Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by mfnmbvp:
2.93/5 rDev -15.6%
12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before March 2014. Another seasonal release from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety twelve pack. The third beer from the variety pack this year to be brewed with cinnamon and orange peel, with nutmeg replacing the ginger. Expectations are fairly low, I remember being unimpressed with this offering last year, but I'll give it another go.
Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.
A - Pours two fingers of soft white fizz, audibly sizzling away. Body is a light lemon-orange colored body with tons of active carbonation freaking out in the glass. Looks alright for what it is.
S - Smell is of dusty grains, bubblegum malt, fizzing soapy carbonation, and some orange juice zest. Not doing anything for me.
T - Taste follows the nose: grainy wheat, bubblegum malt, some dry spice probably from the cinnamon & nutmeg but to me it tastes more like ginger zest, and some lightly citric orange creamsicle. The orange tastes slightly artificial, and the rest of the beer has a pretty poor depth of flavor. Again, not doing it for me.
M - Feel goes down soft, smooth, wet, and creamy. Light-bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, I found this to be a pretty bland and uninspired offering from Samuel Adams. Witbiers aren't my favorite style to begin with, but this still has to be one of the less interesting examples of the style that I've had. One of the lesser beers from the variety pack; I would almost prefer the Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock over this one.
Samuel Adams White Christmas ---3/5.
12-11-2013 22:48:45 | More by mfnmbvp
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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