Winter Welcome Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Winter Welcome AleWinter Welcome Ale
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3.67/5
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Winter Welcome AleWinter 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,416
Reviews:
1,169
Ratings:
2,262
pDev:
12.26%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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Photo of videofrog
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jjmj51
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

18.7 oz [550 ml] brown bottle

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale filled my pint glass with a clear orange-gold. Atop sat a 2-finger bubbly off-white head that held well and left sticky lacing on the walls of the glass. The nose is clean smelling with notes of light fruit, caramel, and light spice in the background. The taste like the nose is fruity and malty with flavors of caramel, toffee, light fruit and some spices. There is a light bitter finish that builds slowly as consumed. The body is light-medium, crisp and smooth. The Ale has medium carbonation.

Winter Welcome is easy drinking and not too filling. However, I was not expecting the Ale to be as light based on its style.

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Photo of Walnut
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lampro
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly buttery character, but with a pleasant spiced profile as well. Balanced body with mild hops.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of obywan59
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange, but approaching amber in color. Light haze. and a 2 finger white head that's thick and chunky, and leaves spectacular thick, clingy lacing.

Nutty with sweet caramel in the aroma. Light fruitiness, grapes or dark fruit.

Dry in taste becoming slightly fruity and lemony tart with light toasted nuts and a hint of caramel. Slight bitter citrus peel.

Light bodied, light carbonation, astringent and drying.

Not a bad beer. The taste is rather subdued for a winter brew in my opinion, but it's pleasing nonetheless.

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Photo of tomb_ride
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronLover
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep reddish orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short off-white foam with low retention. Mellow, sweet, dark fruit, light toffee, and bicuity malt aromas. On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light, viscous feel with light warmth on the back end. Sweet, dark apple and fruit flavors followed by sweet, dark, biscuity malt and toffee notes. Medium light hop bitterness. Finished semi-dryly with sweet toffee and bready maltness with sweet fruity notes. Sweet and malty with a touch of bitterness for balance. Not sure if I would call this a winter warmer as it drinks more like a sweet english pale ale. Winter warmee is a broad style I suppose. Whatever, it was tasty, malty and well, very english.

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Photo of jpro
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sbuck
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A caramel bomb in looks and flavor. Falls down for the extra strength and reserve I'd expect in a winter welcome warmer.
a) 550ml bottle. Crazy busy label. The beer pours a clear unusual glowing caramel amber with a finger of dense lacing and lasting off-white head. Not crazy about color, but love the crown.
s) First, bready caramel malt, brown sugar, (British), then comes (winter) applesauce and toddy spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger.
t) The taste follows aroma - caramel first and heavy, with some toffee malt, brown sugar, and a few holiday spices.
f) Falls short on feel, low carbonation, thin but creamy. Yet not weighty enough for a winter beer. Better at cask temp.

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Photo of charrel
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ronl12
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRock7755
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drews240
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of burk1982
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of antman27
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TylerJ
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,262 ratings