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

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Reviews: 216
Hads: 1,799
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 40.52%
Wants: 36
Gots: 547 | 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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Reviews: 216 | Hads: 1,799
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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Photo of HamdenHector
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy; gold colored; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: coriander, black pepper; artificial orange/lemon in the background;

T: bready up front; an artificial lemon comes out mid-palate and lasts through the finish; a touch of black pepper at the end; no bitterness or tartness;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation - no effervescence; moderately dry finish;

O: the artificial character of the citrus was off putting;

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in pint glass. Golden haze appearance, with two fingers of active, soapy head that dissolves at a steady pace. A white solid cap is left behind, with some spotty lacing. The aroma is of lemon and biscuit. Taste of funky citrus, some malt, some spice. Almost a peppery shandy. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, no alcohol burn, slippery. Average witbeir, would be good outside on a hot summer day while grilling.

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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 TopherBreski
4.53/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I hate almost all winter brews but this; this is great. It's almost like a Belgian with coriander only with some caramel, pepper, and cinnamon so it's not to dark but not light either.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Texas Roadhouse, Erie, PA, into shaker
Slight fruity aroma
Head – mostly removed by bartender – what remains is white, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing fair – broken narrow curtains of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy
Flavor slightly sweet with apricot-like flavor; no hops, no alcohol, no yeast phenolics, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75
I was pleasantly surprised by this “seasonal” from Sam Adams. It should probably be around all year.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P- Thanks to my buddy Keith for this brew.

A- cloudy orange yellow color with a half finger head with poor lacing.

S- citrus, pepper and yeast

F- sour lemon with faint pepper hints...blue moon-esque....ehhhh

M- yeasty and light bodied with citrus flavor

O- not bad but not good....slightly below average but much better than blue moon.

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Photo of DanZhao
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is very similar to a Blue Moon except I found it to be less sweet with more of a metallic taste. An easy drink that makes me long for the spring.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a hefeweitzen glass.

Pours a very cloudy yellow/orange with a thin white head.

Smell of spiced citrus aroma... faint.

Taste of sour wheat funkiness with a ton of coriander and some other unidentifiable spices. Peppery.

Nice active carbonation, but maybe slighty on the thin side.

Easy-drinking beer very typical of the style. Refreshing and easily sessionable. Nothing exceptional.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oh Samuel. Oh Sammy....

You make great, complex malty beers (Okay, you make one good beer)

However, you can't seem to make any other beer without the signature maltiness.

The signature malts do not taste good in a witbier.

This beer is fuckin weird -- and not in a good way.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow/orange with a thick off white head.

Smell: Spices, wheat, honey, with a hint of orange peel.

Taste: Orange up front with a nice blend of spices. Some wheat.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, but smooth.

Overall: I really liked this beer. The spices blend well and a nice touch of orange. I would drink it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Time for a boneless chicken salad and a witbier.

Appearance is hazy, a very dark orange glow. The head is tall and gorgeous, 3 fingers, white, leaving webbing behind.

Aroma : honey, honey comb, fresh split wood, pineapple and orange mixture, orange rind, spiced banana runt. It's got a thin smell to it, but what's there is packed in well.

Flavor/mouthfeel : this is delicious and smooth. Faint orange rind and banana, plum, slight clove and spices. It is a little 2-D in taste, as it is all somewhat faint, but 3-D in feel. It is so easy drinking, while being so creamy at the same time. It's more accurately described as a witbier pounder! Very interesting. A flavor of honey is left on the palate after the finish.

Overall : the easy drinking nature of this beer makes it worth a purchase again. It is not the most flavorful beer, but you can drink it like a Budweiser and its leagues better. Nicely done, and unique.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I ordered this seasonal on tap at the local Ruby Tuesday, served in a Hefeweizen glass:

Appearance: A golden honey color, cloudy, with a small, creamy white head, minimal lacing.

Smell: A very faint citrus

Taste: A bitter citrusy taste, similar to Blue Moon, and I'd say it's a little better than Blue Moon.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, light on the tongue. Not bad.

Overall: An acceptable Witbier, slightly above average, but not stellar. I would order it again if I have no other good draught options.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a nearby bowling alley. Nice Witbier.. Does not feel like it is your typical wide release beer. Looks like your average witbier with some nice lacing throughout. Smells ok, no distinction, your typical citrus for style. I like the taste. It's not too citrusy at all, which I like. I may not seek it out, but will be a go to at this particular spot moving forward.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A sunny gold with about a finger of white head. Kind of hazy. Perfect for a wheat.

S: Honey, oranges, a grainy, spicy zest. Again, excellent.

T: A sweet orange taste. Lots of grain and some lemon as well. Tastes like sunshine in a can.

M: A bit full bodied for a wheat. Well carbonated.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Publix with hopes that it might one day supplant Blue Moon as the staple American macro wit. Nothing against Blue Moon, but I'm just tired of it. I know this is just a seasonal, but if MillerCoors can brew it all year round, so can Sam!

Poured in to a pint glass, a marshmallow-like crown of finely carbonated foam graces the hazy, honey-golden ale before briskly receding to a one finger head. Thin lacing remains as the only sign of that remarkable white cap. Excellent retention. The aroma promises sweet citrus orange, and ripe purple plum. The first sip brings a bready sweet malt backbone with a balanced orange peel zest. The moderate spicing accentuates the citrus notes and gives it a peppery punch. There's a nice grassy wheat flavor that permeates the whole experience. Fairly clean finish, as the balance of flavors restrain any one of the elements from becoming too dominant. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, with tame carbonation, making it extremely easy to gulp. Refreshing and satisfying. A touch basic, but delicious nonetheless. For a mass-marketed seasonal American witbier it stands above it's contemporaries. It lacks the near-cloying sweetness of Blue Moon and the off aftertaste. It steers clear of the adjunct flavors that creep in to Shocktop, and has more nuance than the fruity pebbles flavors of Sunset Wheat. I enjoy all of the aforementioned beers to one degree or another, but Cold Snap is definitely a step above in my mind. It's no Allagash White, but it's pretty damn tasty.

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