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

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Samuel Adams Cold SnapSamuel Adams Cold Snap

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Photo of jbertsch
1.44/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On draft. Not sure if it was a bad batch but this was a huge diacetyl bomb. A huge amount of butter in both the aroma and flavor. Couldn't take more than one sip.

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Photo of EmGM
1.6/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Look: hazy golden brown color
Smell: bread, spice, light citrus aroma
Taste: heavy spice taste, deeper not sugary fruit, bready
Aftertaste: the bready taste lingers for quite a while
Overall: REALLY not a fan of this beer at all. It tasted off when I had it and the flavors just clashed with each other

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.62/5  rDev -53.3%
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 MVG7113
2.11/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I was online the other night, like every night, and came across some site claiming to have the top 100 craft-brews to give a taste. To my surprise, Sam Adams Boston Lager was mid-pack, claimed to the OG craft-brew. The next night, I was at dinner and gave the OG Boston Lager a go and was refreshed and surprised by how much I enjoyed it compared to prior tastings. My brother, however, got the Cold Snap... Said it was good, so... I picked it up the other day and here I am

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden honey colour with a nice, fluffy, off white head. Good on looks.

S: A slighty spicy peppery wiff with a secondary honey vanilla sniff across the nose. A faint citrus of the orange variety comes across last of all. Overall, you really have to search your senses to pick up any strong notes on the nose, pepper hits you first--in an indifferent kind of way.

T: Feels a bit watered down. The flavour profiles come across after the initial hit of a rather soapy watered down effect. Not much spiciness on the tongue. Nothing remarkable really.

F: It has that watered down soapy feel, which for me, is never a good thing. Overall the feel is okay. Just nothing to make me wanting another. Mild heat in the chest after it all goes down, which is always a nice winter warming feeling.

O: I'd stick with the Boston Lager before I picked this one out again. There are plenty of Witbiers and plenty of winter ales to try, this is just another notch on the belt.

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Photo of PolishPrisoner
2.16/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Sam Adams has attempted a wheat/hefeweisen beer with this brew and has largely failed. This Sam Adams beer tastes too heavy for the genre. No mass produced beer can replicate the unfiltered wheat beer quite like Blue Moon and Shock Top. This beer tastes like a regular Sam Adams that was unfiltered during production and spiced up afterwards with a few extra ingredients. My favorite authentic wheat beer is Franziskaner but Blue Moon and Shock Top represent close mass produced seconds. This beer just tastes like a weird Sam Adams. Not bad for the price and style but I expected a bit more authenticity.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
2.19/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stole a few sips from a friends glass for an impromptu "review".

Not a big fan of this one. It's just got an odd, over-spiced taste to it. Leaves a weird taste on the finish. Took two sips and handed it back, I'm all set for sure.

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Photo of jlindros
2.29/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ug, well didn't realize this was a witbier when I first got it, and now I'm a little disappointed I didn't pay that much attention. But you get what you pay attention to apparently. This should have boded well being as it's about 5 degrees out and snowy, but this won't even warm my tongue, let alone my body or soul. Luckily I had a nice big beer before this.

The pour chugs out of the tapered in then out then in again neck, chug chug chug chug, and forms a decent foamy creamy lookin almost 1 finger head. It fades at a decent click, but leaves lots of soapy lacing surprisingly, but eventually completely disappears like it doesn't want to be see outside the bottle, it ends up as a hazy murky typical wheat beer carrot orange like color.

Nose reminds me of the holidays almost, you know, when you eat an entire gingerbread house and then regurgitate it... yeah like that. It's got some spices, and more spices, a weird white ginger aroma, with spices, um, which spices... well that, then orange peel frosting, like legit frosting with orange zest just bursting from it, with a weird milky creamy note, almost ice cream like, maybe also orange cake with frosting. plenty of wheat in teh bottom of it, but that's just gone with the crazy orange frosting. I.... just .... the fuuu....

Taste, ummm, I... I'm not sure if I want to really... actually not as bad, but still not great. Wheat, yeah it's got plenty of that, gingerbread house... yeah some of that too. But again the real thing is the icing, orange peel, and vanilla! Frosting galore, orange regurgitation, vanilla paste, sweet candy like mush, and mild other holiday spices that just add background to the twice-eaten gingerbead orange cake thing-a-ma-jig. Lots of wheat too, creamy... yes, toasty... not so much, untasty wheat, totally! Yes I just made up a word to fit this! Finish is sticky, icky, syrupy, but somehow still super duper dry and weird, with more wheat, lots more wheat almost like a wheat grass juice mess, tons more orange peel and orange frosting, and other iffy spices.

Mouth is creamy as can be without actual lactose or oats, that brings the small creamy fluffy carbonation too, med bodied.

Overall, well.... not enjoyable in the least. By far one of the worst beers from Boston Beer Co that I've had in a very long time. Wheat, OK, but too much wheat, orange zest, meh, just weird orange icing flavors, and fake vanilla, with other spices, into a pre-digested gingerbread and orange cake with tons of orange frosting that's just not good. Even the finish doesn't know how to, um, finish, between the sticky, dry, creamy, syrupy, etc. Can't imagine why they would put this out, I can't even finish it. I almost want to order this at a bar one day, so I can spit it in their face and demand a different beer, just so I can waste it... then again it might taste better spit out.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy burnt cantaloupe body. A white head leaves a wisp of bubbles, no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts dominate under a combination of spices, as well as a brown sugar aroma on the back end.

Taste: Lots of malt sweetness, subtle spices with a citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy.

Overall: To me, this is just the same "spiced ale" the has been repackaged. How many times will Samuel Adams keep doing this?

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Photo of mattcrill
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Lemon zest, orange rind, and citrus aromatics up front. Doughy wheat bread notes in the background. No hop aroma-- ok considering the style

Appearance: Turbid river water amber pour with a low white cap that retains reasonably well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Doughy wheat bread sweetness up front. Slight orange juice-like notes as it warms on the back of the tongue. Balance is even handed with wheat bread maltiness and earthy, citrus-like bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat, astringency, or oiliness noted.

Overall impression: Meh. A pretty forgettable Witbier.

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Photo of ericmurray93
2.54/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer looked beautiful and I was excited to try it after a recommendation from a friend. After every sip, I kept tasting an overpowered spice reminding me of the flavor of root beer. Really did not enjoy this one.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.59/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger large head, with quite a full texture. The body is golden and murky

Smells of bananas, Belgian yeast, and moderate caramel.

Taste is subtle, and honestly quite boring. Tart and semi-sweet citrus makes an appearance. But generally, quite boring. Mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of zestd
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky...not in a typical wheat way, but swamp water. Unfortunately, swamp watervwould be thicker in mouthfeel. Very thin. It also has a very funky fake flavoring. Not at all something I'll get again.

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Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, golden-orange color with one finger of head that fades with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Orange peel, hints of spice, a little yeast and wheat.

Taste: Pretty thin and clean up front, mostly lemon pith bitterness and some dishrag. Carbonation and some estery bitterness build in the middle and are quite prickly then fade out on the finish, which is peppery, metallic and a bit astringent in the way a lot of spiced beers tend to be.

The Rest: I've had a lot of white ales, and there are some that I really like and a lot that just don't do a lot for me. This one falls into that latter category. A few too many off-notes to be really enjoyable.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
2.67/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in pint glass from local restaurant tap. It was this or Coors. Where to start?
Looks like a hefe should, a little on orangey side
That's about the best of it.
It smells really bad. A cross between coriander and a locker room.
Not much going on in the taste department either. Really flat for a wheat beer. They added some spices that are attempting to do do something, but it comes across segmented and confused.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly syrupy
Over all, not a good offering. Doubt we'll see this return next year.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2/11/16 Chicago ($5.50 16oz draft pour into standard pint glass at Finley Dunnes). Very light golden clear pour, mild carbonation, thin white head. Mild orange aroma. Light wheat taste, thin texture.

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Photo of KajII
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a medium/light amber with a fluffy white head and has notes of a musty yeast, corriander, a light dark fruit presence and a bit of citrus. The taste has a nice light fruitiness along with a bold citrus presence and a slight spiciness at the end. This is a refreshing, easy to drink brew...

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is quite fragrant: orange zest, coriander and ground black pepper.
The taste is a little shocking. There's a lot going on: black pepper and orange loaded in the beginning, grainy in the middle and finishes a little soapy and mild bitter note.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
The flavor profile is convoluted, like riding on a rickety rollercoaster. Not enjoyable.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft.

Hazy orange-ish witbier with a fair white head. Dissipates quickly.

Oddly sweet, individual citrus and spices evident. Overall effect oddly like caramel. Not caramel malts. Caramel.

Slightly sweet generally average and inoffensive wit.

Medium bodied ale, slightly above average carbonation.

Definitely a very very average, maybe even below average beer.

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Photo of Try-em-all
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not real impressed, cloudy look, fair smell and a taste which is difficult to embrace. Often a fan of Sam Adams products, this is one I won'the try again.

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Photo of dredz_126
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
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 jmv0009
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours Hazy orange with a nice white head. Looks lighter colored near the glass and gets darker in the middle.

I'm not sure if my nose is messed up today or what but I can't smell anything off this beer. I mean nothing, very weak smell.

Tastes like a blue moon just more balanced with flavor and better. Orange peel, citrus, coriander...typical wittbier.

Easy drinker, nice white ale wouldn't mind having again, definitely better than a blue moon.

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Photo of Dricardi
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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 allforbetterbeer
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
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 TempeBeerMan
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Another witbier from Sam Adams?? Are they just releasing the same beer over and over with different labels?

A - Pours a hazy banana-yellow, with a one-finger white head of perfectly even bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

S - I was smelling this one before it came anywhere near my nose. Very powerful aroma of orange, clove, coriander, ginger, and cake batter? Somewhat strange mix. Just too much spice.

T - First taste is...vanilla? What is vanilla doing in my Witbier? Coriander and clove in the mid-palate. Some almost artificial tasting orange marmalade in the finish. I can't get over the vanilla. I even went and got a palate cleanser mid-glass because I thought I was hallucinating. Nope, still there. Way too sweet.

M - Creamy?!? Again, more strangeness. Body is light-to-medium, with standard SA prickly carbonation. Finishes syrupy.

O - What a weird beer. It's all over the place with off flavors, odors, and feels, like some sort of Frankenstein's Monster. The joke is on me though, as this is definitely NOT like any of SA's recent witbier offerings. NOT good, either.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a shelf glass, Samuel Adams Cold Snap has a thin, white head, a turbid, bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and the thinnest bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, slightly spicy, white bread, and the flavor is of assorted spices, white bread, orange peel, some citrus juice, coriander, and hard candy. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Samuel Adams Cold Snap finishes semi-dry and easily drinkable. Like many of the Samuel Adams specialty beers, this one falls flat. I. It’s just an overall dull beer, without much character.


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