Has anyone tried the Samuel Adams 2018 winter pack?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by reowin, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. reowin

    reowin Initiate (25) Nov 24, 2017 Tennessee

    is it worth buying? or should i just get a few other stuff and save money also ive never had any of the things in it exept the sam 76 and boston lager also ive never had any samuel adams variety pack before
     
  2. elohim

    elohim Initiate (183) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    that depends on your personal taste and whether or not you are interested in the beers inside the pack. The SA seasonal packs are a good value assuming you like the beers inside them.
     
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  3. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,009) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I usually pick up one but this year it's a pass. I looked it over and just didn't think it worth having to drink nine to get the three I wanted.
     
  4. reowin

    reowin Initiate (25) Nov 24, 2017 Tennessee

    i decided to buy it i got it now going to drink them later tonight

     
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  5. miwestcoaster

    miwestcoaster Champion (808) Jan 19, 2013 Michigan

    I picked up the SA Winter Classics last night. Old Feziwig, Cream Stout, and Chocolate Bock put it over the edge and into my cart. The remaining beers are Noble Pils, Winter lager and Boston lager.
     
  6. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (155) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    Having an Old Feziwig is a Christmas tradition and I always liked the Chocolate Bock.
     
  7. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,280) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    For years it was a Thanksgiving and Xmas tradition for my family but they're going for Sierra Nevada's IPA sampler this year. I might still buy one just to get the Old Fezziwig.
     
  8. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (211) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Noble Pils and Cream Stout? I thought Sam '76 and Holiday Porter were in the pack.
     
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  9. Milktoast75

    Milktoast75 Disciple (373) Oct 27, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I’ve tried several basic S/A beers. Liked them all. I’m thinking this will be in my cart next trip. Great way to try some different styles without the “6 pack regret”.
    Thanks for the post and comments all.
     
  10. miwestcoaster

    miwestcoaster Champion (808) Jan 19, 2013 Michigan

    SA Winter Classics 24 pack purchased at Costco.
     
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  11. phishgator

    phishgator Defender (621) Jul 1, 2005 Florida

    They're usually pretty serviceable as some different variety to add to the season. I thought the fall mixed 12 pack was a decent mix.
     
  12. BiddzzBA

    BiddzzBA Initiate (24) Jan 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    Thats what I got in mine in NC.
     
  13. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (211) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    A-ha! Got it. Yeah, the club store packs are often different. I love Noble Pils, but that is a lot of beers I’m not interested just for the (4?) Noble Pils.
     
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  14. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,009) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    For the three and that's my reasoning as well.
     
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  15. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,342) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I was going to get this but have been underwhelmed by their packs. I got the fall pack and it was boring and lacking. Maybe I am ruined by strong beers but SA seems very mild/weak to me in the flavor department. I keep giving them a second shot and each time its the same lackluster feel least to me.
     
  16. RickBelgique

    RickBelgique Initiate (55) Jul 16, 2014 Illinois

    My Costco pack, in Chicago, had the Noble Pils and Cream Stout also. Last year's Costco pack was even worse. It had only 4 beers, Boston Lager, Winter Lager, Chocolate Bock, and White Christmas! When I saw that, my head just about exploded. What's the SA Winter Classics without Old Fezziwig?!? :rage: Later, I saw Winter Classics 12-paks at other stores that had the normal 6-different-varieties mix. However, if I remember right, even those didn't have the Holiday Porter.
     
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  17. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (211) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    The moral of the story...6-packs of Noble Pils, please!!
     
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  18. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (4,103) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Purchasing the entire pack isn't worth it, but I did pick up two seasonal singles at Krogers for a mix-six pack: Old Fezziwig and Holiday Porter.

    If they're not going to offer six packs or bombers of individual seasonals, at least they could pack their seasonal box with nothing but the seasonals instead of diluting it with beers available year round like Boston Lager and Sam '76.
     
  19. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (1,996) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    I purchased one as I do every year for the Old Fezziwig and Holiday Porter. Mine had the Boston Lager and Sam 76 in it. I bought a 12-pack for Fezziwig and Porter... because I really enjoy those two beers. I'd bitch about it every year and complain but I still find myself buying it every single holiday season so I can enjoy those two beers. It's like a tradition. Now if I had the one from Costco with the Noble Pilsner and the Cream Stout I would be a little more pleased here.
     
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  20. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (220) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The 24 pack sounds interesting and is that a Costco only thing? All that I ever see in my area are the standard seasonal 12 packs and the seasonal can packs (but I am sure our state laws don't help the situation).
     
  21. RickBelgique

    RickBelgique Initiate (55) Jul 16, 2014 Illinois

    From what I've seen in the Chicago area, the 24-pack is a Costco-only thing. I've seen Winter Lager in 6 and 12 packs.
     
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  22. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Champion (827) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I'm going to guess those would Old Fezziwigs.

    But then you wouldn't get the Holiday Porter in those packs.
     
  23. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,009) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Please don't tempt me. I can resist anything but temptation.
     
  24. RickBelgique

    RickBelgique Initiate (55) Jul 16, 2014 Illinois

    Just picked up a 12-pak from the grocery store. That has the Holiday Porter and Sam 76. The Costco 24-pak has Noble Pils and Cream Stout. They both have Boston Lager, Winter Lager, Old Fezziwig, and Chocolate Bock.
     
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  25. davedog_7

    davedog_7 Initiate (60) Jun 26, 2017 Georgia

    I'll have to go to Costco to pick that up. Man, so close. If they had the Holiday Porter instead of the Chocolate Bock (or even the Cream Stout, only because it's available year-round), then that would be awesome. Still, I'll take the Noble Pils and Cream Stout instead of the Sam '76 any day of the week.
     
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  26. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (976) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Having Noble Pils in the 24 pack but not the 12 is a huge faux pas IMO. At least they brought it back in some form though. Now excuse me while I go back to silently protesting the elimination of Alpine Spring and Double Bock
     
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