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

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BA SCORE
80
good

282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,536
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 276 | FT: 0
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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 archyquaffer
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. No lemon wedges added or anything. A semi-aggressive pour brings forth about 1/2 inch of frothy head, reducing quickly into some wispy, bubbly lacing. The beer is straw colored and hazy with fairly high carbonation. I'm not a real big drinker of wheat beers, but I remember some others being distinctly frothier and more visually appealing than this one.

I get almost an adjuncty type of aroma- I suppose it's wheat, but it seems also a little corney perhaps (its ok though). Effervescent mouthfeel, with nice spiciness and vaguely defined citrus. The spice becomes more discernable as the beer progresses, but never becomes overbearing.

This is a pretty good beer, but it seems kind of odd as a winter beer, and yet doesn't seem to fully develop the qualities of a good wheat beer. I suppose it's just my bias, as I associate this type of beer with hot weather. This was purchased as part of a holiday variety 12 pack- 14.99 and a worthwhile purchase. (994 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.84/5  rDev +10%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

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 - 3.9/5
Nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust, light citrus. Light slight caramel malt taste. Again, this tastes basically like a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel - 3.8/5
Medium bodied, crisp but also smooth. Has a medium amount of medium-high carbonation.

Overall - 3.6/5
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.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (922 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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 (355 characters)

Photo of Hunter
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Rhf9120
4.62/5  rDev +32.4%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of raznug
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (503 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of fields336
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A; 2 finger white puffy head, hazy golden straw color, medium carbonation

S: orange peel, bready malt, touch of wheat, coriander, citrus, and a slight cinnamon and i think i smell the nutmeg as well

T: a sweet bready malt with a big citrus/orange peel and spice wave at the end, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove are present at the end.

M: medium bodied from the wheat and a decent carb, a touch sweet for my taste however

O: decent beer, nothing special, i like the spring wheats better (494 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Body is a hazy honey gold color. 1/2 inch of coarse white head forms and then fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Candied oranges, funky hops, peppery belgian yeast, and an underlying vegetal smell not unlike many pumpkin ales I've had.

T - Sweet and tangy up front. Mild orange peel flavor as well as a healthy dose of dry wheat flavor. Hints of nutmeg and clove through the middle. A bit tannic in the finish with some white pepper and a metallic flavor.

M - Thin body. Vibrant carbonation. Dry finish. Quite drinkable. (525 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.77/5  rDev +8%
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 (1,247 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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...) (675 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Best before March '13

A - Light golden with a great haziness to it. Medium sized white head falls to a small cap. Little bits of lacing left on the glass.

S - Get a nice aroma of sweet orange peel and a lot of wheat. Floral with a bit of coriander here. Medicinal phenols.

T - Slight bit of sweetness right away. Grainy malt gives way to big twangy wheat character. Flavor dries up towards the end and has a well crafted spiced finish. I get that pseudo pumpkin beer quality. Allspice and nutmeg are easy to pick up on but don't overwhelm.

M - Medium-light body works perfect, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - A lot of wheat crammed into this brew. Aroma shows good complexity and traditional wit characters. Taste is dominated by wheat but finishes with a cool curveball. Great feel and appearance to the beer. Throws a good switch to a common summer style, a good excuse to enjoy wit in winter. (951 characters)

Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.