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

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Reviews: 233
Hads: 1,925
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 40.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 639 | 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 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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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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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.