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

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1,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 248
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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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-19-2013 00:12:50 | More by Hopmodium
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rcarroll


4/5  rDev +15.3%

01-18-2013 20:50:32 | More by rcarroll
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pagardner

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-18-2013 04:49:31 | More by pagardner
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-17-2013 23:07:22 | More by thegerm87
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Label is very nice and eye catching with the typical Sam feel and awesome graphics and color scheme. Label gives ABV information, consume by date, and a bit of info on the brewery. Neck label gives a nice description of the beer and states that this is Limited Release.

Appearance: I poured this out of a 12oz bottle into a 14.5oz Pokal glass. White
Christmas pours out a hazy honey orange color with a 2 finger white foam head of medium density. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Head retention was 2min 11sec before fading to a thin foam ring. Lacing was non existent.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of slight hints of orange peel infused with a sweet bread-like scent. Nutmeg is the spice that really jumps out in the nose. Very nice.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon with a slight orange peel flavor. Finishes with a spicy wheat flavor.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, refreshing and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Overall this was a solid yet unspectacular offering that is a nice change of pace from most winter beer. I enjoyed this one. Part of the Sam Adams Winter Classics or alone as a 6-pack. Classified as a Witbier at 5.8%. Consumed 1-2-2013

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 10:51:02 | More by thegodfather1076
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Omensetter

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-16-2013 04:24:48 | More by Omensetter
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StevenH

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-15-2013 22:53:57 | More by StevenH
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RJLarse

Washington

3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler. Only this and the chocolate bock are left. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow gold color, clear with a thin fizzy white head.

Smell is sweet, soft fruit aromas, pears and raisins, with some spice notes.

Taste is also sweet with a sharp cidery flavor. Mildly bitter sweet after taste.

Moutfeel is crisp and clean, with a dry feel.

Overall not a great wit. The flavor is a bit off. It tastes un-fermented. Blue Moon is better.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 23:56:06 | More by RJLarse
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-13-2013 22:34:06 | More by stampfler07
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NodakEric

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-13-2013 17:45:29 | More by NodakEric
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DragonzBreath

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-13-2013 16:40:50 | More by DragonzBreath
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-13-2013 03:43:39 | More by jkball01
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

"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!" White Christmas is brewed in the style of a Witbier. Date ticked on bottle is mid-April 2013. Available as a part of the (now waning in availability) Winter Classics holiday pack, in pairs of two each. I am curious to see how this compares to the Samuel Adams White Ale, which was last available (in my region) in the Spring of 2011.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams pint glass. Served upwards of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours fizzy head of a golden white complexion, very crisp and loud and somewhat hasty to recede. Body color is a pale golden yellow with a great deal of murky haziness. Visible carbonation is plentiful. Even on a beer clean glass, there is no lacing to behold. Head quality and the overall appearance is underwhelming. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma is reminiscent of candied ginger, dry cinnamon sticks and a pinch of ground nutmeg, with tart orange rind, unripe raisins and cereal wheat malt body lying underneath. There's potential lemon juice characters too; the aroma is slightly tart with a lesser sweetness. Spices are forward but closely balanced with the body; there's nothing overly "perky" about the aroma, causing for an approachable aroma if not all that exciting or merry. Potency is medium at best. Murky is another adjective I'd give to the aroma as well, it's just not as striking as I'd have hoped and none of the plentiful characters that I picked up on really take the foreground to define this beer. 3.25

(Taste) Wheat presence is certainly more evident in the flavors than I picked up in the aroma, but the cinnamon and nutmeg spice blend and much of the bright citrus notes take a back seat to an ordinary wheat malt profile with a chalky drying finish. In the depths of the flavor are faint notes of cinnamon and nutmeg but overall the taste is even more one-dimensional than the aroma was, with many of the subtleties drowning out in the wheat malt base. Aside from an unusually dry finish and a faint spice profile, there is little else about the flavor that differentiates this beer from a more summery and bright Witbier. Some increased sweetness would have also been more enjoyable. Underwhelming in flavor. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) One of the more perky things about this beer is the texture. The carbonation is just shy of full-on spritely, accentuating the spice blend and balancing out the chewiness of the wheat malt textures. Body is medium amongst Witbiers and light amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is faint. This is an enjoyable carbonation level and would even better compliment a more flavorful Witbier. Unfortunately, it only further calls attention to what the beer lacks in flavor. 4.25

(Overall) When it boiled down to flavor, White Christmas came down to little more than a chewy wheat beer with a faint and dry cinnamon spice blend. I was hoping more ginger and citrus character would be preserved and a touch more sweetness would have also helped improve drinkability. I distinctly remember enjoying White Ale significantly more and hope they either patch up the issues with this beer or return that old classic next holiday season. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale
3.05/5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:03:44 | More by Jadjunk
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: yeast,coriander, and a bit of ginger are mild but detctable.

Taste: mild malt profile with coriander, lemon, ginger, and cracked pepper are well balanced. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an enjoyable wittier that is easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 22:26:35 | More by Gavage
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boesesfleisch

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-11-2013 09:38:31 | More by boesesfleisch
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched FEB
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to my dad for saving me one of each beer from the Winter Classics Variety Pack.

The beer poured a cloudy and turbulent yellow ochre color. A surprisingly small, frothy, off-white head capped the liquid. The head quickly fell to a thin film that had decent lasting strength.

The aroma was pleasant but rather subtle. Sweet, doughy malts were apparent. Good amount of winter spice notes. Slightly citrusy and tart. Ginger came out as well.

The flavor profile was punchier and more enticing than the nose. Semi-sweet on the front end with a healthy dose of pale malts. Spicy in center. Ginger was noticeable, as were hints of orange zest. The beer turned lemony and tart on back end. Crisp and quite refreshing.

The liquid was slick and creamy on the palate and contained a very fine and mild effervescence.

Although this beer did not blow my socks off, it was highly drinkable and unique as a winter seasonal. I would love to see more breweries integrate a spiced witbier into their winter lineup, as the flavors pair perfectly with many foods served during the holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:14:02 | More by Damian
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams glass.
Soft yeast aroma with wheat grain and mild fruit. Not bold, but pleasing.
Huge white head prevents full pour in glass Slightly cloudy yellow with loads and loads of rising bubbles from the nucleation.
Very soft flavors too, but again quite pleasing. Mild bitterness blends nicely with the yeasty flavors. HInts of hops. Bits of fruit - they taste red. KInda of a vanilla laying on the tongue. The spicing in not heavy handed, but accenting in a favorable way.
Fullness from carbonation and at least moderately heavy. Enjoyably creamy.
This is alright. Not classic but pleasing in multiple ways and a very easy drinking wit.
Thanks Dad.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 20:43:21 | More by garymuchow
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cousineddy

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-10-2013 05:01:47 | More by cousineddy
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Bear1964

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-09-2013 23:50:33 | More by Bear1964
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monkbrewed

Michigan

1.63/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst Sam Adams offerings. Awful, almost sickening smell and a taste that matches it. Putrid odor. Not sure why these guys thought drinking potpurri would be a good idea. Looks like any other Belgian Wit beer, in terms of color and clarity. Mouthfeel and carbonation are all completely normal, but the smell combined with the flavor profile make this absolutely off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 18:57:32 | More by monkbrewed
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Beefytits4

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-09-2013 00:15:19 | More by Beefytits4
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b2hogan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-08-2013 01:35:42 | More by b2hogan
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

01-07-2013 16:53:15 | More by jewellrunner
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Reinbeck11

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-07-2013 03:33:11 | More by Reinbeck11
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Putter

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

01-07-2013 02:56:17 | More by Putter
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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