1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams White ChristmasSamuel Adams White Christmas

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

1,176 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 74 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams White Christmas Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,176 | Reviews: 249 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Rekrule
1.25/5  rDev -64%

Rekrule, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a very hazy, golden orange with a 2" white head. Little lacing/retention.

S- Oranges and corn. Maybe some faint clove in the background.

T- Oranges and citrus, but really no authentic spice flavor here except maybe a hint of cinnamon. Tastes like a cheap version of blue moon.

M- Medium carbonation, slightly thick.

Overall I was unimpressed with this one. I had to choke down the last few sips. Not a winter style in my opinion, either.

gcamparone, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy yellow orange with a thick white head and lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy yellow orange with a thick white head and lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly. The flavor is an interesting taste on the classic witbier. The wheat malt backbone is there with juicy orange flavor. I get the cinnamon and nutmeg, but they are not overpowering. The spices instead complement the flavors of this beer well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is very smooth and highly drinkable. This is a very good beer. Like a previous reviewer, I agree this beer gives us a reason to enjoy a wit in the winter.

acevenom, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Stockfan42
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Stockfan42, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Kooz
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited edition, and an interesting idea. Sam takes a traditional white ale, which I associate with summer, and adds in the spices I associate with fall/winter beers (cinnamon, nutmeg). I'm expecting a punch of spices and a lingering citrus taste at the end.

This looks great. Nice tight head over a cloudy, pale orange beer. I can't wait to imbibe!

I smell orange and cinnamon, which have no business being in the same beverage, but somehow work here.

I'm getting the citrus and some wheatiness. It's nice, but not what I expected at all. The body is nice as well. It coats the inside of your mouth with a warmth that lingers slightly and has some sweetness that isn't sticky. It's a nice flavor.

It's just weird to me. The spices make this something warm and cozy, but as a result, all the fresh, crispness that comes with a traditional white. It left me confused, even though it is good. I would certainly have this again though.

Kooz, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

MaddDogg84, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

zbooks, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Milkysunshine, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of pharmer
4/5  rDev +15.3%

pharmer, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Jparker37
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Best before March '13

A - Light golden with a great haziness to it. Medium sized white head falls to a small cap. Little bits of lacing left on the glass.

S - Get a nice aroma of sweet orange peel and a lot of wheat. Floral with a bit of coriander here. Medicinal phenols.

T - Slight bit of sweetness right away. Grainy malt gives way to big twangy wheat character. Flavor dries up towards the end and has a well crafted spiced finish. I get that pseudo pumpkin beer quality. Allspice and nutmeg are easy to pick up on but don't overwhelm.

M - Medium-light body works perfect, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - A lot of wheat crammed into this brew. Aroma shows good complexity and traditional wit characters. Taste is dominated by wheat but finishes with a cool curveball. Great feel and appearance to the beer. Throws a good switch to a common summer style, a good excuse to enjoy wit in winter.

Jparker37, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of RockinRob925
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

RockinRob925, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev +15.3%

RobinLee, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of jslice99
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

jslice99, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ZachRusk, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They already have a white ale. Why another?

Pours a cloudy whitish-gold color with a thin head into my glass. Very straightforward for the style.

Creamy and spicy with light citrus and clove notes. Fairly average here. The spices add a bit of variation to the base.

Ditto for the flavor. Very creamy once again. Lots more clove with some buttery malt. Very clean with optimal carbonation.

Lingering creaminess and sweet malt make up the mouthfeel. Not much of the wheat base remains.

An interesting varation of their white ale with spices and a mouthfeel that while very unique, doesn't quite fit the style all the way. A worthy effort regardless.

Brad007, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of HamGlade10
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

HamGlade10, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A couple 12 oz. bottles from the mix-pack,

A: Pours a classic yellow to goldenrod with a small white head. Good head retention, solid spotty lace.

S: Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange, almost smells like a spiced cider. Some bready wheat notes tells me that I'm smelling a beer though. Nice use of winter spice.

T: The taste as with the nose has a bit of a spiced cider thing. Maybe it's the overt cinnamon tricking me, there is no tartness, heavy fruit or other hallmark of winter cider I get aside from the cinnamon, so I'll leave it at that. The spice is very nice and blends with the wheat and malt for a nice tasty spiced witbier. Very good stuff.

M: Medium-bodied, seems a bit richer than the 5.8%. Very creamy, glides across the tongue on the finish. Elegant.

O: This is a really nice unique spiced beer that's a great addition to the Winter mix pack. Too bad I only get 2 of them in this thing.

Halcyondays, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +15.3%

oriolesfan4, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of MaltRoomAssoc
4/5  rDev +15.3%

MaltRoomAssoc, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

jminch, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4/5  rDev +15.3%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tvljr
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unfiltered white ale with a distinct aroma unlike most other SA products.

Appears cloudy and golden as you'd expect with an unfiltered white. Carries about a fingers depth head that soon sinks down to a light cover over the top of the beer.

Definite taste of cinnamon and nutmeg, a little too much for my taste but not as overwhelming as many of these "holiday" beers.

Refreshing, low carbonation mouth feel.

A good addition to the Sam Adams line. Better than some of their other special beers. I may buy a six pack to see how it last over a full evening.

tvljr, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of HazardousBrewer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

HazardousBrewer, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of J2L
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

J2L, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of valdieu2
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

valdieu2, Nov 03, 2012
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.