Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: English Strong Ale
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1681   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Each year the label has a different picture.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, yeast, hops, seaweed finings, carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
badhack (483) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
I expected something stronger and spiced (although the label makes no claim to either). Pours a hazy amber color with a soap bubble head. Flavor is lager like. Strong bread and malt flavor and a hint of spice and an English hop finish. Thin mouthfeel and seemed a bit flat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
NeilinSeattle (29) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2015
It’s a little weak for a winter ale. Seems more like a standard pale ale and an average one at that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Subliminal64 (82) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
Very faint ale smell. Pours a slightly cloudy amber colour. Head disappears quickly. Taste is as an ale should be, but has a hop aftertaste. Was expecting more spices. Good amount of carbonation. Overall I was happy with this purchase. Great quality ale, that is easy to drink. Being a Winter Ale, I was expecting more spice flavour. I will be looking for this one next year. MB The Beer Bearon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DerGantzel (261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2015
Aroma of roasty malt with a touch of spicyness and with notes of caramel, fruits and herbs. White head, not lasting very long. Clear reddish liquid. Medium bitter, medium sweet. Medium body, with a bit watery texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MetalNHopHead (1164) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Always great to taste something from Samuel Smith. Interestingly, Winter Welcome doesn’t quite attain the level of malty awesomeness achieved by their other brews. It’s creamy, caramel-y, and lightly hoppy. However, given that most of craft beer’s Winter Warmers are in some way inspired by the English Strong Ale, I expected the Tadcaster brewer to crush this style. Instead, it’s good but not within my expectations for one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1600) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2015
Aroma: dusty hops and berries. Flavour: sweet fruits and dark berries with a dry dirtlike aftertaste. Colour: reddish golden amber with an offwhite head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2755) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Attractive with a clear copper color and a thick white rocky head with a foamy lacing pattern. Grassy nose with a bit of caramel. Bland and inoffensive fast, nice syrupy mouthfeel. Overall not exciting, slightly above average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
migwell (271) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Three beers in a row reviewed with Winter in the name and 3 strikes... I may be out. This is a mild, smooth and weak brew, fairly lackluster but inoffensive and drinkable enough. Not one of Smith’s better efforts as it is the opposite of complex and interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (846) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Appearance: pours with a medium beige head, the beer is very clear, a nice amber color with maroon hues Aroma: cherry, bread, a bit faint Taste: very subtly sweet, perhaps some buttery flavor, not very bitter Palate: lively carbonation, light mouthfeel, sweet aftertaste Overall: not very complex, I pick up sweetness on the taste and aroma the most on this beer, I'm saying it's grape but could be cherry or some other sweet fruit, not so sweet it's not drinkable though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinator (1790) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Soft musky malt aroma. Pretty light copper color with a minimal head. Smooth with medium weight. Caramel, biscuit, malty with a little boozy bite.

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