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: 1,147 | Ratings: 2,188
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 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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Photo of NickSMpls
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated, bubbly head. Flavor and aroma is very British - simple and well done. Malts and light hoppiness come together well. It's well crafted and balanced. Not at the top of anyone's list, I will admit, it holds its place well.

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Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber body with small creamy off white head. Aroma is mostly malt, taste is malt and some dark chocolate. Finish is dry, very dry with some lingering mild bitterness.

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Photo of Premo88
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: caramel orange, bright amber in it up to the light, clear; pushes up big-bubbled soapy-like head of offwhite/beige foam that doesn't stick; keeps a decent collar, thick in spots

S: malt ... strong bread malt, fruity, peach pie ... the malt is what you'd expect from Samuel Smith, sweet and strong; orange peel, orange, toffee; only a slight trace of earthiness hidden among all those sweet light-malt notes

T: sweet malt, toffee, English pale ale fruity, peach but with much more bitter dirt-hop flavor than aroma -- the earthiness is relatively mild but enough to balance the bigger sweet notes; not overly bitter, much less so than SS's Nut Brown, Old Brewery Pale and India Ale, but there's still a hint of hops

F: fantastic ... very light but full, well carbonated ... an easy drinker

O: as an English pale, this brew is beautiful -- it's super malty, balanced by a small but noticable amount of earth hops, and the look, aroma and feel are solid all around; it's arguably mislabelled, for it is nothing like any of the winter warmers I've tried (though I think each of those winter warmers has been American-made); in the end, I love the beer and consider it a good addition to the English pale ale family of imports available in my area

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L-The beer pours an amber clear enough to read through. There is light lacing which slides down the glass to merge with the thin film coating the brew. The head is a fluffy off white or approximately 1 cm.
S- There is barely an aroma of any kind. What their is seems to be a mix or toffee and alcohol.
T- This beer is not one to drink while cold. Fresh from my beer fridge set at 45 degrees the beer has a fairly harsh medicinal quality. After warming some the malt flavors are coming more to the front and the medicinal quality taking a back seat. I'm not getting much in the way of winter spices other than a mild toffee flavor that is quickly covered by the herbal hops. Not bad really, just not what I was expecting.
F- The mouthfeel is thinner than I would expect for the style. The carbonation is medium. The beer finishes quite dry due to the carbonation and herbal hops. The alcohol presence does provide the warming finish typical of the style.
O- The beer was not as sweet or chewy as I would expect for the style. It does in fact do it's job of warming the drinker although the thinness doesn't do it any favors. It's not unpleasant, but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of katybee
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

sorry to say, I was a bit disappointed by this "winter ale" offering... I didn't detect any of the sweetness until the beer had warmed up and flattened significantly, and the overall feel to me was thin but not creamy. Like a light, flat Guinness, leaning toward sour, grassy notes in the hops nose and flavor, with little malty biscuity character to balance. The label describes dried Fuggle and Golding hops; just a bit on the sour side with not enough citrus at all, and no molasses or raisin either.... Perhaps a little funky -smokey-cigarette aspect coming through as well... Not what my taste buds expected, anyway... I think the English are not as into the microbrew palate as Americans are.

Pours a thick foamy creamy head, and a greenish-dark gold slightly hazey, but felt light-medium bodied, and watery, not creamy. Not much carbonation at all, despite the foam head. Not so off that it wasn't drinkable, and it was definitely different than a pilsner, but definitely not sweet....maybe somewhat like a hefweizen or belgian sour.... not biscuity or malty enough in my book, but someone who likes guinness and cigarettes might like it.

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Photo of puck1225
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle labeled 2015-2016. Clear reddish brown color with a thin head and good lacing. Smell is a bit sweet. The taste is malty and somewhat metallic. Some fruitiness comes through with warming. Pretty good.

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