Samuel Adams White Christmas - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
A-Cloudy orange. Huge, downy white head. About an inch and a half of height. Leaves mild lacing. Body is far more orange than the pale white normally associated with a Wit.
S-Orange peel and coriander. Spiced wheat. Mulled cider. Quite spicy. I quickly notice the sweetness that I will soon be experiencing. A spicier Witbier.
T-Sweet and spiced. Toasted wheat. Nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. A tickle of pepper? Gingerbread. Caramel covered nectarine skins. Consistent maltiness.
M-Fuller bodied Wit. Massaging carbonation. Slick and semi-sticky.
O/D-Sam has put out a couple neat beers recently. This one is more dud than stud. 85% Witbier, 15% Winter Warmer. Weird little guy. Damnit, I can see two or three bottles from this six-pack becoming refugees in the fridge for a month or so.
11-03-2012 04:16:35 | More by VelvetExtract
3.15/5 rDev -9.2%
Glass - Pint
A - A hazy apricot colored brew with high carbonation and lots of haze. Small head fell quickly. No lacing.
S - Sweet bubblegum upfront with soft cracker and grain throughout. I get a bit of zest and subtle spice like quality in the way of cinnamon. That bubblegum like aroma is pretty over powering to me.
T - Wow, just about as sweet as I expected. Bubblegum, cinnamon, banana, and bread upfront. That cinnamon really comes through in the taste, a bit too much almost. It finishes with bread, cracker, malty sweetness, and a touch of bright citrus. Bitterness is almost absent.
M - Nearly full bodied with a smooth and chewy like feel. Carbonation is medium.
O - I think the beer is good. I can't say I would buy it again though. Tasty, looks good, smells inviting. The whole cinnamon/winter spice thing in a white beer come off a bit strange to me. Sam Adams makes it work decently though. Worth a try. Cheers!
11-03-2012 00:41:04 | More by PintOHops
3.8/5 rDev +9.5%
a: Hazy orange/peach color. 1-1 half finger white head, fluffy.
s: gym socks, light clove, apricot, bubblegum, orange peel, spicy and generally malty.
t: Bright orange, bubblegum and clove, finishes with orange peel, cinnamon and bready malt.
m: medium body with some slickness to it. Medium carbonation.
o: Spices come through well, any more and it would have been too much for me. A bit sweet for my taste but nice.
11-03-2012 00:38:49 | More by JosiahS
4.38/5 rDev +26.2%
Apperance is amazing on this beer. A very bright golden color with a nice haziness to it. A very refreshing column of bubbles rises up and and creates a thick, fluffy white head that doesn't go away at all.
Smell is fantastic. All the usual Christmas spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and citrus. Really solid smells.
Taste is great. So much better than all of the other Christmas ales on the market. Instead of the usual stout base, there is a strong wheat and citrus base. The spices feed off that very nicely and become the star.
Mouthfeel has a nice refreshing crispness to it.
Drinkability is awesome on this Christmas Ale. A great load of spices with a lower alcohol than most, makes this beer one to drink a 6 pack or more of. Great selection that I am glad I got a 6 pack of. I need to get to the store to get more before its out.
10-31-2012 01:51:19 | More by BDIMike
3.85/5 rDev +11%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Sam Adams "Winter Classics" variety pack.
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Smells wheaty and yeasty with strong winter spice notes, especially cinnamon. Has a slight citrus smell as well.
Taste: Slightly hoppy up front. Starts wheaty and yeasty with strong citrus flavors. Finishes spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg predominantly.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated.
Overall: An interesting new offering from Sam Adams. It's an interesting concept to remove the normal witbier spices, like coriander, and replace them with winter warmer spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg. I think it mostly works here and this is a beer that I definitely wouldn't mind having again or seeing in the mixed packs.
10-30-2012 12:16:46 | More by mckenziac
3.85/5 rDev +11%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy apricot in color, with a moderate head of fluffy foam.
Aroma-Citrus zest, subtle nutmeg
Taste-Orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, spicy wheat. An interesting "lighter' take on a Christmas ale. Not overdone, and pretty refreshing and drinkable for a holiday brew. Flavor gets a little muddled upon warming. Not a great fireside brew, but suitable for a holiday "refresher" or opening gifts on a warm Christmas day in the tropics.
10-29-2012 18:17:05 | More by hosehead83
3.03/5 rDev -12.7%
Oh Sam Adams. Just when we think we're getting rid of the abundance of random wheat-based seasonals, another one comes out.
This one is essentially a holiday spiced witbier.
Looks more or less like a standard witbier. Light in color, foamy, cloudy. No issues here.
The nose has a little cinnamon and nutmeg, plus a distinct wit cirtus-y sourness. Maybe this won't be bad?
The flavor department is really where this one falls apart. Strong cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg hit right away. It's like a pumpkin or holiday beer gone wild. the problem is that on the back end, there's the Sam Adams wheat roughness that only works in a few beers (like Summer Ale). Here it doesn't. Instead it's all spice on the front, wit sourness in the middle, and all husky bitterness on the back end. I don't mind spiced beers, but this one is all out of whack.
No problems with the texture, and I suppose if you're really really into massive spice notes or don't mind that weird back-end, this might be drinkable for you. Maybe non-beer drinkers would like it, too.
A novel idea that just doesn't work. I really wish Boston Beer would stop with the forced wheat seasonals. This might work as a blonde, lager, or porter but as a wit it just doesn't...at least for me.
10-28-2012 17:22:47 | More by Domingo
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
I was worried when I poured it. It looks like cloudy beer that's been sitting in a solo cup for a few days. But the head has a good lacey consistency, and it sticks around.
The taste is good, considering I was scared to try it. Nutmeg, wheat, a little citrus, other spices.
It came in the Sam Adams winter pack, and overall I like it, but I'm not positive I would go buy a six pack of it.
10-28-2012 17:13:50 | More by kneeland
3/5 rDev -13.5%
Appearance - Pours cloudy, pale orange with a white, half finger head. Subpar retention results in sparse lacing.
Smell - Smells of pie crust, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste - Follows the nose. Heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon spices, with a pie crust malt flavor. Faint hint of coriander as the beer heads for the finish, and a subtle wheatness peaks through at the tail-end of the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Light in body, with an almost fizzy carbonation.
Overall - Not very impressed. Reminiscent of their Harvest Pumpkin ale, minus the hints of pumpkin. Is it drinkable? Yeah, but I wouldn't want to buy it again, and I'm hoping it's a one-and-done in the Winter pack.
10-28-2012 01:50:33 | More by TheSixthRing
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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