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

Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas

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Ratings: 1075
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012)
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 12/21

Pours bright light copper, active fast white foam. Settles out. Cookie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange. More orange than not. Taste is a soft malt, citrus back, light hop. Clove heavy. Wheat and orange. Kind of overspiced. Not a big fan of winter wits, and this one is not very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 15:06:28 | More by KTCamm
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I inherited a bottle because my daughter bought a variety twelvepack of six different and did not like this one.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Nonick.

a: Hazy gold with a finger thick white head which dissipated to thin surface foam and a little lacing.

s: Mild indeterminate spice.

t: Light malt under very subtle cinnamon and perhaps more. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: Not bad as a dinner accompaniment (spaghetti and meatballs), but not a whole lot of flavor. The young bar crowd that is not into craft should find this at least slightly different. Probably would be a little better suited as a pre-Halloween offering. By December I'm wanting something dark that tastes like dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 00:20:39 | More by scotorum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spices, citrus, wheat, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of spice and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a typical Sam Adams spice-laden lighter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 19:15:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought these over, had it poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, the 8th beer I've reviewed from Sam. I think the winter whear beer is a tricky thing to execute, want to get enough spices in there such that no one would confuse it for a summer, without going overboard. Hazy yellow color and soft white head. Obvious notes of citrus and spice, particularly nutmeg. Nice when you want a winter beer that might not weigh you down too much. I think it's a bit underrated on here, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:04:33 | More by MarkQ617
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SonictheBeerhog

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this very much. When i first took a sip I thought for a second I took a bite of a ginger bread cookie. However, the smell is a little off setting: Not so inviting. I like the hints of cinnamon and nutmeg that has a subtlety that is unmatched by any other Chirstmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 01:34:43 | More by SonictheBeerhog
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Another shout out to AngieBaby for supplying our little get together with this offering. It poured an orange-kissed gingerbread coloring, with two fingers of egg white foam creeping up the edges of our generic pint glasses. This retained decently, showing crystalline spider webs of lacing all around. A thick haze was noted, but in the absence of sediment. Carbonation appeared to be medium, and composed of thick bubbles rising at a steady clip to the top. The aroma gave a generic witty base of bleached white flour, orange peel essence, lightly toasted wheat malt, and phenolic clove, all overlaid by pinches of ground cinnamon, ethanol, nutmeg, allspice, dried cranberries and blueberries, pine sap, boiled plums, dried oregano, sticky caramel sugars, raspberry tea, and minty leafiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely seasonal and spicy, but generally muted all around. As we sipped, the taste began with that same wheaty wetness provided in the nose, along with fruity cranberry and orange tartness, faint diacetyls of cheap bakery goods, adjuncty metallics, white flour, chewy yeastiness, cherry blossom florals, twiggy earthiness, and black pepper spiciness. The middle came to a peak with toasty wheat, pale, and soft caramel maltiness, spice of cinnamon, gingerbread, black pepper, and nutmeg, phenolic bite of medicinals and clove, and distant white sugar sweetness. The end washed through with warmed waxiness, board chalk, white flour, herbal orange tea tannins, lavender, cinnamon lick, powdered sugar, heavy wheaty graininess, ink, phenolic clove, burnt plastics, and gentle grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathed with surprising hoppy stickiness of grassy and piney varietals, toasted pale and caramel grain, wet wheat, heavy well water, cheesecloth, burnt toffee, plastics, cranberry fruitiness, and warming gingerbread spiciness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium to high, becoming a bit harsh if swirled too vigorously around the mouth. Each sip gave decently slurp, smack, cream, froth, and sip but, at times, came across thinned and watery. The mouth was left wet and briefly coated, with quick tannic dryness spreading across the entire tasting field. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well enough.

Overall, the best things about White Christmas were its aroma and its drinkability. We enjoyed the aroma for its spicy inclusions, driving it deeper and making it aptly seasonal. The drinkability, on the other hand, simply facilitated being able to slug these guys back. While it was technically flawed in its overly watered airiness, this exponentially increased how easily it was sipped. Otherwise, we were disappointed that the flavoring didn’t express the same level of suitability that the nose did. Each component sat on its own, with the generic gritty grain underlying the spices and fruity tops. These never really came together, and were only loosely approximated by heavy wateriness. Harsh comments aside, this, as with their Blackberry Wit, hit the spot for what it was, and had its moment amongst friends who spent an evening catching up.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 13:59:27 | More by TheBrewo
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a sampler. No lemon wedges added or anything. A semi-aggressive pour brings forth about 1/2 inch of frothy head, reducing quickly into some wispy, bubbly lacing. The beer is straw colored and hazy with fairly high carbonation. I'm not a real big drinker of wheat beers, but I remember some others being distinctly frothier and more visually appealing than this one.

I get almost an adjuncty type of aroma- I suppose it's wheat, but it seems also a little corney perhaps (its ok though). Effervescent mouthfeel, with nice spiciness and vaguely defined citrus. The spice becomes more discernable as the beer progresses, but never becomes overbearing.

This is a pretty good beer, but it seems kind of odd as a winter beer, and yet doesn't seem to fully develop the qualities of a good wheat beer. I suppose it's just my bias, as I associate this type of beer with hot weather. This was purchased as part of a holiday variety 12 pack- 14.99 and a worthwhile purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 05:55:52 | More by archyquaffer
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SFACRKnight

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oskar blues shaker pint.

A- Looks okay, straw colored gold with a lot of haze, huge thick white head. Looks like every oz of carbonation instantly left to the head on this pour...
S- Smells like citrus peel, some bready grains, and nails.
T- Follows the nose, citrus, a bit of nutmeg on a wave of wheat... and nails. Huge metallic notes on this one. Gross.
M- Watery, lacks carbonation, pretty lack luster.
O- Between the metallic flavors and the carbonation issue I was pretty let down by a beer that I thought I would really enjoy. Damn.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 00:06:22 | More by SFACRKnight
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mattcrill

Ohio

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

2013 Winter Mix Pack

Aroma: Pepper and orange blossom aromatics up front. Crackery malt character. Slight ginger and clove in the background. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Hazy light amber pour with a thick 2 finger white head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: More peppery and orange peel character. Firm Saltine cracker malt base. Earthy hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, medium-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

Overall impression: A refreshing, slightly heavy-handed witbier. Not sure I'd put it in the "Winter beer" category but it was pretty good. Glad to have sampled it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:21:52 | More by mattcrill
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Nagol

New York

4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, cloudy golden brown with a small head. Smells great. A nice spice with the scent of the citrus standing out. Taste is awesome. Perfect for winter. Hint of citrus and spice perfectly balanced by the cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is also good. Goes down smooth, not too carbonated. This is probably my favorite seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 05:23:08 | More by Nagol
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before March 2014. Another seasonal release from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety twelve pack. The third beer from the variety pack this year to be brewed with cinnamon and orange peel, with nutmeg replacing the ginger. Expectations are fairly low, I remember being unimpressed with this offering last year, but I'll give it another go.

Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of soft white fizz, audibly sizzling away. Body is a light lemon-orange colored body with tons of active carbonation freaking out in the glass. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is of dusty grains, bubblegum malt, fizzing soapy carbonation, and some orange juice zest. Not doing anything for me.

T - Taste follows the nose: grainy wheat, bubblegum malt, some dry spice probably from the cinnamon & nutmeg but to me it tastes more like ginger zest, and some lightly citric orange creamsicle. The orange tastes slightly artificial, and the rest of the beer has a pretty poor depth of flavor. Again, not doing it for me.

M - Feel goes down soft, smooth, wet, and creamy. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty bland and uninspired offering from Samuel Adams. Witbiers aren't my favorite style to begin with, but this still has to be one of the less interesting examples of the style that I've had. One of the lesser beers from the variety pack; I would almost prefer the Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock over this one.

Samuel Adams White Christmas ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:48:45 | More by mfnmbvp
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Weston19

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw with a white lacing. The beer is hazy and can't be seen through due to it being unfiltered.

S: Cinnamon, orange peel, ginger, and it has the same smell like a Hacker Pschorr or other Hefeweizen beers so you naturally get the clove, banana, and bubblegum smell. The smell is fantastic and they are all crystal clear.

T: Banana, cinnamon, ginger, some bubblegum as well. You get some hop taste mid palate but the cinnamon spices come in to give you a new flavor. Overall a very smooth, light and drinkable beer with plenty of flavor. This would go great with a meal in the holidays when you don't want something as filling as a stout or a porter.

MF: Light mouth feel with a semi-dry finish. Doesn't feel too carbonated either.

O: This is a great light and smooth beer to have when you're having a meal or just want something refreshing that still has a lot of flavor. Definitely a nice beer to add to your winter beer selections (though it can easily fit in a harvest collection as well).

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 05:15:43 | More by Weston19
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice yellow amber with a half finger head that quickly dissipates. Smells like the spices of cinnamon and orange peel and less if none of the nutmeg. Nice spicy aromatic smell initially that on later smells is not perceptible. Same with the taste. After the first couple of sips the taste becomes nondescript. The initial aromatic taste is quickly gone after your palate gets used to it. Had a clean and refreshing taste with some bitterness at the end. You get a tiny hint of orange peel but not much. Tastes like a regular beer to me. Nice crisp and refreshing beer that is fairly reminiscent of winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:05:09 | More by Richardbeerlover
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Spikester

Oregon

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with one inch of white cap and a light spatter of lace.
Smell is mostly malt and orange peel.
The taste features the malts and spices. Besides the orange peel I do get a hint of the cinnamon and nutmeg but just barely. Hops are not noticable.
Mouthfeel is about right for the style.
Overall a pleasant take on a holiday witbeir without going overboard. Easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:24:09 | More by Spikester
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atr2605

New York

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head with decent retention
S-some subtle spice and citrus, bit of malty hay in the background
T-bready malt with light citrus bitterness and some spice in the finish
M-medium-light bodied fair amount of carbonation
O- I was a bit underwhelmed with this beer. High drinkability but not much else

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:54:43 | More by atr2605
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with lighter banana yellow hues and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Zesty autumnal spice aroma with sweet citrus, malted wheat and a strong bread/yeast presence. Smells more like a fall beer than a winter/Christmas ale. Reminds me of a pumpkin wheat beer with lots of cinnamon, allspice and ginger followed by bread, banana, clove, cider and orange peel. Interesting approach to the style but not very inviting.

On the fuller end of medium body with a peppery spice presence that lingers over the yeast and sweet citrus notes into a slightly dry finish. Prominent zesty spice up front with clove, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg followed by strong bread/yeast flavor, sweet citrus rind, banana, bubblegum, apple cider and subtle pumpkin. Tastes appropriate for the season but it's slightly watered down and the flavors don't mesh very well. Kind of bland except for being heavily spice and having strong wheat/bread flavor. Even the spice blend feels a bit generic and the orange peel is buried underneath the other notes. Okay for this time if year but not something that I would want to drink more than once.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:01:51 | More by corby112
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by April 2014.

Appearance: Pale golden and ultra hazy. One finger of off-white fluff.

Aroma: Dry yeast, esters of candied fruits. Almost a pumpkin/squash quality to it but without the added spices of a pumpkin ale. Hints of citrus.

Taste: Falls right in line with the aroma. A buttery squash flavor adds depth and some sweetness. Some lemon cuts through, keeping the buttery flavor from becoming cloying. The spices are somewhat subdued but it works well that way. Finish is bright and the high point of the spice contribution. Aftertaste of ebbing spice. Not much for hop character in general, but enough bitterness for a crisp feel. At 5.8% ABV its got the right amount of flavor and robustness at a drinkable ABV that warrants a second glass.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with a great soft texture. Carbonation is right where it should be, my pour was semi-aggressive. Solid drinkability and in that sessionable range, though the flavor may get cloying after the first.

Final Thoughts: I'm not a Samuel Adams fanboy, far from it. However, White Christmas proves that the brewers over at Boston Beer Co know their stuff. Crafting a beer that could please joe six-pack and serious beer geeks as well is rare. Nice job. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:22:03 | More by JamesMN
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TheMarkE

California

3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy orange/gold with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Taste: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, and malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, slight aftertaste from the spices.

The Verdict: Very good. A witbier with a subtle blend of spices that don’t overpower the tongue, this is one of SA’s better seasonal offerings. If you’re a Blue Moon or Shock Top drinker, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 22:11:22 | More by TheMarkE
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Das_Reh

Florida

1.45/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'm not rating this one accordingly, as I'm fairly positive I had a bad bottle. It was actually my cousin's, who is just starting to get into craft.

Tasted straight from the bottle. Didn't take the time to take in the aroma, but assume it is the typical wit nose. Taste was very bland and watery, no flavor, with a sharp astringency that left me with cottonmouth. No wheat, coriander or orange peel, just astringent seltzer water.

As aforementioned, pretty sure it was a bad bottle (my brother did drop this one, perhaps he broke the seal and it went flat or something). May try again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 09:40:37 | More by Das_Reh
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Part of Sam Adams holiday sampler.

A: Cloudy gold color with a white 2 finger head, fair amount of lacing.

S: Lots of allspice and coriander as well as some orange.

T: Follows the nose, could be a bit more complex.

M: Creamy texture nice crisp carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this I found it to be an excellent Witbier with a holiday twist.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 08:04:14 | More by watermelon
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Zachior

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pros
- Very smooth almost to a fault
- Balanced spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel)
- Great lingering aftertaste
- Creamy finish

Cons
- Milky texture that may venture to far away from beer.

Notes - A safe brew by Sam Adams yet compelling enough to bring the similar nostalgic feeling of hot chocolate on a cold winters morning. Another great beer by Sam Adams, thanks again my friend!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 00:53:26 | More by Zachior
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dogfishandi

New York

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before APR 2014 notched.

Pours out a nice hazy glowing light orange color, creamy white head off the pour, after a few minutes fades to a ring, no real lacing.

Decent aroma, has some nice but somewhat subtle Christmas spices you'd typically find in a winter warmer in a witbier. Nutmeg and cinnamon most noticeable, some orange peel as well

Again, a nice combination of those winter warmer spices and crisp, tangy wheat malt.

Fairly light, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable.

A pretty decent example of a wheat beer with a nice twist.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 20:28:21 | More by dogfishandi
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Captain_Komamura

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - it is a hazy amber color, with a head that goes flat.

Smell - it is of the spices and the orange peel, with a hint of the wheat.

Taste - a nice orange/wheat taste; with the spices giving it a dessert like taste.

Mouthfeel - good-bodied, although a bit too much carbonation.

Overall - This is a really good Christmas dessert beer from the holiday spices.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 01:41:32 | More by Captain_Komamura
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jadpsu

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a wheat beer guy. As wheats go this one is subtle enoughwith the wheat, clove side that I can rate it.
Pours a very hazy yellow with a white head.
Surprised at how little I pick up in the aroma area. A little orange peel and a slight clove spice.

Taste: Like I said the wheatiness of this wheat beer is not strong, but nevertheless (and as it should be) you pick up what characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:05:26 | More by jadpsu
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz glass into a Guinness glass

A- Pours a medium hazy golden wheat color with a medium white head that dissipated to a thin film.

S- Spice from both added spices and yeast, some orange zest is detected. Some banana from the yeast.

T- Kinda of thin for what I was getting on the nose. Some more of the orange zest, and more subtle spices in the taste compared to the nose. Not a big lingering aftertaste, slight bitter citrus.

M- Pretty light and thin, could use more depth.

O- This is an okay beer, nothing that great, probably comparable to Blue Moon which I would go with over this one. Got this one in the '13 Winter Favorites pack and wish they would have left one of the 3 spice beers in there out and put the Holiday Porter or something in instead.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 19:59:33 | More by PaulyB83
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