Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
Picked up the new variety pack and served this in a pint.
A - A pale yellow mixed with a rich orange. Thin white head.
S - Orange, clove, touch of nutmeg and some assorted spices. Nothing to make me get excited over, yet not poor.
T - Odd stuff. Had I been blind tasting this I would have told you I was sipping on a lightly spiced cider. An apple sweetness starts it off and progresses with a fruity flavor into some bready notes. Pretty good.
M - Medium body, more viscous than I anticipated. Seems as if there is just a hint of caramel or maple syrup here. Smooth all around.
O - Far from a miss. This beer gives a nice winter-styling to a traditional Witbier. I prefer the more notorious Belgian brothers of the style, but I do applaud this American adaptation.
11-09-2012 04:43:38 | More by mscudder
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
A- Pours a very hazy, golden orange with a 2" white head. Little lacing/retention.
S- Oranges and corn. Maybe some faint clove in the background.
T- Oranges and citrus, but really no authentic spice flavor here except maybe a hint of cinnamon. Tastes like a cheap version of blue moon.
M- Medium carbonation, slightly thick.
Overall I was unimpressed with this one. I had to choke down the last few sips. Not a winter style in my opinion, either.
11-09-2012 02:19:30 | More by gcamparone
3.93/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy yellow orange with a thick white head and lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy yellow orange with a thick white head and lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. The flavor is an interesting taste on the classic witbier. The wheat malt backbone is there with juicy orange flavor. I get the cinnamon and nutmeg, but they are not overpowering. The spices instead complement the flavors of this beer well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is very smooth and highly drinkable. This is a very good beer. Like a previous reviewer, I agree this beer gives us a reason to enjoy a wit in the winter.
11-09-2012 02:01:44 | More by acevenom
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
Limited edition, and an interesting idea. Sam takes a traditional white ale, which I associate with summer, and adds in the spices I associate with fall/winter beers (cinnamon, nutmeg). I'm expecting a punch of spices and a lingering citrus taste at the end.
This looks great. Nice tight head over a cloudy, pale orange beer. I can't wait to imbibe!
I smell orange and cinnamon, which have no business being in the same beverage, but somehow work here.
I'm getting the citrus and some wheatiness. It's nice, but not what I expected at all. The body is nice as well. It coats the inside of your mouth with a warmth that lingers slightly and has some sweetness that isn't sticky. It's a nice flavor.
It's just weird to me. The spices make this something warm and cozy, but as a result, all the fresh, crispness that comes with a traditional white. It left me confused, even though it is good. I would certainly have this again though.
11-08-2012 01:49:52 | More by Kooz
4.25/5 rDev +22.5%
12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Best before March '13
A - Light golden with a great haziness to it. Medium sized white head falls to a small cap. Little bits of lacing left on the glass.
S - Get a nice aroma of sweet orange peel and a lot of wheat. Floral with a bit of coriander here. Medicinal phenols.
T - Slight bit of sweetness right away. Grainy malt gives way to big twangy wheat character. Flavor dries up towards the end and has a well crafted spiced finish. I get that pseudo pumpkin beer quality. Allspice and nutmeg are easy to pick up on but don't overwhelm.
M - Medium-light body works perfect, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.
O - A lot of wheat crammed into this brew. Aroma shows good complexity and traditional wit characters. Taste is dominated by wheat but finishes with a cool curveball. Great feel and appearance to the beer. Throws a good switch to a common summer style, a good excuse to enjoy wit in winter.
11-07-2012 02:06:54 | More by Jparker37
3.83/5 rDev +10.4%
They already have a white ale. Why another?
Pours a cloudy whitish-gold color with a thin head into my glass. Very straightforward for the style.
Creamy and spicy with light citrus and clove notes. Fairly average here. The spices add a bit of variation to the base.
Ditto for the flavor. Very creamy once again. Lots more clove with some buttery malt. Very clean with optimal carbonation.
Lingering creaminess and sweet malt make up the mouthfeel. Not much of the wheat base remains.
An interesting varation of their white ale with spices and a mouthfeel that while very unique, doesn't quite fit the style all the way. A worthy effort regardless.
11-05-2012 02:00:57 | More by Brad007
4.05/5 rDev +16.7%
A couple 12 oz. bottles from the mix-pack,
A: Pours a classic yellow to goldenrod with a small white head. Good head retention, solid spotty lace.
S: Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange, almost smells like a spiced cider. Some bready wheat notes tells me that I'm smelling a beer though. Nice use of winter spice.
T: The taste as with the nose has a bit of a spiced cider thing. Maybe it's the overt cinnamon tricking me, there is no tartness, heavy fruit or other hallmark of winter cider I get aside from the cinnamon, so I'll leave it at that. The spice is very nice and blends with the wheat and malt for a nice tasty spiced witbier. Very good stuff.
M: Medium-bodied, seems a bit richer than the 5.8%. Very creamy, glides across the tongue on the finish. Elegant.
O: This is a really nice unique spiced beer that's a great addition to the Winter mix pack. Too bad I only get 2 of them in this thing.
11-04-2012 06:17:45 | More by Halcyondays
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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