Samuel Smith

Winter Welcome Ale

Honey-amber colored, creamy head of small bubbles, floral aroma and delicious caramel malt flavor with great finesse. Fine hop aroma finish and a fruity note from fermentation in open-topped stone “Yorkshire Squares.”

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Inviting winter warmer
ABV: 6.0% - OG: 1.056 - IBU: 32
Water, barley malt, hops, yeast.

Throughout history, beer of somewhat higher alcohol and richness has been enjoyed for the winter holidays, when old friends get together to enjoy the season. Wassail is a festival to celebrate winter and the beer that goes with it. Winter Welcome is vintage-dated with a special label each year, and was first shipped to the US in 1990 – it was the first imported winter seasonal beer. Serve in a traditional Sam Smith tulip or nonik glass for the holidays.

Serving Suggestion

Roast goose, smoked turkey with oyster dressing, rack of lamb, candied yams, Smithfield hams, fresh pears and apples, Christmas cake. Serve in crystal tumblers, or traditional Yorkshire tulip or nonik pint glasses. Serve at 51°F.

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Stats and Nutrition

Product Sizes and Quantities
18.7 ounce (550 ml) "Victorian Pint" bottles / 12 per case
12 ounce (355 ml) bottles / 6 - 4 packs per case
ABV: 6.0% - OG: 1.056 - IBU: 32
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops, yeast.
Nutritional Info
Serving Size - 12 oz. (355 ml). Calories: 210; Total Fat 0 g (0% Daily Value); Sodium 30 mg (1% DV); Total Carbohydrates 15 g (5% DV); Sugars 1 g; Protein 2 g (4% DV). (Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)


World Beer Championships
December 2019
The Spruce Eats "It's the perfect example of a winter warmer. . ."
December 2019
Spirited Magazine "An exceptional revisit: packed with pristine caramels, toffee and a spicy undertone of hops. It's a classic winter option that still disappears."
Jan./Feb. 2018.
Beverage Testing Institute
November, 2017
4/5 Stars, Highly Recommended
Spirit Journal
December 2016
Beverage Testing Institute
Four of Five Stars, Very Good
Celebrator Beer News
December 2016/January 2017 "The aroma is very complex offering scents of toasted malt, sweet caramel, dried fruits (like a great fruit cake), and a balancing earthy bitterness. The palate echoes the nose delivering a rich caramel and grain-driven core with a generous dose of baking spices and dry grains with earthy hops. Full-bodied with a lush texture ideally balancing power with delicacy."
"This joyously rich, creamy, malty wonder is still the benchmark." - Christmas Bee
Don "Joe Sixpack" Russell
"Best beer I've ever had."
Northwest Brew News