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

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282 Reviews
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,531
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 269 | 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 tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, hazy, orange-brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: orange, cinnamon, and Belgian spices

Taste: bread, cinnamon, clove, light orange, an other Belgian spices.

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied with medium-high carbonation

Overall: An average witbier. I like the light holiday spices, but I would not get this outside of the holiday sampler. One of the weaker beers I have seen in the winter sampler. (428 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a hazy orange color with a very small white head.

The aroma was mostly citrus, with a bit of spice. Some grain,

Orange taste, coriander, and a little cinnamon. Cereal in the background.

This was a pleasant enough beer, just not that exciting. Taken in context, I think it went well in the Winter 12 pack, however. (330 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Included in the holiday mix pack I buy every year because I love old fezzywig.

Pours dark for a wit. Smells... wow. Like a surprisingly well balanced, complex blend of good witbier yeast spices and dull, blue fruit. Clove and black pepper but also... blackberries, I think.And lots of orange and cinnamon.

Tastes really good, too. It plays up the heavy, spicy yeast that's the trademark of SA brews. Starts off pretty much like a good, spicy wit, but then it segues into a middle that's like something out of New Glarus: the orange peel dominates, which gives the whole rest of the beer a nice vibe of subdued fruit. It ends with fruit, cinnamon, and whitepepper wheatmalt.

Well, shit. If this were from another brewer the reviews would be a bit better, I think. I like to give credit where credit is due, and it's nice to see SA finally brewing one-offs that play to their strengths, instead of pitiably aping the styles that other brewers are doing. This is a Sam Adams beer, and a damn good one. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color, similar to a hazy macro. Doesn't really have that wit bier look to it. The head is short and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is grainy with some hay notes. Light spice notes, perhaps some mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Healthy dose of lemon throughout.

The taste is light and crisp with a lemony flavor. Typical of an american wheat ale. This is followed by a spice mixture of coriander, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. The nutmeg and cinnamon are very subtle.

The feel is light and crisp. Sweet on the palate but its dry so it is refreshing. Drinks well.

An ok beer, nothing special. A mixture between an American wheat ale and witbier with a subtle hint of holiday spice. As with a lot of SA wheat brews, there is a big presence of lemon. (781 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a sticky, persistent 2” white foam collar.
S: Herbal and spice with some bread.
T: Bread, caramel, orange peel, lemon, citrus, with some cinnamon and light drying in the finish.
F: Medium light body and medium high carbonation.
O: Big wheat beer flavors that might appeal to a wide audience. (328 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wit Christmas? This beer is a hazy straw color with a brilliant white head. Plenty of effervescence, with clearly visible bubble streams. The smell is spicy, with a notable holiday bend (not a normal coriander wit, but instead a bit strong on nutmeg). The smell is sweet as well, with some pale malt and wheat notes, and a bit of citrus and stone fruit. The taste is solid. Better than expected....bready and mildly spicy. Good balance and very drinkable. Fuller in body than typical witbiers, but very appropriate. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. (559 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden with lemon highlights beneath a short lived soft looking bright white head that faded into a fuzzy film. Thin wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon are easily noticeable upon first whiff. I get notes of wheat and chalky yeast and a touch of citrus following.
T: Creamy wheat flavors mixed with minerally yeast and syrupy citrus flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg are still prominent. Everything has kind of a syrupy greasy flavor/feel to it that is a bit off putting. The aftertaste is synthetic and contains notes of black pepper and white grape juice.
M: Very soft and frothy carbonation goes well with a very creamy medium body and smooth mouthfeel. This beer is greasy though and coasts my mouth strangely.
O: A step fuller and creamier than the really bad ones of the style, but I did not care for this one a whole lot more than I care for those. Flavors are as described on the bottle but taste synthetic and syrupy, and everything has an oily texture to it. Not the worst the definitely not the best offering from BBC. (1,131 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Very cloudy, peachy orange body. Thick finger of gauzy, eggshell white head. Nice lacing. Wheaty, witty nose. Accents of orange zest, lemon, and spices. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe juniper. Not bad.

Soft, wheaty malt up front. Light sweetness. Bready. Light clove and banana, before citrus and spice take over. Orange zest with some lemon. Muddled holiday spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly). Bready, wheatiness reclaims the finish, with lingering spices and citrus. Medium bodied, with a protein-y wheat, smooth feel. Not as bad as I was expecting. Kind of a nice change of pace from all the porters, stouts, and Celebration I've been drinking lately! (677 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent bright orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Oranges, spices, grass. Not much else. Kinda bland almost.

T-Bland. Blah. Not much. Starts with some orange and malt with slight spices. but there really isn't much to it.

M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbonation.

O-Sam Adams could greatly improve their winter mix pack by replacing this with another Old Fezziwig. (382 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and just a wisp or two of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Quite a pleasant aroma. Big coriander with peppery and slightly bready yeast. Just enough sweetness from a neutral maltiness. Simple, but nice.

3.75 T: It tastes even better than it smells. Coriander and peppery spiciness. Sweet neutral malts. Hints of cinnamon and wintry spices.

4.0 M: Medium body. Pleasantly creamy with good moderate carbonation. Supremely smooth.

5.0 D: Supremely drinkable. I could put this down all night. (638 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas a couple days ago for $7.99 at Meijers. It's been a while since I've had a Witbier, and since this is Samuel Adams new holiday seasonal I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. It was notched March as it's best before date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't really look much different than most of their other beers, it's a little plain. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on a nice orange tint when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This beer looked good and it was true to style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of spices with some cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves seeming to stick out the most. After that I get some sweet wheat aromas followed by a pretty big yeast aroma. The aroma is nice and pretty on par for the style with the spices really showing up.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but much lighter, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness up front followed by a some wheat and yeast flavors. Up next comes a pretty light amount of spices, the orange peel seems to be the only one that is distinguishable. On the finish there's a nice bready flavor and pretty much no bitterness with a bready, wheaty and slightly spicy aftertaste. This beer tasted decent, but the flavors seemed to be a little thinner they should be, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but the thickness hurts the drinkability.

Overall I thought this was an OK beer and a average example of the style, there was nothing that was out of place with this beer, but there also wasn't anything that stuck out as being really well done. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was little too thick for me and the flavor didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one would be enough for me, I don't think I would want two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked like a proper Witbier and it's just what I expect to see in this style. What I liked the least about this beer is the only thing that stays as strong as it did in the aroma was the sweetness, I would much rather have more wheat and spices. I don't think I will be getting this beer again, I might get it if it's release next year but a six pack is enough for me for this year, If you really like the style I recommend trying it but I wouldn't tell my friends that they have to try it. All in all this beer was decent and pretty true to style bit it was a little rough around the edges and needs a little more fine tuning, as far as noteworthy holiday beers I don't see this one making the list, and for the style I think I would rather have Bell's Winter White Ale. Samuel Adams makes solid beer and that;s what this is, but it's not all the memorable. (3,104 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White Christmas looks like straw in color. It’s extremely hazy. A little light gives it more of a yellow look. Pretty standard for the style. Not bad. It’s topped off with a bone white head. It’s rather modest, standing only about a finger tall. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume. Looks pretty good.

The nose is weak in terms of aromatics. Needs more strength. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. It is earthy and quite grainy throughout. It smells a little spicy. There are some light holiday spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Other spices include light orange peel and perhaps coriander. Definitely reminiscent of a Witbier. Smells a little sweet. Perhaps a little fruity. Lemon is there. Alcohol is buried. It’s not bad. More strength might push it to the positive side.

I’m not sure what it is about the flavor, but I like it. It definitely features a strong grainy, earthy flavor. That quality resonates throughout each sip. It also features some spicy flavors that are notable for the style – namely coriander and orange peel. It does have a light lemon flavor that’s refreshing. In terms of the holiday spices, they’re modest, but effective. Cinnamon and nutmeg are definitely noted, and they complement the other flavors nicely. I didn’t anticipate liking this much at all, but for some odd reason – I do. It’s good stuff. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. Finishes earthy and spicy with just enough holiday spice flavor to make it interesting.

White Christmas has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation feels soft. Even though it’s very light, it feels rather soft. It goes down far too easily. I could handle a few bottles of this.

Samuel Adams White Christmas is probably the surprise Christmas beer of 2012 for me. I really expected to hate it. I don’t…at all. It’s surprisingly good. Not great, but good. I’d suggest picking up a six-pack while it’s around. It’s definitely worth a shot. (2,021 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head, held well. Cloudy, medium straw colored body.
Smell a lot of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and some citrus, but I can't place it. It smells festive.
Taste like orange and the above spices. The mildest of bitterness at the end.
Soft texture, surprising but nice. Medium body, low carbonation. Almost like sipping on a cloud.
Really not bad. Not my favorite style, but this one is put together well. (414 characters)

Photo of wedge
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Foggy gold body with a slender, creamy white head. Spicy, powdery sweet aroma...cinnamon, citrus, coriander, and clove. Very mild. A lot of spices in the flavor too, though not overly spiced. Lemon, orange peel, lightly sweet wheat malt, and nutmeg. Creamy, medium-light body. Meh, I don't know...I'm not really feeling this one. (329 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Not super pale. It has a coarse white head that keeps on dissolving.

Smells like a spiced shandy. Coriander and grain of paradise is here, but it's overblown with a weird aroma of cheap, artificially-sweetened lemonade. Wheat malts are grainy and dull. Not so hot, so far.

Wheat grain, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and lemon peel; almost exactly as descripted. Still not a good ratio of additives. The cinnamon, now, is really heavy. Nutmeg is strong, too. The citrus elements aren't fresh, nor fermentedly tart. Just tang on tang on tang. Dusty spices, albeit heavy, offer little relief. Too punchy.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Tough to rate, because I don't enjoy drinking it. However, it doesn't hold its own. The body is too thick. There's some stickiness on the lips. And, the carbonation is too weak to make any kind of difference.

I have to hold Boston Brewing responsible here. This is a poorly executed holiday ale. Throw me an Old Fezziwig or a Holiday Porter any day over this. (1,019 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams glass.
Soft yeast aroma with wheat grain and mild fruit. Not bold, but pleasing.
Huge white head prevents full pour in glass Slightly cloudy yellow with loads and loads of rising bubbles from the nucleation.
Very soft flavors too, but again quite pleasing. Mild bitterness blends nicely with the yeasty flavors. HInts of hops. Bits of fruit - they taste red. KInda of a vanilla laying on the tongue. The spicing in not heavy handed, but accenting in a favorable way.
Fullness from carbonation and at least moderately heavy. Enjoyably creamy.
This is alright. Not classic but pleasing in multiple ways and a very easy drinking wit.
Thanks Dad. (665 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas has a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head, a hazy yellow-golden appearance, lots of streaming bubbles, and a thin lacing sheen left on the glass. The aroma is of white wheat bread and spices. Taste is of the same, and one will encounter no bitterness, here. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Samuel Adams White Christmas finishes slick, easy going, and drinkable. Overall, this is a stereotypical Christmas beer, and I think it’s worth trying.

RJT (483 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 12/21

Pours bright light copper, active fast white foam. Settles out. Cookie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange. More orange than not. Taste is a soft malt, citrus back, light hop. Clove heavy. Wheat and orange. Kind of overspiced. Not a big fan of winter wits, and this one is not very good. (339 characters)

Photo of jsanford
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a fluffy white head that settles to a thin cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing. Mild aromas of crisp wheat, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of citrus peel. Not much going on, but pleasant. More mild flavors of wheat, banana, clove, cinnamon, and candied orange peel. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-thin body and ample carbonation. Not a particularly Sam Adams offering. (401 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single in early February from Fry's as part of a mixed sixer for $1.50. Best by May 2014.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that has mostly dissipated.

Nose has hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste is a wheat base with dashes of cinnamon and slight bitters from the nutmeg and citrus peel.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated.

Overall this is not a bad beer, appropriate for the holiday season, worthy of a shot. (440 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very spice forward wheat ale aroma. Big spices up front with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and allspice. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit and cracker. Decent citrus presence with hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Slight hint of coriander. Some noble hops in the background. Interesting smell.

Taste: Like it smells, but a little more laid back. Spices up front including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and a little clove. Wheat and pale malt with a taste of biscuit, cereal grains, yeast, and cracker. Undertones of citrus orange and lemon. Light noble hop presence in the background. A decent taste but it is pretty light. Could be stronger with the wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A decent experiment with the wheat ale style. Spices are nice although the flavors could of been a little stronger overall. (1,181 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark hay colored and opaque. Head holds up for awhile before fading down to a lobster claw shaped skim. Foam don't stick.

Aroma is wheaty must with orange and nutmeg and cinnamon. The Xmas spices with the classic coriander + wit combo comes off as...off.

Spicy coriander citrus cuts through first but fades to cinnamon - like cinnamon burps from BSN Atro-Phex if you've ever had the misfortune of that side effect.

I don't like the mash up. The citrus is bright and shiny and the cinnamon is dull and heavy and they just don't play well together on my palette. (564 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-yeasty bread, orange peel, spices, hints of sweetness

T-malt, orange, honey, spices with no particular standout, a little too sweet with nothing that really grabs your attention

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-average and not really what I would consider a winter seasonal ale, needs something more (392 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A- white head settles into a nice lacing above a pale golden hay colored beer.

S-Malted grains, wheat, orange, spices, cloves and more.

T- spices dominate taste with a little bit of the malts coming through

M- Spices upfront , sweet maltiness dry bitter finish.

A nice spicy winter beer. (342 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange gold color with a massive 2 finger foamy off white that was full of big bubbles, like a champagne, and faded slowly, leaving great spotty foamy lacing sticking to the sides and a layer on top; this was so cloudy that it looked like beach water after a wave just crashed on shore.

Smells of yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, grains, biscuit, roasted malt, clove, light herbs and spices; seems to be citrus hops, wheat and spices wrestling for control of the aroma, which is par for the style.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, orange peel, toasted grains, biscuit, wheat, roasted malt, clove, light herbs or grass and spices like coriander, pepper and cinnamon or allspice; the spices are just aggressive enough to counter the grainy presence and let the citrus notes add balance. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was soft and yet tasty at the same time; it’s just too bad the cardboard funk combined with the spices always leaves such a strange taste after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a light to medium body and light to very flat carbonation; if it didn’t have the cardboard aftertaste it would flow down much easier.

Overall it was good, and I wanted to like it more but this is just not a style I’m crazy about. A good American choice if you like this style of beer. (1,369 characters)

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