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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
BA SCORE
3.67/5
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2,233 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#32,791
Reviews:
1,163
Ratings:
2,233
pDev:
12.26%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
230
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,233 |  Reviews: 1,163
Photo of MisterBanks6
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting a darker style but was pleasantly pleased by the actual beer. Nice and gentle taste that is not too basic and not too strong. Very nice and will be my go to beer for the winter. Lovely fruity and sweet smell matches the similar taste.

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Photo of StormAles
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crow
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eammon1920
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has a nice amber colored body with a very nice clearness about it. A nice two finger foamy white head appears and lasts for a good minute before gently dieing into some nice foamy valleys. Lots of carbonation is seen rising. The smell has some nice peppery/spicy notes up front backed nicely with malts and light cherry.The flavoring takes those smells and adds a bit of breadiness to it. On the palate, not bad, and nothing harsh on the tongue, a nice gentle smoothness that feels great all around. Overall, a nice winter warmer that has a good smell.

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Photo of tmalt
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass this ale has a beautiful amber color with white foamy head an inch thick that lasts for a few minutes. A lovely smell of butterscotch and plums exudes from the ale. The taste is that of well crafted amber ale slightly sweet, heavy malt and fruity with a dry finish. I loved this beer which was very refreshing and gulped down on a hot day. This is an everyday drinker for me , however in the cold winter I would go for something much heavier and higher in alcohol.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a translucent, slightly hazy amber color with a sticky beige head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.
The nose offers plum, cherry, dates, toast, caramel, a slightly sherry/grape must character, and faint herbal hops.
The taste is toasted brown bread with some toffee and caramel upfront, compliment by cherries, plums, and dates. There's a slight sherry and grape must drying character in the middle, followed by gentle zing of herbal and woody hops, and then a sweet finish of gingerbread and fruit cake, with lots of dried cherries and plums.
Pretty light bodied, about medium-light, some smooth carbonation but feels kind of watery overall. Redeems itself slightly on the finish with a subtle coating sweetness.
A pretty tasty English ale, fully of estery goodness and dried fruit notes, but a Winter Warm as such could stand be thicker and more pungent.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted into a tulip pint glass; 2015-2016 per label.
A: Copper color with eggshell white head; 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly.
S: Medium malts with a peach/apricot note.
T: Medium malts with little else. Maybe a touch a caramel.
M: A bit watery.
O: Wasn't sure what to expect from a "Winter Welcome Ale," but this wasn't it. Refreshing, but bland -- wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of tjmiller718
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brocktune
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DarthVorador
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +9%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vetbidder
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of m1k3g3tz
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +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 +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan4120
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,233 ratings
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