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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Reviews: 287 | Ratings: 2,158
Photo of matcris
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: A murky orange/amber. Can just make out some small quickly rising bubbles. About a finger of white head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. No real lacing to speak of.
AROMA: Coriander, yeasty and bready, citrus.
TASTE: First thought is orange juice. A little pepper like quality on the finish. A little bit lemony.
FEEL: Medium thin body. Above average carbonation. Pretty dry all the way through the sip.
OVERALL: Super mild, non offensive, just not much going on. Definitely drinkable, hell, chug-able. Which I did for the last half of it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

Hazy golden color

Spicy aroma notes

Taste is peppery, cinnamon, coriander, spicy notes over a malt base

Good, smooth mouthfeel

Good beer

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

Really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. There was a nice amount of lemony flavor to it but not anything that great. A decent offering from Sam Adams, not a Witbier I would really seek out in the future, but was well worth the try.

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Photo of CNoj012
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a hazy golden orange with small bright white head. Smell is very bland. Pretty much run of the mill Sam Adams maltiness with some spices. Taste is actually gross. The sweetness combines with the artificial orange taste to somewhat remind me of orange soda with some spice flavors as well. Feel is light and the finish is dry. Overall, pass.

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Photo of JimKal
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've got to admit that I liked this more than I expected I would. Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice head. Leaves some nice lacing on the drink down. The spices are really quite mild and provide a subtle background flavor. I had it in a sampler and then went out and bought some more.

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy golden color with a touch of orange blended in. The 1" white head soon begins to reced to a thin layer of foam on the liquid leaving some foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some sheets of foam that become lots of scattered patches and legs of foam. By about midway through there's a small thin island of foam and a ring that persist to create smaller numbers of patches of lacing on the glass.

The aromas include orange peel, some coriander and wheat with what seems a bit of lemon in the mix.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the orange and coriander up front, but with some sweetness and grainy bread like flavors playing a big role.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy with the gentle persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins a bit before midway through and fairly suddenly as the orange and coriander drop off and the grainy bread emerges to dominate and then gradually fade into some earthy bitterness and dryness at the end

Thought this was an interesting beer to try since it is unfiltered and that seems to contribute to the aromas and flavors in a very subtle way. That said I'll probably not seek this beer out again since I long ago discovered that Allagash makes my favorite Witbier and this one hasn't changed my mind.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: March 12, 2016... GLASSWARE: Rare Vos shaker.. OCCASION: as the clock springs ahead, it's time to break out the Cold Snap... APPEARANCE: cloudy, sediment-riffled light amber body... head is white as snow and creamy, leaving streaks akin to frosting... AROMA: coriander and orange peel, front and center... the peppery elements are alluring, with some bubblegum and banana... PALATE: slightly textured, with a smooth movement to the throat... medium aftertaste pairs with a light body... easy drinking and quick to drain... TASTE: the aroma profile plays pretty true to form in its taste, with pepper and orange pleasantly, softly stirring the light bubblegum and banana over an equally soft malt base... the flavor is a pleasant balance of the wheat and ale genres.... nothing really outstanding... OVERALL: a timely offering that presents varied elements and produces a mellow, slammable... reminiscent of Victory's classic Whirlwind...

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy shade of gold, with a foamy white head. A bit of lacing left behind. Notes of spice, pepper, and citrus congregate to form a warming aroma. Smooth, yeast, banana, and clover open up with a little bit of a spice and pepper tinge at the end. Mouth feel is smooth. Easy to go down, with a good, medium-thin consistency. Overall, a solid beer. It leaves a bit of a spicy sting on my tongue for a while afterwards. The aroma and the aftertaste match, with the intermediate taste being a bit of a clash.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque gold producing 1 finger of off-white, tight head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is wheat, yeast, lemon, coriander & spice. Taste is similar with pepper & grass. Finishes with candy like undertones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, incredibly creamy & smooth.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a neutral hazy orange body with a slight sudsy head. The scent is very fruity with lots of apricot. The taste follows with additional fruity sweet notes, and a nice grain element as well. It finishes with a fairly heavy follow-up and a nice moderate carbonation. Overall a nice witbier, though a bit too sweet for me. Perhaps that's just witbier though.

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Photo of dwillie733
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a nice witbier from Samuel Adams. Good overall taste and very drinkable especially on draft and not bottles. Much better than Sam's standard Boston Lager.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Common Man in Windham, NH. The beer had a bright but cloudy orange appearance and a decently thick white head with good lacing. Aromas definitely included a rich amount of orangepeel mixed with other citrus flavors and bready hops. Taste followed the nose with an orange flavor with a decent sweetness to the drink. Pretty good carbonation that helped crisp the drink up, especially with its citrus taste. Overall, some decent balance of flavors, smells, and mouthfeel with this one.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this was a very surprising treat. Crisp and refreshing. The flavor is dominated by wheat, orange, coriander, and a little fruity sweetness I can only assume is from the plum. This addition of plum give this one a nice surprise note that you don't find in this style of beer. It is enough to make it stand out from the rest and really make me ready for Spring. Worth a revisit.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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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 gee0001
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Would I drink it again: Yes. I’ll buy this again. This is a tame little wheat beer that is entirely enjoyable. There is little to no smell when poured into the glass. However, the taste was very appealing to me. It's not overly flavorful or under-flavored yet hits a pleasant balance. This is a smooth beer to drink. It's also an easy drinker to have on the ready for those “cold snaps” when a good little beer just hits the spot and warms you up. Give it a try.
Head: white, thin, and fleeting with a bit of lace
Appearance: Pale and cloudy yellow/orange with inviting look for those cold days. A few bubbles in the poor are tough to see due to the haze.
Smell: Very little aroma yet clean and crisp on the nose.
Taste: There is a terrific malty flavor to this beer. It’s a bit earthy with hints wheat and mild spice as advertised. Some faint citrus noted. It’s medium bodied with a fine structure that holds all the way through consumption. You’ll enjoy the mouth feel since this is a sturdy beer built to please. Light carbonation feels good on the tongue.
Finish: Mildly tart with a lightly-dry finish that feels like it cleanses the palate to make room for more.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical wheat beer, nice orange with a nice off white head. Smells smooth with hints off citrus. Tastes much like the aroma. Very mellow and enjoyable. Not the best wheat beer but certainly not the worst. Enjoy! Prost!

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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 Dinglehacker
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pub glass. Thin head, liberal lace. Color is the thick hay hue of its breed.

Nose is oranges, faint cloves. No surprises, no disappointments.

Taste: ah, the classic whitbier. Oranges, but also apricots, some vague spices,

Mouth is very, very smooth.

Doesn't really distinguish itself too much from other Belgian whites, but why quibble? Supremely refreshing, and oh so smooth. And it lacks the macro alky bite of Blue Moon. Great stuff.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bb may 2016
12oz bttle into pint
L- Hazy honey color thin white head blanketing beer nice retention, brussels lacing
S- compellingly sweet complex nose, along with some spice
T- the wheat is very noticeable in the light malt profile with a subtlety spicy finish
F- light bodied and watery
O- appearance and nose are great taste is lacking with very light mouthfeel

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden orange with a short soapy white head that lingers leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: banana, clove, orange, slight citrus hops

T: citrus hops up front, light flavors of wheat beer, yeasty

M: sharp bubbles, watery

O: refreshing, but not memorable

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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 gautch726
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded yellow-orange with a slight white foam head. Strong notes of orange and cloves. Has a light feel with a quick bite that fades into the bitter tang of orange. Definitely a winter white. Enjoyable but forgettable.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orange with a small head and minimal lacing. The aroma is quite spice laden, providing notes of clove, lemongrass, coriander, and anise, with a small background of orange peel. The flavor features the orange peel more prominently, with the coriander, clove, and lemongrass in the background. The mouthfeel is very light, with an abundance of sharp carbonation. Overall I find this a decent beer, but the overly light carbonation and the muted flavors put me off a bit. There are many better witbiers available.

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Photo of RIMH
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is probably one of my favorite Sam's they have. I love the overall flavors and spices they use. It's crisp and clean and I'll always go back for more.

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Photo of Lucular
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Inoffensive, uninteresting, rather bland, not very much flavor even for a witbier. My least favorite of the SA Cabin Fever pack and the one I'm least looking forward to drinking the second bottle.

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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.47 out of 5 based on 2,158 ratings.
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