Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #46
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #23,516
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 13.42%
Reviews:
1,427
Ratings:
3,751
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber hued with a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is of muted ginger, orange, and cinnamon. I'm tasting a murky blend of cinnamon, ginger, and orange. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of Brewhound
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into goblet probably about 50 degrees (let it sit out awhile). Clear brown to reddish copper when held to light. Nose is malts and mild spices. Tastes is quite nice with sweet start, followed by spice and fresh bread with fairly bitter finish. Full mouth-feel and bitter finish makes it quite balanced and I don't find spice over done as some suggested. Only thing I would say is more lace would be nice and the alcohol content is a little low at less than 6% so it is hard to respect it as a winter sipper because it goes down too fast. Overall very nice winter gulper rather than sipper lol.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear, darker neutral brown with light tan head. There's a decent amount of cinnamon in the smell, with a hint of ginger, and toasty, sweet malt undertones. The flavor has a definite Tootsie roll/ chocolate-like note, stronger than the added aromatics in my opinion. Low carbonation, medium body. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into goblet. Poured clear, deep amber with cream head. Sweet malts with a bit of spice in the aroma. Taste followed the nose, sweet malts with a bit of cinnamon in the finish to keep the sweetness from being to dominate. Medium bodied. A nice winter beer

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Photo of MNAle
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet malty aroma, slight spice. Tall tan head over a deep ruby body with rising bubbles. It certainly looks the part of a Christmas beer. Moderate body and mouth feel, if slightly flat. Sweet malts and spices in the taste, cinnamon is there but only slightly, with a nicely bitter finish to keep the sweetness under control.

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Photo of EMH73
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber with a quarter inch off white head that left excellent lacing. Smells and tastes of orange, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and sweet malts. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, spices linger on the finish.

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Photo of Milktoast75
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden hue with a touch of red. Minimal head with terrific lacing.A scent of orange, ginger as advertised.
Nice pleasant malty taste with cinnamon, ginger with a carbonation enhanced with the spicy zing. A clean satisfying finish with a bit of spice lingering.
I’m not a huge spice beer guy but I did buy the variety pack from Sam Adams for a whirl.
I do like this as very doable holiday beer. I see why fans buy this as a stand-alone 12 pac.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark amber red color, decent foam head with tons of lacing
Smell - It's familiar yet unique...sweet malt, tangerine peel, a little pumpkin pie spice, and some chocolate mousse
Taste - Less flavor than the aroma....basically just a malty ale with some background flavors. It's delicious but it's not too complex. Medium body and medium carbonation. It's not super spicy and not super bold even though the label suggests otherwise. The subtle chocolate and fruit gives it the overall pleasant taste.

Overall, my first time trying this, so can't compare to previous years. I think it's a solid beer, very good but not outstanding or anything. I think it's one of the better holiday ales.. Grade is an A-

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark copper or brown with a little red in color and has a light tan colored head that disappears quickly. The taste is if nuts, orange peel, with hints of cinnamon to finish on the palate. This is a good session beer for winter.

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Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mulling spices at the forefront on this one. Maybe it’s too early in the season, but not real impressed. Interesting taste, but I’d prefer something heavier. Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. maybe with some Christmas fruitcake it would taste great....

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Look - amber red, one finger head with ~half that dissipates. The rest stays nicely on top of the beer.
Smell - toasted malts and wintry spices. a hint of metallics, which was a bit of a turnoff.
Taste - toasted malts/biscuits to start, then a combination of spices and dried fruits, with a slightly spicy finish. really has quite a few layers of flavor.
Feel - medium mouthfeel, medium ABV.
Overall - this beer rates average in most categories and i'm even a bit peeved by the smell, but I really love its taste. therefore I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt in the overall. really wish sam adams had this more readily available aside from the holiday packs. would love to have a few more of these in the fridge over the winter.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pour a tea color with an off white head and a lot of lacing. The smell is spice, vanilla and cola. The flavor has a hit of ginger and cinnamon but it's very subtle. It's a little more carbonated than I prefer. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of Zopiac
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby colour, toasty head. Smells like pure comfort in a winter month. Strong, chocolatey round roasted malt, background hops. Sweet, full flavour with spices and a hearthfire warm back end with an ideal bite of bitter to my tastes. Almost like light stout.

All I want for Christmas is for Sam Adam's to release a 12pk of Fezziwig.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite winter beers! Can’t believe I have not reviewed it before. Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown with a nice head and good lacing. Sweet spice smell. The taste is great. A mix of warm spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, with dark fruit and a bit of chocolate. I really wish it was offered in six packs!

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Photo of G-Style
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hate to go with the big brewerys but this one taste like the description. Good beer, Cinnamon at first, then a blend of mild Ginger an orange zest. A nice mild and not overpowering beer.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, notched as best before March, poured into a pint glass shows a clear, robust, ruddy, copper body capped with a whorl of whispy white bubbles. Although I love the color, the body is lifeless.

Aroma is sweet malt with a touch of spice.

Taste is a nice bready, malty, spicy melange of flavor. I can't pick out specific flavors, other than a hint if orange peel, but the ginger and cinnamon combine with the orange and make a great elixer.

Mouthfeel is a lighter medium easily cruising past the tongue leaving a clean finish with a spice memory.

Overall a disappointing look, but a delicious beer = enjoy straight out of the bottle.

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Photo of jkblr
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb April 2018 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 5.9% ABV 25 IBU. The beer pours bright ruby tinted brown with minimal khaki head. The aroma is slightly sweet and full of Christmas spice. The taste is semisweet caramel up front with the cinnamon, ginger and orange peel coming on in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a little ginger heat left over after you swallow that balances the sweetness very well. Overall, very good.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Enjoy by May 2018.

L: Amber mahogany, clear, half finger off-white head has average retention.

S: Smells of dark malts, some spice as well. Ginger, and orange peel are noticeable here while the cinnamon is not.

T: Spice takes the forefront here, lots of orange peel and ginger with the cinnamon becoming noticeable. Finishes with some dry roasty malts.

F: Light, crisp, dry. Lingering roasty malts.

O: Not too shabby, nothing crazy though.

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Photo of GStone899
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A winter warmer that I wish was a little warmer. Bottle says it has cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg but you don't get much of a kick from it. Decent mass produced winter beer but lacks any craft beer goodness that comes with this style of beer.

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Photo of MyBlondeHasGreatBody
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The pour leaves a very small head with trace amounts of carbonation trickling up. The beer itself has a dark brown, with russet highlights, color. The smell is inviting, but not captivating. A mixture of bready and winter spices is quite evident upon first sip. It finishes with with a slight bitterness that begs for another sip. The mouthfeel has an effervescent mixture. I suppose the name is a bit of a misnomer; Fezzi~ / Fizzy (yes, I'm aware the name is based on the Charles Dickens character, not the beer).


Overall, it conjures up great memories of snowboarding weekends with my buddies. A solid beer to warm the soul.

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Photo of mbrando33
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all-time favorite beers. Rich and hearty in flavor with a quick hint of cloves at the first taste, with other lingering holiday spices throughout. It's got a malty finish and almost creamy texture. I do wish Sam Adams would re-release this in a six-pack, which they did years ago. Unfortunately, we have to buy the twelve pack just to get a couple bottles of it. Give it a try this Christmas, and I think you'll agree it's like Sam Adams somehow managed to pour the holidays into a bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of davedog_7
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my mind, a perfect example of the style. I'm bored, so I'm reviewing this now, though it's obviously not available until around November.

Sam Adams makes a lot of great beers, but for whatever reason, they will not release this as a standalone, even though I'd be surprised if their White Christmas does much business.

It's a dark ale, nearly opaque, but drinks lighter. The smells are subtle but distinguishable, and to me, it's almost like a drinkable Christmas Card. One of my favorite beers of any season.

If not a standalone, they at least better keep offering it as part of the Winter Classics 12-pack.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice holiday delight from Sam Adams. Mildly dark/ malty sweet with a nice hops backbone. I wish they would sell this by the 6-pack.......can only get this as a sampler pack as far as I know.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Given to me by a friend who happened to have one left. Drank straight from the bottle. Aroma is bready, sweet, and faintly spiced. Taste follows with a sweet, substantially malty flavor upfront, and spices following: warm cinnamon mostly, with a snap from the ginger and orange peel. Nice winter warmer, but not necessarily worth buying the whole variety pack for just this one. Release the sixers, BBC!

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Photo of kevin3046
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber color with small head and lacing. Sweet malty taste with slight hoppiness following and nice creamy texture. Reminds me of a honey bock. Another decent seasonal from Sam Adams.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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