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Sam Adams Winter Classics Pack 2013?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by eagles7251, Oct 21, 2013.

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  1. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Can someone tell me why Sam Adams only puts their good stuff in 12packs with a bunch of crummy beers? I mean sure the variety packs are great and all, and I've found many a good beer in them, but why don't they sell those individually? My gf loved Chocolate Bock but no way in hell would I buy another 12pk just for 2 more of those beers.
  2. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Crusader (781) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan
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    Grocery store by me breaks it up and sells as singles, think that might be illegal. However, 6-pack of Old Fezziwig here I come.
  3. MilkManX

    MilkManX Disciple (305) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    I would buy 12's of Old Fezziwig any day.
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  4. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (655) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Does anyone remember what was in the original?

    Was it Boston Lager, Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig, Winter Lager, Cranberry Lambic, and Cream Stout?

    If so, I'd take that any day over this one. Everyone complained about the Cranberry Lambic....but all in all that's not bad.

    I think my favorite was a few years ago, I believe it was Boston Lager, Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig, Winter Lager, Cappucino Stout, and Chocolate Bock.
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  5. BasterdInABasket

    BasterdInABasket Aspirant (247) Nov 8, 2010 Wisconsin

    I haven't seen twelve packs yet but I have seen winter cases: 12 Fat Tire, 6 Ranger, 6 Accumulation.. So much for variety.
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  6. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    Yikes. That is an unappealing selection to say the least.
  7. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (271) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    I forgot Maple Pecan Porter was in the spring pack. That doesnt scream "spring beer" to me.
  8. jzlyo

    jzlyo Poo-Bah (1,604) Mar 4, 2012 Iowa

    I wish they would've left off White Christmas and gone with Holiday Porter instead, didn't really care for the spices in WC.
  9. Snowdog

    Snowdog Initiate (15) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio
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    I was happy to see Cranberry Lambic removed from this pack..but then they had the balls to release it in 6 packs last year. I would have loved to see the sales figures on that move.

    Since they can put that crap in 6 packs, Where is Chocolate Bock in 6 packs???..they could sell a boatload of this.
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  10. JimboHD2005

    JimboHD2005 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2007 Illinois

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  11. rkentb

    rkentb Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2012 District of Columbia

    I love the winter lager.
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  12. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    Bought the Sam Adams mixed 24 winter variety pack. A mixed 24 case for $22.49? Sam Adams continues to impress.

    Here in Chicago mother nature finally threw in the towel and decided to align her seasons with the brewers. Its about damn time. Its been cold here all week, already scraped ice off the windshield and saw some flurries.

    It says on the case "Samuel Adams Winter Lager *Ale in Texas". What does this mean? If Texans are getting some sort of winter version of the Boston Ale I'm gonna be pissed. Must be some stupid law. Does that mean that they cannot call it a lager in Texas, or do they actually ship an Ale to Texas?

    I only got 4 Old Fezziwigs but I am going to start hording these. All I have to do is buy one of these cases every week, hide the Fezziwigs, and have my friends over for football. The Juniper IPA isn't bad. Haven't tried the cherry chocolate bock yet but I like every other beer in this case.
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  13. JG-90

    JG-90 Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 New Jersey

    It is. As far as I remember, there are ABV limits by different states depending on what a beer is labeled as.

    I'm sure others will be able to shed some more light but like you guessed it is just some stupid law.
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  14. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    Old Fezziwig and the Holiday Porter are my favorite SA brews! I always look forward to the Winter Variety Pack!
  15. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    No Holiday Porter this year unfortunately.
  16. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Initiate (93) Aug 16, 2010 Texas

    Old label law here in Texas. Anything over 5.5 or something like that had to be referred to as ale. No longer required though.
  17. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Zealot (552) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Are you going to wait until you have a massive stockpile of fezzywigs and then just pick a day and totally go for the big one? Just asking, no one is judging just curious.
  18. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Disciple (313) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    Cherry chocolate bock? That sounds great.
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  19. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
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    Your damn right
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  20. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Disciple (384) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio
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    Why haven't I seen this yet... I miss Ol' Fezzi!
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  21. thatinvisibo

    thatinvisibo Initiate (187) Sep 5, 2005 California

    Are you serious? That better be because they decided to put it in 6-packs this year. That's half the reason to get the mix.
  22. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    And the other half is for Fezzi!?!
  23. thatinvisibo

    thatinvisibo Initiate (187) Sep 5, 2005 California

    Damn straight. Both are true holiday classics. This is probably why they changed the name to "Winter Favorites"...
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  24. elchicodelgado

    elchicodelgado Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Texas

    They used to label higher ABV stuff as "malt liquor" in TX which was because of our antiquated laws. Fun story-One night in college I drank way too much including a Sam Adams seasonal when I saw the malt liquor thing. Drunk me and my friends called the Sam Adams 800 number and slurred this ridiculous message about how it's BS that they are trying to pass cheap malt liquor off as real beer and I demanded a response. I slurred my email address, hung up, passed out and forgot about the whole affair. Two weeks later I got a really nice email about how it wasn't really malt liquor and they had to label it as such due to our laws. They even offered to send me stickers and other swag if I emailed them my address. I was equal parts impressed and embarrassed so I never responded...
  25. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    Oh, it is.

    The Juniper IPA needs to be made year-round as well. They knocked it out of the park with this years Winter sampler. The taste/$ ratio is stellar. This household will be buying more than a couple of these 12 packs.
  26. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    Be nice if they wld include some of the "O.G" brews that were in Holiday packs, ie..Scotch Ale (no need for Boston Lager..EVERYONE pretty much knows what your Flagship beer taste like nowadays). I used to be a big Sam Adams guy, a handful of yrs ago when I was 1st getting into the "craft" scene. Meh, not Real into any of them much anymore..graduated to some bttr offerings. :wink:
    - still dwn w/ them kinda, just dont buy much of their stuff..a cpl I like from the Holidays. I think I've had almost everything they make. Hell, their brand is Really what Started me. I always rep them to "Newbies" who ask me for beer advice. Its a Great way to train that Palate..they make so many diff kinds now, if u cant find something u like (2 start u on your way dwn the craft road) you really just Dont appreciate the taste of a good beer or maybe even know what that means.
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  27. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (655) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    How long before the "winter" mix pack is all IPAs?
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  28. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    Booooo..dont know why they do stuff likes this. Boston Lager still make the cut?! Lol..everyone knows what it taste like & its around all yr. I get the "marketing" thing but Come on!
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  29. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    I'd be More interested in That tho..maybe :wink:
  30. Local_Yeti

    Local_Yeti Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2013 New York

    I've never understood the theories behind what stays and what goes at Sam Adams. Some of the very best beers they've made, are no longer on the brew bill. Everybody knows Sam Adams for Boston Lager, but truth be told, it can't hold a candle to many of their other brews.

    I'd personally reach for the Old Fezziwig or Holiday Porter any day, over a boston lager!
  31. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Disciple (342) May 1, 2011 Maine

    I like Holiday Porter but I can live without it. I can't believe they put White Shitmas in the pack again this year though. It's almost as nasty as Cranberry Lambic. I drank my second bottle last year just after the best by date and it wasn't quite as bad because the spices had faded a bit. If I end up getting the Winter pack this year I'll probably hold off on that one for awhile.
  32. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    Its a OLD Texas law, I am sure Jess has posted about this a 100 times.

    BTW I HATE OLD fizzlewig, yuck yuck yuck......
  33. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Aspirant (238) Feb 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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  34. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    THE SA website says its not even being currently brewed.:grimacing:
  35. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (226) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    When Sierra Nevada's entire lineup is nothing but IPAs, so very soon.
  36. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (226) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    That's your prices and you're lucky, but I am sure here in PA it is going to be the usual $34+ at most places. Which is amazing considering some of the stuff is brewed here! :confused:
  37. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Aspirant (238) Feb 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    This is horse shit.

    It's not the best porter out there, but it's a winter/christmas staple!
  38. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    I'm bummed about the exclusion of the Holiday Porter. Isn't that the label with the colonial guy carrying the barrel into a pub on a snowy day? Love that label. I'm sure I'll still be getting the mix pack nonetheless. It's a Christmas tradition so I must be drinking some of those on Christmas Eve as we host our usual giant family gathering. Of course, Celebration and some other beloved brews will make their appearances as well. This thread is actually getting me jacked up for the holidays!
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  39. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    The first 5 were annual staples for the longest time, and then they'd rotate the 6th. Cream Stout, Black Lager, Scotch Ale, etc, etc...

    Can't believe they're not including Holiday Porter this year. That was such a fan favorite - I can only hope it's going into 6-packs...
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  40. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    My favorite pack to date was the 2011 with holiday porter, old fezzi, chocolate bock, and black and brew. (plus Boston lager and winter lager)
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