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

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1,141 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 57 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-20-2013 23:04:49 | More by Janeinma
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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
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

11-17-2013 17:42:01 | More by TheBigBoy
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-15-2013 12:58:34 | More by erialbill
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 15:51:34 | More by Scotchboy
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TheSixthRing

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:50:33 | More by TheSixthRing
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scott2269

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-17-2013 02:20:36 | More by scott2269
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paulish

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-01-2014 02:16:50 | More by paulish
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pirmannt1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-09-2013 20:18:43 | More by pirmannt1
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BeerManDan

California

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 23:32:57 | More by BeerManDan
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-13-2013 03:43:39 | More by jkball01
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Tiernan

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-24-2012 05:32:09 | More by Tiernan
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-17-2012 01:39:37 | More by Eaglefan344
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smutty33

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-02-2014 05:28:16 | More by smutty33
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RJLarse

Washington

3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 23:56:06 | More by RJLarse
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

06-28-2013 01:24:41 | More by jwps214
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KajII

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[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...

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Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 19:27:43 | More by KajII
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2012 21:29:51 | More by skaboom420
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-05-2013 03:14:34 | More by doughanson78
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mattcrill

Ohio

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:21:52 | More by mattcrill
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-16-2013 09:41:11 | More by dertyd
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mikeg67

New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle. Thanks Samp01 for sharing. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, creamy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wheat malt, sourdough, and hints of spices and pears. Body is medium and smooth. A lot of spices, wheat malt, citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Overall it is nicely made wit.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 14:42:40 | More by mikeg67
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jtierney89

New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy faded blonde, a little darker than blond with a white head that dissipates very quickly.

Smells like the holiday, mostly nutmeg with a bit of cinnamon. Slightly perfumey and wheaty as well. Tastes like spice. Drinkable but overly spice with the faintest of beer flavors such as wheat. Too sweet, not balanced, too much spicy. Tastes like licking the wax paper you just cooked holiday sugar cookies on.

Just Sam releasing two seasonals to take up more shelf space, the more limited of which (being this one along with their pumpkin and shandy) that are made for the masses with simple and relate-able ingredients and are on the sweet side. Sigh

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:32:00 | More by jtierney89
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:59:45 | More by 57md
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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