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

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

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3,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,263
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 68
Gots: 317 | 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

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of blackcompg
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle from their Winter Sampler, into my beer glass -

Appearance - Poures about a finger of lite tan head, color of the ale is a dark red amber.

Smell - Smells of wheat, molasses, nutmeg & spices.

Taste - Taste is semi sweet spiced wheatbread, maybe a touch of gingerbread too. I get a touch of orange peel too, and a bit of grassy hops. I'm getting a little bit of charry-almond like flavor as this warms. A good balance, no transitional flavors really, finishes with dry spiced breadcrust.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, a good amount of carb provides alot of crispness and drinkability, finishes with just a touch of dryness.

Overall - This is a pretty good winter warmer, definitely on the lite side, making it easy to have a few. Alcohol is non-existant in the taste. A decent beer, and very sessionable.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid dark brown with a two-finger tan-white head that quickly dissipates. Decent amount of lacing left as I drink.

Smell: Good. Smells of citrus, pine, malts, booze, with a tiny bit of spicy noting.

Taste: This is great. First taste is of the pine and citrus, followed by hints of cinnamon and ginger, with a malty backbone. Yum.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a relatively high amount of carbonation; it certainly suits the tastes.

Overall: Christmasy, wintery, holiday taste. This is a great beer that is extremely appropriate for the winter holidays, and one I'd definitely get again.

Photo of scottyg354
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This has always been a holiday favorite of mine, up until the past two years. This always reminded me of a christmas cookie of a beer if that makes sense, I think most readers would agree.

The last two years something has been missing which I am not quite sure what it is. It is missing a certain zest that it had in previous years.

Photo of gregb13
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this one, from the winter 12-pack. Pours a nice caramelly brown with minimal head and lacing. Smells of tart cherries, cherry liqueur, some spiciness, and plenty of malt. Taste is more of the same. I really like the cherry and spice notes in this brew. Something a little different. Would definitely pick it up again.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never had this style before, so I waited until the second from my winter variety pack to review here.

Poured a very dark color. I would almost think it was black if I didn't put a light behind it. Not sure if I'm a little stuffed up now or what, but I did not get an impressive smell from this beer. The faint smell I do get reminds me of an octoberfest almost. I suck at telling what a smell is, especially with so little of it, but that is definitely what the spices remind me of here.

The taste is a different story. This beer is full of flavor. The spices still remind me a lot of octoberfest, but the taste is definitely different. This beer does not have as much of a bitter taste. It is definitely a good winter beer that tastes like it would go well with Christmas dinner also. Overall I am impressed with this beer, and the entire variety pack that it comes in (though I would much rather have another winter beer, or anything other than Boston Lager really).

Photo of GreyMorel
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby caramel color. Head is neither robust nor weak, but fairly long lived. Moderate carbonation to be seen.

Smell is mostly malts and roasted grains, lacking the "spice notes" Sam Adams claims in advertisements - though that could be related to serving temperature.

Taste is a rich and complex whirlwind of different grains and malts, followed by an unusual and characteristic doughy sweetness. Finish is a bitter spiciness, though not from hops - these must be the "spices" Sam Adams speaks of.

Stylistically, this beer deviates slightly from the textbook formula in that it is lower in alcohol than most, but with the tweaks provided by the finishing spices, I didn't notice.

Overall this is a very solid beer in general. Sam Adams manages to play with the formula for this type and produce a winner. It could certainly stand on its own, and in light of its seasonal nature, Is certainly worth drinking around the holidays.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hard pour yields a black in color beer with traces of brown throughout and just under a 1/2 inch head and good retention

Smell: Cocoa nibs and chocolate malt is the first thing I pick up the back end has a real nice cinnamon note

Taste: The beer has some nice roast up front with hints of chocolate and cinnamon picking up the back end

Mouthfeel: A slight bit less body than medium and mild carbonation

Overall: Still one of my favorite Sam Adams beers and I look forward to it every winter

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3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, medium brown with red hue. Pours 2 inches of fluffy tan head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: malty, cinnamon, ginger, citrus, orange peel, caramel, toffee, nutty.

Taste: cinnamon, gingner, orange peel, citrus, malty, nutty, caramel, toffee, a bit of a bitter finish, some roasted notes in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A decent holiday ale. The malt dominates the more subtle flavors/aromas. Drinkability is fairly high.

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 3,263 ratings.