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  • Writer's pictureSean Tinney

Beer Spotlight: Sam Adams Cold Snap

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Samuel Adams is famous for its seasonal beers and delicious flavors. Each season, The Boston Beer Company subsidiary releases what have become fan favorites and alternatives to the craft beer pioneer, Boston Lager.

The first seasonal of the New Year is here at Bridge City Beverage: Sam Adams Cold Snap. Although it’s still winter here in Pittsburgh, Cold Snap’s bright citrus notes and smooth body come to push away the bitter cold and welcome a new season of beer drinking.

Sam Adams Cold Snap is a White Ale or, Witbier, available from January to March. Bridge City Beverage carries Cold Snap in 6-, 12-, and 24-pack cans and bottles.

What is a White Ale or Witbier?

White Ale and Witbier are interchangeable; translated from Flemish, “Witbier” means “white beers.” The style originated in Belgium and is refreshing, crisp, and balanced with subtle spicy notes of coriander and clove. These beers are unfiltered and top-fermented creating the hazy appearance we associate with the style.

White beers use hops sparingly to restrict bitterness output and keep the spice and citrus notes at the forefront of taste and aroma. The main ingredients in a white beer are yeast and coriander. Like most Belgian styles, a witbier employs yeast that offers those citrus and spice notes we talked about, with coriander to take them to the next level. This is precisely what you get with Cold Snap.

Samuel Adams Cold Snap Beer Specs

Name: Cold Snap

Brewery: Samuel Adams, Boston Beer Company

From: Boston, Massechuusettes

Style: White Ale/Witbier

ABV: 5.3%

IBUs: 12

Hops: Hallertau Mitterlfrueh German Noble hops

Yeast: Samuel Adams House Ale yeast

Taste: Full body and smooth with notes of citrus and subtle grassiness. Wheat flavors with a floral aroma and hint of spice that you would expect from a white/witbier. Long finish on the palate that differs from other beers in the style.

For more information on Cold Snap and its availability or questions about another beer, give us a call or stop in; we’re open seven days a week.


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