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

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome AleSamuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale
BA SCORE
48.9%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 2,208 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:
#31,349
Reviews:
1,157
Ratings:
2,208
Liked:
1,079
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
12.26%
Alströms:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
219
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,208 |  Reviews: 1,157
Photo of josanguapo
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chestertonian82
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of omahawk
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +18.5%
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 +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebergster
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of risenz
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours amber bronze with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells toasty and bready with hints of orange citrus, dried fruit, slight caramel, toffee, brown sugar, crackery malts, some spice, apple, pear, and an earthy herbal grassy piney hop backing. Tastes really toasty, bready and crackery with slight caramel, toffee, brown sugar and light roasted notes, with orange citrus, dried fruit, apple, pear, spice, and an earthy herbal grassy piney hop note lingering. Feels medium bodied, slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice winter warmer.

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Photo of Easton70
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I bought a bottle from Trader Joes in Bellingham, WA, but I made the mistake of drinking it after a double IPA amd a stout while I was making dinner in the kitchen. In other words, I'd forgotten how light coloured this beer is from previous tasting. I don't pick up much of an aroma but the malty, spicy, (subtle) hoppy flavour follows through despite the other beers. This is a classic from back home. I would recommend it...particularly if you're making the tea in the winter.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rarigney
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with brilliant clarity. There's an inch of frothy brown foam on top that doesn't linger long and i'm left with a about a fingernail. Aromas of caramel and faint bready malt. I'm tasting copper to pale malts with a faint grassy hop note in the back of the palate. The mouth is dry and faintly chewy.

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Photo of chossboss
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KMillard
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice benchmark for the style. Nice malts but bitter and bright.

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Photo of MugillaGorilla
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MegaMikey
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite brewers. Very unique and worth every penny.

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Photo of Martine
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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