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

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 262 | 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 Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of panderondon
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
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 +4.6%
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

Photo of karait95
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of RJLarse
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler. Only this and the chocolate bock are left. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow gold color, clear with a thin fizzy white head.

Smell is sweet, soft fruit aromas, pears and raisins, with some spice notes.

Taste is also sweet with a sharp cidery flavor. Mildly bitter sweet after taste.

Moutfeel is crisp and clean, with a dry feel.

Overall not a great wit. The flavor is a bit off. It tastes un-fermented. Blue Moon is better.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

"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. Cheers!" White Christmas is brewed in the style of a Witbier. Date ticked on bottle is mid-April 2013. Available as a part of the (now waning in availability) Winter Classics holiday pack, in pairs of two each. I am curious to see how this compares to the Samuel Adams White Ale, which was last available (in my region) in the Spring of 2011.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams pint glass. Served upwards of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours fizzy head of a golden white complexion, very crisp and loud and somewhat hasty to recede. Body color is a pale golden yellow with a great deal of murky haziness. Visible carbonation is plentiful. Even on a beer clean glass, there is no lacing to behold. Head quality and the overall appearance is underwhelming. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma is reminiscent of candied ginger, dry cinnamon sticks and a pinch of ground nutmeg, with tart orange rind, unripe raisins and cereal wheat malt body lying underneath. There's potential lemon juice characters too; the aroma is slightly tart with a lesser sweetness. Spices are forward but closely balanced with the body; there's nothing overly "perky" about the aroma, causing for an approachable aroma if not all that exciting or merry. Potency is medium at best. Murky is another adjective I'd give to the aroma as well, it's just not as striking as I'd have hoped and none of the plentiful characters that I picked up on really take the foreground to define this beer. 3.25

(Taste) Wheat presence is certainly more evident in the flavors than I picked up in the aroma, but the cinnamon and nutmeg spice blend and much of the bright citrus notes take a back seat to an ordinary wheat malt profile with a chalky drying finish. In the depths of the flavor are faint notes of cinnamon and nutmeg but overall the taste is even more one-dimensional than the aroma was, with many of the subtleties drowning out in the wheat malt base. Aside from an unusually dry finish and a faint spice profile, there is little else about the flavor that differentiates this beer from a more summery and bright Witbier. Some increased sweetness would have also been more enjoyable. Underwhelming in flavor. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) One of the more perky things about this beer is the texture. The carbonation is just shy of full-on spritely, accentuating the spice blend and balancing out the chewiness of the wheat malt textures. Body is medium amongst Witbiers and light amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is faint. This is an enjoyable carbonation level and would even better compliment a more flavorful Witbier. Unfortunately, it only further calls attention to what the beer lacks in flavor. 4.25

(Overall) When it boiled down to flavor, White Christmas came down to little more than a chewy wheat beer with a faint and dry cinnamon spice blend. I was hoping more ginger and citrus character would be preserved and a touch more sweetness would have also helped improve drinkability. I distinctly remember enjoying White Ale significantly more and hope they either patch up the issues with this beer or return that old classic next holiday season. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams White Christmas Ale
3.05/5.00

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: yeast,coriander, and a bit of ginger are mild but detctable.

Taste: mild malt profile with coriander, lemon, ginger, and cracked pepper are well balanced. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an enjoyable wittier that is easy to consume.

Photo of Damian
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
For brewery-fresh taste, enjoy before month notched FEB
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to my dad for saving me one of each beer from the Winter Classics Variety Pack.

The beer poured a cloudy and turbulent yellow ochre color. A surprisingly small, frothy, off-white head capped the liquid. The head quickly fell to a thin film that had decent lasting strength.

The aroma was pleasant but rather subtle. Sweet, doughy malts were apparent. Good amount of winter spice notes. Slightly citrusy and tart. Ginger came out as well.

The flavor profile was punchier and more enticing than the nose. Semi-sweet on the front end with a healthy dose of pale malts. Spicy in center. Ginger was noticeable, as were hints of orange zest. The beer turned lemony and tart on back end. Crisp and quite refreshing.

The liquid was slick and creamy on the palate and contained a very fine and mild effervescence.

Although this beer did not blow my socks off, it was highly drinkable and unique as a winter seasonal. I would love to see more breweries integrate a spiced witbier into their winter lineup, as the flavors pair perfectly with many foods served during the holiday season.

Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams glass.
Soft yeast aroma with wheat grain and mild fruit. Not bold, but pleasing.
Huge white head prevents full pour in glass Slightly cloudy yellow with loads and loads of rising bubbles from the nucleation.
Very soft flavors too, but again quite pleasing. Mild bitterness blends nicely with the yeasty flavors. HInts of hops. Bits of fruit - they taste red. KInda of a vanilla laying on the tongue. The spicing in not heavy handed, but accenting in a favorable way.
Fullness from carbonation and at least moderately heavy. Enjoyably creamy.
This is alright. Not classic but pleasing in multiple ways and a very easy drinking wit.
Thanks Dad.

Photo of monkbrewed
1.62/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

One of the worst Sam Adams offerings. Awful, almost sickening smell and a taste that matches it. Putrid odor. Not sure why these guys thought drinking potpurri would be a good idea. Looks like any other Belgian Wit beer, in terms of color and clarity. Mouthfeel and carbonation are all completely normal, but the smell combined with the flavor profile make this absolutely off-putting.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz long-neck poured into a mug.

A: Hazed gold with a ton of carbonation screaming to the top and a quickly fizzling white head.

S: Bready and wheaty right up front. Citrus, nutmeg, other spices. Maybe lemon peel? Pretty malt-driven.

T: More orange peel on the palate with cinnamon and nutmeg emerging as it warms. Plenty of light bready wheat notes to accompany the suggestion of Christmas wassail.

MF: Medium to light bodied. Pretty standard stuff.

O: Nothing special to me, though I readily admit this isn't a style I seek out. It is what it is, and its a spiced Wit. Nothing more.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The label recommends enjoying before the month notched, which is “APR.”

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color is hazy straw. Two fingers of dense, off-white head dissipated slowly.

Smell: Just what I would expect from a festive witbier. White bread, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, and herbal hops. It has a light nuttiness, as well, so I suppose there is a little nutmeg in there. It gets pushed to the back by the spice, though.

Taste: Very nice, full-bodied mouthfeel for a witbier, which is a surprise. (I thought that kind of body was reserved for real wheat beer.) The white bread dominates but is well-spiced by cinnamon, ginger, and clove. At the end if offers some lemon and orange citrus, but nothing too substantial.

Drinkability: It is decent and there is nothing wrong with it. However, there are a lot better winter seasonals out there — some of which I am sure are brewed by Samuel Adams.

Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best looking Sam Adams beers I can recall. Mostly resembles the style with a milky golden, cloudy yellow pour. The head is a bit of a letdown as there's not much of it to begin with and it lacks good retention.

The spices mentioned on the bottle are present, though cinnamon dominates and forces everything else to play second fiddle.

The nutmeg is the key player in the taste bug game, maybe a bit too much so. I can almost taste the orange peel, but again the nutmeg won't relinquish dominance, so I'm not quite sure if I taste it or just remember reading it from the bottle...though there is a citrusy too it.

It's all about the spice. Nothing is really offensive, just a bit rough around the edges. The tanginess from the wheat was a nice addition. It's most crisp from beginning to end and there doesn't seem to be much evidence of hops.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. This beer might need to age a bit for the ingredients to play nicer with each other, but I'm not sure how long you can cellar this stuff. It's fairly easy to drink, especially around the cold weather months, though a bit more alcohol and heat would be welcome.

Photo of rfgetz
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color, moderate head. Scent is very pale with notes of pilsner and wheat malts, giving a little grainy tang to the nose, some faint seasonal spicing and a touch of lemon peel. Taste is light as well, faint notes of wheat and pilsner malt, lemon rind and seasonal spicing and faint as well. Lighter side of medium. Drinakable - yes, memorable - no.

Photo of thecheapies
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Not super pale. It has a coarse white head that keeps on dissolving.

Smells like a spiced shandy. Coriander and grain of paradise is here, but it's overblown with a weird aroma of cheap, artificially-sweetened lemonade. Wheat malts are grainy and dull. Not so hot, so far.

Wheat grain, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and lemon peel; almost exactly as descripted. Still not a good ratio of additives. The cinnamon, now, is really heavy. Nutmeg is strong, too. The citrus elements aren't fresh, nor fermentedly tart. Just tang on tang on tang. Dusty spices, albeit heavy, offer little relief. Too punchy.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Tough to rate, because I don't enjoy drinking it. However, it doesn't hold its own. The body is too thick. There's some stickiness on the lips. And, the carbonation is too weak to make any kind of difference.

I have to hold Boston Brewing responsible here. This is a poorly executed holiday ale. Throw me an Old Fezziwig or a Holiday Porter any day over this.

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a winter mix-o-case poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazed deep lemon with a nice inch of whitish foam. A bit golden orange in the light. Shows moderate retention and light lace.

Nose is predominantly spice driven with cinnamon and nutmeg/pepper. Yeast influence is minimal or simply crowded out by the added spices, emerging to a small degree with exposure and warming. Pleasant and not overdone nonetheless.

Taste begins with some soft wheat notes followed by a brief middle with sweet orange. Spices swiftly sweep the palate and offer a decent linger to the finish. Rather light in malt profile and overall depth of character. Decent and with a spritzy carbonation throughout the glass though a bit thin overall in feel. Overall an interesting take on a holiday spiced brew though not in a striking way.

Photo of MDDMD
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-yeasty bread, orange peel, spices, hints of sweetness

T-malt, orange, honey, spices with no particular standout, a little too sweet with nothing that really grabs your attention

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-average and not really what I would consider a winter seasonal ale, needs something more

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in tall lager glass

A: cloudy peach, good carbonation, thin head, not much lacing
S: strong yeast aroma; not very appealing
T: sweet; fruity and estery; some modest spicing--allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg;
M: decent

Not bad for a party beer; not much special about it

Photo of hoplover82
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light golden color with a small white head that quickly fades into nothing and leaves no lacing.
S-The aroma is so beautiful, tons of christmas spices, perfect for this winter season. To me the nutmeg really stands out along with cinnamon and cloves and some faint lemon zest, way in the back, (background).
T-The taste was a little disappointment from how it smelled. I get alot of the spices but not much else. I was expecting more but was let down.
M-Very one deminitional mouthfeel. It seems to be right on for the style, but not impressive at the same time. Very medium body with lively carbonation with a slightly dry finish.
O-I deemed this beer to be decent. I really enjoyed the spices in this beer, it's great for Christmas time but other than the aroma this beer was not to impressive to me, but very glad I had the chance to try this. Although, I would reccomend this to other beer loving friends.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weiss-vase, the beer is an unfiltered, pale, yellowish coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy coating of white on the surface, with a little more substantial build up around the edges. Aromas of cinnamon and coriander on a bready backbone. The nose is subtle, other than the spices. Flavors of rich bread, with a heavy dosing of the clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander spicing. Very well blended in the spicing, but very spice heavy overall. The backbone of toasted grains and bread support, but get somewhat overshadowed. The aftertaste is warming, with the spices blending around on the palate, leading into a clean, quick finish. Tasty, light beer that would be a crowd pleaser during holiday get togethers, but there are Witbiers out there that have more to offer.

Photo of 57md
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy straw with half a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose has some citrus notes in it. This offering tastes like a standard wit with a touch of nutmeg and other holiday spices added. The finish is rather basic as well. Nothing special here.

The name is the only thing about this beer that justifies its inclusion in the 2012 Winter Classics pack. There is nothing winter Seasonal about wits and it replaced the Black and Brew which I thought was an above average coffee stout.

Photo of brentk56
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a rather modest head; the retention was not very impressive nor was the lacing

Smell: Banana, orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg; more sweet than spicy

Taste: Overripe banana and spice cake flavors, up front, with increasing sweetness developing in the middle; though the orange peel was detected in the aroma, it is only vaguely present in the flavor profile, as this is much more about the banana and holiday spice flavors

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Wits aren't my favorite style and this is not one of my favorite Wits

Photo of LeRose
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange color with about an inch of foam that spent itself quickly. Sme decent lacing in a Sam's pint. Aroma was typical wheat beer, very faint on the spices. Noted orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe cardamom?, coriander. Taste was average. Nothing outstanding, but nothing bad either. Some spice notes, typical wheat beer haylike flavor. Lingered a bit on the tongue, but somewhat thin mouthfeel overall. Nice carbonation level. Wife liked it...

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A- white head settles into a nice lacing above a pale golden hay colored beer.

S-Malted grains, wheat, orange, spices, cloves and more.

T- spices dominate taste with a little bit of the malts coming through

M- Spices upfront , sweet maltiness dry bitter finish.

A nice spicy winter beer.

Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.