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

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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 yamar68
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold body, thick paper white head, good lacing.

Grainy on the nose... a slight suggestion of orange peel and pear, maybe some white pepper, wheat, pretty smooth but also pretty boring.

Cinnamon, nutmeg... a bit too much spice for a wit, there's some wheat and a touch of clove, I think the spice just needs to get dialed back.

Certainly is drinkable though. (366 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass. It has a murkey orange color body with a thin white head. The smell is of orange peel and wheat. The taste is orange, nutmeg and wheat flavor to it. the mouth feel is nice and carbonated and rolls off the tongue real nice. Overall a average witbier (281 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tradition orange wit color. Definitely flat, with no foam or lacing at all, but the color makes up for this.

Smell: Lots of nutmeg and clove with a hint of orange peel as advertised. Kind of a fruity eggnog. A bit sour in the finish.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Just a hint of nutmeg. There's really nothing else in this. Quite watery also. There's really just no bite in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: One of the most average beers I've ever had. I rate it as such overall. (481 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 scottyb88
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a mild head and minimal lacing

S-sweet citrus, nutmeg and a little bit of clove

T-sugar cookie, lemon/orange, and nutmeg or clove; everything is in balance with a fairly dry finish

M-typical sam adams mouthfeel-medium with good carbonation

O-one of the better seasonal offerings from sam adams imo; I'm reviewing it more as a flavored white ale rather than a belgian witbier style in mind (428 characters)

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A – cloudy golden-yellow body with active carbonation under 2 fingers of foamy white head

S – fruity (not quite citrus, almost like pears), spice, alcohol

T – wheat bread, pears, hint of lemon, cinnamon, touch of nutmeg, pepper; alcohol and spice presence in a malty finish

M – slick medium/full body, highly carbonated, quite smooth

O – White Christmas is a decent witbier. The spices impart a festive flavor. Would drink again. (494 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light ginger notes with some coriander notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix between some light notes of wheat with some coriander and ginger notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but really nothing to write home about either. (361 characters)

Photo of John_R_Strayer
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in Tulip glass.

Great light smooth Christmas Beer. If you are not into the heavy ales, porters, and stouts that the winter time yields this is your beer. Very similar to their retired white ale.

Beer poured smooth. Very crisp clean aroma of spices and citrus. Hazy color.

Taste was outstanding, light, crisp, and fresh.

Breath of fresh air in the heavy winter time beer arena.

I wish that Sam Adams would either make this beer year round or bring back their standard white ale.

My only regret is not buying more. (527 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 barczar
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a loose half inch ivory head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is ginger-dominant, with cinnamon, clove, and orange complementing a light wheat base.

Ginger is present throughout the flavor profile, along with wheat-beer/lemony tartness. Cinnamon and nutmeg surface in the finish, which is a touch dry and malty.

Body is moderate, with prickly carbonation that lifts the wheat flavor from the palate.

Overall, a fairly subtle Christmas offering. Not really a great wit or a great winter brew, though. Fairly middle of the road. (579 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold with heavy heavy bubbles on the body. White head maybe 1/4" thick but dissipates before I got to take my first sip.

Smell: Hop scent, but an addition to that you smell cinnamon and malt. Has a citrus feel that makes you think wow so much to smell but in reality it really light, like diet light.

Taste: This beer has a lemon and cinnamon taste that and lightly spicy. Might come off sweet, almost like a bitter apple type of feel with lemon skin. If there was such a thing this beer is the brew.

Mouth: Medium heavy carbonation, sharp and toasty feel .

Overall: Not a bad brew at all, to judge it as a winter beer is a little tough it seems to be lost in confusion when it comes seasons. (738 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date

LOOK: Hazed golden straw hue, sufficient lacing

SMELL: Fruit cake spicing, bready, sweet, mildly plummy, hint of alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, moderate sized body, a bit slick, assertive spiciness, light breath of alcohol, semi-sweet, slightly bready, peppery, ripe pears, spicy grainy finish

Not half bad, sort of an odd ball to the group. Would have love to see this amped up to 7% abv or a bit more but they kept it safe. I'm sure they'll be snatched up during any holiday parties being a witbier and all. (545 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades quickly to ring leaving traces of lace. Light-medium carbonation. Medium body. Hazy straw color. Nose is orange peel, flavor is sweet orange peel and finish is sweet and dry. 12oz bottle part of 12-pak $13.99 Market Basket Concord, NH. (278 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, quickly receding white mousse.

S: Aromas of malted wheat, minerals, butter cream, and orange peel are complimented by aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps some other unidentifiable spices. This is definitely different from most Belgian-style wits.

T: Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel are front and center, with notes of butter, wheat toast, cream, vanilla bean, minerals, and mild, grassy hops building around them. The finish is short with notes of wheat toast and holiday spices merging.

M: Light-bodied, but slightly heftier than most witbiers. Delicate, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is firm, but not forceful. Very easy to drink.

O: Not a bad holiday offering at all. It's not superb, but it is definitely drinkable and is just different enough to be interesting. If the folks at Samuel Adams keep this beer in the rotation for next year, I'll be curious to see how it develops. (938 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White Christmas poured a hazy yellow color with a good size white head. There was a yeasty aroma with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste had a belgian wheat like backbone with strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Strong flavors, but seems to flood the palate. Overall a nice good flavored witbeir. (301 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 raznug
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: this beer pours a hazy orange color and is topped with 1” of white head that lingers.
Smell: This smells like I expect a white ale to smell with the coriander and orange scents highlighting the aroma.
Taste: The flavor is a tad bit dull compared to the aroma just not as much snap to the flavors that are rather blended together instead of tasting each flavor separately.
Mouthfeel: It is spot on with the body not to light that it loses flavor but not too heavy that it is hard to drink (503 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 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 GregBlatz
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden in color. Yeast suspension causes an expected haziness. Head is white and settles quickly. I imagine that this is going to be like a Wit with some additional holiday spices. My first impression is that this has more color than a typical Wit.

S - Orange peel, coriander and I'm guessing grains of paradise. Sam Adams can't seem to resist the 'grains of paradise'. I just read the bottle and it mentions nutmeg but no GOP. Not a lot of phenolic or yeast character in the aroma.

T - This is on the sweet side for a wit. Think more along the lines of Blue Moon than Hoegarden. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I tend to prefer things a bit dryer. The spices are a bit on the aggressive side for my taste. There is a bit of phenol character shining through.

M - Fuller mouthfeel than I expected. Very carbonated.

O - It is a nice beer. Not my favorite but as always, Sam Adams makes a competent brew that may please a lot of people. (943 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orange color with a thin white head.

A strong citrus/orange peel and nutmeg aroma. That's about it....maybe a little bit of hop.

The nutmeg is apparent up front with a biscuit malt flavor. The citrus cuts in and continues into the finish. There is a lingering nutmeg and citrus flavor to round it out.

The feel is light and smooth. Has a really nice velvet smoothness to it.

A pretty good witbier. Of course it draws similarities to Blue Moon, but this has more of a rounded out feel and more natural citrus quality to it. (533 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Is this the same beer as the previously labeled "white ale"? I am going to review then compare.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice thick white head.

I smell the nutmeg and orange with some yeast.

Taste is pretty full of what the bottle says- nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange peel. Some wheaty-ness.

Mouthfeel is pretty full. Nice.

Overall this is a good witbeer, but the taste doesn't quite pop. If I loved the style, it might be better. (487 characters)

Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a hazy golden blond with a half inch white head that shrinks quickly. There is spotty lacing as the glass dwindles.

There are banana bread, clove, and cinnamon notes int he smell.

Mild carbonation delivers the first sip, and the sweet wheat flavor is up front, with orange citrus accents, and some mild spices, like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This is a very light bodied wheat bear, but is leaves a slightly syrupy after taste and texture in my mouth. The flavors of clove, banana, and cinnamon linger on the pallet, along with the sweet syrupness aforementioned.

Not my favorite offering from Boston Brewing Company. A pale wheat ale with some flavors injected that just don't work. (699 characters)

Photo of deebo
2.2/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle with a BB date of April from this year's winter sampler pack.

A-Poured into a pint glass this brew yields a thick finger of loosely bubbled snow white foam. Very cloudy and an ugly yellow/brown color. Very bubbly.

S-Wheat and yeast forward.

T-The nutmeg and cinnamon are very strong in this beer. Overshadows the soft wheat flavor and moderate yeast esters. A bit of orange here but not as dominant as the other spices.

M-Creamy, highly carbonated

O-Tastes a bit remniscent of egg nog with the combination of spices and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is too much and takes away from the smooth potential of this brew. An admitted Belgian wheat snob this beer is an ok drink but just doesn't cut it for me. (722 characters)

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

Crackling is generally a great soundtrack for the holidays (i.e, marshmallows roasting on an open fire), but it's a horrible sign for head retention; the only actual white in White Christmas melts away almost completely and immediately. But it is pale, albeit distorted, and possesses that characteristic, almost unearthly glow.

The nose is only medium-zesty but has the distinct zing of spicy, grated fresh ginger. Most splashes of citrus seemed to have missed the glass, though I wouldn't dispute a drop of lemon juice. The savory-spicy ginger note gives this typically warm-weather style some winter-y edge (though not really since ginger beers and shandies are immediate go-to's in the summer).

The palate fills up fast with ginger and nutmeg notes, though they wash away easily with the dry, straw-like wheat. Apart from its capacity as carrier-away-of-flavours, the malt profile is virtually void. Also, I'm not so sure that cinnamon and nutmeg are as congenial to the style as coriander; this lacks 'pop' and each sip is increasingly like pumping a dry well.

The brewery says this is "as crisp as the first snowfall of the year", as if that's supposed to make sense. It is refreshing, I'll give them that, but the lemon-y acidity is really dialed back and very little of the spice lingers. Disappointing. That tang dissolving leaves a stale and uneventful finish. Too bad as the style's popularity is in large part due to its dynamic zestiness.

I opened my first bottle of White Christmas absolutely parched and pooped out from a long night of gift shopping - if it failed to impress in those conditions, with that big a handicap in its favour, then I can't be very optimistic about my next bottle. (Note: it wasn't any better.) Call it whatever you want, but this is really a ‘hot day in July’ beer and, at this quality, doesn't warrant attention for anything else. (1,884 characters)

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