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

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BA SCORE
80
good

282 Reviews
THE BROS
78
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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,537
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 277 | 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:
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 rundocrun
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Body is a hazy honey gold color. 1/2 inch of coarse white head forms and then fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Candied oranges, funky hops, peppery belgian yeast, and an underlying vegetal smell not unlike many pumpkin ales I've had.

T - Sweet and tangy up front. Mild orange peel flavor as well as a healthy dose of dry wheat flavor. Hints of nutmeg and clove through the middle. A bit tannic in the finish with some white pepper and a metallic flavor.

M - Thin body. Vibrant carbonation. Dry finish. Quite drinkable. (525 characters)

Photo of wedge
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Foggy gold body with a slender, creamy white head. Spicy, powdery sweet aroma...cinnamon, citrus, coriander, and clove. Very mild. A lot of spices in the flavor too, though not overly spiced. Lemon, orange peel, lightly sweet wheat malt, and nutmeg. Creamy, medium-light body. Meh, I don't know...I'm not really feeling this one. (329 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a matching SA sensory glass, the brew appears a clouded pale yellow to almost light orange juice color. About a finger of white head composed of rather large bubbles fades back to a thin wisp across the top. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution to reform a half finger cap and produce some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is like gingerbread or ginger snap cookies. Quite bready with a ridiculous amount of clove and a sweetness of holiday spices. Had I not seen what this brew looked like, I would have immediately assumed this was a pumpkin ale of sorts.

The taste is super spicy with holiday flavors. Primarily clove with a bready backing of something like gingerbread or ginger snap cookies as described in the aroma as well. There is a bit of a citrus component that is zesty and fruity almost like oranges/lemon or maybe just the spice of a fresh ginger inclusion.

This is a light to medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a smoothness about it that almost makes the brew feel more chewy. I know they were going for a holiday ale here but the spices are a bit over the top until the palate becomes accustomed to it. I appreciate the chance to try this brew, but it isn't something I would purchase. (1,316 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into weizen

Not bad at all.

Thee finger head, moderate carbonation

Smells of honey, orange, and cinnamon, perhaps lemon

Tastes: Cinnamon, orange, wheat, lemon zest, with a honey finish that tickles the tongue at the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, similar to other witbiers

Overall it is not a bad beer; I'll stick with Winter Lager though. (354 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz beer was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer a one finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a cloudy golden straw yellow. You also get to see lots of bubbles coming up the sides of the glass. super mice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, lots of spices like rosemary, pepper, and thyme, bready and sweet malts

Taste: Very tasty brew. All of the above plus more blended together nicely. The spices almost have a Chao twist to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium to high carbonation, lots of spices, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty nice beer. This could be a side project on their White Ale that I originally thought this was. Pretty enjoyable and probably would be enjoyed more in the summer, than in the cold winter. A nice little find too. (788 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the COOP today and enjoying while making dinner.. great foamy white head... nice retention and lacing.. the brew is standard hazed light golden..

Nose is warm spices.... nutmeg and a lesser but present cinnamon... orange peel is also there.. pale maltiness helps bloom the spices and makes them really jump out of the glass.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a sorta flat doughy malt profile.. Thankfully the spices are not as prevalent as the aroma.. still though, the nutmeg and cinnamon are the major players.

Body seems thicker than normal for a witbier, but somehow is right in line for a winter spiced beer.. Decent for what it is despite my aversion of spices in beer.

Okay... Not my cup of tea (though Xmas spices belong in tea, not beer).. I will not buy it again, but I think it will be a hit with folks who like this type of brew.

4/3/3/3/3 (865 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, light yellow body topped with a thick, creamy white head. Fruity, citrus-like aroma; light orange and lemon. Mellow grain taste infused with citrus and holiday spice flavors. Smooth, soft, medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

A really well-done holiday witbier. Well-balanced with subtle complexities of the ingredients making their appearance with every sip. A very good beer to enjoy if stronger, darker, more potent winter/holiday ales aren't what you are looking for during the cold season. (502 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams White Christmas

Pours a pale golden color. Smells spicy with a note of wheat. In the flavor, sweet crisp wheat and a dry spice. Coriander and clove are easily identifiable. Little bitterness but not too sweet. Orange peel and allspice round out the flavor profile. Medium bodied, well carbonated and finishes clean. Overall this is a drinkable winter offering from Boston Beer Co, certainly a solid offering. (422 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams White Christmas a couple days ago for $7.99 at Meijers. It's been a while since I've had a Witbier, and since this is Samuel Adams new holiday seasonal I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. It was notched March as it's best before date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't really look much different than most of their other beers, it's a little plain. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on a nice orange tint when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing. This beer looked good and it was true to style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of spices with some cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves seeming to stick out the most. After that I get some sweet wheat aromas followed by a pretty big yeast aroma. The aroma is nice and pretty on par for the style with the spices really showing up.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but much lighter, it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness up front followed by a some wheat and yeast flavors. Up next comes a pretty light amount of spices, the orange peel seems to be the only one that is distinguishable. On the finish there's a nice bready flavor and pretty much no bitterness with a bready, wheaty and slightly spicy aftertaste. This beer tasted decent, but the flavors seemed to be a little thinner they should be, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but the thickness hurts the drinkability.

Overall I thought this was an OK beer and a average example of the style, there was nothing that was out of place with this beer, but there also wasn't anything that stuck out as being really well done. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was little too thick for me and the flavor didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one would be enough for me, I don't think I would want two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked like a proper Witbier and it's just what I expect to see in this style. What I liked the least about this beer is the only thing that stays as strong as it did in the aroma was the sweetness, I would much rather have more wheat and spices. I don't think I will be getting this beer again, I might get it if it's release next year but a six pack is enough for me for this year, If you really like the style I recommend trying it but I wouldn't tell my friends that they have to try it. All in all this beer was decent and pretty true to style bit it was a little rough around the edges and needs a little more fine tuning, as far as noteworthy holiday beers I don't see this one making the list, and for the style I think I would rather have Bell's Winter White Ale. Samuel Adams makes solid beer and that;s what this is, but it's not all the memorable. (3,104 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White Christmas looks like straw in color. It’s extremely hazy. A little light gives it more of a yellow look. Pretty standard for the style. Not bad. It’s topped off with a bone white head. It’s rather modest, standing only about a finger tall. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate in volume. Looks pretty good.

The nose is weak in terms of aromatics. Needs more strength. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. It is earthy and quite grainy throughout. It smells a little spicy. There are some light holiday spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Other spices include light orange peel and perhaps coriander. Definitely reminiscent of a Witbier. Smells a little sweet. Perhaps a little fruity. Lemon is there. Alcohol is buried. It’s not bad. More strength might push it to the positive side.

I’m not sure what it is about the flavor, but I like it. It definitely features a strong grainy, earthy flavor. That quality resonates throughout each sip. It also features some spicy flavors that are notable for the style – namely coriander and orange peel. It does have a light lemon flavor that’s refreshing. In terms of the holiday spices, they’re modest, but effective. Cinnamon and nutmeg are definitely noted, and they complement the other flavors nicely. I didn’t anticipate liking this much at all, but for some odd reason – I do. It’s good stuff. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. Finishes earthy and spicy with just enough holiday spice flavor to make it interesting.

White Christmas has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation feels soft. Even though it’s very light, it feels rather soft. It goes down far too easily. I could handle a few bottles of this.

Samuel Adams White Christmas is probably the surprise Christmas beer of 2012 for me. I really expected to hate it. I don’t…at all. It’s surprisingly good. Not great, but good. I’d suggest picking up a six-pack while it’s around. It’s definitely worth a shot. (2,021 characters)

Photo of thlayli87
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A cloudy golden orange color with about two fingers of head. No lacing to speak of.

S - Wheaty with notes of orange zest.

T - Mildly sweet up front, zesty orange peel, and a big bready finish. Nicely balanced flavors.

M - Pleasant enough with good carbonation that lasted through the whole glass.

O - This is a pretty good seasonal offering from Samuel Adams. It might be a good introduction to the wheat beer style for someone new to craft beer. Mild but tasty enough to win converts from the macros. (542 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden, with loopy (but not especially thick) lace.

Nose is spicy -- I get hot cinnamon dominating. It's an assertive but pleasing aroma.

Taste is more of the spices -- cinnamon and nutmeg come through, as does a hint of orange zest and wheat sharpness later near the finish. This is a strong and well-flavored brew, and certainly enjoyable in small amounts. (375 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Back from an unbelievable wedding in Key West, and back to the business of reviewing beer. Bought the Sam Adams mix pack (as I do every season) and looking forward to this one.

Cloudy gold in appearance. Head quickly reduces to a ring around the glass. Orange peel/citrus aroma.

Initial flavor very Blue Moon-like. However, some other flavors start hitting the palate - cinnamon especially, but also wheat and some spice notes. Orange peel hits home again in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied though highly drinkable and a nice addition to Sam Adams Holiday lineup. This beer would work in Spring/Summer as well. I hope it comes back next year.

By the way - I hope to go back to Key West numerous times, however the bars are a little disappointing when it comes to craft beer. The highlight for me was the "Loaded Landshark" at Margaritaville, which is a Landshark Lager (awful on it's own) spiked with lime tequila. Good times. (929 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Thanks Samp01 for sharing. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, creamy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wheat malt, sourdough, and hints of spices and pears. Body is medium and smooth. A lot of spices, wheat malt, citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Overall it is nicely made wit. (321 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, pours a hazy, ruddy, yellow color with a tinge of rusty orange, tall white head sticks around and leaves some lace as it fades. Aromas are oddly musty, wheaty, spicy, orange peel. Tastes are wheaty, nutmeg, cinnamon, yeast, still musty, orange. Thin-to-medium mouth-feel, higher carbonation makes it feel fuller. Finishes fairly clean with slight tartness & dryness. Overall, this was a disappointment. I don't feel that the cinnamon & nutmeg belong here, maybe some familiar clove might have rounded it out a bit? (527 characters)

Photo of punky796
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Yellow-orange, much like Blue Moon or other wheats. White foam head that leaves some lacing but disappears after a couple of minutes.

S - I mostly first smelled the nutmeg and orange peel. An interesting combination, but nice.

T - For this combination of spices, it seems pretty balanced. You can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg among the more summery things like orange and the light wheat. The cinnamon doesn't punch you in the mouth, which I was worried about.

M - Not quite as creamy as one might expect, but then regardless of the season it's designated for, this kind of beer isn't really meant to be. Not overly carbonated but leaves a fuzzy feeling around your teeth.

O - Overall, quite good, and though I'm a sucker for wheat beers, not my favorite seasonal from Sam Adams. But I'd drink it again and hope I like it as much a second time around. (903 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best Before has FEB notched out.

A= Pours a hazy light yellow color with an active finger of head that is constantly popping and regenerating yet still holding some steady retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells wheaty for sure with a little orange peel and spice aroma. The smell isn't too heavy. There may be some cinnamon but it's hard to decipher with all the wheat.

T= The taste has much more cinnamon in it as well as some of the orange peel and maybe some coriander. There is again a heavy wheat character to it which tastes sort of "poopy to me. The flavor is a little light but it is a Wit.

M= Well carbonated

O= This is a solid beer. Not really heavy in the spice and "christmas" flavors. There is a little however if you search for it. It doesn't have that classic SA winter beer greatness however. Maybe they just spoil me this their other holiday beers. This was a little bit of a let down. (926 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange gold color with a massive 2 finger foamy off white that was full of big bubbles, like a champagne, and faded slowly, leaving great spotty foamy lacing sticking to the sides and a layer on top; this was so cloudy that it looked like beach water after a wave just crashed on shore.

Smells of yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, grains, biscuit, roasted malt, clove, light herbs and spices; seems to be citrus hops, wheat and spices wrestling for control of the aroma, which is par for the style.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, light funk, lemon zest, citrus, orange peel, toasted grains, biscuit, wheat, roasted malt, clove, light herbs or grass and spices like coriander, pepper and cinnamon or allspice; the spices are just aggressive enough to counter the grainy presence and let the citrus notes add balance. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was soft and yet tasty at the same time; it’s just too bad the cardboard funk combined with the spices always leaves such a strange taste after each swallow.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a light to medium body and light to very flat carbonation; if it didn’t have the cardboard aftertaste it would flow down much easier.

Overall it was good, and I wanted to like it more but this is just not a style I’m crazy about. A good American choice if you like this style of beer. (1,369 characters)

Photo of zachary80
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Good white head, hazy golden body with an orange tint. Great lacing.

Aroma of a spiced witbier - cinnamon and nutmeg, check. Not picking up orange peel in the aroma. Doesn't smell all that appealing. Average score since it met the basic expectation.

Taste starts with the same spices up front, then a bland wheat finish. Some nutmeg lingers. The spices seem to dominate the weak base beer.

Full-bodied, fits the rest of the beer well. Basically what you'd expect from a "winter" wheat - a little beefed up, but not overly so.

Overall not a fan of how the flavors come together, although the problem may be that I don't enjoy the underlying beer. Technically good, but not very enjoyable. Would not recommend. (713 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Best before February 2013.

A: Hazy honey-brown with noticeable effervescence and a short-lived white head.

S: Sweet fruit. White peaches? Lightly tart. Spicy clove.

T: Not the best. Fizzy and drying, with spices that are simultaneously heavy-handed and underwhelming. The body is light and wheaty, with a vaguely soft-fruity endtaste.

O: Meh. Mediocre beer, but still not bad. Drinkable, but not recommended. A 'meh' witbier. (479 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 1-finger white bubbly head. Average retention that fades into a ring around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. For the style, I wish it had a little bit of haze and that the head characteristics were better.

S – I don’t get much grainy wheat but I do clearly get all the spices that are listed on the bottle – cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest.

T – This is more like it. It starts off sweet with orange zest and grainy, bready malted wheat. Orange zest also lends a bit of tartness to the taste. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and peppery yeast spice shine towards the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a really nice creamy mouthfeel, and a tangy, spicy, dry finish. Flavors from all the added spices linger nicely.

O – This is a really tasty beer. If the appearance and aroma were a bit better, this could be a 4+. I like the idea of doing a spiced witbier for a winter seasonal. While I do like heavier beers, it’s a nice change of pace from the stouts and winter warmers – particularly when you live in Charleston and it’s been in the 70s for the past week. (1,226 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before March, 2013. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Cloudy saffron liquid with a thin smattering of ghost white foam. A vigorous pour produces a slightly more voluminous and lasting head with soft soapy lacing, though retention remains average.

Spices are very forward in the nose - abundant cinnamon, clove, and possibly nutmeg and coriander as well. Faint orange peel and yeast offset the spice assault somewhat.

Sweet-tart palate entry with plenty of the aformentioned spices throughout the flavor profile. Brisk and refreshing base beer is overwhelmed by the Christmas spices. A touch of bubble-gum and banana come out from the yeast and there is sufficient wheat to add a bit of tartness throughout. Finishes medium-dry but heavily spicy. Overdone in my opinion, though my wife enjoyed it very much.

Soft, medium-bodied mouth-feel with average carbonation.

This isn't trying to be a Belgian ale, so I won't fault it too heavily for failing to live up to the style guidelines of a proper wit. That said, the base beer is not a good vehicle for all these spices whatsoever. (1,108 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a big white frothy head, very hazy and a light pale yellow. A lot of lacing for a sam, with decent head retention, definitely fits the style.

S: belgian yeast, bread, nutmeg/cinnamon, maybe cloves. a tad mild.

T: Taste brings more flavor than the nose. Wheat malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, some orange notes, rather flavorful seasoning, not over done. Some candi sugar in finish with some spicey phenols. Most of flavor comes from seasoning, not a ton of malt/hop flavor. A touch of grassy saaz hops.

M: High carbonation, appropriate for style, somewhat sessionable, nice creamyness though pretty light in body.

O: Basically Sam Adams white ale with some well executed seasoning, though this brew has a sense of execution and craft that is a bit above what they typically produce. A solid offering. I havent had a wheat beer in awhile and this hit the spot, good change of pace from IPA's and Porters. (921 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a medium golden orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fluffy head that quickly diminished, down to a very thin film and not so good runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light straw malt and a doughy horse blanket yeast with notes of citrus (orange), coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon.

The taste was lightly sweet and rather yeasty with a pronounced citrus note throughout, with the finish having a slight spiciness at the very end. The flavor lingered for an average time following the swallow, with a mild spicy yeast taste fading slowly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a mildly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a decent enough brew that did posses a good drinkability, but was really nothing overly special as Witbier's go...

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque, light golden with a white, half finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Cedar, ginger, wheat, lemons

T: Follows nose with coriander and nutmeg. A cinnamon finish. Sweet, smooth.

M: Medium. Good carbonation.

O: Not bad. A good holiday beer to share with friends. I bet this would be great on tap. (325 characters)

Samuel Adams White Christmas from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.