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: 290 | Ratings: 2,178
Photo of Czequershuus
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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 +21.3%
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 -10.1%
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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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised at the lower ratings for this beer its better than shock top and as good as blue moon. it could be better but its far from the bottom of the list. so try it. its not all about rating you may find you really like it.

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Photo of MightyMonk
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer several times being lucky enough to live in the Boston area.
Sam Adams produces so many great beers. Truth is this beer just doesn't do it for me. It always comes way to soon after my favorite winter beer is pushed out in late Jan. Sam Adams"Winter lager" is a beer I would drink till spring truly arrives in New England, usually around April.
I also like the Fall Oktoberfest and think it is pushed out before it should.
Look: Cloudy amber
Smell: Bready malt, no hop aroma
Taste: Bready, bread overwhelming bread.
Feel: Lacks everything that make a great beer

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Photo of jw4free
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the local movie theater. L: light color with a decent head that lasts. S: spice and light white bread malts. T: yeast and wheat. F: limited carbonation, but crisp and refreshing. O: a good tasty easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Try-em-all
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not real impressed, cloudy look, fair smell and a taste which is difficult to embrace. Often a fan of Sam Adams products, this is one I won'the try again.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Cloudy yellow orange color with a small white head and little lacing on the glass.

S: Wheat, some grain, a little lemon, pepper and coriander, not an overly strong aroma.

T: Wheat, some black pepper, yeast, some coriander. Not a very strong flavor, nothing really stands out about it.

F: Medium carbonation, nice crispness and easy drinking.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Tybee
4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a lady's perspective: This beer makes me feel like spring is on it's way. It has a light feel in my mouth with a clean finish; it's a nice change after the heavier malty brews of the holidays.

The cloudy gold liquid sitting in the glass didn't appeal to me, but the heavenly scent of this brew made up for the appearance. Juicy plum leaps out in front followed rapidly by a light orange breeze. Can sunshine and beaches be far behind? Safe to say, the smell of this beer is by far my favorite part.

This is one of my new favorites.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this poured into a pint glass. The color is pretty nice, its a cloudy orangish-yellow. Aroma was mostly spice, but with a little bit of a fruity aftertaste...kinda dull though. Smooth mouthfeel, went down real easy. Not my favorite, but not bad.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy deep orange color, thin white head that dissipates quickly, spotty lacing

S: Toast, grain, citrus, coriander

T: Sweet grain, orange, toast, cracker

M: Medium

O: Not sure why the reviews weren't better, I really like this beer. Has a nice look, plenty of sniff and flavor, what more could you ask for.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in pint glass from local restaurant tap. It was this or Coors. Where to start?
Looks like a hefe should, a little on orangey side
That's about the best of it.
It smells really bad. A cross between coriander and a locker room.
Not much going on in the taste department either. Really flat for a wheat beer. They added some spices that are attempting to do do something, but it comes across segmented and confused.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly syrupy
Over all, not a good offering. Doubt we'll see this return next year.

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Photo of PolishPrisoner
2.16/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Sam Adams has attempted a wheat/hefeweisen beer with this brew and has largely failed. This Sam Adams beer tastes too heavy for the genre. No mass produced beer can replicate the unfiltered wheat beer quite like Blue Moon and Shock Top. This beer tastes like a regular Sam Adams that was unfiltered during production and spiced up afterwards with a few extra ingredients. My favorite authentic wheat beer is Franziskaner but Blue Moon and Shock Top represent close mass produced seconds. This beer just tastes like a weird Sam Adams. Not bad for the price and style but I expected a bit more authenticity.

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

Sam Adams Cold Snap.

Final beer out of the small box I received for the holidays. As I always say, Sam Adams has put out some very solid beers in the past and even a few great ones but I dont find new variations in single format too often so I don't drink too many. This is apparent a spring beer released in December so uhhh....guess its fresh ahaha. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Beer pours half way between copper and orange with a high level of murk. Head forms to about a solid finger of white head that quickly dies down to a ring amongst the edges with a few cloud formations laying on top of the brew. No remaining lacing amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Lower though apparent amounts of orange peel an wheats. Not getting much in the way of any spices mentioned on the bottle though there does appear to be a bit of ginger. Or maybe I'm crazy. Or maybe the nose is so unique I can't discect it. Who knows.

Taste - At first you think it's just going to be another generic 3.5 wit as it has the orange peels and all that jazz but when you swallow this thing it turns into something else. To be quite honest in my nearly four years and 650+ reviews later I haven't had a flavor quite like this one. It'd almost like what I would imagine a citrus flavored bread would taste like... surely unique but still not a massive flavor profile.

Feel - The body is much fuller than I was expecting for such a tame brew. Sits rather heavy with a monster level of carbonation. Flavors turn far more orange peel like here along with that same bread mixture i mentioned.

Overall - An interesting though not overly complex brew out of these guys. Probably wouldn't drink more than one at a time but I could have here and there. I'd say it's worth picking up for the pure aspect of how unique it is..

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Photo of WayneEsten
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been enjoying SA Winter Lager for that past month, but I saw this SA beer show up and figured I would try a bottle. It looked very good after pouring, nice big off white head and hazy amber color. Given its good look I was quite disappointed in the smell, but not nearly as much as with the taste. Where the spices in SA Winter Lager seem to compliment and blend well with each other while allowing the "beer" to come through, the spices in this one do not. There is almost a medicine/cough drop flavor hiding among the spices. I'll stick to my SA Winter Lager for now.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like dark plum, orange peel, mild coriander, malt, and piney grass. Tastes like dark plum, orange peel, sweet malt, coriander, with mild pine and floral grass. Feels light bodied with high carbonation. Overall a decent fruity tasting brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque and hazy yellow to orange amber, with uniform, filmy, off-white head of weaker retention. Smells like angel food cake with a lemon drizzle icing! Sugary-sweet, light citrus, minimal spices, and a note somewhere between vanilla and banana. Palate is not too far off from aroma, with citrus stronger and definitely favoring orange peel and to a certain extent even orange fruit over lemon, and spices more pronounced, namely coriander, almost peppery, going well with citrus notes. Light to medium in body, kind of spritzy and watery, semi-smooth, crisp. Compare it first to macro faux-craft takes on the witbier, and you won't be disappointed. I enjoyed it. Wish I had another on me right now.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Start off by saying, nice to see that's still my buddy's pic on those steps, funny thing is I heard he met Jim Koch last month, neat, anyways.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a soft hazy white color with a subtle transparency about it allowing some carbonation to be seen rising at a nice pace. Fizzy to foamy soft white head immediately dissipates with no lacing left in the wake.
The smell had some sweet Belgian sugars, light spice (couldn't really tell what the spice was, but something is there), and a light little bit of clementime.
The taste was moderately sweet with the clementime being a nice force to balance. Spice was pretty subdued.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a good crisp sweet sessionable feel hitting my tongue in a sticky manner, not cloying, just light sticky in a gentle sort of way.
Overall, it's a decent Americanized witbier, I just don't see anything above and beyond to indicate this is a top notch witbier. If anything, goes great with a bleu' cheese crumbled New York strip steak.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strange mixture of flavors. Faint summer peach, a hint of vanilla, a pinch of spice all mingle with the wheat base. Dare I say this reminds me of a Belgian wheat? Interesting. Decent.

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Photo of Nyg
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very crisp. Not heavy at all. Very spring like smell and taste spices and florals. This is a seasonal by Sam's I definitely enjoy ice cold. Not bitter at all. An all around good beer

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Photo of IanOsea
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is personally my favorite beer I've had so far. It's a delicious wheat beer so it's very easy to drink. Semi-sweet with a hint of a citrus to it. Other than one other brand of beer, I pretty much stock-up on Cold Snap every Spring. It just goes well with just about every meal (even breakfast). For me, Cold Snap and Spring just go hand-in-hand. I wish they made this beer year-round.

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Photo of lordofthemark
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - coriander, maybe clove, more than citrus. Taste - a soft fruit that makes me think of banana, less spice. Altogether not unpleasant, but nothing special, much like Blue Moon

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Chrissythebeerlover
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks a bit golden brown, smells like bread and spices, and tastes like it, too! Longlasting taste but sometimes the tastes clash together. They're a mixture of some interesting flavors but it's pretty good overall.

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Samuel Adams Cold Snap from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.48 out of 5 based on 2,178 ratings.
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