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

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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 31
Gots: 514 | FT: 0
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 ColdWaffles
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of Kadonny
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap into a standard pint glass.

A: A murky hazy medium golden color with a one finger fluffy head.

S: Smells of yeast mix with spices, coriander, orange, lemon and some spicey notes.

T: The citrus comes out first with flavors of orange, tangerine and some lemon. The fruit then takes the back seat to the heavy spicy flavors with coriander, wheat flavors and some brown sugar and gingerbread sweetness. For me, the gingerbread flavor was fairly prevalent. Finish stays wheaty with some citrus returning and a lingering sweetness.

M: Yeasty, sweet, lighter mouthfeel.

O: I don't really get it but I hear this beer sells really well. For me, it was just another average wheat beer not worth seeking out again.

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 jettjon
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, goes in hazy yellow with an unfiltered look. No visible sediment. One finger pale white head quickly fades to a thin cap with virtually no lacing. On the nose, strong malt and spices evident. In the mouth malty backbone balanced against moderate hops; hints of lemon. Mouth is a bit fizzy but quenching and decent overall. Really this tastes like a spiced Sam Adams Boston Lager to me. Nothing remarkable.

Photo of reizorc
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It wasn't horrible, but I'll still say "Nothing to see here".

Photo of matty
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap,,rather bland and boring

Photo of TBoneJones
2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Seasonal option at Red Lobster. To put it kindly, I should have ordered the cola.

Photo of jbertsch
1.44/5  rDev -57.9%
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.

Photo of PorterPro125
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Pours a slightly opaque Light Amber topped by an "off-white" head that has great retention. Fair amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Barley, coriander, and slightly yeasty. Nice and sweet.

T- Barley, citrus (orangey), and A LOT of coriander. Maybe too much. Good taste overall though.

M- Light-Medium Body and fairly low carbonation.

O- After a few years of only having Boston Lager, Winter Lager, and Latitude 48 available, two additional Sam Adams beers became available in New Brunswick: Cold Snap and Rebel IPA. So far, I've only had this one (Cold Snap) and I have to stay that I'm fairly happy it's now available in my area. It offers a refreshing taste that has a good spiciness to it (although maybe too much coriander), and if oyu're looking for a good Witbier, this is much better than Hoegaarden.

Photo of Loudog1411
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ok, but not my type of brew

Photo of LexingtonBeer
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I am not a fan. The combination of flavors do not go down well. The spices are the downfall here. Over done.

Photo of mikebraun1225
4.19/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer try the winter lager not for me

Photo of predikit
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at a seafood restaurant. Pours a clear gold amber, left a frothy off white head that stuck around for awhile, left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smelled very generic, yeast, barley notes.

Taste was very unbalanced, much over spiced the coriander came through rather strongly with no notes coming anywhere near to balancing. Definitely not a spiced beer I would revisit at all.

Medium light bodied, crisp, was refreshing atleast.

Photo of FrancisM12
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not a big Sam Adams fan usually, but I like this beer. Has a great look, with good head that unfortunately doesn't last long enough. Flavors are nice and balanced. Smell is sweet. Been a cold winter in jersey. This beer feels and taste like the spring I'm longing for. I recommend it for sure.

Photo of KajII
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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...

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just another mediocre beer from an overrated beer brewery.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass straight from the tap.

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold....heavy bubbles on the body, white head isn't as thick as you would like, maybe 1/4" at best from the top of the frame.

Smell: Citrus scent makes you think of lemons and oranges.

Taste: Like it smells, it tastes better...little citrus sweet taste. Not really complex, light hops with a slight sligt sour mesh to it.

Mouth: Medium bodied but heavy carbonation. This might be because it was poured from the tap.

Overall: Good go to beer, tasty and finished off bar food very well. This brew will remind you a bit of the Sam Adams Summer Ale, might be a tweaked version of it, just this one is less sweet. Salud.

Photo of swayzejeff
4.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer! Nice taste for a cold time of year

Photo of RobAM
1.74/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not a fan of this one

Photo of JeffMac30
4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A "winter" beer with a nice hint of "summer" in it.

Photo of stephens101
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Oh the woe to the paucity of choices at Hooters.

Pale orange with a slightly citrus aroma, but I might be reaching. Figured I would at least get some coriander somewhere in this one, but no go. Goes down easily though, if that's saying anything.

Photo of floresbp
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This taste like an upgrade to Blue Moon. Nothing snappy about it.

Photo of brighteyes868
1.9/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I never thought the words "Blue Moon tastes better" would ever come out of my mouth.

Photo of Damian
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle
For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched MAY
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for hooking me up with a few different beers from the Sam Adams Winter Favorites Craft Beer Variety Pack.

Cloudy yellow ochre appearance. The liquid turned turbid after the yeast was stirred up in the bottle and poured into the glass. An inch tall, tight, frothy, off white crown topped the liquid. The head slowly fell to a thin, transparent film. Streaky lacing trickled along the glass.

Spices came through in the nose. Coriander, ginger and clove were most noticeable. There was a powdery and dry yeasty quality as well. A bit of soapiness appeared as the beer warmed. Touch of bubblegum-like sweetness. Overall, quite subtle but pleasant. The spice notes decreased as the beer sat and the odd soapiness intensified.

Spicy notes came through strong in the flavor. Hefty dose of coriander and clove. Loads of ginger. Super lemony. Crisp and fairly tart. Somewhat hay-like. Orange peel was quite noticeable. The dry, slightly bitter finish contained herbal hop notes and was a bit skunky initially. The skunkiness deceased however with time. Tart, lemony notes lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most impressive thing about this beer. Creamy, fluffy and smooth on the palate with a fine, sprightly effervescence. Pillowy soft. Perhaps a bit over carbonated initially, but the carbonation settled as the beer sat.

Cold Snap is a decent attempt at a witbier. Although this beer reminds me of the warmer weather to come (and that most certainly is a good thing), I think I might enjoy it more when the temperature stays above freezing.

Photo of Safa1
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gets way too sweet at the end. Perfect first couple drinks. Bummer.

Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 1,777 ratings.