Sam Adams Winter Classics Pack 2013?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by eagles7251, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. atomic

    atomic Savant (455) Illinois Sep 22, 2009

    Can someone tell me why Sam Adams only puts their good stuff in 12packs with a bunch of crummy beers? I mean sure the variety packs are great and all, and I've found many a good beer in them, but why don't they sell those individually? My gf loved Chocolate Bock but no way in hell would I buy another 12pk just for 2 more of those beers.
     
  2. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Advocate (525) Michigan Sep 1, 2013

    Grocery store by me breaks it up and sells as singles, think that might be illegal. However, 6-pack of Old Fezziwig here I come.
     
  3. MilkManX

    MilkManX Savant (320) Arizona Jul 10, 2012

    I would buy 12's of Old Fezziwig any day.
     
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  4. Does anyone remember what was in the original?

    Was it Boston Lager, Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig, Winter Lager, Cranberry Lambic, and Cream Stout?

    If so, I'd take that any day over this one. Everyone complained about the Cranberry Lambic....but all in all that's not bad.

    I think my favorite was a few years ago, I believe it was Boston Lager, Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig, Winter Lager, Cappucino Stout, and Chocolate Bock.
     
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  5. I haven't seen twelve packs yet but I have seen winter cases: 12 Fat Tire, 6 Ranger, 6 Accumulation.. So much for variety.
     
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  6. Yikes. That is an unappealing selection to say the least.
     
  7. I forgot Maple Pecan Porter was in the spring pack. That doesnt scream "spring beer" to me.
     
  8. jzlyo

    jzlyo Savant (450) Iowa Mar 4, 2012

    I wish they would've left off White Christmas and gone with Holiday Porter instead, didn't really care for the spices in WC.
     
  9. Snowdog

    Snowdog Savant (270) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    I was happy to see Cranberry Lambic removed from this pack..but then they had the balls to release it in 6 packs last year. I would have loved to see the sales figures on that move.

    Since they can put that crap in 6 packs, Where is Chocolate Bock in 6 packs???..they could sell a boatload of this.
     
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  11. I love the winter lager.
     
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  12. Bought the Sam Adams mixed 24 winter variety pack. A mixed 24 case for $22.49? Sam Adams continues to impress.

    Here in Chicago mother nature finally threw in the towel and decided to align her seasons with the brewers. Its about damn time. Its been cold here all week, already scraped ice off the windshield and saw some flurries.

    It says on the case "Samuel Adams Winter Lager *Ale in Texas". What does this mean? If Texans are getting some sort of winter version of the Boston Ale I'm gonna be pissed. Must be some stupid law. Does that mean that they cannot call it a lager in Texas, or do they actually ship an Ale to Texas?

    I only got 4 Old Fezziwigs but I am going to start hording these. All I have to do is buy one of these cases every week, hide the Fezziwigs, and have my friends over for football. The Juniper IPA isn't bad. Haven't tried the cherry chocolate bock yet but I like every other beer in this case.
     
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  13. JG-90

    JG-90 Savant (425) New Jersey Nov 29, 2012

    It is. As far as I remember, there are ABV limits by different states depending on what a beer is labeled as.

    I'm sure others will be able to shed some more light but like you guessed it is just some stupid law.
     
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  14. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Savant (480) Maryland Apr 27, 2011

    Old Fezziwig and the Holiday Porter are my favorite SA brews! I always look forward to the Winter Variety Pack!
     
  15. No Holiday Porter this year unfortunately.
     
  16. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Savant (250) Texas Aug 16, 2010

    Old label law here in Texas. Anything over 5.5 or something like that had to be referred to as ale. No longer required though.
     
  17. Are you going to wait until you have a massive stockpile of fezzywigs and then just pick a day and totally go for the big one? Just asking, no one is judging just curious.
     
  18. Cherry chocolate bock? That sounds great.
     
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  19. Your damn right
     
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  20. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Savant (460) Ohio Dec 14, 2012

    Why haven't I seen this yet... I miss Ol' Fezzi!
     
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  21. Are you serious? That better be because they decided to put it in 6-packs this year. That's half the reason to get the mix.
     
  22. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Savant (480) Maryland Apr 27, 2011


    And the other half is for Fezzi!?!
     
  23. Damn straight. Both are true holiday classics. This is probably why they changed the name to "Winter Favorites"...
     
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  24. elchicodelgado

    elchicodelgado Savant (275) Texas Mar 3, 2008

    They used to label higher ABV stuff as "malt liquor" in TX which was because of our antiquated laws. Fun story-One night in college I drank way too much including a Sam Adams seasonal when I saw the malt liquor thing. Drunk me and my friends called the Sam Adams 800 number and slurred this ridiculous message about how it's BS that they are trying to pass cheap malt liquor off as real beer and I demanded a response. I slurred my email address, hung up, passed out and forgot about the whole affair. Two weeks later I got a really nice email about how it wasn't really malt liquor and they had to label it as such due to our laws. They even offered to send me stickers and other swag if I emailed them my address. I was equal parts impressed and embarrassed so I never responded...
     
  25. darky

    darky Savant (260) South Dakota Apr 16, 2010

    Oh, it is.

    The Juniper IPA needs to be made year-round as well. They knocked it out of the park with this years Winter sampler. The taste/$ ratio is stellar. This household will be buying more than a couple of these 12 packs.
     
  26. baconman91

    baconman91 Savant (495) Ohio Dec 13, 2009

    Be nice if they wld include some of the "O.G" brews that were in Holiday packs, ie..Scotch Ale (no need for Boston Lager..EVERYONE pretty much knows what your Flagship beer taste like nowadays). I used to be a big Sam Adams guy, a handful of yrs ago when I was 1st getting into the "craft" scene. Meh, not Real into any of them much anymore..graduated to some bttr offerings. ;)
    - still dwn w/ them kinda, just dont buy much of their stuff..a cpl I like from the Holidays. I think I've had almost everything they make. Hell, their brand is Really what Started me. I always rep them to "Newbies" who ask me for beer advice. Its a Great way to train that Palate..they make so many diff kinds now, if u cant find something u like (2 start u on your way dwn the craft road) you really just Dont appreciate the taste of a good beer or maybe even know what that means.
     
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  27. How long before the "winter" mix pack is all IPAs?
     
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  28. baconman91

    baconman91 Savant (495) Ohio Dec 13, 2009

    Booooo..dont know why they do stuff likes this. Boston Lager still make the cut?! Lol..everyone knows what it taste like & its around all yr. I get the "marketing" thing but Come on!
     
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  29. baconman91

    baconman91 Savant (495) Ohio Dec 13, 2009

    I'd be More interested in That tho..maybe ;)
     
  30. I've never understood the theories behind what stays and what goes at Sam Adams. Some of the very best beers they've made, are no longer on the brew bill. Everybody knows Sam Adams for Boston Lager, but truth be told, it can't hold a candle to many of their other brews.

    I'd personally reach for the Old Fezziwig or Holiday Porter any day, over a boston lager!
     
  31. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Advocate (615) Maine May 1, 2011

    I like Holiday Porter but I can live without it. I can't believe they put White Shitmas in the pack again this year though. It's almost as nasty as Cranberry Lambic. I drank my second bottle last year just after the best by date and it wasn't quite as bad because the spices had faded a bit. If I end up getting the Winter pack this year I'll probably hold off on that one for awhile.
     
  32. azorie

    azorie Advocate (725) Florida Mar 18, 2006

    Its a OLD Texas law, I am sure Jess has posted about this a 100 times.

    BTW I HATE OLD fizzlewig, yuck yuck yuck......
     
  33. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Savant (310) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2012

    WHAT!?!
     
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  34. azorie

    azorie Advocate (725) Florida Mar 18, 2006

    THE SA website says its not even being currently brewed.:eek:
     
  35. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aficionado (205) Pennsylvania Jul 30, 2011

    When Sierra Nevada's entire lineup is nothing but IPAs, so very soon.
     
  36. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aficionado (205) Pennsylvania Jul 30, 2011

    That's your prices and you're lucky, but I am sure here in PA it is going to be the usual $34+ at most places. Which is amazing considering some of the stuff is brewed here! :confused:
     
  37. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Savant (310) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2012

    This is horse shit.

    It's not the best porter out there, but it's a winter/christmas staple!
     
  38. I'm bummed about the exclusion of the Holiday Porter. Isn't that the label with the colonial guy carrying the barrel into a pub on a snowy day? Love that label. I'm sure I'll still be getting the mix pack nonetheless. It's a Christmas tradition so I must be drinking some of those on Christmas Eve as we host our usual giant family gathering. Of course, Celebration and some other beloved brews will make their appearances as well. This thread is actually getting me jacked up for the holidays!
     
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  39. The first 5 were annual staples for the longest time, and then they'd rotate the 6th. Cream Stout, Black Lager, Scotch Ale, etc, etc...

    Can't believe they're not including Holiday Porter this year. That was such a fan favorite - I can only hope it's going into 6-packs...
     
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  40. beerme411

    beerme411 Savant (360) California Sep 28, 2010

    My favorite pack to date was the 2011 with holiday porter, old fezzi, chocolate bock, and black and brew. (plus Boston lager and winter lager)
     

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