Samuel Adams Cold Snap
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Samuel Adams Cold SnapSamuel Adams Cold Snap
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #664
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,299
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 14.49%
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
2,401
From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  55
Gots
  947
SCORE
79
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Samuel Adams Cold SnapSamuel Adams Cold Snap
Notes: Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.
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Reviews: 339 | Ratings: 2,401
Photo of beersampler6
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, crisp, fairly light Belgian wheat beer with faint hop and malt notes. Pours a nice yellow-golden color with some rocky fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Actually looks quite nice. Smells faintly of some yeast, malt, grain and some very faint muddled hops. Taste follows the nose, and it was hard to distinguish this from other light Belgian ales or even light winter warmers. I didn’t detect any spices at all. Smooth, thin, mild mouthfeel with decent carbonation. All in all, not a bad beer, more refreshing than I expected. However, if given the choice I would probably pick other ones in this category.

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Photo of Burniefloyd
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice taste a little maltly. Has a very bready smell.
Over pretty good. I got it bottled but it is definitely better on tap.
Nice to keep in the fridge for guests.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

tall pour at Outback Steakhouse

This tastes more like a belgian than a winter warmer, and that's good. Beautiful in the glass, smells like it tastes - like a typical winter warmer poured half in half into a decent belgian pale. If that lives up to your expectations, have at it

Best beer at Outback Steakhouse. Doesn't say a lot, but it says it all

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Photo of Crimson-RV
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

moderate head aroma of orange and wheat taste varies from aroma. where the hell did the fruit go I charge fraude; moderate carbonation with a thin mouth feel. THIS TASTES LIKE rits crackers and alcolai water will not by again

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Photo of manoshandsoffate
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pilsner glass. This is my first experience with this particular Boston Beer Company offering, and I'm really impressed.

A: Outstanding. One of the better looking American ales I've seen on the East coast. Thin layer of foam clings to the glass, atop a gorgeous gradient of amber to grainy orange that just looks so hazy and perfect it's a joy to behold.

S: This beer might be a solid 4, if NOT for the weird Orangina-like aroma. Thankfully, it doesn't taste like it smells.

T: This is the rare American beer that tastes better as it warms. The first few sips are lovely, but more dominated by the hazy grains and generous carbonation than the actual flavor. When it warms up, you can taste orange, lemon zest, something sweet like peach, and a good punch of coriander.

F: As stated above, a good amount of unfiltered beer haze, not unlike a hefeweizen. Some might call it over-carbonated. I would not, although there is probably more than necessary to nail the flavor. Nice crisp bite on the aftertaste.

Overall: This is certainly one of the most unique American ales I've tried recently. It's nice to see Boston Beer Company continue to branch out and try new things with success.

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Photo of Precisiondigital
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a butterscotch after taste. Look is cloudy and slight head. Smells like traditional Miller or bud. Not a big fan but each to their own.
Not much lacing. Definetly a wheat smell. Ehhhh. I'm a ipa fan not he commercial brands. Maybe I'm bias.

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Photo of ZAP
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweet wheat maltiness....a bit of oranges...coriander on the finish.. Decent enough take on the style but by no means will you confuse this with Hoegaarden. Personally, I'd take Blue Moon over this too but this is a decent option as well.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - cloudy golden orange color. I didn't give a very aggressive pour but small head of foam and minimal lacing
Smell - not all that surprising here, get the wheat, orange peel, and spices. Lots of wheat.
Taste - the spices aren't very pronounced which is fine with me, not a fan of the overspiced nutmeg beers. This is a relaxed wheat beer that has a bit of orange in the flavor. It's simple but it works for me. Carbonation is medium-high and body is medium. It's somewhat heavier than other white ales I've had. Some pepper in the finish.

Overall, it's a solid beer, no complaints from me other than its a bit too carbonated. Similar to blue moon, not as sweet, but it's got a bit more body. Grade is a B+

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Photo of dsa7783
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Applebee’s in Totowa. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried it out for the first time this evening. Currently on number 2. Lighter colored, but full bodied with a hint of orange and slight pepper taste. Really nice finish also. I'll definitely give this one another try.

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Photo of G-Style
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm usually not a fan of ale's but here and there I'll find one that surprises me. This one did! Its a mild mannered beer. Nice malty taste, just the right amount of spices, very drinkable.

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Photo of HeyJude1963
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Maybe it's just me, but I love the taste of this beer. The right amount of spice with the hint of orange works a treat for my taste buds. Decent on tap and perfect to relax with at home in a bottle.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Time and time again, one of my most favorite from Sam Adams. This beer has nothing but character and richness to it. This is right next to their fall flavors in the awesome category. I love this beer and I have a hard time not getting this brew when it comes out. I am going to post the same thing about Samuel Adams Winter Lager!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow gold with slight carbonation and a robust, fine-beaded white head and lots of Belgian-style lace. Profuse streams of carbonation drift lazily to the surface,

Aroma: The aroma is a bit sweet, with an abundance of coriander, lesser orange rind, and a punch of wheat malt.

Taste: Opens with strong notes of coriander, and lesser orange rind. As the taste progresses, wheat malt and yeast shine, as well. Mild grassy hops provide a balancing bitterness. Later in the taste, there is a mild lemon note. Finishes with a bit of toasted caramel.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, very pleasant, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really excellent, a bit over-the-top for the style, but that is what makes it great.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

Sourcing: Rescued from a refrigerated beer cave last weekend, where it was on clearance, I'll be looking for this to appear in the Winter season.

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Photo of pat61
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: hazy gold amber permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a lacy 2" white cap with fair to good retention

S: smells of orange, traces of coriander, light wheat and malt

T: Orange leads the palate supported buy light biscuit, wheat, coriander, and spice

F: medium bodied beer has a divine, super creamy texture with medium high carbonation

O: a creamy orange wheat fest

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Photo of BrieCheese
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Seems to me like a mix of a Belgian white and a saison or farmhouse style ale.

Look: cloudy straw golden color
Smell: Smells like orange peel, pepper, and maybe some honey notes.
Taste: Tastes slightly like pepper with very faint fruit notes. Finishes crisp.
Mouthfeel: too much carbonation for my liking.

Decent beer, have had better in the style. Leaves a little bit of a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-pale yellow tap pour ( fairly cloudy) with a 1cm fluffy cap. This was a recently tapped keg but had a somewhat common BBC tap-beer stank. I expect that a bottle version would be okay.

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Photo of Michelleroo
1.44/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I did not like this at all. Sam Adams! Dropping the ball! I tend to enjoy most of what SA puts forth but this fell wayyyy short for me. Smelled meh, tasted weird! I don’t even know what that initial flavor was but it was not pleasant. The mf was watery and the aftertaste was nonexistent. Bleh. No bueno for me.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small chalice: color is murky, hazy copper, head is off white with fine bubbles, presenting 1/2 inch thick and then dissipating to a thin top with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is subdued but a bit unique with the subtle plum notes - otherwise some biscuit and toast, light coriander, hint of yeast off phenols and light clove.

Taste follows with a bit more plum like character - biscuit, light spice, coriander and some light yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, dry and didnt sit well on my tongue.

Overall good white ale with light spice but just a bit too dry/sharp on the finish.

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Photo of kboe1313
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Very crisp and refreshing, a good session beer. You can taste the spices brewed in the beer, though it is nothing strong. Surprisingly with only 10 IBUs a very noticeable hop profile is apparent, giving off a very piney hop after taste.

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Photo of MECove
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is just a bit teasing. The feel is standard with light citrus bite. I can drink it all night as it isn't heavy; it's not overpowering but pleases you with more kick at 5.3 %. I like the super cool owl on the label.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has a dark cloudy orange color. Finger thick head. Moderate carbonation.

Smells like lemon zest and wheat. Pepper notes, along with cinnamon, coriander, honey, cloves, and ginger.

Tastes of lemon zest and wheat, maybe banana bread--some sort of bread. Has a nice cinnamon and ginger combination, along with cloves, honey, and mild pepper. Other spices are present. Has a light dry finish, not bitter but tingles. Feels somewhat smooth on the palette.

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Photo of BeerMan247
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams tried to make their take on a Blue Moon and wound up crafting a remarkably average white ale. I’ll finish this one, obviously, but any time I’d ever be in the mood for a beer like this I’d prefer a Blue Moon. The orange peel proves once again that it is a great compliment to a white ale nonetheless. I have an alcohol problem :(

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Photo of brewme
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked-up a single bottle being served at a work event. I do not dislike Sam Adams, I just do not seek it out. This is a decent brew, just not my style. Would drink for free again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cold Snap pours a hazy copper color, with a big fuzzy lacing head. Mellow aroma, spicy notes. Flavors are full of spices, hints of orange, and finishes with a nice cinnamon flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, a very nice winter beer, good full flavors, nice to drink, finally a good winter beer from SA.

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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 2401 ratings