorless wheat akin to straw and yet it's grainy enough to taste. Restrained orange. Dark dusty grapes/must. Hop is there, swish around you'll find it. Low level bitter hop primarily resides on the finish. And the obvious dominating plum is a refreshing take on witbier.

M-Low-high to medium-low body. Medium carbonation. Low tartness and sweetness like a plum starts the sip. Malty middle. Smooth sizzling medium bitter finish. Medium drying.

O-Nothing out of tune. The body color is the highlight of the beer, the plum addition as well.
Refreshing. A seasonal Sam Adams you'll look forward to every winter.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
4.26/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion this was a terrific beer. Great smell, feel, taste, I was in love with the aftertaste. Couldn't quite put my finger on what the aftertaste was though. It reminded me of the taste of buttered popcorn jelly beans. I really loved this. I got it on tap at Ruby Tuesdays and couldn't be more happy with picking it over all the options. I highly recommend.

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Photo of illpass78
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a wheat glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a one-and-a-half inch white head. Carbonation is heavy, as is lacing. Head sticks around for a good amount of time before receding to a white film.

Aromas: The aromas are mellow, and dominated by orange and spices. It's a nice nose; a bouquet of inviting aromas, mostly citrus. Doesn't hit you hard, but let's you know this will be a nuanced beer.

Taste: This is a super white ale. The flavors are somewhat subtle, but they follow the nose almost exactly. Hop bitterness and alcohol are both very subdued. It's very easy on the palate and finishes subtly. Pretty great.

Mouthfeel: It has a decent amount of body, but it's very sessionable. Not watery and very smooth.

Overall: Sam Adams seems to change its Spring seasonal every year, and I'm glad they made this switch. Would love to see it as an annual, as it would work for all seasons. If you have a friend who swears by Blue Moon, slip them one of these - it's better. Also better than most Spring seasonals globally. Would drink again.

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Photo of Tybee
4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a lady's perspective: This beer makes me feel like spring is on it's way. It has a light feel in my mouth with a clean finish; it's a nice change after the heavier malty brews of the holidays.

The cloudy gold liquid sitting in the glass didn't appeal to me, but the heavenly scent of this brew made up for the appearance. Juicy plum leaps out in front followed rapidly by a light orange breeze. Can sunshine and beaches be far behind? Safe to say, the smell of this beer is by far my favorite part.

This is one of my new favorites.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Originally got it in a sampler but liked it and bought more. Good cost for a sixer. Good looking beer, typical wheat that smells great, clean and sweet. Excellent tasting beer, sweet and crisp. Enjoyed it very much and will revisit regularly. But why is this a winter beer, would make a great summer beer. Sam Adams finally nailed one, this one is top shelf.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: hazy straw yellow with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a foam ring around the edge of glass, minimal lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: flowers, citrus, bread, some spice, everything subtle.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, sweet citrus, bread, spice, not a strong hop profile here but very drinkable.

PALATE: creamy with medium carbonation.

overall: I enjoyed drinking this beer, it is not unlike Blue Moon and made by a craft brewer. This is probably my favorite beer from Samuel Adams so far. The ABV of 5.3% means you can enjoy one while grilling steaks and one or two more with your meal. Very drinkable, I would buy this again no problem.

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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 bigdeuce
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised when I first sipped this beer. It has a nice 3 finger head, very cloudy..I loved the White Ale and it was snatched away by Sam Adams. I looked forward to that beer every spring. That being said, Cold Snap is very similar and familiar. It has a classic old Samuel Adams scent, with orange peel, coriander, lemon zest, and grainy wheat. The scent is also very floral. Where I think it does out do White Ale is the aftertaste, which is sweet, not cloying, and crisp. Anytime Jim Koch puts a light blue cap on the bottle, it's a good one!

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/14/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brandy snifter,

Pours a hazy apricot in color with a good 1+-finger white head but didn't last a long time. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip though the ring settled back to the top. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of light fruits with a slight light orange-peel. The taste is very pleasing with the fruits and spices of a peppery-bite of corriander coming through that ends in a slight dryness on the tongue for the finish. Very easy to drink and goes down easy. Sam Adam's has some great seasonal brews out there and this one will not disapoint.

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Photo of Realbeer1542
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy wheat beer with a lemony hue.

Smell - similar to the appearance, mild citrus and crisp.

Taste - very nice and refreshing, not overpowering in any fashion. Good balance of sour, malt, citrus and mild hops.

Mouthfeel - fairly high carbonation but expected. Creamy head and nice body.

Overall - decent crowd pleaser for those just venturing into the craft beer scene.

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Photo of bnes09
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange hazy ale. Wreaking head but nice lacing. Clean, citrus aroma. Big orange and tangerines right away on the palate. Hints of floral spices. Fresh, leafy, veggie like hop. Well balanced. Medium bodied. High carbonation. Crisp, refreshing finish. Great beer for end of winter or early spring.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an April 2014 expiration date. Sampled on January 10, 2014.

It has a cloudy but decently carbonated golden yellow pour that leads up to a long lasting soft white head.

There are bready and toasted malts on the nose along with oats, orange peel and mellow pepper and spices.

The body is about medium and very smooth.

The taste is also of soft and breaded malts with a notable oat character followed by a crispy mlldly bitter lingering finish.

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok So I have another review of a Samuel Adams Product.
Appearance: merky gold color with a pinch of a haze looks much like must white ales that I have had
Smell: As stated on the bottle I had a nice slight smell of spices
Taste: Had a nice crisp taste of deep spice and an orange citrus flavor on my tongue. Wasn't too overwhelming as some brews of similar style I have had
Mouthfeel: The feel was quite smooth with no aftertaste. Was carbonated just right. I far better taste then blue moon which is a close clone to this.
Overall: I think this is a good start for Samuel Adams for trying to get into the white ale market. However i find some improvements are needed to make this better then others that I have had. Once such improvement is better control on the fermentation and flavoring which is too similar to blue moon. However I would choose this over blue moon do to having a deeper flavor.

*Recommended Brew for later winter starting spring.
*(a)- Pairs very well with white meat dinners. Preferred is grilled pork chops.
**note: I am not a professional beer taster
**(a) I am not paid by any manufacturer or distributor for any reviews. All such reviews are solely of my own opinion

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy deep orange color, thin white head that dissipates quickly, spotty lacing

S: Toast, grain, citrus, coriander

T: Sweet grain, orange, toast, cracker

M: Medium

O: Not sure why the reviews weren't better, I really like this beer. Has a nice look, plenty of sniff and flavor, what more could you ask for.

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Photo of ghowehattrick
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this is the replacement for Alpine Spring? I was really let down when I heard this was the case. Alpine Spring is/was one of my Samuel Adams favorites. I felt like I at least had to give it a shot since it replaced one of my favorite Spring beers. I got this one as a single bottle from my local Total Wine.

Poured into my tulip, bright hazy yellow with an orange tint, bright white head. Very sweet smelling, clean musty, herbal aroma. I was very happy to find it tasted very similar to Alpine Spring, granted they are two different styles. Sweeter that Alpine Spring, less hop bitterness. All around great beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Best by date: 09.2014.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 02.06.14.

A: Yellow/orange. Opaque at top with yeast. See through at the bottom. Quickly receding head.

S: Spices, orange, wheat. Typical wit smell.

T: Follows the nose.

M: Crisp.

O: This is a pretty solid wit. It had lots of yeast and wheat flavors, which I liked. It's typical of the style and enjoyable.

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