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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
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,231 |  Reviews: 1,162
Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown 550 ML bottle, dated 2010-2011 season, poured in a tulip pint glass

A: Bright copper color, with two fingers of cream-colored head. Clear with a lot of carbonation and little lacing.

S: Bready malt aroma dominates. Also get an alcohol smell along with some fruits and spices I can't identify. Overall good aroma however.

T/M: Malty character with a light sweetness. A good balance of hops and malts. Medium body with a high level of carbonation. Nice sensation of alcohol warming with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: An enjoyable beer, although the taste didn't seem to live up to the anticipation based on the wonderful aroma.

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Photo of thoglund
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GordonQuid
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper with a one inch white head and ample lacing.

Smells of fruity esters and light honey biscuit. Perhaps a piney hop note as well.

Taste is clean and crisp buttery biscuit with an extremely dry finish. Moderate carbonation along with the fruity esters gives this beer a light body that is unique for a "winter warmer". I could enjoy this beer on a hot day as equally as I did this very cold New Years day in Michigan.

Very drinkable. Would recommend buying and saving some for your Spring fishing trip.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to giving this one a go... pours an amberish copper color, reminiscent of an amber ale.

There is a very malty aroma, and the taste hits hard with the malt but finishes with a nice hoppy aftertaste. It's actually a very nice combo.

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who's a fan of Brown Ales, I think it's a pretty similar beer to the better examples of that style.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014-2015 vintage, malty and British.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml capped, no date. Pours a copper color witha frothy three-finger head, solidifyin into a creamy cap, with great retention and fluffy lacing.

The smell is light and very fruity, touches of grain and malt and not much else. The flavor is very malty, along with substantial fruit--some orange, apricot, and maybe even a little apple. It then finishes with a caramel/butterscoch sugar rush, leading into a slight hoppy bitterness.

The mouth is medium and rather complex, well-carbonated enough to keep this one from getting bogged down in all the sugar and fruitiness, and then it really dries out on the end. It's very drinkable. I've never found this brew to be earth shaking, yet always find it enjoyable.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mintjellie
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New copper penny in colour topped by a huge off-white pillow of somewhat well-retained head. A little bit of lace sticks to the walls of my glass. Soft toasty malt and green apple aroma with floral and herbal hop nuances. Tastes of toasty bread and mixed nuts with hints of apple and honey. Finishes with a mild tea-like bitterness. Low levels of buttery diacetyl in it's flavour and aroma.

Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Feels smooth. Feels substantial but isn't filling. It's a little bit moreish. Solid.

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Photo of DruC4
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rebel1771
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a slight head that fades quickly.

S: Toasty aroma of caramel malts along with a sweet honey like smell.

T: Caramel malt flavor right up front followed by a peppery blast finishing with very light flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon.

D: Very drinkable, it's nice that the alcohol content is to high also. Could sit back and enjoy quite a few of these.

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Photo of GimmeAles
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty, absolutely clear copper fills my Old Guardian goblet. A large, creamy beige head forms and dissipates quickly. Errant streamers support wispy remnants of the head.

Nose is subdued earthy maltiness with tinges of caramel and metal poking through. Warming in the glass produces more of the caramel and butterscotch with a faint herbal backdrop.

Taste is distinctively British malts upfront; caramel (made with some Devon Cream) and a distinct butterscotch twinge; soft, herbal and floral hops then meld, producing a lovely earthy balance of sweet and bitter. A spicy and buttery finish lingers – the spiciness is a sharp prick of fresh grated nutmeg and the buttery is pleasant. I kept getting impressions of a cool, hot-buttered-rum, really.

Fine conditioning make this a smooth and easy drinker and a welcome one at that. While not as gimmicky as many winter warmers, this one makes a casual, yet interesting appearance which I will certainly have again.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008-2009 offering. Very nice tan bubbles cling to the glass, with a brown, but clear hue. Aromas of brown sugar with a hint of spice in the background. Taste was mellow and did have a slight bitterness in the palate after the first few sips- making it more assertive then I remember. Very drinkable, it was gone before I knew. Fresh and enjoyable.

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Photo of Shanty76
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djeffbee
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355 into my Chimay goblet on the first sub-freezing night of the season...

A: Clear deep amber to copper with a slight off white head. Some sticky lacing left as your drink this one down.

S: Carmel malt, some spice. No real hop presence.

T: Light body, with caramel malt and spices very prominent that is balanced out nicely with the hops.

M High carbonation that tingles the tongue, yet smooth.

D: Very drinkable, as the spices are not overwhelming and the body is light. Definitely a candidate for a few at one sitting.

A nice winter warmer.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale

Appearance: Copper with a medium head that dissipates to a small one with good lacing.

Smell: Malty yeast and spices with an alcohol tinge.

Taste: Yeast with a subtle hint of hops and a sweet maltiness and mild spices. There is also a nice caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

This is a typical English beer as far as flavor delivery goes. From start to finish, this is very mild and smooth without being too watery.

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aromas are of floral hops, honey/caramel malts, English tea and some lighter orange peel. Fruity esters reminiscent of apple or pear. Some zesty spice notes finish out.

The taste begins with medium-thick bready, biscuity and sweet malts. Honey and caramel add subtle complexities to the nutty malt. Flowery and earthy/herbal like hops provide ample bitterness. Crisp and refreshing in body with a surprisingly light mouth feel this it proves a very easy drinking brew.

Overall this is a very tasty brew, not one of Samuel Smith's best, but good none-the-less. Worth a try because of its quality and reasonable price.

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Photo of Long813
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Dark amber body with a finger of white head. Moderate retention and good lacing. On par with the style.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, a mixture of mild spices and hops. Nothing to outstanding, still good.

T: Leveled mixture of hops and malts. Caramel,brown sugar and biscuits are most apparent. Various mixture of spices, maybe cloves and cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth in the mouth while leaving a dry sticky feel. Very pleasing.

D: Good beer and winter warmer. It's a little more hoppy than other WW's I've had but that not a bad thing. Easy to drink and great flavours.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours an clear amber body with a medium 2" head with some retention and branchy lacing.

S- Predominately malty, including caramel and bready notes.

T- Starts off with some big caramel, sugar cookie, brown sugar, and winter spice notes. Ends with a every so slightly hop bitterness to balance out the malty backbone of this beer.

M- Medium body, low carbonation makes for an easy drinker.

Overall I'd call this a solid winter brew. It's pretty tasty, nicely balanced, and easy to drink. I'd enjoy this with Christmas dinner.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda' surprised it too ke so many years to get around to this one as I moved through the bigger offerings of Sam Smith quite a while ago. Cold, windy night with freezing drizzle. Seems like a good night to give this one a go.
Served at 54 degrees.
Sweet malt aroma characteristic of so many English ales. Aroma that also seems typical of their water profile too. Subtle complexity to the malt with mild toast to light roast. Tight aroma that makes me work to pick up its fragrances.
Clear with reddish golden hue. Initial slightly frothy head settles to a rather permanent cap that off-white.
Flavor profiles holds more complexity. Hops more prevalent with complex flavors and drying quality on the long finish. The hops do not overpower the malt flavors that resemble the aroma.
Body is relatively light. Carbonation is lower, which is just fine for me.
I know I've been unfairly influenced by American Winter Warmers which tend to hold greater girth and alcohol, but with patience I can grow to appreciate what English ales have to offer, especially as the complexity shows forth in nuanced ways. I'm surprised by the amount of hops.
Dig the drawing of a dude on a motorbike outside a tavern with a bird waving from the doorway.
Also like the photo of shire horses running through the snow. Tonight I'm just missing the open fire with which to contemplate the complexities of this fine drink.

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Photo of Mick
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of BA's give this one a bad rap. Maybe it's because of preference; maybe it is because of the way they judge this one by comparison to a preconception of, "style." We're all guilty of not being objective and judging based on individual preference, and doing so isn't wrong. I'm guilty on this one.

I really enjoyed it so maybe I'm being partial to that in the numerical assignment of the five notables, oh well.

Copper iced tea color. An average pour, not impressive. Fruity aromas with an almost medicinal tinge great the nose. Great assortment of flavors, fruits, caramel, and a noticeable but helping hop profile blend together to carry this one nicely.

Very dry with an almost martini like finish. I look forward to having this one again.

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Photo of Ave
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am never a fan of clear glass bottles, it just makes you think about how much light has hit the beer, but SS seems to pull it off most of the time with out common problems. It pours an ochreish golden brass color, thinish head. Not a nut or roasted ale. Nice even balance of hops & yeasts in the nose, slightest touch of skunk, but not bad. Bites lightly of hops early on the tongue, but warms up with honey & woody flavor quickly. An easy drink that doesn’t get stale on the pallet as some of the style tends to. I could have many, & probably will.


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Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Rockford, IL in Early 2011 for $2.69.

Pours an amber color with a moderate fluffy head. Scents of malts, caramel, and sugar. While the scent is on the weaker side, the taste is a lot stronger than you would expect from the smell. The taste of different malts hit you taste buds hard while you get some taste of sweetness from the caramel malts and sugar. The spices help to finish off this beer with a mellow, drier finish. Smooth, mellow, and rather well made!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.
Cloudy hazel, caramel color with some redness. Frothy head that thinned out, but did not disappear.
Aroma of almond, malt, and pear...some ginger.
Tastes a crisp, yet malty, caramel flavor. Some spices in it but nothing like some of the American winter ales.
Some fruit..pear perhaps. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Very clear, amber, foamy white head with retention and lacing. SMELL is faint. Grainy with faint hops and a bit of malty sweetness found with a swirl. TASTE is grainy, fruity, spicy, malty. Balanced well overall with some perceptible hop backing and light bitterness. FEEL moderate carbonation, medium body, viscous, fairly clean finish. OVERALL easy drinker, not really big like many other winter beers. Very good, but not amazing.

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Photo of stewart124
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper-orange color with a nice head and beautiful lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell was a mix of hops, nut, and a citrus or fruityness. Taste was a good blend of hops and a smooth nutty taste. The fruit taste makes it way into the beer towards the end and the aftertaste is nice flavor of not too overpowering hops. I liked the charachter of this beer and the way everything seemed to fit together. A diffeerent winter beer than I'm used to but nonetheless very good.

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,231 ratings
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