Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
11-29-2012 07:23:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.03/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
10-28-2012 17:22:47 | More by Domingo
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
11-26-2012 02:30:46 | More by MrHurmateeowish
3/5 rDev -13.5%
Appearance - Pours cloudy, pale orange with a white, half finger head. Subpar retention results in sparse lacing.
Smell - Smells of pie crust, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste - Follows the nose. Heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon spices, with a pie crust malt flavor. Faint hint of coriander as the beer heads for the finish, and a subtle wheatness peaks through at the tail-end of the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Light in body, with an almost fizzy carbonation.
Overall - Not very impressed. Reminiscent of their Harvest Pumpkin ale, minus the hints of pumpkin. Is it drinkable? Yeah, but I wouldn't want to buy it again, and I'm hoping it's a one-and-done in the Winter pack.
10-28-2012 01:50:33 | More by TheSixthRing
3.4/5 rDev -2%
12oz long-neck poured into a mug.
A: Hazed gold with a ton of carbonation screaming to the top and a quickly fizzling white head.
S: Bready and wheaty right up front. Citrus, nutmeg, other spices. Maybe lemon peel? Pretty malt-driven.
T: More orange peel on the palate with cinnamon and nutmeg emerging as it warms. Plenty of light bready wheat notes to accompany the suggestion of Christmas wassail.
MF: Medium to light bodied. Pretty standard stuff.
O: Nothing special to me, though I readily admit this isn't a style I seek out. It is what it is, and its a spiced Wit. Nothing more.
01-03-2013 15:51:34 | More by Scotchboy
4.03/5 rDev +16.1%
The color when poured was a hazy golden yellow with a reddish hue. The smell of sweet spices filled the nose with a very pleasant aroma. When tasted, there was yeasty nutmeg, cinnimon, with what seems to be a hint of allspice or corriander. What a pleasant, not to sweet or bitter. A well balance of component to make this years Christmas Ale a very, very pleasant surprise. Another winner from Boston Brewing.
11-23-2012 23:32:57 | More by BeerManDan
3.04/5 rDev -12.4%
Part of the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler. Only this and the chocolate bock are left. Poured in to a pint glass.
Pours a pale yellow gold color, clear with a thin fizzy white head.
Smell is sweet, soft fruit aromas, pears and raisins, with some spice notes.
Taste is also sweet with a sharp cidery flavor. Mildly bitter sweet after taste.
Moutfeel is crisp and clean, with a dry feel.
Overall not a great wit. The flavor is a bit off. It tastes un-fermented. Blue Moon is better.
01-13-2013 23:56:06 | More by RJLarse
2.9/5 rDev -16.4%
[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]
The pour was a medium golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fluffy head that quickly diminished, down to a very thin film and not so good runny lacing.
The aroma was of a light straw malt and a doughy horse blanket yeast with notes of citrus (orange), coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon.
The taste was lightly sweet and rather yeasty with a pronounced citrus note throughout, with the finish having a slight spiciness at the very end. The flavor lingered for an average time following the swallow, with a mild spicy yeast taste fading slowly from the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a mildly dry texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall a decent enough brew that did posses a good drinkability, but was really nothing overly special as Witbier's go...
12-03-2012 19:27:43 | More by KajII
3.38/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a cloudy straw with half a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose has some citrus notes in it. This offering tastes like a standard wit with a touch of nutmeg and other holiday spices added. The finish is rather basic as well. Nothing special here.
The name is the only thing about this beer that justifies its inclusion in the 2012 Winter Classics pack. There is nothing winter Seasonal about wits and it replaced the Black and Brew which I thought was an above average coffee stout.
12-30-2012 03:59:45 | More by 57md
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
2013 Winter Mix Pack
Aroma: Pepper and orange blossom aromatics up front. Crackery malt character. Slight ginger and clove in the background. No hop aroma.
Appearance: Hazy light amber pour with a thick 2 finger white head. Head retention is good.
Flavor: More peppery and orange peel character. Firm Saltine cracker malt base. Earthy hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and spicy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, medium-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol warmth.
Overall impression: A refreshing, slightly heavy-handed witbier. Not sure I'd put it in the "Winter beer" category but it was pretty good. Glad to have sampled it.
12-15-2013 19:21:52 | More by mattcrill
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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