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

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83
good
2,207 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
2,207
Reviews:
1,156
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
216
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,207 |  Reviews: 1,156
Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good winter ale. Fat Tuesday. Love that bottle of purple, green, yellow!

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Photo of megamick
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vetbidder
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with and off white head that dissipates quickly. Scent is of bready malts with slight fruits maybe a bit of citrus. Decent malt flavor with slight hops bitterness to balance the sweet malt. I'm not the biggest fan of caramel malt. Watery feel to this beer. Drinkable but not my style. Alcohol hidden (to me at least).

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Photo of Urk1127
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of m1k3g3tz
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber like color. A modest head soon dissapates but does leave a thin ring like collar.
The aroma consists of toasted malt, tofee, caramel, and plenty of spices. There is even a hint of banana.
The taste is malt forward and spicy. It has a very dry finish. The hops presence adds a mild but significant herbal, spicy and dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly chewy. There is a slight alcohol warming. As the drink warms, some fruity, berry and apple, sweetness finishes things off.
Admittedly I do not know as much about this style, but I found it quite pleasant. I would like to get to know it more.

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Photo of Satorn
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan4120
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - copper with great clarity and a light tan head that leaves behind some lacing.
S - bready malt - biscuit, some caramel
T - bready malt with biscuit, caramel, and some dried fruit - a slight amount of hop on the back end.
F - medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation
O - overall a nice light winter ale with nice malty, biscuit and caramel flavors though I wish it had more spice to it.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic glass. Virtually no head, stray lace. Nice amber color.

Nose is malt, citrus fruit.

Taste: Citrus reveals itself as hops. Nice malt and spice, too. Biscuit bitterness. Taste is similar to Vienna lagers, but this is ale, kids.

Mouth is fine.

A little light for the style, but a good little ale. Have had straight from the bottle, too, which was good too.

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Photo of Chilly_E
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Labirratorium. In Ikea's pint glass. Reading JHTP11 Ch23. Very balanced, with a malty taste (well balanced with bitterness) that surely wont displease anybody but doesnt enthusiasm either. Not much much winterly, wihout spicy notes.

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Photo of gefinley
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chestertonian82
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of omahawk
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice example of a British ale. Beautiful clear copper beer. First taste is its a big, bready, biscuit malt base supported by firm hop bitterness and spicy / earthy hop flavor. Slight fruitiness from the yeast and fermentation. Nice and subtle 6% alcohol beer. This is not what I expected from a Winter Warmer style. No detectable spices (that's good). Honestly, I'd call this a somewhat aggressive English Special Bitter. Great balance, very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of deniro
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper color. Nice smell. Great toffee, biscuit, caramel taste when you sip it. Very smooth beer. Great job by Sam Smith's. One of my favorite winter warmer options.

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Photo of maxandmorgan
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebergster
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First time drinking this beer, was a nice change of pace from other Winter Warmer styles. Unlike others in the same category, this had a great copper appearance. Beer had more of a malty biscuit-like smell and taste. Also hints of dried fruit. Overall a nice example of a Winter Warmer that does not rely on big bold spices. Would pair well with a holiday chicken roast. -BB

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Photo of Klister
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of risenz
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
3.65 out of 5 based on 2,207 ratings.
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