Samuel Adams Cold Snap

Reviewed by on February 19, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Boston Beer Company

  • Origin: Boston, MA, USA

  • Rated On: February 18, 2014

  • Best Before: Jan 2015

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Cold Snap is Samuel Adams’ (the Boston Beer Company) winter 2014 seasonal offering, a witbier at that.  Given that it’s not just been we up here in the Great White North who’ve had to deal with the eponymous weather conditions these past few months, this is a gentle reminder of hopefully bygone days, at least for another year.

This 355ml bottle pours a rather cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy dirty white head, which leaves some nice random exploding snow bank lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of that particular blend of semi-sweet fruity orange flesh and muted coriander spice, lightly bready wheat malt, and further lemon and grassy hop notes. The taste is quite in line with the aroma – the spice and fruit leads things off, as the orange gets a bit musty, and the coriander holds firm – with a visit from some faintly spicy white ginger – a nicely even, lightly toasted caramel and wheat malt, fading lemon pie esters, and mild leafy, grassy hops.  The carbonation is genuinely soft and innocuous, the body a decent medium weight for the style, and unaffectedly smooth, with some ethereal hints of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the muddled citrus fruitiness and dulled spiciness blending well enough with the lingering bready, wheat grain sweetness.

A drinkable and enjoyable enough version of a witbier, one sort of faded around the edges, but the meat of the matter is still intact. Which is all fine and good, but this is certainly a warm(er) weather offering, so I’m thinking there’s something lost in translation – up here, a ‘cold snap’ is a prolonged period of sub-zero temperatures – I’m guessing that BBC assumes a different stress, as in ‘a snap to the existing cold’ i.e. springtime, y’all!

Brady White



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