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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 4/2014.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and floral flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fruity presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a remarkably surprisingly good beer here, winter seasonal, not expected to be anything special, but this is darn good. like a blue moon in some sense, with out the herbal properties and the yeast intensity, i like this a lot. not that hazy, and not that pale, doesnt really look the part, but it has a robust two inches of white head that dont fade a lick. the nose is nice, a little sweet, definitely grain driven, with a light citrus hopping and fresh bread aromatics, breakfast bread. the flavor is similar, heavier wheat malt base is nice, and the leftover sugar really is too. it gives some pleasant body, but the beer stays light due to excellent carbonation. there is almost a lemongrass flavor to it, a somewhat fruity somewhat grassy element i cannot quite place, but it makes this beer stand out from the crowd. i am surprised i liked this as much as i did, a semi-macro-ish seasonal witbier. turns out is exceptional, crossing the boundary between refreshing and hearty, extremely enjoyable really. creamy and flavorful.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a dense collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of plums are present in the nose along with hints of orange peels.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of plums and orange peel along with notes of wheat and hints of spices.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This witbier feels a bit heavier in body compared to other beers in the style, so it can be considered appropriate for a winter beer. The plum flavors are definitely unique.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
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 biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
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 kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief first impressions; full review to follow:

Has a crisp clean taste with a heavy clove emphasis and a Belgian feel - mostly from the yeast, though the malt backbone is all-American. Minimal hop profile to style. Smooth, wet, crisp, overcarbonated, and medium-bodied, though refreshing. A bit of citrus peel, some coriander. Wheat. The overt spicing is apt, but it lacks the refined subtle taste of superior beers in the style, as well as the fragile delicate feel of world-class offerings.

While I like it in a general sense, it's above average at best.


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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 chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pour was hazy with a durable head.

Aroma: more complex than expected. Orange juice is prominent in the citrusy aroma.

Flavor: Lightly sweet. Excellent balance. Mild but lasting flavor with a hint of ginger.

Feel: light body; medium+ crisp carbonation.

O: refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 3/11/2014 at The Celtic Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, berries, wheat, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, some Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and berries come along with a touch of spice. The hops presence is very mild but provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this beer immediately think to myself “How many different ways are they going to modify and re-package the Samuel Adams Summer Ale just to create a new beer?”

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome cloudy amber brew with plenty of long-lasting foam in the Bacchus tumbler. Fairly substantial mouthfeel. Lemon peel aroma.

Mellow and wheat with a sweet taste. Orange citrusy flavors followed by a touch of the pencil shavings taste. Pleasant and highly drinkable beer. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market in San Diego.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dulled golden body with a slim, one-third inch, white head.

Smell: Creamy wheat, foremost, aided by vague, misty notes smelling only lightly of citrus, fruit, and whole, wholesale spices.

Taste: Light pale malts and lightly toasted wheat, with a soft, restrained sweetness. Very mild, very meager hints of citrus, plum, and spice. Near nil hop character and bitterness, leaving the balancing to be led by the spice and carbonation. A kiss of hibiscus as it warms a tad. Fairly crisp, sweetish, wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's a light, wheaty, not particularly compelling beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this from a twelve oz brown longneck bottle poured into a mug chilled.

The color is sunny golden with moderate haze with thick white cream that settles to a thin ring of fine white beads. The lace sticks ok. The smell is slighly fruity with a mild citrus element and gentle spice aroma with noticeable coriander which is like fruity trix a bit of orange peel perhaps? The feel is good with mild body, medium carbonation with gentle creamy texture and mellow spice -all in all, not a bad blend of spice with a slightly sweet tip from the wheat.

The flavor is pretty much a mix of yeast and spice with the wheat playing a subordinate role and still adding enough to make the flavor cohesive, but not extraordinary. I like the way you taste coriander right away and it does make it a bit snappy (pun intended) with a nice peppery aspect with the orange element taking second and that helps the wheat malt which is the foundation, not much else to comment on except I like how the taste finishes dry. Overall I enjoy what Samuel Adams does with wheat - I know we are not talking Infinium but this is pretty good as far as Wit beers go.

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Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Shame on me for not reading the label, if I had known this was a white ale; I would've passed. Sam Adams white ales are meh at best...

Pours a cloudy apricot with 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Faint pear & apricot, white pepper. Gets a bit stronger as it warms

T: Follows the nose; maybe a bit of clove & orange peel bitterness up front. Dryness, pears, & white pepper & Golden Delicious apple as this warms. Finishes with peach, pears & a touch white grape & dryness

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but nothing to get excited about. Sort of a training-wheels Wit

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Photo of Jason
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Hazed out golden peach hue, haze from the sediment poured into the glass. Decent head. Some faint spicing, perfume-like, honey malt, & yeast in the nose. Good crispness, odd sweetness ... perhaps from the malt and spicing, almost soapy. Not digging this latest creation so much.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appropriately cloudy. Orange-white color. No head, just some rim bubbles within a minute. Some spots for lace. On a second review, the head was huge and subsided very slowly. Not sure what is the "right" look.

Smells slightly sweet. Light wheat touch.

First impression: very spritzy. Stronger wheat flavor than the smell indicates, but it is still sweet. Some cream and a touch of orange flavor. Short aftertaste but at an acceptable level. Moderate body.

Overall, a god beer to be introduced to the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tulip pint glass at Beelow's.

Another day of free movies, another half-hour break, another chance to grab a pint at Beelow's. This time it's a seasonal wit from Sam Adams, which pours a hazy tawny-orange topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose is your usual wit base, comprising orange peel, light coriander, cracked wheat, and a twist of lemon; added on is a decently strong sense of straight grain, leaving things to take on a white bread sort of aroma, luckily mostly throughout the background. The taste brings in more of the same, that same white bread bit now a bit louder, but still second tier. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda crisp finish. Overall, an okay wit, but that breadiness really holds it back. If nothing else, it's better than the Cubs' performance in St. Louis...

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle form Bert's
Pours a hazy medium golden color with a huge fluffy head that persists forever. Aromas of lime and pepper dominate as well as a meringue kind of thing going on. Light wheaty spice and coriander round out the nose. The flavor is lightly sweet with honey and wow again it's like key lime pie with a bit of pepper and coriander thrown in. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This beer surprise me a bit, but I really kind of enjoyed it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of April notched on side.

Poured into tumbler:

Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Lacing sticks.

Orange peel, bubblegum, sugarplum, coriander.

The taste is of sweet orange peel, plum, with black pepper in the finish.

The texture is creamy - could use a bit of a spritz, making it thick-ish for the style.

A nicely blended, unique, yet hits the style, witbier.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Cold Snap is very similar to all the other White Ales that Samuel Adams has produced. The beer pours a hazy yellow with sparse white head that is not lacing. The scent carries spice. The taste is a nice blend of spice and hops and there is a nice sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer....but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The notches on the label tell me this 12 ounce bottle will be filled with "brewery fresh beer" until April of this year.

Pours heavily clouded, dull darker apricot. Sturdy and lasting off white head. Lace left behind is thicker and mostly slippery.

Floral nose with some light pepper, oranges and cream-sicle notes.

Pretty flavorful white brew, with a distinct mineral note. Also more orange, more lite pepper and in general showing a zesty and crisp character and mouth feel.

Not bad, quite easy drinking and gong nicely with salad, nuts and goat cheese. Respectable seasonal from SA

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap and served in a weisse vase, the beer is opaque, yellow-orange coloring with a thin, whispy white head. Nose of citrus sweet, pound cake, pineapple, and toasted grains. Flavors are citrus forward, with a subtle bready backbone and some light spicing. Smooth and light in mouth, with a sweet and sugary aftertaste. Light, smooth finish. Tastes like a knockoff of the old White to me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, coriander, light orange citrus. Flavor of light wheat with strong coriander, mild citrus a hint of butteriness. Nice medium body with light creaminess and active carbonation. A mild witbier that is not quite able to support the level of coriander spicing. The light flavors of wheat and citrus are nice, but a bit underwhelming. A hint of the diacetyl that seems common in Boston Beer offerings, but at a level that add a pleasant mellowing component to this as is usually the case. I'd probably go for a more traditional witbier in the future, but this was easy and light and worked well for a warm afternoon.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold Snap reminded me much of their seasonal White Ale that would be released for spring, but this was years ago. Cold Snap takes a different route with the spices, bringing softer spice flavors to the mix.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By: May

Pours a nice cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight bananna, with some spices. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some spice notes. Medium body. Overall a tasty little brew.

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