PW's Year of Beer: Samuel Adams Cold Snap

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at

For four years running, Samuel Adams have released a new white ale, each under a different name. You’d be forgiven for suspecting that they are all the same beer rebranded to draw renewed interest—White Ale, White Lantern, White Christmas and now Cold Snap—but Cold Snap makes clear that similarities in style and ingredients aside, they are very different beers. This newest addition to their lineup packs a big orange candy punch that offers a yummy, Creamsicle sweetness. It’s completely unexpected but oddly perfect for chilly evenings. Hints of spice and herbal hops balance things just enough so you don’t feel like you’re drinking candy, but it’s those fruity overtones that are the star of the show. This beer was a pleasant surprise; more, please, Mr. Koch! Try Cold Snap at Flanigan’s Boathouse, Bar-ly Chinatown and Brick & Brew.

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