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

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,541
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 35.92%
Wants: 22
Gots: 282 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012

As crisp as the first snowfall of the year, this unfiltered white ale is blended with holiday spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, & orange peel. The familiar citrus and wheat characters of the ale are complemented by the warmth of the spices for a festive brew that's perfect for the season.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light ginger notes with some coriander notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix between some light notes of wheat with some coriander and ginger notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but really nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of Mit
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy orange colour with a long lasting foamy head.

Smell is of citrus...orange peel...cloves

Spices somewhat subdued....slight sweet malty edge...ends with a nice spicy finish.

Thicker....ESP for the 5.8 abv

Overall this was a great beer. Not really a warmer
But def a beer I'd buy again. I liked it a little more than the winter lager

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a solidly hazed, pale gold body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Not just some pilsner and wheat malt, but also some pale malt in the mix. There's no second guessing the spicing, you get the cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel.

Taste: Very light pale malt, the malted wheat and some pils with a soft breadiness and fair sweetness. The first few sips had me taken aback at the cinnamon and nutmeg spicing, but, eventually the tongue adjusted and it all kind of melded together, letting the citrus from the hops and added orange peel come forward a bit more. Finishes up a little sweet, a little spicy, and a little citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Feels fairly full for a witbier.

Overall: I think I would take it over the ole Samuel Adams White Ale, though just barely. Speaking of, is this its replacement? Gee, man, that's gotta be rough, being laid off on the holidays. Poor White Ale. Thanks, Obama!

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Winter Variety Pack - Best by April:

Pours clouded light orange-amber with a fluffy head that soon thins. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with mild spices.

The taste is of wheat tang, orange peel, coriander, nutmeg, mint, mild cinnamon. It has a tangy, spicy, crisp finish.

It is light-bodied and fairly effervescent.

A mild witbier with some "holiday" spices. Not bad.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 3/13. consumed 3/13.

A: Lemon based coloring with some pale orange tint and a translucent quality, while a strong effervesce rages within. Chalky white head is slight, a bit whispy and weakly holding leaving no preferred window dressing behind.

S: A bit of tart orange and lemon with a hint of tropical fruitiness and white grapes. Complexity level is rather low.

T: Crisp beginning for the flavor, spiciness comes through, a bit more so then the nose with indications of cinnamon, nutmeg. Bright hops and orange peels and citrus while the wheat is also lively. Tart orange and lightly dry wheat finish. Spicy twang of tropical fruitiness and i detected a hint of banana thrown about.

M: bright and crisp, creamy wheat texture with a tart layering on the tongue.

O: Overall wouldnt drink in multiples. The nutmeg and cinnamon seem a bit out of place. A wit that wants to be a xmas beer, yes i get it, but something that comes off a bit more intriquing on paper then palate. A bit sweet overall, the flavor is not bad, just odd, seeming a bit forced and misplaced, i get the notion and concept of being different just may take a bit to get used to here.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weiss-vase, the beer is an unfiltered, pale, yellowish coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy coating of white on the surface, with a little more substantial build up around the edges. Aromas of cinnamon and coriander on a bready backbone. The nose is subtle, other than the spices. Flavors of rich bread, with a heavy dosing of the clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander spicing. Very well blended in the spicing, but very spice heavy overall. The backbone of toasted grains and bread support, but get somewhat overshadowed. The aftertaste is warming, with the spices blending around on the palate, leading into a clean, quick finish. Tasty, light beer that would be a crowd pleaser during holiday get togethers, but there are Witbiers out there that have more to offer.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin and fizzy head that trails the glass. The smell is very bold with a lot of allspice and nutmeg coming through with some of natural minty scents from the wheat heavy style. The taste was a bit more subdued though with the spices being on the finish and not much in the overall body. Not bad, but not for me.

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Photo of scotorum
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I inherited a bottle because my daughter bought a variety twelvepack of six different and did not like this one.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Nonick.

a: Hazy gold with a finger thick white head which dissipated to thin surface foam and a little lacing.

s: Mild indeterminate spice.

t: Light malt under very subtle cinnamon and perhaps more. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Not bad as a dinner accompaniment (spaghetti and meatballs), but not a whole lot of flavor. The young bar crowd that is not into craft should find this at least slightly different. Probably would be a little better suited as a pre-Halloween offering. By December I'm wanting something dark that tastes like dark beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold with heavy heavy bubbles on the body. White head maybe 1/4" thick but dissipates before I got to take my first sip.

Smell: Hop scent, but an addition to that you smell cinnamon and malt. Has a citrus feel that makes you think wow so much to smell but in reality it really light, like diet light.

Taste: This beer has a lemon and cinnamon taste that and lightly spicy. Might come off sweet, almost like a bitter apple type of feel with lemon skin. If there was such a thing this beer is the brew.

Mouth: Medium heavy carbonation, sharp and toasty feel .

Overall: Not a bad brew at all, to judge it as a winter beer is a little tough it seems to be lost in confusion when it comes seasons.

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The label recommends enjoying before the month notched, which is “APR.”

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color is hazy straw. Two fingers of dense, off-white head dissipated slowly.

Smell: Just what I would expect from a festive witbier. White bread, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, and herbal hops. It has a light nuttiness, as well, so I suppose there is a little nutmeg in there. It gets pushed to the back by the spice, though.

Taste: Very nice, full-bodied mouthfeel for a witbier, which is a surprise. (I thought that kind of body was reserved for real wheat beer.) The white bread dominates but is well-spiced by cinnamon, ginger, and clove. At the end if offers some lemon and orange citrus, but nothing too substantial.

Drinkability: It is decent and there is nothing wrong with it. However, there are a lot better winter seasonals out there — some of which I am sure are brewed by Samuel Adams.

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Photo of billybob
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy darker golden color a one finger head that quickly faded to just a skim on top of the beer. a light lace which also faded quickly leaving a little here and there. smell was average with citrus, cinnamon, and nutmeg being picked up. taste from the wheat gave it a nice tang and there was a good balance of the other flavors and spice. mouthfeel was disappointing as the carbonation was sort of flat and not crisp and tight as it should have been also could have used a little more body to it. its a ok beer and it fits the witbier style but its not best out there buy a long shot.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; gold colored; steady stream of bubbles rising; less than a finger whited head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: nutmeg, orange, cinnamon;

T: nutmeg from start to finish; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: one note;

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Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color, similar to a hazy macro. Doesn't really have that wit bier look to it. The head is short and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is grainy with some hay notes. Light spice notes, perhaps some mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Healthy dose of lemon throughout.

The taste is light and crisp with a lemony flavor. Typical of an american wheat ale. This is followed by a spice mixture of coriander, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. The nutmeg and cinnamon are very subtle.

The feel is light and crisp. Sweet on the palate but its dry so it is refreshing. Drinks well.

An ok beer, nothing special. A mixture between an American wheat ale and witbier with a subtle hint of holiday spice. As with a lot of SA wheat brews, there is a big presence of lemon.

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Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a matching SA sensory glass, the brew appears a clouded pale yellow to almost light orange juice color. About a finger of white head composed of rather large bubbles fades back to a thin wisp across the top. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution to reform a half finger cap and produce some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is like gingerbread or ginger snap cookies. Quite bready with a ridiculous amount of clove and a sweetness of holiday spices. Had I not seen what this brew looked like, I would have immediately assumed this was a pumpkin ale of sorts.

The taste is super spicy with holiday flavors. Primarily clove with a bready backing of something like gingerbread or ginger snap cookies as described in the aroma as well. There is a bit of a citrus component that is zesty and fruity almost like oranges/lemon or maybe just the spice of a fresh ginger inclusion.

This is a light to medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a smoothness about it that almost makes the brew feel more chewy. I know they were going for a holiday ale here but the spices are a bit over the top until the palate becomes accustomed to it. I appreciate the chance to try this brew, but it isn't something I would purchase.

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Photo of barczar
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a loose half inch ivory head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is ginger-dominant, with cinnamon, clove, and orange complementing a light wheat base.

Ginger is present throughout the flavor profile, along with wheat-beer/lemony tartness. Cinnamon and nutmeg surface in the finish, which is a touch dry and malty.

Body is moderate, with prickly carbonation that lifts the wheat flavor from the palate.

Overall, a fairly subtle Christmas offering. Not really a great wit or a great winter brew, though. Fairly middle of the road.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long-neck poured into a mug.

A: Hazed gold with a ton of carbonation screaming to the top and a quickly fizzling white head.

S: Bready and wheaty right up front. Citrus, nutmeg, other spices. Maybe lemon peel? Pretty malt-driven.

T: More orange peel on the palate with cinnamon and nutmeg emerging as it warms. Plenty of light bready wheat notes to accompany the suggestion of Christmas wassail.

MF: Medium to light bodied. Pretty standard stuff.

O: Nothing special to me, though I readily admit this isn't a style I seek out. It is what it is, and its a spiced Wit. Nothing more.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy, golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, displaying the typical Belgian witbier aromas of citrus, clove, banana, bubblegum, and Band-Aids.

Taste: Typical Belgian witbier flavors present too. Strong notes of banana, clove, coriander, black pepper and citrus, such as lemon, grapefruit, orange. Not much in the way of malt or hops though.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not too bad. Certainly not just watery. There’s some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m not a fan of this beer, but it really isn’t the fault of the beer or Sam Adams, as I’m not a fan of witbiers. Actually, Sam Adams did a good job with this beer, as it captures all that a Belgian witbier should have.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A- white head settles into a nice lacing above a pale golden hay colored beer.

S-Malted grains, wheat, orange, spices, cloves and more.

T- spices dominate taste with a little bit of the malts coming through

M- Spices upfront , sweet maltiness dry bitter finish.

A nice spicy winter beer.

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Photo of scvance
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head that lingers a while. Smell is typical wit, citrus and clove, but then a hint of spices in the background especially cinnamon. Taste follows suite, lots of citrus up front with a fair amount of spice flavor towards the finish. Interesting flavor, definitely different than what I've had before, but just average in terms of taste. High carbonation, medium body, and a rather thick mouthfeel. It's worth trying I think, but I'll steer clear from now on, not a favorite by far, but an interesting use of the style.

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Photo of 57md
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy straw with half a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose has some citrus notes in it. This offering tastes like a standard wit with a touch of nutmeg and other holiday spices added. The finish is rather basic as well. Nothing special here.

The name is the only thing about this beer that justifies its inclusion in the 2012 Winter Classics pack. There is nothing winter Seasonal about wits and it replaced the Black and Brew which I thought was an above average coffee stout.

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Photo of delta490
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- slightly cloudy orange/gold with a slightly foamy white head. Minimal retention

S- not much there but slight hints of spice

T- definite Christmas spice noted but none are very pronounced and it's somewhat muddled

M-thinner and slightly towards the watery side

O- it's ok but nothing to get worked up about

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz glass into a Guinness glass

A- Pours a medium hazy golden wheat color with a medium white head that dissipated to a thin film.

S- Spice from both added spices and yeast, some orange zest is detected. Some banana from the yeast.

T- Kinda of thin for what I was getting on the nose. Some more of the orange zest, and more subtle spices in the taste compared to the nose. Not a big lingering aftertaste, slight bitter citrus.

M- Pretty light and thin, could use more depth.

O- This is an okay beer, nothing that great, probably comparable to Blue Moon which I would go with over this one. Got this one in the '13 Winter Favorites pack and wish they would have left one of the 3 spice beers in there out and put the Holiday Porter or something in instead.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best by March, horray! Just made it.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color, good sized white fluffy head that fades at a decent rate, leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell has a very orange-y aroma, some other spices linger but don't really call much attention.

Taste is on the sweeter side, starts out with a sweet malt fruit which leads to the orange peel citrus, that is followed by some spicing like nutmeg and clove, the spicing seems a bit overhanded, coupled with the sweet malt it becomes a tad cloying, decent carbonation and body though.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another SA sampler pk offering. Poured into a pint glass, nice white, creamy head, faded fast, some light lacing. Piss yellow, lightly cloudy, the better witbiers that I have had are usually "thicker".

Smells of nutmeg and honey, heavy on the clove and pretty much tastes the same. Bready, hints of floral, Medium carbonation.

This is an easy wheat to drink and if you are new to the style it would be a pleasant place to start. Smooth, slightly sweet, mostly cloves...easy drinking. Not much else to say, I think it needs more spices on the nose and tongue...it pretty much tastes like a watered down honey/clove wheat. I'd drink a couple out of a sampler but probably wouldn't buy on its own.

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.