Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.98/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
10-22-2012 19:04:14 | More by shand
4.3/5 rDev +23.9%
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".
01-16-2014 22:57:32 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.85/5 rDev +11%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy apricot in color, with a moderate head of fluffy foam.
Aroma-Citrus zest, subtle nutmeg
Taste-Orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, spicy wheat. An interesting "lighter' take on a Christmas ale. Not overdone, and pretty refreshing and drinkable for a holiday brew. Flavor gets a little muddled upon warming. Not a great fireside brew, but suitable for a holiday "refresher" or opening gifts on a warm Christmas day in the tropics.
10-29-2012 18:17:05 | More by hosehead83
3.18/5 rDev -8.4%
Best before March, 2013. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler.
Cloudy saffron liquid with a thin smattering of ghost white foam. A vigorous pour produces a slightly more voluminous and lasting head with soft soapy lacing, though retention remains average.
Spices are very forward in the nose - abundant cinnamon, clove, and possibly nutmeg and coriander as well. Faint orange peel and yeast offset the spice assault somewhat.
Sweet-tart palate entry with plenty of the aformentioned spices throughout the flavor profile. Brisk and refreshing base beer is overwhelmed by the Christmas spices. A touch of bubble-gum and banana come out from the yeast and there is sufficient wheat to add a bit of tartness throughout. Finishes medium-dry but heavily spicy. Overdone in my opinion, though my wife enjoyed it very much.
Soft, medium-bodied mouth-feel with average carbonation.
This isn't trying to be a Belgian ale, so I won't fault it too heavily for failing to live up to the style guidelines of a proper wit. That said, the base beer is not a good vehicle for all these spices whatsoever.
12-04-2012 03:22:08 | More by augustgarage
3.73/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a half finger to one finger stark white head. The head leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is of corriander, citrus fruits, and at the back end hints of vanilla and nutmeg. The taste has to warm for all of the flavors to come out. The beer starts almost like their summer ale. There is corriander and citrus fruit with a hint of wheat. The back end is where the spices come out, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla play out on the back end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and crisp. Overall it is a solid beer, it was a good change of pace in the variety pack from all the heavy dark stuff.
11-26-2012 20:07:12 | More by goblue3509
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
12-05-2012 04:08:54 | More by CHickman
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
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
11-12-2012 19:07:37 | More by BEERMILER12
3.88/5 rDev +11.8%
Hazy, light yellow body topped with a thick, creamy white head. Fruity, citrus-like aroma; light orange and lemon. Mellow grain taste infused with citrus and holiday spice flavors. Smooth, soft, medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.
A really well-done holiday witbier. Well-balanced with subtle complexities of the ingredients making their appearance with every sip. A very good beer to enjoy if stronger, darker, more potent winter/holiday ales aren't what you are looking for during the cold season.
12-09-2012 19:30:45 | More by beergoot
3.98/5 rDev +14.7%
12 oz beer was poured into a tulip.
Appearance: This beer a one finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a cloudy golden straw yellow. You also get to see lots of bubbles coming up the sides of the glass. super mice lacing on the glass.
Smell: Vanilla, lots of spices like rosemary, pepper, and thyme, bready and sweet malts
Taste: Very tasty brew. All of the above plus more blended together nicely. The spices almost have a Chao twist to the beer too.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium to high carbonation, lots of spices, and easy to drink.
Overall: Pretty nice beer. This could be a side project on their White Ale that I originally thought this was. Pretty enjoyable and probably would be enjoyed more in the summer, than in the cold winter. A nice little find too.
12-11-2012 00:22:19 | More by Flounder57
4.08/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
11-20-2012 04:04:18 | More by bonkers
3.34/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
03-21-2013 20:07:28 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Light orange tan, pineapple juice. Fizzy 1/4 inch head with minor lacing.
Smell - Orange, wheat, spices,apples, grapes, yeasts, a little sour note.
Taste - Very spiced beer upfront, loads of orange, corriander, ginger and sugary yeasts. Wheat makes up the backbone of this, along with cinnamon and nutmeg. A little bitter/sour flavor comes up at the finish.
Mouthfeel - Light, spiced and sugary notes coat tounge and palate. A sour note comes at the finish. Aftertaste is spiced, sugary and a little sour.
Overall - Decent, a little too spice heavy, really not much balance to this. Really sweet and easy to drink. Nothing special or something to seak out, but worth a drink atleast.
03-12-2013 00:20:02 | More by wvsabbath
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
Another shout out to AngieBaby for supplying our little get together with this offering. It poured an orange-kissed gingerbread coloring, with two fingers of egg white foam creeping up the edges of our generic pint glasses. This retained decently, showing crystalline spider webs of lacing all around. A thick haze was noted, but in the absence of sediment. Carbonation appeared to be medium, and composed of thick bubbles rising at a steady clip to the top. The aroma gave a generic witty base of bleached white flour, orange peel essence, lightly toasted wheat malt, and phenolic clove, all overlaid by pinches of ground cinnamon, ethanol, nutmeg, allspice, dried cranberries and blueberries, pine sap, boiled plums, dried oregano, sticky caramel sugars, raspberry tea, and minty leafiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely seasonal and spicy, but generally muted all around. As we sipped, the taste began with that same wheaty wetness provided in the nose, along with fruity cranberry and orange tartness, faint diacetyls of cheap bakery goods, adjuncty metallics, white flour, chewy yeastiness, cherry blossom florals, twiggy earthiness, and black pepper spiciness. The middle came to a peak with toasty wheat, pale, and soft caramel maltiness, spice of cinnamon, gingerbread, black pepper, and nutmeg, phenolic bite of medicinals and clove, and distant white sugar sweetness. The end washed through with warmed waxiness, board chalk, white flour, herbal orange tea tannins, lavender, cinnamon lick, powdered sugar, heavy wheaty graininess, ink, phenolic clove, burnt plastics, and gentle grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathed with surprising hoppy stickiness of grassy and piney varietals, toasted pale and caramel grain, wet wheat, heavy well water, cheesecloth, burnt toffee, plastics, cranberry fruitiness, and warming gingerbread spiciness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium to high, becoming a bit harsh if swirled too vigorously around the mouth. Each sip gave decently slurp, smack, cream, froth, and sip but, at times, came across thinned and watery. The mouth was left wet and briefly coated, with quick tannic dryness spreading across the entire tasting field. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well enough.
Overall, the best things about White Christmas were its aroma and its drinkability. We enjoyed the aroma for its spicy inclusions, driving it deeper and making it aptly seasonal. The drinkability, on the other hand, simply facilitated being able to slug these guys back. While it was technically flawed in its overly watered airiness, this exponentially increased how easily it was sipped. Otherwise, we were disappointed that the flavoring didn’t express the same level of suitability that the nose did. Each component sat on its own, with the generic gritty grain underlying the spices and fruity tops. These never really came together, and were only loosely approximated by heavy wateriness. Harsh comments aside, this, as with their Blackberry Wit, hit the spot for what it was, and had its moment amongst friends who spent an evening catching up.
12-18-2013 13:59:27 | More by TheBrewo
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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