Sam Adams Winter Classics Pack 2013?

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  1. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (180) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    Was just wondering if there was anything new in it this year?

  2. madmanjf

    madmanjf Disciple (312) Sep 18, 2005 New York
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    it's out already?
  3. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    I havent seen it yet.
  4. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (180) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    I figured since Xmas beers have been coming out already shouldnt we be seeing this soon also?
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  5. madmanjf

    madmanjf Disciple (312) Sep 18, 2005 New York
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    The harvest collection formally runs through October, so look for an update over the next week or so
  6. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (180) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    Perfect. Thanks!
  7. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    This year's lineup: [now called "Winter Favorites" btw] Boston Lager, Winter Lager, Cherry Chocolate Bock, Old Fezziwig, White Christmas, & Juniper IPA.
  8. matedog

    matedog Initiate (58) Jan 25, 2010 California
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    No Holiday Porter? Damn.
  9. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,623) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    I thought the Juniper IPA was a decent beer but I would have wanted the holiday porter in this pack.
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  10. Jonada

    Jonada Champion (840) May 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I like Boston Lager and all, but I really wish they'd stop putting that in their seasonal packs. I'd rather have 6 unique seasonals.

    Oh and no holiday porter is weak sauce
  11. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    No complaints. I'll give both of the new beers a chance when it comes out. I'm actually somewhat intrigued by them, to be honest.
  12. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (191) Feb 25, 2013 California
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    yeah I liked the Holiday Porter also. A sign of the times it's replaced by an IPA? The Cherry Chocolate Bock is new this year (I think), they used to have a chocolate something else, but I found it tasted like someone poured hot chocolate mix into my beer - very artificial and didn't integrate. I think they also used to put in their light lager, glad that's gone.
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  13. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    That was Chocolate Bock. I'm assuming that this will be a variant of that same beer made with cherries.
  14. nathanb47

    nathanb47 Initiate (193) Dec 14, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I had the Chocolate Cherry Bock at the brewery during Boston Beer Week and it was really good, my friends and I all wanted more of it, sadly we only got one or two small pours of it. It wasn't overpowering on both the chocolate and the cherry but it was sweet, kind of dessert like but still good
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  15. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Anybody know what's in the New Belgium Winter mix pack?
    Please be Old Cherry!
  16. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,110) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    I'll take that cherry chocolate bock all day!
  17. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,594) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    Maybe I'll pick it up. The bock seems interesting as long as it doesn't seem artificial (I'm concerned). It's been several years since I had Old Fezzi and I recall liking it and wishing they just put out a 6-pack of that during the holoday. The juniper IPA and the White Christmas will be new for me, although neither really excite me. The spicing of the winter lager was not to my liking the last I tried it, a couple years back. And Boston lager? I'd prefer Boston ale, just because I never see it in my market.
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  18. MilkManX

    MilkManX Disciple (305) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    No not my Holiday Porter?! :slight_frown:

    Would rather kept that one...
  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (631) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Get the fucking White Christmas and IPA out of the mix pack. An IPA replacing a porter and especially a witbier in a WINTER mix pack makes no sense.
  20. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (269) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Should have brought back the Maple Pecan Porter. That beer was too good to not brew anymore.
  21. nathanb47

    nathanb47 Initiate (193) Dec 14, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Im guessing the Juniper IPA is in it because it will taste like a Christmas tree, Id rather something else than a big piney ipa
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  22. BBAVUSO21

    BBAVUSO21 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2013 New York


    Opened my buddies fridge Saturday night and found this. it has begun. I refuse to buy the pack until the weather changes a bit. Couldn't help trying the cherry chocolate bock though. Was pretty good
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  23. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    That was in the Spring Thaw variety pack. I liked that as well. It seemed to be popular so it may return. If I had to guess, the 2014 Spring Thaw variety pack would be:
    Boston Lager
    Cold Snap [new seasonal, white ale]
    Escape Route [new secondary seasonal, K├Âlsch]
    Rebel IPA [new year-round IPA]
    Maple Pecan Porter
    Irish Red
  24. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    When else would you buy it?
  25. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Bummed that there's no holiday porter. I wonder if it will be available in sixers?

    White Christmas is nasty. Old Fezziwig is good stuff though, not sure if it warrants me buying a 12 pack though.
  26. Chiefy770

    Chiefy770 Devotee (426) Aug 20, 2011 Illinois

    I think Sam Adam's puts pretty good seasonal packs out. You get a variety of pretty good brews for an affordable price. By default I usually dislike at least one of the beers in the packs though. This looks like it could be a great pack. Chocolate Bock was pretty good, I do not like cherry flavored things so it will be interesting to see how the Cherry Chocolate Bock goes over. Can't wait to get this in my fridge!
  27. BigCheese

    BigCheese Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Can they just put the holiday porter label on one of these new beers atleast. That label is fucking classic.

    Atleast theres still Old Fezziwig.
  28. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    The coffee stout a few years ago was a really good addition too. I enjoy IPAs, but I'm not thrilled with seeing one in the winter mix pack. The wit has more business in there than that one in my opinion.
  29. fds

    fds Initiate (174) Aug 17, 2013 Nebraska
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    Bought it last Friday. Only had the Juniper and CCB so far. Juniper is a decent IPA, the CCB was pretty tasty, although I didn't have much as my girlfriend loved it and drank most of it.
  30. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (2,445) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    I think they will surprise and do the Holiday in 6 packs. If not, take a dollar less and go purchase a sixer of Founders porter, an even better Porter and screams a perfect cold weather treat.
  31. WVUbrew

    WVUbrew Devotee (430) Oct 12, 2013 North Carolina
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    At least they left out the atrocious Cranberry Lambic.
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  32. Jonada

    Jonada Champion (840) May 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    On the occasions that I get a random craving for it. Same as I do now.

    My main point is that I just don't get the benefit of putting it in the seasonal mix packs. I'm assuming their logic is along the lines of "If someone buys the winter pack, tries the Boston Lager and likes it, they'll be more likely to buy Boston Lager at other points throughout the year." I would disagree with that though, because I think 99% of people who are buying these winter favorites packs, have already had and formulated an opinion on Boston Lager, so I don't think you're getting a lot of newbies trying it for the first time. It comes off more like they didn't want to brew a 6th beer, so lets throw some BL in there.

    If I wanted Boston Lager, I'd buy Boston Lager.
  33. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    When I get a Folly Pack I'm reminded that Fat Tire is a great beer, I never buy a 6er of it so I look at it like a bonus. Don't look at it like they owe you 2 different beers, look at it like you got a bonus 2 beers.
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  34. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Devotee (489) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Like every year, I'll bring a 12-pack to Christmas dinner and that's about it. Hard to break away from my rotation of SN Celebration and more SN Celebration during November and December.
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  35. king75

    king75 Disciple (393) Jul 27, 2010 Michigan
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    I usually get the holiday pack from sam adams and am looking forward to the new additions minus white Christmas. If it is anything like the white ale from the holiday packs of the past I will be giving them away.
  36. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (218) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Funny this thread is popping up, as I was just thinking about this and what their lineup was going to be this year. White Christmas, meh. Not sure how I will feel about the Cherry Chocolate Bock but since it is getting favorable reviews, I may like it too (although I agree with the others who said that the Chocolate Bock was a bit artificial tasting and I found it to be a little too chocolate syrupy). I love Winter Lager and the Boston Lager and Old Fezziwig are always good (although I agree, time for something else besides the BL and I too have said that the Boston Ale would be an awesome addition to any of their mixed packs). Juniper IPA? Meh, probably one I will end up taking or leaving but another hoppy addition being added by SA for the craft beer masses, I suppose.

    And how can a mixed pack be called "Winter Favorites" when some of the beers are new?!?
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  37. SSSBR1509

    SSSBR1509 Initiate (157) Jan 12, 2013 Florida
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  38. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    If New Belgium sticks to the release schedule they announced with the addition of Revival beers to their Folly Packs, the winter pack should be Fat Tire, Ranger, 1554, Rampant and 2 Below.
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  39. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,170) Mar 18, 2010 California

  40. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (191) Feb 25, 2013 California
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    I'll tell you one beer that absolute SHOULD be in it but absolutely WONT be:

    Love that beer beyond words.
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