Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
Another shout out to AngieBaby for supplying our little get together with this offering. It poured an orange-kissed gingerbread coloring, with two fingers of egg white foam creeping up the edges of our generic pint glasses. This retained decently, showing crystalline spider webs of lacing all around. A thick haze was noted, but in the absence of sediment. Carbonation appeared to be medium, and composed of thick bubbles rising at a steady clip to the top. The aroma gave a generic witty base of bleached white flour, orange peel essence, lightly toasted wheat malt, and phenolic clove, all overlaid by pinches of ground cinnamon, ethanol, nutmeg, allspice, dried cranberries and blueberries, pine sap, boiled plums, dried oregano, sticky caramel sugars, raspberry tea, and minty leafiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely seasonal and spicy, but generally muted all around. As we sipped, the taste began with that same wheaty wetness provided in the nose, along with fruity cranberry and orange tartness, faint diacetyls of cheap bakery goods, adjuncty metallics, white flour, chewy yeastiness, cherry blossom florals, twiggy earthiness, and black pepper spiciness. The middle came to a peak with toasty wheat, pale, and soft caramel maltiness, spice of cinnamon, gingerbread, black pepper, and nutmeg, phenolic bite of medicinals and clove, and distant white sugar sweetness. The end washed through with warmed waxiness, board chalk, white flour, herbal orange tea tannins, lavender, cinnamon lick, powdered sugar, heavy wheaty graininess, ink, phenolic clove, burnt plastics, and gentle grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathed with surprising hoppy stickiness of grassy and piney varietals, toasted pale and caramel grain, wet wheat, heavy well water, cheesecloth, burnt toffee, plastics, cranberry fruitiness, and warming gingerbread spiciness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium to high, becoming a bit harsh if swirled too vigorously around the mouth. Each sip gave decently slurp, smack, cream, froth, and sip but, at times, came across thinned and watery. The mouth was left wet and briefly coated, with quick tannic dryness spreading across the entire tasting field. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well enough.
Overall, the best things about White Christmas were its aroma and its drinkability. We enjoyed the aroma for its spicy inclusions, driving it deeper and making it aptly seasonal. The drinkability, on the other hand, simply facilitated being able to slug these guys back. While it was technically flawed in its overly watered airiness, this exponentially increased how easily it was sipped. Otherwise, we were disappointed that the flavoring didn’t express the same level of suitability that the nose did. Each component sat on its own, with the generic gritty grain underlying the spices and fruity tops. These never really came together, and were only loosely approximated by heavy wateriness. Harsh comments aside, this, as with their Blackberry Wit, hit the spot for what it was, and had its moment amongst friends who spent an evening catching up.
12-18-2013 13:59:27 | More by TheBrewo
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)
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