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

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299 Reviews
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Reviews: 299
Hads: 1,630
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 35.73%
Wants: 27
Gots: 332 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 RIMH
4.61/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite Sam's, hands down, and I can't wait for it to be released every Christmas. I love the spices in it, and I could probably never get sick of it.

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Photo of Myotus
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by Apr 2016) into a Spiegelau wheat glass.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarters worth after 40 seconds. Yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. A plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles leaves me wondering as to why the head isn't bigger. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and thin in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat and lemongrass are backed by subtle aromas of cinnamon and hints of nutmeg, pale malts, and spicy hops. The orange peel that the label says is in here cannot be perceived. It's more than likely overpowered by the lemongrass aromas.
TASTE: Mild flavors of pale malts and wheat enter initally. Strong lemongrass and mild spicy hop flavors follow immediately as pale malt flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle flavors of nutmeg and hints of cinnamon and orange peel (look who decided to show up) enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes very crisp.
NOTE: The Boston Beer Co. is always a hit or miss for me and this was definitely a miss. The aroma told that this would be a pretty unbalanced beer in the taste profile, but I was hoping that was not the case. I'm not big on pale malts being used in excess and they were too strong for me to get excited about this brew. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange peel were too weak. The only thing right about this beer was the amount of hops that were added. Good job on that.

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Photo of torrenju
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Overall the beer was ok, tasting mainly of orange peel, and maybe a little nutmeg. I didn't taste much cinnamon, though. I think it would have been better if the flavors were more fully blended.

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Photo of wmblair
2.44/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I didn't really like this beer. I don't think it tastes very good. The mix of spices is off. After the first taste I thought, this is not a winner. It is pretty light.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange color small off white head dissipates quickly. You can smell the nutmeg and spices very mild expected a little more aroma. Taste was underwhelming wheat and orange nutmeg and allspice flavor. weak watery feel in the mouth. Overall not a beer I would have again .

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Photo of teromous
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very hazy golden body with a large fluffy white head that fades down to a short creamy white film. Good lacing on the glass but poor retention as the head fades quickly.

Aroma: There is a sour tinge smell typical of wheat. There's nothing unpleasant but a bit underwhelming for a beer that displays "ale brewed with spices" on the label. Maybe these spices are not aromatic.

Taste: I'm getting a nice wheat flavor. Again I don't pick up any spices at all. It tastes like an average wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Perfect mouthfeel for a witbier. I mean it is legitimately the gold standard of quality here. It has a nice thick creamy body that just floods the palate.

Overall: Spice in beers will typically fade over time, but this early in the season (two days after Thanksgiving) I would not expect a beer that says "Christmas" on the label to have no spice flavor when the label clearly states that it was brewed with spice. The neckerchief says "We put a new spin on a Belgian white ale, replacing traditional coriander with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange peel, giving this beer a festive, warming touch." I don't pick up any cinnamon, nutmeg, or orange peel. Overall this is a tasty wheat beer but I can't give my stamp of approval on something that doesn't deliver. If you're looking for a wheat beer this is about average. Freshness-wise it's better than many imported wheat beers that have become oxidized but there are some domestic (US) wheat beers available this time of year that are fresher tasting. If you're looking for a spiced beer you will be sadly disappointed.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Cloudy dark gold: About a finger of white foam on top.

Smell: Perhaps a little pine and spice.

Taste: Tart: spice.

Feel: Thin

Overall: Meh...spicy thin IPA. Not much to see here. Still not a fan of SA.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bought this as a one-off - just before thanksgiving.

(having it right after a nice spiked egg nog)

a CLOUDY - some off shade of pale yellow. the head was white and wispy - almost like the head on a 7 up.
barely any lacing.

S not liking the smell - seems a bit "stale" no discernable hops. Im not finding the cinamon other reviews have mentioned, really nothing here that I can name.

T hand in hand with the nose - hard to put any name to it but honestly I dont like this

M nice carbonation

D - sorry but I have to say DONT BOTHER> this is the worst Ive seen from sam adams

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Photo of theBubba
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a hazy yellow with a white head. Left minimal short lived lacing and had no head retention. This is a thin and mild tasting wheat ale. Yes, there are some tastes and aromas of the token holiday spices and yes, you can drink a lot of these baby's because they're pretty smooth and don't pollute your palate with a shitload of hops but in the end you may as well be drinking a Blue Moon or a Shock Top. Not worth the price of admission.

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Photo of illpass78
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Sheets of white lacing. Pretty well carbonated.

Aroma: I do get cinnamon, as the ad copy says. Also orange peel, lemon, wheat. Musty.

Taste: Pretty much tastes like a standard witbier. Not super distinguishable from Blue Moon, but maybe a little more complex flavor. I would've liked more cinnamon, as the nose foretold.

Mouthfeel: Standard for style.

Overall: Decent witbier. Doesn't strike me as very "Christmasy" but it's not bad.

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Photo of RockRuler
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They replaced the coriander with cinnamon so those tasting coriander, WTH? I taste the orange peel and all spice but it's strange. Finishes clean but not a good flavor. Not my cup of tea. Strange brew. Cheers!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellowish orange with a big bright white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is very muted. Bready malts and traces of cinnamin, nutmeg and orange. Taste is the same, very bland. Feel is light and watery. Overall I'm glad I got a single bc I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of puck1225
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is under rated. It has a nice slightly cloudy yellow color, and has a good head and lacing. The smell is slightly sweet and spicy. Taste is a very pleasant mix of spice and fruit, especially orange. I am happy to see it in six packs this year. Please, next Old Fezziwig in six packs!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque. Hazy. Bubbly. Honey-amber. Fine, off-white, medium-retention head that soon develops into a film and lace on the sides. Smells at first of bread and yeast, but this gives way to cinnamon, quite good and not very strong. Perhaps nutmeg as well, as indicated by the label, but not much for orange peel yet. Palate definitely favors cinnamon, nutmeg throughout, much more so the former, but wheat and yeast character more present than they were in smell, giving it both grain and white whine undertones. Aftertaste is watered down cinnamon which almost reminds me of banana, of all things, and very mild citrus, which could pass for orange peel, though not very rindy or bitter. Medium bodied, a bit watery, but silky once loads of fine prickles have subsided. Far from the worst witbier I've had, and though it's not terribly high on my list of styles, I'm somewhat surprised it's not more highly rated.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.27/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty pale beer, murky with a little white head. Can smell a great deal of orange with a hint of cinnamon. Tastes watered down with some cinnamon spice.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +5.8%
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 -13.8%
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 -3.7%
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 +11.5%
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 +2.6%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -2.3%
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 +4.3%
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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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.