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Samuel Smith
Winter Welcome

Original imported winter ale. Full, rich flavor; deep amber color; creamy mouthfeel

The History of Winter Welcome

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, a festival to celebrate winter and the beer that goes with it, predates the Christian era. 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.


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."

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.


92 points, Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2016

Gold Medal - World Beer Championships, 2014

Four stars, ". . . layers of fruit, malt, spice, and earth tones that marry perfectly with great balance and style. A classic that nearly begs for smoked meats and young cheddar." - BevX.com, Dec. 2009

"This joyously rich, creamy, malty wonder is still the benchmark." - Christmas Beer, Don "Joe Sixpack" Russell, 2008

"Best beer I've ever had." - Northwest Brew News

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.)

Samuel Smith Winter Welcome

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