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

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,541
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 35.92%
Wants: 22
Gots: 283 | 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:
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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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a sticky, persistent 2” white foam collar.
S: Herbal and spice with some bread.
T: Bread, caramel, orange peel, lemon, citrus, with some cinnamon and light drying in the finish.
F: Medium light body and medium high carbonation.
O: Big wheat beer flavors that might appeal to a wide audience.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle (best by March) from the winter variety pack into a Duvel tulip.

A - Clean, deep golden body with an off-white head that settles to a light foam. Pretty good stick.

S- sweet malts mixed with baking spices. Very much along the Christmas beer line, but quite out of the ordinary for a Wit. I'm thinking a lot of clove, maybe some mace and black pepper.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. A lot like eating a Christmas cookie, lots of spicy character (cloves, nutmeg, maybe some cinnamon, and a little black pepper at points).

M- Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Fairly dry with a peppery bite.

O- An unexpected mix of a Wit and Christmas/holiday brew. I was a little off-put at first, but to be completely honest, it actually works. That said, instead of standing out as alternative to the spiced, holiday beers, it sort of blends into the pack. Decent beer. Not gonna seek it out, wouldn't turn my nose up at it either.

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Photo of alexvhrk
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wheat ale with a cloudy amber body with a non retaining medium white head. A very warm aromatic experience with the amount of ingredients (cinnamon, orange peel, and nutmeg). Slight bitterness at the back of the palate from what tastes like the orange peel. Very strong cinnamon flavor.

Not usually a fan of "Christmas" beer but this was pleasant. Picked it up on a whim in April near end of shelf life.

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Photo of Clint_Yoho
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz poured into tulip snifter

A: Clear golden with a half finger of white head. No head retention.

S: Christmas spices, nutmeg and oranges.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg. Very one dimensional

F: Fuller bodied than it looks.

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Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very solid white ale, with some seasoning as expected of a "Christmas beer". A great blend of the refreshing body of a white ale combined with the tastiness of a winter warmer.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of holiday spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by strong flavors of nutmeg and also has notes of cinnamon and orange peel along with some hints of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With all of the nutmeg and spices, this beer seems like it is a hybrid between a pumpkin ale (sans the pumpkin) and a witbier. The wheat definitely lightens up the body so it is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin and fizzy head that trails the glass. The smell is very bold with a lot of allspice and nutmeg coming through with some of natural minty scents from the wheat heavy style. The taste was a bit more subdued though with the spices being on the finish and not much in the overall body. Not bad, but not for me.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; gold colored; steady stream of bubbles rising; less than a finger whited head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: nutmeg, orange, cinnamon;

T: nutmeg from start to finish; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: one note;

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy, golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, displaying the typical Belgian witbier aromas of citrus, clove, banana, bubblegum, and Band-Aids.

Taste: Typical Belgian witbier flavors present too. Strong notes of banana, clove, coriander, black pepper and citrus, such as lemon, grapefruit, orange. Not much in the way of malt or hops though.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not too bad. Certainly not just watery. There’s some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m not a fan of this beer, but it really isn’t the fault of the beer or Sam Adams, as I’m not a fan of witbiers. Actually, Sam Adams did a good job with this beer, as it captures all that a Belgian witbier should have.

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Photo of Beerma
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good! Not too spicy not too heavy! Loved it! whish I would have tried it sooner seams to be out of season now! Next year it will be the beer I drink on Christmas! Yes simply because of the name!

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Off white head with a hazy orange body. Appealing.

S: Spice, spice, and more holiday spices. Not much else distinguishable though.

T: A spiced wheat taste. Hits of orange people, coriander. A bit too spicy.

M: Very slick and well carbonated.

It's okay in a variety pack but I wouldn't seek it out on its own.

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Photo of Sundrifter
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was able to score a six pack of this beer at a very good price this past weekend. It has a darker shade of yellow with some hints of orange, coriander and a slightly malty aftertaste at the end. A very solid tasting beer from Sam Adams and one I can see myself trying again someday.

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Photo of Joncasso
4.93/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. I enjoyed it along side ken burns doc on prohibition. I really loved the taste and feel. It is a very nicely crafted beer. One of my favorites. Sadly I can't get anymore now that its January. Shame on me

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Photo of dacrza1
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: December 19, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ommegang Rare Vos... OCCASION: the last shopping trip done... APPEARANCE: pours a fizzling, rapidly diminishing off-white head; body is a hazy orange with little effervescence, belying its pour... AROMA: pungent, aromatic flowers; thick, musty coriander, mulled wine and faint orange peel... PALATE: warm, middling and rather mild; a blunted finish...TASTE: slight, sour, oddly malty at its end with cardboard-like grain; matted flower esters too, with some cinnamon and spice--surprisingly not an enjoyable combination ... OVERALL: usually Sam produces some new treats during the Christmas season, but this one is more of a trick, with uneven mouthfeel and odd flavors that left it largely untouched at our holiday get-together...

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Photo of JaZe3oNe
4.71/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very tasty! It has a nice amber hue and a great Christmas smell. It taste awesome, of nutmeg and orange, but the feel on the tongue is a little bit weak. I give this rather distinct beer a great overall score! Go Sam Adams!!

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively, creating an enormous white head that fills the tall weizen glass to the rim. After a minute or so, the foam receded leaving a rice-cake like layer floating atop the golden, honey-colored ale. Minimal lacing. Although slightly hazy, the appearance more closely resembles a blonde ale than a wit. The label promises cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. True to form, bright citrus scents greet the nose. Sweet pineapple, blonde malts and popcorn compete with hints of the aforementioned spices. The flavor is maltier than I expected, and the citrus is dialed in more than the aroma would lead one to believe. Pretty well balanced, as there is a fair amount of complexity, but it comes together in a way where little comes to the fore. The thin mouthfeel and light carbonation are bolstered marginally by the faint wheat haze. Ginger, nutmeg and a hint of grain in the finish. On the positive side, this is a pretty non-controversial beer. One could easily mistake this for a somewhat generic American lager with a little holiday spice added. I would have liked to see them go a bit bolder with this one. Also, if they are going to market this as a witbier, aptly named "White Christmas", then it should at least stay more true to the style. A whiter, wit-like appearance & less clarity. The underlying brew in this one is just not up to the task. The refreshing summer pale wheat ales just don't have the chops to compete with the darker spiced holiday offerings. I get what they were trying to do, but this one just doesn't move the needle much for me. I would gladly trade this beer for more Old Fezziwig, or even some of the past beers that have graced the winter seasonal 12-pack. Holiday Porter & Cherry or Chocolate Bock are all welcome replacements.

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Photo of VTR
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a variety pack for winter. S/kind of a sour type wheat with slight citrus. T/the typical wheat beer with some spices in the back end. I did detect hints of spices mostly on the first few sips. There is light carbonation which is nice. O/It is a Sam Adams. What can you expect from most of their beers? It is drinkable but does not keep my attention throughout the beer. I would not seek this out by itself but unfortunately I had to get the pack to get the Old Fezziwig.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy pale yellow, with a subtle white head.

S - Slightly sour wheat and grain notes. A bit of straight ahead malts.

T - Sweet fruit and spice, mostly nutmeg and cloves, with a bit of stone fruit and apples. Slightly soured grains.

M - Brisk. Slight drying in the close.

O - Decent witbier, good use of spice. An integrated, tightly constructed beer that does not wow, but delivers a reasonable drinking experience.

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Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 1inch of fluffy white into a 16oz Georgia Bulldog pint glass, and the body of this beer had a light golden color with a cloudy white haze to it. The aroma was by far the best part of the beer, having a nice mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange. The taste pretty much matches up with what you get from the aroma, and as you drink this beer you get a light frosty lacing all along your glass. The mouth feel of this beer is thin with light carbonation. Samuel Adams White Christmas is a good beer, and it hit all its marks of being a Witber.

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Photo of CIBoy10
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The wheat flavors dissipate as the beer warms up and the spices begin to bloom. Great lacing and a nice head. Compared to other Sam Adams offerings I'd say this is subpar, but I'm not a big fan of wheat.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque copper color with a one finger fluffy white head.

The smell is wheat and spices, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.

The taste follows the nose this being a pretty standard wheat beer with spices. There is also a hint of some sort of citrus taste and everything blends together quite nicely but nothing really pops or stands out. It is an interesting choice by Sam Adams to blend a wheat beer with holiday spices. It might be a good beer to use in order to introduce a friend to wheat beers.

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Photo of yonker
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark golden yellow with the lightest tinge of orange. A decent, thick finger of head laced on top. The beer looks wonderful, with that slight orange tinge, and I can almost already smell it.

The smell is light, grainy, and malty, with a slight fragrance of spice mixed in. I feel like I can almost smell the mixture of grain, cloves, and citrus. This is a spiced beer, so I was not overall surprised by the fragrance.

The first sip reveals a whimsical mixture of grainy hops, heavy orange citrus, and an added note of clove in the middle. No one element presents itself too aggressively in this beer, but the orange citrus is definitely noticeable. I am slightly disappointed by how mundane this beer is once I taste it. Although it is a very well mixed medley, I find myself wishing for something to truly come out in this beer, to assert itself. No one thing in this beer really stands out for me. It's just a good, tame, spiced brew.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I would expect from a winter brew. I was expecting dark and muddy but I got a lighter play, which I actually really enjoyed.

Overall, this beer was a fair-to-middlin' seasoned brew. I really enjoyed the citrus with that slight clove afternote. I said earlier and now repeat, I wish this beer could have asserted itself in some way, maybe with a little more orange zest, but I can't say I was disappointed overall. Great seasonal brew, I would definitely try it again next year.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas brewed by Boston Beer Company, with an ABV of 5.80% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice thick white head. White Christmas is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The smell is rich with grains and malts. Now for the taste is sweet with some grains. You pick up on some citrus and spice in this brew. There is a lot going on in this brew. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. The mouthfeel is clean and finishing. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, this brew has a nice balance to it. Boston Beer Company did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, White Christmas has got a 1.5 finger thick finely porous white head, residual lacing, and a hazy,golden body.

Smells like the citrus peel mentioned on the label, along with other classic witbier elements. The "holiday spice" notes are quite subtle

I taste pretty much the same characteristics as with the aroma. As with them, this tastes is mellow, but certainly there. I can pick up the cinnamon and nutmeg more during a swig versus a sniff.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean. A tad creamier than most of the witbiers I've experienced. Nice performance here.

Overall, I'll give a 4 to Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). It wasn't a very profound brew, but a good diversion away from the heavier, darker "winter beers" released by these guys and most other brewers. I might buy this again to bust the rut.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

The color is a hazy yellowish/orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is citrus at first with some allspice aroma that gives a bit if a Christmas feel to it. There is a touch if ginger in the nose as well.

The taste is a spicy with some a touch of Belgian malt character. There is some ginger here but not as strong as in the nose. There is done allspice and a touch of clove flavor is taken over by a citrus rind flavor.

The feel if this beer is light and has a great smooth finish. This is highly drinkable and only a slight aftertaste that goes away quickly.

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