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

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.

Added by tbryan5 on 01-01-2014

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"Crisp and lively, the hazy smoothness of this unfiltered White Ale is roused by the crackling of spring spices. From a hint of sweetness from orange peel & plum to the peppery bits of fresh ground coriander, the subtle blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of a Belgian Witbier, Cold Snap is a early spring seasonal release by Samuel Adams. Available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs, 12 packs and seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Sensory pint glass. Served above 52ยบ Fahrenheit.

Cold Snap pours a frothy foam pastel white head over a moderately hazy golden amber body. Carbonation is plentiful and lively. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. The aroma consists of herbal spices, cereal wheat with a moderate sweetness, peppery and spicy hops with a subtle bitterness and a bit of orange. The flavor reflects the aroma, with a blend of pale malt and light malted wheat with a pinch of bitter orange peel alongside a moderate blend of coriander and white pepper spice. The flavor is fairly simple, slightly light on the wheat profile and quite forward on the spice. The texture is slick, slightly fluffy and somewhat spicy and with a moderate carbonation, generates a frothy nearing moderately crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is evenly sweet to spiced. Alcohol presence is very low, and off characters are minimal. Boston Beer has tried many Witbier recipes over the years, and most of them have been largely unimpressive due to a lack of wheat malt body and a reliance on aggressive spicing, and while Cold Snap dips its toes into some of those same issues, it's not as severe this time around. Cautiously enjoy a single bottle or even a draft of this. I don't know if it's just the label and marketing, but I find this slightly more appropriate for the winter season, perhaps it's the orange and spice. It's not for everybody.

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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 2,261 ratings