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

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1,122 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,122
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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams White Christmas

Pours a pale golden color. Smells spicy with a note of wheat. In the flavor, sweet crisp wheat and a dry spice. Coriander and clove are easily identifiable. Little bitterness but not too sweet. Orange peel and allspice round out the flavor profile. Medium bodied, well carbonated and finishes clean. Overall this is a drinkable winter offering from Boston Beer Co, certainly a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 16:23:17 | More by Stinkypuss
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Retta123

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-09-2012 04:32:02 | More by Retta123
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cvalleskey

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-09-2012 02:45:53 | More by cvalleskey
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norinco

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-09-2012 01:20:43 | More by norinco
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gregu2

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-08-2012 23:33:45 | More by gregu2
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bzach

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

12-08-2012 23:31:51 | More by bzach
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caaameron


1.75/5  rDev -49.6%

12-08-2012 22:21:57 | More by caaameron
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beerpadawan

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-08-2012 07:30:18 | More by beerpadawan
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jeanphony

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-08-2012 05:34:09 | More by jeanphony
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas a couple days ago for $7.99 at Meijers. It's been a while since I've had a Witbier, and since this is Samuel Adams new holiday seasonal I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. It was notched March as it's best before date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't really look much different than most of their other beers, it's a little plain. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on a nice orange tint when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This beer looked good and it was true to style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of spices with some cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves seeming to stick out the most. After that I get some sweet wheat aromas followed by a pretty big yeast aroma. The aroma is nice and pretty on par for the style with the spices really showing up.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but much lighter, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness up front followed by a some wheat and yeast flavors. Up next comes a pretty light amount of spices, the orange peel seems to be the only one that is distinguishable. On the finish there's a nice bready flavor and pretty much no bitterness with a bready, wheaty and slightly spicy aftertaste. This beer tasted decent, but the flavors seemed to be a little thinner they should be, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but the thickness hurts the drinkability.

Overall I thought this was an OK beer and a average example of the style, there was nothing that was out of place with this beer, but there also wasn't anything that stuck out as being really well done. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was little too thick for me and the flavor didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one would be enough for me, I don't think I would want two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked like a proper Witbier and it's just what I expect to see in this style. What I liked the least about this beer is the only thing that stays as strong as it did in the aroma was the sweetness, I would much rather have more wheat and spices. I don't think I will be getting this beer again, I might get it if it's release next year but a six pack is enough for me for this year, If you really like the style I recommend trying it but I wouldn't tell my friends that they have to try it. All in all this beer was decent and pretty true to style bit it was a little rough around the edges and needs a little more fine tuning, as far as noteworthy holiday beers I don't see this one making the list, and for the style I think I would rather have Bell's Winter White Ale. Samuel Adams makes solid beer and that;s what this is, but it's not all the memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:58:09 | More by StoutHunter
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prototypic

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White Christmas looks like straw in color. It’s extremely hazy. A little light gives it more of a yellow look. Pretty standard for the style. Not bad. It’s topped off with a bone white head. It’s rather modest, standing only about a finger tall. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume. Looks pretty good.

The nose is weak in terms of aromatics. Needs more strength. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. It is earthy and quite grainy throughout. It smells a little spicy. There are some light holiday spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Other spices include light orange peel and perhaps coriander. Definitely reminiscent of a Witbier. Smells a little sweet. Perhaps a little fruity. Lemon is there. Alcohol is buried. It’s not bad. More strength might push it to the positive side.

I’m not sure what it is about the flavor, but I like it. It definitely features a strong grainy, earthy flavor. That quality resonates throughout each sip. It also features some spicy flavors that are notable for the style – namely coriander and orange peel. It does have a light lemon flavor that’s refreshing. In terms of the holiday spices, they’re modest, but effective. Cinnamon and nutmeg are definitely noted, and they complement the other flavors nicely. I didn’t anticipate liking this much at all, but for some odd reason – I do. It’s good stuff. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. Finishes earthy and spicy with just enough holiday spice flavor to make it interesting.

White Christmas has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation feels soft. Even though it’s very light, it feels rather soft. It goes down far too easily. I could handle a few bottles of this.

Samuel Adams White Christmas is probably the surprise Christmas beer of 2012 for me. I really expected to hate it. I don’t…at all. It’s surprisingly good. Not great, but good. I’d suggest picking up a six-pack while it’s around. It’s definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:28:46 | More by prototypic
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Yoda22

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-08-2012 01:59:27 | More by Yoda22
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mbs11

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-08-2012 01:21:05 | More by mbs11
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thlayli87

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A cloudy golden orange color with about two fingers of head. No lacing to speak of.

S - Wheaty with notes of orange zest.

T - Mildly sweet up front, zesty orange peel, and a big bready finish. Nicely balanced flavors.

M - Pleasant enough with good carbonation that lasted through the whole glass.

O - This is a pretty good seasonal offering from Samuel Adams. It might be a good introduction to the wheat beer style for someone new to craft beer. Mild but tasty enough to win converts from the macros.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 22:38:56 | More by thlayli87
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-07-2012 19:53:33 | More by Davepoolesque
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden, with loopy (but not especially thick) lace.

Nose is spicy -- I get hot cinnamon dominating. It's an assertive but pleasing aroma.

Taste is more of the spices -- cinnamon and nutmeg come through, as does a hint of orange zest and wheat sharpness later near the finish. This is a strong and well-flavored brew, and certainly enjoyable in small amounts.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 19:41:40 | More by secondtooth
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DCav


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-07-2012 02:57:38 | More by DCav
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back from an unbelievable wedding in Key West, and back to the business of reviewing beer. Bought the Sam Adams mix pack (as I do every season) and looking forward to this one.

Cloudy gold in appearance. Head quickly reduces to a ring around the glass. Orange peel/citrus aroma.

Initial flavor very Blue Moon-like. However, some other flavors start hitting the palate - cinnamon especially, but also wheat and some spice notes. Orange peel hits home again in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied though highly drinkable and a nice addition to Sam Adams Holiday lineup. This beer would work in Spring/Summer as well. I hope it comes back next year.

By the way - I hope to go back to Key West numerous times, however the bars are a little disappointing when it comes to craft beer. The highlight for me was the "Loaded Landshark" at Margaritaville, which is a Landshark Lager (awful on it's own) spiked with lime tequila. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:39:32 | More by Celtics76
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Goobastic

New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-06-2012 15:07:54 | More by Goobastic
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Thanks Samp01 for sharing. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, creamy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wheat malt, sourdough, and hints of spices and pears. Body is medium and smooth. A lot of spices, wheat malt, citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Overall it is nicely made wit.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 14:42:40 | More by mikeg67
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, pours a hazy, ruddy, yellow color with a tinge of rusty orange, tall white head sticks around and leaves some lace as it fades. Aromas are oddly musty, wheaty, spicy, orange peel. Tastes are wheaty, nutmeg, cinnamon, yeast, still musty, orange. Thin-to-medium mouth-feel, higher carbonation makes it feel fuller. Finishes fairly clean with slight tartness & dryness. Overall, this was a disappointment. I don't feel that the cinnamon & nutmeg belong here, maybe some familiar clove might have rounded it out a bit?

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:50:05 | More by barnzy78
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punky796

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Yellow-orange, much like Blue Moon or other wheats. White foam head that leaves some lacing but disappears after a couple of minutes.

S - I mostly first smelled the nutmeg and orange peel. An interesting combination, but nice.

T - For this combination of spices, it seems pretty balanced. You can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg among the more summery things like orange and the light wheat. The cinnamon doesn't punch you in the mouth, which I was worried about.

M - Not quite as creamy as one might expect, but then regardless of the season it's designated for, this kind of beer isn't really meant to be. Not overly carbonated but leaves a fuzzy feeling around your teeth.

O - Overall, quite good, and though I'm a sucker for wheat beers, not my favorite seasonal from Sam Adams. But I'd drink it again and hope I like it as much a second time around.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:43:20 | More by punky796
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-06-2012 04:57:13 | More by JohnBender
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best Before has FEB notched out.

A= Pours a hazy light yellow color with an active finger of head that is constantly popping and regenerating yet still holding some steady retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells wheaty for sure with a little orange peel and spice aroma. The smell isn't too heavy. There may be some cinnamon but it's hard to decipher with all the wheat.

T= The taste has much more cinnamon in it as well as some of the orange peel and maybe some coriander. There is again a heavy wheat character to it which tastes sort of "poopy to me. The flavor is a little light but it is a Wit.

M= Well carbonated

O= This is a solid beer. Not really heavy in the spice and "christmas" flavors. There is a little however if you search for it. It doesn't have that classic SA winter beer greatness however. Maybe they just spoil me this their other holiday beers. This was a little bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 04:48:24 | More by jjanega08
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CHickman

New York

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange gold color with a massive 2 finger foamy off white that was full of big bubbles, like a champagne, and faded slowly, leaving great spotty foamy lacing sticking to the sides and a layer on top; this was so cloudy that it looked like beach water after a wave just crashed on shore.

Smells of yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, grains, biscuit, roasted malt, clove, light herbs and spices; seems to be citrus hops, wheat and spices wrestling for control of the aroma, which is par for the style.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, orange peel, toasted grains, biscuit, wheat, roasted malt, clove, light herbs or grass and spices like coriander, pepper and cinnamon or allspice; the spices are just aggressive enough to counter the grainy presence and let the citrus notes add balance. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was soft and yet tasty at the same time; it’s just too bad the cardboard funk combined with the spices always leaves such a strange taste after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a light to medium body and light to very flat carbonation; if it didn’t have the cardboard aftertaste it would flow down much easier.

Overall it was good, and I wanted to like it more but this is just not a style I’m crazy about. A good American choice if you like this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 04:08:54 | More by CHickman
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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