1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

3,275 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,275
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 69
Gots: 341 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (114) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 3,275 | Reviews: 1,347
Photo of Arvo
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brownish, almost cola like with a small off-white head that disappears.

S- Malt, caramel, notes of nutmeg and orange.

T- Malty up front, with hints of spices and dried fruit. Same ginger bite that winter lager has.

M- Mouthfeel of their lagers, smooth, carbonated and drinkable.

O- I like this one better than winter lager, more flavors, but not thrilled about the ginger taste.

Photo of Eastsideinside
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a dark amber. It's clear with some whitish lace.

It's got some cinnamon in the nose. There's some orange as well.

It's pretty sweet. There is some cinamon and orange and ginger just like the label says.

It's medium bodied with some decent carbonation.

Overall, this beers pretty good but winter warmer isn't one of my preferred styles.

Photo of scratch69
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear, dark reddish-brown with a fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel malts with a hint of some spices.

Taste- Malt with hints of chocolate, orange, caramel and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall- A very good holiday brew.

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GorgonSed
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of BeerCigar
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jcartamdg
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red brown with a paper thin head that retains. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malts with a range of spices. Taste follows the nose, there is a lot going on here, chocolate, caramel slight coffee notes with orange cinnamon and maybe some ginger. Very complex for what it is. Smooth and easy drinking, no alcohol detected at all. Great surprise from Sam Adams!!!

Photo of BasterdInABasket
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jlordi12
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tan-edged brown with a 2-finger tan head with solid retention throughout most of the brew. Lacing is pretty thick too.

The nose sees those added spices giving a ton of lift to the mild roastiness- although no aromas of citrus and ginger, the character has a lot of brightness that, for me, doesn't seem to work. Aromas include bran, maple and indiscriminate tree fruits and nuts.

The palate also mirrors the nose with the added spices lifting the entire presentation, much to my dismay as I've found. Medium bodied, the mild roastiness gets brightened by a gingery freshness- flavors of chocolate, maple, bran and intense cinnamon- while the finish combines a bit too much sweetness with its citrussy lift.

Overall, not a bad brew, but really not what I'm looking for. A winter warmer, to me should have deep, dark warming flavors. The brightness imparted by the ginger and citrus made the brew a little schizophrenic. Not to mention the cinnamon was way too prominent on the palate and the finish was way too sweet. Maybe they should have bumped up the dry, roasted character on this one to offset all that I find wrong with it.

Photo of calcio360jrd
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing with my favorite samuel adams seasonal pack, the winter classics, my 50th review will be for this seasonal favorite.

Old Fezziwig Ale just screams holiday time for me, this winter warmer enjoyed in my st. bernardus goblet. It was cooler here last night, i think it got to 70! Nice dark brown color with hints of warming alcohol on the nose and some nice dark fruit in the smell. Very smooth as always this beer. Still tastes great after all these times i've had it. I'm not usually big into the winter warmers, but this one has always been a good one for me. Why o why don't they make a six pack of this for christmas time, i don't know. But i know on christmas morning i'll probably reach for one of these after my coffee is done.

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers tan head. Good retention and lacing. Ruby-brown clearish body.

Nose is malty, sweet with orange and maybe raisin.

Taste follows nose, spicy, interesting. Lots of malt, some orange peel, cinnamon. Finish is slightly more bitter than I would've liked, almost metallic. Could be the ginger, which in this case, I think is misplaced.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, not too prickly but not outstanding either.

Solid for the style. Not amazing, but good, inexpensive, relatively easy-to-find.

Photo of sobeleg
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TK5150
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights and a beige head.

S- Molasses, caramel, oaky (smells almost barrel aged at first) orange, ginger. The oaky aroma mostly wafted off as I let the beer sit.

T- Malty sweetness and spice in the mouth, then finishes with orange, bread, and biscuits. Lingering spice of cinnamon/coriander.

M- Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.

O- A very nice holiday beer. One of Sam Adams' best.

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of thearsenal
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +6.1%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,275 ratings.