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

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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 19
Gots: 230 | 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:
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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