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

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale
2,208 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Photo of Svingjo
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jreitman
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. Vanilla smells in the nose. Candy sugar flavors with hints of butterscotch. Bitter, but fairly well balanced. High alcohol level detected in it's dry finish. Overall a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bottle of the 2004-2005 vintage. This brew presents itself in a beautiful light-copper color with a terrific head: firm, white, and clumpy. The smell is primarily of lightly toasted malt, with a woody-winy character, and a touch of English hops. Slight butterscotch. A bit of sulfur is present as well (a little lightstruck?). The taste is fairly dry, with a light-malt tastiness flowing through. It’s both nutty and astringent. The beer is somewhat heavily carbonated. Finish is dry and clean, with a moderate bitterness. Overall, this is a solid, good brew. I wouldn’t mind having it year-round.

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Photo of Jaybirdsbeer
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Recently discovered Samuel Smith's English Ale as its becoming a favorite style of mine. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Label displays iconic English scenes of rugby players, Yorkshire horses and a quote by Shakespeare.

Appearance of dark maple syrup color with a full, creamy head that retains for several minutes. Smells of bread and spice with a taste much the same. Not a cloying sweet or overly-spiced flavor as some winter warmers tend to have. Medium-bodied, lots of maltiness and dry finish on the palate. Enjoyed this one enough to look for it again next year when I want a drinkable holiday ale.

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Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep amber in color; light, thick white head with decent retention and fair lacing down the glass

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma, faint sweet bread scent; didn't detect much hop smell

Taste: light sweetness, mild bread flavors, some vanilla; light bitter finish with a soft, sugary taste lingering afterwards

Mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and velvety

Overall: A fine malt-centered winter beer. A nice, simple beer and a good beer for someone not so interested in the spicier and higher ABV holiday brews.

10/26/2012 update: tried the 2012-2013 edition essentially have come up with the same conclusions.

01/04/2015 update: Silver Anniversary edition. Bumped up Look from 3.5 to 4.0. Smell upgraded from 3.0 to 4.0 (warm, honey and grain scent). Moved Taste up from 3.5 to 3.75. Downgraded Feel from 4.0 to 3.75. Increased Overall rating from 3.5 to 3.75.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an over-sized pub glass.

A: Pours a pale copper with a thick, billowing, white head that leaves very nice, sticky lacing as it dissipates.

S: Toasty caramel, bready yeast and mild herbal hops.

T: Burnt caramel, herbal hops, mild citrus hops.

M: Light/medium body, good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, strikes a nice balance in terms of flavor. Will be a crowd pleaser and will also (to a degree) satisfy those who love big beer flavor.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy red color with a big head. The smell is pleasant, and mostly of sweet sticky malts. There is a hint of green apple and other candied fruits as well. In the taste, the malts again dominate with a juicy consistancy. The carbonation is perfect, and lets the malts dance on your tongue a bit before washing down. There is also a suprising amount of variation in the taste for being so malt heavy. The aftertaste lingers with a wonderfully fruity taste. A good one to try.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with gold foil neck into a pint glass.

A - Clear sparkling amber with small white head that fades. Lots of active carbonation.

S - Sweet and fruity. Almost champagne in the nose.

T - Honey and bread with a nice bite on the back. Very dry finish and clean. Lighter and hop loaded for this style.

M - Light bodied and crisp. Again deviating from my expectations.

D - Pretty high. Not a meal in a bottle like a lot of WW's.

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Photo of cproioi
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Smith's Winter Welcome poured a deep copper color with a tan head the dissipated into a film crowning the top of the beer. Little beads of carbonation was very visible in the body. The nose was filled with the aroma of cinnamon, fruits such as apples and slight notes of pears. The taste was similar to the smell but with a sharp mineral flavor that lingered in the mouth. The beer popped and fizzed on my tounge creating a silky feeling body.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half-liter bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a clear ruby brown color with two fingers of creamy ecru foam. Aroma and flavor are nice and malty with notes of fruits, a touch of nuttiness, caramel, and toasted bread. Medium bodied and amply carbonated. Classic and consistent.

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Photo of treyrab
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rather dismal, rainy, cold night in State College, so I thought this would do the trick. Poured it into my pint glass...

A: Very clear orange copper with a beautiful, creamy tan head. The head laces and is very sticky and lasts just about the whole glass!

S: The main scents coming through are of tons of spices. Some nutmeg and a bit of clove, but tons of caramel malts are coming through also.

T: A very interesting taste here. I am picking up tons of spices, caramel malts, English toffee, but also a touch of cider, which is actually appealing here. The hops are definitely present and balance out the malt very nice.

Overall, this is a very good winter warmer. The carbonation is rather high, but that does not deteriorate from how good the beer is. Another job well done.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with 2011-12 winter welcome logo thats beautiful and unique Samuel Smiths. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A -Glowing dark amberish color with some copper hughes. Good clarity under a rich white head with nice lace. Head disappeared shortly after pour.

S - good spice aroma. Maybe cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of pepper. Nice English style malt aroma.

T - malt flavors of caramel and toffee. Toasted malts come off as somewhat grainy which I enjoyed. Excellent touch of fruit that I picked up as fresh red apples with a nice portion of spices from the hops. All Samuel Smiths have that distinct flavor. You just know it's a Samuel Smiths.

M - medium body that brings medium carbonation. Good mouthfeel that's more crisp and tight than smooth.

O - this is an original winter warmer and a pretty good one. A good brew for the cold temperatures just around the corner. This is Samuel smiths through and through. Not the best winter warmer In this day and age, but still an excellent choice for the winter months. Definitely something that will be found in my refrigerator this winter.

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Photo of mnesporov
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle with gold foil topping it off. There was no freshness date to be found. Really neat looking bottle with all types of interesting designs on it.

Appearance: Copper tone hue to the beer with slight hints of amber. A huge head that retains really well.

Smell: A hopy aroma with a malty sweetness with touches of nutmeg and oregano, very nice

Taste: Very malty palate with caramel and fruit overtures that balance well with the hop bitterness.

Mouth-Feel: A smooth and crisp feel that ends up a little dry.

Drink-Ability: A great seasonal beer that I really need to stock up on.

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Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thick and creamy off-white colored head that fades into a nice thick lace. Nose is sweet malts, caramel, honey, and spice. Taste is a malty sweetness with notes of dark fruits and caramel with a dry finish. A very nice brew, but Samuel Smith makes many beers that are superior to this one.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on the first really cold day this year, 9 degrees. Poured into a 22oz tulip glass, a creamy pale brown with a smallish white head that fades to a bit of lace. Tastes like caramel and mild spices, a winter brew that isnt over done, thats a plus. A little over carbed for me, but very good non the less, and at 6% it provides a nice warmth.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith! Welcome to my mouth!

Samuel Smith has been a regular favorite in my beer inventory, and it's always fun to try their seasonal output. However while I feel that this Winter Welcome is a very good beer, it's not quite up to par with their all star collection.

Beer pours a bronze and brown color with great head retention and proper lacing. The beer has a copper-penny aroma with malty-carmel notes at the nose.

The flavor is heavy on the malts, almost syrupy in sweetness, but tamed by gentle hops and carbonation. My biggest issue with this beer is it's underwhelming flavor and mouthfeel - I expect better from Samuel Smith. The flavor is indistinct and mild, although though not bad at all. It could just use a little more robustness.

Overall it's a good beer, nice for the holiday seasons.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is quite an aromatic beer. The scent exploded out of the bottle as I poured. I'm not really sure how to describe the smell. It's reminding me of a stinky cheap macro lager. Not good. Perhaps I got a skunked bottle?

The appearance is great - a deep amber with a small but frothy head.

Taste is very good. Malty, of course. There's a good bit of citrusy sweetness in there as well. The mouthfeel has a little bit of creaminess to it, which is a pleasant suprise.

In 2004, I was lucky enough to get a half-price case ($30) of S.S.'s Winter Welcome. It was the first time I had ever tried the beer, and I enjoyed it immensely. I'd love to be able to get that deal again!

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 KindaFondaGoozah
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is an amber beauty with good head and lacing. The smell is herbal with a sweet aroma. There is a good hop presence in the taste, which adds to the surprisingly dry mouthfeel. Underneath the dryness you can sense plenty of esters and malt. The interplay of dry and sweet fascinates me. Craftsmanship is excellent. Overall I recommend this as a very good Samuel Smith brew.

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Photo of lobos62
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gr0g
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking the 2013-2014 and really enjoying it. Ripe apple and grape notes on the nose. Fruity esters are strong in the palate. A really great unspiced winter warmer, very much like an ESB.

Reviewed from notes on 10/28/2011:
Pours a dark amber color, very much like a marzen, with a good head. Head fades to a thin film leaving little lacing. Aroma like an English pale, but with more malt character coming through.

Very nice flavor combining caramel malt, apple or pear-like fruit notes, and bitterness from the hops. Problem is, the flavor is too muted; would love for them to amp this up a little bit.

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Photo of maltlikker
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Yancey82
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaliQualiti
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,208 ratings
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