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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Cold SnapSamuel Adams Cold Snap

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

1,777 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

(view ratings)
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.
View: Beers (111) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Cold Snap Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,777 | Reviews: 286
Photo of golf_sierra
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of MVG7113
2.11/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Lanypany88
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not a big fan. It's not a nasty beer just wierd and slimmy.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of ajm5108
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pretty bland taste that is mostly just a watered down orange / citrus flavor.

Photo of BBS323
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer! Very good taste.

Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
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

Photo of brpendergast85
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Glorified blue moon, Sam Adams can do better.

Photo of InkedinRi
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very crisp white ale! Love this beer!

Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of plunkinberry
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than I expected. I would order this again.

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice white ale with a smooth mouth feel. A pleasant surprise as I am not usually a Sam Adams fan. Recommend this one.

Photo of tvljr
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hints of vanilla and citrus. I enjoyed the taste although the aroma was a tad overwhelming.

Photo of Ian_B
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Lacking flavour, and too sweet for the style. Not bad, but barely good.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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...

Photo of apasternak
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Fine. Nothing positive to say but nothing really negative either. Like a Blue Moon ripoff

Photo of cosmicevan
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of zestd
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of JasDawg
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very much a Belgian wheat, it is reminiscent of a cross between Goose Island's 312 Urban and Blue Moon, with less citrus and more mouth feel.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nose of light orange peel, yeast, spice, citrus, malt. Taste light orange, citrus, crackers, bready malts, hint spice, yeasty.

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

C+

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

Good representation of the style. Definitely better Witbiers out there, but this is a very nice drinking experience.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
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;

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