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

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Samuel Adams Cold SnapSamuel Adams Cold Snap

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 290 | Ratings: 2,179
Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz on tap poured into nonic pint

A: bright orange amber color with a murky body. Small white head that laces the glass well.

S: coriander some light lemon and wheat and orange

T: lots of wheaty breadiness and coriander with hints of orange and lemon

M: nice creamy body decent carbonation

O: nothing wow inspiring but a fairly solid witbier

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2017. Pours hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, plum, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light berry/clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spices, and moderate bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, plum, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light berry/clove, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, plum, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, light berry/clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spices, and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly silky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a really nice witbier. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spices, and moderate bready malt sweetness; very smooth and refreshing to drink. Extremely flavorful for the ABV; with awesome complexity and balance of all of the flavors. The plum/hibiscus was unique, but complimented the base style very well. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tcwestcott
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was so disappointed with the Winter Ale this year I looked at this beer for some hope in Samuel Adams. It was far from a home run, but it was better than the previous beers I had from this brewery. This is not I beer I would go out of my way to drink, but if my relatives brought it to a party I would drink it. I wish for the days when Samuel Adams was good.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle freshness notched for May 2017 poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy yellow-orange with a two finger white head that quickly settles down to 1/8".

Smell: Light malts and citrus.

Taste: Malts, light citrus and some spices. Very tasty.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation, true to style.

Overall: A very tasty sign that winter is coming to an end and spring is on its way.

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Photo of 413
2.34/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I had the Sam Adams Cold Snap out of a can. Super spiced like everyone has said in the other reviews, it overwhelms at the front with a sweet flavor that seems frankly out of place in a winter seasonal of all things. Though it's got a unique flavor and a clean finish, it doesn't have any depth or warmth to it like you might look for in the colder months. In fact, the hoppy and malty flavors seem to have been left at the door. The result is awkward, unbalanced. If you're going to reach for this one, keep it in the fridge until spring time. But I don't recommend it.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a cloudy look with a small head and a good smell. The taste is really good and smooth especially for a Sam Adams (not a huge fan). Would definitely recommend as a session beer.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle,into a Cigar City pint glass

Thin,white head,that dissolves fast.Hazy,cloudy,orange in color,with distorted light coming through the glass.

On the nose I get mostly breaded yeast,and sweet malts,back by some bright citrus notes.

On the palate I get mostly sweet malts up front,with heavy bread and yeast flavors,that linger after the sip.Im also getting some underwhelming spice flavors.Slight orange after taste.

The body is medium thin,with a slightly dry finish.

This is a pretty decent witbier,but definitely not Samuel Adams best offering.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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 JDBL14
3.76/5  rDev +8%
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 singletary
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy orange color. It has a fresh citrus smell with some coriander. The taste starts out sweet then hades to a more malty taste. Overall a nice offering from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.62/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I never understood the Boston brewers infatuation with brewing with spices. This one here takes the cake, the spice content is overwhelming and tastes downright terrible. The look and body are that of a craft brew, but why can't they just brew with barley and hops a bit more often?

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Photo of Dricardi
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I did not love this beer. Well lets be honest, I didn't like it very much at all. I'm tough to please, but I still appreciate a good Sams being from New England. It felt like they were trying a bit to hard to craft it up. I'm not much a fan for the fruity floral flavorings. As someone else noted, I found it to be pretty underwhelming. I'll stick to the lager, thanks.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BBD 6/16. Pours a hazy gold. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention and world class lacing.

Very good nose of complex light fruit (that contains pear), light coriander and a biscuit base.

Heavy light body that is smooth. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish. Solid carbonation / body balance.

The flavor profile is good. The flavors of the nose make an appearance, but nothing really pops. In short, this is solid but a bit bland. It leads with a blended light fruit flavor that is rather crisp over a solid grainy biscuit. The middle provides a light snap of herbal bitterness with strong floral aspects. Coriander makes an insignificant appearance near the finish. The finish is clean.

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Photo of Paul21965
4.69/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had my first one. Love Sam Adams Lager and wasn't sure about this one. I really liked the taste and there was no after taste. I'll definitely be drinking this again.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An OK beer with a bit of citrus and spice taste. First few I had I was thinking it was an OK drinker to keep around, but then lost interest. A few months later re-found them and it had not kept well - and/or my tastes changed. I prefer their summer lineup.

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Photo of dredz_126
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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 basaywhat
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazed orange with a small, quickly dissipating white head. Mild lacing. Aroma of citrus and orange peel. Flavor is dominated by coriander and orange. Mild spiciness and yeast notes. Light bodied with above average carbonation. Finishes with light spiciness.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden body, hazy, with a moderate white head, extensive lacing.

S - Typical witbier, sour wheat, but with a harsh acidic note that is not appetizing.

T - Better than the nose, with a rich bread aspect, and a nice acidic bite.

M - Clean, clear, and easily drinkable. Not harsh at all, with just enough acidity to give brightness.

O - A flavorful, drinkable wit, but with a harsh nose, and not much depth. Decent but not spectacular.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not really much going on here at first. A relatively bland initial flavor, followed by a sweet and sort of cinnamony aftertaste. Pretty underwhelming.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: highly cloudy light-orange hue with a finger of creamy ivory foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell: bready malt with a lightly spiced character; there's a fairly big dose of orange zest as well, it would seem. Not bad, but a little heavy for a witbier.

Taste: a little more wheaty than the aroma, but still with a sweet breadiness. Spices are a little less pronounced here, but the orange zest remains a prominent feature. Again, not bad, but it lacks the lightness of a really good witbier.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: OK, but a little heavy for me. I think it's the sweet breadiness of the malt that is pulling it down.

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Photo of HILKERT009
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard it wasn't that great then I tried it, bam! Good stuff. Has a clean but homey flavor like citrus and banana bread together I could be mistaken though I'm no expert.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite sam adams beers. I love the hazy look, it has a really good flavor and it's very smooth. You can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours hazy "dirty" orange under a dense white head which looks pretty legit.

The aroma reminds me of a souped up Blue Moon, with an undefined but very nice fruitiness (the plum maybe?) and some sweet wheatish sort of grain aroma. Very inviting.

The flavor immediately seems a bit sweet, which would be nice if there was even a tiny kick of hop bitterness on the back end. There isn't, which makes this feel sort of limp in the mouth. Not nice. I do taste a bit of fruit juice, and there is an oranges and cream note as well. There isn't even a bite of yeasty spice to offset the sweetness. Unbalanced.

Conclusion: When I smelled this I thought "Now BA is too harsh on this beer, it is going to be pretty good!" When I tasted it I thought "Oh, they were right. This isn't even as 'good' as Blue Moon, which is certainly not a compliment."

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Photo of jasadewi
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a cloudy and light orange color. It's mildy carbonated with a surprisingly decent sized fluffy white head after the pour. It has a very blunt and powerful wheaty aroma. It's a very pleasant smell and much more wheaty than spicy. It's a beer that goes down the throat easily with a very average mouthfeel. It's flavor is considerably more wheat driven than the only over Witbier I've had (Blue Moon, no surprise). The aftertaste stayed with me, and while I think it is a good example of an American Witbier, the wheaty side of the taste spectrum might not be for me. It does have a smell and a flavor that seem fitting for it's seasonal release - early spring.

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Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks great and smells alright, but odd fruity esters along with overdone plum notes really turn this one too sweet and thus into an average at best beer.

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