Samuel Adams Cold Snap, a Belgian-style Witbier brewed by the Boston Beer Company

Samuel Adams Cold Snap is a Belgian-style Witbier brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a bottle.

Packaging art for the Samuel Adams Cold Snap by Boston Beer Company

Packaging art for the Samuel Adams Cold Snap by Boston Beer Company

Appearance

The Wit pours a slightly hazy burnt orange and is topped by a thick cap of dense white foam that shows fair retention. An aggressive pour yields the best results. The reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.

Aroma

The aroma wafts orange peel and coriander.

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Flavor

Doughy wheat bread and a light citrus gradually crest to tart orange peel, spiced with pepper and coriander. Notes of yeast banana round out the finish.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and soft with moderate carbonation.

Label art for the Samuel Adams Cold Snap by Boston Beer Company

Label art for the Samuel Adams Cold Snap by Boston Beer Company

Overall

The aroma is pleasant. Its appearance shows a bit too much clarity and its head retention could be better. Smooth and creamy feel isn’t as effervescent as preferred. Refreshingly tart palate. The Samuel Adams Cold Snap is a nice Witbier but not one that rises to the level of the better Belgians Wits.

Recommended Pairings

Samuel Adams recommends the following food pairings with their Cold Snap Wit: smoked salmon, pork empanadas, sushi, Indian Food, lamb curry, and Shrimp Pad Thai; desserts of orange-ginger ricotta tart, spiced cake with vanilla ice Cream, and Panna cotta.

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