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

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293 Reviews

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 1,570
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 35.73%
Wants: 27
Gots: 302 | 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:
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 secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden, with loopy (but not especially thick) lace.

Nose is spicy -- I get hot cinnamon dominating. It's an assertive but pleasing aroma.

Taste is more of the spices -- cinnamon and nutmeg come through, as does a hint of orange zest and wheat sharpness later near the finish. This is a strong and well-flavored brew, and certainly enjoyable in small amounts.

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Photo of Beerma
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good! Not too spicy not too heavy! Loved it! whish I would have tried it sooner seams to be out of season now! Next year it will be the beer I drink on Christmas! Yes simply because of the name!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy and cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within seconds

S: Up front there are the usual suspects of lemon/citrus and wheat. Under those are the Christmas spices, which include cinnamon and nutmeg

T: Starts off nicely, with the citrus notes coming out. Then it goes into the holiday spices which start to really dominate. Finishes with a light tartness from the wheat and a lingering spice note mostly consisting of cinnamon

M: Light-medium bodied with high carbonation

O: They really nailed what they were going for with the whole holiday spiced wit, but I'm not too sure it works within the style. It's enjoyable, but nowhere near what I expect a wit to be

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, quickly receding white mousse.

S: Aromas of malted wheat, minerals, butter cream, and orange peel are complimented by aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps some other unidentifiable spices. This is definitely different from most Belgian-style wits.

T: Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel are front and center, with notes of butter, wheat toast, cream, vanilla bean, minerals, and mild, grassy hops building around them. The finish is short with notes of wheat toast and holiday spices merging.

M: Light-bodied, but slightly heftier than most witbiers. Delicate, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is firm, but not forceful. Very easy to drink.

O: Not a bad holiday offering at all. It's not superb, but it is definitely drinkable and is just different enough to be interesting. If the folks at Samuel Adams keep this beer in the rotation for next year, I'll be curious to see how it develops.

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Photo of Hunter
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-gold ale, no discernible head.

Smell: Light malts, lemongrass, dry hops

Taste: Malts, ginger, cinnamon. Really, a nice seasonal and light enough for those who prefer something less chewy than the usual seasonal fare of stouts and porters and high alcohol brews.

Mouthfeel: Light,

Overall: Oddly enough, it tastes like some of the better homebrews I used to make. Certainly a decent brew.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I think it's way the hell too early for Bing-o to be crooning his signature at me, but that's a vain argument for another time. This stuff pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, light wheat, and a pinch each of black pepper and clove. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some brown sugar and some fairly strong ginger. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, though nothing is necessarily outstanding here, this beer was pretty tasty and enjoyable. The spices are definitely present, but they're also balanced against the citrus-y wheat so they don't get out of hand. Not bad.

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Photo of Vixie
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a classic wheat beer, cloudy yellow with a nice white head.

Smell is very bread like, malt and yeas, and a bit of citrus.

Has a citrus taste up front, then the added spices kick in. I can detect the cinnamon, and a little of the nutmeg. This is what it might taste like if you drink a standard wheat beer while eating a gingerbread cookie.

Not a bad feel, has a bit of a bite to it, likely mainly from the carbonation.

A nice variation on one of my favorite styles. They have taken a classic summer beer and made it nice for the holiday season. Definitely a beer worth checking out.

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Photo of fank2788
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A hazy pale gold in the glass, a swift pour yields a thick frothy head comprised of a mix of large and small bubbles. Once this subsides a nice layer remains which laces a bit. The smell is all spice up front. I'm hit by copious amounts of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and orange. Beyond the spice there is a bit of wheat character both in terms of malt and characteristic yeast notes. The taste is ok, at first the spice is very noticeable. Beyond the spice there is a decent wheat beer base with the pale malts and wheat providing a bit of subdued sweetness. There is a surprising amount of hop in there as well and this bitterness combines nicely with the orange and citrus of the yeast to round things out. Body is pretty light as a fair bit of carbonation and low residual sugar prevents this from feeling heavy. Despite the spice the finish is also pretty clean with just a bit of citrus and spice lingering, not cloying at all. Overall I'm pretty happy with this one, seems like a take on the old Sam Adams White Ale but maybe with things toned down a bit. This is a good example of the style and a nice change of pace for the season.

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Photo of magine
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams "perfect pint" glass.

Pours a hazy near orange with a initial inch thick fluffy head. Head settles to a lace head and some decent lace on the sides remain. Decent looks.

Brew smells spiced as labled; cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus and a bready wheat to even out the nose. Good nose.

Brew is spiced; has really good mix of winter brew spices and a summer wheat brew. Complexity is good, wish more witbiers had spices like this. Cinnamon, nutmeg and nice malty wheat body. Orange and spices go great together. A very drinkable brew that has lots of flavors. Good stuff.

I liked this onme alot, I almost wish this could be a year roubd brew. A more interesting and complex witbier.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Walmart Cicero NY for 2$

Appearance – Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy/foamy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly great lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, all-spice, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with all-spice, nutmeg, and some fruity citrus notes. Lots of flavour, but well balanced and even slightly refreshing. It ends with a spicy crisp aftertaste.

Overall – A well made and very drinkable beer. The flavours work well together and I could actually drink a few of these. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy pale yellow, with a subtle white head.

S - Slightly sour wheat and grain notes. A bit of straight ahead malts.

T - Sweet fruit and spice, mostly nutmeg and cloves, with a bit of stone fruit and apples. Slightly soured grains.

M - Brisk. Slight drying in the close.

O - Decent witbier, good use of spice. An integrated, tightly constructed beer that does not wow, but delivers a reasonable drinking experience.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm unsure if a Witbier says, "Christmas!" to me but I'm giving it a go...

Looks the part for sure... very hazy and golden... definitely unfiltered...

Nice aromas of wheat and orange peel with some of the typical Christmas spices, i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, etc... present... Actually smells pretty refreshing... Light yeasty aromas present here and there as well...

Burst of wheat and citrus right up front... Yeasty and earthy... Not bad really but nothing special... I'm not sure the flavors and aroma have be thinking cold weather or Christmas but it isn't bad... This seems more like a summer beer to me...

Not my favorite from the Winter Classics pack for sure but this isn't a bad beer...

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - it is a hazy amber color, with a head that goes flat.

Smell - it is of the spices and the orange peel, with a hint of the wheat.

Taste - a nice orange/wheat taste; with the spices giving it a dessert like taste.

Mouthfeel - good-bodied, although a bit too much carbonation.

Overall - This is a really good Christmas dessert beer from the holiday spices.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big fan of this style. I got it in a combo pack. It was pretty good, for the style, though. Very orangey and very yeasty at the same time. I usually don't like that much, but it was fairly inoffensive. There was not too much coriander and seemed to be more on the clove side as far as spicing. Very inoffensive, though. More suitable for a general audience. Despite this, I really wouldn't want to drink this around Christmas time. I'm glad I held onto a bottle until late March before reviewing it. I don't like to be too harsh on styles I don't like and at the very least, I'd like to review this beer at a time when I'm more open to it. This is a much better warm-weather beer than a cold weather one. Winter is a time for very dark beers. This is very much a light and fruity brew.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sam Adams hits another one out-of-the-park as far as I'm concerned. Too bad it's "limited edition"...

The beer poured a pleasing yellowish-orange with a perfectly white head. A tall head that quickly shrunk small. The carbonation was high with this beer as you could see the uncountable number of bubbles flying up the glass. White Christmas has a very pleasing order of oranges mixed with cinnamon and the appealing odor of a good ale. Mouthfeel was average, nothing worth mentioning and although I graded it lower on taste, I gave it a higher overall score since it really stands out in the ales I have tried. (Too bad I only got two out of the sampler box I purchased...)

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Photo of GRPunk
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle (best by March) from the winter variety pack into a Duvel tulip.

A - Clean, deep golden body with an off-white head that settles to a light foam. Pretty good stick.

S- sweet malts mixed with baking spices. Very much along the Christmas beer line, but quite out of the ordinary for a Wit. I'm thinking a lot of clove, maybe some mace and black pepper.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. A lot like eating a Christmas cookie, lots of spicy character (cloves, nutmeg, maybe some cinnamon, and a little black pepper at points).

M- Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Fairly dry with a peppery bite.

O- An unexpected mix of a Wit and Christmas/holiday brew. I was a little off-put at first, but to be completely honest, it actually works. That said, instead of standing out as alternative to the spiced, holiday beers, it sort of blends into the pack. Decent beer. Not gonna seek it out, wouldn't turn my nose up at it either.

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Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White Christmas looks like straw in color. It’s extremely hazy. A little light gives it more of a yellow look. Pretty standard for the style. Not bad. It’s topped off with a bone white head. It’s rather modest, standing only about a finger tall. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume. Looks pretty good.

The nose is weak in terms of aromatics. Needs more strength. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. It is earthy and quite grainy throughout. It smells a little spicy. There are some light holiday spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Other spices include light orange peel and perhaps coriander. Definitely reminiscent of a Witbier. Smells a little sweet. Perhaps a little fruity. Lemon is there. Alcohol is buried. It’s not bad. More strength might push it to the positive side.

I’m not sure what it is about the flavor, but I like it. It definitely features a strong grainy, earthy flavor. That quality resonates throughout each sip. It also features some spicy flavors that are notable for the style – namely coriander and orange peel. It does have a light lemon flavor that’s refreshing. In terms of the holiday spices, they’re modest, but effective. Cinnamon and nutmeg are definitely noted, and they complement the other flavors nicely. I didn’t anticipate liking this much at all, but for some odd reason – I do. It’s good stuff. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. Finishes earthy and spicy with just enough holiday spice flavor to make it interesting.

White Christmas has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation feels soft. Even though it’s very light, it feels rather soft. It goes down far too easily. I could handle a few bottles of this.

Samuel Adams White Christmas is probably the surprise Christmas beer of 2012 for me. I really expected to hate it. I don’t…at all. It’s surprisingly good. Not great, but good. I’d suggest picking up a six-pack while it’s around. It’s definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a big frothy white head. The smell is dominated by the wheat with a good deal of orange, the cinnamon and nutmeg are secondary. The taste starts with the wheat and the citrus, the cinnamon and nutmeg are constant, and finishes with a peppery aftertaste. The finish has the citrus coming through a bit stronger. The beer is smooth for the most part, the finish with the peppery notes detract from the mouthfeel, but overall a nice blend. Overall a nice beer with good flavor, nothing that stands out, but a crisp beer that is enjoyable. Nothing amazing but still a quality beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas has a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head, a hazy yellow-golden appearance, lots of streaming bubbles, and a thin lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is of white wheat bread and spices. Taste is of the same, and one will encounter no bitterness, here. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Samuel Adams White Christmas finishes slick, easy going, and drinkable. Overall, this is a stereotypical Christmas beer, and I think it’s worth trying.


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Photo of mwilbur
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy lemon hue with moderate carbonation producing 1/4 inch white head that quickly recedes.
S: Lemon citrus, mineral funk, orange peel, and a hint of spice.
T: Orange citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of bready yeast.
M: Fresh and light feel. Moderate carbonation effervescence. Smooth and slightly sweet.
D: A fairly refreshing winter wit. A straight-forward brew...but what it does, it does well.

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Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange gold color with a massive 2 finger foamy off white that was full of big bubbles, like a champagne, and faded slowly, leaving great spotty foamy lacing sticking to the sides and a layer on top; this was so cloudy that it looked like beach water after a wave just crashed on shore.

Smells of yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, grains, biscuit, roasted malt, clove, light herbs and spices; seems to be citrus hops, wheat and spices wrestling for control of the aroma, which is par for the style.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, orange peel, toasted grains, biscuit, wheat, roasted malt, clove, light herbs or grass and spices like coriander, pepper and cinnamon or allspice; the spices are just aggressive enough to counter the grainy presence and let the citrus notes add balance. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was soft and yet tasty at the same time; it’s just too bad the cardboard funk combined with the spices always leaves such a strange taste after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a light to medium body and light to very flat carbonation; if it didn’t have the cardboard aftertaste it would flow down much easier.

Overall it was good, and I wanted to like it more but this is just not a style I’m crazy about. A good American choice if you like this style of beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by April 2014.

Appearance: Pale golden and ultra hazy. One finger of off-white fluff.

Aroma: Dry yeast, esters of candied fruits. Almost a pumpkin/squash quality to it but without the added spices of a pumpkin ale. Hints of citrus.

Taste: Falls right in line with the aroma. A buttery squash flavor adds depth and some sweetness. Some lemon cuts through, keeping the buttery flavor from becoming cloying. The spices are somewhat subdued but it works well that way. Finish is bright and the high point of the spice contribution. Aftertaste of ebbing spice. Not much for hop character in general, but enough bitterness for a crisp feel. At 5.8% ABV its got the right amount of flavor and robustness at a drinkable ABV that warrants a second glass.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with a great soft texture. Carbonation is right where it should be, my pour was semi-aggressive. Solid drinkability and in that sessionable range, though the flavor may get cloying after the first.

Final Thoughts: I'm not a Samuel Adams fanboy, far from it. However, White Christmas proves that the brewers over at Boston Beer Co know their stuff. Crafting a beer that could please joe six-pack and serious beer geeks as well is rare. Nice job. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before April 2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon, orange peel, wheat, clove, pepper, pear, floral, biscuit, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes. Taste of lemon, pear, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, wheat, light clove, pepper, floral, biscuit, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, wheat, biscuit, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with spices being more muted than I expected from the nose; and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good spiced witbier. Good balance of malt and spice notes with good flavor robustness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a nice frothy head that lingers and laces well. Nose is of spice, mostly nutmeg. Light body with good carbonation. The taste is subtle, but of spice, with it being more nutmeg than anything else. Finishes cleanly with a slight spiciness that lingers. A solid non-complex beer, but not outstanding. It needs more flavor, be it from more spice or dark malt.

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Photo of fx20736
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass, served cold.

Turbid honey/ lemon with a thin white head. Respectable lacing.

Aroma of cinnamon, cloves, orange peel.

mouthfeel is full.

Taste is pale malt with cloves, cinnamon and oranges.

notes: nice, not great.

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.