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

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BA SCORE
79
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1,177 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 75 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-22-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

JackHPatterson, Jan 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

jmw4437, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of TheQuietMan22
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.

TheQuietMan22, Jan 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best looking Sam Adams beers I can recall. Mostly resembles the style with a milky golden, cloudy yellow pour. The head is a bit of a letdown as there's not much of it to begin with and it lacks good retention.

The spices mentioned on the bottle are present, though cinnamon dominates and forces everything else to play second fiddle.

The nutmeg is the key player in the taste bug game, maybe a bit too much so. I can almost taste the orange peel, but again the nutmeg won't relinquish dominance, so I'm not quite sure if I taste it or just remember reading it from the bottle...though there is a citrusy too it.

It's all about the spice. Nothing is really offensive, just a bit rough around the edges. The tanginess from the wheat was a nice addition. It's most crisp from beginning to end and there doesn't seem to be much evidence of hops.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. This beer might need to age a bit for the ingredients to play nicer with each other, but I'm not sure how long you can cellar this stuff. It's fairly easy to drink, especially around the cold weather months, though a bit more alcohol and heat would be welcome.

RickS95, Jan 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

NoProblem, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

cbottorff, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color, moderate head. Scent is very pale with notes of pilsner and wheat malts, giving a little grainy tang to the nose, some faint seasonal spicing and a touch of lemon peel. Taste is light as well, faint notes of wheat and pilsner malt, lemon rind and seasonal spicing and faint as well. Lighter side of medium. Drinakable - yes, memorable - no.

rfgetz, Jan 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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, Jan 02, 2013
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2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Not super pale. It has a coarse white head that keeps on dissolving.

Smells like a spiced shandy. Coriander and grain of paradise is here, but it's overblown with a weird aroma of cheap, artificially-sweetened lemonade. Wheat malts are grainy and dull. Not so hot, so far.

Wheat grain, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and lemon peel; almost exactly as descripted. Still not a good ratio of additives. The cinnamon, now, is really heavy. Nutmeg is strong, too. The citrus elements aren't fresh, nor fermentedly tart. Just tang on tang on tang. Dusty spices, albeit heavy, offer little relief. Too punchy.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Tough to rate, because I don't enjoy drinking it. However, it doesn't hold its own. The body is too thick. There's some stickiness on the lips. And, the carbonation is too weak to make any kind of difference.

I have to hold Boston Brewing responsible here. This is a poorly executed holiday ale. Throw me an Old Fezziwig or a Holiday Porter any day over this.

thecheapies, Jan 02, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a winter mix-o-case poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazed deep lemon with a nice inch of whitish foam. A bit golden orange in the light. Shows moderate retention and light lace.

Nose is predominantly spice driven with cinnamon and nutmeg/pepper. Yeast influence is minimal or simply crowded out by the added spices, emerging to a small degree with exposure and warming. Pleasant and not overdone nonetheless.

Taste begins with some soft wheat notes followed by a brief middle with sweet orange. Spices swiftly sweep the palate and offer a decent linger to the finish. Rather light in malt profile and overall depth of character. Decent and with a spritzy carbonation throughout the glass though a bit thin overall in feel. Overall an interesting take on a holiday spiced brew though not in a striking way.

HalfFull, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

cheribom, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

atomicbeer, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-yeasty bread, orange peel, spices, hints of sweetness

T-malt, orange, honey, spices with no particular standout, a little too sweet with nothing that really grabs your attention

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-average and not really what I would consider a winter seasonal ale, needs something more

MDDMD, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

meanmutt, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Gravelost, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

MonicaC, Jan 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

MikeIN, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Hessian257, Jan 01, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

monnik, Dec 31, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in tall lager glass

A: cloudy peach, good carbonation, thin head, not much lacing
S: strong yeast aroma; not very appealing
T: sweet; fruity and estery; some modest spicing--allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg;
M: decent

Not bad for a party beer; not much special about it

Arithmeticus, Dec 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Zkman87, Dec 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Dalmanfsu, Dec 31, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light golden color with a small white head that quickly fades into nothing and leaves no lacing.
S-The aroma is so beautiful, tons of christmas spices, perfect for this winter season. To me the nutmeg really stands out along with cinnamon and cloves and some faint lemon zest, way in the back, (background).
T-The taste was a little disappointment from how it smelled. I get alot of the spices but not much else. I was expecting more but was let down.
M-Very one deminitional mouthfeel. It seems to be right on for the style, but not impressive at the same time. Very medium body with lively carbonation with a slightly dry finish.
O-I deemed this beer to be decent. I really enjoyed the spices in this beer, it's great for Christmas time but other than the aroma this beer was not to impressive to me, but very glad I had the chance to try this. Although, I would reccomend this to other beer loving friends.

hoplover82, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

SouthernBuckeye, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weiss-vase, the beer is an unfiltered, pale, yellowish coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy coating of white on the surface, with a little more substantial build up around the edges. Aromas of cinnamon and coriander on a bready backbone. The nose is subtle, other than the spices. Flavors of rich bread, with a heavy dosing of the clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander spicing. Very well blended in the spicing, but very spice heavy overall. The backbone of toasted grains and bread support, but get somewhat overshadowed. The aftertaste is warming, with the spices blending around on the palate, leading into a clean, quick finish. Tasty, light beer that would be a crowd pleaser during holiday get togethers, but there are Witbiers out there that have more to offer.

GarthDanielson, Dec 30, 2012
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.