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

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1,137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012)
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-23-2013 05:59:10 | More by hollywood_15063
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XUJOE

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-23-2013 02:26:08 | More by XUJOE
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CraftBeerFanatic_07

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-22-2013 20:34:47 | More by CraftBeerFanatic_07
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-22-2013 20:12:37 | More by lilnicky068
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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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V3XX069

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-22-2013 05:00:20 | More by V3XX069
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-22-2013 04:37:35 | More by mquinn919
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ryho

Georgia

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-22-2013 01:59:57 | More by ryho
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-21-2013 19:53:15 | More by BlueMoon10
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Trex

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-21-2013 06:42:11 | More by Trex
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jpaulsen

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-21-2013 02:35:51 | More by jpaulsen
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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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NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-21-2013 00:15:35 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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JKV96

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-20-2013 21:13:53 | More by JKV96
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plato

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-20-2013 02:15:53 | More by plato
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-20-2013 02:08:57 | More by jrohrbacher
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fellowrs

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -28%

12-19-2013 20:32:28 | More by fellowrs
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bilmax

Missouri

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-19-2013 02:45:57 | More by bilmax
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-19-2013 02:43:01 | More by jmdrpi
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athegreatest83

Ohio

2/5  rDev -42.4%

12-19-2013 02:40:51 | More by athegreatest83
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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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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-18-2013 22:33:58 | More by TimoP
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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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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

12-18-2013 03:33:29 | More by thinwhiteduke
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-17-2013 21:23:34 | More by bigeyedfish89
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.