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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/14/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brandy snifter,

Pours a hazy apricot in color with a good 1+-finger white head but didn't last a long time. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip though the ring settled back to the top. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of light fruits with a slight light orange-peel. The taste is very pleasing with the fruits and spices of a peppery-bite of corriander coming through that ends in a slight dryness on the tongue for the finish. Very easy to drink and goes down easy. Sam Adam's has some great seasonal brews out there and this one will not disapoint.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A step up from Alpine Spring perhaps, this is mediocre, a "craft" Sam Adams seems to be mastering more and more as it moves to capture the mainstream beer drinkers. The problem with Sam Adams recently: they seem to have given up on trying to challenge their consumers, something breweries like Dogfish continue to make a priority.

Anyway, this really is a white ale with some spices thrown in, and I have to say I liked their original White Ale better. It pours a cloudy light orange color (the beer is unfiltered) with a small head that leaves some lacing. The smell is pleasant with orange/coriander notes as well as pepper, and there's something else there too (the label suggests it might be plum).

As for the taste, I was worried it might have too many spices, as the Winter Lager does in my opinion. This is definitely peppery, but it doesn't get out of control, and in fact, despite all the spices, it tastes rather boring and mild. There is, as with the smell, an odd flavor in there, and again I think it might be the plum that just doesn't work. The mouthfeel is odd to me, and while other reviewers complained that the carbonation is too low, I find that it is too high. It's somewhat more thick than your average white ale.

Overall, the beer is pretty drinkable (meaning it goes down easy), but it has a safe and commercial feel to it (although that may be in part due to my expectations). It tastes comparable in quality to Blue Moon. Overall, this is better than most of Sam Adams's seasonable beers, but it's not something I'd seek out.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Roguer
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thick and cloudy orange appearance. Decent white head, good retention, and OK lacing.

Nose brings spice, wheat, and light banana and orange. Not much there, but it could be overpowered by the bar's detergent.

Flavor is OK, tasting like a better but simpler Blue Moon. Heavy on the wheat, overly sweet. Little spice or citrus.

Feel is thick and chewy, a little dry on the finish. Sufficiently lively with little sting.

This is thoroughly OK. Slightly better than Blue Moon, perhaps, but well below a good Wit or Weizen. Not sure which they were shooting for, but it comes across more like the former.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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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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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%

Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 2,336 ratings