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

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 1,918
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 40
Gots: 631 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 Gobearswalter34
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks hazy awe unless with a thin, creamy head. Smells of spice and vanilla...cinnamon? Taste...oh no, not too bad! Actually pretty good. Tastes of a lager with a warmer vanilla finish. I like! I could drink many of these. Very smooth.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy golden color. Foamy white 2 finger head lasting around 5 minutes. Good legs and some powerful activity.

Aromas and taste of citrus, fruits, clove, floral and herbal spices, slightly grainy. Powerful flavors of orange, too much in fact. Rich sweet taste with a slightly vinous feel.

Creamy medium body with prickly carbonation. Well intensified finish ending with a pleasant smoky coriander and clove like spicy bitter mouth coat.

Overall : Acceptable freshness and interesting craft. Very flavorful, but unbalanced, having overwhelming citrus. Could easily be called an orange beer, making this a bit hard to drink while eating for a white beer.

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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 Kadonny
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Adams...an above average brew that just can not compete with the quality of the micro brewers it likely inspired.

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Photo of jettjon
3.27/5  rDev -6%
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.

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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 PorterPro125
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of predikit
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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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 BlurryVisi0n
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Damian
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Because of Applebee's poor selection of beer on tap.

Hazy, Sweet. Seems overly carbed. No real depth of flavor, no hoppyness. Not my favorite wheat beer.

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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 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 PA-hunter
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Draft at KC's Alley. 5.3% abv

Pours a cloudy apricot orange. Lemony aroma with a sweet malt. Taste is sugary with a bit of orange and lemon hints. Finishes dry and sweet with minimal hop bitterness.

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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 btheluvdoctor
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer tasted like Sam Adams was trying to do their version of Blue Moon but just with a bit more spices. I guess I was looking for more of a crisp orange taste without the risk of it being a Shandy. I would drink this again if it was offered to me.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gold/orange pour with thick white head and very effervescent; floral and spice notes; weak orange juice flavor;crisp,clean mouthfeel with dry finish; overall, I found this odd tasting with the spice contradicting the citrus flavors rather than complimenting...

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

murky orange color foamy head some streaky lace. Nose is wit...soft orange peel, lemon zest. flavor is crisp and as rhe nose suggested soft orange peel. the bidy however is fairly full and a bit chewy. decemt wit but not all that memorable.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden color with a thick head

Some scent of citrus and spice. Scent doesn't carry over much to the flavor; tastes like a regular wheat beer. OK except for a little soapy taste on the finish. Meh overall.

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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 kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief first impressions; full review to follow:

Has a crisp clean taste with a heavy clove emphasis and a Belgian feel - mostly from the yeast, though the malt backbone is all-American. Minimal hop profile to style. Smooth, wet, crisp, overcarbonated, and medium-bodied, though refreshing. A bit of citrus peel, some coriander. Wheat. The overt spicing is apt, but it lacks the refined subtle taste of superior beers in the style, as well as the fragile delicate feel of world-class offerings.

While I like it in a general sense, it's above average at best.


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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.