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

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Avg:
3.48
pDev:
38.51%
 
 
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Samuel Adams Cold SnapSamuel Adams Cold Snap
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 278 | Ratings: 2,097
Photo of Ikeithbot
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in pint glass from local restaurant tap. It was this or Coors. Where to start?
Looks like a hefe should, a little on orangey side
That's about the best of it.
It smells really bad. A cross between coriander and a locker room.
Not much going on in the taste department either. Really flat for a wheat beer. They added some spices that are attempting to do do something, but it comes across segmented and confused.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly syrupy
Over all, not a good offering. Doubt we'll see this return next year.

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Photo of PolishPrisoner
2.16/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Sam Adams has attempted a wheat/hefeweisen beer with this brew and has largely failed. This Sam Adams beer tastes too heavy for the genre. No mass produced beer can replicate the unfiltered wheat beer quite like Blue Moon and Shock Top. This beer tastes like a regular Sam Adams that was unfiltered during production and spiced up afterwards with a few extra ingredients. My favorite authentic wheat beer is Franziskaner but Blue Moon and Shock Top represent close mass produced seconds. This beer just tastes like a weird Sam Adams. Not bad for the price and style but I expected a bit more authenticity.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Cold Snap.

Final beer out of the small box I received for the holidays. As I always say, Sam Adams has put out some very solid beers in the past and even a few great ones but I dont find new variations in single format too often so I don't drink too many. This is apparent a spring beer released in December so uhhh....guess its fresh ahaha. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Beer pours half way between copper and orange with a high level of murk. Head forms to about a solid finger of white head that quickly dies down to a ring amongst the edges with a few cloud formations laying on top of the brew. No remaining lacing amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Lower though apparent amounts of orange peel an wheats. Not getting much in the way of any spices mentioned on the bottle though there does appear to be a bit of ginger. Or maybe I'm crazy. Or maybe the nose is so unique I can't discect it. Who knows.

Taste - At first you think it's just going to be another generic 3.5 wit as it has the orange peels and all that jazz but when you swallow this thing it turns into something else. To be quite honest in my nearly four years and 650+ reviews later I haven't had a flavor quite like this one. It'd almost like what I would imagine a citrus flavored bread would taste like... surely unique but still not a massive flavor profile.

Feel - The body is much fuller than I was expecting for such a tame brew. Sits rather heavy with a monster level of carbonation. Flavors turn far more orange peel like here along with that same bread mixture i mentioned.

Overall - An interesting though not overly complex brew out of these guys. Probably wouldn't drink more than one at a time but I could have here and there. I'd say it's worth picking up for the pure aspect of how unique it is..

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Photo of WayneEsten
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been enjoying SA Winter Lager for that past month, but I saw this SA beer show up and figured I would try a bottle. It looked very good after pouring, nice big off white head and hazy amber color. Given its good look I was quite disappointed in the smell, but not nearly as much as with the taste. Where the spices in SA Winter Lager seem to compliment and blend well with each other while allowing the "beer" to come through, the spices in this one do not. There is almost a medicine/cough drop flavor hiding among the spices. I'll stick to my SA Winter Lager for now.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like dark plum, orange peel, mild coriander, malt, and piney grass. Tastes like dark plum, orange peel, sweet malt, coriander, with mild pine and floral grass. Feels light bodied with high carbonation. Overall a decent fruity tasting brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque and hazy yellow to orange amber, with uniform, filmy, off-white head of weaker retention. Smells like angel food cake with a lemon drizzle icing! Sugary-sweet, light citrus, minimal spices, and a note somewhere between vanilla and banana. Palate is not too far off from aroma, with citrus stronger and definitely favoring orange peel and to a certain extent even orange fruit over lemon, and spices more pronounced, namely coriander, almost peppery, going well with citrus notes. Light to medium in body, kind of spritzy and watery, semi-smooth, crisp. Compare it first to macro faux-craft takes on the witbier, and you won't be disappointed. I enjoyed it. Wish I had another on me right now.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Start off by saying, nice to see that's still my buddy's pic on those steps, funny thing is I heard he met Jim Koch last month, neat, anyways.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a soft hazy white color with a subtle transparency about it allowing some carbonation to be seen rising at a nice pace. Fizzy to foamy soft white head immediately dissipates with no lacing left in the wake.
The smell had some sweet Belgian sugars, light spice (couldn't really tell what the spice was, but something is there), and a light little bit of clementime.
The taste was moderately sweet with the clementime being a nice force to balance. Spice was pretty subdued.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a good crisp sweet sessionable feel hitting my tongue in a sticky manner, not cloying, just light sticky in a gentle sort of way.
Overall, it's a decent Americanized witbier, I just don't see anything above and beyond to indicate this is a top notch witbier. If anything, goes great with a bleu' cheese crumbled New York strip steak.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strange mixture of flavors. Faint summer peach, a hint of vanilla, a pinch of spice all mingle with the wheat base. Dare I say this reminds me of a Belgian wheat? Interesting. Decent.

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Photo of Nyg
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very crisp. Not heavy at all. Very spring like smell and taste spices and florals. This is a seasonal by Sam's I definitely enjoy ice cold. Not bitter at all. An all around good beer

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Photo of IanOsea
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is personally my favorite beer I've had so far. It's a delicious wheat beer so it's very easy to drink. Semi-sweet with a hint of a citrus to it. Other than one other brand of beer, I pretty much stock-up on Cold Snap every Spring. It just goes well with just about every meal (even breakfast). For me, Cold Snap and Spring just go hand-in-hand. I wish they made this beer year-round.

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Photo of lordofthemark
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - coriander, maybe clove, more than citrus. Taste - a soft fruit that makes me think of banana, less spice. Altogether not unpleasant, but nothing special, much like Blue Moon

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold Snap reminded me much of their seasonal White Ale that would be released for spring, but this was years ago. Cold Snap takes a different route with the spices, bringing softer spice flavors to the mix.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks a bit golden brown, smells like bread and spices, and tastes like it, too! Longlasting taste but sometimes the tastes clash together. They're a mixture of some interesting flavors but it's pretty good overall.

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Photo of EmGM
1.6/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Look: hazy golden brown color
Smell: bread, spice, light citrus aroma
Taste: heavy spice taste, deeper not sugary fruit, bready
Aftertaste: the bready taste lingers for quite a while
Overall: REALLY not a fan of this beer at all. It tasted off when I had it and the flavors just clashed with each other

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome cloudy amber brew with plenty of long-lasting foam in the Bacchus tumbler. Fairly substantial mouthfeel. Lemon peel aroma.

Mellow and wheat with a sweet taste. Orange citrusy flavors followed by a touch of the pencil shavings taste. Pleasant and highly drinkable beer. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market in San Diego.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the local Applebee's. They gave me a sample taste, and decided that it was interesting enough to order a 20 ouncer.
Pours a very cloudy and hazy yellow with a full white head that quickly fades.
Had a lemon rind aroma with some sweet bread malts as a base. a little aromatic hops are in the background.
Taste follows aroma. Sweet and bready malts lead with a lemon peel flavor with a little spice hops.
Not bad at all, will have to try a 6 pack to see how it goes in a bottle/can.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, coriander, light orange citrus. Flavor of light wheat with strong coriander, mild citrus a hint of butteriness. Nice medium body with light creaminess and active carbonation. A mild witbier that is not quite able to support the level of coriander spicing. The light flavors of wheat and citrus are nice, but a bit underwhelming. A hint of the diacetyl that seems common in Boston Beer offerings, but at a level that add a pleasant mellowing component to this as is usually the case. I'd probably go for a more traditional witbier in the future, but this was easy and light and worked well for a warm afternoon.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden amber, taste of lemon rind, banana, coriander, lots of bread. I think it would taste better ice cold. With an orange. And a pizza.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a dense collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of plums are present in the nose along with hints of orange peels.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of plums and orange peel along with notes of wheat and hints of spices.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This witbier feels a bit heavier in body compared to other beers in the style, so it can be considered appropriate for a winter beer. The plum flavors are definitely unique.

Serving type: bottle

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