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

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Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas
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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, enjoy before March notched onto the side of the label.

Pours hazed lighter apricot amber. Minor off white head, thin collar and fine bars of lace.

Light holiday spice on the nostrils. Ehh nothing too special.

Delicate wit, some coriander, and other typical seasonal spicing. Easy drinking and pleasant enough, holiday feel here is fairly subtle. Decent stuff, but nothing you need to run out and buy.

Would work with craft beer newbies at a holiday party....

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation. It had about one finger of white head that did not last long leaving a thin head.

Smell: Wheat, citrus, cinnamon, and maybe some nutmeg. Close to what a Pumpkin Ale smells like.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of some cinnamon/sugar/nutmeg with wheat and hops.

Overall: Decent holiday brew, I will buy this one again.

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Photo of SAxDRC5
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy yellow with a white head. leaves no lacing, no head retention.

S: nutmeg, cinnamon are very noticeable. there is also corriander and slight citrus

T: Spice is overpowering for me. It's like the smell of my grandma's house is covering up a pretty decent witbier.

M: light, bubbly on the tongue. I personally would prefer less carbonation. not bad by any means but nothing special.

Overall a pretty average beer. would be improved with better head retention, less spice/more beer taste, and slightly less carbonation.

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Photo of tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orangish yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - the nose is very nice; vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

T - vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, faint citrus, wheat

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is much better than I had expected. Some of the spices used are the typical ones: ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. But then there's the addition of vanilla which adds a rich, creamy taste. This is definitely not a typical witbier. I could definitely have several of these with family during the holidays. I'll probably pick up some more.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sam Adams hits another one out-of-the-park as far as I'm concerned. Too bad it's "limited edition"...

The beer poured a pleasing yellowish-orange with a perfectly white head. A tall head that quickly shrunk small. The carbonation was high with this beer as you could see the uncountable number of bubbles flying up the glass. White Christmas has a very pleasing order of oranges mixed with cinnamon and the appealing odor of a good ale. Mouthfeel was average, nothing worth mentioning and although I graded it lower on taste, I gave it a higher overall score since it really stands out in the ales I have tried. (Too bad I only got two out of the sampler box I purchased...)

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Photo of rangerred
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Bad head retention with no lacing at all.

Aroma of some lemon and coriander typical of a witbier. In addition to this, there are some spices typical of winter/christmas beers like nutmeg and cinnamon.

The flavor is even more spice-forward than the aroma and it becomes a bit too much/artificial tasting. There is a decent wheat beer base but it is overpowered by the spice. Also it is all a little too sweet.

Overall, a miss for Samuel Adams. I don't know why they got rid of the decent Black and Brew for this but not a good idea.

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Photo of HufftheMagicDragon
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased with the Samuel Adams Seasonal Pack. Poured into a Pilsener glass with a decent 3/4 inch head. Has a a murky yellow-orange color. Smells include coriander and lemon. The taste has a typical witbier taste with some very strong notes of coriander. The overall mouthfeel is decent with a smooth yet slightly acidic. Overall a very good beer. Would definitely suggest trying it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I never tried it before and it looked festive enough for the season. Once I saw that this was a Witbier, I had a feeling that this would taste a lot like the White Ale that used to be the Sam Spring seasonal. Even though I hadn't had that in years, that turned out to be the case and for this time of the year, it's not usual to see something that's so light hued and easygoing. This did fit the bill of being a good holiday beer however, without being too boozy or heavy.

The pour was a nice goldenrod with a half-inch head that lasted for a little while and nearly no lacing to be seen. Very cloudy, the carbonation wasn't present and I didn't feel it much as I worked my way through this beer either. A decent amount of cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the grassy notes with some banana and pepper underneath. The mouthfeel was just a bit heavy without the carbonation with a malty aftertaste. Hardly any wheat or hops to be had here and this beer ended up going down relatively fast given how much I was attempting to enjoy it.

The alcohol was pretty well-hidden here and even though this wasn't a session beer, I could easily have had another in one sitting. While it's not Boston Beer's standout offering, this was a welcome change from the darker and heavier seasonals that are lining the store shelves now. If you're a fan of the White Ale, this is a step up from it with a nice holiday flair to it.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely cloudy golden-orange with a single finger head that quickly dissipates. Very strong citrus notes but the witbeer style overwhelms any and all other flavors. up front. Mouthfeel is a tad chewy yet acidic. The aftertaste and finish is where this beer shines. Once the dust settles all the spices tend top pop. Recommended if you like the wheat style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an oddly spiced witbier, but it works for me. the pours is really cloudy, pale yellow, with a smallish white head. the nose is tons of orange peel, dried, with some typical winter ale spices as well, but the catch is that its a wheat beer with a hop kick as well. lots of wheat malt and spent yeast cells in the taste up front, spice comes in the middle, again with a lot of orange zest, and is quite hoppy in the finish, pleasantly and surprisingly. good carbonation, lighter than medium body, highly drinkable and frankly a very enjoyable beer. this is something distinct, i think new this year, but one that i would like to see stick around. i could be happy drinking this all winter. one of the highlights of this years winter mix.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a solidly hazed, pale gold body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Not just some pilsner and wheat malt, but also some pale malt in the mix. There's no second guessing the spicing, you get the cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel.

Taste: Very light pale malt, the malted wheat and some pils with a soft breadiness and fair sweetness. The first few sips had me taken aback at the cinnamon and nutmeg spicing, but, eventually the tongue adjusted and it all kind of melded together, letting the citrus from the hops and added orange peel come forward a bit more. Finishes up a little sweet, a little spicy, and a little citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Feels fairly full for a witbier.

Overall: I think I would take it over the ole Samuel Adams White Ale, though just barely. Speaking of, is this its replacement? Gee, man, that's gotta be rough, being laid off on the holidays. Poor White Ale. Thanks, Obama!

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a hazy brassy-yellow, with a nice fluffy two-finger white head. Clumpy/patchy lacing.

S - Healthy aroma best described as "that witbier smell"; bavarian hops and yeasts. A little orange zest as well. Some nutmeg.

T - Opens with a citrus twang of orange and lemon, followed by a spice blend in the mid-palate. Getting nutmeg, a little cinnamon, and a hint of cardamom. I enjoyed the spices, and found they contributed to the base beer rather than detracted from it. Some spicy hops in the finish provide some balance, but overall it's pretty sweet. Maybe a little too sweet? But definitely refreshing.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little syrupy which feels like a flaw given the other characteristics.

O - A pretty solid representation of the style by SA. Much better than their White Ale. Nice to see a decent new seasonal from them after some abominable recent outings.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy faded blonde, a little darker than blond with a white head that dissipates very quickly.

Smells like the holiday, mostly nutmeg with a bit of cinnamon. Slightly perfumey and wheaty as well. Tastes like spice. Drinkable but overly spice with the faintest of beer flavors such as wheat. Too sweet, not balanced, too much spicy. Tastes like licking the wax paper you just cooked holiday sugar cookies on.

Just Sam releasing two seasonals to take up more shelf space, the more limited of which (being this one along with their pumpkin and shandy) that are made for the masses with simple and relate-able ingredients and are on the sweet side. Sigh

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was intrigued by this during a recent beer excursion in Philly and decided to give it a whirl. I will be returning to The CANQuest (TM) shortly.

From the bottle: "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. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch

I felt that some agitation may be in order so I poured about one-quarter into a lass, then began to swirl the beer while still in the bottle before resuming the pour. I ended with a finger-and-a-half of rocky, eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose held an interesting melange of spices with the cinnamon and nutmeg wrestling for dominance. Mouthfeel was medium but now it was the cinnamon and the orange peel fighting it out on my tongue. Finish had a pleasant nutmeg-driven vanilla-like flavor. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that allowing it to warm really brings forth the spices. A very nice holiday ale, worth checking out while in limited release.

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Photo of billybob
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy darker golden color a one finger head that quickly faded to just a skim on top of the beer. a light lace which also faded quickly leaving a little here and there. smell was average with citrus, cinnamon, and nutmeg being picked up. taste from the wheat gave it a nice tang and there was a good balance of the other flavors and spice. mouthfeel was disappointing as the carbonation was sort of flat and not crisp and tight as it should have been also could have used a little more body to it. its a ok beer and it fits the witbier style but its not best out there buy a long shot.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a half finger to one finger stark white head. The head leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is of corriander, citrus fruits, and at the back end hints of vanilla and nutmeg. The taste has to warm for all of the flavors to come out. The beer starts almost like their summer ale. There is corriander and citrus fruit with a hint of wheat. The back end is where the spices come out, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla play out on the back end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and crisp. Overall it is a solid beer, it was a good change of pace in the variety pack from all the heavy dark stuff.

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

12 oz. bottle purchased as part of the Holiday mix pack. Pours a murky light yellow with a half inch of white head. Coriander, pith, citrus, and vanilla comprise the aroma in that order. Pith, yeast, vanilla, lemon, and coriander make the flavor. Medium in body and carbonation. Pretty good overall. Much better than Samuel Adams White.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really needs to warm to be truly appreciated. The orange peel and nutmeg are predominant in the nose, but the wheat malt and light floral notes from the hops. Undoubtedly the hops are contributing to the citrus as well. Because of the additives that make this a "holiday" beer, I'm not sure I'd think of it the same as a regular witbier. This is a very enjoyable quaff.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cinnamon, nutmeg and wheat.

T - Lots of holiday spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and spruce-like flavors. Wheat flavor is present but not strong. Some caramel, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice witbier. I like the effort to do something different for a winter seasonal.

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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is light crackers with orange peel and nutmeg.

Starts out light wheat malt with cinnamon and nutmeg with citrus lemon slash orange oil. Tasty beer, the spices are just right for the Witbier natural spice taste.

Mouthfeel is full.

One of Sam Adams more successful seasonal beers. FAR better than the dreaded cranberry lambic.

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Photo of portia99
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best by March 2013) poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a muddy/cloudy pale orange color with a two finger cap of dense white foam with good staying power. Rings of foamy lacing are left on the glass. A bit darker than I expect out of this style.

S - Very fruity and spicy on the nose...oranges, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Light malt backing - wheaty, bready and a bit yeasty.

T - Consistent with the aroma...lots of spices - same orange, nutmeg and cinnamon. Grainy malt flavors, wheat, good amount of yeast, sugary sweetness, estery. Spices weigh this down a bit.

M - Medium body with a higher level carbonation. Fruity and spicy...a bit heavy for the style. Juicy oranges, faint Belgian character - estery.

O - Overall, seems like a bit of a bastardization of the style. Tastes a bit "artificial" and forced to me. The added spices weigh things down and takes away much of the refreshment aspect I come to expect out of a witbier. Glad to have one, but think that is where it will end for me.

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Photo of artdob
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of the 2012 Winter variety pack and trying this one first as it appears to be the new addition this year.

Pours a hazy yellow orange color. Small white snowy head subsides rather quickly leaving a smallish sudsy white layer on the top of the beer.

The nose is inviting with layers of tart oranges , grapefruit, holiday spices of nutmeg, cinammon, and floral characteristics.

I find this beer to be complex on the palate. Much going on here. Similar characteristics as on the nose, but in waves of deep layers - very good!

Better than average mouthfeel caps off this beer.

Definitely a repeater.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas on a whim, and I'm glad I did. I haven't been so pleasantly surprised by one of their holiday beers since Old Fezziwig perked up my taste buds decades ago.

It's just a full bodied witbier with cinnamon and nutmeg added, but it's nicely done and perfectly accented by the spice... and sometimes that's all it takes, just taking a simple idea or common thing and adding a little bit of something extra to it. This, of course, is not the first amped-up witbier with holiday spices that's even been done, but it's been done very well.

I won't go into the specific details of the beer (color, clarity, head retention, body and so on) because I doubt that's necessary here, but I'll say that I find it remarkably well balanced. In fact, by the time I'd taken my second sip it occurred to me that it might just be the best (spiced) holiday beer that I've ever tasted. The cinnamon is clearly present but not overdone, and the nutmeg comes through nicely as well. The wheaty malt is full, but not cloying or sweet - there's only 8 IBU's to it, but the spice steps in where needed.

Worth trying for sure!

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Photo of RWLawman
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy burnt orange in color with very little head retention.

S - Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange.

T - Much like the smell, the flavors are of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and wheat. Very sweet flavor. Reminds me a little of a cross between Big Boss Harvest Time and Blue Moon.

M - Pretty decent mouth feel. Not watery thin, but not overly thick or sticky either.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. So far, the Sam Adam's holiday pack has been outstanding. This particular beer is one of my favs so far. Highly recommended.

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

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a hazy thick honey-peach color with a foamy white head that receds to a wisp. Light lacing sticks to the glass briefly.

The beer smells strongly of pumpkin pie spices: nutmeg, ginger, allspice. It really smells like a pumpkin ale.

Again, the taste is like a pumpkin ale. Loaded with allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and some citrus on the back end.

The mouthfeel is dry, somewhat carbonated, and maybe a little creamy.

Overall, 3.5s across the board. Unfortunately to me this just reeks of pumpkin ale all over again, so maybe I'm missing the point. It's an easy drinker for sure, and if this is the worst of the holiday mixer, I'll be pleased going forward.

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.