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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,208 |  Reviews: 1,157
Photo of JayTheFinn
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very tasty! I gave it high marks for sheer drinkability. This one goes down smooth!

A - Clear light copper body with a strong, long lasting head.
S - Smells sweet and spicey, like the scent of a carrot cake that the neighbor just made.
T - Nice mild malty mix. Subtle alcohol taste. Just enough spice, while not overwhelming the tongue.
M - Lingers on the tongue for a good long while.
D - I could drink these all day!

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Photo of kvnstfrd
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of roddwolff
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beer i drink when winter 2011-2012 is going to end. Poured in a pint glass. Look: bright brown wood, foam padded head with two fingers thick, excellent lacing, looks like water wood; Smell: caramel malt and hops of pine; Taste: dominated by wood with notable caramel malt and pine grass hops; mouthfeel is woody with medium bitterness, medium body, and soft carbonation; drinkability: although it has rich woody taste and none of its features i found defects, did not convince me much.

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Photo of burnerfinger
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

dont truly remember buying this - just found it in the fridge.

A; poured from the 18.7 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. poures red/oragne and quite clear.
no skunkiness here - and a dark brown bottle.
brings up a nice head that settles with medium lacing

s: sweet maltiness along with an thinly veiled ABV content a strong bit of fruitness here.

T: fruity, with a missing hops bite. more than a bit wine- ish. but not too bad.. the ABV is winning me over

M: really not what I expected for a winter warmer. seems a bit slanted towards the belgium trippel. thin on body

D: not all that drinkable, not lovin the taste. probably will leave it at just this one. but THANKS for the buzzz

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Photo of beerguy36
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rabsten
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The 2005-06 batch.

Nice head, 1 to 1/2 inches. This head stayed around for a while, unlike my other Samuel Smiths this weekend. Laced all the way down, leaving a nice tale of each sip.

Slightly cloudy amber with good carbonation. Smell was citrusy with malt presence.

Flavour was stronger than the other Sam Smiths I've had recently. Hoppier than the Pale Ale, maltier than the Nut Brown. There was a definite spice hinted at too, but I couldn't pin it down. Not as strong as other seasonals (Anchor and Great Lakes, e.g.).

If you're looking for a winter-style ale that doesn't overpower, this would be a fine choice.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Garlicjosh
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of TheBeerbarian
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, clear amber with a thick, bubbly white head supported by significant carbonation. The smell was of subtle hops dominated by a sharp ginger tanginess. The mouthfeel was light and sparkling, but the taste is rather disappointing; nothing much stands out--a dull metallic undertone, certainly a little buttery malts. OK.

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Photo of randysandals
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sketchyhoodie
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Appearance: Color is a dark orange/amber combination.

Smell: Not a lot going on. A little malt and possibly a touch of spices.

Taste: The malt is the dominant taste. There's also a slight caramel sweetness. Any spices present are very faint and subtle. Has that signature Samuel Smith balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very smooth, another staple of this brewery. Alcohol is expertly masked.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable malty winter brew.

Notes: Compared to the other winter warmer I've had, this seems kind of run-of-the-mill. it lacks the holiday spice flavors I like in a winter warmer. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I would recommend this beer, and most any Samuel Smith beer for that matter, for its balanced flavors and smooth mouthfeel. I'm not sure I understand why people get so excited for the annual release of this beer, but it's still clearly a well-crafted brew.

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Photo of EdelweissDad
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Stigh
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Admiraldinty
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a peachy-orange with a nice two-fingered head. Aroma seemed a bit skunky at first (not surprising, given the clear bottling), but also slighly hoppy and had sweet maltiness. Fairly smooth, but dry mouthfeel. Sweet maltiness, with a fairly drying hops presence. A little candied fruitiness. Also, there is some alcohol present. Overall, not a bad brew. I don't know that I'd call it a winter beer, although it does have a bit of a warming feeling. Still, certainly not a waste of money.

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Photo of GlennWB
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csrbv
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of soonerlight
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeeMalloy
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An all around good beer.
I'm glad that this winter isn't over hopped..

Pours a clear golden orange color with a slight off white head, about a finger thick.. thins and doesn't lace. Smells of hops and sweet malts. Tastes similar, a smooth hop flavor up front with a sweet smooth malt finish. Mouthfeel is nice, no hop bite but a crisp drink.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 550ml bottle. 2013-2014 printed on label.

Appearance: Light brown translucent body with a slight amber tint. A white foamy head tops the body off.

Smell: Sweet notes of caramel clash with modest notes of citrus. The toasted malts hold these two countering scents in check.

Taste: Toasted malts and grains. Notes of fruit really stand out on the initial sip but the malts kick in and level this one out nicely. Sweet notes of caramel are broken up by the hops. Hard to detect any notes of spice. The label indicates a full body but this is nothing more than a medium bodied brew.

Overall: I was overall impressed with this brew. I am not a fan of many of the spiced winter warmers which is probably a reason why I enjoyed this one so much. There are very few, if any traces of spices added here. Incredibly drinkable and I will definitely be getting a couple more of these before the season is over.

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Photo of jiffymon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of pwdiamond
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 48.9% out of 100 with 2,208 ratings
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