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

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BA SCORE
79
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1,164 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 10
Gots: 64 | 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)
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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
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

VelvetExtract, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

PintOHops, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of JosiahS
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

JosiahS, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of MrBoh
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

MrBoh, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

MichaelBuck, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of flannelandbrews
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

flannelandbrews, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of swungomonkey
3/5  rDev -13.5%

swungomonkey, Nov 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

ale207, Oct 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Acforster2, Oct 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

WDJersey, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of BDIMike
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BDIMike, Oct 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

BeerMeBrah, Oct 31, 2012
Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.