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

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Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas

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Reviews: 290
Hads: 1,563
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 35.63%
Wants: 24
Gots: 300 | 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 scratch69
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Hazy, light gold color with a fingers worth of rapidly disappearing head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Strong orange peel aroma with a hint of wheat malt and some spices.

Taste- Orange peel flavor with some wheat malt and just a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of prickly carbonation.

Overall- I like the holiday spices they used, I just wish they would have toned down the orange peel a tad. Still it is an interesting take on a witbier and I would drink it again.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with bring white, two-finger head.

S- Smells of wheat, orange peel, and spices.

T- Taste is interesting. It's light, yeasty, but still has a solid profile of cinnamon and spices. Actually quite good.

M- Mouthfeel is full, and crisp

Overall- I liked this one. Solid winter seasonal from Sam Adams.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a big white frothy head, very hazy and a light pale yellow. A lot of lacing for a sam, with decent head retention, definitely fits the style.

S: belgian yeast, bread, nutmeg/cinnamon, maybe cloves. a tad mild.

T: Taste brings more flavor than the nose. Wheat malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, some orange notes, rather flavorful seasoning, not over done. Some candi sugar in finish with some spicey phenols. Most of flavor comes from seasoning, not a ton of malt/hop flavor. A touch of grassy saaz hops.

M: High carbonation, appropriate for style, somewhat sessionable, nice creamyness though pretty light in body.

O: Basically Sam Adams white ale with some well executed seasoning, though this brew has a sense of execution and craft that is a bit above what they typically produce. A solid offering. I havent had a wheat beer in awhile and this hit the spot, good change of pace from IPA's and Porters.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Included in the 2013 season of the Winter Pack.

Pretty standard affair, label-wise. Not as majestic as a couple of the others.

I poured this into a pint glass. It pours a hazy light gold, with a one finger head that shrinks rather quickly to a thick ring around the sides. Lacing is on the minimal side. Not bad in any way really, so a standard 4 from me.

Smell: I'm not really picking up anything but the orange peel. There's also a wheat-like aroma as it warms up, but not much else. The orange peel is nice, but it'd be nice if there was a bit more of something else to mix it up a bit.

Taste: Yep. Orange peel. I'm getting nothing of the nutmeg and cinnamon they claim on the bottle. A wheat/malt factor at the end, but it's mostly just the orange peel. With that being said, it still taste pretty decent, just not much in the way of complexity.

Feel: Light and silky. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, not sure I'd pick up a six of this, but pretty decent in a seasonal pack. I've only had three other "Witbiers" so I can't really compare too much to the style, but as a beer, it's pretty decent.

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Photo of riversider76
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poura a cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Not much retention, and no laceing. Aroma is of citrus, and spice. Body is on the light side of medium with some carbonation. Taste is of orange peel, and spice. Tangy with a crisp refreshing flavor. Some hints of bready malts make this somthing differant,and very enjoyable. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of budgood1
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a dark gold colour with a creamy rich half inch high head. wispy lace. spicy wit aroma with a few other additions added on top of the coriander, clove and pepper such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. the taste profile backs up what has been revealed in the nose, but with a rich, creamy , malty backbone that allows the multitude of spices to show themselves individually and in unison. it all comes across in a balanced and nuanced way but in no way am i conused as to what i am tasting. pretty nice. i would say (again) that this has a creamy, rich mouthfeel on top of a fullish body providing a both refreshing yet satisfying aspect of drinkability that agrees with me. no hint of the slightly higher ABV. yummy stuff.

overall i am quite impressed at the attempt to meld together a wit with some holiday spices. if only this had some belgian yeast flair, then it would be dynamite. as it presents itself, it's just pretty good and definitley solid. i can only think that this would be a great drinker after some outdoor winter activity to quench a need and a thirst.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy orange/gold with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Taste: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, and malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, slight aftertaste from the spices.

The Verdict: Very good. A witbier with a subtle blend of spices that don’t overpower the tongue, this is one of SA’s better seasonal offerings. If you’re a Blue Moon or Shock Top drinker, give this a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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....

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is from Samuel Adams new 2012 winter Classics 12 pk and replaced last years Black & Brew Coffee Stout.

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a thin, creamy white head that leaves some lacing.

S: Aroma consists of cinnamon and nutmeg up front, and then you get small traces of orange peel and wheat.

T: Nice malt sweetness to start, accompanied by some of that orange peel. The flavor flows with the cinnamon and nutmeg after the citrus. Has a dry, wheat finish. Very good flavor.

M: This beer is unfiltered so has very little carbonation to see. Nice blend of flavors and very sessionable, thats why they put out 6 and 12 packs of it.

O: I remember that the very first Samuel Adams I ever had was White Ale, which I remember liking better than this. This is an off-spin of that white ale and a great beer for this type of year. Although, I do miss that Black & Brew!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams glass.
Soft yeast aroma with wheat grain and mild fruit. Not bold, but pleasing.
Huge white head prevents full pour in glass Slightly cloudy yellow with loads and loads of rising bubbles from the nucleation.
Very soft flavors too, but again quite pleasing. Mild bitterness blends nicely with the yeasty flavors. HInts of hops. Bits of fruit - they taste red. KInda of a vanilla laying on the tongue. The spicing in not heavy handed, but accenting in a favorable way.
Fullness from carbonation and at least moderately heavy. Enjoyably creamy.
This is alright. Not classic but pleasing in multiple ways and a very easy drinking wit.
Thanks Dad.

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Photo of tito42
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by Feb. 2013. Part of the 2012 Sam Adams winter sampler case.

A: Straw to golden with active carbonation and a thick, fluffy white head with good retention. A bit more golden than a typical witbier.

S: Lots of yeast in the nose with noticeable banana and faint spice such as coriander.

T: Lots of yeast and dough; I can almost taste a sugar cookie dough evocative of Christmas here. Sugar, wheat, lemon peel, and spices cinnamon and nutmeg as a faint whisper on the back end.

M: Nice, medium body with a pleasant creaminess, hint of sour, and a slight bite of carbonation that blends away into the palate.

O: A lot of nice qualities in this seasonal offering from Sam Adams. It doesn't have a very intriguing nose of flavor profile. It plays it on the safe side, but is a nice addition to the winter sampler pack.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A – cloudy golden-yellow body with active carbonation under 2 fingers of foamy white head

S – fruity (not quite citrus, almost like pears), spice, alcohol

T – wheat bread, pears, hint of lemon, cinnamon, touch of nutmeg, pepper; alcohol and spice presence in a malty finish

M – slick medium/full body, highly carbonated, quite smooth

O – White Christmas is a decent witbier. The spices impart a festive flavor. Would drink again.

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Photo of mchegash
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a great looking, slightly hazy bright orange, with about 1.5 fingers of white foamy head. Can see an average amount of carbonation rising up the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Breadiness, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Smell is slightly sweet. Honestly, this smells like a pumpkin beer, not a christmas beer.

Taste - 4/5
Nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust, light citrus. Light slight caramel malt taste. Again, this tastes basically like a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, crisp but also smooth. Has a medium amount of medium-high carbonation.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was a decent beer, but honestly it tasted very similar to some pumpkin beers I've had. I was kind of disappointed, as I was expecting something a little more "Christmas-y". Still, I won't mine drinking the other 3 I got as part of the SA winter variety pack.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Label is very nice and eye catching with the typical Sam feel and awesome graphics and color scheme. Label gives ABV information, consume by date, and a bit of info on the brewery. Neck label gives a nice description of the beer and states that this is Limited Release.

Appearance: I poured this out of a 12oz bottle into a 14.5oz Pokal glass. White
Christmas pours out a hazy honey orange color with a 2 finger white foam head of medium density. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Head retention was 2min 11sec before fading to a thin foam ring. Lacing was non existent.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of slight hints of orange peel infused with a sweet bread-like scent. Nutmeg is the spice that really jumps out in the nose. Very nice.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon with a slight orange peel flavor. Finishes with a spicy wheat flavor.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, refreshing and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Overall this was a solid yet unspectacular offering that is a nice change of pace from most winter beer. I enjoyed this one. Part of the Sam Adams Winter Classics or alone as a 6-pack. Classified as a Witbier at 5.8%. Consumed 1-2-2013

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Photo of auxiliary
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the winter pack from 2013 (notes from 2013)
Poured a hazy amber color with a nice white head, that stuck around.
Smells of orange , malt, clove, and spices.
Taste of pepper, orange peel, had a nice balance.
Medium body feel.
Nice beer to snug up in front if the fireplace with.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: Hazy orange/peach color. 1-1 half finger white head, fluffy.

s: gym socks, light clove, apricot, bubblegum, orange peel, spicy and generally malty.

t: Bright orange, bubblegum and clove, finishes with orange peel, cinnamon and bready malt.

m: medium body with some slickness to it. Medium carbonation.

o: Spices come through well, any more and it would have been too much for me. A bit sweet for my taste but nice.

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Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 1inch of fluffy white into a 16oz Georgia Bulldog pint glass, and the body of this beer had a light golden color with a cloudy white haze to it. The aroma was by far the best part of the beer, having a nice mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange. The taste pretty much matches up with what you get from the aroma, and as you drink this beer you get a light frosty lacing all along your glass. The mouth feel of this beer is thin with light carbonation. Samuel Adams White Christmas is a good beer, and it hit all its marks of being a Witber.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a tiny white head. Smells of some wintertime spices and wheat, not overly strong. Tastes of orange and very slight wheat with spice. Beer is light bodied, nice carbonation, nice finish. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Damian
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched FEB
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to my dad for saving me one of each beer from the Winter Classics Variety Pack.

The beer poured a cloudy and turbulent yellow ochre color. A surprisingly small, frothy, off-white head capped the liquid. The head quickly fell to a thin film that had decent lasting strength.

The aroma was pleasant but rather subtle. Sweet, doughy malts were apparent. Good amount of winter spice notes. Slightly citrusy and tart. Ginger came out as well.

The flavor profile was punchier and more enticing than the nose. Semi-sweet on the front end with a healthy dose of pale malts. Spicy in center. Ginger was noticeable, as were hints of orange zest. The beer turned lemony and tart on back end. Crisp and quite refreshing.

The liquid was slick and creamy on the palate and contained a very fine and mild effervescence.

Although this beer did not blow my socks off, it was highly drinkable and unique as a winter seasonal. I would love to see more breweries integrate a spiced witbier into their winter lineup, as the flavors pair perfectly with many foods served during the holiday season.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very spice forward wheat ale aroma. Big spices up front with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and allspice. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit and cracker. Decent citrus presence with hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Slight hint of coriander. Some noble hops in the background. Interesting smell.

Taste: Like it smells, but a little more laid back. Spices up front including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and a little clove. Wheat and pale malt with a taste of biscuit, cereal grains, yeast, and cracker. Undertones of citrus orange and lemon. Light noble hop presence in the background. A decent taste but it is pretty light. Could be stronger with the wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A decent experiment with the wheat ale style. Spices are nice although the flavors could of been a little stronger overall.

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Photo of raznug
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: this beer pours a hazy orange color and is topped with 1” of white head that lingers.
Smell: This smells like I expect a white ale to smell with the coriander and orange scents highlighting the aroma.
Taste: The flavor is a tad bit dull compared to the aroma just not as much snap to the flavors that are rather blended together instead of tasting each flavor separately.
Mouthfeel: It is spot on with the body not to light that it loses flavor but not too heavy that it is hard to drink

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Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They already have a white ale. Why another?

Pours a cloudy whitish-gold color with a thin head into my glass. Very straightforward for the style.

Creamy and spicy with light citrus and clove notes. Fairly average here. The spices add a bit of variation to the base.

Ditto for the flavor. Very creamy once again. Lots more clove with some buttery malt. Very clean with optimal carbonation.

Lingering creaminess and sweet malt make up the mouthfeel. Not much of the wheat base remains.

An interesting varation of their white ale with spices and a mouthfeel that while very unique, doesn't quite fit the style all the way. A worthy effort regardless.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a cloudy/murky medium golden color with a bit of an amber hue. Reminds me of apple cider but not quite as dark. The white head is about 2/3 inch thick when first poured before settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not too much lacing unfortunately, barely any at all in fact. Aromas of bready wheat, malt, clove, and nutmeg. Taste is the same, a nice bready sweet caramel malt flavor upfront followed by hints of clove, nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon and a good amount of wheat. This beer reminds me of a summer wheat beer more so than a "christmas" or "holiday" or "winter" beer. Good flavors here. Has a crisp, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the good way well crafted beer should be. I would really enjoy drinking this on a hot summer day with the massive wheat profile this beer has.


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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 1-finger white bubbly head. Average retention that fades into a ring around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. For the style, I wish it had a little bit of haze and that the head characteristics were better.

S – I don’t get much grainy wheat but I do clearly get all the spices that are listed on the bottle – cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest.

T – This is more like it. It starts off sweet with orange zest and grainy, bready malted wheat. Orange zest also lends a bit of tartness to the taste. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and peppery yeast spice shine towards the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a really nice creamy mouthfeel, and a tangy, spicy, dry finish. Flavors from all the added spices linger nicely.

O – This is a really tasty beer. If the appearance and aroma were a bit better, this could be a 4+. I like the idea of doing a spiced witbier for a winter seasonal. While I do like heavier beers, it’s a nice change of pace from the stouts and winter warmers – particularly when you live in Charleston and it’s been in the 70s for the past week.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking beer, but not outstanding. Slightly hazy. A pale yellow color... a lot like Summer Ale but a bit lighter.

This is a good beer. To be honest, I prefer it to the Winter Lager. The two beers are somewhat similar, but there is far less malt in White Christmas, and it's more balanced. They're both very enjoyable, but I think this should probably be Sam's seasonal...

Like I said, I like the balance, and the nutmeg and orange flavors I get make this good any time, in any weather. You really don't need to have a white Christmas to enjoy this beer. One of the better beers I've had from Samuel Adams, to be honest. The beginning of each sip is somewhat floral, but the finish is bready with a bit of cinnamon -- like cinnamon bread or something along those lines. Refreshing, easy to drink, and quite unique. Well done.

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.