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

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale
2,208 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Daredevil
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful amber liquid with a small but firm and creamy head ...
nose of pineapple, raisin and jasmine
palate notes are blackcurrant, tobacco, spices
very intensive and lasting earthy and bitter aftertaste

this is a very distinctive and nifty if not sartorial winter ale

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of vlodko62
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden orange with a big, frothy 3 finger head which dissipates rather quickly, but leaves a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Smells faintly of sweet malt. Not much else.

Taste - Surprisingly light. Sweet and malty. Hops are fairly subdued, but do help to balance things out a bit.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Soft. Almost airy. Decent carbonation. Goes down fairly easy.

Overall - This is a very simple winter ale. Not much to write home about, but it's easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear dark orange with a large, pillowy, light khaki colored head that doesn't leave much stick down the glass.

Simple, though pleasant, aroma of bread, caramel, and some raisin.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though perhaps even simpler. The combination of bread, caramel, and mild raisin go together nicely. This lacks much of the spice character I'm familiar with in other winter warms, though I don't exactly miss them.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though this feels a bit mineral-dense.

Good, but not great winter warmer.

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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 355ml bottle into a pint glass:

A: Sits a little fizzy in the glass upon pouring with bubbles all over the sides and a light creme, head that quickly dissipates, leaving little trace. Semi-translucent copper hue, this is a pretty standard looking medium ale.

S: Grainy, nutty, and malty the the nose. Notes of crusty bread and peanuts, However, there is a musty waft likened to soy sauce in the background.

T: Moderately sweet malty notes are the first to be picked out among a few notes including toasted nuts and sourdough bread. Propped up by a toasty malt character, the beer finishes smooth and easy the with the a pop of almond. As sensed in the nose, there exists a misplaced note of soy which awkwardly fades as the beer warms. It was most evident when first drinking the beer but seemed to fade after a while.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation and a semi-thin and watery mouthfeel. Smooth and easy drinking, a bit reminiscent of mineral water.

O: Overall, Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale wasn't a bad beer, but it wasn't a great beer either. Where it gets better marks for its easy drinking and toasty character, between the hint of soy and the lackluster body it gets knocked down a few marks.I wouldn't pick this one over some of Samuel Smith's better offerings in the Ale Category (I wouldn't call this a winter warmer).

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a nice dark gold. Head leaves a good-looking pancake. Lacing is not bad.

Nose is sweet malt with maple syrup. There is also some oak. It has a muskiness to it.

Taste is dense and largely flat. It does have a nice nuttiness and a pleasant savory quality. The malt is simple and not intriguing. There is some light spice and some cherry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is mild and the beer is easy to drink.

Overall, it lacks the many of the warming qualities you would expect from a Winter Warmer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very inviting winter warmer beer! taste good all the way around... nice finish!! looked good in the glass with a medium head! easy going down and great Smell!! recommend this beer for anyone!! had it with pizza tonigt and it was good! will have it again!

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,208 ratings
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