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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,434 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 167 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012)
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Photo of JohnnyI
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively, creating an enormous white head that fills the tall weizen glass to the rim. After a minute or so, the foam receded leaving a rice-cake like layer floating atop the golden, honey-colored ale. Minimal lacing. Although slightly hazy, the appearance more closely resembles a blonde ale than a wit. The label promises cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. True to form, bright citrus scents greet the nose. Sweet pineapple, blonde malts and popcorn compete with hints of the aforementioned spices. The flavor is maltier than I expected, and the citrus is dialed in more than the aroma would lead one to believe. Pretty well balanced, as there is a fair amount of complexity, but it comes together in a way where little comes to the fore. The thin mouthfeel and light carbonation are bolstered marginally by the faint wheat haze. Ginger, nutmeg and a hint of grain in the finish. On the positive side, this is a pretty non-controversial beer. One could easily mistake this for a somewhat generic American lager with a little holiday spice added. I would have liked to see them go a bit bolder with this one. Also, if they are going to market this as a witbier, aptly named "White Christmas", then it should at least stay more true to the style. A whiter, wit-like appearance & less clarity. The underlying brew in this one is just not up to the task. The refreshing summer pale wheat ales just don't have the chops to compete with the darker spiced holiday offerings. I get what they were trying to do, but this one just doesn't move the needle much for me. I would gladly trade this beer for more Old Fezziwig, or even some of the past beers that have graced the winter seasonal 12-pack. Holiday Porter & Cherry or Chocolate Bock are all welcome replacements.

Photo of JPowell712
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psu-murph
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pretty much the same as summer ale with a bit more spice. Meh.

Photo of LarryMyers
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jiggidy
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigRizz62
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eheinz
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spectre1966
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a glass, would be a decent summer beer in my opinion as a witbier.

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Burkbom23
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftaholic
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of VTR
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a variety pack for winter. S/kind of a sour type wheat with slight citrus. T/the typical wheat beer with some spices in the back end. I did detect hints of spices mostly on the first few sips. There is light carbonation which is nice. O/It is a Sam Adams. What can you expect from most of their beers? It is drinkable but does not keep my attention throughout the beer. I would not seek this out by itself but unfortunately I had to get the pack to get the Old Fezziwig.

Photo of kjyost
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinB
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wtighe03
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBass
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yesdog
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of morebeergood
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of neckbeered
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Anthony21014
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerLoverCRM
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.