Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 1,153 | Ratings: 2,202
Photo of VoxRationis
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted into a tulip pint glass; 2015-2016 per label.
A: Copper color with eggshell white head; 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly.
S: Medium malts with a peach/apricot note.
T: Medium malts with little else. Maybe a touch a caramel.
M: A bit watery.
O: Wasn't sure what to expect from a "Winter Welcome Ale," but this wasn't it. Refreshing, but bland -- wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with and off white head that dissipates quickly. Scent is of bready malts with slight fruits maybe a bit of citrus. Decent malt flavor with slight hops bitterness to balance the sweet malt. I'm not the biggest fan of caramel malt. Watery feel to this beer. Drinkable but not my style. Alcohol hidden (to me at least).

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber like color. A modest head soon dissapates but does leave a thin ring like collar.
The aroma consists of toasted malt, tofee, caramel, and plenty of spices. There is even a hint of banana.
The taste is malt forward and spicy. It has a very dry finish. The hops presence adds a mild but significant herbal, spicy and dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly chewy. There is a slight alcohol warming. As the drink warms, some fruity, berry and apple, sweetness finishes things off.
Admittedly I do not know as much about this style, but I found it quite pleasant. I would like to get to know it more.

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - copper with great clarity and a light tan head that leaves behind some lacing.
S - bready malt - biscuit, some caramel
T - bready malt with biscuit, caramel, and some dried fruit - a slight amount of hop on the back end.
F - medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation
O - overall a nice light winter ale with nice malty, biscuit and caramel flavors though I wish it had more spice to it.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic glass. Virtually no head, stray lace. Nice amber color.

Nose is malt, citrus fruit.

Taste: Citrus reveals itself as hops. Nice malt and spice, too. Biscuit bitterness. Taste is similar to Vienna lagers, but this is ale, kids.

Mouth is fine.

A little light for the style, but a good little ale. Have had straight from the bottle, too, which was good too.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Labirratorium. In Ikea's pint glass. Reading JHTP11 Ch23. Very balanced, with a malty taste (well balanced with bitterness) that surely wont displease anybody but doesnt enthusiasm either. Not much much winterly, wihout spicy notes.

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Photo of omahawk
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice example of a British ale. Beautiful clear copper beer. First taste is its a big, bready, biscuit malt base supported by firm hop bitterness and spicy / earthy hop flavor. Slight fruitiness from the yeast and fermentation. Nice and subtle 6% alcohol beer. This is not what I expected from a Winter Warmer style. No detectable spices (that's good). Honestly, I'd call this a somewhat aggressive English Special Bitter. Great balance, very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of deniro
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper color. Nice smell. Great toffee, biscuit, caramel taste when you sip it. Very smooth beer. Great job by Sam Smith's. One of my favorite winter warmer options.

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Photo of thebergster
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First time drinking this beer, was a nice change of pace from other Winter Warmer styles. Unlike others in the same category, this had a great copper appearance. Beer had more of a malty biscuit-like smell and taste. Also hints of dried fruit. Overall a nice example of a Winter Warmer that does not rely on big bold spices. Would pair well with a holiday chicken roast. -BB

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper with a one finger off white head that disappates quickly, with visable effervescence. Aroma is dried, sweet citrus fruit, caramel, biscuit, and orange marmalade. Flavor follows with biscuit, dried fruit, a touch of spice and earth from the fuggles and goldings, and a hint of orange marmalade on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, fairly light for a winter warmer type, but still nice with a lovely effervescent carbonation. Overall, this drinks more like a beefed up best bitter than a true winter warmer, but it is still decently complex, while still being very drinkable.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours amber bronze with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells toasty and bready with hints of orange citrus, dried fruit, slight caramel, toffee, brown sugar, crackery malts, some spice, apple, pear, and an earthy herbal grassy piney hop backing. Tastes really toasty, bready and crackery with slight caramel, toffee, brown sugar and light roasted notes, with orange citrus, dried fruit, apple, pear, spice, and an earthy herbal grassy piney hop note lingering. Feels medium bodied, slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice winter warmer.

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Photo of Easton70
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I bought a bottle from Trader Joes in Bellingham, WA, but I made the mistake of drinking it after a double IPA amd a stout while I was making dinner in the kitchen. In other words, I'd forgotten how light coloured this beer is from previous tasting. I don't pick up much of an aroma but the malty, spicy, (subtle) hoppy flavour follows through despite the other beers. This is a classic from back home. I would recommend it...particularly if you're making the tea in the winter.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with brilliant clarity. There's an inch of frothy brown foam on top that doesn't linger long and i'm left with a about a fingernail. Aromas of caramel and faint bready malt. I'm tasting copper to pale malts with a faint grassy hop note in the back of the palate. The mouth is dry and faintly chewy.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber with lots of white head. The malts are the strongest scents, but there are also scents of plum and spice. The taste leans toward the malts, with a biscuit flavor. There's a bit of spice, but overall, it's pretty mellow. It does have a nice, heated finish. In sum, a drinkable but unexciting beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

AROMA: Weak, barley, rice, eggs.
LOOK: Reddish, medium brown pour. Small bubbles,
TASTE: Bitter Orange, nutmeg.
FEEL: a bit weak on carbonation.

Disappointed, thought this would be better.

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Photo of zshaft
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

pours light Amber with good head and retention. nose seems to be make and dark fruit. not great. taste up front is reminiscent of AAL with some corn malt and bready notes. as the beer progresses I don't really get much other positive flavors as light plum and end palate malt prevail. people keep telling me to try sam smith stuff and I did. ...... not a good first impression. very bland and no spice for a winter warmer. a pass on all aspects. would not be able to tell apart from a bud light. ...probably.......... but blah...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Have never been impressed by this Newcastle looking beer in a clear bottle. Not much going on in the aroma department.

Taste is neat, you get some toffee flavors, a mild earthy hop aspect, mild warming. There is a little bit of spice rack, very little in the mouthfeel. Malts toasty.

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Photo of FBarber
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear crisp looking rusty brown color with a thin sudsy head that dissipated leaving neither lacing nor a residual head.

Aroma is quiet subdued and muddled. Whiffs of dried fruit, citrus zest, clove and caramel come through.

Taste does in fact follow the aromas with flavors of citrus zest, caramel, clove, yule spices, dried stone fruit all present and pleasantly blended. no one flavor is dominant providing a refreshing holiday like flavor. The spices were a bit muted, but I thought it all came together well. Ever so slight bitterness on the finish mellows into a lingering dark fruit flavor.

Feel is appropriate - clean, crisp and slightly warming even though it doesn't have a high ABV.

Overall a really nice winter warmer - this is the best one I've had. I'll be revisiting this come winter.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The malt nose and taste wins me. Just enough hops for that classic Yorkshire balance. But the mouth seems thin for the style. Overall, a pleasant ale that I will serve at a Christmas party.

Party report: Only two Winter Welcomes were drunk. So, I gave some as presents and Had the remainder over the next four months. The carbonation settles and, by spring, I enjoyed the taste more since the bubbles were not pricking my tongue. While giving it a significant rating increase, Winter Welcome still remains in the middle of the pack from what has been my favorite English brewery for three decades.

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Photo of devo1980
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I picked up a case after the season for $25. Insanely good price for a really great beer. You can tell this brewer knows what they are doing. Smooth, with lots of subtle flavors and tastes. An easy drink and good recommendation.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into an English pint glass. Cloudy medium reddish brown, big fluffy off white head. A real beauty. Lots of lacing.

Nose is dried fruit, orange, toffee, caramel. A bit nutty.

Palate is much more complex - dried fruit, biscuit, spices, toffee, caramel. Drying finish with some very mild bitterness at the end. Well-balanced.

Mouth is good - medium.

A very nice, well-balanced beer. Complex, but sessionable. Doesn't feel like a 6 per center.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Myotus
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 03Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers worth of off-white foam that shrivels into a line within 30 seconds. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are medium in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of peaches, figs, toffee, caramel, buttered bread, and tree nuts are backed by subtle spicy and floral hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong tree nut and toffee flavors enter initially are are immediately followed by mild spicy hop and buttered bread flavors. Mild flavors of caramel and subtle peach flavors enter next as spicy hop flavors grow stronger. Mild floral hop flavors and the taste profile as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: I'm very surprised that this wasn't better. I love this brewery and have always thought that they made top notch brews. It's disappointing that they made, what is an English style of beer, so mediocre.

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Photo of mnrider
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours clear light amber. Large light tan head. Half bubbles half foam.
Nice retention. Very little lacing.

S: Toasted malts. Sweet. Toffee. Cool grains.

T: Sweet malts. Caramel. Not much of a hop presence, maybe a little in
the finish. The beer is on the light side of medium bodied. Smooth.
Carbonation is not strong which contributes to the smoothness. A
little spicy.

O: Not much going on but the beer is quite pleasant to drink. A nice
warm malty ale. English all the way. Very easy to drink.


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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown color with a nice off white head. A well balanced winter ale, not over spiced, but pleasant to drink. It'd been a long time since I had a Samuel Smith beer, glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good mix of sweet caramel malt, spice aroma, tart apple with a mildly bitter finish. Carbonation is moderate bit crisp. Overall solid middle-of-the-road winter offering.

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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