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

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1,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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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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
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michele97394

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

01-07-2013 00:31:11 | More by michele97394
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laria007


4/5  rDev +15.3%

01-06-2013 22:45:47 | More by laria007
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +15.3%

01-06-2013 14:10:00 | More by Lukass
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Maurod4d


1/5  rDev -71.2%

01-05-2013 18:02:29 | More by Maurod4d
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-05-2013 03:14:34 | More by doughanson78
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-05-2013 02:30:55 | More by buckyp
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-05-2013 00:28:58 | More by BigTrubble
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HavasuDG

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-04-2013 18:25:41 | More by HavasuDG
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Headgoober

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-04-2013 03:36:52 | More by Headgoober
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DruC4

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-04-2013 03:14:21 | More by DruC4
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ironwill54


2/5  rDev -42.4%

01-04-2013 00:49:18 | More by ironwill54
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long-neck poured into a mug.

A: Hazed gold with a ton of carbonation screaming to the top and a quickly fizzling white head.

S: Bready and wheaty right up front. Citrus, nutmeg, other spices. Maybe lemon peel? Pretty malt-driven.

T: More orange peel on the palate with cinnamon and nutmeg emerging as it warms. Plenty of light bready wheat notes to accompany the suggestion of Christmas wassail.

MF: Medium to light bodied. Pretty standard stuff.

O: Nothing special to me, though I readily admit this isn't a style I seek out. It is what it is, and its a spiced Wit. Nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 15:51:34 | More by Scotchboy
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JackHPatterson


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-03-2013 04:59:37 | More by JackHPatterson
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jmw4437

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-03-2013 04:57:31 | More by jmw4437
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The label recommends enjoying before the month notched, which is “APR.”

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color is hazy straw. Two fingers of dense, off-white head dissipated slowly.

Smell: Just what I would expect from a festive witbier. White bread, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, and herbal hops. It has a light nuttiness, as well, so I suppose there is a little nutmeg in there. It gets pushed to the back by the spice, though.

Taste: Very nice, full-bodied mouthfeel for a witbier, which is a surprise. (I thought that kind of body was reserved for real wheat beer.) The white bread dominates but is well-spiced by cinnamon, ginger, and clove. At the end if offers some lemon and orange citrus, but nothing too substantial.

Drinkability: It is decent and there is nothing wrong with it. However, there are a lot better winter seasonals out there — some of which I am sure are brewed by Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:49:24 | More by TheQuietMan22
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.