Samuel Adams Cold Snap

Witbier Boston Beer Company


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

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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.


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.


The aroma wafts orange peel and coriander.


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.


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


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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About the Witbier

The Belgian Witbier dates back four centuries and all but vanished by the 1950s. The style was revived at Hoegaarden and its popularity has grown during the modern craft beer movement. The wheat ale ranges in color from pale straw to gold and has moderate alcohol strength. Its feel is dry and slightly creamy with a medium-light to medium body. Effervescent from high carbonation. Light bready malt with little to no hop bitterness. Bright orange citrus flavor typically spiced with coriander.