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

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1,142 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 57 | 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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TeeRex

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

11-25-2012 14:34:00 | More by TeeRex
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artdob

California

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of the 2012 Winter variety pack and trying this one first as it appears to be the new addition this year.

Pours a hazy yellow orange color. Small white snowy head subsides rather quickly leaving a smallish sudsy white layer on the top of the beer.

The nose is inviting with layers of tart oranges , grapefruit, holiday spices of nutmeg, cinammon, and floral characteristics.

I find this beer to be complex on the palate. Much going on here. Similar characteristics as on the nose, but in waves of deep layers - very good!

Better than average mouthfeel caps off this beer.

Definitely a repeater.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:25:36 | More by artdob
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-25-2012 01:05:43 | More by kkmiller76
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas on a whim, and I'm glad I did. I haven't been so pleasantly surprised by one of their holiday beers since Old Fezziwig perked up my taste buds decades ago.

It's just a full bodied witbier with cinnamon and nutmeg added, but it's nicely done and perfectly accented by the spice... and sometimes that's all it takes, just taking a simple idea or common thing and adding a little bit of something extra to it. This, of course, is not the first amped-up witbier with holiday spices that's even been done, but it's been done very well.

I won't go into the specific details of the beer (color, clarity, head retention, body and so on) because I doubt that's necessary here, but I'll say that I find it remarkably well balanced. In fact, by the time I'd taken my second sip it occurred to me that it might just be the best (spiced) holiday beer that I've ever tasted. The cinnamon is clearly present but not overdone, and the nutmeg comes through nicely as well. The wheaty malt is full, but not cloying or sweet - there's only 8 IBU's to it, but the spice steps in where needed.

Worth trying for sure!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 00:04:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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scootercrabb

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-24-2012 22:43:21 | More by scootercrabb
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nitter

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-24-2012 11:31:31 | More by nitter
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

11-24-2012 07:35:45 | More by Braz
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CowboyRob

Alabama

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-24-2012 03:36:43 | More by CowboyRob
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mikerems

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

11-24-2012 03:31:33 | More by mikerems
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy burnt orange in color with very little head retention.

S - Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange.

T - Much like the smell, the flavors are of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and wheat. Very sweet flavor. Reminds me a little of a cross between Big Boss Harvest Time and Blue Moon.

M - Pretty decent mouth feel. Not watery thin, but not overly thick or sticky either.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. So far, the Sam Adam's holiday pack has been outstanding. This particular beer is one of my favs so far. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:18:39 | More by RWLawman
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Jdangelo03

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

11-24-2012 01:11:04 | More by Jdangelo03
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a hazy thick honey-peach color with a foamy white head that receds to a wisp. Light lacing sticks to the glass briefly.

The beer smells strongly of pumpkin pie spices: nutmeg, ginger, allspice. It really smells like a pumpkin ale.

Again, the taste is like a pumpkin ale. Loaded with allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and some citrus on the back end.

The mouthfeel is dry, somewhat carbonated, and maybe a little creamy.

Overall, 3.5s across the board. Unfortunately to me this just reeks of pumpkin ale all over again, so maybe I'm missing the point. It's an easy drinker for sure, and if this is the worst of the holiday mixer, I'll be pleased going forward.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 00:08:16 | More by JuicesFlowing
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GeckoPunk

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-23-2012 23:55:40 | More by GeckoPunk
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BeerManDan

California

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a hazy golden yellow with a reddish hue. The smell of sweet spices filled the nose with a very pleasant aroma. When tasted, there was yeasty nutmeg, cinnimon, with what seems to be a hint of allspice or corriander. What a pleasant, not to sweet or bitter. A well balance of component to make this years Christmas Ale a very, very pleasant surprise. Another winner from Boston Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 23:32:57 | More by BeerManDan
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Pours about a 1 1/2 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Slight lacing mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Light white bread, with a little orange citrus, and gingerbread.

T: Pale wheaty flavor, with orange bitters, and nutmeg.

M: Light body, crisp texture. A pungency in the finish that is indistinct but mostly felt in the nasal cavity more so than on the palette.

D: Pound. Although there's a little something off about the aftertaste.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Bubbly head, but no real lacing. Nose is bready, citrussy, and fall spicy. Flavor is bready with sweet, bittersweet, and earthy spice components. A bit of an off-putting aftertaste. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 06:40:06 | More by bmwats
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-23-2012 03:52:09 | More by MarkyMOD
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-23-2012 03:39:48 | More by Falcone
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Dools9

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden orange, two fingers white head holds steady after a few minutes, good patchy lace.

S: Nose contains grainy pale malt with lots of spiced wheat; clove, nutmeg a bit of orange peel. A bit of a muted smell and the spices aren't over the top.

T: Wheat, barely malt, yeasty, a general bready, grain forward flavor followed by a a hint of the aforementioned spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and light citrus notes. Dry finish, leaves a slight spice, wheaty flavor on the palate.

M: Light to medium, carbonation is medium and decently smooth. Drinks pretty easily for 5.8%.

O: Not bad, decent holiday offering. Doesn't go overboard with the spices and drinks relatively easily. Actually pretty refreshing on this Thanksgiving night.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 23:45:33 | More by Dools9
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gritz147

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-22-2012 20:21:36 | More by gritz147
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JohnEricaLawson


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

11-22-2012 18:16:22 | More by JohnEricaLawson
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GFD400

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-22-2012 18:06:26 | More by GFD400
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Very cloudy, peachy orange body. Thick finger of gauzy, eggshell white head. Nice lacing. Wheaty, witty nose. Accents of orange zest, lemon, and spices. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe juniper. Not bad.

Soft, wheaty malt up front. Light sweetness. Bready. Light clove and banana, before citrus and spice take over. Orange zest with some lemon. Muddled holiday spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly). Bready, wheatiness reclaims the finish, with lingering spices and citrus. Medium bodied, with a protein-y wheat, smooth feel. Not as bad as I was expecting. Kind of a nice change of pace from all the porters, stouts, and Celebration I've been drinking lately!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 16:00:12 | More by alexgash
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-22-2012 14:45:53 | More by Bubbalito
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wingman14

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a big frothy white head. The smell is dominated by the wheat with a good deal of orange, the cinnamon and nutmeg are secondary. The taste starts with the wheat and the citrus, the cinnamon and nutmeg are constant, and finishes with a peppery aftertaste. The finish has the citrus coming through a bit stronger. The beer is smooth for the most part, the finish with the peppery notes detract from the mouthfeel, but overall a nice blend. Overall a nice beer with good flavor, nothing that stands out, but a crisp beer that is enjoyable. Nothing amazing but still a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:01:37 | More by wingman14
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ruckus232

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-22-2012 02:41:37 | More by ruckus232
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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