Winter Welcome Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Winter Welcome AleWinter Welcome Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This seasonal beer is a limited edition brewed for the short days and long nights of winter. The full body resulting from fermentation in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ and the luxurious malt character, which will appeal to a broad range of drinkers, is balanced against whole-dried Fuggle and Golding hops with nuances and complexities that should be contemplated before an open fire.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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#31,471
Reviews:
1,175
Ratings:
2,279
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear light brownish-red, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells very toasty, with some dark dried fruit aromas, fruity yeast, and caramel.

This is pretty light, but it's got a great dark toastiness to it, with some light yeastiness, and a touch of bitterness. It's simple, but basically a well done winter-y British ale.

This is light bodied, slighly creamy, and very crisp, with a very good level of drinkability.

I'm really happy that Samuel Smith beers are starting to show up on tap in the US- it's a great pub beer.

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Photo of caffeinelogic
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bottmfeedr
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DioS
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSmaug
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MinerBob
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of txag96
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KonigObHops
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer was from a twelve ounce bottle purchased at a local craft beer store. I see this beer every year, but I have always passed on it.

The beer poured a light amber color with an off white head that was about one finger-width thick. There was ample lacing present.

The aroma was very faint, but a bit bready with a hint of the malt.

The initial taste was bready and a bit bitter. The middle was slightly nutty, and the end was a bit hoppy with some toasted malt.

The mouthfeel was crisp and clean.

This was a pretty straightforward beer. If you enjoy spicier varieties of winter warmers, this is not the beer for you.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code SG31R1

Pours a mostly clear rusted orange-brown with ¾ finger of fluffy, white head; solid retention with a thick layer of foam remaining on the surface and plenty of accompanying lacing thick and holding strongly to the glass.

Aromas of dark fruits, dates, light caramel malt; additional light brown sugar notes develop nicely alongside some piney hops; delicately roasty and subtle sweet malts round a hearty bouquet.

Tastes heavily of fig, with caramel malts saturated in dark fruit oncoming along with faint earthy hops that hold a nice lingering effect on a finish that otherwise thins quickly.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body with active carbonation trending toward the heavier side; crisp and slightly drying as it develops on the palate, while ultimately finishing with a sort of malty stickiness.

Enjoyable intro to winter warmers. Liked the depth of the dark fruit and subtle influence of the hops on the malt-dominant profile. Only major complaint would be a profile that thins and finishes too quickly, leaving the stronger aspects of the beer unable to be savored as much.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$1 bottle bargin bin. Glad to give this a try. Very caramelly and sweet. A bit heavy on the tongue. Average tasting beer... I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one but glad to have tried it!

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nass
2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Great looking bottle artwork & use of color as well. I am getting a harsh & nasty buttery flavor as well. I am getting big dark fruit notes on this beer too that is overwhelming the malts & whatever else this beer has to off. I am not a big fan of this beer, but if you have not had a Winter Warmer before then you should pick up a bottle. Cheers! C-

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Photo of jeschaefer
2.46/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of videofrog
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jjmj51
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

18.7 oz [550 ml] brown bottle

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale filled my pint glass with a clear orange-gold. Atop sat a 2-finger bubbly off-white head that held well and left sticky lacing on the walls of the glass. The nose is clean smelling with notes of light fruit, caramel, and light spice in the background. The taste like the nose is fruity and malty with flavors of caramel, toffee, light fruit and some spices. There is a light bitter finish that builds slowly as consumed. The body is light-medium, crisp and smooth. The Ale has medium carbonation.

Winter Welcome is easy drinking and not too filling. However, I was not expecting the Ale to be as light based on its style.

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Photo of Walnut
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lampro
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly buttery character, but with a pleasant spiced profile as well. Balanced body with mild hops.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of obywan59
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange, but approaching amber in color. Light haze. and a 2 finger white head that's thick and chunky, and leaves spectacular thick, clingy lacing.

Nutty with sweet caramel in the aroma. Light fruitiness, grapes or dark fruit.

Dry in taste becoming slightly fruity and lemony tart with light toasted nuts and a hint of caramel. Slight bitter citrus peel.

Light bodied, light carbonation, astringent and drying.

Not a bad beer. The taste is rather subdued for a winter brew in my opinion, but it's pleasing nonetheless.

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Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,279 ratings