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

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Reviews: 291
Hads: 1,566
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 35.73%
Wants: 26
Gots: 299 | FT: 0
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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 Hopswagger
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: Cloudy piss yellow with a thin white bubbly head. No retention and minimal wet lacing.

S: Sparkling apple cider, wheat, nutmeg, cinnamon candy, mandarin oranges and dry yeast.

T/M: Taste follows the nose and packs a nice warming spice profile to tingle the palate. Powdery drying Belgian yeast hints of tobacco and apples. I get more apple than I get orange but its there. Spicy and citrus hops hit on the finish.

O: A nice blend of yeast and spices. Not overly dramatic but a nice sessional brew to enjoy during the holidays.

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Photo of zac16125
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a hefe glass
Best before: April 2014

A: Pours a golden apricot orange with 1.5 fingers width of white colored head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass and help to keep a think film of head retention throughout the entirety of the drink. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Orange, clove, nutmeg, wheat. Really nice.

T: Pretty sweet upfront with lots of wheat on the backend. A bit of citrus. Not much spice at all. Ok, but not nearly as good as the aroma implied it would be.

M/D: Full body, heavier than many in the style, moderate carbonation, pretty filling. Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, not bad, but not great. I'm not a huge fan of witbier's, and dont really consider them winter seasonals, so I likely wont be purchasing this one again. Worth a try though.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a hazy brass with a barely there head. Smells of crackery wheat with definite cinnamon and orange. Not picking up much Belgian yeast. Spices are pretty strong in the flavor. Too sweet and not enough yeast character for my expectations of drinking a white beer. Mouthfeel is way to sticky and definitely lacks carbonation. I don't get why they have three beers in their holiday mix pack with essentially the same spice profile (White Christmas, Winter Lager, and Old Fezziwig). Not feeling this.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with typical simple Sam Adams label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of the 2013 winter variety 12 pack box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. "Ale brewed with spices." Reviewed as a witbier because the label identifies it as an "unfiltered white ale." Best before: March 2013. 5.8% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Average thickness. Subpar creaminess. Decent consistency. Inconsistent but even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. No "legs" on this one. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a cloudy lemon-orange - clearly unfiltered. Translucent yet nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. Looks a bit too dark for a witbier, most are bright, vibrant, and yellow.

Not unique or special. I'm optimistic. There are no obvious egregious flaws.

Sm: Artificial lemon fruit. Nutmeg. Artificial orange peel. Pilsner malts. Belgian white malts. Belgian pale malts. Clove. Coriander. Floral hop character. Wheat. Some citrus zest. Some limited banana. Vague hints of bland fruitcake. Not a real fresh aroma.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant if artificial aroma of average strength. Far from unique or special. A witbier should be fresh and inviting, with a crisp wheat aroma. This is not. The spicing and fruit are also underwhelming. Not real evocative or appealing, but it's not offensive.

T/Mf: Wheat, pale malt, pilsner malt. Too full-bodied and heavy on the palate for a witbier. It should be fleeting, light, and refreshing, but it isn't. Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated

The texture isn't perfectly married to the taste by any stretch, but it suits it in a general sense. Okay presence on the palate. Not astringent, harsh, oily, hot, gushed, or boozy. It hides its ABV pretty well.

Hop profile is entirely floral, though the artificial fruit could emerge somewhat from the hops as well as from whatever fruit extract/syrup they used. I get vague orange peel, a hint of lemon, and vague citrusy zest. Spices also feel artificial and in no way fresh: stale ginger, fake cinnamon (cassia), coriander, clove, and nutmeg. Boy, I wish the fruit peel was much more fresh and evocative, but there's zero authenticity there. Real fruit makes a huge difference.

Little complexity and subtlety here. Very shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. I'm not huge on this one, but it's by no means intolerable or offensive. Pretty boring. Misses the mark for a witbier.

Dr: The macrobrewing of Sam Adams definitely hit this one hard. I'll probably garnish the other bottles of this with some lemon; I rarely do that unless the low quality of the beer demands it (see Blue Moon). It's downable - I'll easily finish the bottle - but I'd like to see this winter seasonal go away. Not a keeper by any means. A throwaway witbier from Sam Adams that I wouldn't get again or recommend to friends. Well below average. I might honestly prefer Blue Moon.

Not worth aging.

Pair with mediocre food and/or bad news. Leftovers, take-out, getting dumped, and a bad day at work will fit the bill.


11.12.14: Truncated impressions:

A: Unremarkable appearance. Pretty generic witbier.

Sm: Lemon. Wheat. Nutmeg. Maybe ginger. Average in strength.

T: Generic, with some artificial spices.

Mf: Overcarbonated and biting. Crisp.

Dr: Downable but low-quality. Another garbage Sam Adams seasonal beer. I'll avoid this in future. Sam Adams' own Blackberry Wit is volumes better.


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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a winter variety 12-pack
Purchased: Nov. 1, 2013
Consumed: Nov. 1, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by March 2014

Poured an orange hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white head. Sporadic spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top.

Smelled a lot of different notes combined into one. Got orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, molasses and even a bit of pumpkin. Some other wintry spices in there as well.

Tasted a lot like the smell, but a little lighter. Got orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, gingerbread, cinnamon sticks and honey wheat .

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

I really enjoyed this one. I’d definitely have it again. Just a lighter winter beer.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: an orange cloudy pour with medium head and some remaining head after the pour. This is perfect for a witbier.

Smell: Smells of spices, coriander and a little bit of citrus hit my nose as i inhale this beer. This smells very similar of most witbiers. Nothing stands out to me.

Taste: A very sweet squashy taste. It is not so much a citrus smell consisting of orange or lemon, but more pumpkin or a sweet squash. I also notice the spices in this beer, this reminds me a lot of a pumpkin ale. I wasn't expecting this but its tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, but a light beer. This doesn't couple itself nicely with the rest of the beer. Witbiers are supposed to be lighter than most beers, but this is a happy medium.

Overall: this was an interesting change up on a winter seasonal beer. It was a witbier with hints of a squashy taste. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Samp01
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet biscuit malt, wheat, yeast, with some light spicy fruity notes and some mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a combination of sweet malt, wheat, yeast with some light spicy fruity flavor and mild bitterness, slight nutty flavor on the end. Overall a good drinking session ale.

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Photo of claytri
4.66/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a nice light gold with a crisp white head that has real staying power. The aroma is pretty much aniseed, but at a very pleasant level and character. Since that's what I expected (and what I liked about it) it works for this beer. They really did a great job with the taste on this one. It has a nice light malty character with good fruitiness, and then the Aniseed at just the right level to be all over it, but still allow the other tastes there rightful place. A home run Wit in my opinion. The feel is light and a bit oily. This was one of the best efforts for a Wit I've had in a while. Great job with the spicing.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, White Christmas is a hazy, straw-golden color with a thin, creamy white head. The most obvious part of the nose is the spice boquete, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. The level of unchecked spice smell actually makes the nose a bit nauseating. The level of spice is fairly high in the taste as well; however the nice balanced, toasty, malty backdrop it enhances fares much better in flavor than in smell. The mouthfeel is quite pleasant, medium in body with a chewy, slightly creamy carbonation. Overall, not a favorite of mine by SA, not my favorite Witbier - but if you're looking for a "Holiday" beer, this would fit the bill.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before April 2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon, orange peel, wheat, clove, pepper, pear, floral, biscuit, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes. Taste of lemon, pear, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, wheat, light clove, pepper, floral, biscuit, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, wheat, biscuit, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with spices being more muted than I expected from the nose; and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good spiced witbier. Good balance of malt and spice notes with good flavor robustness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 3/13. consumed 3/13.

A: Lemon based coloring with some pale orange tint and a translucent quality, while a strong effervesce rages within. Chalky white head is slight, a bit whispy and weakly holding leaving no preferred window dressing behind.

S: A bit of tart orange and lemon with a hint of tropical fruitiness and white grapes. Complexity level is rather low.

T: Crisp beginning for the flavor, spiciness comes through, a bit more so then the nose with indications of cinnamon, nutmeg. Bright hops and orange peels and citrus while the wheat is also lively. Tart orange and lightly dry wheat finish. Spicy twang of tropical fruitiness and i detected a hint of banana thrown about.

M: bright and crisp, creamy wheat texture with a tart layering on the tongue.

O: Overall wouldnt drink in multiples. The nutmeg and cinnamon seem a bit out of place. A wit that wants to be a xmas beer, yes i get it, but something that comes off a bit more intriquing on paper then palate. A bit sweet overall, the flavor is not bad, just odd, seeming a bit forced and misplaced, i get the notion and concept of being different just may take a bit to get used to here.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best by March, horray! Just made it.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color, good sized white fluffy head that fades at a decent rate, leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell has a very orange-y aroma, some other spices linger but don't really call much attention.

Taste is on the sweeter side, starts out with a sweet malt fruit which leads to the orange peel citrus, that is followed by some spicing like nutmeg and clove, the spicing seems a bit overhanded, coupled with the sweet malt it becomes a tad cloying, decent carbonation and body though.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big fan of this style. I got it in a combo pack. It was pretty good, for the style, though. Very orangey and very yeasty at the same time. I usually don't like that much, but it was fairly inoffensive. There was not too much coriander and seemed to be more on the clove side as far as spicing. Very inoffensive, though. More suitable for a general audience. Despite this, I really wouldn't want to drink this around Christmas time. I'm glad I held onto a bottle until late March before reviewing it. I don't like to be too harsh on styles I don't like and at the very least, I'd like to review this beer at a time when I'm more open to it. This is a much better warm-weather beer than a cold weather one. Winter is a time for very dark beers. This is very much a light and fruity brew.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light orange tan, pineapple juice. Fizzy 1/4 inch head with minor lacing.

Smell - Orange, wheat, spices,apples, grapes, yeasts, a little sour note.

Taste - Very spiced beer upfront, loads of orange, corriander, ginger and sugary yeasts. Wheat makes up the backbone of this, along with cinnamon and nutmeg. A little bitter/sour flavor comes up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, spiced and sugary notes coat tounge and palate. A sour note comes at the finish. Aftertaste is spiced, sugary and a little sour.

Overall - Decent, a little too spice heavy, really not much balance to this. Really sweet and easy to drink. Nothing special or something to seak out, but worth a drink atleast.

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

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy pale golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some darker golden and lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and pale malts with some stronger notes of spices - orange peel, cinnamon, and nutmeg stand out. Overall there is some sweetness to the smell.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of wheat and pale malts which are followed by the spicy components of the flavor - the cinnamon and nutmeg really stand out with some lighter hints of orange rind. Light amounts fo bitterness which fade rather quickly, this beer is a touch sweet overall for me.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Not a great offering but not a bad offering either for the style - a touch too much spice and sweetness for my personal preferences but it does not make this beer something I would tell people to avoid. I like the idea but just might like it better a little more toned down.

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mild wheat and bready malt with a hint of spices. Flavor is dominated by cinnamon and light cloves supported by wheat and sweet malt. Light bodied with peppery carbonation. The witbier character is subdued, but a well balanced flavor of light sweet malt, wheat and Christmas spices delivers on the name. Mild and pleasant.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a cloudy/murky medium golden color with a bit of an amber hue. Reminds me of apple cider but not quite as dark. The white head is about 2/3 inch thick when first poured before settling to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not too much lacing unfortunately, barely any at all in fact. Aromas of bready wheat, malt, clove, and nutmeg. Taste is the same, a nice bready sweet caramel malt flavor upfront followed by hints of clove, nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon and a good amount of wheat. This beer reminds me of a summer wheat beer more so than a "christmas" or "holiday" or "winter" beer. Good flavors here. Has a crisp, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the good way well crafted beer should be. I would really enjoy drinking this on a hot summer day with the massive wheat profile this beer has.


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Photo of magine
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams "perfect pint" glass.

Pours a hazy near orange with a initial inch thick fluffy head. Head settles to a lace head and some decent lace on the sides remain. Decent looks.

Brew smells spiced as labled; cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus and a bready wheat to even out the nose. Good nose.

Brew is spiced; has really good mix of winter brew spices and a summer wheat brew. Complexity is good, wish more witbiers had spices like this. Cinnamon, nutmeg and nice malty wheat body. Orange and spices go great together. A very drinkable brew that has lots of flavors. Good stuff.

I liked this onme alot, I almost wish this could be a year roubd brew. A more interesting and complex witbier.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another month-old review from notes, part of the winter mix pack.

Poured to a tulip glass - color is light orange with some haze. A small white head turns to a ring quite quickly and stays that way. A little lace left.

Expected witbier scent of wheat, orange and clove and some other light spices. Not bad, a bit average, lacking in the spice.

Taste brings on wheat, buttery bread, orange/coriander, some light earthy notes. There is some nutmeg/Xmas spice noticeable but the big spice profile advertised seems a bit restrained.

Good body overall, a bit high on the carbonation, could be smoother.

A decent witbier, but a bit plain. Not too different from alot of other orangey American wheats, though I'm not sure if all that Xmas spice would've really improved this.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy lemon hue with moderate carbonation producing 1/4 inch white head that quickly recedes.
S: Lemon citrus, mineral funk, orange peel, and a hint of spice.
T: Orange citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of bready yeast.
M: Fresh and light feel. Moderate carbonation effervescence. Smooth and slightly sweet.
D: A fairly refreshing winter wit. A straight-forward brew...but what it does, it does well.

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Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit more than "wit," the color is a darker gold thick with haze and clearly, as per style and per claim, unfiltered. A white head tries to force itself, ending up loose. It starts at about a finger in height and fades fast. The beer itself appears spritzy, big bubbles sitting stationary. A wispy bit of foam is left, and the glass sports reasonable spotty lacing.
The aroma is on par, earthy and somewhat dusty but mostly spicy, giving off a whiff not of sugary sort of spicing, though there is a light sweetness, but more a dose of kitchen-type spices. Nutmeg is particularly apparent.
The flavor follows suit, offering a strong but appropriately moderate spiciness, the main components being wheat, citrus and nutmeg.
The feel is on the spritzy side, light and sharply crisp with a very mild smoothness underlying.

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Photo of panderondon
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

One thing I love about Samuel Adams is there complex diversity beers, even if it not the best beer you have ever had there is allways pleasure in knowing youv'e got something new!

This one is not a favorite, it is ok and even not bad for a beer that has citrus notes (which I hate).

Harvest notes as expected with citrus ....Orange not lemon

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Photo of karait95
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The correct color and good looking maybe a little too yellow, carbonation is medium and head is not very big formed by white small bubbles. Cloudy as should be.

S: Spicy aroma with some wheat base that feels in the nose.

T: Typical flavor for a wit beer, some coriander and some wheat, citrus and banana are not present.

M: Not so intense as expected, nice but a little sweetness is missing and some bitterness is present.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Label is very nice and eye catching with the typical Sam feel and awesome graphics and color scheme. Label gives ABV information, consume by date, and a bit of info on the brewery. Neck label gives a nice description of the beer and states that this is Limited Release.

Appearance: I poured this out of a 12oz bottle into a 14.5oz Pokal glass. White
Christmas pours out a hazy honey orange color with a 2 finger white foam head of medium density. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Head retention was 2min 11sec before fading to a thin foam ring. Lacing was non existent.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of slight hints of orange peel infused with a sweet bread-like scent. Nutmeg is the spice that really jumps out in the nose. Very nice.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon with a slight orange peel flavor. Finishes with a spicy wheat flavor.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, refreshing and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Overall this was a solid yet unspectacular offering that is a nice change of pace from most winter beer. I enjoyed this one. Part of the Sam Adams Winter Classics or alone as a 6-pack. Classified as a Witbier at 5.8%. Consumed 1-2-2013

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Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.