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Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas

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Ratings: 1076
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%


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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012)
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claytri

Maryland

4.69/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a nice light gold with a crisp white head that has real staying power. The aroma is pretty much aniseed, but at a very pleasant level and character. Since that's what I expected (and what I liked about it) it works for this beer. They really did a great job with the taste on this one. It has a nice light malty character with good fruitiness, and then the Aniseed at just the right level to be all over it, but still allow the other tastes there rightful place. A home run Wit in my opinion. The feel is light and a bit oily. This was one of the best efforts for a Wit I've had in a while. Great job with the spicing.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 17:15:04 | More by claytri
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Rhf9120

Rhode Island

4.64/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So this was a definite yes for me. Upon opening the bottle you get hit with the scent of the spices. The beer tastes just as described and if I could compare it to something it would be a spic cake with hits of beer. I really enjoined this beer however those who don't like heavily spiced beers I would not recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:49:44 | More by Rhf9120
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance is amazing on this beer. A very bright golden color with a nice haziness to it. A very refreshing column of bubbles rises up and and creates a thick, fluffy white head that doesn't go away at all.
Smell is fantastic. All the usual Christmas spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and citrus. Really solid smells.
Taste is great. So much better than all of the other Christmas ales on the market. Instead of the usual stout base, there is a strong wheat and citrus base. The spices feed off that very nicely and become the star.
Mouthfeel has a nice refreshing crispness to it.
Drinkability is awesome on this Christmas Ale. A great load of spices with a lower alcohol than most, makes this beer one to drink a 6 pack or more of. Great selection that I am glad I got a 6 pack of. I need to get to the store to get more before its out.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:51:19 | More by BDIMike
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mynie

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Included in the holiday mix pack I buy every year because I love old fezzywig.

Pours dark for a wit. Smells... wow. Like a surprisingly well balanced, complex blend of good witbier yeast spices and dull, blue fruit. Clove and black pepper but also... blackberries, I think.And lots of orange and cinnamon.

Tastes really good, too. It plays up the heavy, spicy yeast that's the trademark of SA brews. Starts off pretty much like a good, spicy wit, but then it segues into a middle that's like something out of New Glarus: the orange peel dominates, which gives the whole rest of the beer a nice vibe of subdued fruit. It ends with fruit, cinnamon, and whitepepper wheatmalt.

Well, shit. If this were from another brewer the reviews would be a bit better, I think. I like to give credit where credit is due, and it's nice to see SA finally brewing one-offs that play to their strengths, instead of pitiably aping the styles that other brewers are doing. This is a Sam Adams beer, and a damn good one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:59:19 | More by mynie
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orangish yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - the nose is very nice; vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

T - vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, faint citrus, wheat

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is much better than I had expected. Some of the spices used are the typical ones: ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. But then there's the addition of vanilla which adds a rich, creamy taste. This is definitely not a typical witbier. I could definitely have several of these with family during the holidays. I'll probably pick up some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:59:20 | More by tdm168
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like orange juice, with a quickly receiding quarter finger of white head. No lacing.

S - Banana, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust. Not what I expected, but good!

T - Banana, cinnamon, lots of pie crust, a bit pumpkiny as well. I can't believe nobody else has picked up on this.

M - Almost no carbonation with a medium body.

O - Overall, my favorite out of the winter classics pack. Would be a great beer for the fall as well as the winter. I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:07:44 | More by SometimesIfart
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The 12oz bottle pours into a glass a sort of dark, hazy caramel color with a nice, tight white head. I really like the aroma on this one. There is the typical corriander and pepper and lemon spice of most SA white ales, but there is also a nice cinnamon and vanilla cookie aroma that is quite nice.

I am really liking the flavor here. More vanilla cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadiness, almost a hint of my favorite pumpkin beer Pumking. There is some kind of aftertaste that I cant explain that is really nice; its like a fresh baked sugar cookie.

I dont know if everyone else is missing something, but I really enjoyed this one. From the first sip to the last, it was tasty. The mouthfeel could use some work: for some reason, festive beer should be more chewy than this one presents. Give me a mixed six of this and Fezziwig and my holidays would be "all set".

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 22:57:32 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Best before March '13

A - Light golden with a great haziness to it. Medium sized white head falls to a small cap. Little bits of lacing left on the glass.

S - Get a nice aroma of sweet orange peel and a lot of wheat. Floral with a bit of coriander here. Medicinal phenols.

T - Slight bit of sweetness right away. Grainy malt gives way to big twangy wheat character. Flavor dries up towards the end and has a well crafted spiced finish. I get that pseudo pumpkin beer quality. Allspice and nutmeg are easy to pick up on but don't overwhelm.

M - Medium-light body works perfect, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - A lot of wheat crammed into this brew. Aroma shows good complexity and traditional wit characters. Taste is dominated by wheat but finishes with a cool curveball. Great feel and appearance to the beer. Throws a good switch to a common summer style, a good excuse to enjoy wit in winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:06:54 | More by Jparker37
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas on a whim, and I'm glad I did. I haven't been so pleasantly surprised by one of their holiday beers since Old Fezziwig perked up my taste buds decades ago.

It's just a full bodied witbier with cinnamon and nutmeg added, but it's nicely done and perfectly accented by the spice... and sometimes that's all it takes, just taking a simple idea or common thing and adding a little bit of something extra to it. This, of course, is not the first amped-up witbier with holiday spices that's even been done, but it's been done very well.

I won't go into the specific details of the beer (color, clarity, head retention, body and so on) because I doubt that's necessary here, but I'll say that I find it remarkably well balanced. In fact, by the time I'd taken my second sip it occurred to me that it might just be the best (spiced) holiday beer that I've ever tasted. The cinnamon is clearly present but not overdone, and the nutmeg comes through nicely as well. The wheaty malt is full, but not cloying or sweet - there's only 8 IBU's to it, but the spice steps in where needed.

Worth trying for sure!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 00:04:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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John_R_Strayer

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in Tulip glass.

Great light smooth Christmas Beer. If you are not into the heavy ales, porters, and stouts that the winter time yields this is your beer. Very similar to their retired white ale.

Beer poured smooth. Very crisp clean aroma of spices and citrus. Hazy color.

Taste was outstanding, light, crisp, and fresh.

Breath of fresh air in the heavy winter time beer arena.

I wish that Sam Adams would either make this beer year round or bring back their standard white ale.

My only regret is not buying more.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 00:12:01 | More by John_R_Strayer
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Seekerpilgrim

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can see how cloudy it is even through the bottle, and as you pour it it's easy to mistake it's pale straw color as a pure wheat beer. There IS wheat in here, as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel, all of which mixed to form a complex aroma, all well as hints of lemon and nutmeg. This may be too busy for some people, but if you give it a change you'll find the flavor a refreshing melange of sweet crispness and creamy body, where nothing stands out on the tongue, a delicious blend of melody and harmony and probably the most well balanced beer I've had yet.

I wouldn't have it with food because there is so much going on here, but it would be perfect after dinner, sitting around the fireplace and talking with family or friends. Cheers, and a very Merry Christmas to you all!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:07:39 | More by Seekerpilgrim
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wit Christmas? This beer is a hazy straw color with a brilliant white head. Plenty of effervescence, with clearly visible bubble streams. The smell is spicy, with a notable holiday bend (not a normal coriander wit, but instead a bit strong on nutmeg). The smell is sweet as well, with some pale malt and wheat notes, and a bit of citrus and stone fruit. The taste is solid. Better than expected....bready and mildly spicy. Good balance and very drinkable. Fuller in body than typical witbiers, but very appropriate. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 22:51:09 | More by Suds
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scottyb88

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a mild head and minimal lacing

S-sweet citrus, nutmeg and a little bit of clove

T-sugar cookie, lemon/orange, and nutmeg or clove; everything is in balance with a fairly dry finish

M-typical sam adams mouthfeel-medium with good carbonation

O-one of the better seasonal offerings from sam adams imo; I'm reviewing it more as a flavored white ale rather than a belgian witbier style in mind

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 05:29:34 | More by scottyb88
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artdob

California

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of the 2012 Winter variety pack and trying this one first as it appears to be the new addition this year.

Pours a hazy yellow orange color. Small white snowy head subsides rather quickly leaving a smallish sudsy white layer on the top of the beer.

The nose is inviting with layers of tart oranges , grapefruit, holiday spices of nutmeg, cinammon, and floral characteristics.

I find this beer to be complex on the palate. Much going on here. Similar characteristics as on the nose, but in waves of deep layers - very good!

Better than average mouthfeel caps off this beer.

Definitely a repeater.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:25:36 | More by artdob
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint, golden yellow pour, medium head, light lacing. It has a sweet aroma, lots of cinoamon and clove. The cinamon and cloves are very prominant, lingering sweetness on the finish. The body is light, moderate carbonation, very sessionable. A very enjoyable beer, the spices worked for me, not really a traditional wit, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 04:04:18 | More by bonkers
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Halcyondays

California

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A couple 12 oz. bottles from the mix-pack,

A: Pours a classic yellow to goldenrod with a small white head. Good head retention, solid spotty lace.

S: Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange, almost smells like a spiced cider. Some bready wheat notes tells me that I'm smelling a beer though. Nice use of winter spice.

T: The taste as with the nose has a bit of a spiced cider thing. Maybe it's the overt cinnamon tricking me, there is no tartness, heavy fruit or other hallmark of winter cider I get aside from the cinnamon, so I'll leave it at that. The spice is very nice and blends with the wheat and malt for a nice tasty spiced witbier. Very good stuff.

M: Medium-bodied, seems a bit richer than the 5.8%. Very creamy, glides across the tongue on the finish. Elegant.

O: This is a really nice unique spiced beer that's a great addition to the Winter mix pack. Too bad I only get 2 of them in this thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 06:17:45 | More by Halcyondays
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back from an unbelievable wedding in Key West, and back to the business of reviewing beer. Bought the Sam Adams mix pack (as I do every season) and looking forward to this one.

Cloudy gold in appearance. Head quickly reduces to a ring around the glass. Orange peel/citrus aroma.

Initial flavor very Blue Moon-like. However, some other flavors start hitting the palate - cinnamon especially, but also wheat and some spice notes. Orange peel hits home again in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied though highly drinkable and a nice addition to Sam Adams Holiday lineup. This beer would work in Spring/Summer as well. I hope it comes back next year.

By the way - I hope to go back to Key West numerous times, however the bars are a little disappointing when it comes to craft beer. The highlight for me was the "Loaded Landshark" at Margaritaville, which is a Landshark Lager (awful on it's own) spiked with lime tequila. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:39:32 | More by Celtics76
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BeerManDan

California

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a hazy golden yellow with a reddish hue. The smell of sweet spices filled the nose with a very pleasant aroma. When tasted, there was yeasty nutmeg, cinnimon, with what seems to be a hint of allspice or corriander. What a pleasant, not to sweet or bitter. A well balance of component to make this years Christmas Ale a very, very pleasant surprise. Another winner from Boston Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 23:32:57 | More by BeerManDan
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Fergyx825

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: an orange cloudy pour with medium head and some remaining head after the pour. This is perfect for a witbier.

Smell: Smells of spices, coriander and a little bit of citrus hit my nose as i inhale this beer. This smells very similar of most witbiers. Nothing stands out to me.

Taste: A very sweet squashy taste. It is not so much a citrus smell consisting of orange or lemon, but more pumpkin or a sweet squash. I also notice the spices in this beer, this reminds me a lot of a pumpkin ale. I wasn't expecting this but its tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, but a light beer. This doesn't couple itself nicely with the rest of the beer. Witbiers are supposed to be lighter than most beers, but this is a happy medium.

Overall: this was an interesting change up on a winter seasonal beer. It was a witbier with hints of a squashy taste. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:40:46 | More by Fergyx825
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Nagol

New York

4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, cloudy golden brown with a small head. Smells great. A nice spice with the scent of the citrus standing out. Taste is awesome. Perfect for winter. Hint of citrus and spice perfectly balanced by the cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is also good. Goes down smooth, not too carbonated. This is probably my favorite seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 05:23:08 | More by Nagol
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Very cloudy, peachy orange body. Thick finger of gauzy, eggshell white head. Nice lacing. Wheaty, witty nose. Accents of orange zest, lemon, and spices. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe juniper. Not bad.

Soft, wheaty malt up front. Light sweetness. Bready. Light clove and banana, before citrus and spice take over. Orange zest with some lemon. Muddled holiday spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly). Bready, wheatiness reclaims the finish, with lingering spices and citrus. Medium bodied, with a protein-y wheat, smooth feel. Not as bad as I was expecting. Kind of a nice change of pace from all the porters, stouts, and Celebration I've been drinking lately!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 16:00:12 | More by alexgash
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/18/14. had this one about 2 years ago and comes in a 'Winter Seasonal' 12-pack. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a hazy orange in color with about a 1/2-finger white head. Some spotty lacing is seen. Very pleasant aroma of mixed spices and malt, especially the orange peal coming through. A pleasing taste that isn't bitter and you can taste the spices and orange peal but it is not overwhelming unlike some seasonal brews. I really liked this one and is one of the better Samuel Adams also.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 02:37:58 | More by BeerWithMike
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Semi cloudy straw color with moderate head and moderate to heavy carbonation. It has a spiced citrus aroma. Balanced spiced taste with slight citrus (orange) and hop notes. Refreshing and smooth. No element is too harsh or stands out excessively. Finishes much light it starts, maybe with a bit more citrus.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:06:15 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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shand

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's 84 degrees out here in Florida. Christmas? Why not! White Christmas pours a golden-white color with a finger of head. The aroma is heavily spiced with all the usual suspects - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc. There's also a strong orange aroma here as well. The flavor is very well-composed, the bouquet of holiday spices interact well with the strong orange flavors. The aftertaste is the nicest part of the beer, with the orange, a touch of wheat, and a bit of lingering spice leaving a very good impression. The mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, White Christmas is a nice holiday beer. I'm not sure it needs to be with the fairly similar Old Fezziwig and Winter Lager, but it's tasty and well-done. Balance is the name of the game here.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 19:04:14 | More by shand
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Kavran

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the variety pack and poured into a Sam Adams Boston lager glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head that lingers a while.

Nose - Smells of lemon and wheat, and a hint of spices in the background especially cinnamon.

Taste- Interesting. It's light, yeasty, but still has a solid profile of cinnamon and spices. Actually quite good.

Mouthfeel - Nearly full bodied with a smooth feel. Carbonation is medium.

Overall- I liked this one. I think I'll go get another one. An interesting "lighter' take on a Christmas ale. Not overdone, and pretty refreshing and drinkable for a holiday brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 00:43:36 | More by Kavran
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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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