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

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1,189 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 109 | 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:
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(Beer added by: tbryan5 on 01-01-2014)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 4/2014.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and floral flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fruity presence in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.5%

djrn2, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

zestar, May 20, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.5%

nmann08, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

GRG1313, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

jaydoc, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

kylehay2004, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Knapp85, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dulled golden body with a slim, one-third inch, white head.

Smell: Creamy wheat, foremost, aided by vague, misty notes smelling only lightly of citrus, fruit, and whole, wholesale spices.

Taste: Light pale malts and lightly toasted wheat, with a soft, restrained sweetness. Very mild, very meager hints of citrus, plum, and spice. Near nil hop character and bitterness, leaving the balancing to be led by the spice and carbonation. A kiss of hibiscus as it warms a tad. Fairly crisp, sweetish, wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's a light, wheaty, not particularly compelling beer.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tulip pint glass at Beelow's.

Another day of free movies, another half-hour break, another chance to grab a pint at Beelow's. This time it's a seasonal wit from Sam Adams, which pours a hazy tawny-orange topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose is your usual wit base, comprising orange peel, light coriander, cracked wheat, and a twist of lemon; added on is a decently strong sense of straight grain, leaving things to take on a white bread sort of aroma, luckily mostly throughout the background. The taste brings in more of the same, that same white bread bit now a bit louder, but still second tier. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda crisp finish. Overall, an okay wit, but that breadiness really holds it back. If nothing else, it's better than the Cubs' performance in St. Louis...

TMoney2591, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

SocalKicks, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

zeff80, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +9%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a remarkably surprisingly good beer here, winter seasonal, not expected to be anything special, but this is darn good. like a blue moon in some sense, with out the herbal properties and the yeast intensity, i like this a lot. not that hazy, and not that pale, doesnt really look the part, but it has a robust two inches of white head that dont fade a lick. the nose is nice, a little sweet, definitely grain driven, with a light citrus hopping and fresh bread aromatics, breakfast bread. the flavor is similar, heavier wheat malt base is nice, and the leftover sugar really is too. it gives some pleasant body, but the beer stays light due to excellent carbonation. there is almost a lemongrass flavor to it, a somewhat fruity somewhat grassy element i cannot quite place, but it makes this beer stand out from the crowd. i am surprised i liked this as much as i did, a semi-macro-ish seasonal witbier. turns out is exceptional, crossing the boundary between refreshing and hearty, extremely enjoyable really. creamy and flavorful.

StonedTrippin, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Jason, Feb 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

WVbeergeek, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 3/11/2014 at The Celtic Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, berries, wheat, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, some Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and berries come along with a touch of spice. The hops presence is very mild but provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer immediately think to myself “How many different ways are they going to modify and re-package the Samuel Adams Summer Ale just to create a new beer?”

TheManiacalOne, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Shame on me for not reading the label, if I had known this was a white ale; I would've passed. Sam Adams white ales are meh at best...

Pours a cloudy apricot with 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Faint pear & apricot, white pepper. Gets a bit stronger as it warms

T: Follows the nose; maybe a bit of clove & orange peel bitterness up front. Dryness, pears, & white pepper & Golden Delicious apple as this warms. Finishes with peach, pears & a touch white grape & dryness

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but nothing to get excited about. Sort of a training-wheels Wit

russpowell, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this from a twelve oz brown longneck bottle poured into a mug chilled.

The color is sunny golden with moderate haze with thick white cream that settles to a thin ring of fine white beads. The lace sticks ok. The smell is slighly fruity with a mild citrus element and gentle spice aroma with noticeable coriander which is like fruity trix a bit of orange peel perhaps? The feel is good with mild body, medium carbonation with gentle creamy texture and mellow spice -all in all, not a bad blend of spice with a slightly sweet tip from the wheat.

The flavor is pretty much a mix of yeast and spice with the wheat playing a subordinate role and still adding enough to make the flavor cohesive, but not extraordinary. I like the way you taste coriander right away and it does make it a bit snappy (pun intended) with a nice peppery aspect with the orange element taking second and that helps the wheat malt which is the foundation, not much else to comment on except I like how the taste finishes dry. Overall I enjoy what Samuel Adams does with wheat - I know we are not talking Infinium but this is pretty good as far as Wit beers go.

Slatetank, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of jlindros
2.29/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

jlindros, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -12.5%

oline73, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

beernads, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of April notched on side.

Poured into tumbler:

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Lacing sticks.

Orange peel, bubblegum, sugarplum, coriander.

The taste is of sweet orange peel, plum, with black pepper in the finish.

The texture is creamy - could use a bit of a spritz, making it thick-ish for the style.

A nicely blended, unique, yet hits the style, witbier.

jwc215, Feb 21, 2014
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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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