Samuel Adams Cold Snap
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #677
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
79
Ranked #47,366
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 14.49%
Reviews:
362
Ratings:
2,464
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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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JoKo from Connecticut

3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, dark orange with spices floating with a 2 inch thick head that dissipated quickly, moderate amount of carbonation. The smell is orange peel and citrus. The taste is Citrusy, orange peel, and grains up front, malt sweetness lingers after each sip. The mouthfeel is light and overall highly drinkable. Not a bad representation of a Belgian ale.

Jul 18, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle: It poured a light gold/orangish hue with a slight haze and a thin, less than one finger head that quickly faded away with very little lacing. The aroma consists of bread/wheat, coriander and orange, which the taste parallels with a bit of a citrus in there as well. This is a very drinkable beer in my opinion.

Jul 13, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: Pours a light copper tone of yellow / amber with a soapy head of off white foam. There's hardly any lacing but the head hangs around for a decent amount of time. Looks relatively bubbly for the style.

Aroma: Toasted wheat crackers and soft fluffy white bread. Backdrop of coriander and herbal sage. Vague hints of orange taffy and caramel candy.

Taste: Very rich for a 5.3% abv beer, not necessarily in a good way. There's a lot going on here and I'm afraid it's somewhat stifled under it's own headiness - almost cloying to a degree. Upfront; flavors of - it's hard to say - it's all over the place. There's this sweet backdrop of vanilla, which to my understanding is added to this beer. It tends to creep up on the tasting experience and then completely overpower it - leaving you with a very prolonged, overpowering aftertaste of vanilla and orange spice / caramel that overshadows the other fruity/hoppy flavors. It's hard to explain, but the vanilla isn't quite overpowering, until you get about half way into the beer - at which point it's all you can taste.

Spice is the predominant sensation originally. It's slightly tangy and fruity with big notes of orange / clove. Some ripe maraschino cherry. . . even some hoppy mango funk! I'm actually impressed . . . but then the vanilla and clove comes back in. It's simply too overpowering. I like the idea of adding vanilla but it's clashing with everything else going on. A real shame.

Feel: 5.3% that drinks like an 8% er. Hardly "bright and lively" with so much spice and cloying sweetness. The mouthfeel is incredibly heavy and at the same time slick; sugary. It's not bad but it's just too much for one sitting. It's almost TOO rich. This could pass for home brew wheat wine.

Overall: It's different, I'll give it that. I enjoyed it but I found it disappointing it was so unsessionable, I couldn't get through half a bottle before all I tasted was vanilla and clove. I'd love to try this without the addition of vanilla, or at least not as much vanilla. The quality is there! I just feel they over reached a bit here. Still, overall this might be a good winter warmer if you're looking for a "desert" witbier for lack of a better term. Its sugary, fruity, malty (caramel malty) and above all else, spice and herb dominated. It's not exactly as advertised - as being "refreshing" - with all it's complexity and overpowering spice, but I give it credit for trying to be different.

May 15, 2020
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ASKasten

3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Doesn’t taste like your traditional Witbier. Average color, and heads forms well but quickly dissipates. Slight bitter taste compared to sweetness. Spices overwhelm fruitiness.

Apr 04, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap multiple times at Disney world.
Hazy yellow with small white head.
Smell is a little wit yeasty. A little lemony.
Flavor follows. Pretty drinkable. Way to drink on a hot day at Disney world.
Certainly worthy of drinking

Mar 07, 2020
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Imperatum15 from California

4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much to the smell. Bit of the spices and orange peel. Little lacing in this beer and a hazy golden color. It does look nice. Coriander, orange peel, and a bit of hibiscus are the main tasting notes with other spices. Has a medium-light mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid beer from Sam Adams. Better than something like Blue Moon and still sold at a good price.

Mar 06, 2020
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Grounder from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, darker than your typical wit. Mild taste with fairly obvious citrus and coriander, does not really differ from start to finish, and does not not lean much into malt or hops. Easy drinker in a word. I got a single bottle in a pick-six, but this is definitely something I can buy in a case during the summer.

Mar 03, 2020
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Jricci16

4.61/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the bar and liked it Enough to actually buy a case of it. It’s really smooth and taste really good. It’s kind of like a blue moon almost. Definitely a solid beer to have in the winter with friends.

Mar 02, 2020
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HarryC from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty great beer with great spice notes. It’s been my go-to recently and I’ll buy bottles of it. However fair warning, the one time I got it on tap it smelled like vomit and I couldn’t even finish it.

Mar 02, 2020
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mickyge from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kind of cloudy amber with not much of a head
aroma was not spice it was more lager like
There was some spice but mostly malt and a hint of lemon
mouth feel was kind of flat
Overall it was drinkable but tasted a lot like any other Sam Adams

Mar 01, 2020
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Drui1978

4.56/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

EDIT*** I just found my own answer. As soon as I posted, a description popped up. Cold Snap uses Coriander to distill, I am very allergic. Luckily the small amount only causes me that mild stomach reaction. This sucks, because I love the taste. I also can't have Bombay Gin because of the Coriander during the process.

The reason I give such a low rating-

I love the aroma, taste & feel. BUT halfway thru even a short draft, without any alcohol before it- I start getting a nauseous feeling. After a few times, I thought eh- my imagination, not enough food etc. Then, I got a tall one night after work. Started feeling the same, but WAY WORSE. As soon as I got in the passenger seat, I swung that door right back open- & you KNOW what happened, & BADLY. Wasn't near even a buzz. Tried again one more time, because I love the taste. Same after effect. Idk what it is... maybe heavier hops, too many flavors, I'm not sure. I work in Craft Beer & LOVE this one, but it does NOT love me. Makes me really upset, as I love Winter Pales. Never had it happen before. Thought I really had a virus or something.

Feb 18, 2020
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Bito24 from Pennsylvania

1.41/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Probably the worst beverage I’ve ever had. Whatever the Boys from Beantown we’re trying to do was a big fail. The first few sips weren’t bad, but as you keep sipping the taste of rotten cloves takes over your whole mouth. Could not finish the glass and needed a Coors light just to rinse and spit the taste out of my mouth. STAY. AWAY!!!!

Feb 08, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(12 oz bottle, enjoy before May 2020; purchased single... poured into fat tulip)

L: (a bit too) amber-colored liquid with slight haze; tall, loosey-goosey foam sponge, dying out in short order; thick, bubbly collar keeps... little-to-no lace (the image of it in glass on their site must be a photoshop wonder)

S: straight-up smells like Rolling Rock, under-ripe orange peel, unbroken non-Indian coriander seed... bland, industrial wit, but a bit spicier and pungent than a Blue Moon

T: wheaty-doughy, mild bread crust aftertaste, mellow dry-grass bitterness, light nutty (toasted coriander) essence lingering... second sip in, and a subtle candied orange note appears in the finish, lingering... halfway through, cookie-ish malt takes over; aftertaste settles into a spiced lemon cookie

F: static foamy-silky-gummy texture; carbonation lifts on the aft well enough, with a subtle spicy warmth helping to cut residual film... hearty enough body to stand on its own or be a light-enough companion to a greasy fowl meal

O: had this on tap (first time having it) about a year ago, and it was much doughier in bottom - seems like they streamlined it a bit, sharpened the spice perhaps... irregardless, this is a unsurprisingly dull, brewpub-level rendering of a wit - takes me back to the days when I constantly shook my head at SA for their seemingly endless, lame attempts at every known beer style (1645)

Jan 29, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Chelios Pub & Grill - Geneva, IL.
Hazy golden-orange colored body with a foamy white head. Aroma is a lot of orange peel mixed with spicy coriander and Wit yeast. Orange zest dominates the flavor; peppery coriander, spicy yeast, grass, and pale grain round out the flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish with a bag of oranges lingering. Not a good representation of the style in my opinion.

Jan 29, 2020
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Theycallmedadddy from Michigan

3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tall pour at Red Robin restaurant,

This was an enjoyable beer if you like blue moon. Nice coriander feel in the mouth. Has some delightful spices in it. And the look of this beer is very light, seasonal cinnamonish spice.

Jan 23, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance: very light honey color, nice 1”, little lacing.

Aroma: subtle holiday type spices.

Taste: holiday type spices.

Mouth Feel: highly carbonated, thin, smooth, crisp.

A drinkable beer but too much spice for my liking. It reminded me of a spiked seltzer mixed with some beer. I would not purchase again but would drink if offered.

Jan 20, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this on tap, poured into a pint glass.
Appears yellow, nice head and lacing
Smells slightly malty, spicy.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall nice but, I probably wouldn't order again.

Jan 17, 2020
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. "Enjoy before month notched" May on left side of from label, so this has at least 3 months of freshness left. Picked up at the grocery store as part of a $10 sixer mixer.

Appearance - Small white head with low retention and no stick. Deeply hazy, to the point of mostly opaque gold-orange body. 3.5

Smell - Smells kind of bad. My first impression was vaguely sewage, but after a few moments and intent sniffing I realized that's just an illusion created by the orange peel and spices. But wow does that combination smell faintly of sewage in the distance. Needless to say, expectations have plummeted. 2

Taste - Bizarre. LIke a witbier with excessive amounts of spice. Oops all berries but berries are orange peel and spice. 3.5

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Somewhat astringent. Fairly clean finish. 3.5

Overall - Not entirely bad, actually fairly drinkable, but bizarre without adequate preparation for what this was supposed to be like, along with individual characteristics and first impressions that detract from the experience. 3.25

Jan 11, 2020
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amaiznblueyedgirl from Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +38%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My husband says:
It tastes like a beer. Tastes like something but I don't know what. There's a spice but I don't know what. I give it a five because it tastes like a beer. It lives up to its name because... It was cold!

Jan 10, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is between dark yellow/ light orange. The taste is mild orange, plum & coriander. This is an interesting take on a Belgian Witbier & it has a winter vibe to it, not bad. Cheers! B-

Jan 08, 2020
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fedt from Arizona

3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Cold Snap, 5.3%
12oz bottle poured into glass
L: Golden peach, semi cloudy, thick creamy head
S: Bread and toast, coriander, orange, but mostly a wheat bread smell
T: Bread, moving to a creamsicle taste, with orange, peach, little melon. Bit of grass, hay, winter spice, like nutmeg or cloves. Little coriander at the end.
F: Medium body, very well carbonated, with a good finish
O: This is an interesting beer, not what I expecting. If you like that sweet creamsicle taste, then this is a pretty good beer.

Jan 06, 2020
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jmc65267 from Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty disappointing. Usually like Sam Adams but in this case it did not deliver. Very average beer and I would not get again if given the opportunity.

Jan 02, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Label is marked as best by April, 2020.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Thin white head upon pouring, which results in a partial island and ring. Leaves behind some strings of lacing.
Aroma of malt, orange, and coriander. Subtle.
Taste of toasted wheat malt, vanilla, brief orange, and coriander pepper. Somewhat sweet but guided by the malts. No bitterness.
Thinner mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
The thinner mouth feel goes well with the wheat malt, yeast, orange, and spices. Unremarkable but very refreshing. Certainly sessionable.

Dec 18, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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.

Jun 11, 2019
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Burniefloyd from Rhode Island

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.

Apr 28, 2019
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