Samuel Adams Cold Snap - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.29/5 rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Ug, well didn't realize this was a witbier when I first got it, and now I'm a little disappointed I didn't pay that much attention. But you get what you pay attention to apparently. This should have boded well being as it's about 5 degrees out and snowy, but this won't even warm my tongue, let alone my body or soul. Luckily I had a nice big beer before this.
The pour chugs out of the tapered in then out then in again neck, chug chug chug chug, and forms a decent foamy creamy lookin almost 1 finger head. It fades at a decent click, but leaves lots of soapy lacing surprisingly, but eventually completely disappears like it doesn't want to be see outside the bottle, it ends up as a hazy murky typical wheat beer carrot orange like color.
Nose reminds me of the holidays almost, you know, when you eat an entire gingerbread house and then regurgitate it... yeah like that. It's got some spices, and more spices, a weird white ginger aroma, with spices, um, which spices... well that, then orange peel frosting, like legit frosting with orange zest just bursting from it, with a weird milky creamy note, almost ice cream like, maybe also orange cake with frosting. plenty of wheat in teh bottom of it, but that's just gone with the crazy orange frosting. I.... just .... the fuuu....
Taste, ummm, I... I'm not sure if I want to really... actually not as bad, but still not great. Wheat, yeah it's got plenty of that, gingerbread house... yeah some of that too. But again the real thing is the icing, orange peel, and vanilla! Frosting galore, orange regurgitation, vanilla paste, sweet candy like mush, and mild other holiday spices that just add background to the twice-eaten gingerbead orange cake thing-a-ma-jig. Lots of wheat too, creamy... yes, toasty... not so much, untasty wheat, totally! Yes I just made up a word to fit this! Finish is sticky, icky, syrupy, but somehow still super duper dry and weird, with more wheat, lots more wheat almost like a wheat grass juice mess, tons more orange peel and orange frosting, and other iffy spices.
Mouth is creamy as can be without actual lactose or oats, that brings the small creamy fluffy carbonation too, med bodied.
Overall, well.... not enjoyable in the least. By far one of the worst beers from Boston Beer Co that I've had in a very long time. Wheat, OK, but too much wheat, orange zest, meh, just weird orange icing flavors, and fake vanilla, with other spices, into a pre-digested gingerbread and orange cake with tons of orange frosting that's just not good. Even the finish doesn't know how to, um, finish, between the sticky, dry, creamy, syrupy, etc. Can't imagine why they would put this out, I can't even finish it. I almost want to order this at a bar one day, so I can spit it in their face and demand a different beer, just so I can waste it... then again it might taste better spit out.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2014 03:56:29 | More by jlindros
2.4/5 rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
Look: Hazy burnt cantaloupe body. A white head leaves a wisp of bubbles, no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malts dominate under a combination of spices, as well as a brown sugar aroma on the back end.
Taste: Lots of malt sweetness, subtle spices with a citrus finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy.
Overall: To me, this is just the same "spiced ale" the has been repackaged. How many times will Samuel Adams keep doing this?
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 02:03:22 | More by JuicesFlowing
Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.