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

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1,136 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012)
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Danny1217

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-19-2014 05:15:15 | More by Danny1217
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2GOOFY

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2012 04:34:28 | More by 2GOOFY
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Somehow I missed this. When I cracked this one and took a hit it was definitely something new and unique. Not necessarily the most wonderful thing ever, but definitely something that gets your attention.

It is a yellow thing, slightly dark with a thin head. The aroma is of a spiced ale, but nicely balanced. The taste is also a spiced affair, but also mildly bitter. The aftertaste is also a satisfying rich flavor.

Overall, this was a good one I almost missed for the season. I'm glad I took one last look at the bottom of the cooler at my number 2 carry out.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:52:03 | More by schoolboy
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another month-old review from notes, part of the winter mix pack.

Poured to a tulip glass - color is light orange with some haze. A small white head turns to a ring quite quickly and stays that way. A little lace left.

Expected witbier scent of wheat, orange and clove and some other light spices. Not bad, a bit average, lacking in the spice.

Taste brings on wheat, buttery bread, orange/coriander, some light earthy notes. There is some nutmeg/Xmas spice noticeable but the big spice profile advertised seems a bit restrained.

Good body overall, a bit high on the carbonation, could be smoother.

A decent witbier, but a bit plain. Not too different from alot of other orangey American wheats, though I'm not sure if all that Xmas spice would've really improved this.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 16:17:48 | More by Chico1985
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Bad head retention with no lacing at all.

Aroma of some lemon and coriander typical of a witbier. In addition to this, there are some spices typical of winter/christmas beers like nutmeg and cinnamon.

The flavor is even more spice-forward than the aroma and it becomes a bit too much/artificial tasting. There is a decent wheat beer base but it is overpowered by the spice. Also it is all a little too sweet.

Overall, a miss for Samuel Adams. I don't know why they got rid of the decent Black and Brew for this but not a good idea.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 21:09:38 | More by rangerred
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-01-2014 03:12:37 | More by Resuin
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vkv822

Oregon

3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pilsner glass

Very slightly hazy golden yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head.

Nutmeg, cinnamon upfront, light floral and crackery notes.

Light blend of cinnamon/nutmeg spice, subtle citrus, and a grainy, malty backbone.

Medium body, crisp finish. Light, fizzy carbonation.

A good beer, though a bit subtle flavor profiles overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 08:59:26 | More by vkv822
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-05-2013 00:28:58 | More by BigTrubble
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RickS95

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best looking Sam Adams beers I can recall. Mostly resembles the style with a milky golden, cloudy yellow pour. The head is a bit of a letdown as there's not much of it to begin with and it lacks good retention.

The spices mentioned on the bottle are present, though cinnamon dominates and forces everything else to play second fiddle.

The nutmeg is the key player in the taste bug game, maybe a bit too much so. I can almost taste the orange peel, but again the nutmeg won't relinquish dominance, so I'm not quite sure if I taste it or just remember reading it from the bottle...though there is a citrusy too it.

It's all about the spice. Nothing is really offensive, just a bit rough around the edges. The tanginess from the wheat was a nice addition. It's most crisp from beginning to end and there doesn't seem to be much evidence of hops.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. This beer might need to age a bit for the ingredients to play nicer with each other, but I'm not sure how long you can cellar this stuff. It's fairly easy to drink, especially around the cold weather months, though a bit more alcohol and heat would be welcome.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 03:13:33 | More by RickS95
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kristougher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-26-2013 17:10:04 | More by kristougher
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm unsure if a Witbier says, "Christmas!" to me but I'm giving it a go...

Looks the part for sure... very hazy and golden... definitely unfiltered...

Nice aromas of wheat and orange peel with some of the typical Christmas spices, i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, etc... present... Actually smells pretty refreshing... Light yeasty aromas present here and there as well...

Burst of wheat and citrus right up front... Yeasty and earthy... Not bad really but nothing special... I'm not sure the flavors and aroma have be thinking cold weather or Christmas but it isn't bad... This seems more like a summer beer to me...

Not my favorite from the Winter Classics pack for sure but this isn't a bad beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 20:13:50 | More by Tilley4
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-16-2012 03:45:38 | More by Kahlerbock
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before March 2014. Another seasonal release from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety twelve pack. The third beer from the variety pack this year to be brewed with cinnamon and orange peel, with nutmeg replacing the ginger. Expectations are fairly low, I remember being unimpressed with this offering last year, but I'll give it another go.

Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of soft white fizz, audibly sizzling away. Body is a light lemon-orange colored body with tons of active carbonation freaking out in the glass. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is of dusty grains, bubblegum malt, fizzing soapy carbonation, and some orange juice zest. Not doing anything for me.

T - Taste follows the nose: grainy wheat, bubblegum malt, some dry spice probably from the cinnamon & nutmeg but to me it tastes more like ginger zest, and some lightly citric orange creamsicle. The orange tastes slightly artificial, and the rest of the beer has a pretty poor depth of flavor. Again, not doing it for me.

M - Feel goes down soft, smooth, wet, and creamy. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty bland and uninspired offering from Samuel Adams. Witbiers aren't my favorite style to begin with, but this still has to be one of the less interesting examples of the style that I've had. One of the lesser beers from the variety pack; I would almost prefer the Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock over this one.

Samuel Adams White Christmas ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:48:45 | More by mfnmbvp
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White Christmas poured a hazy yellow color with a good size white head. There was a yeasty aroma with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste had a belgian wheat like backbone with strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Strong flavors, but seems to flood the palate. Overall a nice good flavored witbeir.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 05:23:33 | More by vette2006c5r
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

07-21-2014 22:27:27 | More by CraigTravor
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

12-30-2012 22:16:36 | More by captainbearcat
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-13-2013 22:34:06 | More by stampfler07
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BucannonXC5

California

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a winter variety 12-pack
Purchased: Nov. 1, 2013
Consumed: Nov. 1, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by March 2014

Poured an orange hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white head. Sporadic spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top.

Smelled a lot of different notes combined into one. Got orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, molasses and even a bit of pumpkin. Some other wintry spices in there as well.

Tasted a lot like the smell, but a little lighter. Got orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, gingerbread, cinnamon sticks and honey wheat .

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

I really enjoyed this one. I’d definitely have it again. Just a lighter winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 06:28:07 | More by BucannonXC5
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

08-06-2013 20:38:32 | More by mpalestino
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bzach

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

12-08-2012 23:31:51 | More by bzach
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-16-2013 20:00:38 | More by ralphw56
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

03-03-2013 18:07:34 | More by OregonGrown7
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased as part of the Holiday mix pack. Pours a murky light yellow with a half inch of white head. Coriander, pith, citrus, and vanilla comprise the aroma in that order. Pith, yeast, vanilla, lemon, and coriander make the flavor. Medium in body and carbonation. Pretty good overall. Much better than Samuel Adams White.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:30:46 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I never tried it before and it looked festive enough for the season. Once I saw that this was a Witbier, I had a feeling that this would taste a lot like the White Ale that used to be the Sam Spring seasonal. Even though I hadn't had that in years, that turned out to be the case and for this time of the year, it's not usual to see something that's so light hued and easygoing. This did fit the bill of being a good holiday beer however, without being too boozy or heavy.

The pour was a nice goldenrod with a half-inch head that lasted for a little while and nearly no lacing to be seen. Very cloudy, the carbonation wasn't present and I didn't feel it much as I worked my way through this beer either. A decent amount of cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the grassy notes with some banana and pepper underneath. The mouthfeel was just a bit heavy without the carbonation with a malty aftertaste. Hardly any wheat or hops to be had here and this beer ended up going down relatively fast given how much I was attempting to enjoy it.

The alcohol was pretty well-hidden here and even though this wasn't a session beer, I could easily have had another in one sitting. While it's not Boston Beer's standout offering, this was a welcome change from the darker and heavier seasonals that are lining the store shelves now. If you're a fan of the White Ale, this is a step up from it with a nice holiday flair to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 07:23:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Domingo

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oh Sam Adams. Just when we think we're getting rid of the abundance of random wheat-based seasonals, another one comes out.
This one is essentially a holiday spiced witbier.
Looks more or less like a standard witbier. Light in color, foamy, cloudy. No issues here.
The nose has a little cinnamon and nutmeg, plus a distinct wit cirtus-y sourness. Maybe this won't be bad?
The flavor department is really where this one falls apart. Strong cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg hit right away. It's like a pumpkin or holiday beer gone wild. the problem is that on the back end, there's the Sam Adams wheat roughness that only works in a few beers (like Summer Ale). Here it doesn't. Instead it's all spice on the front, wit sourness in the middle, and all husky bitterness on the back end. I don't mind spiced beers, but this one is all out of whack.
No problems with the texture, and I suppose if you're really really into massive spice notes or don't mind that weird back-end, this might be drinkable for you. Maybe non-beer drinkers would like it, too.
A novel idea that just doesn't work. I really wish Boston Beer would stop with the forced wheat seasonals. This might work as a blonde, lager, or porter but as a wit it just doesn't...at least for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 17:22:47 | More by Domingo
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.