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

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 1,569
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 35.73%
Wants: 26
Gots: 299 | 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 Samp01
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet biscuit malt, wheat, yeast, with some light spicy fruity notes and some mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a combination of sweet malt, wheat, yeast with some light spicy fruity flavor and mild bitterness, slight nutty flavor on the end. Overall a good drinking session ale.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Jeffreysan
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 aubuc1
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Is this the same beer as the previously labeled "white ale"? I am going to review then compare.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice thick white head.

I smell the nutmeg and orange with some yeast.

Taste is pretty full of what the bottle says- nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange peel. Some wheaty-ness.

Mouthfeel is pretty full. Nice.

Overall this is a good witbeer, but the taste doesn't quite pop. If I loved the style, it might be better.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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 gcamparone
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a very hazy, golden orange with a 2" white head. Little lacing/retention.

S- Oranges and corn. Maybe some faint clove in the background.

T- Oranges and citrus, but really no authentic spice flavor here except maybe a hint of cinnamon. Tastes like a cheap version of blue moon.

M- Medium carbonation, slightly thick.

Overall I was unimpressed with this one. I had to choke down the last few sips. Not a winter style in my opinion, either.

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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 scratch69
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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 Hopswagger
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: Cloudy piss yellow with a thin white bubbly head. No retention and minimal wet lacing.

S: Sparkling apple cider, wheat, nutmeg, cinnamon candy, mandarin oranges and dry yeast.

T/M: Taste follows the nose and packs a nice warming spice profile to tingle the palate. Powdery drying Belgian yeast hints of tobacco and apples. I get more apple than I get orange but its there. Spicy and citrus hops hit on the finish.

O: A nice blend of yeast and spices. Not overly dramatic but a nice sessional brew to enjoy during the holidays.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, White Christmas is a hazy, straw-golden color with a thin, creamy white head. The most obvious part of the nose is the spice boquete, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. The level of unchecked spice smell actually makes the nose a bit nauseating. The level of spice is fairly high in the taste as well; however the nice balanced, toasty, malty backdrop it enhances fares much better in flavor than in smell. The mouthfeel is quite pleasant, medium in body with a chewy, slightly creamy carbonation. Overall, not a favorite of mine by SA, not my favorite Witbier - but if you're looking for a "Holiday" beer, this would fit the bill.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Boca-X
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of BigCheese
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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 ColdWaffles
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes from earlier in the night. From a Sam holiday bundle bought for the family for Christmas/Christmas Eve. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a decent wit. Pretty hazy gold/orange color with a short white head. The head died quick but left a nice lacing.

Smell: Wheat, coriander, some spices like cinnamon and clove. Nothing strong.

Taste: An incredibly unrefreshing and relatively boring witbier. The spices don't add much, and Sam Adams must have decided to forgo crisp flavor for holiday vibe. This needs something to add a nice crispness or zest. Nothing about this wants me to continue drinking it, but I'll finish. Not the worst beer I've had all year, but one of the last I'd consider drinking again, and something I may even reject if given outright.

Mouthfeel: I respect that Sam Adams went light on the carbonation here, but I'd actually dig more. Perhaps a little heavier than I'd want too. Still, this is probably the best aspect of the beer besides its appearance.

The worst beer from Sam Adams I've ever had and something I'd be glad if they got rid of.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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 teromous
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very hazy golden body with a large fluffy white head that fades down to a short creamy white film. Good lacing on the glass but poor retention as the head fades quickly.

Aroma: There is a sour tinge smell typical of wheat. There's nothing unpleasant but a bit underwhelming for a beer that displays "ale brewed with spices" on the label. Maybe these spices are not aromatic.

Taste: I'm getting a nice wheat flavor. Again I don't pick up any spices at all. It tastes like an average wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Perfect mouthfeel for a witbier. I mean it is legitimately the gold standard of quality here. It has a nice thick creamy body that just floods the palate.

Overall: Spice in beers will typically fade over time, but this early in the season (two days after Thanksgiving) I would not expect a beer that says "Christmas" on the label to have no spice flavor when the label clearly states that it was brewed with spice. The neckerchief says "We put a new spin on a Belgian white ale, replacing traditional coriander with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange peel, giving this beer a festive, warming touch." I don't pick up any cinnamon, nutmeg, or orange peel. Overall this is a tasty wheat beer but I can't give my stamp of approval on something that doesn't deliver. If you're looking for a wheat beer this is about average. Freshness-wise it's better than many imported wheat beers that have become oxidized but there are some domestic (US) wheat beers available this time of year that are fresher tasting. If you're looking for a spiced beer you will be sadly disappointed.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
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 acevenom
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy yellow orange with a thick white head and lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy yellow orange with a thick white head and lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. The flavor is an interesting taste on the classic witbier. The wheat malt backbone is there with juicy orange flavor. I get the cinnamon and nutmeg, but they are not overpowering. The spices instead complement the flavors of this beer well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is very smooth and highly drinkable. This is a very good beer. Like a previous reviewer, I agree this beer gives us a reason to enjoy a wit in the winter.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: semi-clear golden colored brew, with a decent bit of rising up carbonation. 4\5

aroma: Very malt and spice forward. It smells like cloves, a bit or coriander, and sweet malt. Good, but nothing to boast about. 3.5\5

flavor: The smell does not betray this one, the flavor is all spice and malty goodness. Lots of sweet grainy malty flavor comes first in this brew, with a nice burst of warmth from the spices. A bit of honey flavor on the finish as well. Not too shabby. 4\5

feel: it feels heavy, mostly due to its sweetness, which is helped out by its carbonation. 3.75\5

overall: I was surprised by this beer. It is a surprisingly easy to drink well made witbier. Its flavors follow the wit style quite well, and the final product is actually a fairly decent desert beer (I classify it as such due to how sweet it is). I would be happy to drink it again and found no real problems with it at all. 4\5

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Photo of DeFaz
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy white color with a yellow tint. Head is medium and retention is pretty good.

Smell: This smells unlike any other beer I've had, and it smells great. There are aromas of orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It smells just like Christmas.

Taste: As good as it smells, the taste is rather disappointing. The spices are fairly faint and the citrus and spices is a little odd. There is no hop presence at all, and it's not as yeasty as it could be.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is fairly low and the beer is on the thin side, even for witiber. It goes down very easy but is just a touch too thin. However, it is refreshing.

Overall: It's hard to deny that this beer will satisfy most beer drinkers and even those who generally avoid beer during the Christmas holidays because it is refreshing. The smell is fantastic, but the taste is not very bold, and like most Sam Adams beers, it seems more tailored to the commercial audience.

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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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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation. It had about one finger of white head that did not last long leaving a thin head.

Smell: Wheat, citrus, cinnamon, and maybe some nutmeg. Close to what a Pumpkin Ale smells like.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of some cinnamon/sugar/nutmeg with wheat and hops.

Overall: Decent holiday brew, I will buy this one again.

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Photo of zachary80
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Good white head, hazy golden body with an orange tint. Great lacing.

Aroma of a spiced witbier - cinnamon and nutmeg, check. Not picking up orange peel in the aroma. Doesn't smell all that appealing. Average score since it met the basic expectation.

Taste starts with the same spices up front, then a bland wheat finish. Some nutmeg lingers. The spices seem to dominate the weak base beer.

Full-bodied, fits the rest of the beer well. Basically what you'd expect from a "winter" wheat - a little beefed up, but not overly so.

Overall not a fan of how the flavors come together, although the problem may be that I don't enjoy the underlying beer. Technically good, but not very enjoyable. Would not recommend.

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