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

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,812
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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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 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 MVG7113
2.11/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
2.19/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stole a few sips from a friends glass for an impromptu "review".

Not a big fan of this one. It's just got an odd, over-spiced taste to it. Leaves a weird taste on the finish. Took two sips and handed it back, I'm all set for sure.

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Photo of jlindros
2.29/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.4/5  rDev -31%
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?

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Photo of mattcrill
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Lemon zest, orange rind, and citrus aromatics up front. Doughy wheat bread notes in the background. No hop aroma-- ok considering the style

Appearance: Turbid river water amber pour with a low white cap that retains reasonably well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Doughy wheat bread sweetness up front. Slight orange juice-like notes as it warms on the back of the tongue. Balance is even handed with wheat bread maltiness and earthy, citrus-like bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat, astringency, or oiliness noted.

Overall impression: Meh. A pretty forgettable Witbier.

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Photo of ericmurray93
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer looked beautiful and I was excited to try it after a recommendation from a friend. After every sip, I kept tasting an overpowered spice reminding me of the flavor of root beer. Really did not enjoy this one.

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Photo of zestd
2.62/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky...not in a typical wheat way, but swamp water. Unfortunately, swamp watervwould be thicker in mouthfeel. Very thin. It also has a very funky fake flavoring. Not at all something I'll get again.

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Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, golden-orange color with one finger of head that fades with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Orange peel, hints of spice, a little yeast and wheat.

Taste: Pretty thin and clean up front, mostly lemon pith bitterness and some dishrag. Carbonation and some estery bitterness build in the middle and are quite prickly then fade out on the finish, which is peppery, metallic and a bit astringent in the way a lot of spiced beers tend to be.

The Rest: I've had a lot of white ales, and there are some that I really like and a lot that just don't do a lot for me. This one falls into that latter category. A few too many off-notes to be really enjoyable.

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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 Fatehunter
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is quite fragrant: orange zest, coriander and ground black pepper.
The taste is a little shocking. There's a lot going on: black pepper and orange loaded in the beginning, grainy in the middle and finishes a little soapy and mild bitter note.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
The flavor profile is convoluted, like riding on a rickety rollercoaster. Not enjoyable.

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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 TempeBeerMan
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Another witbier from Sam Adams?? Are they just releasing the same beer over and over with different labels?

A - Pours a hazy banana-yellow, with a one-finger white head of perfectly even bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

S - I was smelling this one before it came anywhere near my nose. Very powerful aroma of orange, clove, coriander, ginger, and cake batter? Somewhat strange mix. Just too much spice.

T - First taste is...vanilla? What is vanilla doing in my Witbier? Coriander and clove in the mid-palate. Some almost artificial tasting orange marmalade in the finish. I can't get over the vanilla. I even went and got a palate cleanser mid-glass because I thought I was hallucinating. Nope, still there. Way too sweet.

M - Creamy?!? Again, more strangeness. Body is light-to-medium, with standard SA prickly carbonation. Finishes syrupy.

O - What a weird beer. It's all over the place with off flavors, odors, and feels, like some sort of Frankenstein's Monster. The joke is on me though, as this is definitely NOT like any of SA's recent witbier offerings. NOT good, either.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a shelf glass, Samuel Adams Cold Snap has a thin, white head, a turbid, bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and the thinnest bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, slightly spicy, white bread, and the flavor is of assorted spices, white bread, orange peel, some citrus juice, coriander, and hard candy. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Samuel Adams Cold Snap finishes semi-dry and easily drinkable. Like many of the Samuel Adams specialty beers, this one falls flat. I. It’s just an overall dull beer, without much character.


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Photo of carlborch
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden, pale, and hazy developing a very short head which quickly dissipates. The nose has notes of citrus and wheat. Medium light body with some hints of coriander and orange peel and apricot on the palate. Malty sweetness. Short. Some lace does does develop. Thirst quenching.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Foggy, light orange, citrusy color. 1/4 inch white thin head.
Smell- smells like citrus and coriander. Not much of an orange smell, more of a zest of lemon and other tangy spices.
taste- Upfront theres a zest of lemon. Some coriander but not much orange. Its a little bitter almost like hops but this taste is attributable to the high level of carbonation.
Mouthfeel- A light mouthfeel and very easy to drink.
Overall- New to the style but I like this beer better than the Sam Adams White Christmas. Not bad and very drinkable.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Cloudy haze of a light golden hue, some orange tinge

Smell: Nice, crisp, citrusy aroma. quite nice

Taste: At first extremely refreshing, hints of citrus, fruity. Then it seems a bit stale and sour like oranje juice thats about to spoil. Finally a very unpleasant musty alcoholic taste is left in my mouth. That is all I can think about after I take a sip

Mouthfeel: inadequate, a bit too watery

Overall: Sub par, borderline poor. Won't be drinking this brew ever again.

Would recommend to a woman or someone who doesn't enjoy darker beers.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy orange. One finger head that leaves trace lacing.

Smell: Orange, citrus, orange. Little spice.

Taste: Orange, little coriander and more orange.

Mouthfeel: Best aspect of the beer. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall: A nice break from the typical winter brews. The 6-pack was enough though, I wouldn't get it again. Seems like they were going for a Blue Moon copy. If they were, I'd say they pretty much succeeded.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy orange/yellow with a decent white head. The head leaves like it's scared. Real scared. No lacing due to the scared head.

Smell: lemony, weird spices, citrus. Something seems a little off.

Taste: Like the smell but nothing seemed off. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, astringent

This beer is okay, and I could enjoy a couple, but I don't want to settle for this because there are so many better beers of this style.

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Photo of Jason
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Milky pale golden body with a frothy white cap an inch tall. Micro bubble lacing creating cascading stairs.

S: Aroma is similar to a salon giving permanents. Moldy wheat, honey, coriander, pilsner malt, basement yeast and clove.

T/M: Taste us similar to the aroma with a distinct metallic taste and lots of earthy flavors. Old dusty furniture and attic/basement ambience. Easy drinkability that would make a nice session that doesn't have cloying yeast presence. Bubbly carbonated moderate feel that finishes semi dry with a timid sting of spiced bananas.

O: I can't get the image of an old lady salon out of my head when drinking this beer. Not a winning seasonal but a decent offering to session. I wanted to like this but it's too safe and lacks creativity.

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Photo of charlzm
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Consumed February 13th, 2014 at P.F. Chang's, Santa Monica, CA.

Beer is presented in a tall pilsener glass with frost around the bottom rim. Cloudy medium yellow with a fine, one-finger white head. Excellent lacing though not much head left.

Aroma is lemon zest and a little grass.

Flavor is very malty: wheat and crystal/caramel malt flavors. Odd for the style, but not bad. A citric bite on the finish. Very low bitterness. Malt finish lingers with a touch of corn. Sort of unbalanced and awkward overall.

Medium mouthfeel, some carbonation tingle on the tongue.

Not sure what BBC was going for here, but it's not a good example of the witbier style. It's not bad, but it's a bit macro tasting, especially on the finish. Don't think I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange amber color with a one finger of pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is yeasty and spicy with lots of a yeast cake smell mixed with tons of coriander and some clove. Along with these yeast and spice smells are some aromas of sweeter orange and some orange peel as well as some lemon and wheat. A light pepper like smell rounds out the smell producing a rather heavily yeasty and spiced Belgian white smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a huge yeasty, bready and wheaty taste with lots of spice flavors of coriander and clove right up front. The spice, while strong upfront, gets even stronger as the taste moves on to the end, with the coriander and clove being joined by some nutmeg and allspice. Some lighter citrus flavors of tangerine and orange come to the tongue quickly initially after the initial tastes, but remain on the lighter side, never really able to compete with the spice or the wheat. In the end, with the mass of spice and thicker bready and wheat flavors of the brew, one is left with a lightly citrus flavored thick and chewy spiced wheat bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body and lower carbonation accentuate the spice a bit too much in my opinion, making them far too dominant on the tongue with them overpowering the other flavors a bit too much.

Overall – Too thick and heavily spiced. Not really something that I found all that palatable.

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