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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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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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bosox061789

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-13-2012 04:00:38 | More by bosox061789
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kb2250

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-12-2012 23:19:42 | More by kb2250
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rudy0908

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-12-2012 22:38:43 | More by rudy0908
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scvance

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head that lingers a while. Smell is typical wit, citrus and clove, but then a hint of spices in the background especially cinnamon. Taste follows suite, lots of citrus up front with a fair amount of spice flavor towards the finish. Interesting flavor, definitely different than what I've had before, but just average in terms of taste. High carbonation, medium body, and a rather thick mouthfeel. It's worth trying I think, but I'll steer clear from now on, not a favorite by far, but an interesting use of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 22:32:02 | More by scvance
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-12-2012 19:57:23 | More by JohnK17
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy and cloudy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles out within seconds

S: Up front there are the usual suspects of lemon/citrus and wheat. Under those are the Christmas spices, which include cinnamon and nutmeg

T: Starts off nicely, with the citrus notes coming out. Then it goes into the holiday spices which start to really dominate. Finishes with a light tartness from the wheat and a lingering spice note mostly consisting of cinnamon

M: Light-medium bodied with high carbonation

O: They really nailed what they were going for with the whole holiday spiced wit, but I'm not too sure it works within the style. It's enjoyable, but nowhere near what I expect a wit to be

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 19:07:37 | More by BEERMILER12
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dasunder

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-12-2012 15:30:10 | More by dasunder
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-very hazy dark yellow. white head that thins

S-decent scent of winter spices, egg nog, and mashed corn. actually...i like it. i know that description sounds off, but this smell works. i'm excited to taste it.

T-comes in with an okay taste of light winter spices and that classic flavor of Sam Adams malts. Actually this tastes like a slightly more spiced version of their winter lager. the after-taste is much more biscuity.

M-heavy creamy carbonation with a dry finish. very heavy.

O-i do not like this. its just off. it has a certain stickiness much like the sam adams winter lager. tastes very adjunct, and really nothing like what a witbier is supposed to taste like. its not refreshing at all. I started to think that Samuel Adams was slowly starting to make beer of better quality, but this beer reminds me that the brewery is only a step above the macros.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:51:06 | More by AdamBear
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ToMakeEndsMeet

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-12-2012 05:10:02 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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mynie

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:59:19 | More by mynie
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:36:20 | More by Mit
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Best before 3/2013.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus zest, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing very Wintery in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:59:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Tuey13

Illinois

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston lager glass... has a hazy golden color and a thick foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving nice lacing on the glass.
The smell is malt and yeast with strong spices and citrus... smells very interesting.
The taste is definitely malt forward with a bit of citrus and then the spices dominate the palate. The spices really take over once the beer warms a bit.
I thought this was a very refreshing, yet warming take on a winter beer... I give Sam Adams props for thinking out of the box... this is a beer i thoroughly enjoyed, while not extreme it was delicate and tasty. Very well balanced in my opinion. I think i will get a six pack of these to enjoy during the holiday season.
Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:49:09 | More by Tuey13
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Walmart Cicero NY for 2$

Appearance – Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy/foamy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly great lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, all-spice, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with all-spice, nutmeg, and some fruity citrus notes. Lots of flavour, but well balanced and even slightly refreshing. It ends with a spicy crisp aftertaste.

Overall – A well made and very drinkable beer. The flavours work well together and I could actually drink a few of these. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 21:53:00 | More by spinrsx
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-11-2012 21:47:56 | More by Hellpop65
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tanubis34

Michigan

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-11-2012 20:19:16 | More by tanubis34
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riversider76

New York

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poura a cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Not much retention, and no laceing. Aroma is of citrus, and spice. Body is on the light side of medium with some carbonation. Taste is of orange peel, and spice. Tangy with a crisp refreshing flavor. Some hints of bready malts make this somthing differant,and very enjoyable. Merry Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:39:08 | More by riversider76
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Lincolnman

New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-11-2012 18:11:13 | More by Lincolnman
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance
Cloudy straw/orange with 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Wheat bread, nougat, orange citrus and gentle spices.

Taste
Wheat bread, orange juice and nougat. There are some nutty characteristics in there. The spicing is kept light and is a mixture of nutmeg and cinnamon. The citrus character really defines this beer.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

Overall
This one has a huge citrus character that blends nicely with the wheaty malts. The spicing is not overdone, which is nice. This is easily the best Wit I've had from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:05:55 | More by justintcoons
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-11-2012 16:47:51 | More by bluerabbit
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-11-2012 02:22:09 | More by BeerOps
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-11-2012 01:06:12 | More by dmorgan310
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AR_Rios

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-11-2012 00:34:39 | More by AR_Rios
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 23:21:00 | More by BeefyMee
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Jim_DemonDeacon


2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

11-10-2012 22:31:41 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.