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

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BA SCORE
79
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1,177 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

RWACKO, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #236
Served On: 11/16/2012
Glassware: Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.8%
Date/ Code: 03/2013

From the 2012 release of Winter Classics mixes 12 pack from Golden Brew in York, PA.

Look: The appearance was a cloudy golden yellow color with some extreme carbonation levels and a creamy dense white head. Lacing was evident.

Smell: The aroma seemed almost like the regular Sam Adams white with some extra winter spices added. Cinnamon and clove were detected. There was also a crisp quality even with all the spices.

Taste: First up was a citrus note that turned in to a spice and then a big biscuit kicked in. The finish was some lingering spice and bread.

This was an interesting combination of a white ale and a spiced beer. I can’t say it’s too much different from the typical SA white except for the ramped up spice level.

CraftBeerTastic, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Ernest78
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Ernest78, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color with bring white, two-finger head.

S- Smells of wheat, orange peel, and spices.

T- Taste is interesting. It's light, yeasty, but still has a solid profile of cinnamon and spices. Actually quite good.

M- Mouthfeel is full, and crisp

Overall- I liked this one. Solid winter seasonal from Sam Adams.

BeerBuckeye, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of tito42
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by Feb. 2013. Part of the 2012 Sam Adams winter sampler case.

A: Straw to golden with active carbonation and a thick, fluffy white head with good retention. A bit more golden than a typical witbier.

S: Lots of yeast in the nose with noticeable banana and faint spice such as coriander.

T: Lots of yeast and dough; I can almost taste a sugar cookie dough evocative of Christmas here. Sugar, wheat, lemon peel, and spices cinnamon and nutmeg as a faint whisper on the back end.

M: Nice, medium body with a pleasant creaminess, hint of sour, and a slight bite of carbonation that blends away into the palate.

O: A lot of nice qualities in this seasonal offering from Sam Adams. It doesn't have a very intriguing nose of flavor profile. It plays it on the safe side, but is a nice addition to the winter sampler pack.

tito42, Nov 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

rwats12, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Lipella, Nov 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

skaboom420, Nov 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

2GOOFY, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Fatehunter, Nov 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

JohneHoodlum, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of budgood1
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a dark gold colour with a creamy rich half inch high head. wispy lace. spicy wit aroma with a few other additions added on top of the coriander, clove and pepper such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. the taste profile backs up what has been revealed in the nose, but with a rich, creamy , malty backbone that allows the multitude of spices to show themselves individually and in unison. it all comes across in a balanced and nuanced way but in no way am i conused as to what i am tasting. pretty nice. i would say (again) that this has a creamy, rich mouthfeel on top of a fullish body providing a both refreshing yet satisfying aspect of drinkability that agrees with me. no hint of the slightly higher ABV. yummy stuff.

overall i am quite impressed at the attempt to meld together a wit with some holiday spices. if only this had some belgian yeast flair, then it would be dynamite. as it presents itself, it's just pretty good and definitley solid. i can only think that this would be a great drinker after some outdoor winter activity to quench a need and a thirst.

budgood1, Nov 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

Beer4Mike, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

RichD, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

CaptDavyJones, Nov 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

bosox061789, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

kb2250, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

rudy0908, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of scvance
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.

scvance, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

JohnK17, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
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

BEERMILER12, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

dasunder, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
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.

AdamBear, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ToMakeEndsMeet, Nov 12, 2012
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.