Samuel Adams Cold Snap
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Witbier
Ranked #281
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
78
Ranked #28,781
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 14.53%
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
2,146
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 06, 2022
Added:
Jan 01, 2014
Wants:
  62
Gots:
  970
SCORE
78
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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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Rated: 3.54 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Nov 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 1.5 by Nhb55840

Aug 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.43 by McAfee85 from Kansas

Jun 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by LizT from Texas

May 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.24 by Beer_Goblin from New York

May 11, 2022
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Rated by KingJay25

4.44/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Helps my winter depression.
Apr 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.42 by QuintusHorace from California

Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Siduri from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I got this from the gameday beers variety pack.

Look
This beer presents a lovely sunshiney yellow color with moderate haziness. The head was a fluffy white which towered a mightly four fingers high. This didn't last long, sadly. The head was completely gone within 5-7 minutes, leaving only slight lacing.

Smell
I detected a slight breadiness which was quickly overtaken by spice. The coriander, in particular, really shows through.

Taste
Just what the bready, spicy aromas would lead one to expect. There are no surprises here. The label promised notes of plum and orange peel, but I did not detect any.

Feel
Lively carbonation and a light, but satisfying, body makes for a pleasant drinking experience.

Overall
This was a very easy drinking beer. I won't pretend that this is the best beer in the world, but I consider it a solid, no-frills example of a witbier. While I doubt I'll go out of my way to acquire more of this, I still have two more bottles from my variety pack, and I look forward to drinking those.
Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.54 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.59 by RRB328 from Massachusetts

Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by GABronco

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Has a nice orange color, but a little hazy. I got a 1-2 finger sized head, but it dissipated faster than I expected.

The smell was faint to my nose, but hints of the malt and orange peel are present.

Taste reminds me of a Blue Moon, but maybe a little more mild. I can taste the malt and orange, and if I hold it briefly in my mouth, the spices come through faintly. Very low bitterness on this one.

Good, medium mouth feel and not too much carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed sipping this for about 15-20 minutes while watching a soccer match. I would have liked the flavors to be a little stronger. I also would have enjoyed a little more hoppiness. Anyone who enjoys Blue Moon or Shock Top will likely find this to be a nice alternative.
Mar 07, 2022
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
03/04/22 bottle @ Courtyard Marriott Mount Pleasant, SC
Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
"Enjoy by May 20/22"; drank 3/3/22 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange/yellow appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice eggshell head; decent lace.

Cardamom, pine & tangy citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cardamom, dry pine, wheat & tangy citrus flavors.

Interesting & bold, but sorta off-putting. Not one I'll seek out again.
Mar 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.23 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Possibly the best Sam's beside the venerable Fezziwig. Competes with the like of UFO and Blue Moon for sure. Would have this again if on a short list at a restaurant or something.
Feb 26, 2022
 
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Reviewed by Bryce_Powell

3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Smells a little like a rice-based beer, but the taste is surprisingly complex and imo it totally works! A lot like one of my favorites, the White Rascal brewed by Avery in Colorado, but substitute the coriander for nutmeg. Very glad I picked this one up.
Feb 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by Spencer96 from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by phatsmackey from Texas

Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by Taenim from New Jersey

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Squire from Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice slightly hazy orange gold color with a small white cap and decent lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt with a touch of spice. Can't quite describe the spice elements, clove studded orange peel perhaps, as they are subtle but are present.

Taste of sweet malt on entry followed by a low key spice presence with a citrus touch in the dry finish. This one doesn't wander off into too sweet which I appreciate.

Medium texture with a bit more carbonation than it needs.

I really like this one though it's not very complex. A classic Belgian White Ale can be as complex as a full blown symphonic voice section supported by an orchestra. This one is more like a trio with a single string guitar. Tastes good though with an approachable personality and no rough edges. Not a lot to be found here but a lot to like about what is found.
Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Mikerm5425 from Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Unfortunately my palate focused mainly on a black licorice or anise taste. I’ve had from bottle and tap and prefer bottle. If you drink a higher IBU and then drink this, the licorice is exaggerated.
Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at my local bowling alley got a large 22oz mug
Look is pretty average for a wit, maybe a bit dark for the style but still lighter than orange juice so not too crazy. Head is a bit disappointing. It came off the tap with maune a 1cm head that faded to nothing on mine. Similar story on my girlfriends but half a ring of foam around the edge of the glass remained. Hazy as per the style.

Smell is definitely maltier than most wits I've had which I like, and I can detect the orange and a little bit of spice which I presume is the coriander. Smell is quite nice in my opinion a nice warm malty wit beer smell. Pretty traditional.

Taste is relatively mild compared to some witbeers but it still follows the smell pretty well. The orange and coriander followed by a decent amount of wheat and barley. Only complaint is it's a little light on flavor but nothings off.

Feel is decently creamy despite being pretty headless. Full bodied until the end when it drops off a bit and gets watery. Not one that sticks around, but sometimes that's a good thing. Honestly this could be a pretty good year round beer but I could see why they'd call it cold snap wit beer just sounds wintery.

Overall pretty good. Nothing really is wrong with it. It's got everything the style needs to be a wit beer. It's just a bit mild on flavor and some may call it boring. I'd say kts good with room for improvement, blue moon is a bit more to my liking, but not by much.
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Somewhat cloudy gold color with a decent foamy white head that settles down to a ring and an island that last and produce some nice lacing.
The aroma is fresh bread, orange, coriander cloves.
The taste is more citrus forward, slightly sweet with coriander, cloves, hints of vanilla crackers and nutmeg. The finish is somewhat dry with a lingering orange zest and spices note.
The body is light/ medium, smooth an very drinkable.
Altogether this is a pleasant mild winter brew.
Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by PaulMayer from Virginia

Jan 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Jan 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by BrScho2

Jan 19, 2022
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Rated by BazingaFredette

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
pretty good and tastes like corn
Jan 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.15 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jan 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by KT3418 from Colorado

Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Kiiz

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pray for Samantha she’s a legend. The brew was meh but it’s macro so can’t complain too much hopefully someone finds great joy in this christmas brew.
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.86 by LindyBrew

Sep 12, 2021
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium orange color with a moderate to strong white head. SRM of 8. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of white pepper, lemon zest, citrus spice. Mostly white pepper with some lemon citrus. Somewhat of a bready spice on the end. (3.75)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of white pepper and citrus spice. The spices include white pepper, white citrus, peppermint, light vanilla, followed by some light citrus and bread malt finish. Finish is smooth and malty.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and leans malty with a nice spice profile.

Compared to Stone Dayfall 7/11/21: Pours a similar color, but clearer. More bread spice, white pepper. Less orange, bergamot, and jasmine flower.

Overall: A pretty nice and easy drinking Belgian white. Tamer on the spices, however the spice profile of WHITE PEPPER, VANILLA, PEPPERMINT, and WHITE CITRUS SPICE definitely has a nice holiday feel to it. Interesting that it is brewed with plum, citrus zest, & grains of paradise. I don't get a whole lot of that here. Definitely a unique spice profile though. I would say it drinks well for the cold winter months with the spice profile. Enjoyable, not overpowering, and drinkable. (Final Rating: 3.77)
Jul 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.05 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Killgora

4.72/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
If you like Blue Moon like I do you'll like this even more. You have a white ale with a hint of orange that is not quite as strong as Blue Moon, but it makes up for it with the hint of the other spices it has been brewed with such as Coriander. Smells of wheat light citris and strong spice notes. Pours Slightly cloudy golden color. I only wish it wasn't only available during the pre spring months after January. Just take a seat outside on a cold late winters day, and chill with what is so far my favorite While Ale.
Jun 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela

Apr 26, 2021
Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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