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

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219 Reviews

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,812
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 37
Gots: 559 | FT: 1
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 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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Photo of Columbus37
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with little head and shows cloudy pale Amber in the glass. Nose has some very light spice notes. Lightly carbonated, and tastes a bit thin but with light orange and spice flavor, like a slightly watered down creamcicle with a bit of a yeast kicker. Wouldn't drink a bunch of these, but refreshing and enjoyable.

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

The beer pours some nice white and foamy head that takes quite a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a cloudy and orangish straw color. The beer leaves some pretty nice lacing.

The beer smell has an orange cream note that is pretty good. The smell notes are orange with other fruits such plum and coriander and other spices. The smell aalso has a nice peppery note but doesn't work as well because it dominates the other notes with a little bit of burning. The only issue is the spices are fairly muted compared to the fruit notes.

The beer taste is very similar to the smell. Overall, the beer has an orange ice cream note to it that is delicious. The spice notes include coriander but are just as muted when compared to the fruit notes. The taste also has a slight and very small pepper taste. The fruit notes are the same with orange and plum.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The beer has very little carbonation but you don't really feel it. The beer is light bodied but feels heavier than a white ale should.

Overall, a pretty decent white ale and worth getting at least once. It most certainly isn't Allagash but it does offer an interesting variation.

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Photo of timbocf
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I didn't hate it, but I wasn't crazy about it either. I guess I'm not much of a hefe fan. It was a little too fruity. Kinda reminded me of watered down Mt Dew with some orange juice mixed in?

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Photo of neenerzig
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very cloudy/hazy medium golden/copper color with a white head that is initially 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles very quickly to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice big spot of surface foam. I wish the head retention was better. it leaves a lot to be desired. Aromas of orange peel and coriander are certainly present along with some bready malt/caramel malt sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same, with some bready, caramel malt sweetness along with orange and coriander some nice spice hints. Not really any discernible hops. Has a nice crisp, smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. An overall decent offering from the Boston Beer Company, but I've certainly had better beers from them.


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Photo of nismo_2005
4.34/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had one of these with my steak at outback steak house.
Got from draft on standard pint glass.
Thin white head about half a finger
Gold color that was extremely hazy great unfiltered look.
The smell was good had a ipa like hop aroma. With a good hint of being grainy.
The flavor was not as strong as I expected but was very good. Hoppy with a grainy kind of fruity taste.
Overall I would recommend it to a friend.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours an orange-tinted gold so cloudy that one cannot even see the shadow of their fingers on the other side of the glass. Forms a thin, short-lived pale head which becomes a ring rather quickly.

S: The aroma is reminiscent of a spiced, mulled orange juice, with heavy citrus notes shot through with coriander and herbal spiciness. There's a very faint touch of funk as well, as though that orange juice were a bit past its expiration date.

T: Sour, tart citrus rolls through the palate with this beer, a mix of orange and grapefruit, both more sour than sweet as if a shade underripe. There's a heavy dose of coriander as well, staying solidly level from opening to finish, and a faint aura of funk drifting by in the background. As the beer warms, the taste profile remains the same, oddly enough.

M: Light, lively, and inviting to drink quickly, this is a refreshing wheat beer.

O: Not a bad take on a witbier, if a bit less complex than I'd prefer.

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Photo of ericmurray93
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer looked beautiful and I was excited to try it after a recommendation from a friend. After every sip, I kept tasting an overpowered spice reminding me of the flavor of root beer. Really did not enjoy this one.

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Photo of VTR
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

S/definitely wheat beer with a strong citrus scent, mostly orange (Coriander?). I also picked some spices but couldn't put a finger on any dominant one. T/surprisingly good. Wasn't ground breaking but a pretty decent interpretation on the style. I found it to be refreshingly crisp and easy to drink. Somehow this screamed summer to me not winter. I enjoyed this and am glad I purchased a six pack because they are so easy to drink.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is growing on me after an initial negative reaction. Gained a new respect for it after drinking a couple of Harpoon IPAs beforehand. I expected the Cold Snap to be nearly tasteless and overly sweet after that, but it held it's own, and still seemed flavorful. Obviously, a very different beer than an IPA, but it shone through for what it is: a decent, (although certainly not top notch) witbier. There is a time, place, and mood for this beer (for me, anyway), and it fulfills it's purpose respectably enough. Definitely don't mind having a few kicking around in the fridge for when the mood strikes.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, malts, some citrus. Taste is smooth and refreshing. Citrus, malts, wheat, spices, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Best by date: 09.2014.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 02.06.14.

A: Yellow/orange. Opaque at top with yeast. See through at the bottom. Quickly receding head.

S: Spices, orange, wheat. Typical wit smell.

T: Follows the nose.

M: Crisp.

O: This is a pretty solid wit. It had lots of yeast and wheat flavors, which I liked. It's typical of the style and enjoyable.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

"Crisp and lively, the hazy smoothness of this unfiltered White Ale is roused by the crackling of spring spices. From a hint of sweetness from orange peel & plum to the peppery bits of fresh ground coriander, the subtle blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Belgian Witbier, Cold Snap is a early spring seasonal release by Samuel Adams. Available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs, 12 packs and seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

Cold Snap pours a frothy foam pastel white head over a moderately hazy golden amber body. Carbonation is plentiful and lively. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. The aroma consists of herbal spices, cereal wheat with a moderate sweetness, peppery and spicy hops with a subtle bitterness and a bit of orange. The flavor reflects the aroma, with a blend of pale malt and light malted wheat with a pinch of bitter orange peel alongside a moderate blend of coriander and white pepper spice. The flavor is fairly simple, slightly light on the wheat profile and quite forward on the spice. The texture is slick, slightly fluffy and somewhat spicy and with a moderate carbonation, generates a frothy nearing moderately crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is evenly sweet to spiced. Alcohol presence is very low, and off characters are minimal. Boston Beer has tried many Witbier recipes over the years, and most of them have been largely unimpressive due to a lack of wheat malt body and a reliance on aggressive spicing, and while Cold Snap dips its toes into some of those same issues, it's not as severe this time around. Cautiously enjoy a single bottle or even a draft of this. I don't know if it's just the label and marketing, but I find this slightly more appropriate for the winter season, perhaps it's the orange and spice. It's not for everybody.

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Cold Snap

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Photo of joe12pk
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Hazy light peach. Two finger head settles to a film that never leaves. Nice lacing.

S - Tangerine and coriander. Plum comes through after sitting a few minutes.

T - Malts, citrus, and coriander blend blissfully. Finishes with light hops.

M - Medium

O - Delicious and very refreshing! If you find one, grab it. Excellent session brew. Cheers!

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Cloudy haze of a light golden hue, some orange tinge

Smell: Nice, crisp, citrusy aroma. quite nice

Taste: At first extremely refreshing, hints of citrus, fruity. Then it seems a bit stale and sour like oranje juice thats about to spoil. Finally a very unpleasant musty alcoholic taste is left in my mouth. That is all I can think about after I take a sip

Mouthfeel: inadequate, a bit too watery

Overall: Sub par, borderline poor. Won't be drinking this brew ever again.

Would recommend to a woman or someone who doesn't enjoy darker beers.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, best before April 2014. A friend gave me a bottle recently, so I wasn't able to try it when it was fresher. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a half inch white head. Heaed retention is decent enough, and there isn't much lacing. The brew smells like orange peel, coriander, wheat/bready malt, and a bit of bubblegum. It tastes like orange peel, wheat/bready malt, coriander, and a sweet spiciness in general. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and has low/moderate carbonation. I think it's an OK brew overall. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't make a point to seek it out either. With that being said, I would like to try a fresher bottle in the future.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; listed at 5.5% and best before Jan. 2015. Served well-chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange colour, topped with one finger of relatively dense, creamy white head. It seeps away steadily over the next minute or two, resulting in a thin cap and a loose ring of lacing. Enticing aroma - very fruity; lots of orange citrus, lemon and apricot, with a touch of coriander and sweet wheat malt.

A solid wit indeed. Pale wheat malt sweetness and banana underlies the prominent notes of orange and lemon citrus, balancing each other out quite nicely. Coriander, clove, and hints of cinnamon crop up at the finish, in a rather yeasty conclusion that dries the palate as it carries on into the aftertaste. On the lighter end of medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation that provides an appropriate bite for a wit. One of the heftier wits I've had over the years, but very drinkable and refreshing in hot weather like it should be.

Final Grade: 3.97, a B+. Cold Snap is definitely one of my favourite Samuel Adams beers yet, and certainly one of the better witbiers available in Ontario at the moment. This is a tasty, thirst-quenching brew that I'd happily drink again, or recommend to anyone who happens to be interested in the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into the pint glass. 2/23

Pours dirty bronze - murky, touch of white foam atop. Little fruit nose, lemon zest, orange citrus nose. Bright tart fronting taste, with a little ending pucker. Spices embedded, coriander, pepper. Lemony. Overall a good spring beer. Better than recent ones (I'm looking at you Alpine Spring).

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Photo of manofmanners
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a suggestion of a friends while getting steaks. When it came out it had a hazy look in the glass, similar to Blue Moon, but not as bright. It had a decent smell, not as hoppy as other Sam Adams spring brews. To be it was average in taste, I would not shy away from it in the future, it is a good stand-by beer, but if I have some else to choose I will go with something else. This beer is better than the larger brands, but compares well with other craft beers. It is a good beer to have with steak.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy straw color, decent sized white head but fades very quickly and doesn't leave a trace of lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a hint of a yeasty aroma, light touches of spicing.

Taste is similar to the nose in that the sweet malt backing is the most dominate aspect, mild spicing of coriander and a slight yeasty character, carbonation is adequate although lower than it should be, finishes semi-sweet but not sticky or cloying, just not as dry as it could be.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy burnt cantaloupe body. A white head leaves a wisp of bubbles, no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts dominate under a combination of spices, as well as a brown sugar aroma on the back end.

Taste: Lots of malt sweetness, subtle spices with a citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy.

Overall: To me, this is just the same "spiced ale" the has been repackaged. How many times will Samuel Adams keep doing this?

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a cloudy pale golden color with orange highlights, loose 3/4 finger head with large bubbles. No lacing, no real head retention.

S - mild fruity aroma, soapy, slight spice, loads of orange and coriander.

T - taste follows the aroma quite well, lots of fruityness with orange and coriander notes. Has a nice malt body, nice and bready... But finishes very bland, not bitter, not dry, not even sweet, just bland. Just seems to be lacking flavor in the end, don't know what it is, I usually enjoy whit biers.

M - mouthfeel is ok, little on the syrupy side for the style, sufficient carbonation.

O - I was excited to see this come out, figured it was a revival of Sam Adams white, but it falls short. Lacking in overall flavor, nothing really making me what to drink more.

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

I bought this hoping it would be as good an early spring beer as the Alpine of a few years ago. Pours nicely with a good head but not so much decoration on the sides of my glass. Cloudy and golden it has a good look to it. The smell is different for the style with a large malt body that has less twang and more bread than is common. Notes of vanilla and and orange with light coriander. An almost bubblegum sweetness. Taste has a lot of fruitiness, ( the added plum ) and spices. Body is quite round and full with a lemony honey maltiness. The orange peel shows in the the finish with nice zesty kick while still being low in bitterness, just enough to refresh and clean the palate. Feel is on the thicker side for a wit with a mild carbonation. Not the home run of the Alpine by a longshot, but a decent quality beer nonetheless.

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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.