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

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #61
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,460
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 13.26%
Reviews:
1,460
Ratings:
2,372
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 01:44 AM
Added:
Oct 28, 2001
Wants:
  108
Gots:
  666
SCORE
85
Very Good
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleSamuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale
Notes: Old Fezziwig, Rich & Sweet: Like the character that inspired it. This beer is festive and worthy of a celebration all its own. Bursting with spices of the season, its full body accompanies a deep malt character, with notes of sweet toffee and rich, dark caramel.
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Rated: 3.89 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Today at 01:44 AM
 
Rated: 4.34 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Yesterday at 06:20 PM
 
Rated: 3.87 by mamaraza from Texas

Nov 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Appearance:
Clear mahogany, thin but lasting buff head, moderate lace.

Aroma:
Nuts, brown sugar, dried fruit and molasses. Not terribly spicy, but it's there.

Flavor:
Sweet malt, brown sugar, cinnamon and orange peel. Alcohol is well masked, Finish is clean and slightly sugary but not cloying.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-full, creamy, no astringency and CO2 on the low side but within style.

Overall:
"Winter Warmer" is a commercial category rather than a set style. This one is in the spiced malt-forward variety and ticks most of the boxes. It is a solid offering. It is technically and objectively good tasting beer, but as a "winter ale" I personally was hoping for more "cheer". If I were making a clone of this I would personally jack up the malt and sugar content to boost the alcohol to at least 7%, and spice it more aggressively to compensate.
Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
From a 12oz bottle, best by Apr of whenever. From the Beers for Cheers variety pack, purchased at Price Chopper 11/22/22. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a rich, cherry-hued burnt caramel with two fingers of soft, creamy head. Retention is pretty impressive, leaving a solid sheet of sudsy lacing.

Nose is mildly sweet and malty. Aromas of boiled caramel, taffy, golden syrup, cinnamon-sugar toast. Not strong, but pleasant.

Taste is malty-sweet. Tasting orange peel and burnt caramel taffy, cherry pit and raisin, bay leaf and cedar. A smidge of peppery bitterness, then an abrupt, near-watery finish. Leaves a tacky, watery aftertaste.

Feel is smooth and briefly mouthcoating, medium bodied with bright, zesty carbonation. Despite being medium and (briefly) mouthcoating, the body somehow doesn’t stand up and, in the end, leaves me feeling that I drank some thickened water - whatever that means.

Overall, an easy to drink whatever-it-was. All aspects were entirely enjoyable but somehow lacked… substance? depth? meatiness? whatever. Tasty but forgettable.
Nov 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.21 by MacStinson from Michigan

Nov 11, 2022
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Rated by NEO68710 from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
My favorite winter warmer. I buy a winter pack just for 2 of these beers.
Oct 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.43 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by nova73 from New York

Apr 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.66 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.76 by Klister from Maine

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
pretty solid winter warmer. was spicy and grainy and definitely a warmer. was the highlight of the holiday variety pack for sure, but still a middle ground warmer. if you're looking for a solid sipper, it checks the boxes, but isn't a high caliber warmer or worth the purchase of the pack on it's own merits. shame there's only two in the box, but also, don't believe i'd sit and sip this one past 2-3 anyhow.
Jan 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Jan 04, 2022
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Reviewed by cruisedoc

4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Old Fezziwig is among my favorite Sam Adams beers. There is a lot of flavor going on. It's simply delicious. That's saying a lot for a guy who loves German beers & not many American beers. But this beer, a spiced ale, has an abundance of malt flavor & spicy notes along with many of the darker notes of a German dunkel, like a bit of caramel & some of the lighter notes of a porter. This is a great beer.
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by smaddock from Massachusetts

1.83/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
There are much better winter warmer beers out there. The look is unappealing - just dark with no sparkle. The taste is all malt and there is little spice character and the aftertaste is medicinal. Spend the extra money on a better beer.
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear deep reddish-amber, with about 1/2" of light tan head, that leaves a thin ring and surface sheet of foam.

Smell is toffee, caramel, light biscuity malt, and hints of nuts and (moist) dried fruit. The overall aroma is good, but quite light.

Taste is mostly a light mix of toffee, caramel, raisin, and cooked nuts, with brief flashes of orange rind, clove and, nutmeg, finishing with a general light spiciness (coriander & black pepper) that lingers a bit.

Feel is medium, barely-slick, with moderate, moderately-bitey , fine carbonation.

Winter warmers are not among my favorites - more of a once-in-awhile-in-the-right-mood thing - but I'd put this among the top echelon of those. I used to get a 6er or 2, when you could do that, but at this moment, the 2 in the 12pk is plenty. Good while it lasts, but that's plenty enough. :)
Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.99 by PaulMayer from Virginia

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Billet from Michigan

5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Fantastic holiday beer. It has a slightly spicy gingerbread smell, but not overpowering. It has a light malt flavor up front with mild but noticeable hop flavor and finishes with a nice sweet aftertaste. It is not so thick or syrupy as you might expect, the mouthfeel is about like a normal brown or amber ale. All in all, I am very happy with the balance. It is a winter warmer without being overdone and it is super smooth and easy to drink. It certainly lives up to its reputation as a fine holiday beer.
Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by Meddwol from Michigan

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark mahogany with amber and a short off-white head that quickly dissolves into a ring

Faint toffee and caramel aromas with a hint of fruitcake

Toffee, caramel, molasses, date, and fig with a little raisin with very mild ginger, nutmeg, and clove

A little thin with a fuzzy carbonation on the tongue and a mild peppery bitterness

Not great, but still pretty good. Not as rich and heavy as most winter warmers, but the flavors are well blended and it is easy to drink. I wouldn't go out of my way to find Fezziwig, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.
Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Dec 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021 Beers for Cheers Variety Pack - 12 pack
12 oz. bottle dated 294 1 (10/21/21) - 5.9% ABV / 25 IBU
Brewed and bottled in Breinigsville, PA?
Poured into a Bell's branded nonic pint glass

Look - Pours a dense, off-white head that clings to the glass. Clear, brownish red appearance with a lot of streaming bubbles.
Smell - Picking up mostly caramel and toffee on the nose. The spices become more prominent as it warms.
Taste - The initial taste is caramel and toffee with the ginger and orange peel lingering in the background. Can't detect much of the cinnamon, and has some very slight bitterness on the tail end.
Feel - Has a somewhat thin and crisp mouthfeel and finishes slightly dry.
Overall - Not huge on flavor, but it's pleasant and easy to drink.
Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 12oz bottle dated "Enjoy before" April 2022 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent very dark reddish brown with about two fingers of tan head. Decent retention, great lacing.

The smell doesn't really let loose until the beer warms a bit. Getting some nice spices-cinnamon, nutmeg. A little caramel and dried tart fruits.

Taste follows the nose almost identically. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate.

Quite smooth drinking. Mild cinnamon aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

Spiced beers really aren't my thing, but this one is really well done and I'd drink again.
Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.57 by Danzifer from Ohio

Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark brown. Decent head that hangs a bit.
Smell some baking spices and a little malt.
Flavor follows. Nothing is overpowering. Somewhat Aquius for the look of it. Nothing is overbearing. Easy to drink.
Dry finish. A little astringent. Keeps ya coming back.
Good beer. Nothing special
Dec 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.89 by shu from Georgia

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A healthy beige head leaves plenty of lacing. Color is brown. Aroma is fairly mild, some spice and malt notes. Mouthfeel is medium and frothy with a somewhat dry finish. Flavors of toffee, caramel, cinnamon, and raisin. Overall: very good but quite sweet. Definitely not sessionable.
Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Joefromgeorgia from Georgia

3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
The star of the holiday variety pack! I really wish it actually had a little fruitier flavor. Light malt, yes light malt, slightly fruity. Idk why but it tastes slightly plastic like. They smell is fantastic. I wish I liked the flavor more but to me it needs to be stronger. Not in the bitter sense, but the fruit I guess. For such an iconic holiday brew the flavor needs to set itself apart more. I'll grab one of the two in the box, but in a six pack? Nah. Holiday nostalgia
Dec 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.55 by Meegz

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by zotzot from Vermont

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.32 by PoobFace

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by AustinRT from Texas

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Label is notched to indicate best before April of 2021.
Deep amber colored body. Thin finger of off white head, further recedes to a partial cap. Leaves some bands of lacing on the non-drinking side.
Aroma of dark malts with toffee. Also expresses spices of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.
Taste is a mix of the dark roasted malts and the spices. Has toffee from the malts. Has spices of black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. All quite subtle, but the aftertaste brings the spices into the nose.
A little thinner than medium mouth feel. Very little sweetness nor bitterness. Mostly a savory presentation. Good carbonation.
Good beer to sip during the colder months. Not bold in smell nor flavor, but pleasant enough as an alternative to a basic porter or if a truly spiced holiday ale is too much.
Nov 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Ruby brown body, pretty light head.
S: Rich caramel malt, sweet, slightly alcoholic, notes of cinnamon and allspice, a bit of cherry.
T: Some dark fruit- plum and cherry, sweet caramel, citrus notes, hints of spice, and a bready finish.
F: Very crips, high carbonation, lightly syrupy.
O: Tastes like the big brother to their winter lager. I dig the dark fruit and caramel, though there isn’t as much spice present in the body as I had hoped. Still, really enjoyable.
Nov 08, 2021
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Reviewed by PolishHurricane from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It's back! 11/5/2021

L: Very red, with some brown.
S: Up the nostril, took in some heavy gingerbread, spice, I wish I knew my spices better, nutmeg? Even some sweetness.
T: Unique spice taste. Clove, molasses gives way into spice, then ends with a bit of a bitter tinge to them at the end, not really a light metallic, have a feeling it's the spices. Followed by a sweet malty and bitter aftertaste.
F: Good carbonation. Not watery at all in my opinion, no sticky mouth feel. Not sure what this other guy was talking about unless he heated his up haha.
Nov 05, 2021
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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