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

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 1,570
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 35.73%
Wants: 27
Gots: 302 | FT: 0
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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 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 mchegash
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BryanCarey
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale is a yellow/orange colored beer with a cloudy body. Looking at the foam reveals a nice, fluffy head that falls apart in a few minutes but still manages to leave a small, flat, white coating on the top of the glass as you consume. The beer has a nose that features scents of lemon, wheat, and spice and it is interesting enough to get your attention.

This beer has a nice flavor profile that emphasizes some pale wheat malts, citrus, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. The spicy character is what consumers will remember best and there is only a small amount of hop taste in the end that emphasizes some herbal flavor notes.

Boston Beer brews a ton of beer styles and even though they already have a Winter Lager, they went ahead and created this seasonal Christmas ale. It is an interesting beer, indeed, with flavors of wheat, spice, and citrus and I prefer it to the Winter Lager. It has almost no bitterness at all, but it isn’t overly sweet either thanks to the balancing of the ingredients and the tang of the spice. The tastes are reasonably balanced, but the spicy nature and the orange peel are the flavors that stand out from the rest.

This holiday beer is offered only a couple months per year so make sure to get your hands on some while it is still available. The taste is befitting of a holiday brew and the balance of flavors will prove agreeable to most who try it.

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a hazy brassy-yellow, with a nice fluffy two-finger white head. Clumpy/patchy lacing.

S - Healthy aroma best described as "that witbier smell"; bavarian hops and yeasts. A little orange zest as well. Some nutmeg.

T - Opens with a citrus twang of orange and lemon, followed by a spice blend in the mid-palate. Getting nutmeg, a little cinnamon, and a hint of cardamom. I enjoyed the spices, and found they contributed to the base beer rather than detracted from it. Some spicy hops in the finish provide some balance, but overall it's pretty sweet. Maybe a little too sweet? But definitely refreshing.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little syrupy which feels like a flaw given the other characteristics.

O - A pretty solid representation of the style by SA. Much better than their White Ale. Nice to see a decent new seasonal from them after some abominable recent outings.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BierStein711
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into weizen

Not bad at all.

Thee finger head, moderate carbonation

Smells of honey, orange, and cinnamon, perhaps lemon

Tastes: Cinnamon, orange, wheat, lemon zest, with a honey finish that tickles the tongue at the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, similar to other witbiers

Overall it is not a bad beer; I'll stick with Winter Lager though.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellowish orange with a big bright white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is very muted. Bready malts and traces of cinnamin, nutmeg and orange. Taste is the same, very bland. Feel is light and watery. Overall I'm glad I got a single bc I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #236
Served On: 11/16/2012
Glassware: Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.8%
Date/ Code: 03/2013

From the 2012 release of Winter Classics mixes 12 pack from Golden Brew in York, PA.

Look: The appearance was a cloudy golden yellow color with some extreme carbonation levels and a creamy dense white head. Lacing was evident.

Smell: The aroma seemed almost like the regular Sam Adams white with some extra winter spices added. Cinnamon and clove were detected. There was also a crisp quality even with all the spices.

Taste: First up was a citrus note that turned in to a spice and then a big biscuit kicked in. The finish was some lingering spice and bread.

This was an interesting combination of a white ale and a spiced beer. I can’t say it’s too much different from the typical SA white except for the ramped up spice level.

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Photo of Mit
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy orange colour with a long lasting foamy head.

Smell is of citrus...orange peel...cloves

Spices somewhat subdued....slight sweet malty edge...ends with a nice spicy finish.

Thicker....ESP for the 5.8 abv

Overall this was a great beer. Not really a warmer
But def a beer I'd buy again. I liked it a little more than the winter lager

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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 microbrewlover
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque copper color with a one finger fluffy white head.

The smell is wheat and spices, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.

The taste follows the nose this being a pretty standard wheat beer with spices. There is also a hint of some sort of citrus taste and everything blends together quite nicely but nothing really pops or stands out. It is an interesting choice by Sam Adams to blend a wheat beer with holiday spices. It might be a good beer to use in order to introduce a friend to wheat beers.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought these over, had it poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, the 8th beer I've reviewed from Sam. I think the winter whear beer is a tricky thing to execute, want to get enough spices in there such that no one would confuse it for a summer, without going overboard. Hazy yellow color and soft white head. Obvious notes of citrus and spice, particularly nutmeg. Nice when you want a winter beer that might not weigh you down too much. I think it's a bit underrated on here, good stuff.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.62/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So this was a definite yes for me. Upon opening the bottle you get hit with the scent of the spices. The beer tastes just as described and if I could compare it to something it would be a spic cake with hits of beer. I really enjoined this beer however those who don't like heavily spiced beers I would not recommend this.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams witbier, all right all right. Pours out a dull straw color with a feeble head. Slightly transparent, decent haze. One whiff and I knew I had to take another...because I couldn't smell anything. On a deep inhale, I got some citrus and wet grains. Flavor is similarly nondescript, just a little tang upfront followed by a decidedly more pleasant husky grain finish. Does not really strike me as a wit, more like a mediocre hefe. Not that every wit should be a slave to the bananaclove flavor profile, but if you're going a different route, at least make it interesting. The strongest part of the flavor here is the mellow but long lingering wheaty aftertaste. The most notable feature of the beer as a whole is its incredible texture, which only makes me wonder what could have been if they had nailed the taste.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque. Hazy. Bubbly. Honey-amber. Fine, off-white, medium-retention head that soon develops into a film and lace on the sides. Smells at first of bread and yeast, but this gives way to cinnamon, quite good and not very strong. Perhaps nutmeg as well, as indicated by the label, but not much for orange peel yet. Palate definitely favors cinnamon, nutmeg throughout, much more so the former, but wheat and yeast character more present than they were in smell, giving it both grain and white whine undertones. Aftertaste is watered down cinnamon which almost reminds me of banana, of all things, and very mild citrus, which could pass for orange peel, though not very rindy or bitter. Medium bodied, a bit watery, but silky once loads of fine prickles have subsided. Far from the worst witbier I've had, and though it's not terribly high on my list of styles, I'm somewhat surprised it's not more highly rated.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, light honey (orangish yellow). Minimal lace remains.
Smell: Spice, citrus.
Taste: Spice, tangy citrus. Maybe banana. Honey.

I enjoyed this. It's a relaxing drink. Basically, it feels like a weaker lager with some spices thrown in it. Decent, but obviously nothing you'd praise from the mountain tops. Spices are the dominant theme, but not too dominant. I will get this again next year in the seasonal pack.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, White Christmas has got a 1.5 finger thick finely porous white head, residual lacing, and a hazy,golden body.

Smells like the citrus peel mentioned on the label, along with other classic witbier elements. The "holiday spice" notes are quite subtle

I taste pretty much the same characteristics as with the aroma. As with them, this tastes is mellow, but certainly there. I can pick up the cinnamon and nutmeg more during a swig versus a sniff.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean. A tad creamier than most of the witbiers I've experienced. Nice performance here.

Overall, I'll give a 4 to Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). It wasn't a very profound brew, but a good diversion away from the heavier, darker "winter beers" released by these guys and most other brewers. I might buy this again to bust the rut.

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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 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 Kooz
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited edition, and an interesting idea. Sam takes a traditional white ale, which I associate with summer, and adds in the spices I associate with fall/winter beers (cinnamon, nutmeg). I'm expecting a punch of spices and a lingering citrus taste at the end.

This looks great. Nice tight head over a cloudy, pale orange beer. I can't wait to imbibe!

I smell orange and cinnamon, which have no business being in the same beverage, but somehow work here.

I'm getting the citrus and some wheatiness. It's nice, but not what I expected at all. The body is nice as well. It coats the inside of your mouth with a warmth that lingers slightly and has some sweetness that isn't sticky. It's a nice flavor.

It's just weird to me. The spices make this something warm and cozy, but as a result, all the fresh, crispness that comes with a traditional white. It left me confused, even though it is good. I would certainly have this again though.

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Photo of raznug
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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 karait95
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The correct color and good looking maybe a little too yellow, carbonation is medium and head is not very big formed by white small bubbles. Cloudy as should be.

S: Spicy aroma with some wheat base that feels in the nose.

T: Typical flavor for a wit beer, some coriander and some wheat, citrus and banana are not present.

M: Not so intense as expected, nice but a little sweetness is missing and some bitterness is present.

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