Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.45/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
11-12-2012 05:51:06 | More by AdamBear
4.33/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
11-12-2012 03:59:19 | More by mynie
3.4/5 rDev -2%
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
11-12-2012 02:36:20 | More by Mit
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
11-12-2012 00:59:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
11-11-2012 22:49:09 | More by Tuey13
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
11-11-2012 21:53:00 | More by spinrsx
3.78/5 rDev +8.9%
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!
11-11-2012 19:39:08 | More by riversider76
3.48/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.
Cloudy straw/orange with 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly.
Wheat bread, nougat, orange citrus and gentle spices.
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.
Light-medium bodied, smooth and crisp.
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.
11-11-2012 18:05:55 | More by justintcoons
2.68/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
11-10-2012 23:21:00 | More by BeefyMee
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.