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
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,209
Reviews:
1,157
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
217
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber brown color, with good head and some lacing. Smell of alcohol in original review, getting more barleywine aroma 3.5 years later. Warms you up, in the winter. Malt sweetness, some apple fruit and mild spice. Hops and carbonation abundant that tingles tongue. had a second bottle two years later that went very well with sushi because of mild astringency. Bottle 3.5 years later hops in finish carbonation just right cellaring for nine months.Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - 550ml brown bottle poured into shaker. Beautiful amber with off white head. Amazing lacing. Exceptional winter brew. This beer is so smooth yet thick tasting. Sweet caramel earthyness comes through strong. Smooth finish.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-2012 vintage.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasty malt, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, fruit, and some slight herbal hops on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that I could drink all year if it was available.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not the conventional American style winter warmer, but a nice incarnation of something comparable. the pour is clear and brassy, super light for what I was expecting, and flaunting a sensational inch and a half of snow white foam that puffs up above the rim of my globe. light English malt nose, honey sweet, but also bittering hops to balance things. a rather bland, or rather mellow smell and taste to this. its sort of gentle, not a true winter warmer, but more of an introduction to the season as the name suggests. this works in late October, but im not sure how well it would go in January. 6% abv is nice for sessioning, but not so much for warming. I don't taste much spice either, which is okay amidst all the pumpkin ales around right now. medium body, enough gravity, and some bitter to counter the sweet in the conclusion. a solid beer overall, but not one I will probably go back to honestly.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as an orange color, not quite what I expected but pretty nice looking. The head was white and fluffy. The smell of the beer has some sweet malts blended with some winter spice notes that balance the aromas nicely. The taste of this beer is a little on the light side but remains pretty good. It's got that typical English flavor to it with the spices in the mix. The mouthfeel is decent, roughly medium bodied and has average carbonation. Overall not a bad winter brew, but not my favorite either.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit I've become a bit jaded in the past couple months drinking a bunch of belgian beers that people have brought back from europe. So when I tried this beer it seemed a bit mild at first, nothing innovative. It was poured at fridge temperature and consumed partially and then allowed to warm up a few degrees before being finished. There was a considerable difference between cool and cold for this beer.

It poured a nice light brown and very clear color. There was a decent head but it disapeared right away and left no lacing anywhere. The smell was a bit fruity and malty. As it warmed up some spices were noticeable and there was a faint hint of alcohol present that wasn't there at colder temps.

The taste was kinda predictable and british when served too cold. Some generic malts and some hop bitterness. The spiciness was fairly mild and it was a little dry. The flavor didn't change much with temp but the aroma enhanced it a bit. It had a moderate amount of carbonation and a nice aftertaste. Pretty drinkable over all.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear light amber with a thin foamy head. There's a moderate level of carbonation; the beer has good head retention and a thin layer of bubbles consistently coated the surface.
S: The nose is inviting and has aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts with hints of nuts and toffee.
T: There is a good degree of malty sweetness in the flavor, which is very well balanced. Hops aren't really detectable in the flavors, although they do contribute to a slightly dry and bitter finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the carbonation lends a good degree of smoothness and almost makes it feel buttery.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and I might try it again during the winter when the holidays roll around.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Basically a bold pale ale in strength, spices, and flavor. Still, a bit ordinary. A brilliant and bright copper color with aromas of nuts, nutmeg, caramel, and a light fruitiness. Tastes moderately malty, nutty, spices, and wood-sy. A mild apple and berry tartness persistes in the tastes and feel. Moderate weight and creaminess to the mouth. Finishes clean, dry, and less sweet than was expecting. A moderate alcohol warmth and flavor shows throughout, leaving a light plastic flavor in the aftertaste. Moderate in every sense of the word. Will never offend, but difficult to brag about either.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle. Pretty involved English culture and brewing history-heavy label on this bottle - what with the traveling circus-style information layout.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden amber hue (it reflects the Christmas tree lights very nicely), with two fingers of weakly puffy, generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves a curtain of sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.

It smells of mild bready caramel malt, brown sugar, simmering applesauce, and a few warming spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger. The taste is consistent with the aroma - caramel and subdued toffee malt, dark sugar, and soft muddled holiday spices, with only a smidgen of booze warming.

The carbonation is fairly inert, the body a decent medium weight, awkwardly smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes on the bittersweet side, genuinely malty, lightly spiced, and replete with a residual noble hop essence.

An adequately comforting winter ale, reminiscent of holiday seasons past, spice and malt-wise, if not altogether warming. Still worthy as an New Year's offering, as I root for the Canucks versus the dreaded Yanks in their Junior hockey showdown.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here we go. 550ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - one of the only memorable English breweries I've had before. Breed with Golding and Fuggle hops. I always liked saying "Fuggle". Because it sounds dirty, but not. 6.00% ABV confirmed. No visible best before date. Acquired for cheap at Trader Joe's.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice thickness and cream and good retention for the slightly above average ABV. I'd estimate retention time at about three minutes. Body colour is a clear translucent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Neither vibrant nor dull.

Sm: Dominant toasted malt, some spice (nutmeg), amber malts, minimal floral hopping, caramel, and delightful evocative fruit. An average strength aroma. Quite appealing for the style. The so-called spice may merely be hop-derived. It's difficult to tell with me broken nose. All apologies, lads.

T: Bright fruit, amber malt, a bit of strange biscuit malt, fuggle hops (floral/preserving), hop-derived spice, and a hint of toasted malt. The toasted character is actually surprisingly restrained for the style. I'd prefer more, to be honest. It's a bit too bright in its profile, lacking either spicing or toasted character in sufficient quantity. It's also a bit simple. That said, it's a tasty brew. I think I even get a bit of cherry. Well layered, with minimal caramel. So often, winter warmers are over-caramelized. Not the case here.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. Nicely thick. A touch overcarbonated. Good presence. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Very drinkable. Hides its above average ABV well. I'd have this again, preferably aged or on draught. Though aging should be minimal - maybe a year at the most. Its simplicity holds it back, but it's still a very good example of the style. Its English origins indicate a lack of willingness to spice it, which may prevent it from achieving greatness. In any case, I do like it, and it's certainly worth trying. Another solid beer from Samuel Smith.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006-2007 Version (Brown Bottle!!!!)

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a bubbly head that hangs around but fails in the lacing department

Smell: Butterscotch aroma with vague hints of holiday spice

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor that is joined by holiday spice and bitter character mid-palate; after the swallow the ale gets fruitier and also provides a subtle but sharp earthy bitter flash

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice and flavorful that punches the right buttons in a Winter Warmer

Thanks, beerhandy

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle – Poured a brown colored brew with a medium head with equally medium retention. Aroma of hops with light floral and sweet aspect to it is quite pleasant. Taste is very enjoyable with a good mix of hops and malts. A bit thin on spice with a medium body. Overall, I enjoyed this beer but would have appreciated a bit more hops or spice to make it truly great.

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Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an amber color with a creamy/tan two-finger head.

S - Smelled of spice/cinnamon and very nutty.

T - It tasted grassy and had hints of oak. A slight bitter bite, too.

M - Cirsp and sharp. Medium-bodied.

D - Pretty good beer. I found it interesting that it tasted very different than it smelled.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale amber with brilliant clarity. A nice tight white two finger head rises, and leaves a good bit of lace behind as it settles into a thinner cap.

Smell: Honey, fruitcake, a bit of apricot. Toasted malt and husky grain make up the backbone. This has more of an estery character than most of Samuel Smith's beers.

Taste & mouthfeel: Butterscotch and fruitcake, toasted nuts, honey; definite winter warmer flavors on display here. Medium bodied, bordering on light. Not an overwhelming beer by any means, favoring more subtle nuance than most American attempts at the style. Little hop flavor, but a firm bitterness appears in the dry finish. Solid stuff, I'd gladly drink it again.

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Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.65 out of 5 based on 2,209 ratings.
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