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: Belgian 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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5/5  rDev +45.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange amber color with a one finger of pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is yeasty and spicy with lots of a yeast cake smell mixed with tons of coriander and some clove. Along with these yeast and spice smells are some aromas of sweeter orange and some orange peel as well as some lemon and wheat. A light pepper like smell rounds out the smell producing a rather heavily yeasty and spiced Belgian white smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a huge yeasty, bready and wheaty taste with lots of spice flavors of coriander and clove right up front. The spice, while strong upfront, gets even stronger as the taste moves on to the end, with the coriander and clove being joined by some nutmeg and allspice. Some lighter citrus flavors of tangerine and orange come to the tongue quickly initially after the initial tastes, but remain on the lighter side, never really able to compete with the spice or the wheat. In the end, with the mass of spice and thicker bready and wheat flavors of the brew, one is left with a lightly citrus flavored thick and chewy spiced wheat bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body and lower carbonation accentuate the spice a bit too much in my opinion, making them far too dominant on the tongue with them overpowering the other flavors a bit too much.

Overall – Too thick and heavily spiced. Not really something that I found all that palatable.

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Photo of jds8411
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Dryly disintegrates slowly but surely leaving a persistent foam blanket. No real lacing.

S: White bread, fruit, and spice.

T: White bread, prune, raisin, lemon and orange citrus, and coriander.

M: Light and crisp. Starchy feel. Lightly bitter finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Large head, but no real lacing. Nose is fruity and spicy. Starchy white bread, sweet fruits, citrus fruits, and spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Bright yellow with a slight orange tint. Carbonation is just ok and lacing is pretty poor; very little of it overall.

Smell: Sour banana and a fair amount of yeast. Ok smell, but not high on freshness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good combination of banana, lemon, and cinnamon. Some clove and nutmeg as well. The spices create nice wintery flavors, while the banana and lemon transition well for the spring. Mouthfeel started nice and yeasty with a light-medium body, but this becomes very flat and watery quickly.

Overall: Good potential in the flavor, the rest is meh.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a frothy ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Sharp orange, smoky coriander, and clove form the initial aroma, with wheat and floral hops adding complexity.

Flavor is subtle initially, with notes of bubblegum and sweet orange underlying a dry wheat backbone. There's a lemony tartness that fades in the dry finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Another middle of the road offering from Sam Adams. The bubblegum esters are slightly offputting to me.

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Photo of ohyayitstrey
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of MikeyCannon
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of muswellbeerbelly
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Weston19
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Gold, hazy and with a good head.

S: Lemon zest, orange, and some grass.

T: A little earthy, and some lemon zest. It has a very refreshing taste and texture. Great for when the weather starts warming up a little.

M: Creamy, oily finish. Very nice finish because it leaves no dryness and leaves no bad flavors.

O: Nice easy drinking beer that is probably the most refreshing of the Spring Variety Pack.

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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 2,319 ratings