Samuel Adams Cold Snap
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #675
Ranked #45,950
3.44 | pDev: 14.53%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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 by juan-araujo:
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3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aaah, before the grip of cold weather, winter has its grip-its bracing bone chilling rigidness is broken up by the common richness of porters, stouts and barleywines. These beers warm those bones well during the hibernating sense of winter. But then a Cold Snap happens and teases us with the notion that warmer weather is just around the corner.

As the snow starts to melt, Samuel Adams delivers a beer that pours with a golden-amber hue. Bright in its appearance, the ale pours with a vibrantly carbonated demeanor which fuels a stark-white head of arid structure. Long in its retention, the ale laces with certain randomness.

Its aromas are sweet with supple caramel, honey and fruit- its melange is herbal and somewhat of fresh-hung tobacco. Plumb, dates, marmalade, and figs are light in the backdrop, but with the light nutty and steely caramel playing behind, the ale offers as much of an earthy scent as it is zesty.

To taste, the beer's brightness shines. There's just enough sweetness and graininess to give the beer a malty grit to allow its beginnings to jump right out. Yet what follows its the citrusy and spicy underpinnings which breath life into the ale. Finishing with a bready aftetaste, those fruit, floral and spice flavors trail in echoes.

Its light and grainy body is creamy to start but quickly fall apart because of its scrubbing mineral and grain qualities. Crystal-clean in its delivery, that also becomes the beer's problem. It's so clean that it reveals the grain flavor and texture to limit its enjoyment. It also highlights is plaster-like taste and texture to much the same malaise.

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Photo of JDBL14
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap a few times last year and today my wife got me a six pack of bottles.

I was surprised that the bottles seem to have a stronger spice note than I remember on tap.

This beer is possibly my favorite Sam Adams seasonal. It has a hazy slightly orange look with a very thin head and leaves very fine lacing on a pint glass. The smell is pretty standard for a wheat ale with some spice notes mixed in. The taste, what can I say, it's a crisp wheat ale with some orange citrus and spice mixed in. It has a nice crisp carbonated mouth feel almost like a dry cider. I find this beer to be very easy to enjoy on a cold winters night... Or day...

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Photo of cabelgabel
2.11/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love Sam Adams, but this is marketed toward Blue Mooners. Alpine Spring needs to make a return.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Co. "Samuel Adams Cold Snap"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, label notched best before June and sampled on March 1st
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what is this? "White ale brewed with spices & spices added". Only 10 IBUs and 5.3% abv. OK, let's pour it... hmmm, surprisingly cloudly like a hefeweizen... finger thick head of dense white foam. It appears t have some decent head retention to it but we'll see. The aroma reminds me of some other Sam Adams beer but I don't recall exactly which one. It's yeasty and wheaty and softly spicy. There's some fruit in there as well, dried apricot, some apple, and perhaps some citrus. As for the spice I'm not sure, but I don't find it that spicy at all for a beer that's been spiced in the kettle and the fermenter. On to the taste... it's similar. It's wheaty, sweetish but not sweet. The spice is clearer but I still can't tell what's in it, and I'm finding it less fruity although the apple and dried apricot still remain. Ahhh, I've found some vanilla as it's warming a bit. That's coming through in the aroma as well. It's got a full mouthfeel with a spritzy carbonation to it; and that's good for a winter beer, some body and not much of a carbonic bite. Overall I like it. It's a touch sweetish but that works in winter as well - I'm not sure how I'd feel about one of these on a sunny day in summer. Looking back, the head held fairly well, so points for that, but it left very little lacing which is weird because there's so much sugar in there. Odd, but I know this glass is "beer clean" as I had three beers out of it yesterday and only rinsed it with water. Ahh, I just found some more fruit, seemingly plum. Interesting. Anyway, I'd recommend it, at least trying it.For anyone who like Blue Moon they'd certainly like this.

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Photo of dredz_126
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, this beer... the many things one could say. The pour; similar to that of when one urinates on a small kitten and then holds the kitten over an empty pint glass to dry. The aroma? Remember that one time at uncle Joeys when he became so intoxicated that he asked you to rub bag balm on his back then scrape it off with a butter knife? That smell on the butter knife afterward.. the mouthfeel; have you ever licked a used slip'n'slide?That.. and finally the taste. When your chewing on beef jerky and you get a tendony piece and you sit there and chew and chew and chew until it loses most of its flavor. Thats it

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Photo of HeyJude1963
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 UrbanCaveman
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours an orange-tinted gold so cloudy that one cannot even see the shadow of their fingers on the other side of the glass. Forms a thin, short-lived pale head which becomes a ring rather quickly.

S: The aroma is reminiscent of a spiced, mulled orange juice, with heavy citrus notes shot through with coriander and herbal spiciness. There's a very faint touch of funk as well, as though that orange juice were a bit past its expiration date.

T: Sour, tart citrus rolls through the palate with this beer, a mix of orange and grapefruit, both more sour than sweet as if a shade underripe. There's a heavy dose of coriander as well, staying solidly level from opening to finish, and a faint aura of funk drifting by in the background. As the beer warms, the taste profile remains the same, oddly enough.

M: Light, lively, and inviting to drink quickly, this is a refreshing wheat beer.

O: Not a bad take on a witbier, if a bit less complex than I'd prefer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Start off by saying, nice to see that's still my buddy's pic on those steps, funny thing is I heard he met Jim Koch last month, neat, anyways.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a soft hazy white color with a subtle transparency about it allowing some carbonation to be seen rising at a nice pace. Fizzy to foamy soft white head immediately dissipates with no lacing left in the wake.
The smell had some sweet Belgian sugars, light spice (couldn't really tell what the spice was, but something is there), and a light little bit of clementime.
The taste was moderately sweet with the clementime being a nice force to balance. Spice was pretty subdued.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a good crisp sweet sessionable feel hitting my tongue in a sticky manner, not cloying, just light sticky in a gentle sort of way.
Overall, it's a decent Americanized witbier, I just don't see anything above and beyond to indicate this is a top notch witbier. If anything, goes great with a bleu' cheese crumbled New York strip steak.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

You get a respectable degree of haze in this beer that is colored between orange and yellow. Soft 2/3" white head. Aroma is just chalk full of the spice rack. Sam Adams loves the spice rack. Its like they're in competition with Dogfish Head to dump the most shit into your beer.

Taste, yeah, tastes like they dumped a bunch of spice rack shit into it. Flowers, chamomile, cardomam, coriander, citrus peel. Underneath that you might find some wheat. More of the same. . .

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Given that it's not just been we up here in the Great White North who've had to deal with the eponymous weather conditions these past few months, this is a pithy reminder of hopefully bygone days, at least for another year.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves some nice random exploding snow bank lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of that particular blend of semi-sweet fruity orange flesh and muted coriander spice, lightly bready wheat malt, and further lemon and grassy hop notes. The taste is quite in line with the aroma - the spice and fruit lead things off, as the orange gets a bit musty, and the coriander holds firm - with a visit from some faintly spicy white ginger, a nicely even, lightly toasted caramel and wheat malt, fading lemon pie esters, and mild leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is genuinely soft and innocuous, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and unaffectedly smooth, with some ethereal hints of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the muddled citrus fruitiness and dulled spiciness blending well enough with the lingering bready, wheat grain sweetness.

A decent enough version of a witbier, sort of faded around the edges, but the meat of the matter is still intact. Which is all fine and good, but this is certainly a warm(er) weather offering, so I'm thinking there's something lost in translation here - up here, a 'cold snap' is a prolonged period of sub-zero temps - I'm guessing that BBC assumes a different stress, as in 'a snap to the existing cold' i.e. springtime, y'all.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this was a very surprising treat. Crisp and refreshing. The flavor is dominated by wheat, orange, coriander, and a little fruity sweetness I can only assume is from the plum. This addition of plum give this one a nice surprise note that you don't find in this style of beer. It is enough to make it stand out from the rest and really make me ready for Spring. Worth a revisit.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler.

Quite a deep dark color. Dark orange side of yellow, with a very nice creamy top. Not much of a head only about a finger but gives a good creamy puck and appearance.

Aroma is a nice soft sense of wheat grain, a hint of little spice and sweetness, but also a touch of bile unfortunately. Mild senses of vanilla also which is a nice little touch as well. Some powdery white flour quality also. Otherwise pretty good.

Palate is fairly nice with not much surprises. Chewy body with a good grain quality. A little hint of playful carbonation but ever so slight which slightly livens the palate a bit. Creamy finish too, which is hinted with a little sweetness of malt and possibly some Belgian sucrose. Not much of an aftertaste but a very full and rich mid palate, with an excellent grain accent.

A pretty solid wit good one to know about in the arsenal from the BBC.

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Photo of raznug
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy orange color and is topped with ¾” of white head that leaves rather quickly.
Smell: This white ale is a blend of malt and spices that make for a white ale that I prefer. Neither dominates over each other.
Taste: The taste is a rather well blended flavor that allows neither flavor; malt or spices to dominate, not as good as I had hoped.
Mouthfeel: This beer is rather thin and watery with little flavor.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of amvrana
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mmellow12
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sethberry
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ajreds11
4.64/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy blonde color with a medium-sized fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, yielding a nice ring of lacing.

Smell: Citric and fruity sweetness backed up by a peppery aroma. Hints of typical witbier in the background- wheat and a bit of yeastiness.

Taste: Begins with an orange sweetness with hints of apple and plum toward the middle. Finish begins spicy before turning a bit wheaty and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with crisp carbonation that stings a bit up front. Finish is light, watery, and quite refreshing.

Overall: A damn good witbier. I am not a big drinker of the style, but this was a nice one to have. Like many beers from the Boston Beer Company, this would make a good gateway beer to those newer to craft beers, and it's definitely something to have those who swear by Blue Moon to try. It still surprises me that the Samuel Adams line expands at a near-alarming rate, yet the beers are consistently winners.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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