Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Caj1:
3.94/5 rDev +13.5%
I tell you, this is a refreshing and warming beer for the cold weather months, if a bit understated. It pours a fairly standard straw-copper with moderate haze and a big but relatively fast-dissipating head, which falls away to moderate lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Smell is somewhat standard for Boston Beer Company's winter batches: the spice and orange are there, as well as a lot of bread dough and malt smells, as well as a little yeast. Taste is better, however: sweet, but without being cloying, and again the orange and nutmeg mingle nicely with the overall bready taste and somewhat heavy mouthfeel.
Bready qualities predominate in this brew; the first couple are good, but for extended drinking sessions this makes me quite full, as white ales tend to do. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but if it had more spiciness from the right amount and kinds of hops instead of relying solely on nutmeg and cinnamon, and if it were a little bit lighter, this would be a lot better. You can't really go wrong with White Christmas, but there are better white ales out there.
To good health and good beer.
01-23-2014 02:51:47 | More by Caj1
More User Reviews:
3.48/5 rDev +0.3%
This beer was a hazy orange color with a very small white head.
The aroma was mostly citrus, with a bit of spice. Some grain,
Orange taste, coriander, and a little cinnamon. Cereal in the background.
This was a pleasant enough beer, just not that exciting. Taken in context, I think it went well in the Winter 12 pack, however.
12-15-2012 20:38:38 | More by lordofthewiens
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
A: hazy yellow with a white head. leaves no lacing, no head retention.
S: nutmeg, cinnamon are very noticeable. there is also corriander and slight citrus
T: Spice is overpowering for me. It's like the smell of my grandma's house is covering up a pretty decent witbier.
M: light, bubbly on the tongue. I personally would prefer less carbonation. not bad by any means but nothing special.
Overall a pretty average beer. would be improved with better head retention, less spice/more beer taste, and slightly less carbonation.
12-01-2012 05:44:11 | More by SAxDRC5
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date
LOOK: Hazed golden straw hue, sufficient lacing
SMELL: Fruit cake spicing, bready, sweet, mildly plummy, hint of alcohol
TASTE: Smooth, moderate sized body, a bit slick, assertive spiciness, light breath of alcohol, semi-sweet, slightly bready, peppery, ripe pears, spicy grainy finish
Not half bad, sort of an odd ball to the group. Would have love to see this amped up to 7% abv or a bit more but they kept it safe. I'm sure they'll be snatched up during any holiday parties being a witbier and all.
12-17-2012 04:25:20 | More by Jason
3.78/5 rDev +8.9%
12 ounce bottle, enjoy before March notched onto the side of the label.
Pours hazed lighter apricot amber. Minor off white head, thin collar and fine bars of lace.
Light holiday spice on the nostrils. Ehh nothing too special.
Delicate wit, some coriander, and other typical seasonal spicing. Easy drinking and pleasant enough, holiday feel here is fairly subtle. Decent stuff, but nothing you need to run out and buy.
Would work with craft beer newbies at a holiday party....
12-01-2012 23:00:21 | More by Billolick
3.1/5 rDev -10.7%
Appearance: 3/4 inch head, hazy, orange-brown in color, high carbonation
Smell: orange, cinnamon, and Belgian spices
Taste: bread, cinnamon, clove, light orange, an other Belgian spices.
Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied with medium-high carbonation
Overall: An average witbier. I like the light holiday spices, but I would not get this outside of the holiday sampler. One of the weaker beers I have seen in the winter sampler.
11-22-2013 14:57:20 | More by tigg924
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.